Peter (1934)

Genres - Comedy, Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Comedy  |   Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - Austria, Hungary, USA  |  
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Producer Joe Pasternak was making "Deanna Durbin pictures" long before he'd discovered Durbin -- and indeed, long before he'd left Hungary. Pasternak's 1935 musical Peter stars Franciska Gaal as Eva, a 17-year-old gamine who ekes out a living as a street singer. While wandering past an open courtyard, Eva confronts a young burglar, who orders her to change clothes with him so he can make a quick getaway. With nothing but her newfound male garb to her name, our heroine poses as a boy named Peter so that she can obtain a job selling newspapers. In this guise, she experiences all manner of hilarious misadventures, and even finds true love in the form of a handsome doctor (Hans Jaray). Peter was directed by Herman Kosterlitz, who as "Henry Koster" would later helm several of Joe Pasternak's Hollywood musicals.