His Butler’s Sister

Universal swings strictly to the Cinderella formula for plot of Deanna Durbin's 13th starrer, His Butler's Sister. Neatly contrived situations, consistently good pace, excellent cast and four songs by Durbin combine to make this a top attraction of the Durbin series.

With:
Deanna Durbin Pat O'Brien Franchot Tone Akim Tamiroff Evelyn Ankers Alan Mowbray

Universal swings strictly to the Cinderella formula for plot of Deanna Durbin’s 13th starrer, His Butler’s Sister. Neatly contrived situations, consistently good pace, excellent cast and four songs by Durbin combine to make this a top attraction of the Durbin series.

Familiar plot is embellished with fine performances and entertaining situations. Durbin hits New York from her Indiana town to embark on a singing career through visit to older brother (Pat O’Brien) whom she figures wealthy but who’s in reality the butler to composer Franchot Tone. She’s inducted as maid in the bachelor penthouse but fired in two days on insistence of O’Brien, afraid of losing his job if she sings to catch Tone’s attention. Of course the composer becomes interested in girl.

Despite tale’s fragility, picture is brimful of light and amusing situations. Durbin is spotlighted with fine performance as the young and ambitious singer, getting sensitive direction under Frank Borzage.

His Butler's Sister

Production: Universal. Dir Frank Borzage; Producer Felix Jackson; Screenplay Sam Hoffenstein, Betty Reinhardt; Camera Woody Bredell; Editor Ted Kent; Music Hans J. Salter

Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1943. Running time: 92 MIN.

With: Deanna Durbin Pat O'Brien Franchot Tone Akim Tamiroff Evelyn Ankers Alan Mowbray

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