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Do You Love Me (1946)

Approved | | Musical | 11 November 1946 (Sweden)
The woman dean of a music school undergoes a glamorous transformation after she meets a swing bandleader.

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Barry Clayton
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Herbert Benham
Richard Gaines ...
Ralph Wainwright
Stanley Prager ...
Jay Dilly
Harry James and His Orchestra ...
Themselves (as Harry James' Music Makers)
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Wilson Benge ...
Waiter (scenes deleted)
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Artemis Hilliard (scenes deleted)
Napoleon Simpson ...
Attendant (scenes deleted)
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Katharine Hilliard, mousy dean of a stuffy music school, meets and is insulted by swing band leader Barry Clayton on a train. To "show" him she takes a friend's advice, removes her glasses, and puts on a designer gown. Naturally, she becomes gorgeous. Soon, both Barry and crooner Jimmy Hale are after her, and she finds herself in the midst of triangles and misunderstandings. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Glorious! WITH SONG, GAIETY AND ROMANCE...WEAVING A MAGIC SPELL! (original pressbook ad - Mostly caps)

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11 November 1946 (Sweden)  »

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Do You Love Me?  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Betty Grable: The fan who calls for Barry (Harry James ) in her car at the end. Grable and James were married at the time. See more »

Quotes

Katherine 'Kitten' Hilliard: But, I already had dinner.
Jimmy Hale: Well, let's walk.
Katherine 'Kitten' Hilliard: But I...
Jimmy Hale: It couldn't be that you're afraid?
Katherine 'Kitten' Hilliard: Afraid! Such conceit, such ego. I'm engaged you must understand that and the man that I'm going to marry also associate with me at the school. Our lives are inseparable bond together.
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Referenced in Bellissima (1951) See more »

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Wedding March
(uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Make over pays off, big time
11 April 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

When we first encounter Professor Katherine Hilliard, she is conducting her college's orchestra with great gusto. Ms. Hilliard is totally dedicated to her music, as well as committed to teaching it. When she decides to see her friend, the New York Symphony's conductor, Herbert Benham, she decides to expand her horizons with the well regarded maestro.

Little prepares our Ms. Hilliard for the train ride she takes. She meets handsome Barry Clayton, who is traveling north with his band. When he plays a popular number for her, she flees horrified. Academic life didn't prepare to hear this junk!

This is basically the premise of "Do You Love Me", directed by Gregory Ratoff. The film capitalizes on two of the big idols of the era: Harry James and Dick Haymes. The film is greatly helped by the ravishingly beautiful Maureen O'Hara who is the object of love of the two well known popular personalities.

We watch as Professor Hilliard is transformed from a dowdy frump into a glamorous woman with a great wardrobe. Ms. O'Hara, with her charming personality, wins our hearts as well as her suitors. Let's not forget she left behind an intellectual boyfriend at the college, Ralph Wainwright, who is ready to marry her. Reginald Gardiner is immensely enjoyable as Herbert Benham, the kind conductor who tells Katherine to pay attention at her wardrobe. Richard Gaines plays Ralph, the man left behind.

The music, both classical and popular, is fine. As interpreted by the incomparable Dick Haymes, some of these songs heard are wonderful. Harry James even plays at the end with the classic orchestra and integrates some of his arrangements. The combination is surprising.

This is a fun movie to watch thanks to all the principals and Mr. Ratoff's direction.


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