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It's a Date (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 22 March 1940 (USA)
An aspiring actress is offered the lead in a major new play, but discovers that her mother, a more seasoned performer, expects the same part. The situation is further complicated when they both become involved with the same man.

Director:

William A. Seiter

Writers:

Norman Krasna (screen play), Jane Hall (original story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Deanna Durbin ... Pamela Drake
Kay Francis ... Georgia Drake
Walter Pidgeon ... John Arlen
Eugene Pallette ... Gov. Allen
Henry Stephenson ... Capt. Andrew
Cecilia Loftus ... Sara Frankenstein
Samuel S. Hinds ... Sidney Simpson
Lewis Howard ... Freddie Miller
S.Z. Sakall ... Karl Ober
Fritz Feld ... Headwaiter
Virginia Brissac ... Miss Holden
Romaine Callender ... Evans
Joe King ... First Mate Kelly
Mary Kelley Mary Kelley ... Governor's Wife
Eddie Polo ... Quarter Master
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Storyline

An aspiring actress is offered the lead in a major new play, but discovers that her mother, a more seasoned performer, expects the same part. The situation is further complicated when they both become involved with the same man.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It Happened in Kaloha See more »

Filming Locations:

Honolulu, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In MGM's Technicolor remake, Nancy Goes to Rio (1950), Jane Powell's repertoire included her rendition of a fabled aria sung by Deanna Durbin in Universal's black-and-write original: "Musetta's Waltz Song" from the opera "La Boheme" (music by 'Giacomo Puccini (I)', lyrics by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa). Worth noting is that Joe Pasternak, who departed Universal for the MGM's bigger budgets in late 1941, produced both musicals. See more »

Quotes

Karl Ober: I can't work in New York anyway. Is this place far from here?
Pamela Drake: Oh, no, Mr. Ober, it's only Maine. You know where Maine is!
Karl Ober: No.
Pamela Drake: Oh, it's practically a few minutes from here! You could write fine there.
Sidney Simpson: 'A few minutes'!
Pamela Drake: [to Sidney, blithely] Yes!
[to Ober]
Pamela Drake: That's all, really.
Karl Ober: [wagging his finger] Then it isn't quiet enough. I have to go further away from New York.
Pamela Drake: Oh, good - it *is* far away! Takes a whole day to get there.
[...]
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Remade as Patrick the Great (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Musetta's Waltz from 'La bohème'
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Lyrics by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Played by the band and sung by Deanna Durbin
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Bright in spots...but not Deanna's best chance to shine...
22 January 2002 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

The tired old ploy of having mother and daughter compete for the same man, intentionally or not, is what is supposed to make 'It's A Date' a sparkling comedy. Although the script is by the talented Norman Krasna, it's not witty enough to make the long stretches between songs anything more than bearable.

When Durbin does get a chance to sing, she's great. She puts over all of her songs with professional skill and poise, doing an absolute standout job on "Ave Maria" and "Musetta's Waltz"--but the trouble is not enough time is spent on the vocals to showcase her amazing voice. Instead, we get Kay Francis and Walter Pidgeon falling in love while Deanna dreams up all sorts of schemes to keep her mother from knowing that she has won her mother's role in a play.

Deanna looks lovely at eighteen and has probably never been photographed more beautifully but this is the sort of vehicle that has you wishing the silly plot would move on so we can hear Durbin sing once more. Walter Pidgeon and Kay Francis are adequate in support. MGM later came up with a zestier technicolored remake called "Nancy Goes To Rio" with Jane Powell.

Trivia note: This was S.Z. Sakall's first screen appearance in an American film.


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