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Sally, Irene and Mary (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 4 March 1938 (USA)
Manicurists Sally, Irene and Mary hope to be Broadway entertainers. When Mary inherits an old ferry boat, they turn it into a successful supper club.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Baron Alex Zorka
Jefferson Twitchel
Joyce Taylor (as Louise Hovick)
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Ship's Captain
Mary Treen ...
Miss Barkow
Covered Wagon Cafe Manager (as Charles Wilson)
Raymond Scott ...
Orchestra Leader (as Raymond Scott Quintet)
Andrew Tombes ...


Manicurists Sally, Irene and Mary hope to be Broadway entertainers. When Mary inherits an old ferry boat, they turn it into a successful supper club. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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4 March 1938 (USA)  »

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As Três Espertalhonas  »

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"Think Twice" (music by Walter Bullock, lyrics by Harold Spina), sung by Alice Faye, was cut from the film. See more »


Spoofed in City for Conquest (1940) See more »


This Is Where I Came In
Music by Harold Spina
Lyrics by Walter Bullock
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31 May 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In her loan out film to Paramount Alice Faye was part of a trio that included Frances Langford and Patsy Kelly. Obviously Darryl Zanuck liked what was done with his number one female star because he cast her again as part of a trio of hopefuls in Sally, Irene, and Mary.

Faye was Sally and the other two were Joan Davis as Irene and Marjorie Weaver as Mary. They're doing time as manicurists hoping to get that elusive big break. They've got a manager in Fred Allen who's playing a couple of angles to get them that, some of them not too ethical.

At a supper club where he's gotten them work as cigarette girls, Allen hears Tony Martin, but also there who hears him is rich divorcée Louise Hovick, better known later on as Gypsy Rose Lee. Allen knew her back when and gets her to back a show with Martin and the girls.

In the meantime Alice is being pursued by a panting Gregory Ratoff, another millionaire. So she and Tony essentially sell themselves in order to get a nightclub open on an old steamboat that Weaver inherits.

It's a nice backstage musical and Alice and Tony who were married at the time are in fine voice. Darryl Zanuck paid two teams of songwriters for the score, Walter Bullock and Jack Spina, and Mack Gordon and Harry Revel who were Faye's regular writers.

Jimmy Durante is in this one too in a small supporting role that I don't think fully utilized his unique talents.

What I liked about the film most was the interesting way both Faye and Martin got out of their obligations to their devoted admirers and be united with each other which of course you knew would happen. But in Sally, Irene, and Mary it's all in the how.

Best song for Tony is Sweeter Than A Song and Alice has a good number in This Is Where I Came In. And the finale at the nightclub has a good trio number Who Stole The Jam.

Another good one for Alice Faye and Tony Martin got a big boost in his career from this film. A nice bit of viewing.

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