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Post  Maestro on Sun 23 Dec 2007 - 4:51

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MOVIE INFORMATION:
Universal Studios – 1946
1 Hour, 28 Minutes
Black & White

MAIN CREDITS:
Producer…Felix Jackson
Director…Richard Wallace
Screenplay…Edmund Beloin
Music…Edgar Fairchild

MAIN CHARACTERS:
Kim Walker…Deanna Durbin
John Sheridan…Charles Laughton
Paul Taylor…Franchot Tone
Charles Gilbert…Stanley Ridges
Nora…Helen Broderick
Martin…Donald Meek

MOVIE SYNOPSIS:
After a long and successful season, the famous actor, John Sheridan has decided to end the run of his current play. Backstage after the performance, playwright Paul Taylor tries to convince John that Marsha Vale is the perfect choice as the leading lady for his new play called STRANGE LAUGHTER in which John is set to be the star performer. John disagrees and asks for someone with more freshness. As John is leaving the building, a beautiful lady called Kim Walker tries to get his autograph, but she is unsuccessful. Kim then heads off to work as a waitress at an oyster bar. Unexpectedly, John drops in for a meal before going on vacation, so Kim seizes the opportunity and tricks John into signing a letter of introduction. The next day, Kim goes to the the office of producer Charles Gilbert, but before she arrives there, she is spotted by Paul who tries to get her phone number. Kim successfully uses the signed letter to convince Charles that she is perfect for the female lead of STRANGE LAUGHTER. During the meeting, Paul walks in and Kim leads him into believing that she is a friend of John Sheridan, but Paul insists that she is not an experienced enough actress for his new play. After Paul leaves, a party for Kim is arranged to be held at Sheridan's apartment. Paul is shocked when he hears over the radio that Kim has been given the female lead in STRANGE LAUGHTER and also that she is John’s fiancée. Paul then phones Kim at the party and tells her that he will do everything he can to keep her out of his play. Unexpectedly, John returns to discover a party in full progress in his apartment, so Kim pretends to feint so as to avoid a scene. John is unhappy that she duped him into signing a letter of introduction to get the role. Despite taking a liking to her, he tells Kim that she is not suitable for the play which upsets her greatly. Kim’s room-mate, Nora calls a newspaper and fabricates a story that Kim had attempted suicide because she was rejected for the play by John Sheridan. When John hears the news he goes to Kim, but discovers that the suicide attempt was just as phoney as her feinting spell. When John hears Kim sing, he is so moved by her performance that he decides to give her the female lead on the spot. After going over the script with John, Kim returns home to find Paul waiting outside her apartment. He tells her he felt guilty because he believed that it was his fault for causing her to attempt suicide. Before long they are kissing, but when Paul finds out that the suicide attempt was a deception, he becomes angry and storms out. At rehearsals, Paul constantly criticizes Kim’s performance which upsets John. Paul decides to quit as the director and then removes his name from the play. On opening night, Paul sneaks into the theatre where John spots him waiting in the wings. John realizes that Paul and Kim are actually in love so he improvises the ending of the play to bring them together.

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Post  Maestro on Sat 9 Feb 2008 - 3:06

The very ambitious Kim Walker (Deanna Durbin) wants to get the signature of John Sheridan (Charles Laughton).

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Post  Maestro on Mon 10 Mar 2008 - 6:25

Kim has recorded her performance of Lover written by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart.



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Post  Maestro on Mon 10 Mar 2008 - 6:27

Paul Taylor (Franchot Tone) tells Kim that she isn't experienced enough for his play.

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Post  Maestro on Sat 29 Mar 2008 - 2:42

John is not impressed with Kim's acting skills.

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Post  Maestro on Sat 29 Mar 2008 - 2:45

Danny Boy written by Frederic Edward Weatherly is so beautifully sung by Kim that John automatically gives her the female lead in STRANGE LAUGHTER.

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Post  Maestro on Sat 29 Mar 2008 - 3:08

Paul does everything possible to stop Kim from playing in STRANGE LAUGHTER much to the annoyance of John.

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Post  Maestro on Sat 29 Mar 2008 - 3:09

Kim asks Paul why he wants his name removed from the play.

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Post  Maestro on Sat 5 Apr 2008 - 11:04

Kim brilliantly sings Goodbye written by George John Whyte-Melville & Francesco Paolo Tosti.

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Post  Maestro on Fri 12 Feb 2010 - 9:26

John sends Kim some beautiful flowers just before they go on stage.

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Post  Maestro on Fri 12 Feb 2010 - 9:36

John changes his lines during the play to bring Kim and Paul back together.

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Post  Maestro on Fri 12 Feb 2010 - 9:37

Here is a movie mistake found in BECAUSE OF HIM:

When Paul Taylor is talking to Kim Walker at the street corner, the same blonde lady wearing a black beret walks past three times.


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Post  Maestro on Fri 12 Feb 2010 - 9:39

MEMORABLE LINES:

Paul Taylor says to Kim Walker, "You see there are lots of people like you in any business - wilful, unscrupulous people who make up in ambition what they lack in talent."


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Post  Maestro on Fri 12 Feb 2010 - 9:40

Deanna was expecting her first child during the making of BECAUSE OF HM:

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Post  Maestro on Fri 12 Feb 2010 - 9:41

Deanna Durbin with producer/husband Felix Jackson looking over the scrip:

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Post  Maestro on Fri 12 Feb 2010 - 9:42

Family watermelon break during production:

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Post  Maestro on Fri 12 Feb 2010 - 9:44

Deanna Durbin with key people in preparation for filming:

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Post  Maestro on Fri 12 Feb 2010 - 9:45

This photo of the ending of BECAUSE OF HIM was not seen in the movie:

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Post  Maestro on Fri 12 Feb 2010 - 9:46

Nan Grey (Mrs. Westrope) visited Deanna Durbin on the set:

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Grey's second marriage was to singer Frankie Laine in 1950. She made a guest appearance on the TV Western series RAWHIDE with Laine who sang the theme song.


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Post  Maestro on Fri 12 Feb 2010 - 9:47

Deanna Durbin with Richard Wallace who did the directing:

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Post  Maestro on Fri 12 Feb 2010 - 9:48

Deanna Durbin and Richard Wallace examine a test film during production:

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Post  Maestro on Fri 12 Feb 2010 - 9:49

Deanna Durbin is ready for action on the set:

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Post  Maestro on Sat 6 Mar 2010 - 8:47

Deanna Durbin's pet name for Charles Laughton was "Ducky" during production:

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Post  Maestro on Sat 6 Mar 2010 - 8:51

Deanna Durbin meets Franchot Tone's son in between filming scenes:

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Post  Maestro on Mon 25 Aug 2014 - 10:18

Deanna Durbin and Richard Wallace having fun during a break:

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Post  Maestro on Sat 13 Feb 2016 - 7:42

Deanna Durbin with Charles Laughton and Richard Wallace:

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Post  Maestro on Tue 2 Jul 2019 - 6:53

Robert Stack visits Deanna Durbin on the set:

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Post  Maestro on Tue 2 Jul 2019 - 10:06

Deanna Durbin & Helen Broderick chat between filming scenes:

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Post  Maestro on Tue 2 Jul 2019 - 10:08

Richard Wallace cuts the cake celebrating the end of production:

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Post  Maestro Yesterday at 11:08

Ronnie Rondell with Charles Laughton presenting Deanna Durbin (post production) with a special night blooming cereus flower:

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Post  Maestro Yesterday at 11:10

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The original title was CATHERINE THE LAST.
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