Something in the Wind (1947)

Genres - Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Errors, Musical Comedy  |   Run Time - 89 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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A very minor musical, Something in the Wind at least gets a few points for having a rather unusual jumping off place for its story: there simply aren't too many musicals of the period that revolve around a case of mistaken identity in which a virginal heroine is mistaken for the mistress of a recently deceased millionaire. In the hands of an Ernst Lubitsch, this could have been the basis for a delightful, sophisticated little romp. Instead, what we have is a ridiculous trifle that doesn't even try to make its twists and turns credible. The dialogue isn't exactly witty, but it is a cut above average at least -- with some significant exceptions. Of course, what really matters in a Deann Durbin musical isn't the story but the star and the songs. Durbin is in glorious voice, whether duetting with opera star Jan Peerce on "Miserere" or going pop in several other ditties, notably the attractive title song and the lively "You Wanna Keep Your Baby Looking Right." She looks lovely and she handles the light dramatic chores with aplomb. She has her hands full, however, keeping Donald O'Connor from stealing the picture away, which he threatens to do whenever he's onscreen and definitely does during his "I Love a Mystery" routine, which contains some seedw which would eventually burst forth in the "Make 'Em Laugh" sequence of Singin' in the Rain. John Dall is dull, but supporting players like Charles Winninger help to make up for Dall's lackluster performance.