Three Girls About Town (1941)

Passed  |   |  Adventure, Comedy  |  23 October 1941 (USA)
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To save the reputation of the hotel where they are employed, sisters try to cover up a murder.



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Complete credited cast:
Robert Benchley ...
Wilburforce Puddle
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, and youngest sister Charity arrives and has her eye on Tommy. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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Adventure | Comedy


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Release Date:

23 October 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

3 Raparigas na Cidade  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


At one point, Joan Blondell tries to get rid of a pair of singing drunks by telling them Dick Powell is in a room down the hall. Blondell and Powell were then married in real life and had made a dozen pictures together. See more »


Wilburforce Puddle, hotel manager: A dead body in the hotel! What will the morticians think?
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Breathlessly funny comedy
3 September 2002 | by (Plano, Texas) – See all my reviews

This film is an undiscovered classic comedy. Robert Benchly is the desk clerk of a hotel where a wild magician's convention is breaking up at the same time a somber mortician's convention is starting. Joan Blondell and Binnie Barnes play two hostesses at the hotel who are in hot water with the local moral guardians. To complicate matters even more, their little sister arrives after escaping from a "proper" private school. All she does is wear lingerie and make passes at older men.

Joan's boyfriend John Howard is at the hotel covering the negotiations for a labor strike. When the mediator turns up dead, the girls try to spirit the body out of the hotel to avoid bad publicity. This breathless comedy is just fantastic, as the body is continually being moved, either intentionally or unintentionally. The ending of this film is definitely a surprise, but it fits the film perfectly.

In one of the best scenes, Howard and his dead "buddy" duck into a poker game just to avoid the police. He wins a hand while the police go by, but the other players won't let him out of the game. Howard does everything he can to lose, but still wins all the hands anyway!

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