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Three Girls About Town (1941)

Passed  -  Adventure | Comedy  -  23 October 1941 (USA)
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Faith and Hope Banner, sisters, are "convention hostesses" in a hotel. A body is discovered next door as the magician's convention is leaving and the mortician's convention is arriving, and... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Hope Banner
Robert Benchley ...
Wilburforce Puddle
Binnie Barnes ...
Faith Banner
Charity Banner
Tommy Hopkins
Hugh O'Connell ...
Chief of Police
Frank McGlynn Sr. ...
Josephus Wiegal, senior mortician
Eric Blore ...
Charlemagne, looking for Charlie
Paul Harvey ...
Fred Chambers, editor
Maggie O'Callahan, scrubwoman
Almira Sessions ...
Tessie Conarchy, scrubwoman
Dorothy Vaughan ...
Mrs. McDougall, scrubwoman
Walter Soderling ...
Charlie, the deceased
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alec Craig ...
Samuel, potential casket customer
Joseph Crehan ...
Labor leader


Faith and Hope Banner, sisters, are "convention hostesses" in a hotel. A body is discovered next door as the magician's convention is leaving and the mortician's convention is arriving, and the sisters, with help from manager Wilburforce Puddle, try to hide it. Complicating matters, Hope's boyfriend, Tommy, is a newspaper reporter in the hotel covering some labor negotiations. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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Adventure | Comedy


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23 October 1941 (USA)  »

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Three Girls About Town  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Constance Bennett, Joan Bennett and Virginia Bruce were initially announced for the roles eventually played by Joan Blondell, Binnie Barnes and Janet Blair. See more »


Wilburforce Puddle, hotel manager: A dead body in the hotel! What will the morticians think?
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Screwball that falls short
16 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A wonderful cast stars in this 1941 screwball comedy, "Three Girls About Town," which seems to have come onto the scene a little too late. By 1941, the screwball era was over. But when a film stars Joan Blondell, Binnie Barnes, Robert Benchley, Eric Blore, Janet Blair, Una O'Connor, and John Howard, it's worth at least a look.

Blondell and Barnes play sisters, Hope and Faith, who are convention hostesses at a hotel. They're in trouble with the local moral yardstick, though being 1941, it's doubtful they've done anything more than stay up late and party with the guests. They have their younger sister Charity (Blair) in private school, and when she shows up unexpectedly, one wonders what she's learning there. She flirts with Tommy (Howard), Hope's fiancée, and likes hanging around in lingerie.

At this particular time, a magician's convention is just exiting the hotel and a mortician's convention is coming in, when a body is found in the room next door to the girls' room. The hotel manager (Robert Benchley) tries to help them get rid of it before Tommy, who is a reporter covering labor negotiations at the hotel, finds out about it.

This film gets a little tedious after a while, though there are some funny scenes and the acting is very good. You really can't go wrong with pros like Blondell, Barnes, Benchley, and Blore, even when the script doesn't support them.

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