Spring Parade (1940) Deanna Durbin, Robert Cummings, Mischa Auer, Henry Stephenson, S.Z. Sakall Movie Review

Spring Parade (1940)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Deanna Durbin in Spring Parade (1940)

Durbin the Goat Girl

Whilst out walking her goat Ilonka (Deanna Durbin) spots a travelling fair and decides to take a look and ends up buy a card from a fortune teller which says her future romance lies in Vienna. Disappointed she leaves and eventually ends up going to worker for Latislav Teschek (S.Z. Sakall) as an assistant which is when she meets Corporal Harry Marten (Robert Cummings) a drummer in the Hungarian army who dreams of being a famous composer but due to the military of forbidden from creating his own compositions. It is then that Ilonka decides to send one of Harry's waltzes to the Emperor, placed in with his regular order of pastries.

I can see why there are many who would think "Spring Parade" is a good movie because it stars Deanna Durbin who over the course of a 12 year career, featuring just 23 appearances had such a lasting impact and is why fans of the musical star cherish each of her movies. And there is no denying that Deanna Durbin makes "Spring Parade" entertaining thanks to that gift of being naturally funny but also having such a wonderful singing voice as well. You can quite literally watch "Spring Parade" purely doe Deanna Durbin and end up with a smile on your face.

Now in fairness saying that does a disservice to the rest of the cast as Robert Cummings is solid and once again D.Z. Sakall delivers a scene stealing comedy performance. But truth be told "Spring Parade" is actually quite a weak movie with a slim line storyline which if it wasn't for Durbin making the most of the musical numbers and the occasional bit of decent comedy would have been a completely forgettable affair.

What this all boils down to is that "Sprig Parade" in many ways explains why Deanna Durbin was so special as it is her talents which make the movie watchable. Beyond Durbin there are some entertaining supporting performances but the movie is generally weak and is less than memorable due to its typical musical nature.