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Deanna Durbin: The Music and Romance Collection: Mad About Music / That Certain Age / Three Smart Girls Grow Up / Because of Him / For The Love of Mary

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Universal's beloved singing sensation receives the full star treatment with this five-disc DVD set. In "Mad About Music" (1938), vain movie star Gail Patrick decides she wants to forget about daughter Deanna Durbin, so she sends her to a Swiss boarding school. Songs include "I Love to Whistle." Then, smitten with journalist Melvyn Douglas, teenager Deanna ignores former beau Jackie Cooper until Douglas sets things right, in the romance "That Certain Age" (1938). Songs includes "You're as Pretty as a Picture." "Three Smart Girls Grow Up" (1939) offers Durbin as a young woman getting tangled up in her sisters' love affairs. Songs include "Because" and "The Last Rose of Summer." Then, eager for a shot at Broadway stardom, would-be actress Deanna works to become the protege of veteran stage star Charles Laughton, in the comedy " Because of Him" (1946). And, in her final film, "For the Love of Mary" (1948), Deanna plays a White House telephone operator who gets help from her unseen chief executive boss in straightening out her romantic problems. 7 3/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English. **Five-disc set also includes "Mad About Music," "That Certain Age," "Three Smart Girls Grow Up," "Because of Him," and "For the Love of Mary."**

Product Details

  • Actors: Deanna Durbin
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003YJJT1U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,363 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 30, 2011
What's this? A quote from TCM host Robert Osborne about Deanna Durbin? He states: "She was a teenager playing a teenager, dressed as teenagers dressed in those days, but few teens ever had been able to hit those high singing notes that she could." Back in the 1930s and early '40s, it was Deanna Durbin - and not Judy Garland - who was Hollywood's darling and America's sweetheart, never mind that she was Canadian. And in her heyday she was a bigger box office attraction than even Shirley Temple. Deanna projected a radiant wholesomeness; she had this unaffected quality. And gifted? Say, haven't you heard her sing? Her fabulous soprano voice soars so winsomely angels would weep, maybe tear off their wings in jealous fits... or to put it in a more down-to-earth fashion, Deanna Durbin could sing the hell out of a song.

DEANNA DURBIN - THE MUSIC AND ROMANCE COLLECTION offers up five mostly terrific, hard-to-find movies starring Deanna Durbin, the teenaged girl what pulled reeling Universal Studios out of bankruptcy. And as you'll see, what makes her movies so watchable is that they aren't primarily just vehicles for her to sing. These movies deliver plot and humor and fine acting and that incomparable feel of Americana, and, yes, they occasionally showcase Ms. Durbin's phenomenal singing talents. Presenting each movie on its own disc, Turner Classic Movies does a proper solid for all Deanna Durbin fans. TCM even loans out Robert Osborne for intro honors for each film.


It's Deanna Durbin's third feature film. At this stage, Deanna was only sixteen years old but she already counted as Universal's most bankable star. And you can see why in MAD ABOUT MUSIC, one of her best (and most uproarious) musicals.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brian on February 3, 2012
Excelent Deanna Durbin selection of Five of her great movies.If you like Deanna,this has got to be in your collection,along with The Sweetheart Collection.Plenty of great songs with Deanna at her best.
Now,how about Vol. Three?Christmas Holiday,Spring Parade,Hers To Hold,One Hundred Men And A Girl,Nice Girl,and The Amazing MRS Holiday.(Some of these are only avaible on VHS or the Non US Code)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CelticWomanFanPiano VINE VOICE on April 25, 2011
This is the sequel collection of Deanna Durbin movies on DVD. As a famous actress/singer of the 1930s/1940s, her movies are unparalleled in plot writing and complexity for a light-hearted genre. This set doesn't include subtitles which is my only complaint, since my Grandfather needs them. However, after having worn out the first collection of Deanna Durbin DVDs this is a welcome set. My personal favorites of this set are Mad About Music, and For the Love of Mary. I also like Three Smart Girls Grow Up,which is a sequel of Three Smart Girls which is on the first set of Deanna Durbin movies. In all honesty, this collection is well worth it for you will have endless enjoyable evenings with this set of films.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Brian Camp on March 4, 2011
Deanna Durbin was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood during her years there (1937-1948) and is reported to have saved Universal Pictures from bankruptcy. The five films in this TCM box set offer a cross-section of nearly the full span of her career, from her third and fourth starring vehicles, made when she was 15 and 16, to her very last film, made when she was 26. The youthful charm and buoyancy that made her so popular, combined with her beautiful lyric soprano voice, are clearly on full display in the first three films in the set. The fourth shows the difficulty she had in finding suitable adult roles, while the fifth, her last film, actually finds her in such a role.

Durbin has not been as successful at attracting new audiences over the years as her onetime rival, Judy Garland. Durbin's constant upbeat demeanor was fun for a while but often seemed completely out of touch with reality, a fact that became more glaring the older she got. Garland's performances, on the other hand, revealed a sense of yearning and incompleteness, an undercurrent of pain that has spoken to audiences, particularly creative, wounded souls, in every generation. Deanna never seemed to really need anything or anyone, so we find ourselves at more of a distance from her nowadays. Still, she was a remarkable and unusual screen personality who could be quite enchanting in her early films. I've always been fascinated by her and was grateful for the chance to discover these five films.

MAD ABOUT MUSIC (1938) Deanna plays an American in a Swiss girls' school who's been virtually abandoned by her Hollywood movie star mother and who makes up stories about a nonexistent father who's supposedly a famous explorer.
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