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Can't Help Singing (1944)

A senator's daughter (who can't help singing) follows her boyfriend West in the days of the California gold rush.

Director:

Frank Ryan

Writers:

Lewis R. Foster (screenplay), Frank Ryan (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Deanna Durbin ... Caroline Frost
Robert Paige ... Lawlor
Akim Tamiroff ... Gregory
David Bruce ... Dr. Robert Latham
Leonid Kinskey ... Koppa
June Vincent ... Miss McLean
Ray Collins ... Senator Martin Frost
Andrew Tombes ... Sad Sam
Thomas Gomez ... Jake Carstairs
Clara Blandick ... Aunt Cissy
Olin Howland ... Bigelow (as Olin Howlin)
George Cleveland ... Marshal
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Storyline

With the California Gold Rush beginning, Senator Frost's singing daughter Caroline loves a young army officer; the Senator can't stand him, and has him sent to California. Headstrong Caroline follows him by train, riverboat, and covered wagon, gaining companions en route: a vagrant Russian prince and gambler Johnny Lawlor, who just might take her mind off the army. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

THE THRILL YOUR EYES WILL PRIZE FOREVER! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Musical | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

29 December 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caroline See more »

Filming Locations:

Duck Creek, Kanab, Utah, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie is Deanna Durbin's only Technicolor vehicle. Unfulfilled plans to showcase Miss Durbin in color, proposed between 1938 and 1953, included these eventually produced films: First Love (1939) (which starred Miss Durbin in black and white), Phantom of the Opera (1943) (Susanna Foster in Technicolor), Up in Central Park (1948) (Miss Durbin in black and white), A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949) (Rhonda Fleming in Technicolor), Melba (1953) (Patrice Munsel in Technicolor), Kiss Me Kate (1953) (Kathryn Grayson in Anscocolor), The Student Prince (1954) (Ann Blyth in Anscocolor) and Song of Norway (1970) (Florence Henderson in Color by DeLuxe). As reported by A.H. Weiler in The New York Times on August 3, 1947, Deanna Durbin was being offered a black-and-white filming in Britain of The Beggar's Opera (1953), which ultimately featured Dorothy Tutin portraying Polly Peachum in Technicolor. See more »

Goofs

After her bath Caroline changes into a clean white dress. However, she has had no access to her trunk where she would have kept her clothing. Such a voluminous dress couldn't have been stored in her hat-box or her small case, her only other luggage. See more »

Quotes

Miss McLean: [to Latham] You know the first time I saw you, you were riding in the park on a beautiful white steed. It was love at first sight. I'm convinced now it was the horse.
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood on Trial (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

SWING YOUR SWEETHEART
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Sung by Olin Howland and chorus
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Deanna given some great Jerome Kern songs in technicolor western musical...
20 April 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Toward the end of her career at Universal, they finally splurged on technicolor and fancy scenery for an enjoyable, tuneful,colorful western-comedy-romance, 'Can't Help Singing' featuring a musical score by Jerome Kern. Deanna's father (Ray Collins) wants her to forget the Army officer she loves (David Bruce) and sends him off to California during the Gold Rush days. Deanna decides to go west to find him--but en route falls in love with a handsome cowboy (Robert Paige). Against some stunning technicolor scenery, much of the music is given the full treatment by Durbin at her best--her voice was richer than ever. She does a standout job on 'Can't Help Singing', 'More and More', and 'Cali-for-ni-ay' and even duets with Robert Paige for a reprise of the title song (both in outdoor bathing tubs up to their necks in soap bubbles). Some of the comedy routines seem a bit strained and weak--but overall it's a wonderful showcase for Deanna Durbin and her fans certainly should appreciate the chance to see her at her radiant best. AMC shows it in a beautifully restored technicolor print.


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