In all matters Durbin I bow to the far more knowledgeable Siren.
Might add that the Siren in her tribute has me pegged correctly; my interest in Deanna stems mainly from one film, the appreciation of which I repost here, slightly expanded (warning--plot developments and ending discussed in close detail):
Siodmak and Mankiewicz concoct a confrontation between the ostensibly unfaithful Abigail (you can't possibly believe she spent all those years in that lounge, singing?) and her husband
; when she's with Robert she's pensive, tormented by hints of Robert's growing instability. Most poignant are the too-rare moments when she's simply enjoying herself with Robert--then she (I imagine) is the radiant innocent of many a Universal musical.
. When Robert threatens her she's wide-eyed desperate, not because her life's at stake (you feel), but because he doubts her love, and this weighs on her heavily. She'll do anything to prove herself, say anything to convince him of her (largely notional) fidelity...and considering what a nervy bundle of dynamite Robert is, fidelity might not be the wisest topic of discussion to take up with him at that particular moment...
Lars Von Trier should sit down and take notes, or hang his head in shame; for all his not inconsiderable skill and arthouse pretensions, he couldn't even begin to touch the intensity of this film's finale.