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First Love (1939)

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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 »

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Constance Harding
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Ted Drake
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James Clinton
Helen Parrish ...
Barbara Clinton
Lewis Howard ...
Walter Clinton
Leatrice Joy ...
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
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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>

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Comedy | Musical

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10 November 1939 (USA)  »

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Cinderella  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Universal considered filming in three-strip Technicolor. Instead, the studio would first use this color process for shooting Arabian Nights (1942). Note: Universal already had co-produced, along with Gilbert & Sullivan Films, and distributed in the U.S. The Mikado (1939), a British picture filmed in three-strip Technicolor. See more »

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The movement of Deanna during the scene with her mirror. See more »

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Version of The Glass Slipper (1955) See more »

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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
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The Belle Of The Ball
23 October 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Young Deanna Durbin goes to live with her uncle Eugene Palette and a group of snooty society cousins in this film. They treat her like a country cousin and snub her generally including her aunt by marriage. But little do they know that Deanna is destined to find her First Love in this story reworked from the Cinderella fairy tale.

After three years Deanna was growing up on screen and the folks at Universal Pictures decided she ought to have her first screen kiss. The one tapped for the honor was a guy making his screen debut Robert Stack.

The one who really treats her rotten is her débutante cousin Helen Parrish and her equally snobby friend June Storey. Deanna is not treated any better than one of the staff at her house, like Cinderella she might as well be relegated to being a chimney sweep.

Stack is the guy that Parrish and Storey have set their caps for, he's another society kid. But he likes simple and unaffected Deanna who ironically Parrish sets up the meeting between them. That's a rather funny scene.

Some good songs for Durbin highlighted the classic There's No Place Like Home, Amapola, and Un Bel Di from Madame Butterfly. And of course one of the most publicized kisses ever in screen history.

First Love brought home Oscar nominations for Sound, Art&Set Decoration, and Musical Scoring for Universal Pictures. Little Miss Fix-It was definitely growing up and her future roles would show a maturing Durbin for the movie-going public. It still is fine entertainment.


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