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
During the shooting of this film the oscars took place. Ginger Rogers was nominated and won the best actress oscar for her previous film Kitty Foyle. the day after, she turned up to set and was met by all of the male cast and crew in top hats and tails in her honour. See more »
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 »
Although the film begins with some cute opening credits, after a while I really grew to dislike this film. It's actually pretty amazing that Ginger Rogers was cast in this lightweight film, as during the production she won the Best Actress Oscar for "Kitty Foyle"--and frankly, "Tom, Dick and Harry" just isn't in the same league as the wonderful "Kitty Foyle". The reasons I disliked the movie is that it tried too hard and it had a main character that just seemed selfish, stupid and annoying.
When the film begins, Ginger is dating the very conservative and reliable Tom (George Murphy). There isn't a lot of excitement in this relationship and oddly Ginger still agrees to marry him when he asks. Soon, she meets Harry (Burgess Meredith) and agrees to go out with him only because she thinks he's rich--though he's not. So, she's already engaged to one guy and then chases another just for money....what a jerk. Then, when she really meets a rich guy, Dick (Alan Marshall), she throws herself at him--and destroys his relationship with another woman just so she can have a chance at him. In the end, she's engaged to all three--and yet all three stand by and wait for her to decide which one to marry. I say all three should have dumped the and conniving Rogers--but sadly the film did not end that way. If it had, I really would have enjoyed it much more. But, As Rogers' character was so selfish and often talked like a child, I just wanted her to shut up and go away. Although well made, the writing and Rogers' acting made this acceptable entertainment and nothing more.
By the way, some might like the film's often cartoony look--such as the dream sequences. I wasn't that impressed. Take my advice--see "Kitty Foyle" instead--it's a dandy movie and proved Ginger COULD act.
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