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Nice Girl [VHS] (1941)

Deanna Durbin , Franchot Tone , William A. Seiter  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Deanna Durbin, Franchot Tone, Walter Brennan, Robert Stack, Robert Benchley
  • Directors: William A. Seiter
  • Writers: Frederick Kohner, Gladys Lehman, Phyllis Duganne, Richard Connell
  • Producers: Joe Pasternak
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Universal Studios Ho
  • VHS Release Date: January 28, 1997
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304296975
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,165 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ravishing! Delightful! June 28, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is probably the most ravishing look at small-town America during World War II ever put on film. The movie serves as a star vehicle for Deanna Durbin and her all-American good-looks, charm and energy relate to the remarkable recreation of a little town somewhere in America. Her house is fascinating to study during those innocent years: big, spacious windows, cozy, over-stuffed rooms. The best scene, though, is at July 4th party by the river. Deanna sings "Old Folks at Home" in a haunting, thrilling way and previous to that, an even more unforgettable "Lights of Home," all aimed at the servicemen overseas and their longing for American homelife. Deanna's boyfriend is the incredibly gorgeous Robert Stack, whose smile is dazzling. Franchot Tone is again the older handsome man but why Universal kept pairing him and the effervescent Deanna is a mystery to me. His long, strange looking face, weird smile, looks alien next to Deanna's open face. The VHS print is beautiful, the sound marvelous and the movie ends with an unforgettable sequence where Deanna is singing to a military crowd and relatives. The song "Thanks to America" makes you realize how long ago that era really is. There's a beautiful alternate ending included. Deanna sings "There will always be an England" with a marvelous long close-up. Lose yourself in nostalgia and enchanting music by the incomparable Deanna. This is one of Universal's unheralded masterpieces.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Girl? One Of Deanna's Best Films. February 14, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is full of good things: an escapist story line, a good supporting cast, lots of laughs, and six good songs. We get two helpings of "Beneath The Lights Of Home" a popular song at the time, and still popular with members of "The Deanna Durbin Society" today. The plot is uncomplicated: Robert Stack is Deanna's boy-friend, who shows more interest in his car than in her. Enter the older man Franchot Tone. He's a representative of a scientific organisation and has come to do business with Deanna's father. Deanna becomes attracted to him, and so on...
The video ends with the song "There'll Always Be An England". This song was only added to the film on British release. Deanna sang it direct to the audience, and no doubt her English parents would be just as delighted as the British film-goers who went forth into the black-out feeling uplifted.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love at Last March 21, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
This warm and sweet film full of charm and the values once held dear in small towns across America is one of Deanna Durbin's finest. Based on a play by Phyllis Duganne, the screenplay by Richard Connell and Gladys Lehman captures the innocence of a time when going downtown for an ice cream soda and attending the town dance was a big deal.

The music is beautiful this time out, with Deanna getting to sing everything from the sweet "Beneath the Lights of Home" to the lovely "Love at Last" with music and lyrics by Jacques Press and Eddie Cherkose. The songs never seem intrusive here but fit perfectly into the story. They are simply part of a mosaic painted here by director William A. Seiter and producer Joe Pasternak. Vera West dressed Deanna in this film and reminds the viewer that Durbin was everything a girl is supposed to be, and just a bit more.

Deanna is Jane Dana, the quiet daughter of Professor Dana (Robert Benchley). His youngest daughter, Nancy, is boy crazy, and his other daughter, Sylvia, wants to be an actress and takes every opportunity to ham it up. Jane takes care of the rabbits and helps her dad out with his research. He is hoping for a fellowship that will let him expand his work. When a big university sends Richard Calvert (Franchot Tone) to Stillwater to interview Jane's dad for the grant, things will never be the same.

Jane's boyfriend, Don (Robert Stack), is so crazy about his car he misses all her signals for romance. When the handsome Richard appears on the scene, all three sisters descend on him like bees to a pot of honey. Young Nancy's attempts to seem older are a hoot but Jane has the inside track when she borrows Don's car and sabotages it in order to play seductress.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A grown-up Deanna in warm war-time romance June 21, 2008
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Deanna Durbin's first movie following America's entry into World War II was the delightful romantic comedy NICE GIRL? (1941). In the film, Deanna plays a young woman who has lots of fun when her neighbours wrongly suspect her of having a "loose" reputation.

Co-starring Robert Stack (Deanna's leading man in "First Love"), NICE GIRL? paints a sweet portrait of small-town America at a time when the effects of World War II were starting to infiltrate everyday activities. Deanna plays Jane Dana, the middle daughter of a highschool professor (Robert Benchley). Jane gets into untold strife when she drives her father's colleague Richard Calvert (Franchot Tone) back to his New York address and is forced to stay the night because of heavy rain. Of course Jane's totally innocent, but the townsfolk have other ideas when Jane is seen driving back in the wee hours of the morning, dressed in a chic ensemble belonging to Richard's sister!

Deanna must have had fun playing with her wholesome screen image in NICE GIRL?, one of the first movies which displayed the songbird with a more mature subject matter. Deanna gets to sing "Love at Last", "Perhaps", and "Beneath the Lights of Home". She closes the film with a stirring medley of "Thank You America" and "There'll Always Be an England".

One of Deanna's biggest wartime hits.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of her best films. What a voice!
Published 3 months ago by drgymnast
5.0 out of 5 stars Deanna Durbin
Always love any of Deanna Durbins movies and songs. There was never a voice like hers before or aafter her.
Published 7 months ago by Thomas L. Bryant
1.0 out of 5 stars arrived
great arrival time and vender. but ending of this movie stupid. but the product was great shape and if i liked the movie--it would have been great.
Published 15 months ago by vallyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
Deanna Durbin was wonderful and are trying to obtain all of her movies.
Seems like she was able to have a good career without the usual Hollywood corruption.
Published 15 months ago by Dobber
5.0 out of 5 stars Deanna Durbin's Nice Girl?
I really love Deanna Durbin's voice, it's unique. This is a cute story about a family comprised of a father, his daughters and a housekeeper. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Carmen Davila
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Film
Will this ever be released on DVD? I guess Deanna's films have lost steam. Deanna's first teaming with fading star Franchot Tone, second teaming with First Kiss star Robert Stack. Read more
Published on November 20, 2009 by movie lady
4.0 out of 5 stars "Lightning doesn't strike in the same place twice, but your father...
The Danas are a nice family. Father (Robert Benchley) is an inventor who recieves a visit from an anthropologist named Richard Calvert (Franchot Tone). Read more
Published on June 3, 2008 by Samantha Glasser
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