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Post  English Crusader on Sun 23 Dec 2007 - 4:44



MOVIE INFORMATION:
Universal Studios – 1941
1 Hour, 35 Minutes
Black & White

MAIN CREDITS:
Producer…Joe Pasternak
Director…William Seiter
Screenplay…Richard Connell
Music…Charles Previn

MAIN CHARACTERS:
Jane Dana…Deanna Durbin
Richard Calvert…Franchot Tone
Don Webb… Robert Stack
Oliver Dana…Robert Benchley
Hector Titus…Walter Brenan
Cora Foster…Helen Broderick
Sylvia Dana…Anne Gwynne
Nancy Dana…Ann Gillis

MOVIE SYNOPSIS:
In the small New England town of Stillwater, Oliver Dana is a school principal writing a new book on nutrition. His eldest daughter, Sylvia is an actress and his youngest daughter, Nancy loves to be noticed by the boys. Jane is his middle daughter and she is fed-up with her nice girl image. Jane's long time boyfriend, Don Webb is more interested in cars than romance which upsets Jane. One night a telegram is delivered to the Dana house. The telegram says that a scientist named Richard Calvert is visiting Oliver to evaluate him for a possible fellowship. Jane drives to the railway station to pick-up the scientist and is surprised to see that he is a handsome young man. When they arrive home, Sylvia and Nancy try to impress Richard much to the annoyance of Jane. At the Fourth of July dance, Jane and Richard dance together because Don is too busy working on his car. When it's time for Richard to leave, Jane organizes to take him to the station, but she takes Don's car instead because her car is being fixed by him. Jane is so frustrated at being labelled a "nice girl" she decides to set everyone straight. She secretly puts a potato in the exhaust pipe which slows down the car enough for Richard to miss his train. Jane then drives Richard all the way to New York in the rain. At the Calvert home, Jane gets out of her wet clothes and puts on a bright red outfit. Richard invites Jane to stay the night and she accepts. After drinking champagne, Jane starts to flirt with Richard, but all he does is tell her stories of his overseas expeditions. Richard shows Jane a wooden ring, but after she puts in on her finger it gets stuck. When Richard's mother phones, Jane overhears him telling her that Jane is just one of the Dana girls. It’s at that point that Jane realizes that she has made a fool of herself and drives all the way home. When she gets back in the early hours of the morning the car's horn goes crazy and everyone is alerted to her arrival. The town imagines a scandal which greatly upsets Jane. In order to stop the wild speculation, Nancy spreads the word that Jane and Richard are engaged. That night Jane is scheduled to sing at a Red Cross benefit. The conductor at the benefit, Hector Titus makes a public announcement that Jane is engaged. Don can't believe that his long term girlfriend has been lost to another man. When Richard suddenly appears at the benefit, Jane has to pretend that she is really engaged to him. In order to get out of an on-the-spot marriage, they fake a lover's quarrel and split-up in front of everyone. Meanwhile, Don has joined the military. Jane visits Don at the military base where he finally expresses his love for her.

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Post  English Crusader on Wed 6 Feb 2008 - 22:06

Perhaps written by Andres de Segurola is the first song in NICE GIRL and beautifully performed by Jane Dana (Deanna Durbin).



NOTE: There was a legal dispute about the real origin of the melody. Did Franchetti get the idea from Heim or Dvorak??


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Post  English Crusader on Sat 9 Feb 2008 - 9:38

Don Webb (Robert Stack) tells Jane a "fascinating" story about the humble potato.



Notice Jane wearing a very distinctive brooch - a bird. It really stands out and certainly makes the audience wonder about the significance of wearing such a large piece of jewellery which has red, green, and gold jewels. Well, the brooch was given to Deanna by her mother, and proudly displayed to the movie public.



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Post  English Crusader on Sat 9 Feb 2008 - 22:28

Oliver Dana (Robert Benchley) and his family entertain Richard Calvert (Franchot Tone).



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Post  English Crusader on Tue 4 Mar 2008 - 6:10

Sylvia (Anne Gwynne), Richard, and Jane listen to a "speech" given by Oliver at the Fourth of July party.



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Post  English Crusader on Thu 6 Mar 2008 - 10:19

The Old Folks At Home written by Stephen Foster is very sweetly sung by Jane at the Fourth of July party.



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Post  English Crusader on Mon 17 Mar 2008 - 3:53

Love At Last written by Jacques Press & Eddie Cherkose is beautifully sung by a love starved Jane.



But what did Richard have on his mind - nothing serious as it turned out to be.

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Post  English Crusader on Thu 20 Mar 2008 - 8:55

Jane prefers champagne rather than milk.




Jane innocently puts on the wooden "wedding" ring that Richard places in front of her.



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Post  English Crusader on Tue 8 Apr 2008 - 10:55

Beneath The Lights Of Home written by Bernie Grossman & Walter Jurmann is sung by a sweet looking Jane.



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Post  English Crusader on Tue 8 Apr 2008 - 10:58

Don tells Jane to ignore the gossip about her "engagement" to Richard.



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Post  English Crusader on Tue 8 Apr 2008 - 13:54

Jane and Richard part on friendly terms.



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Post  English Crusader on Tue 8 Apr 2008 - 14:08

Jane arrives at the army base where Don finally expresses his feelings for her just before she is requested to sing:



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Post  English Crusader on Tue 8 Apr 2008 - 14:16

Mistakes found in NICE GIRL:

When the rabbits leap in distress at the sound of Oliver Dana singing, there are a few frames repeated.

Richard Calvert refers to his adventures with the pygmies in Australia, but there are no pygmies in Australia.

After Oliver Dana gives his speech at the Fourth of July party, he places his reading glasses in his top coat pocket, but the next camera shot shows his handkerchief in the pocket.


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Post  English Crusader on Tue 8 Apr 2008 - 22:23

MEMORABLE LINES:

Richard says to Jane, "We should have at least two lives - our own and a good one."


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Post  English Crusader on Sat 19 Apr 2008 - 11:06

Deanna Durbin and Walter Brennan take a break from filming NICE GIRL:



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Post  English Crusader on Mon 5 May 2008 - 22:43

Deanna Durbin and Robert Stack on the set of NICE GIRL:



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Post  English Crusader on Fri 9 May 2008 - 10:55

Here is a photo of Deanna's character getting wet for a scene in NICE GIRL:



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Post  English Crusader on Sun 11 May 2008 - 11:18

NICE GIRL started production on 11/11/40. The first scene was completed at 11 am and there was 11 feet of film left in the camera!

Here is a photo of Deanna Durbin with Charles Previn and William Seiter:



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Post  English Crusader on Fri 6 Nov 2009 - 10:52

This is a promotional shot of Deanna Durbin & Robert Stack for the production of NICE GIRL:



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Post  English Crusader on Thu 18 Feb 2010 - 14:16

Deanna Durbin and Robert Benchley check out their lines during the making of NICE GIRL:



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Post  English Crusader on Tue 2 Mar 2010 - 8:49

Deanna Durbin & William Seiter having fun on the set of NICE GIRL:



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Post  English Crusader on Tue 2 Mar 2010 - 8:50

Deanna Durbin & William Seiter enjoying refreshments during the production of NICE GIRL:



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Post  English Crusader on Sat 1 May 2010 - 14:57

Deanna's sister, had a baby, so the film crew called her "Aunty Deanna" on the set of NICE GIRL:

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Post  English Crusader on Sat 22 Jun 2013 - 12:11

Deanna Durbin and Robert Benchley enjoy a walk in the sunshine during the production of NICE GIRL:



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Post  English Crusader on Sat 22 Jun 2013 - 12:16

Deanna Durbin is looking stunning in this promotional photo for NICE GIRL:

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Post  English Crusader on Sat 22 Jun 2013 - 12:20

Here is an unusual photo of Richard and Jane at the site of the Wild Cloud statue. The plaque can be seen to the right. It's interesting to note that Richard is in a pose suggesting he is going to leap and it seems Jane is trying to stop him. Now remember, this image and the clothes Jane is wearing are not seen in the movie.

THIS IS THE INSCRIPTION ON THE PLAQUE:

HERE WILD CLOUD, A YOUNG INDIAN BRAVE,
LEAPED TO HIS DEATH WHEN HE LOST THE
LOVE OF THE INDIAN MAID, SHY EYES.





ADDITIONAL NOTE: Richard arrives in Stillwater late on the 3rd of July. The next day he attends the local 4th of July celebration held that night. He leaves for New York early on the 5th of July. The question remains what did Richard do in town during the long summer daylight hours on the 4th of July? Jane may have taken him sightseeing including a visit to the site of the statue. If that was the case, Jane would no doubt have noticed the obvious contrast in attitude between Richard and Don adding more fuel to her romantic fire. If there was a scene filmed of Richard and Jane at the site of the statue it must have been cut from the movie. And when Richard and Jane say their final goodbyes to each other, Richard says to Jane, "Bye Shy Eyes" even though in the movie release he is never seen at the site of the statue which means he would not have known about the legend of Wild Cloud.



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Post  English Crusader on Sun 19 Feb 2017 - 10:07

Deanna Durbin relaxing on the set between filming scenes:

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Post  English Crusader on Sun 19 Feb 2017 - 10:08

Three nice girls!!!

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Post  English Crusader on Sun 19 Feb 2017 - 10:10

Promotional photo of Richard Calvert and Don Webb with nice girl Jane Dana:

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Post  English Crusader on Thu 23 Feb 2017 - 0:59

In NICE GIRL the character Don Webb joins the Army and in real life here is Robert Stack in uniform next to Deanna Durbin:



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Post  English Crusader on Thu 23 Feb 2017 - 1:00

The play on which the movie NICE GIRL was based was first presented by New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1929. A July 1940 Hollywood Reporter news item reported that writers Ralph Block and Frederick Kohner were working on a "final screen play" for the movie, but the extent of their contribution has not been confirmed. Early in the production of NICE GIRL, Universal held a nineteenth birthday party for Deanna Durbin, during which she was presented with the song "I'm Nineteen Now," written especially for her by Walter Jurmann and Bernie Grossman. In January 1941, the film's finale sequence was shot on location at Fort MacArthur, California, with the use of approximately two hundred extras. For the first time, a Durbin vehicle was slightly censored by the Hays Office, as the line "I trusted Gerald until one night..." as read by Ann Gillis' character Nancy Dana from a "confession" magazine, was deleted. In February 1941, Durbin was recalled to the studio to shoot and record additional musical numbers for the foreign release of the movie. The song "There'll Always Be An England" replaced "Thank You, America" in the British release, and a Spanish-language version of "Thank You, America" was produced for the Latin-American release.


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Post  English Crusader on Thu 23 Feb 2017 - 1:02

The original working title was LOVE AT LAST. Some sources claim that the movie's final release title was changed from NICE GIRL to NICE GIRL? to create intrigue and consequently increase ticket sales. However, by closely examining the facts, Deanna Durbin's ninth movie would have been just as successful at the Box Office without the Question Mark!



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Post  English Crusader on Fri 24 Feb 2017 - 22:40

This is the 1940 trailer for NICE GIRL:



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