Review: ‘Hers to Hold’

In Hers to Hold Deanna Durbin successfully and permanently completes transition from cinematic sub-deb to young ladyhood.

In Hers to Hold Deanna Durbin successfully and permanently completes transition from cinematic sub-deb to young ladyhood.

Felix Jackson, formerly associated as writer on numerous early Durbin starrers, makes his bow as the star’s producer here, and clicks solidly. He gets able assistance from freshness and pace in both script by Lewis Foster and direction by Frank Ryan, together with strong performances by supporting cast, and an excellently mounted production overall.

Story, although lightly contrived, generates audience attention through the deft business generously inserted in the script and carried through via direction. Rich deb Durbin is object of amorous flirtation by Joseph Cotten, trifling love-and-leave-’em adventurer, and what starts out as boy chases girl winds up as girl chases boy. When she coyly falls for his pitches after a fast campaign, he tries to get from under when he sees that look in her eye, but his brush-off is unsuccessful and she follows him to an aircraft plant to get job to seek him out.

Durbin again demonstrates capabilities in carrying acting responsibilities of lead, with her four song numbers neatly spotted along the way.

Hers to Hold

Production

Universal. Dir Frank Ryan; Producer Felix Jackson; Screenplay John D. Klorer, Lewis R. Foster; Camera Elwood Bredell; Editor Ted Kent; Music Frank Skinner

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1943. Running time: 93 MIN.

With

Deanna Durbin Joseph Cotten Charles Winninger Evelyn Ankers Gus Schilling

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