It's a Date

It's a Date

Director: William Seiter, Deanna Durbin, Kay Francis, Walter Pidgeon

Cast: William Seiter, Deanna Durbin, Kay Francis, Walter Pidgeon

     
 

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In It's a Date, the teenage diva Deanna Durbin is cast as Pamela Drake, the daughter of celebrated stage actress Georgia Drake (Kay Francis). Hoping to find success as an actress herself, Pamela energetically lobbies for the role of the maid in an upcoming play based on the life of St. Bernadette -- a role that has already been given to Georgia. When those

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In It's a Date, the teenage diva Deanna Durbin is cast as Pamela Drake, the daughter of celebrated stage actress Georgia Drake (Kay Francis). Hoping to find success as an actress herself, Pamela energetically lobbies for the role of the maid in an upcoming play based on the life of St. Bernadette -- a role that has already been given to Georgia. When those conducting the auditions hear Pamela's singing, however, they quickly change their mind and offer the part to her. The rivalry between Pamela and Georgia intensifies when both fall in love with handsome middle-ager John Arlen (Walter Pidgeon). Innumerable complications follow, leading to a happy ending for both mother and daughter, though not quite the ending that either one had in mind. Deanna Durbin's musical repertoire this time out includes "Musetta's Street Song" from La Bohème, "Loch Lomond," "Love Is All," and a curious climactic rendition of "Ave Maria." It's a Date was remade in 1950 as Nancy Goes to Rio, with Jane Powell and Ann Sothern.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
It's a Date is an enjoyable little trifle, even if it's totally improbable and often ridiculous. Of course, a viewer's reaction to any Deanna Durbin showcase is going to rest on his or her feelings toward the star (and a very young star in Date). Durbin's operatic singing voice is often a turnoff to those who simply don't appreciate opera, but even that camp should appreciate her lovely renditions of "Loch Lomond" and "Ave Maria." And Durbin is in fine form as an actress here, turning in a sprightly and winning performance that makes the silly screenplay quite enjoyable. Though it's silly, it does provide the star with a number of set pieces that she handles very nicely. Durbin also has a humdinger of a supporting cast, starting with the estimable Walter Pidgeon, whose rather bemused performance fits in quite well with the proceedings. There's also the delectable and always enjoyable Kay Francis, playing the material as if it were pure gold rather than a presentable but undistinguished copperplate. Throw in the likes if Eugene Pallette, S.Z. Sakall, and Fritz Feld, and the result is very pleasant, if nothing more.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/12/2016
UPC:
0888574406240
Original Release:
1940
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
5,056

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Deanna Durbin Pamela Drake
Kay Francis Georgia Drake
Walter Pidgeon John Arlen
Samuel S. Hinds Sidney Simpson
Eugene Pallette Governor
S.Z. Sakall Carl Ober
Henry Stephenson Capt. Andrews
Cecilia Loftus Sarah Frankenstein
Lewis Howard Freddie Miller
Fritz Feld Headwaiter
Virginia Brissac Holden
Romaine Callender Evans
Eddie Polo Quartermaster
Eddie Acuff Ship's Steward
Mark Anthony Officer
John Arledge Newcomer
Leon Belasco Captain
John Day Sleepy-Eyed Blonde
Anna Demetrio Cook
Virginia Engels Young Girl
Joseph King First Mate
Charles Lane Horner
Fay McKenzie Actor
Phyllis Ruth Actor
Mary Kelly Governor's Wife
Linda Deane Actor
Harry Owens and His Royal Hawaiians Actor

Technical Credits
William Seiter Director
Ralph Block Original Story
Bernard W. Burton Editor
Norman Krasna Screenwriter
Joe Pasternak Producer
Charles Previn Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Joseph A. Valentine Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- It's a Date
1. Chapter 1 [7:20]
2. Chapter 2 [8:15]
3. Chapter 3 [9:21]
4. Chapter 4 [7:17]
5. Chapter 5 [7:28]
6. Chapter 6 [6:48]
7. Chapter 7 [7:00]
8. Chapter 8 [7:48]
9. Chapter 9 [8:19]
10. Chapter 10 [8:19]
11. Chapter 11 [9:59]
12. Chapter 12 [9:03]
13. Chapter 13 [5:58]
14. Chapter 14 [:27]

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