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His Butler's Sister (1943)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 26 November 1943 (USA)
A young girl visits New York for two reasons: to see her half-brother, and to try to start a musical career.


Frank Borzage


Samuel Hoffenstein (original screenplay), Elizabeth Reinhardt (original screenplay) (as Betty Reinhardt)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Deanna Durbin ... Ann Carter
Franchot Tone ... Charles Gerard
Pat O'Brien ... Martin Murphy
Akim Tamiroff ... Popoff
Alan Mowbray ... Buzz Jenkins
Walter Catlett ... Mortimer Kalb
Elsa Janssen ... Severina
Evelyn Ankers ... Elizabeth Campbell
Frank Jenks ... Emmett
Sig Arno ... Moreno
Hans Conried ... Reeves
Florence Bates ... Lady Sloughberry
Roscoe Karns ... Fields
Russell Hicks ... Sanderson
Andrew Tombes ... Brophy


A young girl visits New York for two reasons: to see her half-brother, and to try to start a musical career.

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They're Terrific Together!...It's Pat in Hot Water...It's Deanna in Love...It's Franchot in-trigued!(print ad - Lubbock Avalanche Journal - Tower Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - April 2, 1945) See more »


Comedy | Music | Romance


Passed | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 7, 1944 with Deanna Durbin and Pat O'Brien reprising their film roles. See more »


During the scene in the kitchen when Gerard's guests wait on Ann, the coffee that is almost spilled on her reveals to be solid inside the cup. See more »


Martin Murphy: No sir, a job like this is thicker than blood. And sister or no sister, I'm not gonna lose it.
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Crazy Credits

The foods, drinks, clothes, shoes, rubber, gas and other articles consumed or used in this picture are purely imaginary and have no relation to any actual foods, drinks, clothes, shoes, rubber, gas and other articles of today, rationed or unrationed. Any resemblance is purely accidental. This is a fable of the day before yesterday. See more »


When You're Away
Lyrics by Henry Martyn Blossom
Music by Victor Herbert
Sung by Deanna Durbin
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User Reviews

Horrible Film
20 April 2002 | by winged_monkeySee all my reviews

I am a lover of all old movies especially musicals, and I find this to be the absolute worst I've seen. I do enjoy Judy Garland, so that may be partially why I don't like Durbin's style. She doesn't seem to have the sparkle of any of the great musical stars such as Alice Faye or Kathryn Grayson. She is very beautiful, but I think she should have been a chorus girl, or a musical specialty. Most movies that I have seen that weren't the greatest still had the leading actress giving a good performance even under the most stupid circumstances.

Now that I've expressed my opinion of the star I can restate much of what others have commented on, the script. In this movie I didn't believe anything. I thought the way Durbin was acting towards her brother was real LOVE, not family love. It was horrible. I'll see another Deanna Durbin film and hopefully I can find something nicer to say about it.

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Release Date:

26 November 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Girl Godfrey See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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