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Too Many Girls
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John Twist (screen play)
George Marion Jr. (book)
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Release Date:
8 October 1940 (USA) See more »
It's knee-deep in gorgeous gals and gaiety!
Mr Casey's daughter, Connie, wants to go to Pottawatomie College and without her knowledge he sends four football players as her bodyguards... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Interesting for being the film where Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz met for the first time... See more (22 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lucille Ball ... Connie Casey

Richard Carlson ... Clint Kelly

Ann Miller ... Pepe

Eddie Bracken ... Jojo Jordan

Frances Langford ... Eileen Eilers

Desi Arnaz ... Manuelito

Hal Le Roy ... Al Terwilliger (as Hal LeRoy)
Libby Bennett ... Tallulah Lou
Harry Shannon ... Mr. Casey

Douglas Walton ... Beverly Waverly

Chester Clute ... Lister
Tiny Person ... Midge Martin
Ivy Scott ... Mrs. Tewksbury
Byron Shores ... Sheriff Andaluz
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Alvarez ... Joe (uncredited)
Zita Baca ... Coed (uncredited)
John Benton ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)

Chief John Big Tree ... Chief (uncredited)

Pamela Blake ... Coed (uncredited)

Iron Eyes Cody ... Indian (uncredited)
Homer Dickenson ... Mr. Casey's Butler (uncredited)

Peggy Drake ... Coed (uncredited)
Vera Fern ... Coed (uncredited)
Tommy Graham ... Hawker (uncredited)
Averell Harris ... Detective (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)

Harry James ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Ellen Johnson ... Coed (uncredited)

Van Johnson ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Janet Lavis ... Coed (uncredited)
Mildred Law ... Coed (uncredited)
Amarilla Morris ... Coed (uncredited)

Jay Silverheels ... Indian (uncredited)

Grady Sutton ... Football Coach (uncredited)
Anna Mae Tessle ... Coed (uncredited)

Dorothy Vernon ... Faculty Extra (uncredited)

Dan White ... Faculty Extra (uncredited)
Sethma Williams ... Marie (uncredited)

Directed by
George Abbott 
Writing credits
John Twist (screen play)

George Marion Jr. (book of musical play)

Produced by
Harry E. Edington .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Frank Redman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William Hamilton (edited by)
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dewey Starkey .... assistant director
Art Department
Carroll Clark .... associate art director
Sound Department
Earl A. Wolcott .... recordist
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edward Stevenson .... wardrobe
Music Department
George Abbott .... producer: musical play "Too Many Girls"
George Bassman .... musical director
George Bassman .... orchestral arranger
Lorenz Hart .... lyrics by
Hugh Martin .... vocal director
LeRoy Prinz .... dance numbers staged by
Richard Rodgers .... music by
Gene Rose .... orchestral arranger
Frank Tours .... orchestra conductor
Ralph Blane .... vocal director (uncredited)
Trudy Erwin .... singing voice: Lucille Ball (uncredited)
Fletcher Henderson .... music arranger (uncredited)
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85 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Sweden:Btl | USA:Approved (PCA #6464)

Did You Know?

Film debut of Van Johnson.See more »
Manuelito Lynch:I'm not interested in the men.
Jojo Jordan:You must be from Vassar.
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Interesting for being the film where Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz met for the first time..., 25 October 2013
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

Too Many Girls is an interesting film for the above reason and is worth the look also. But while a long way from the worst film musicals, it is not a particularly great film either. There are definitely things that do salvage it. Desi Arnaz is very charming in his role and gives it his all, though his singing can sound strained because of the register. The songs make for very pleasant listening, I Didn't Know What Time It Was is the best number and is a classic, though other than that none really are among Rodgers and Hart's best. Hal LeRoy beguiles with his dancing and toe-work, and you have to love the comedy comebacks of Eddie Bracken as well as the vocal talents of Frances Langford and the dancing of Ann Miller. The football footage is interesting too, the film does look nice if not quite audacious and look out for Van Johnson. Too Many Girls has all those good things but is for me a very flawed film. When there aren't any songs, much of the film is weak with draggy pacing, a pretty dispensable story and stilted dialogue. The direction and choreography are definitely competent- the Conga at the end is an absolute riot and anything danced by Ann Miller is fun enough- but are not particularly memorable and could have had more passion. Lucille Ball's Connie is too exaggerated, and while the singer providing her singing voice has a beautiful silky voice- much better than Ball's, whose I can't stand, especially in the dire Mame- it is one of those instances where you can actually tell it's not the actor/actress singing. And Richard Carlson is unbearably wooden here too. Overall, not a bad film, not a good one either, kind of a difficult one to judge actually because there is some entertainment value there are a lot of noticeable bad things too. 5/10 Bethany Cox

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