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  1. Hi Fred: LADY ON A TRAIN is one of my favorite Durbin films. Because it's set on CHRISTMAS EVE and immediately after (and includes a performance by Deanna of "Silent Night"), I watch it every Christmas season and enjoy it every time. I agree that Deanna looks very beautiful (and often quite sexy) in it, though I also agree that she's more overdressed and made-up in this film than in any other, and some of her costumes are somewhat outlandish and don't completely flatter her. Still, except for a few of the "what the?" type plotholes that invariably mar films of this type, I think LA
  2. Hi Top-Billed: You're welcome (and thanks for taking the time to read them. Yikes!) I'm not sure to which comments you're referring, but none of them, good or bad, came from a research paper. Maybe I'll write one somewhere down the road, but I agree with whoever said earlier that writing a biography of Deanna Durbin would probably be quite difficult. The Durbin films directed by Henry Koster are generally considered to be her best, or at least, among her best. Jean Renoir, who directed much of her 1943 film THE AMAZING MRS. HOLIDAY, recalled that prior to beginning filming on that
  3. Hi James: Thanks for the response. Regarding my suggestion that Deanna's passing may not have been "underreported" by the press, as I think I mentioned in a previous post on this thread, I thought her passing received a good deal of attention, especially considering the relative unavailability of her films for public viewing over 40+ years and her own determination to shun the celebrity spotlight for almost 65 years. As a Durbin fan, I would have liked to see more attention given to her demise, but I can't deny that, while she's consistently remained "a person of interest" throughout
  4. Hi Top-Billed: I agree that EVE is a light romantic comedy with musical elements (and, in my opinion, a delightful one) rather than a full "musical," at least in the conventional sense of musical films of that period. Despite the general classification of Durbin's films as "musicals," Ethan Morrden and Robert Osborne, among others, have noted that most of her films were comedies and dramas with important musical interludes. (Morrden considers 1944's CAN'T HELP SINGING as Durbin's only real "musical" and has observed that she must be the only great musical star of the Studio Era who was alm
  5. Hi Top-Billed: I think you are trying to have it go both ways in your arguments. First, you tell James that she is unknown (as opposed to being forgotten) because her films are unavailable to the general public. Then, a few paragraphs down, you say she is outselling Dietrich and Colbert in home video. That would suggest she is very much available to new audiences. So why is she still relatively unknown? It cannot all be based on the fact that cable is not playing her movies-- when in fact, TCM does show them. First, my apologies for any confusion, but concerning the availability of Dea
  6. Hi James: I am confused given that your opening statement was "I stand by my POV that Durbin is mostly forgotten..." and I admit I attempted to qualify that statement by pointing out that, due to the lack of ready availability of her films over several decades, she may not be so much forgotten, as unknown to a large segment of the public which hadn't seen her work. In any case, I think we can agree that there is a large segment of the **** that hasn't had an opportunity to see Durbin's films. As far as the rest is concerned, I don't recall mentioning a "1980s survey" in my examples. If
  7. I can't answer your question re THE WAY WE WERE, but I do like Marcia Mae Jones a lot. She could be both kind ("Clara" in HEIDI) and mean-spirited ("Lavinia" in THE LITTLE PRINCESS), and she was a great "gal pal" to the star of some films ("Olga" in MAD ABOUT MUSIC with Deanna Durbin.) I think her most best performance may have been as "Rosalie Wells" in 1936's THESE THREE. Although Bonita Granville received the majority of critical attention (and an Oscar nomination) for her performance as the malevolent brat whose lies almost ruin the lives of Miriam Hopkins, Merle Oberon and Joel McCrea
  8. *In my own opinion, her "saving the studio" (according to writers and film historians for the last few decades, not just "fan" opinions), certainly has a basis in the consistent success of her titles but also the fact that she helped to change the public impression of Universal through that series of highly popular films. They stopped being looked down upon by some as being inferior.* I agree, Paulino. First, Deanna Durbin was not making GONE WITH THE WIND each year. Compared to other more expensive offerings at other studios, Deanna's films which were mostly in the same vein (with th
  9. I stand by by POV that Durbin is mostly forgotten by most of the general public today. Why do I think this? Well when she died the amount of press about her death was way less than she 'deserved' based on how big she was back in her peak years. I cannot think of another star that was as big as she was (in terms of box office and popularity), that received as little media coverage as she did. I disagree. I believe Durbin is unknown by a large segment of the general public today because, at the risk of repeating myself, her films have not been nearly as readily available for public viewin
  10. Hi Flutie 22: I know Deanna's films have been shown occasionally on TV through the years. In fact, I first saw several of them when PBS broadcast them as part of one of its' fundraising drives in the 1980s. This was why I said they hadn't been available for "regular broadcast" over the past 50 years, e.g., not like the regular, frequent screenings of films from Warner Bros., MGM and other studios that were standard TV fare for decades. I should have been clearer about that. My apologies for the confusion. I do recall during that during the fundraising breaks on the PBS station
  11. I'd love to see an appropriate TCM tribute to Deanna, but given the paucity of Durbin films that TCM owns outright for broadcast (it only owns the rights to 1940's IT'S A DATE and has leased the other Durbin titles it has shown), I don't think it likely in the foreseeable future. This is why Durbin's films are not better known, not because there isn't an audience for them. (When released in the mid-1990s on VHS the DEANNA DURBIN COLLECTION became the best selling set of films devoted to a "classic Hollywood star" in the history of MCA/UNIVERSAL Home Video), but because they aren't available fo
  12. > {quote:title=jamesjazzguitar wrote:}{quote}Not to sound too contrary, but if Durbin did say that maybe that is what set Judy off! > > I mean, in some ways Judy died for her craft, and here is Durbin who retired early and was living the easy life. > > Even if one assumes Durbin didn't mean to be offensive that statement could be interpreted as offensive especially by someone like Judy, where the business took so much out of her. Not to sweat, James! This allegedly profane comment attributed to Deanna was entirely the product of writer Gore Vidal's imagination for
  13. > {quote:title=sjack wrote:}{quote}Nice to read your post Markus. Was wondering where you were once I'd read that she'd passed. I remembered you as a Durbin expert. I agree that there were Judy fans that disparaged Deanna. I belonged to several online forums/clubs devoted to Judy and I don't remember reading more than a few posts/comments about Deanna that didn't contain some negativity. I've learned that a small subset of Judy Garland fans are a truly odd lot and I think these "fans" were insecure about how sucessful Deanna's career and her live were compared to Judy's. If one was to
  14. > {quote:title=ginnyfan wrote:}{quote}That's sad. > > The disparaging remarks from fans are unfortunate but inevitable. I admit that I've made a running joke out of calling Shirley Temple 'The One Who Shall Not Be Named" or TOWSNBN on my Virginia Weidler site, but it's just that, a joke, and the members get it. > > > I recently found some really cruel, flip comments Judy made about the career or lack of one of Ronald Sinclair, her co-star in THOROUGHBREDS DON'T CRY. I suspect Judy said a lot of hazy, silly things when being interviewed late in life, but I can't accoun
  15. > {quote:title=Sepiatone wrote:}{quote} > Relax, it'll happen, Hibi. > > Anyway...remember that "Durbin vs Garland" thread? About who was the better movie vocalist or something like that? Well, just saw *That's Entertainment* last night, and it showed a clip of the two of them together. They seemed to get along fine. In fact, I'll bet off screen in real life they had an amiable relationship. So all that "rivalry" was OURS, not THEIRS. > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
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