Dir: Irving Pichel (1947)
In Something in the Wind, Deanna plays Mary Collins, host of a radio program that's about to go off the air due to lack of funds. Poor little Mary, the program just consists of her sitting barefoot on a desk, spinning her own records and singing her own songs. She sure could use some money! And shucks, she seems like a nice girl.
|In case you missed it, this is DEANNA DURBIN we're talking about. She is a TALENTED LADY.|
|"I realize how hard it must be for this family to get people to come calling, but this really is too much!"|
Mary would at first like very much to remove this misunderstanding, but, realizing that a great deal of money is actually being offered to her (she could save her radio program!) and deciding that the Reeds pretty much suck anyway, she decides to play along as the fallen woman. She quickly invents a lovechild and demands a million dollars to keep her mouth shut. She shamelessly enjoys sending the whole horrible family into hysterics with threats of bad publicity, refusals to sign any settlement papers, and vivid descriptions of Donald's "darling baby uncle."
|Mary bears up under vicious attacks on her character.|
|What are you doing, Uncle Chester? "Hiding!"|
The plot speeds up now as Charles takes matters into his own hands, convinced he can split up Donald's engagement faster if he can just persuade Donald to seduce Mary (?) and then arrange for this seduction to be witnessed by Clarissa, the fiancee. Donald is sort of stupid and agrees to go along, because... if Mary likes him... she will take his money? Or something. Don't ask questions. This is basically an excuse to take Deanna to a fashion show and have her wear this incredible sequin-y get-up, along with buckets of innuendo at Donald's expense.
|"You want it to get around town that I am Mrs. Reed? Why Donald, this is so sudden."|
Deanna is a far cry from muffins and milk in this movie, and may I say I find her adorable?! In this scene she sings a wonderful song about mistresses and gets to sit on Donald's lap. Clarissa walks in and of course sees the whole thing, so TA-DA engagement over! I really want to recount this full scene blow-by-blow because it is actually hilarious, but I'm afraid to ruin it.
|"I'm insanely jealous." :D|
JUST WATCH IT.
Okay now moving on.
Back at the house, Donald tries once more to fake-seduce Mary. This time it works. There is a full moon, Charles hires a band to play outside the window, Mary wears one of her new fancy boob-enhancing gowns from the fashion show, and Donald turns off the lamps. Watching a poor woman's Jimmy Stewart try to nuzzle up and bust a move is definitely one of this movie's biggest selling points.
Donald: "You seem to be a very intelligent person, Miss Collins - Mary -
and, if I may add, very attractive."
Mary: "Well, I wouldn't know! Personally, I've never appealed to myself in that way."
Before you know it, the movie magic takes its hold, Mary sings a song with the band, and BOOM! Fireworks! They kiss! And... it's the real deal!!
|Donald looks like a great kisser. And look, he accessorizes!|
I'm going wrap up the rest with a slideshow so as not to spoil the wonderful ending! Well, okay, some hints too: Jail. Alcohol. Duet. And... ballet?
|In this scene, Charlie drinks the soda and Donald drinks the alcohol. They both get drunk.|
|Deanna sings her way out of jail again. This time it's Il Trovatore with Jan Peerce of the Metropolitan Opera.|
|Another great kiss with Donald!|
|"That's just a sample of the work done on this machine."*|
IT IS FUNNY.
Stars: 4.5 out of 5
*I'm not making that up. He actually says that.