A sweet, cute, and often funny film that’s heavily dated by its musical numbers and feels like it never quite gets to the meat of the plot.
Deanna Durbin plays a great plucky young woman who sees an opportunity to better her life. And Robert Cummings nails the feckless rich bachelor who lives in fear of displeasing his father. And, of course, Charles Laughton is excellent.
But none of the roles ever seem to find room to evolve. Durbin is plucky throughout, Cummings is constantly exasperated, and Laughton is forever the sly old fox pushing them together. You never really get a sense for any of the characters as more complete people outside the dynamics of their immediate situation.
A 4/5 for personal enjoyment. It really was cute. But I’m not sure I’ll remember any of it next month.