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One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 5 September 1937 (USA)
The daughter of a struggling musician forms a symphony orchestra made up of his unemployed friends and through persistence, charm and a few misunderstandings, is able to get Leopold ... See full summary »

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Bruce Manning (original screen play), Charles Kenyon (original screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Deanna Durbin ... Patricia Cardwell
Leopold Stokowski ... Leopold Stokowski
Adolphe Menjou ... John Cardwell
Alice Brady ... Mrs. Frost
Eugene Pallette ... John R. Frost
Mischa Auer ... Michael Borodoff
Billy Gilbert ... Garage Owner
Alma Kruger ... Mrs. Tyler
J. Scott Smart ... Stage Doorman (as Jack Smart)
Jed Prouty ... Bitters
Jameson Thomas ... Russell
Howard Hickman ... Johnson
Frank Jenks ... Taxi Driver
Christian Rub ... Brandstetter
Gerald Oliver Smith Gerald Oliver Smith ... Stevens
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Storyline

The daughter of a struggling musician forms a symphony orchestra made up of his unemployed friends and through persistence, charm and a few misunderstandings, is able to get Leopold Stokowski to lead them in a concert that leads to a radio contract. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Taglines:

IT'S A HONEY! IT'S A DARB! IT'S A DURBIN! (original herald-all caps)

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

100 Men and a Girl See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$762,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,270,200
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

John W. Harkrider and Jack Martin Smith, the two set designers for this film, worked on different film versions of the musical "Show Boat". Harkrider, who had designed the costumes for the original 1927 stage production and the 1932 revival, created the opening credits for the 1936 film version, and Smith was the art director for the 1951 Technicolor film version. See more »

Goofs

The position of Patsy's hands when she's crying on the bed. See more »

Quotes

Leopold Stokowski: [Patsy has come to apologize for telling a newspaper that Stokowski would be conducting her orchestra of jobless musicians] But why did you do it? You must have had a reason.
Patricia "Patsy" Cardwell: Oh, yes! I had a hundred reasons! Would you like to hear them?
Leopold Stokowski: I certainly would.
Patricia "Patsy" Cardwell: [Goes to the door of his study and counts:] One! Two! Three! Four!
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in The Waltons: The Fledgling (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Raining Sunbeams
(1937)
Music by Friedrich Hollaender (as Frederick Hollander)
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
Sung by Deanna Durbin (uncredited)
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"The Wizard of Oz," Two Years Early
1 November 2006 | by mgconlan-1See all my reviews

A 16-year-old singer/actress plays a girl who travels around a city seeking a mysterious white-haired man of power who can make all her dreams come true … where have we seen that since? Though it's a naturalistic (if not realistic) film instead of a fantasy, "One Hundred Men and a Girl" seems to me strikingly close to "The Wizard of Oz" (the legendary 1939 MGM version) not only in its plot structure but its overall approach. I can't help thinking that Judy Garland screened it and based her performance in "Oz" largely on Deanna Durbin's acting here, just as I suspect Victor Fleming studied Henry Koster's direction of this film to figure out ways to make "Oz" believable on screen. Aside from the "Wizard of Oz" parallels, "One Hundred Men and a Girl" is a first-rate film, a masterpiece within the limits of its genre, with a class consciousness we're more likely to see from Warners than Universal — one of its most moving aspects is the way the jokes and polite tossed-off remarks of the rich characters become heartbreaking when the poor characters take them all too seriously. Incidentally, apropos of some of the "trivia" entries on this film, the orchestra actually heard in the film was the Philadelphia Orchestra, recorded in the Philadelphia Academy of Music on a multi-channel sound system, the first time one was used in a film (contemporary reports differ on whether 12, 14 or 28 microphones were used); by then Leopold Stokowski was no longer the Philadelphia's main conductor but he was still the orchestra's principal guest conductor and he used them in other movie projects, including "Fantasia" (1940).


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