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Three Smart Girls (1936)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  20 December 1936 (USA)
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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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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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Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Wilbur Lamb
Nan Grey ...
Barbara Read ...
Kay
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Storyline

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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(Western Electric Recording)

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Trivia

It was reportedly when viewing the rushes that the decision was made to increase Deanna Durbin's screen time in the picture. See more »

Goofs

In the 'long shot', Penny dives headfirst into the lake, getting thoroughly drenched, but in the nearly immediate 'medium shot', she has dry hair, hat, and face as she swims to shore. See more »

Quotes

Kay: [as the two girls give loathing looks at Donna Lyons while she sings] Some savage tribes put honey all over people and let the ants devour them.
Joan: It's too hard to get enough ants.
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Referenced in Listen, Darling (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Light, Amusing; A Minor Classic of Its Kind
4 May 2005 | by (Biloxi, Mississippi) – See all my reviews

Although she is little known today, Deanna Durbin was one of the most popular stars of the 1930s, a pretty teenager with a perky personality and a much-admired operatic singing voice. This 1937 was her first major film, and it proved a box-office bonanza for beleaguered Universal Studios.

THREE SMART GIRLS concerns three daughters of a divorced couple who rush to their long-unseen father when their still-faithful mother reveals he may soon remarry--with the firm intention of undermining his gold-digger girlfriend and returning him to their mother. Although the story is slight, the script is witty and the expert cast plays it with a neat screwball touch. Durbin has a pleasing voice and appealing personality, and such enjoyable character actors as Charles Winninger, Alice Brady, Lucile Watson, and Mischa Auer round out the cast. A an ultra-light amusement for fans of 1930s film.

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