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Mad About Music (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 27 February 1938 (USA)
A young woman at a girl's school in Switzerland makes up stories about and writes herself letters from an imaginary explorer-adventurer father; and is eventually put in a position where she... See full summary »

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Richard Todd / Mr. Harkinson
Gail Patrick ...
Gwen Taylor
Arthur Treacher ...
Tripps
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Dusty Turner
Marcia Mae Jones ...
Olga
Helen Parrish ...
Felice
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Tommy
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Annette Fusenot
Nana Bryant ...
Louise Fusenot
Christian Rub ...
Pierre
Charles Peck ...
Henry
Sid Grauman ...
Himself, Sid Grauman
Cappy Barra ...
Leader, Harmonica Ensemble (as Cappy Barra and His Harmonica Band)
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A young woman at a girl's school in Switzerland makes up stories about and writes herself letters from an imaginary explorer-adventurer father; and is eventually put in a position where she has to produce him. Interesting things happen as she talks a visiting Englishman into helping her out. Written by Sonya Roberts <sonya_roberts@geocities.com>

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60-minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 18, 1938 with Deanna Durbin, Gail Patrick and Herbert Marshall reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

Orientation of a suitcase between Pierre and Tripps during the carriage scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lady at Theatre: Gwen, you were marvellous.
Gwen Taylor: Oh, thank you very much.
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Referenced in The Under-Pup (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Chapel Bells
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Copyright 1938 by Universal Music Corporation (uncredited)
Sung by Deanna Durbin (uncredited)
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Attractive characters, lovely music, and a wonderful performance from Deanna Durbin
18 November 2012 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Deanna Durbin is irresistible as 14-year-old Gloria Harkinson. Living at a ritzy girls' school in Switzerland and blessed with friends and talent, Gloria is nevertheless lonely for a parent—and gets herself into a mess by writing herself letters from her imaginary big-game-hunter father.

Composer Richard Todd (Herbert Marshall) steps off a train in the small Swiss village and finds himself recruited to play the role of that father; Marshall gives a most charming performance as the initially reluctant phony parent who rather quickly takes to Gloria and looks to help her out.

Durbin sings beautifully….the picture opens with a bicycle-riding gang of girls singing "I Love to Whistle"; she sings "Ave Maria" in front of a boys choir; and she performs a beautiful number called "Chapel Bells" with Marshall (a composer, after all) sitting at the piano.

A strong cast includes Gail Patrick as Gloria's movie star mother—although she misses her daughter, she follows the guidance of her agent (William Frawley), who thinks his "glamor girl" client's fans would be shocked if it were known that she even had a daughter. Arthur Treacher is amusing as Marshall's (very) English valet.

The best supporting roles belong to the kids: Jackie Moran as Gloria's young would-be suitor; Marcia Mae Jones as her loyal friend Olga; and especially Helen Parrish as Felice—suspicious from the start of Gloria's tales about her father, she is eventually softened by kindness received.

The plot is of course fantastic, but when characters are this charming, who cares? It all comes across as the kind of thing we would love to believe if only it could be true. –And I guess that's what the movies are all about.


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