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Can't Help Singing (1944)

Approved  |   |  Musical, Western  |  29 December 1944 (USA)
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A senator's daughter (who can't help singing) follows her boyfriend West in the days of the California gold rush.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Robert Paige ...
Lawlor
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David Bruce ...
Latham
Leonid Kinskey ...
Koppa
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Miss McLean
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Senator Frost
Andrew Tombes ...
Sad Sam
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Carstairs
Clara Blandick ...
Aunt Cissy
Olin Howland ...
Bigelow (as Olin Howlin)
George Cleveland ...
Marshal
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Storyline

With the California Gold Rush beginning, Senator Frost's singing daughter Caroline loves a young army officer; the Senator can't stand him, and has him sent to California. Headstrong Caroline follows him by train, riverboat, and covered wagon, gaining companions en route: a vagrant Russian prince and gambler Johnny Lawlor, who just might take her mind off the army. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THE THRILL YOUR EYES WILL PRIZE FOREVER! (original print ad - all caps)

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Musical | Western

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Release Date:

29 December 1944 (USA)  »

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Caroline  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Over its December 1944-January 1945 run at Lowe's Criterion Theatre in Manhattan, this film broke the attendance record. See more »

Goofs

After her bath Caroline changes into a clean white dress. However, she has had no access to her trunk where she would have kept her clothing. Such a voluminous dress couldn't have been stored in her hat-box or her small case, her only other luggage. See more »

Soundtracks

ELBOW ROOM
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Sung by chorus of wagon train folks
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Good Light Entertainment With Deanna Durbin & More
25 July 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

Deanna Durbin's one Technicolor movie gives her a decent showcase, and adds a Jerome Kern score plus plenty of good settings and scenery, to make for enjoyable light entertainment and pleasant viewing. Its pluses include Durbin's singing and the colorful outdoors photography.

The period setting makes it different from the stories in most of Durbin's other movies, but fortunately her character (an independent-minded Senator's daughter) is similar enough to many of her other roles, in giving her a lively character with a variety of material to work with. (It wasn't really necessary, though, to make her hair so much lighter - her dark hair would have looked great in color.) The settings range from 1840s Washington DC to the unsettled expanses of the Old West. In itself, the period atmosphere works pretty well, and it also throws in one or two ironic details along the way.

As Durbin's co-star, Robert Paige is a bit bland as a character, but his singing is up to par. Akim Tamiroff has a good role as one of the scamps heading west with Durbin's character. In smaller roles, Ray Collins and Thomas Gomez give good performances. The combination of Durbin's voice, energy, and charm with the period story and settings works rather well.


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