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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)

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Box Office

Budget:

$762,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Actually, there were two or three "regular" woman members of the orchestra at this time, cellist Elsa Hilger and two harpists. Further, Eugene Ormandy was the principal conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra by 1937, not Stokowski. 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 Mama's Family: National Mama (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Rakoczy March
(1846) (uncredited)
Music by Hector Berlioz
Played by a symphony orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski
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Wow is all I can say!
20 February 2006 | by radioriotSee all my reviews

I caught this movie on TCM and WOW, what a voice. Deanna was just incredible at only 16. Plus she had such personality, and who doesn't like Adolphe Menjou and Eugene Palette. This could have been just another depression era "rags to riches story" or a "let's put on a show" movie, But it had a real story, formula, yes, but a step above. I love classical music and I never realized there was a popular musical like this using only classical music. Boy how times have changed...hehe. I just can't get over Deanna's voice. And yet you just never here about her like Judy Garland. Well Judy is great but Deanna Durbin was just as great in my opinion. Too bad she didn't make more movies or record more records. I could listen to that voice all day. The director, Henry Koster, did a masterful job. The scene of the orchestra playing in the conductors house, is shot in a style way ahead of it's time and not a low budget 30's movie style. Koster went on to direct some very good movies. You can see why in this movie. This movie would be great for film students to study... a 1930's formula film, that rises above formula to Art.


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