Mad About Music was a popular Durbin vehicle in which she plays a film star’s daughter who gets shipped off to a posh Swiss boarding school.
Prohibited from revealing her true parentage, she concocts the story of a fantasy father, an explorer and big-game hunter. When her bluff is endangered, Durbin enlists the help of a kind vacationing composer (Marshall) to masquerade as the great man.
Remade in 1956 as Toy Tiger with Jeff Chandler in the role of the fantasy father.
Deanna Durbin received a special Oscar for both Mad About Music and That Certain Age (also 1938) for “her significant contribution in bringing to the screen the spirit and personification of her youth.
Cast: Deanna Durbin, Herbert Marshall, Gail Patrick, Arthur Treacher, William Frawley, Marcia Mae Jones, Helen Parrish, Jackie Moran
Director: Norman Taurog
Screenwriters: Felix Jackson, Bruce Manning
Producer: Joe Pasternak
Director of Photography: Joseph A. Valentine
Production Companies: Universal
Release Date: 27 February 1938
Running Time: 100 minutes
Genres: Musical Comedy