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Hers To Hold (1943)

Deanna Durbin , Joseph Cotten  |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Deanna Durbin, Joseph Cotten, Evelyn Ankers, Charles Winninger
  • Format: NTSC, Black & White, Full Screen
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Nostalgia Home Video
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NCN2ZA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,877 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Well-to-do debutante Penny Craig (Deanna Durbin) won't take no for an answer! An overly amorous pilot (Joseph Cotten) gets a classic case of cold feet when Penny falls for his charms but he's suddenly called up for military service overseas. Durbin and Cotten's sweetly sublime romantic jostling is enlivened by the leading lady's delightful musical numbers. Evelyn Ankers, Charles Winninger also star. 94 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming Wartime Romance June 9, 2007
"You can see anything you want to see if you close your eyes." -- Deanna Durbin

This charming wartime romance was Deanna Durbin's third turn as the youngest member of the three Craig daughters, Penny. While it doesn't quite have the energy of "Three Smart Girls" or "Three Smart Girls Grow Up," and there are only references to Penny's sisters during home movies, the appeal of Cotten and Durbin make this one of Deanna's most underrated films.

Penny's all grown up in this one and the only sister who has yet to find love and fly the coup. She is still the apple of her dad's eye, however, once again portrayed in winning fashion by Charles Winninger. It's all the talk of the society pages when Penny donates blood during wartime at a Red Cross hospital. That's where she meets flyboy Bill Morley (Joseph Cotten) who poses as a doctor to get her phone number and address.

When Penny discovers the ruse she and Bill parry and thrust at her big party until he kisses her and she gets that "forever and ever look" in her eyes. Pretty Evelyn Ankers knows the score with Bill but her Flo can't hold a candle to Penny Craig on a mission when the flyboy with no strings attached bolts.

Penny joins the war effort building planes so Bill can fly them once he's shipped out. When he finally caves in the couple make the most of his last 48 hours, having fun and falling in love ever deeper. There is a light and charming feel to their courtship, a scene on a romantic moonlit beach especially memorable for Durbin's fans, as she's never been lovelier.

Bill's pal Rosy Blake will come to Penny's rescue with a note in a sandwich that becomes a funny scene when he can't remember which one he put it in.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Dramatic Role For Durbin February 2, 2008
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Deanna Durbin is known for her beautiful voice in a series of romantic comedies from the 1930's and 1940's. Typecast by Universal as their answer to Judy Garland, she was forbidden a role with mature emotions until "Hers To Hold." This was the third go-around for her as Penny Craig -- the first time made her a star and earned "Three Smart Girls" a Best Picture nomination. What is refreshing is that this World War 2 film does not have a happy romantic ending but a realistic ending. Joseph Cotten is so superb as the flyboy with committment issues that rumors flew that they had an affair. The movie is enjoyable, the singing is excellent and it takes one back to a time that has long past.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is a film, loosely the 3rd one in the 3 smart girls series. You get
to see your favorite characters that you loved and also provided with
a good movie. Set during the war, we have a chance to see our men and women
working at a B17 assembly plant. Should give the viewers a chance to see these
great scenes and get to feel what they had to go through in the 40's.
Deanna is all grown up, sisters are gone but she is still unmarried. Good
little script, great signing....what else do you want.

Note: These movies are not just for Grandma and Grampa,,,they are unique, they
show off some great signing by our past artists...and you never get to
see movies like this anymore....does our youth have the patience for
movies without special effects....

Loved it at 13 years old.....still loving it now at 52 years old.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for grandma August 28, 2009
I bought this as a surprise gift for my grandmother. She went to see this movie at the theatre back in the 40s when it first came out. She was so surprised when I gave it to her for her 80th birthday. The quality is surprisingly really good.
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