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First Love (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 10 November 1939 (USA)
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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James Clinton
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Lewis Howard ...
Walter Clinton
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Grace Shute Clinton
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Wilma van Everett
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Mike the Cop
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Miss Wiggins
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Anthony Drake
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Marcia Parker
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Mr. Parker
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Mrs. Parker
Charles Coleman ...
George, Clinton's Butler
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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Deanna Durbin's character gives her birthdate as 4 December - Durbin's own. See more »

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

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Featured in Hers to Hold (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Un bel di (One Fine Day)
from "Madama Butterfly"
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
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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