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Edward Everett Horton
Shooting in Technicolor was set to start in December 1946, but due to a year-end strike at the Technicolor processing facilities, the project was initially postponed until July 1947. When filming actually commenced in October, black-and-white cinematography was employed as a cost-saving measure to keep the movie budgeted at about $2,000,000. In addition, Universal International was avoiding a Technicolor bottleneck, as described by William Goetz, the studio's production chief, to Thomas F. Brady of The New York Times on September 28, 1947. With a color shoot, Mr. Goetz explained, studio capital would be tied up in the picture for nearly a year after its completion. Back in January, Universal International, wanting Deanna Durbin to stay active, had rushed her before the black-and-white cameras in another vehicle, Something in the Wind (1947), which the studio had bought for her in August 1946. See more »
As far as I know, this was the last time Deanna Durbin stood before the cameras (even though For The Love of Mary was released some months later, having been shelved for a while). She has gained a few extra pounds, but her voice has also gained weight: the one short operatic excerpt proves that she was becoming a proper soprano with rich, full, operatic voice. It's a pity she doesn't sing more in this film, and also a great pity she didn't pursue career in opera as she quit movies.
Why Universal didn't shoot this in full color and why they cast Dick Haynes, are beyond me. This shouldn't have been a project to save money with, but to spend spend spend! It's very well written and just plain interesting. The story runs smoothly and is quite multidimensional - you can understand most of the characters and their motives, and even the smooth villain becomes rather sympathetic once he explains his views on life to Deanna whom he really seems to cherish. But then again, Vincent Price is at his very best here, sexy and handsome as the Devil, and their scenes with Durbin are really sizzling, so one might turn a blind eye to his evil nature and be lulled into sleep by his silky voice and seductive manners. With Dick Haynes the things get to a halt - he's obviously miscast and seems rather uncomfortable. There's no electricity between him and Deanna.
This film would work well even as a straight picture. The musical numbers are only a few and even though not very memorable, they blend in well with the action. Not at all a bad pastime for Durbin / Price fans.
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