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Three of a Kind (1936)

 -  Comedy  -  20 May 1936 (USA)
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Barbara "Babs" Penfield is trying to convince her father, laundry-magnate F. Thorndyke Penfield, to invest money in a proposition from her sweetheart Rodney Randall. Her father refuses as ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chick Chandler ...
Jerry Bassett
Evalyn Knapp ...
Barbara Penfield
Berton Churchill ...
'Con' Cornelius
Patricia Farr ...
Prudence Cornelius
Richard Carle ...
F. Thorndyke Penfield
Bradley Page ...
Rodney Randall
Lew Kelly ...
Police Sgt. Cogarty
Pat West ...
Beef Smith
Bryant Washburn ...
Mr. Grimwood
Harry C. Bradley ...
Mr. Fash
John Dilson ...
Doc Adams
The Tailor
Buddy Messinger ...
Jack Shutta ...
Automobile Mechanic
Jack Gardner ...
Hotel Desk Clerk


Barbara "Babs" Penfield is trying to convince her father, laundry-magnate F. Thorndyke Penfield, to invest money in a proposition from her sweetheart Rodney Randall. Her father refuses as he knows Randall is a fortune hunter, as did any 30's audience once Bradley Page appeared on the scene. While Penfield hurries out to award the Penfield Prize for Service at his laundry, Babs, finding her allowance has been stopped by her father, tries to sell her car to raise cash to give to Randall. While Babs is talking to the car dealer in his shop, "Con" Cornelius, just out of jail, sells the car, pockets the cash and makes a getaway. The car is bought by Jerry Bassett, who has just won the Penfield $1,000 Service and has quit his job at the laundry. (So much for service awards.) Jerry drives his flashy car to the Royal Valley, a swanky resort, where Randal is awaiting financial help from Barbara. Jerry meets Barbara on the road and gives her a lift to the hotel, thinking she is on her way there... Written by Les Adams <>

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20 May 1936 (USA)  »

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Mistaken Identity  »

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Don't wash your dirty laundry in public.
29 January 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was much better than expected, well cast and decently acted, though the father was too much of a buffoon to be really credible as the company president. As usual with these films, their interest lies in their social commentary on the thirties. When the hero who wins the annual works prize is offered the choice between $1,000 or stock worth $1,100, he asks if they are trading at par, the president huffs and puffs, so the guy grabs the dollars. A dubious character checks into a swanky hotel and the management vouch for him on the grounds he is wearing swell suits and carrying posh luggage. I particularly liked the scene at the used car lot when the girl is trying to sell her expensive new car and the dealer is offering a very low price on the grounds that it hasn't done much mileage so the faults won't have begun to show. But best of all I like the backless evening gowns all the broads wear (even when they're travelling with minimal luggage). Those were the days.

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