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|I'LL BE YOURS (director/writer: William A. Seiter; screenwriters: Felix Jackson/based on the screenplay The Good Fairy by Preston Sturges/based on a comedy by Ferenc Molnar/adapted from the Hungarian by Jane Hinton; cinematographer: Hal Mohr; editor: Otto Ludwig; music: Frank Skinner; cast: Deanna Durbin (Louise Ginglebusher), Tom Drake (George Prescott), William Bendix (George Wechsberg), Adolph Menjou (J. Conrad Nelson), Walter Catlett (Mr. Buckingham), Franklin Pangborn (Barber), William Trenk (Captain), Joan Fulton (Blonde); Runtime: 94; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Felix Jackson; Universal; 1947)|
nothing more than a genial diversion."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
remake of the 1935 Margaret
Sullavan vehicle The Good Fairy, which was also penned by this film's
writer, Preston Sturges. It's pleasant enough, but adds nothing new to
the original and its slight comedy is too cornball for my taste. It's
based on a stage musical comedy by
Ferenc Molnar and is directed without distinction by William A.
Seiter ("It's A Date"/"Room Service"/"Allegheny
Uprising"). Two years after
this film Universal's popular star, Deanna Durbin, retired. Here she
sings four forgettable tunes, including
"Granada," "It's Dream Time," "Sari
Waltz," and "Cobbleskill School Song."
The grocer father of Louise
Ginglebusher (Deanna Durbin) dies and soon afterward she
graduates from Cobbleskill high
school. Louise then leaves her small-town for the Big Apple, where she
has a letter of introduction to zany Radio City Music Hall director Buckingham (Walter Catlett) from her father who was his classmate and
teammate on the baseball team. Country bumpkin Louise has the
connections and gets hired as an usherette.
At an inexpensive restaurant
Louise's befriended by the aggressive waiter George Wechsberg (William Bendix) and meets his bearded struggling
Prescott (Tom Drake), and is smitten. He's poor
because he's so honest, but the good looking guy would make a good
catch for the regular girl Louise (only she hates his beard, claiming
it makes him look too old).
George works one evening as a waiter for a fancy banquet
held in the Savoy-Ritz and arranges for Louise to crash the affair. She
draws the attention of womanizing meat packer tycoon J. Conrad Nelson (Adolph Menjou), who makes her uncomfortable making a pass
at her and trying to get her to drink champagne in his penthouse hotel
apartment. To get out of his pad, Louise tells him the little white lie
that she's married to Prescott. Nelson responds by offering Prescott an
important high paying job on his company's crooked board of directors
that will keep him busy with night meetings while he woos his wife.
Louise's white lie has her
flustered on how to straighten things out, as the plot line offers a
conventional feel-good way out of the jam and some strained comedy.
Neither film version captures
the magical fantasy version of the stage production. It's nothing more than a genial diversion.
REVIEWED ON 4/17/2011 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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