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One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 5 September 1937 (USA)
The daughter of a struggling musician forms a symphony orchestra made up of his unemployed friends and through persistence, charm and a few misunderstandings, is able to get Leopold ... See full summary »

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Bruce Manning (original screen play), Charles Kenyon (original screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Deanna Durbin ... Patricia Cardwell
Leopold Stokowski ... Leopold Stokowski
Adolphe Menjou ... John Cardwell
Alice Brady ... Mrs. Frost
Eugene Pallette ... John R. Frost
Mischa Auer ... Michael Borodoff
Billy Gilbert ... Garage Owner
Alma Kruger ... Mrs. Tyler
J. Scott Smart ... Stage Doorman (as Jack Smart)
Jed Prouty ... Bitters
Jameson Thomas ... Russell
Howard Hickman ... Johnson
Frank Jenks ... Taxi Driver
Christian Rub ... Brandstetter
Gerald Oliver Smith Gerald Oliver Smith ... Stevens
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Storyline

The daughter of a struggling musician forms a symphony orchestra made up of his unemployed friends and through persistence, charm and a few misunderstandings, is able to get Leopold Stokowski to lead them in a concert that leads to a radio contract. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Taglines:

IT'S A HONEY! IT'S A DARB! IT'S A DURBIN! (original herald-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

John W. Harkrider and Jack Martin Smith, the two set designers for this film, worked on different film versions of the musical "Show Boat". Harkrider, who had designed the costumes for the original 1927 stage production and the 1932 revival, created the opening credits for the 1936 film version, and Smith was the art director for the 1951 Technicolor film version. See more »

Goofs

The position of Patsy's hands when she's crying on the bed. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Bitters: [Having just had Frost light a cigarette for him only to have it explode in his mouth] When are you going to stop playing these cheap childish tricks on me?
John R. Frost: The day you stop playing them on me.
Tommy Bitters: Well, at least mine are funny, and new!
John R. Frost: Oh, yeah? Well, mine work.
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Connections

Referenced in American Experience: The Battle Over Citizen Kane (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Libiamo ne' lieti calici (Drinking Song): from 'La traviata'
(1853)
Music by Giuseppe Verdi (as Verdi)
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave (uncredited)
Sung by Deanna Durbin (uncredited)
Played by a symphony orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski
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The Pasternak factory does it again
29 July 2005 | by raskimonoSee all my reviews

This movie was nominated for best picture in an era when they used to have ten nominees. I can see why it was nominated. Generally, in the days of ten nominees there was always a spot for a smartly written family picture and this is the exact definition I am talking about. Deanna Durbin is the best child actress Hollywood has ever produced, period and she brings the charms to this movie that already had her getting above the title billing while such established names and stars like Adolphe Menjou are relegated to below the title. This is her movie from start to finish. The plot line of this movie is not original if you are familiar with the Pasternak musicals. He always opted for classical music over current pop and standard pop songs of their time were always done opera style to suit the sopranos he liked to cast in his movies. Durbin, a not very pretty teen who makes up for it with an avalanche of charisma sings the song. It's the depression. 100 musicians are out of work and need a job. Therft leads to reward which leads to deceit which leads to the fate of circumstances which leads to harmony in this hopeful picture. And a scene in the conductor's house when the 100 men come to play is one of the better constructed and filmed shots in cinema history. Old pro henry Koster nails every shot and makes you want to throw away all those auteur theory books. And the final scenes leave you warm as apple pie inside and happy and cheerful. If this is not what cinema is meant to do, then what else is it for! A classic!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

100 Men and a Girl See more »

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Budget:

$762,000 (estimated)
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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