MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 362 this week

First Love (1939)

7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 358 users  
Reviews: 11 user | 3 critic

In this reworking of Cinderella, orphaned Connie Harding is sent to live with her rich aunt and uncle after graduating from boarding school. She's hardly received with open arms, especially... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 28 Nov 2010
 
a list of 44 titles
created 13 Feb 2011
 
a list of 53 titles
created 25 Jun 2011
 
a list of 8495 titles
created 25 Mar 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "First Love" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: First Love (1939)

First Love (1939) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of First Love.

User Polls

Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Dashing reporter Vincent Bullit has just returned from covering the Spanish Civil War. His boss, newspaper magnate Fullerton, has more plans to send him off to China. However, first ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Ludwig
Stars: Deanna Durbin, Melvyn Douglas, Jackie Cooper
I'll Be Yours (1947)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A small-town girl tells a small fib to a wealthy businessman; complications ensue.

Director: William A. Seiter
Stars: Deanna Durbin, Tom Drake, William Bendix
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young girl visits New York for two reasons: to see her half-brother, and to try to start a musical career.

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Deanna Durbin, Franchot Tone, Pat O'Brien
Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

While waiting at a train station, Nikki Collins witnesses a murder from a nearby building. When she brings the police to the scene of the crime, they think she's crazy since there's no body... See full summary »

Director: Charles David
Stars: Deanna Durbin, Ralph Bellamy, David Bruce
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young femme fatale-type woman realizes that the wealthy man she married is an incorrigible wastrel.

Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: Deanna Durbin, Gene Kelly, Richard Whorf
Nice Girl? (1941)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young girl finds herself attracted to one of her father's business partners.

Director: William A. Seiter
Stars: Deanna Durbin, Franchot Tone, Walter Brennan
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Now that their parents are back together, the Craig girls think life is going to be easy. It is, until Kay falls in love with Joan's fiance! Complications arise when youngest sister Penny ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Koster
Stars: Deanna Durbin, Charles Winninger, Nan Grey
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young woman who wants to break into the theater schemes to become the protege of a famous Broadway star.

Director: Richard Wallace
Stars: Deanna Durbin, Charles Laughton, Franchot Tone
It's a Date (1940)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An aspiring actress is offered the lead in a major new play, but discovers that her mother, a more seasoned performer, expects the same part. The situation is further complicated when they both become involved with the same man.

Director: William A. Seiter
Stars: Deanna Durbin, Kay Francis, Walter Pidgeon
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A missionary tries to outwit the U.S. government and smuggle Chinese orphans into the country.

Directors: Bruce Manning, Jean Renoir
Stars: Deanna Durbin, Edmond O'Brien, Barry Fitzgerald
Comedy | Musical | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A dangerous amnesiac escapes from an asylum, hides in the opera house, and is suspected of getting revenge on those who tried to murder him 13 years ago.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone
Stars: Warner Oland, Boris Karloff, Keye Luke
Spring Parade (1940)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In this light and lovely romantic musical, a Hungarian woman(Deanna Durbin) attends a Viennese fair and buys a card from a gypsy fortune teller. It says that she will meet someone important... See full summary »

Director: Henry Koster
Stars: Deanna Durbin, Robert Cummings, Mischa Auer
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Constance Harding
...
Ted Drake
...
James Clinton
Helen Parrish ...
Barbara Clinton
Lewis Howard ...
Walter Clinton
...
Grace Shute Clinton
June Storey ...
Wilma van Everett
Frank Jenks ...
Mike the Cop
Kathleen Howard ...
Miss Wiggins
Thurston Hall ...
Anthony Drake
Marcia Mae Jones ...
Marcia Parker
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Mr. Parker
Doris Lloyd ...
Mrs. Parker
Charles Coleman ...
George, Clinton's Butler
Jack Mulhall ...
Terry
Edit

Storyline

In this reworking of Cinderella, orphaned Connie Harding is sent to live with her rich aunt and uncle after graduating from boarding school. She's hardly received with open arms, especially by her snobby cousin Barbara. When the entire family is invited to a major social ball, Barbara sees to it that Connie is forced to stay home. With the aid of her uncle, who acts as her fairy godfather, Connie makes it to the ball and meets her Prince Charming in Ted Drake, her cousin's boyfriend. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 November 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cinderella  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Deanna Durbin receives her first screen kiss (from Robert Stack). See more »

Goofs

The position of Connie's and Miss Wiggins' arms as they hug each other. See more »

Connections

Version of Cinderella (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Spring in My Heart
Music by Johann Strauß
Music adapted by Hans J. Salter (as H. J. Salter)
Lyrics by Ralph Freed
Sung by Deanna Durbin
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
one big swoon
10 September 2004 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

This 1939 take on 'Cinderella' works like a charm, and I honestly would never have guessed as much. I found myself being continuously bewitched by it, its sincerely touching and funny script and dialogue, the wealth of small character parts from the laconic spinster teacher ("Old maids are only happy when they cry, you'll find out") and the personable servants to the zany rich family that Durbin's orphan girl has to stand up to.

And of course, over and above everything else, there is Deanna Durbin, a full-fledged young leading lady with a miraculous voice and loads of screen presence and pathos (listen to her sing 'Un bel dì' from 'Madame Butterfly' at the end!). Blonde hunk Robert Stack has his first part ever as the Prince Charming who is left with the empty slipper, but only after a gorgeous series of incredibly romantic encounters.


14 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Bratty Helen Parrish gets hers in the 'end'! noirsam
Favourite Line Morning_Sun
is it... anel964
Discuss First Love (1939) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?