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Three Loves Has Nancy (1938)

A small-town country homebody goes to New York to find her missing fiancé and gets romantically involved with two sophisticated men.

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Malcolm 'Mal' Niles
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Robert 'Bob' Hanson
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Pa Briggs
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Vivian Herford
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William, the Butler
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Mrs. Herford
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Mrs. Briggs
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Grandpa Briggs
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Dr. Alonzo Z. Stewart
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Mrs. Hansen
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The seduction plans of novelist Malcolm Niles go awry when actress Vivian Herford brings along her mother to a candlelight dinner in his New York apartment. When they talk of marriage, Malcolm decides to make a tour promoting his new book, and in a small southern town meets Nancy Briggs at an autographing session at the local bookstore. Nancy is getting married that night, but her fiancé, working in New York, doesn't come back for the wedding, so her family gives her the fare to go to New York to find him. At the same time, Malcolm gets a wire from his publisher and friend, Robert Hanson, telling him to come home because Vivian has left town. Traveling to New York on the same train, Nancy proves to be a pest who Malcolm hopes to avoid once they arrive, but when Nancy can't find her fiancé, she goes to Malcolm, since he's the only one she knows in the city. He is about to kick her out when Vivian returns, so he uses Nancy as an excuse to get rid of Vivian. In the ensuing days, Nancy ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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THREE TOP STARS TO THRILL YOU! (original ad - all caps) See more »

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2 September 1938 (USA)  »

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Nanette a trois amours  »

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In Sept. 1938, M-G-M distributed this film on a double bill with Rich Man, Poor Girl (1938) starring Robert Young, Lew Ayres and Ruth Hussey'. The tag line said "Comedy swings to a new high in these two romantic M-G-M hits!" See more »

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The scenes at the end when, both sets of parents meet, has Franchot Tone's father alternating from Douglas Wood to Charles Richman from scene to scene. See more »

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William, the Butler: Pardon me, sir. There's a young lady crying in your bedroom.
Malcolm 'Mal' Niles: Well, what of it? It's a party, isn't it?
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Main Title
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from Love on the Run (1936)
Music by Franz Waxman
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Thin Comedy Falls Short Of Screwball
13 August 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This tale about a small town girl who goes to the big city is supposed to be a screwball comedy, but it offers the thinnest of plots, a disjointed storyline, and few real laughs.

Janet Gaynor stars as Nancy, the girl around whom the story revolves, but she lacks the magnetism--homespun or otherwise--to explain why Robert Montgomery and Franchot Tone would be drawn to her so vehemently.

Regardless, they are all working with a script that substitutes non sequiturs for real humor, and a one-note fish-out-of-water story for emotional depth. The result is mere amusement.

I don't think another actress could have saved this film, but Gracie Allen, Irene Dunne or Jean Arthur might have given it a stronger comedic base. The writers of this film were pitching screwball, but they missed the plate entirely.


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