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  • Actors: Deanna Durbin, Adolphe Menjou, Alice Brady, Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Pallette
  • Directors: Henry Koster
  • Writers: Bruce Manning, Charles Kenyon, Hanns Kräly, James Mulhauser
  • Producers: Charles R. Rogers, Joe Pasternak
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • VHS Release Date: January 17, 1995
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303328180
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,480 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Despite its Larry Flynt-friendly title, Deanna Durbin is typically wholesome in the lavishly produced musical One Hundred Men and a Girl, which finds its heroine saving a fledgling orchestra led by financially challenged father Adolph Menjou, along with help from Leopold Stokowski. Not surprisingly, music is literally center stage for much of this delightful film; highlights include Stoki's batonless conducting of Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony and Deanna's winsome trilling of Mozart's "Alleluia." The resulting package earned its star a special 1938 Academy Award (for her "spirit and personification of youth") and took home an Oscar of its own for Charles Previn's score. --Steven Smith

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Deanna Durbin's natural appeal shines through in this wonderful story of an inventive and determined young woman who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. It's a delightful romp that shows how persistence pays off.

The daughter of an unemployed musician, Durbin decides she will persuade the conductor Leopold Stokowski to help her launch an orchestra that will employ her widowed father and 99 other out-of-work musicians. Though faced with this seemingly impossible task, the undaunted Durbin leads her unemployed orchestra to the home of the unsuspecting Stokowski and conducts them in Liszt's "Second Hungarian Rhapsody" from the top of his staircase. His reaction is priceless as are the other numerous musical interludes including "It's Raining Sunbeams" and "A Heart That's Free".
This enchanting musical treat is a jubilant celebration of Hollywood and a tribute to one of the cinema's best-loved stars.

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This is an easy movie with Durbin looking for an orchestra for her dad.
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He adds plenty of laughs to the film.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 14, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Deann Durbin and Judy Garland were very alike in ages and in the way that studios used tham when they were young. But Deanna has a more operetic quality to her voice, she in fact studied opera. In 100 men and a girl you get the typical 1930's under dog winning from under what seems unsurmountable odds with the hopes and dreams of a young girl to lead them on.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy Silver on January 8, 2003
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Criminally neglected actress these days. A wonderful, joyous performance by her in a wonderful, joyous movie.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Glasser VINE VOICE on February 1, 2006
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100 Men and a Girl is the story of a group of musicians who are out of work. They seem to be led by one man (Adolph Menjou) whose energetic daughter Patsy (Deanna Durbin) will stop at nothing to see her father and their friends find work. She decides to bother famed conductor Leopold Stokowski for help, but he only becomes annoyed. Instead, she finds a rich woman who promises nonchalantly to sponsor an orchestra if it existed. Patsy proceeds to gain hope and organizes the orchestra only to find that the woman has left for Europe. Patsy decides that her only choice is to berate the woman's husband and Stokowski for support, ensuing great comedy.

Deanna Durbin is still a little girl in this film, bright and cheerful. She has a great sense of comic timing and displays her usual charm. The songs she sings "It's Raining Sunbeams," "A Heart That's Free," "Hallelujah in F Major," and "Traviata" are operatic but well sung.

Mischa Auer plays Michael, one of the musicians, and a very funny one at that. He adds plenty of laughs to the film.

There are a few spots where a black box rims the film during montage sequences. This is a bit distracting, but otherwise, the camerawork is excellent. One notable scene is where the unemployed orchestra congregates on a staircase to play the "Second Hungarian Rhapsody," photographed artistically and beautifully.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Sarna on December 23, 2009
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This is one of several titles I have been seeking for some time. Why it's not available in the US, on Region 1, I do not know. This particular DVD is better than nothing under the circumstances. The picture is fair quality, and I have no real complaints about the sound quality. Even so, if and when a better copy comes along, I plan to replace this copy. My 2 real problems--and I don't know if this is only with my purchase--is, first, at least 4 times the DVD freezes up. The first time is the worst--a dead, complete stop. I've had to reverse, then fast-forward just a little to get around the problem. The second problem is that trying to get around the Chinese subtitles is very difficult--no instructions, no menu comes up to help me. If this DVD could be replaced, I would easily agree to it.
As for the story, the film itself, it is very entertaining. Deanna Durbin, I believe, clearly establishes herself as star AND as singer in this film. A definite plus is the presence of conductor Leopold Stokowski; people familiar only with his appearance in Disney's Fantasia should find this film of interest. Stokowski doesn't really show any acting chops, but the man's wonderful ability to conduct an orchestra shines. It's also a pretty decent showcase for a number of character actors, something a great number of more recent films often lack. Adolphe Menjou, Eugene Pallette, Leonid Kinsky, and, to a lesser extent, Billy Gilbert make the film all the more enjoyable.
All in all, my thanks for a chance to get this title on DVD, even though something of better technical quality has got to available, the sooner the better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DB Edwards on October 28, 2009
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Word has it that 100 MEN AND A GIRL saved Universal Studios from bankruptcy. And after you view this sweet, uplifting picture you'll understand why. Deanna Durbin was the greatest operatic star of the cinema in the 1930's. Likewise Leopold Stokowski was the most brilliant and recorded conductor of his time, having led
the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1912 through 1940. The pairing of the two is a sublime alchemy seldom witnessed on the screen. Listen to Deanna sing "It's Raining Rainbows" or "A Heart's That Free." Just lovely melodies. My favourite moment is when Stokowski leads the orchestra in a stirring rendition of Liszt's "Second Hungarian Rhapsody." Just watch as the maestro's hands spontaneously contort as if animated by magic. It is a supreme toe tapping moment wherein a depression era orchestra of unemployed musicians brings forth marvelous sounds.
Technically, the VHS transfer is very good as is the audio quality. It's a charming story, the kind Hollywood doesn't turn out anymore combined with an endearing cast you care about. FIVE STARS. It's a real treat!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dean C. Kaul on June 27, 2005
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100 Men and a Girl is Rank Sentimentality with a Great Sound Track. It deserves to be on DVD for the sound track alone. Durbin's rendition of the Mozart Alleluia sends chllls down the spine.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Killian HALL OF FAME on February 20, 2006
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A consortium of business types gathers in a Manhattan penthouse and sneers at the little people, a slightly overdrawn look at capitalism. These guys are so awful they make the capitalists in a Lars Von Trier film like MANDERLAY or DOGVILLE look like Albert Schweitzers. The fattest cat is John R. Frost, played by Eugene Pallette in an extremely broad mode, almost as though he were Tony Soprano as a hillbilly. He makes an unlikely financier!

Deanna Durbin has a tough part here, she's always in center stage but most of the time she just has to bug Stokowski until he finally relents, and you can sympathize with him, for she takes what we now call "stalking" to new lows. The two of them are equally good at acting, and Stokowski in particular is a surprise. He could have been a major screen actor on the model of, say, Claude Rains. His huge mop of white hair alone commands attention, and he speaks beautifully, losing dignity only (strangely enough) when he's conducting! As my pal Mac McGinnes points out, "When Oscar Levant was asked what great moment in musical history he wished he had witnessed he said, 'The day Leopold Stokowski discovered he had beautiful hands.'"

Durbin will wring tears from a stone when she is forced to retreat home without getting her way from the great conductor. She sits on her magnificent bed (looks very grand for a poor street urchin, with great golden rods forming a unique bedstead) and cries her heart out, insisting that Adolphe Menjou her dad deserves a job, he deserves "a fur collar on his coat, and, and, turkey on his birthday--instead of BEANS," she sobs, her pretty face contorting in what looks like real anguish. She is an rivetting performer.
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