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Nice Girl

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A grown-up Deanna in warm war-time romance

  • Jun 21, 2008
Deanna Durbin's first movie following America's entry into World War II was the delightful romantic comedy NICE GIRL? (1941). In the film, Deanna plays a young woman who has lots of fun when her neighbours wrongly suspect her of having a "loose" reputation.

Co-starring Robert Stack (Deanna's leading man in "First Love"), NICE GIRL? paints a sweet portrait of small-town America at a time when the effects of World War II were starting to infiltrate everyday activities. Deanna plays Jane Dana, the middle daughter of a highschool professor (Robert Benchley). Jane gets into untold strife when she drives her father's colleague Richard Calvert (Franchot Tone) back to his New York address and is forced to stay the night because of heavy rain. Of course Jane's totally innocent, but the townsfolk have other ideas when Jane is seen driving back in the wee hours of the morning, dressed in a chic ensemble belonging to Richard's sister!

Deanna must have had fun playing with her wholesome screen image in NICE GIRL?, one of the first movies which displayed the songbird with a more mature subject matter. Deanna gets to sing "Love at Last", "Perhaps", and "Beneath the Lights of Home". She closes the film with a stirring medley of "Thank You America" and "There'll Always Be an England".

One of Deanna's biggest wartime hits.

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