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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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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
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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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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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Home, Sweet, Home
Music by H.R. Bishop
Lyrics by John Howard Payne
Sung by Deanna Durbin
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Charming spin on the 'Cinderella' tale...
30 June 2004 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

A maturing DEANNA DURBIN and a strikingly handsome young ROBERT STACK are the enjoyable romantic leads in this Cinderella tale that spins along with a few Durbin songs tossed in for good measure.

Deanna plays the orphaned cousin of a rich and snobbish family that tries to get her to stay home from a lavish ball. With the help of servants (instead of mice), Deanna gets to attend the ball, delivers an outstanding solo, meets the handsome "prince" (Stack) and has to fend off the insults of her snobbish cousin (Helen Parrish).

The slight plot moves effortlessly toward a happy ending. Durbin fans should love this one--it's easy to take and easy to love. Eugene Pallette gives a fine comic performance as her gruff uncle and the rest of the cast does a professional job under Henry Koster's direction.


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