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His Butler's Sister [VHS] (1943)

Deanna Durbin , Franchot Tone , Frank Borzage  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Deanna Durbin, Franchot Tone, Pat O'Brien, Akim Tamiroff, Alan Mowbray
  • Directors: Frank Borzage
  • Writers: Elizabeth Reinhardt, Samuel Hoffenstein
  • Producers: Felix Jackson, Frank Shaw
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Universal Studios Ho
  • VHS Release Date: February 1, 1996
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303929966
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,623 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
Though hailed as one of her hits from the 40's, the film itself is routine and makes her up to be this goddess figure through the film (all 7 of the butlers hopelessly fall in love with her) and having Franchot Tone as her leading man did not help matters either. On the Lux Radio program, Robert Paige had played the role (her co-star in "CAN'T HELP SINGING") and seem to be a much better choice, but his name was not big enough as yet--(it never got any bigger either). However, this happens to be one of my favorite Durbin picture, since this is the first "grown-up" film I have ever seen of hers. She is simply gorgeous in the film (possibly the prettiest, despite the fact that they gave her 3 different eyebrows..one thicker, one pencil-thin (a left over from her previous film HERS TO HOLD), and the third one in-between. Watch the first number, her eyebrows change in mid-song, twice!) and the songs are all out of this world. IN THE SPIRIT OF THE MOMENT, WHEN YOU'RE AWAY, RUSSIAN MEDLEY, and finally, NESSUN DORMA (The Prince). Great selection for a fabulous talent. The British people would kill me if they read this review, since this film is a cult classic over there, but let's be honest about the script. It is Hollywood fluff. But it is also extremely enjoyable, and I do remember not being able to keep my eyes off the screen for a second. It is simply wonderful as an entertainment piece. So, despite what anyone says, I would say it is one of her best.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Songs September 17, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I really like this film. OK, the plot isn't brilliant but when it comes to Deanna Durbin and her amazing voice, you won't find a much better film than this.
The 'Russian Medley' and 'Nessun Dorma' are fantastic - I'm in awe when I listen.
The film revolves around Ann Carter (Durbin) going to stay with her brother, Martin (Pat O'Brien) a rather shady character who's told her he's better off than he actually is.
She wants to make it bigtime as a singer and when she learns that her brother's boss, Charles Gerard (Franchot Tone) is a famous songwriter/playwright she gets herself hired by him as a maid.
What follows is quite an amusing film where she constantly tries to sing for Gerard, but keeps getting prevented. Of course, then she falls for him and he her, but, Martin, doesn't like it and decides to ruin the day.
Add to the mix about seven butlers from the other households within the apartment building who develop a crush on her and do their utmost to please her and aggravate each other and you've got yourself quite a funny movie.
True, the plot and writing isn't a great standard, but it's still a very charming, feel good film that's very easy to watch.
A definite must for all fans of Ms. Durbin.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful and Charming July 18, 2005
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This endearing film from director Frank Borzage is filled with the warmth and charm of its star, Deanna Durbin. An original screenplay fashioned for Deanna by Samuel Hoffenstein and Beth Reinhardt and a glossy production from Universal really make this one of Deanna's best films. A great cast which includes Franchot Tone, Pat O'Brien, Akim Tamiroff and Elsa Janssen lend sparkling support to Deanna's joyous performance as Ann Carter.

Ann is on her way from Indiana to New York by train to live with her rich half-brother while she tries to become a broadway musical star. She wants to sing for composer Charles Gerard (Franchot Tone) and just misses her chance when she finds out he is on her train. When her half-brother Martin (Pat O'Brien) turns out to be only a butler, her hopes sink low until she discovers he is the butler in the swanky New York penthouse of you know who!

Martin plays the ponies more than he works but since his main job is keeping away girls who want to sing for Charles Gerard, he has his hands full. It gets even more complicated when Gerard mistakes Ann for the new maid and she is right under Gerard's nose and Martin's feet! Elsa Janssen is wonderful as the housekeeper Severena, who takes a shine to the sweet Ann. She isn't the only one, however, taken with Ann's smile and effervescence.

Some very funny moments are given birth from Ann's effect on every butler in the building. They are all enamored of her and do everything they can to compete for her affections. Akim Tamiroff is foremost of these as Martin's Russian pal Popoff. Ann of course, begins to fall for her boss Gerard who is about to dump his latest work and run off to Maine with his society girlfriend Elizabeth Campbell (Evelyn Ankers).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What were they thinking of? November 2, 1999
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It's incredible the scripts Universal put Deanna Durin through. This one is screwy start to finish, not helped much by Franchot Tone's awkward performance (I guess being married to Joan Crawford didn't make life easy for him) and a script that at no point makes any sense. The funniest aspect is destitute Deanna wearing a high fashion wardrobe throughout (Adrian, I believe) and making a brief reference to it with a straight face. Her musical performances are nothing short of divine, with "Nessun Dorma" simply brilliant. What a voice and what a talent! The production values and supporting cast as usual are toprate all the way but largely when you've seen one Durbin film scriptwise you've seen them all. Imagine what kind of career she would have had at M-G-M (I know Louis B. Mayer never got over letting her get away). She never even would have done this kind of film. No wonder she left Hollywood behind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "His Butler's Sister" review
I think Deanna Durbin was a fine actress and singer. I have enjoyed watching a great number of her movies. That said, "His Butler's Sister" is certainly my favorite. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars A VHS video in good condition
This copy of the movie was in good condition. The movie played without a blemish. I would not expect more from such an old video.
Published 19 months ago by George Oltman
5.0 out of 5 stars His Butler's Sister
I enjoyed this movie very much. It was different to most of the other Durbin's pictures, so I appreciated this difference. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Carmen Davila
5.0 out of 5 stars From God's hand to Deanna's voice [PAL R2 DVD in USA]
Recently the Stanford Theater showed all of the Deanna Durbin movies. I consider myself an old movie buff, however I had never heard of Deanna Durbin! Read more
Published 20 months ago by Skyhawk
4.0 out of 5 stars darling Deanna delights in cute musical of mixed identities
One of Deanna Durbin's best movies of the period, HIS BUTLER'S SISTER (1943) features the adorable songbird in a comedic story of mixed identities and showbusiness dreams. Read more
Published on June 10, 2011 by Byron Kolln
4.0 out of 5 stars Deanna delights in story of mixed identities
One of Deanna Durbin's best movies of the period, HIS BUTLER'S SISTER (1943) features the adorable songbird in a comedic story of mixed identities and showbusiness dreams. Read more
Published on June 11, 2008 by Byron Kolln
4.0 out of 5 stars His Butler's Singer...
...more like it! Deanna gives a lovely performance in a mid war film which is the reason fake food was used as the disclosure at the beginning of the film tells us. Read more
Published on April 23, 2006 by movie lady
3.0 out of 5 stars Now Remember, Dead-pan!
His Butler's Sister is the story of a girl (Deanna Durbin) who wants more than anything to become a famous singer. Read more
Published on September 19, 2005 by Samantha Glasser
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Deanna!
This must be the lowest budget movie made starring Deanna Durbin. What's up with the fake food? Where they limited because of the war effort? Read more
Published on May 23, 2003 by Renee Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars His Butlers Sister
Since I have bought this video I have watched the film about 40 times,the voice of Deanna Durbin is just incredible,I have all her films but this one has to be the best for me,they... Read more
Published on July 11, 2002 by Christine Bevin
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