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Weekend for Three (1941)

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A young married couple's weekend is interrupted by the arrival of a brash, loud-mouthed acquaintance of the wife, who knew her before her marriage. He immediately proceeds to turn their ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Dennis O'Keefe ...
Jim Craig
Phillip Reed ...
Number Seven
Marion Martin ...
Mrs. Weatherby
Desk Clerk
Mady Lawrence ...
Miss Bailey


A young married couple's weekend is interrupted by the arrival of a brash, loud-mouthed acquaintance of the wife, who knew her before her marriage. He immediately proceeds to turn their life upside-down, despite their best efforts to politely get rid of him. Complications ensue. Written by

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12 December 1941 (USA)  »

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Week-End for Three  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 2, 1946 with Dennis O'Keefe reprising his film role. See more »


Jim 'Jimbo' Craig: Why do so many marriages fail?
Fred Stonebraker: Because women are such lying, scheming, deceitful, mercenary hellcats?
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Row, Row, Your Boat
or "The Old Log Hut" (1852)
Written by R. Sinclair
Played during the opening credits and at the end
Sung a cappella, whistled and hummed often by Phillip Reed
Played often as part of the score
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Compact, well-written and breezy comedy
22 March 2004 | by (NYC & Cherry Grove) – See all my reviews

Much better than it's low budget and short running time would infer, "Weekend For Three" is a fast moving and tight little comedy written by some great talents-- namely Budd Schulberg and Dorothy Parker.

Although both writers are better known for their many other achievements, this comedy has been staged and filmed a number of times, and under a variety of titles... an 'homage' to both Schulberg and Parker.

The "three" of the title are a young married couple and a surprise weekend guest.

The husband (Dennis O'Keefe) is a young advertising professional, and the wife, an ex-New-Yorker and former deb, is now a housewife.

They are living in suburban Ohio and are enjoying their 3-year-long connubial bliss, when unexpectedly, there enters a loud-mouthed and overbearing houseguest who happens to be a pre-marital acquaintance of the Mrs. (briskly played by Jane Wyatt who, in the 1950's, would get bogged down portraying Mrs.-Father-Knows-Best on television).

The story revolves around the disruption caused by the houseguest, and the oh-too-polite couple's efforts to dislodge him.

Zasu Pitts, as their maid, plays her usual flustered and tongue-tied persona, although not to full advantage for this domestic story. Speaking of flustered, and as fey as always, Edward Everett Horton delivers a flawless and funny performance as the young husband's 5-times-married boss.

And speaking of fey (which I realize is a passe term used in the era when this film was made), the cast includes Franklin Pangborn and Hans Conreid. They are both just fabulous here, but like Pitts, their talents are unexplainably under-used.

Philip Reed, in one of the very few times I can recall, gives a standout performance as the boisterous loudmouth who overstays his welcome.

This is a nicely done and not-to-be-missed little film.

It's well written by the best in the business, well acted by a more-than-able cast, and is simply a delightful watch.


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