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Hers to Hold (1943)

Approved | | Drama, Musical | 16 July 1943 (USA)
The third film in the "3 Smart Girls" trilogy starring Deanna Durbin as Penny Craig, the youngest sister in the Craig Family. Now all grown up, she goes to work in a munitions factory ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Ryan

Writers:

Lewis R. Foster (screenplay), John D. Klorer (based on a story by)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Deanna Durbin ... Penny Craig
Joseph Cotten ... Bill Morley
Charles Winninger ... Judson Craig
Ludwig Stössel ... Binns
Nella Walker ... Dorothy Craig
Gus Schilling ... Rosey Blake
Samuel S. Hinds ... Dr. Crane
Evelyn Ankers ... Flo Simpson
Fay Helm ... Hannah Gordon
Iris Adrian ... Arlene
Murray Alper ... Smiley, the Foreman
Douglas Wood Douglas Wood ... Peter Cartwright
Minna Phillips Minna Phillips ... Mrs. Cartwright
Nydia Westman ... Nurse Willing
Irving Bacon ... Dr. Bacon
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Storyline

The third film in the "3 Smart Girls" trilogy starring Deanna Durbin as Penny Craig, the youngest sister in the Craig Family. Now all grown up, she goes to work in a munitions factory during World War II determined to do her bit for America whilst wanting to be close to a young pilot, Bill Morley (Joseph Cotten). He gets posted overseas leaving Penny to worry for his safety. One of the film's songs was nominated for an Academy award.

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Drama | Musical

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Smart Girls Join Up See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The serial numbers on three planes can be seen when the filming was conducted in the factory. All three went to the same air base in Ridgewell , England. Two of the planes, later named Tinker Toy and Whale Tail II, were shot down on the same mission in December of 1943. See more »

Goofs

When they show the home movies, a bug can be seen crawling around on the camera lens. See more »

Connections

Features Three Smart Girls (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Say a Prayer for the Boys Over There
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Herb Magidson
Sung by Deanna Durbin
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"Say a Pray'r for the Boys Over There"
8 May 2005 | by mik-19See all my reviews

This was Deanna Durbin's third take on Penny Craig, who by now has grown into a beautiful young woman featuring in the gossip columns with tit-bits about her love life. She falls in love with dashing young pilot Bill, even volunteers for work at the aircraft factory where he works, but Bill is afraid to commit to her, and when he learns that he is about to go overseas and join the armed forces, he dumps her. But Penny is nothing if not resourceful ...

This is not among the handful of really wonderful Deanna Durbin vehicles, although sworn fans won't be disappointed. Her character here is a gutsy, no-nonsense go-getter, and it is quite a moving experience to watch and hear her, as she takes the podium in the factory canteen, singing first 'Begin the Beguine', this most glamorous of show smoochers, in her assembly-line outfit, no MGM glitzy witzy style her, and then when she touches everyone's heart with the languid and heartfelt 'Say a Pray'r for the Boys Over There', one of the great Durbin moments.

Joseph Cotten certainly never looked handsomer, oozing charming insolence, as aviator Bill.


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