In this reworking of Cinderella, orphaned Connie Harding is sent to live with her rich aunt and uncle after graduating from boarding school. She's hardly received with open arms, especially by her snobby cousin Barbara. When the entire family is invited to a major social ball, Barbara sees to it that Connie is forced to stay home. With the aid of her uncle, who acts as her fairy godfather, Connie makes it to the ball and meets her Prince Charming in Ted Drake, her cousin's boyfriend.
Wonderful modern updating of Cinderella. Durbin is utterly radiant and is probably the screen's best Cinderella, official or not. Even her musical numbers are better integrated here than they were in Three Smart Girls. Robert Stack is so young here I think his voice hadn't broken yet. Eugene Pallette is a riot as Durbin's uncle who has nothing but contempt for his wife and children.
This is a charming movie that plays like "Cinderella" crossed with "My Man Godfrey."
Instead of being "miss fix-it," here Durbin is the one whose life needs fixing. The staff at the mansion of the eccentric family that has adopted Durbin arranges it so she can go to the ball and meet Robert Stack.
The movie takes itself just seriously enough, but also winks at the audience when things might go over the top. Eugene Palette is at hand as a much put-upon father, and the supporting cast is excellent. "First Love" races past and keeps the viewer laughing and entertained.