I'll Be Yours
I'll Be Yours is a 1947 American musical comedy film directed by William A. Seiter and starring Deanna Durbin. Based on the play A jó tündér by Ferenc Molnár, the film is about a small-town girl who tells a fib to a wealthy businessman, which then creates complications. The play had earlier been adapted for the 1935 film The Good Fairy by Preston Sturges.
|I'll Be Yours|
theatrical release poster
|Directed by||William A. Seiter|
|Produced by||Felix Jackson|
|Written by||Feliz Johnson (adaptation)|
|Screenplay by||Preston Sturges|
|Based on||A jó tündér|
by Ferenc Molnár
|Music by||Frank Skinner|
|Edited by||Otto Ludwig|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
Louise Ginglebusher (Deanna Durbin) is a young woman from the small town of Cobbleskill who comes to New York City to make it in show business. In a café, she's befriended by a kindhearted but ornery waiter, Wechsberg (William Bendix), and meets a bearded struggling attorney, George Prescott (Tom Drake). She gets a job as an usherette from Mr. Buckingham (Walter Catlett), the owner of the prestigious Buckingham Music Hall, who's an old friend of her father.
While working at the Music Hall she meets Wechsberg again, and later when she is accosted by a masher, she gets rid of him by claiming that Wechsberg is her husband. Wechsberg then invites her to come with him the next night when he works at an upscale social gathering at the Savoy Ritz. Louise borrows a gown and comes to the party, where they get her past the headwaiter by claiming she's one of the entertainers. Mingling, she meets the host, J. Conrad Nelson (Adolphe Menjou), a philandering meat magnate, who requests that Louise sing a song. She does, so beautifully that Nelson offers to star her in a Broadway musical. To discourage Nelson's obvious physical interest in her, Louise tell him that she's married, whereupon Nelson offers buy her out of her marriage by paying her husband for his loss. Impetuously deciding to do a good deed, she gives Nelson the business card that George Prescott, the struggling lawyer, had given her, and tells him that George is her husband.
When Nelson visits George the next day in his shabby storefront law office, and offers to make him the legal representative for his company, George is suspicious and refuses the offer, but Nelson allays his concerns by telling the ethical young attorney that he needs an honest lawyer as a role model for his staff – the truth is he wants George on his staff so he can keep him occupied while he pursues Louise. Many complications ensue after Louise gets George to shave off his old-man's beard, revealing the handsome young man underneath, and a stroll in the moonlight provokes George to propose marriage to Louise.
- Two years after making I'll Be Yours, Deanna Durbin retired from film acting. In an interview in 1981, she described her last four films – this movie, Something in the Wind (1947), Up in Central Park (1948), and For the Love of Mary (1948) – as "terrible". However another interview her last husband Charles David says she liked making movie except her last three - "she hated those" (not including I'll Be Yours).
I'll Be Yours was designed to be a vehicle for Deanna Durbin, and all the songs in it are sung by her.
- "Granada" - words and music by Agustín Lara
- "It's Dream Time" - by Walter Schumann (music) and Jack Brook (lyrics)
- "Cobbleskill School Song" - by Walter Schumann (music) and Jack Brook (lyrics)
- "Love's Own Sweet Song" - by Emmerich Kalman (music) and Catherine Chisholm Cushing and E. P. Heath (lyrics)
- "Sari Waltz"
- "Brahms' Lullaby" - by Johannes Brahms
In December 1940 Universal announced that Durbin would star in Susi a remake of The Good Fairy to be directed by Henry Koster, produced by Joe Pasternak and written by Norman Krasna. She was to make it following Ready for Romance and before The Phantom of the Opera. Plans to make these films were postponed so Durbin could make It Started with Eve. Eventually Pasternak and Koster both left Universal; Ready for Romance was never made, and Durbin elected not to do Phantom of the Opera
In January 1946 the project was reactivated - Universal announced it would be Durbin's first film back after having a baby, and would be called Josephine. In April Morrie Ryskind was reportedly writing the script. In June 1946 it was announced that William Seiter would direct the movie, now called I'll Be Yours. In August Adolphe Menjou joined the cast. Tom Drake was borrowed from MGM.
Filming started August 13, 1946. It was the first movie made at Universal after they merged with International Pictures. Background scenes were shot on location in New York City. It was released on 2 February 1947. Among other taglines, it was marketed with "Heaven Protects the Working Girl...but who protects the guy she's WORKING to get?"
In November 1946 producer and writer Felix Jackson, who was married to Durbin, asked for and received a release from his contract with Universal. He agreed to supervise the final edit of I'll Be Yours. (Jackson's marriage to Durbin would end and she married Charles David.)
Other versions and adaptations
Before being adapted by Preston Sturges for the 1935 film The Good Fairy, the Molnár play had been presented on Broadway with Helen Hayes playing "Lu" for 151 performances in 1931–1932, with another production playing 68 performances later that year. Preston Sturges used his screenplay for that earlier film as the basis for the 1951 Broadway musical Make a Wish, which had music and lyrics by Hugh Martin.
On radio Lux Radio Theatre broadcast a radio adaptation of I'll be Yours, with William Bendix and Anne Blythe. For television, Hallmark Hall of Fame presented The Good Fairy on NBC in 1956, produced by Maurice Evans, directed by George Schaefer, and starring Julie Harris, Walter Slezak and Cyril Ritchard.
- TCM Full synopsis
- Deming, Mark Plot synopsis (Allmovie)
- TCM Notes
- ON THE TRAIL OF DEANNA DURBIN Paskov, David. Los Angeles Times 25 Apr 1982: m3.
- TCM Music
- IMDB Soundtracks
- NEWS OF THE SCREEN New York Times 27 Dec 1940: 22.
- Koster Will continue as Durbin Film Guide: Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 28 May 1941: A10.
- MACDONALD CAREY RETURNS TO FILMS: Signed by Paramount After 3 Years in Marine Corps-- Nine Openings This Week Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]21 Jan 1946: 31.
- Hedda Hopper LOOKING AT HOLLYWOOD Los Angeles Times 22 Apr 1946: 9.
- BARRYMORE IS OUT OF ROOSEVELT ROLE. New York Times 7 June 1946: 28.
- Powell, Loy Recalled for 'Song of Thin Man' Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times 21 Aug 1946: A2
- FILM STUDIO SIGNS COMPTOM BENNETT: He Will Direct for International Maugham's 'Ashenden' as First U.S. Assignment Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.14 Aug 1946: 34.
- IMDB Release dates
- IMDB Taglines
- Hedda Hopper: LOOKING AT HOLLYWOOD Los Angeles Times 17 Oct 1946: A3.
- ARGOSY PLANNING 2 'FUGITIVE' FILMS New York Times 9 Nov 1946: 24.
- The Good Fairy (1931 production) at the Internet Broadway Database
- The Good Fairy (1932 production) at the Internet Broadway Database
- Make A Wish (1951 production) at the Internet Broadway Database
- The Good Fairy ("Notes") at the TCM Movie Database
- I'll Be Yours (1947 film) on IMDb
- I'll Be Yours (1947 film) at the TCM Movie Database
- I'll Be Yours (1947 film) at AllMovie
- The Good Fairy (play) at the Internet Broadway Database