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Post  English Crusader on Sun 23 Dec 2007 - 4:48



MOVIE INFORMATION:
Universal Studios - 1943
1 Hour, 34 Minutes
Black & White

MAIN CREDITS:
Producer…Felix Jackson
Director…Frank Borzage
Screenplay…Sam Hoffenstein
Music…Charles Previn

MAIN CHARACTERS:
Ann Carter…Deanna Durbin
Charles Gerard…Franchot Tone
Martin Murphy…Pat O’Brien
Elizabeth Campbell…Evelyn Ankers
Mort Kalb…Walter Catlett
Severina…Elsa Jannsen
Popoff…Akim Tamiroff

MOVIE SYNOPSIS:
Ann Carter is on a train going to New York to see her half brother, Martin Murphy. Ann hopes to make it big as a singer and when she overhears that Broadway composer, Charles Gerard is on board, she decides to audition for him. She goes to the wrong compartment and ends up singing for a travelling salesman instead. Ann finally arrives at the fancy penthouse where Martin is living, but he soon confesses that he is only the butler and that Charles Gerard is the real owner. Martin lets Ann stay the night and she is happy to help with the housework. The next morning, Ann meets the cook, Severina and becomes good friends with her. While Ann is vacuuming, she is interrupted by Charles who thinks that she is the new maid. Martin reluctantly allows Ann to act as the maid and immediately puts her to work. He sends her to do some shopping and along the way she meets a group of butlers including Popoff who befriends her. The next night, Charles has a party at the penthouse and invites his girlfriend, Elizabeth Campbell. Broadway producer, Mort Kalb is also at the party and takes an instant liking to Ann. Elizabeth informs Charles that she is going to Maine and wants him to join her to which he agrees. The next morning, Martin convinces Charles to fire Ann because there won’t be enough for her to do at the penthouse. While Charles is in the bathroom, Ann takes the opportunity to sing for him, but he mistakes her performance for a radio broadcast. Ann then goes to Mort hoping to audition for him. Their meeting is interrupted by Charles who informs Mort that he has decided to abandon their play. Ann tells Charles that it would be a mistake not to go ahead with the play, but he doesn’t appreciate her comments. That night, Popoff is celebrating his birthday with his fellow butlers at a Russian café and he decides to invite Ann. Unexpectedly, Charles arrives at the café and immediately asks Ann to dance with him. He tells her that she was right about not abandoning the play and that he would stay in town. They walk home hand in hand and fall in love. Before going to bed, Martin speaks to Ann and insists that she leave the penthouse, but she refuses to go because she is convinced that Charles loves her. The next morning, Martin tricks Charles into believing that Ann was only using him to further her career and is not really in love with him. Charles then confronts Ann regarding her real intentions, but she denies seeking an audition. When Martin refuses to leave the room, Charles fires him and gets the impression that Ann and Martin are involved in a relationship. The next morning, Ann is packed and ready to go back to Indiana, but Martin convinces her to stay and sing at the Butler’s Ball. Charles also goes to the ball looking for Ann where Severina informs him that Martin and Ann are only brother and sister. Ann then sings an aria and Charles is amazed at her beautiful voice. They are reunited much to the joy of Martin.

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Post  English Crusader on Thu 17 Jan 2008 - 8:46

When Ann Carter (Deanna Durbin) is "auditioning" to the travelling girdle salesman, she sings In The Spirit Of The Moment written by Bernie Grossman & Walter Jurmann.



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Post  English Crusader on Sat 9 Feb 2008 - 6:24

Ann arrives unexpectedly at the penthouse where Martin Murphy (Pat O'Brien) is the butler.



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Post  English Crusader on Fri 22 Feb 2008 - 11:00

Charles Gerard (Franchot Tone) thinks that Ann is the new maid.



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Post  English Crusader on Sun 2 Mar 2008 - 6:29

Ann goes shopping in her new role as the maid.



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Post  English Crusader on Thu 27 Mar 2008 - 21:34

Martin tells Ann to have a deadpan look when serving guests.



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Post  English Crusader on Thu 27 Mar 2008 - 21:38

When You're Away written by Victor Herbert & Henry Blossom is sung by Ann, but Charles Gerard (Franchot Tone) thinks the radio is playing.



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Post  English Crusader on Thu 27 Mar 2008 - 21:50

Mort Kalb (Walter Catlett) is a real wolf when it comes to beautiful women like Ann.



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Post  English Crusader on Tue 1 Apr 2008 - 18:37

Ann sings a Russian Medley at a birthday party for Popoff (Akim Tamiroff) at the Russian cafe.



These are the songs that are part of the Russian Medley:

Hey, Coachman, Drive To The Ravine

Garden Wicket

Two Guitars

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Post  English Crusader on Tue 6 May 2008 - 0:05

Charles enjoys dancing with Ann and then takes her away from the Russian cafe.



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Post  English Crusader on Tue 6 May 2008 - 0:06

Charles dumps Ann after Martin convinces him that she was only interested in getting an audition.



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Post  English Crusader on Tue 6 May 2008 - 0:27

None Shall Sleep (Nessun Dorma) from Puccini's opera TURANDOT is brilliantly sung by Ann.



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Post  English Crusader on Tue 6 May 2008 - 0:29

Ann reunites with Charles.



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Post  English Crusader on Tue 6 May 2008 - 0:34

Deanna did cover her wedding ring with a larger ring and also sometimes with tape. HIS BUTLER'S SISTER is the movie where it's obvious that she has a tape on her finger when she is dancing with Franchot Tone in the Russian cafe.


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Post  English Crusader on Tue 6 May 2008 - 0:52

Deanna Durbin and Pat O'Brien enjoy a chat and a cup of coffee between shooting scenes:





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Post  English Crusader on Tue 6 May 2008 - 1:00

MEMORABLE LINES:

Popoff says to Martin, "You know, I'm nine years in America; seven years I've spent waiting for a woman."


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Post  English Crusader on Sun 29 Jun 2008 - 14:12

One obvious mistake is when Ann is singing In The Spirit Of The Moment. Notice how the shape of her eyebrows change from one camera shot to another.



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Post  English Crusader on Sun 29 Jun 2008 - 14:13

Deanna Durbin with Felix Jackson and Frank Borzage on lunch during the production of HIS BUTLER'S SISTER:



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Post  English Crusader on Thu 9 Apr 2009 - 23:52

Deanna Durbin with Pat O'Brien and Franchot Tone together at Universal Studios for the production of HIS BUTLER'S SISTER:



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Post  English Crusader on Sat 8 May 2010 - 9:26

Deanna Durbin & Pat O'Brien finding time to have fun on the set of HIS BUTLER'S SISTER:

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Post  English Crusader on Sat 8 May 2010 - 9:27

Deanna Durbin and Pat O'Brien at Universal Studios during the production of CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY:



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Post  English Crusader on Wed 28 Mar 2012 - 10:22

Anne Shirley visits Deanna Durbin during the production of HIS BUTLER'S SISTER:



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Post  English Crusader on Sun 29 Jun 2014 - 10:35

Deanna Durbin with Franchot Tone and Frank Borzage preparing to shoot a scene:

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Post  English Crusader on Sun 28 Aug 2016 - 14:33

Deanna Durbin and Frank Borzage on the set:

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Post  English Crusader on Sun 28 Aug 2016 - 14:34

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Post  English Crusader on Sun 28 Aug 2016 - 14:35

ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS:
Best Sound Recording

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Post  English Crusader on Sun 28 Aug 2016 - 14:35

The movie title MY GIRL GODFRY was considered instead of HIS BUTLER'S SISTER.



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