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Tom Dick and Harry (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 13 June 1941 (USA)
Working girl Janie is proposed to by a conservative car salesman, a bohemian auto mechanic, and a millionaire playboy and must make a choice.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »
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Tom
Alan Marshal ...
Dick
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Harry
Joe Cunningham ...
Pop
Jane Seymour ...
Ma
Lenore Lonergan ...
Butch
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Paula (as Vicki Lester)
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Ice Cream Vendor
Betty Breckenridge ...
Gertrude
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Colebrook ...
Stalled Car Driver (scenes deleted)
Dorothy Lloyd ...
Gypsy Oracle (scenes deleted)
Gertrude Short ...
Bridge Matron (scenes deleted)
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Working girl/telephone operator Janie is engaged to conservative, dull, but very reliable car salesman Tom, who offers her a safe, stable marriage. Then she meets unconventional slacker Harry, a philosophical car mechanic without much ambition although she does hear bells when they kiss. Through Harry, the fickle Janie meets Dick, a handsome and charming millionaire playboy, who embodies her greatest romantic fantasies, and after a champagne-filled overnight flight to Chicago, she thinks she's met her dream man, but has she? Written by duke1029@aol.com

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13 June 1941 (USA)  »

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Trivia

George Murphy, in his autobiography, said alternate endings were filmed showing Janie marrying each of her three suitors. Murphy claimed that most test audience members wanted Janie to marry his character, Tom, the hard-working automobile salesman, but it was ultimately decided Harry, the free-spirited auto mechanic, would win the lady's hand. Murphy was miffed at his character's loss and compared Harry unfavorably to the "hippies" of the 1960s. See more »

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The titles schedule Phil Silvers as "Ice Cream Man" rather than as a character with a name, but, on one occasion, one of them greet him as "Phil" which is, of course, his real name outside the movie. See more »

Quotes

Janie: [During a dream] I've got it! I'll marry all three of them.
Tom: [With Dick and Harry] All three of us?
Janie: Sure!
Tom: [With Dick and Harry] Do you think it'd work?
Janie: Why not? I think the four of us would make a lovely couple.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening titles, it shows some of the names spelled incorrectly, then the letters tumble to the bottom of the screen, scramble themselves and return to their original position, with the correct spellings. This is how they appear: SNIRGOR GREEG = GINGER ROGERS GREGORE YUMPH = GEORGE MURPHY HASALMAR NALL = ALAN MARSHAL ESSRUDE MITHGREB = BURGESS MEREDITH SERT BORISK = ROBERT SISK RILA COJURPA = PAUL JARRICO OSKAR INGNAN = GARSON KANIN See more »

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Soundtracks

Down by the Old Mill Stream
(1910) (uncredited)
Written by Tell Taylor
Sung by George Murphy, Burgess Meredith and Alan Marshal
offscreen in a dream sequence
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The One Who Rings Her Chimes
8 May 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Paul Jarrico's delightful and original script won a deserved Academy Award nomination for Tom, Dick and Harry. It's a story about young Ginger Rogers who in her search for the perfect mate manages to get herself engaged to three men with the aforementioned names.

Ginger Rogers was probably at the height of her career, just coming off her Academy Award winning performance in Kitty Foyle the previous year. This film is a good followup to that award winner. The men Ginger gets involved with are from all the strata of society.

First there's hard working car salesman George Murphy who loves Ginger well enough, but won't let anything stand in his way of rising to the top and making an extra buck.

Then we have bohemian Burgess Meredith, a happy go lucky garage mechanic who wants nothing more than enough money to keep the rent paid and food on the table. He's a cheap date as Ginger finds out, in fact the best scene in the film is him teaching her about bowling. It's on par with novice fisherman William Powell in Libeled Lady.

In fact Ginger only meets Meredith because he happens to be delivering a very expensive automobile to millionaire Alan Marshal. But eventually Ginger contrives to meet the real Marshal and as she says, he's all she or any red blooded American girl dreams about.

There are some nice fantasy sequences where Ginger imagines married life with all three of these guys and one where she dreams of the forbidden polyandry with them all. That one was kind of skirting the Almighty Code.

Garson Kannin directs a very charming cast in this four sided triangle. Who does Rogers wind up with? No giveaways here, but here's a tip. It's the one who rings her chimes.


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