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Three Smart Girls (1936)

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Three sisters scheme to reunite their divorced parents before their wealthy father marries a conniving gold digger.

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Donna Lyons
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Mrs. Lyons
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Lord Michael Stuart
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Count Arisztid
Ernest Cossart ...
Lucile Watson ...
Martha
John 'Dusty' King ...
Bill Evans (as John King)
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Wilbur Lamb
Nan Grey ...
Barbara Read ...
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The three Craig sisters, in Switzerland with their ten-years-divorced mother, run away to New York to prevent their father from marrying calculating socialite Donna Lyons. The overpowering vivacity of the Smart Girls (nominal ages 14-20) sweeps all before it, but a romantic complication between middle sister Kay and their accidental ally, Lord Michael Stuart, threatens shipwreck to their schemes... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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20 December 1936 (USA)  »

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Trois jeunes filles à la page  »

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$326,000 (estimated)
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Penny loses her shoes after she dives into the lake, but regains them a few seconds later. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Lyons: You say the most amusing things, Count.
Lord Michael Stuart: Family trait, you know; a ready wit and complete lack of character. We drink, you know.
[Kay kicks him under the table]
Mrs. Lyons: [laughing] Oh, how amusing! You drink. Oh, yes, of course, you drink.
Lord Michael Stuart: They're funny things, these family traits. For instance, the Stuarts drink and the Craigs, they like to kick people. Tell me, what do the Lyonses do, madam?
Mrs. Lyons: The Lyons roar!
[laughs giddily]
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Followed by Three Smart Girls Grow Up (1939) See more »

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My Heart Is Singing
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Bronislau Kaper and Walter Jurmann
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Performed by Deanna Durbin
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"The Parent Trap", Thirties Style
15 January 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Cute film about three lively sisters from Switzerland (often seen running about in matching outfits) who want to get their parents back together (seems mom is still carrying the torch for dad) - so they sail off to New York to stop the dad from marrying a blonde gold-digger he calls "Precious". Dad hasn't seen his daughters in ten years, they (oddly enough) don't seem to mind and think he's wonderful, and meanwhile Precious seems to lead a life mainly run by her overbearing mother (Alice Brady), a woman who just wants to see to it her daughter marries a rich man. The sisters get the idea of pushing Precious into the path of a drunken Hungarian count, tricking the two gold-digging women into thinking he is one of the richest men in Europe. But a case of mistaken identity makes the girls think the count is good-looking Ray Milland, who goes along with the scheme 'cause he has a crush on sister Kay.

This film is enjoyable, light fare. Barbara Read as Kay comes across as sweet and pretty, Ray Milland looks oh so young and handsome here (though, unfortunately, is given little to do), Alice Brady is quite good as the scheming mother - but it is Deanna Durbin, a real charmer and cute as a button playing youngest sister Penny, who pretty much steals the show. With absolutely beautiful vocals, she sings several songs throughout the film, though I actually would have liked to have seen them feature her even more in this. The plot in this film is a bit silly, but nevertheless, I found the film to be entertaining and fun.


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