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Something in the Wind (1947)

 -  Comedy | Musical  -  21 July 1947 (USA)
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A grandson of a recently deceased millionaire mistakes a beautiful female disc jockey for her aunt, who once dated the grandfather.

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Cast

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Mary Collins
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Charlie Read
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Donald Read
Charles Winninger ...
Uncle Chester Read
Helena Carter ...
Clarissa Prentice
Margaret Wycherly ...
Grandma Read
Jean Adair ...
Aunt Mary Collins
The Williams Brothers ...
Singing Quartet (as The Four Williams Brothers)
Jacqueline deWit ...
Fashion Show Saleslady (as Jacqueline de Wit)
Jan Peerce ...
Tony - Policeman
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A grandson of a recently deceased millionaire mistakes a beautiful female disc jockey for her aunt, who once dated the grandfather.

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Comedy | Musical

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21 July 1947 (USA)  »

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For the Love of Mary  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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During the press junket for the film, a Universal press agent concocted a fake organization, the National Association of Disc Jockeys, in honor of the fact that Durbin played a DJ. The real DJs invited to the junket liked the idea, and decided to make it a real association. See more »

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It's Only Love
Music by Johnny Green
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Deanna Durbin
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A movie that will surprise you
3 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Those who know DD from her "little Miss fixit" movies of the 1930s will be very surprised by this film. She is now an adult, styled very much to look like an even more attractive Gale Storm, and she turns out to be both a very fine actress in romantic comedy and, low and behold, one very sexy singer. Her performance of "Thank you Daddy" is right up there with Rita Hayworth's classic Gilda performance. Frankly, she is far more interesting in this movie, at least to an adult male, than she was in those cute 1930s movies.

Donald O'Conner is also VERY good in this movie. "I love a mystery" is, indeed, a harbinger of what he will do, that much better, in Singing in the Rain. It's not at that level, but it's very good.

The character actors and actresses all deliver fine performances.

And Jan Peerce as the jail keep is not to be missed. I grew up on his recordings, when he and Tucker were the two great American tenors. Believe me folks, he was indeed great, the equal of any of his European contemporaries. He does the "Miserere" with DD here, and it's good. Interestingly, she does not take the alternate high note in the last repeat, as was customary in those days and as Kitty Carlile (sp?) does in A Night at the Opera (and Rosa Ponselle does in her recording with Caruso). It's great to have a chance to see Peerce again "live."

The weak elements here are the male romantic lead, as noted by other reviewers, who is a dud, and the music. If this had had a score as memorable as some of Judy Garland's movies of the same era, it would be as memorable as those. DD does a remarkable job with what she's given, but in terms of music, she isn't given much.

I like the teenage DD movies. They're fun. But this shows that DD was better as an adult than as a child star, and that's staying a lot.

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I watched this again tonight, and really enjoyed it. Durbin really is more interesting as an adult than as a child star. And she really does a bang-up job of "Thank you Daddy." On second viewing, it's less Rita Hayworth in Gilda than Mary Martin in one of her "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" numbers.

The things that keep this from being a great movie have been pointed out by others: the script is weak, the music, though it several times comes close to being memorable, never really is; and the leading man has no chemistry at all. Durbin does a great job with mediocre material, as does O'Connor, but that won't make a silk purse out of a piglet's ear.


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