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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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.
- MAD ABOUT MUSIC (1938)
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.Read more ›
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)
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.Read more ›
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What a lovely voice she had. Her movies were sweet and fluffy , very enjoyable. I purchased another collection of her movies.Published on June 27, 2013 by Gliglu
I love Deanna Durbin, and am so happy they are releasing more of her movies on DVD. For the love of Mary and Three smart girls grow up are two of my favorites.Published on March 19, 2013 by K Kristan
It really is a shame that more people don't know about Deanna Durbin. I have always thought she was an incredibly talented singer and actress and these movies just solidify my... Read morePublished on February 23, 2013 by Jennifer Morris