MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 21 this week

First Love (1939)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  10 November 1939 (USA)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 411 users  
Reviews: 12 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) (as Lionel Hauser) , 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 28 Nov 2010
 
a list of 883 titles
created 13 Apr 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 09 Jun 2012
 
a list of 574 titles
created 17 Sep 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 14 Feb 2014
 

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... 

Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A concert violinist becomes charmed with his daughter's talented piano teacher. When he invites her to go on tour with him, they make beautiful music away from the concert hall as well. He ... See full summary »

Director: Gregory Ratoff
Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Leslie Howard, Edna Best
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Polly Parrish, a clerk at Merlin's Department Store, is mistakenly presumed to be the mother of a foundling. Outraged at Polly's unmotherly conduct, David Merlin becomes determined to keep ... See full summary »

Director: Garson Kanin
Stars: Ginger Rogers, David Niven, Charles Coburn
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 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
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
Beau Geste (1939)
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Beau, John, and Digby Geste are three inseparable, adventurous brothers who haven been adopted into the wealthy household of Lady Brandon. When money in the uppercrust household grows tight... See full summary »

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston
Babes in Arms (1939)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The struggle of two talented young artists, to make their own way in the show business.

Director: Busby Berkeley
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Charles Winninger
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A newspaper reporter and the daughter of an immigrant maintenance man help expose political corruption in New York City.

Director: William A. Seiter
Stars: Deanna Durbin, Dick Haymes, Vincent Price
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A depiction of the love/hate relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Devereux, the Earl of Essex.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Newlyweds Gil and Lana Martin try to establish a farm in the Mohawk Valley but are menaced by Indians and Tories as the Revolutinary War begins.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Henry Fonda, Edna May Oliver
Crime | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

In the pre-Civil War South, a plantation owner dies and leaves all his possessions, including his slaves, to his young son. While the deceased treated his slaves decently, his corrupt ... See full summary »

Directors: Leslie Goodwins, Bernard Vorhaus
Stars: Bobby Breen, Alan Mowbray, Ralph Morgan
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A young man asks a hat check girl to pose as his fiancée in order to make his dying father's last moments happy. However, the old man's health takes a turn for the better and now his son ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Koster
Stars: Deanna Durbin, Charles Laughton, Robert Cummings
Hers to Hold (1943)
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Frank Ryan
Stars: Deanna Durbin, Joseph Cotten, Charles Winninger
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
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's character gives her birthdate as 4 December - Durbin's own. See more »

Goofs

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

Connections

Version of Cinderella (1922) 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

Sweet little musical, great for Durbin fans
12 October 2000 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

"First Love" was a major transition for Universal star Deanna Durbin, as she was being positioned to shift from child star to engenue (something that Fox was inevitably unable to accomplish with Shirley Temple at the same time). While the film is not an overblown epic, it's lavish in the details, and carefully produced to give the whole piece a maximum of charm. To today's audiences, it might be a bit saccharine, but if you can dial down the cynicism of our age, the film's positive points grow.

Durbin plays much more subtly in this film than she had in many of her earlier films--signalling that she was now "maturer" instead of being a juvenile whirlwind ball of energy like she had been in "Three Smart Girls" and "100 Men and a Girl." Her beau, played by an impossibly young (and almost scarily good looking) Robert Stack, gives Durbin her first screen kiss--a source of major publicity for the film at the time.

The story is an updated Cinderella/screwball comedy, which nevertheless allows Durbin's character to break out into a few operatic arias throughout the film (this also takes some getting used to for modern audiences). The most memorable part of the film, suitably, happens during "the ball," where Durbin and Stack dance for the first time. Employing a charming idea, a shot of a crowded dance floor dissolves to a shot of just the duo dancing, to imply how the pair are so involved with each other that the rest of the world has faded away. If you like stuff like this, then you'll revel in the rest of the film.


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
Is One Segment Cut Out of the Ball Scene? OldFilmLover
Discuss First Love (1939) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?