Mad About Music


1h 38m 1938

Brief Synopsis

A young woman at a girl's school in Switzerland makes up stories about and writes herself letters from an imaginary explorer-adventurer father; and is eventually put in a position where she has to produce him. Interesting things happen as she talks a visiting Englishman into helping her out.

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Mad About Music - Scene Stills
Mad About Music - Publicity Stills
Mad About Music - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Mad About Music - Lobby Cards
Mad About Music - Movie Posters

Film Details

Genre
Drama
Musical
Release Date
Feb 27, 1938
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
10 reels

Synopsis

Fourteen-year-old Gloria Harkinson attends a private school in Switzerland away from her widowed actress mother Gwen Taylor, because Gwen's press agent, Dusty Turner believes that her career would be ruined if the public knew that she had a teenage daughter. Although she is very proud of her mother, Gloria is unable to talk about her. Instead, she includes stories about the fabulous adventures of a pretend father in letters that she writes and mails to herself. Felice, another student at the school, is determined to prove that Gloria is lying about her father. After Gloria makes friends with a boy from a neighboring school, she arranges to meet him in town and lies to her teachers, saying that her father is arriving for a short visit. Word gets out and Gloria is forced to supply a man whom she can claim as her father. Spotting handsome Richard Todd, a composer, she tells him a phony story and leaves with him, hoping that the other girls will believe that this man knows her. Things get complicated when two teachers call on Richard to invite him to lunch at the school. Gloria is forced to tell him the truth and he kindly plays along, by pretending to be the explorer that she has created. Richard is called to Paris on business and when Gloria learns from a newspaper that Gwen is also in Paris, she tags along, in hopes of spending a few moments with her mother. Dusty prevents the meeting, however, and Gloria sadly appears at Richard's hotel. After Richard worms the story out of her, he insists that they return and confront her mother. In the meantime, Gwen learns that Gloria is in town and that Dusty turned her away. Determined that this will never happen again, Gwen tells reporters about her daughter just as Richard and Gloria arrive. The reporters believe that Richard is Gwen's husband and it appears that Gloria will have the family she wants after all.

Photo Collections

Mad About Music - Scene Stills
Here are a few scene stills from Universal Pictures' Mad About Music (1938), starring Deanna Durbin, Herbert Marshall, and Gail Patrick.
Mad About Music - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of Universal's Mad About Music (1938), starring Deanna Durbin and Herbert Marshall.
Mad About Music - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from Universal's Mad About Music (1938), starring Deanna Durbin, Herbert Marshall, and Gail Patrick. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Mad About Music - Movie Posters
Here are a few movie posters from Universal Pictures' Mad About Music (1938), starring Deanna Durbin, Herbert Marshall, and Gail Patrick.
Mad About Music - Publicity Stills
Here are a few photos taken to help publicize Universal Pictures' Mad About Music (1938), starring Deanna Durbin, Herbert Marshall, and Gail Patrick. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.

Film Details

Genre
Drama
Musical
Release Date
Feb 27, 1938
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
10 reels

Award Nominations

Best Art Direction

1938

Best Cinematography

1938

Best Score

1938

Best Writing, Screenplay

1939

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Trivia

Notes

The film was nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Original Story, Best Cinematography, Best Interior Decoration and Best Score. Variety notes that some scenes were filmed in the forecourt of Sid Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Deanna Durbin received a special Oscar for both Mad About Music and That Certain Age for "her significant contribution in bringing to the screen the spirit and personification of her youth, and as a juvenile player, setting a high standard of ability and achievement." The film was remade by Universal in 1956 as The Toy Tiger with Tim Hovey in the Durbin role.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1938

Released in United States 1938