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His Butler's Sister (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, 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.

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

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

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

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

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Originally slated for Carole Lombard under the title "My Girl Godfrey". See more »

Goofs

When Anne is walking with her new friends, the butlers, toward the apartment house you can see the reflection of the crew/camera on the side of a car in the street. See more »

Quotes

Mortimer Kalb: [to Ann] You know, the minute I laid eyes on you I says to myself - Mort, there's a little lady that ain't gonna be wrestlin' with that broom much longer.
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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 »

Soundtracks

In the Spirit of the Moment
Music by Walter Jurmann (as Walter Jurman)
Lyrics by Bernie Grossman
Sung by Deanna Durbin
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His Butler's Sister is a mostly enjoyable, musically and comically, Deanna Durbin vehicle
27 July 2008 | by tavmSee all my reviews

As someone who's not a fan of opera, I actually find Deanna Durbin enjoyable having liked her previously in Can't Help Singing among a few of her other movies I can't remember by title right now and in her debut with Judy Garland in the short Every Sunday. In addition to her singing voice on many tunes like "Nessun Dorma" at the end, Ms. Durbin also displays some wonderful humorous touches that matches the veteran comic supporting cast of male butlers that follow her around. I was even enjoying the not-too-compelling-story at least until Franchot Tone-whose character was seeing another woman-seemed to be starting an affair with Deanna. Ms. Durbin isn't the only one who performs, however, since in the beginning when we first see Tone's songwriter character, a couple of women who call themselves the Sunshine Twins (one of whom is Iris Adrian who I knew as the landlady in That Darn Cat-Hayley Mills version) do a funny number called "Is It True What They Say About Dixie?" in front of him. So musically and comically, His Butler's Sister was a mostly enjoyable Durbin vehicle.


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