Something in the Wind
Theatrical release poster
Directed byIrving Pichel
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Fritz Rotter
  • Charles O'Neal
Produced byJoseph Sistrom
CinematographyMilton R. Krasner
Edited byOtto Ludwig
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • July 21, 1947 (1947-07-21) (US)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States

Something in the Wind is a 1947 American musical comedy film directed by Irving Pichel and starring Deanna Durbin, Donald O'Connor, and John Dall.[1]

Durbin's third husband Charles David said she "hated" making her last three films and that she would watch all her old movies except those three.[2]


The film is about the grandson of a recently deceased millionaire who mistakes a beautiful female disc jockey for her aunt, who once dated his grandfather. It was O'Connor's first film after he returned from military service in World War II. The film includes the famous "I Love a Mystery" number performed by O'Connor.



The film was based on an original story by Fritz Rotter and Charles O'Neal called For the Love of Mary. Universal bought it in August 1946 and William Bowers did the script.[4] In December the studio announced it as Deanna Durbin's next vehicle. Irving Pichel would direct for producer Joseph Sistrom. Filming was to begin in January - the film substituted Up in Central Park in Durbin's schedule because the latter required color and there was a delay with the Technicolor lab. [5] In January John Dall and Donald O'Connor were cast.[6] It was O'Connor's first film after he got out of the army. Filming started February 1947.[7] It was the second film for Helena Carter.[8]

In April 1947 the film was retitled Something in the Wind.[9]


  1. ^ "Something in the Wind". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  2. ^ ON THE TRAIL OF DEANNA DURBIN Paskov, David. Los Angeles Times 25 Apr 1982: m3.
  3. ^ "Full cast and crew for Something in the Wind". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  4. ^ GOLDWYN ACQUIRES A MUSICAL SATIRE: New York Times 12 Aug 1946: 17.
  5. ^ MISS DURBIN TO DO 'FOR LOVE OF MARY': Actress Is Named for Comedy by Universal-International-- 'Central Park' Postponed Buchman Buys "Dark Page" THE NEW YORK TIMES 7 Dec 1946: 27.
  6. ^ O'Connor to Join Durbin in 'For Love of Mary' Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 21 Jan 1947: A3.
  7. ^ MISS ROGERS GETS RIGHTS TO NOVEL New York Times 21 Jan 1947: 29.
  8. ^ Vagg, Stephen (February 14, 2020). "Helena Carter: An Appreciation". Filmink.
  9. ^ BOGEAUS ACQUIRES BROMFIELD NOVEL New York Times 9 Apr 1947: 31.