The New Pictures, Jan. 15, 1945

Can't Help Singing (Universal) cost $2,500,000 to produce, has a Jerome Kern score, throstle-throated Deanna Durbin, and the evident fine intention of turning out a cinemusical as full of sunlit Americana as Oklahoma!. As such it deserves a pleasant fate, and may earn it at the box office. But it can hardly fare well with critics, even the most generous.

There is nothing wrong with its basic story—Miss Durbin's transcontinental pursuit of the officer she thinks she loves, by covered wagon (the year is 1849); ner Senator father's (Ray Collins) pursuit of her;...

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