HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
American Anthem
Lion and the Horse, The
Druids
War of the Wizards
Onward
Doctor Faustus
Spite Marriage
Mask, The
Letter to Jane
Quick Millions
Dream Demon
Max Havelaar
Radioactive
Glastonbury Fayre
All Dogs Go to Heaven
Shoot Out
Da 5 Bloods
Sonatine
Kung Fu Monster
Secret Agent Super Dragon
Saint Frances
Boiling Point
Golden Stallion, The
Dragon Force
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
Luck of Ginger Coffey, The
Junkers Come Here
Ladius
White, White Day, A
Strong Medicine
Bitter Springs
Centipede Horror
Physical Evidence
Fanny Lye Deliver'd
55 Days at Peking
Alive
Man from Snowy River, The
Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo
Girl with the Bracelet, The
Monster from a Prehistoric Planet
   
 
Newest Articles
Bat-Damn: Was Joel Schumacher's Batman Really That Bad?
The Beat Goes On: Takeshi Kitano Collection on Blu-ray
Dream Treats: Scorsese Shorts on Blu-ray
It's Only Money: Laughter in Paradise on Blu-ray
A Regular Terpsichore: Dance, Girl, Dance on Blu-ray
Teenage Trauma: Baby Love on Blu-ray
The Happening: Pet Shop Boys It Couldn't Happen Here on Blu-ray
Who Watched The Watchmen?
The Golden Age of Colonic Irrigation: Monty Python Series 4 on Blu-ray
Lady of Pleasure: Lola Montes on Blu-ray
Take You to the Gay Bar: Funeral Parade of Roses on Blu-ray
Hit for Ms: Mark Cousins' Women Make Film on Blu-ray
Look Sinister: The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse on Blu-ray
Star Wars Triple Threat: The Tricky Third Prequel and Sequel
I Can See for Miles: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes on Blu-ray
Too Much Pressure: The Family Way on Blu-ray
The Alan Key: Alan Klein and What a Crazy World on Blu-ray
A Japanese Ghost Story: Kwaidan on Blu-ray
The Zu Gang: Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain on Blu-ray
Reality TV: The Year of the Sex Olympics on DVD
The Young and the Damned: They Live By Night on Blu-ray
Mind How You Go: The Best of COI on Blu-ray
Der Kommissar's in Town: Babylon Berlin Series 3 on DVD
The End of Civilisation as We Know It: The 50th Anniversary
The Whalebone Box: The Andrew Kotting Interview
   
 
  One Hundred Men and a Girl Orchestrations
Year: 1937
Director: Henry Koster
Stars: Deanna Durbin, Leopold Stokowski, Adolphe Menjou, Alice Brady, Eugene Pallette, Mischa Auer, Billy Gilbert, Alma Kruger, J. Scott Smart, Jed Prouty, Jameson Thomas, Howard C. Hickman, Frank Jenks, Christian Rub, Gerald Oliver Smith, Jack Mulhall
Genre: Musical, Comedy, DramaBuy from Amazon
Rating:  8 (from 1 vote)
Review: John Cardwell (Adolphe Menjou) is a struggling trombone player without an orchestra to perform with, so he is naturally desperate to see famous conductor Leopold Stokowski (as himself) in the hopes he will secure a job from him. However, he barely gets close, and is thrown out of the theatre the man has been conducting in. What to do now? He can't afford his rent and he and his teenage daughter Patricia (Deanna Dubin) will be evicted if he can't pay his landlady. Then, as luck would have it he notices a purse stuffed with cash dropped on the sidewalk; he looks around for the owner but she has left and Cardwell could really use that money...

Before you say anything about that title, rest assured this is a wholesome film through and through, one of the works that starred Durbin and helped save Universal from bankruptcy thanks to its popularity. Scripted by Bruce Manning, Charles Kenyon and James Mulhauser from Hans Kraly's idea, it was a typical production from family entertainment expert Joe Pasternak, and one of the few Durbin films that really stand up today as still unironically enjoyable.

You can genuinely see the appeal of the star in this, as the ideal daughter who manages to get everyone working together for the common good, and not only that but has a fine, clear singing voice as well for those musical interludes. You're backing Patricia, or Patsy as she's known, all the way in her scheme to find work for dear old dad and his out of work musician friends (ninety-nine of them). Despite being thought of as the epitome of sweetness and light, the film makes no bones about how hard it was during the Depression and the desperation of the lower class characters is keenly portrayed.

Initially, Cardwell makes up a story about being accepted by Stokowksi's orchestra and naturally everyone who knows him is delighted, most of all Patsy. But after she secretly goes to the concert hall and discovers her father is nowhere to be seen, she realises he has been lying and he has to tell her the truth when he returns home. Every bit the honest girl, Patsy takes the purse back to the society lady who lost it, and asks for her money to be refunded as she cannot pay up herself. The lady - Mrs Frost (Alice Brady) - and her friends are quite taken with her honesty and invite our heroine to have something to eat before she goes, which leads to the main plot.

This being that classical music fan Mrs Frost agrees to sponsor the hundred musicians and give them work, but oh dear, she hasn't told her purse-string-holding husband (Eugene Pallette) who thinks the whole idea is a practical joke played on him by a fellow gentleman's club member. It looks as if tragedy is looming for Patsy and the people she's trying to help - if only she could get to Stokowski and make him listen to reason. It might not be much of a surprise how this turns out as some fairy tales do come true in spite of what Cardwell says, but One Hundred Men and a Girl is charming from its opening to its sentimental finale. You have to have a heart of coldest ice not to be moved by all this sweetness; it may sound like damning the film with faint praise to call it "nice", but that's what it is, thoroughly nice.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 3213 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Paul Smith
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
  Mick Stewart
Enoch Sneed
  Dsfgsdfg Dsgdsgsdg
  Hannah Prosser
   

 

Last Updated: