|His Butler's Sister|
|Directed by||Frank Borzage|
|Produced by||Felix Jackson|
|Music by||Hans J. Salter|
|Edited by||Ted J. Kent|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$1.7 million (US rentals) or $1,750,000|
His Butler's Sister is a 1943 American romantic comedy film directed by Frank Borzage and starring Deanna Durbin.The supporting cast includes Franchot Tone, Pat O'Brien, Akim Tamiroff, Evelyn Ankers and Hans Conried. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Sound Recording (Bernard B. Brown).
Ann Carter visits New York City to see her half-brother, and to try to start a music career. He works as a butler for Charles Gerard, a Broadway producer, so Ann gets a job working for him as a maid.
Durbin performs a notable medley of Russian folk songs including "Yamschtschick," "Kalitka" and "Two Guitars." (American Film Institute Catalog)
The film was announced in January 1943.In April, Frank Borzage signed to direct and Pat O'Brien to star. In May, Franchot Tone signed to play the male lead. The film was then known as My Girl Godfrey. Durbin enjoyed working with Borzage.
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