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Can't Help Singing (1944)

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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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Gregory
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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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie is Deanna Durbin's only Technicolor vehicle. Unfulfilled plans to showcase Miss Durbin in color, proposed between 1938 and 1953, included these eventually produced films: First Love (1939) (which starred Miss Durbin in black and white), Phantom of the Opera (1943) (Susanna Foster in Technicolor), Up in Central Park (1948) (Miss Durbin in black and white), A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949) (Rhonda Fleming in Technicolor), Melba (1953) (Patrice Munsel in Technicolor), Kiss Me Kate (1953) (Kathryn Grayson in Anscocolor), The Student Prince (1954) (Ann Blyth in Anscocolor) and Song of Norway (1970) (Florence Henderson in Color by DeLuxe). As reported by A.H. Weiler in The New York Times on August 3, 1947, Deanna Durbin was being offered a black-and-white filming in Britain of The Beggar's Opera (1953), which ultimately featured Dorothy Tutin portraying Polly Peachum in Technicolor. 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

ANY MOMENT NOW
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Sung by Deanna Durbin with unseen choir
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A Three-Song Film
31 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This Durbin vehicle had just three songs worthy of Jerome Kern and E. Y. Harburg: "More and More," "Californ-i-ay," and the title song. These are really wonderful pieces, which fortunately recur throughout on a regular basis.

The Technicolor is indeed glorious, and there's nothing wrong with the casting. It's also true that Durbin looks radiant in her first color film.

Alas, the rest of the score is a disappointment, simply lacking in inspiration. They try to beef it up with production values, to little avail. Likewise, the script's just not quite up to Deanna's standards. One can admire the costumes, staging, photography--and those three songs. Durbin fans will be probably be pleased with everything here; others, probably less so.

It's easy to see the Durbin magic as she lights up the screen with charisma and her beautiful voice. A pleasant trifle for the Durbin DVD "Sweetheart Pack."


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