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Mad About Music (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 27 February 1938 (USA)
A young woman at a girl's school in Switzerland makes up stories about and writes herself letters from an imaginary explorer-adventurer father; and is eventually put in a position where she... See full summary »

Director:

Norman Taurog

Writers:

Bruce Manning (screen play), Felix Jackson (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Deanna Durbin ... Gloria Harkinson
Herbert Marshall ... Richard Todd / Mr. Harkinson
Gail Patrick ... Gwen Taylor
Arthur Treacher ... Tripps
William Frawley ... Dusty Turner
Marcia Mae Jones ... Olga
Helen Parrish ... Felice
Jackie Moran ... Tommy
Elisabeth Risdon ... Annette Fusenot
Nana Bryant ... Louise Fusenot
Christian Rub ... Pierre
Charles Peck Charles Peck ... Henry
Sid Grauman Sid Grauman ... Sid Grauman
Cappy Barra Cappy Barra ... Leader, Harmonica Ensemble (as Cappy Barra and His Harmonica Band)
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Storyline

A young woman at a girl's school in Switzerland makes up stories about and writes herself letters from an imaginary explorer-adventurer father; and is eventually put in a position where she has to produce him. Interesting things happen as she talks a visiting Englishman into helping her out. Written by Sonya Roberts <sonya_roberts@geocities.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Délicieuse See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Deanna Durbin introduced herself and the movie in a special trailer in new footage not included in the movie. See more »

Goofs

The sign in what is supposed to be a French movie theater says "Exit" instead of "Sortie" See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lady at Theatre: Gwen, you were marvellous.
Gwen Taylor: Oh, thank you very much.
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Connections

Referenced in The Under-Pup (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

I Love to Whistle (Reprise)
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Copyright 1938 by Universal Music Corporation
Sung by Deanna Durbin with Cappy Barra and His Harmonica Band
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Attractive characters, lovely music, and a wonderful performance from Deanna Durbin
18 November 2012 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

Deanna Durbin is irresistible as 14-year-old Gloria Harkinson. Living at a ritzy girls' school in Switzerland and blessed with friends and talent, Gloria is nevertheless lonely for a parent—and gets herself into a mess by writing herself letters from her imaginary big-game-hunter father.

Composer Richard Todd (Herbert Marshall) steps off a train in the small Swiss village and finds himself recruited to play the role of that father; Marshall gives a most charming performance as the initially reluctant phony parent who rather quickly takes to Gloria and looks to help her out.

Durbin sings beautifully….the picture opens with a bicycle-riding gang of girls singing "I Love to Whistle"; she sings "Ave Maria" in front of a boys choir; and she performs a beautiful number called "Chapel Bells" with Marshall (a composer, after all) sitting at the piano.

A strong cast includes Gail Patrick as Gloria's movie star mother—although she misses her daughter, she follows the guidance of her agent (William Frawley), who thinks his "glamor girl" client's fans would be shocked if it were known that she even had a daughter. Arthur Treacher is amusing as Marshall's (very) English valet.

The best supporting roles belong to the kids: Jackie Moran as Gloria's young would-be suitor; Marcia Mae Jones as her loyal friend Olga; and especially Helen Parrish as Felice—suspicious from the start of Gloria's tales about her father, she is eventually softened by kindness received.

The plot is of course fantastic, but when characters are this charming, who cares? It all comes across as the kind of thing we would love to believe if only it could be true. –And I guess that's what the movies are all about.


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