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Deanna Durbin Sweetheart Pack (Three Smart Girls / Something In the Wind / First Love / It Started with Eve / Can't Help Singing / Lady on a Train) (1936)

Deanna Durbin , Nan Grey , Irving Pichel , Frank Ryan  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Deanna Durbin, Nan Grey, Eugene Pallette, Charles Laughton, Robert Paige
  • Directors: Irving Pichel, Frank Ryan, Charles David, Henry Koster
  • Writers: Felix Jackson, Adele Comandini
  • Producers: Joe Pasternak
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2004
  • Run Time: 535 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00023P4OC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,229 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Deanna Durbin Sweetheart Pack (Three Smart Girls / Something In the Wind / First Love / It Started with Eve / Can't Help Singing / Lady on a Train)" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc 1 - Three Smart Girls:
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Disc 1 - Something in the Wind:
  • Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Disc 1 - First Love:
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Disc 2 - Can't Help Singing:
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Editorial Reviews

    The girl they called "Winnipeg's Sweetheart," Deanna Durbin, captured the hearts of movie fans everywhere with her irresistible charm and golden voice. From her debut in 1939 to the release of her last film in 1944, Deanna was an international superstar and box-office sensation. Then at the height of her fame, she walked away from Hollywood forever. Now her movie magic lives on in this special 6-film set, Deanna Durbin Sweetheart Pack. This rare treasure includes some of her best-loved films, including the Academy Award nominated Three Smart Girls; First Love, a modern riff on the classic Cinderella story; It Started with Eve, a tender-hearted musical farce; Lady on a Train, a crazy who-done-it; and Can't Help Singing, the film that takes Deanna out to the Old West in search of romance and adventure. All the music, romance and laughter is yours to own in the collection that's a treat for movie lovers and a must own for fans of one of Hollywood's most cherished legends.

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    123 of 125 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Rose That Never Fades May 2, 2005
    Deanna Durbin is one of the most fondly remembered stars in the history of American movies. Perhaps it is because we never think of her as part of Hollywood, and neither did she. Though MGM may have changed the name of this young and happy girl with the beautiful voice to Deanna, she was always Edna May Durbin on the inside, a real person. That warmth and sincerity came across on the screen and gave her something no one else had.

    It was lucky for us that MGM unceremoniously dropped Durbin in favor of Judy Garland. What happened to her would never have succeeded with Durbin due to Deanna's personality, her closeness to her big sister Edith, and her parent's watchfulness. But she certainly would have walked away from Hollywood long before she did, so we can all be grateful MGM let her get away.

    When Universal signed her it was on the brink of bankruptcy. Only when they saw the rushes from Three Smart Girls did they expand her role, and the rest as they say, is screen history. The film broke box office records, earning over 10 million dollars for the studio and putting them firmly back in the black.

    It was really radio star Eddie Cantor who had made this possible. After Jack Sherrill brought Deanna in for an audition, Cantor took the young Durbin under his wing and gave her a three year contract at one hundred dollars a week. Cantor knew talent when he saw it, and his hundreds of thousands of listeners came to love the golden voice of this Canadian born songbird.

    Deanna Durbin grew up in front of the entire country, and they continued to love her, because they could tell she was real. She appreciated her fans, but loved music more than the movies. At 15 she had a 7-year contract with Universal and received 9,000 fan letters a week.
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    66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars DELIGHTFUL DURBIN IN ADEQUATE DVD TRANSFERS August 8, 2004
    The four star rating is for the somewhat pedestrian quality of the transfers, not an indication on Durbin's alleged lack of singing/acting ability or appeal as the following commentary will demonstrate....

    Deanna Durbin was one of the most influential and popular Hollywood stars of all time. As the world's first "Teen Idol" and the first child star to make the heretofore unsuccessful transition from child to adult roles while retaining her public and critical popularity, it was Deanna Durbin who first proved that an adolescent, even one with an astonishingly mature operatic lyric soprano, could be a potent and enduring box office attraction. The only performer in film history to be publicly credited with singlehandedly saving her studio (Universal) from bankruptcy and sustaining it as a Hollywood player for several years with the wildly successful grosses of her films, as film historians such as William K. Everson, David Shipman and Ethan Mordden have stated, Durbin remained, throughout her thirteen year tenure at Universal, the studio's most lucrative and valuable asset and its only consistently ranking box office star.

    It was the great critical and popular acclaim accorded Durbin's debut in THREE SMART GIRLS and her subsequent vehicles (both THREE SMART GIRLS and Durbin's second film 100 MEN AND A GIRL received Oscar nominations for Best Picture) over the next several years that prompted MGM and other studios to begin assembling and promoting their own stable of charismatic and talented young performers.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Deanna - a well kept secret August 4, 2004
    By Yarby
    Deanna Durbin is a well-kept secret, but a secret with which you should become well acquainted. Her movies have great entertainment value, both from a comical standpoint, as well as Deanna's great singing skills. Not too many movies were able to combine these two factors and succeed.

    Universal has done a decent job on these movies, something which is a bit of a surprise considering they have so many quality control problems with their Abbott & Costello series. I made it through all five movies without any stalls or skips.

    The transfer for "Three Smart Girls" definitely could have used some attention. It is full of grain and film damage. The rest of the movies rate from average to excellent in their transfers. None of the movies are visually poor enough to be unwatchable, and that is a great thing, because these are movies you will want to watch over and over.

    Universal's biggest problem with this set is the packaging, which is horrendous. A loose flyer is inserted in the package, which undoubtedly will become lost or damaged over time. The package itself has no sleeve in which to insert it, so it springs open unless placed between other packages on a shelf. All in all, a very poor design.

    It is doubtful these movies will ever see another release on DVD, so don't pass up the opportunity to see them. They are delightful, and getting six movies for this price is still a bargain, even if the packaging is poorly designed and the transfers aren't perfect.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars It is a Great purchase! January 6, 2005
    First of all I have to admit that although I'm an ardent "classics" movie buff, I had never seen any of Deanna Durbin's movies, mainly because they were never shown on TV, at least in my country. Since I had read a lot about her persona, amazing voice, her status as Universal's prime superstar, etc., I was eager to watch her on film.

    I got this wonderful package last year as a gift and sincerely, after watching the first of six feature films, I had to watch them all, as soon as possible, because I fell completely under the spell of Durbin's lovely screen persona: unaffected, sincere, pretty, down-to-earth, sweet, etc.

    The films included in this collection are at least good and most of them very good. In spite of what I've read from other customers, I have to say that almost all the copies of the films are in very good condition, with the only exception perhaps, of "Three Smart Girls", which is somewhat grainy and not so sharp as the others, but then, it is the oldest of the lot (1936), and anyway is in pretty decent conditions.

    "Three Smart Girls" is her best known film included here, because it was her breakthrough film, the one which made her a star, as a young girl-she is not even top billed here- who helps her elder sisters to try to bring their estranged parents together. There's some fine comedy, nice songs and expert supporting players.

    In my humble opinion, the best films of the bunch are "First Love" (1939) and "It Started with Eve" (1941), both lovely Cinderella-type tales in which her natural talent and unaffected acting shine thoroughly.

    There's also a "whodunit"-mystery film, "Lady On a Train" (1945), directed by her second husband, French director Charles-David, a fine and absorbing movie.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars worth it!
    I am loving this collection. I like the movies with Deanna as an adult the best The only color movie is stupid but she and the clothing and scenery are so beautiful, it is worth... Read more
    Published 1 day ago by Rita
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Nice collection of her films.
    Published 12 days ago by Barb in Alabama
    5.0 out of 5 stars DEANNA DURBIN
    Published 1 month ago by Thomas L. Bryant
    5.0 out of 5 stars nursing home
    Nursing home residents their spouses loved ALL of the movies. Deanna Durbin has a beautiful voice. She was a great actress and left stardom to marry three times and give... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by dana d
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great Golden Age Hollywood collection
    I bought these for my adolescent daughter to see, but they turned out to be popular with the whole family. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by F. J. PRISCO
    4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice
    Great to have some of her movies to play at home. Played one so far and the quality was fine.
    Published 3 months ago by patricia evans
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great
    I never knew they made a huge collection of Deanna Durbin, DVD's. I am now the proud owner of this I Thank you
    Published 4 months ago by tlgq
    5.0 out of 5 stars Deanna Durbin's movies are great
    Deanna Durbin's movies are fun and entertaining, with comedy and romance. She has a beautiful voice and sings some very good selections, classical included.
    Published 5 months ago by Virginia
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movies
    Enjoyed theses movies very much. Watched "It Started with Eve" on TCM. Had never heard of Deanna Durbin. What a beautiful voice, and she is such a sweety! Read more
    Published 5 months ago by val
    5.0 out of 5 stars one of the greats
    deanna durbin was shown me by my sister , way back. then i got more interested in old actors- 50 years ago.
    so many are not here and now s. temple . Read more
    Published 5 months ago by n j b
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