Can’t Help Singing is a bright, colorful and gay filmusical, notable for the collection of tunes by Jerome Kern and the fine scenic mounting accentuated by the Technicolor photography. Deanna Durbin’s initial color starrer, and her first filmusical comedy vehicle, picture rates as fine escapist entertainment.
Picture is set in the 1850 era, opening in Washington to introduce Durbin as the daughter of an influential senator who’s determined to marry a cavalry officer. When the senator’s influence ships the latter on quick notice to a California post, the girl follows but never quite catches up.
Lavish and superb production numbers frequently punctuate the proceedings for display of the Kern songs with large crowds of colorfully-costumed extras being used with apparent abandon by the production office. Frank Ryan’s direction is okay, while the script inclines to loosely-assembled sequences at times, and a liberal amount of corn and slapstick is sown along the route.