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Three Little Words
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Director:
Writer:
George Wells (screenplay)
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Release Date:
12 July 1950 (USA) See more »
Plot:
The story of the successful Tin Pan Alley songwriting team of Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby is told loosely and lightheartedly. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Great Entertainment See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fred Astaire ... Bert Kalmar

Red Skelton ... Harry Ruby

Vera-Ellen ... Jessie Brown Kalmar

Arlene Dahl ... Eileen Percy

Keenan Wynn ... Charlie Kope
Gale Robbins ... Terry Lordel

Gloria DeHaven ... Mrs. Carter De Haven
Phil Regan ... Himself
Harry Shannon ... Clanahan

Debbie Reynolds ... Helen Kane
Paul Harvey ... Al Masters
Carleton Carpenter ... Dan Healy
George Metkovich ... Al Schacht
Harry Mendoza ... Himself (as The Great Mendoza)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Bailey ... Man in Audience (uncredited)
Harry Barris ... Pianist at Party (uncredited)
Douglas Carter ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Ann Cavendish ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Waiter (uncredited)
Harry Cody ... Prop Man (uncredited)
Roger Cole ... Minor Role (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bert Davidson ... Photographer (uncredited)
Elzie Emanuel ... Kid Who Tells Harry the Ball Score (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Coach (uncredited)
Sig Frohlich ... Messenger (uncredited)
Alex Gerry ... Marty - City Editor (uncredited)
Billy Gray ... Boy (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Pianist in Clanahan's (uncredited)
Helen Kane ... Helen Kane (singing voice) (uncredited)
Frank Kelleher ... Baseball Player (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Man in Audience (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Stage Manager in Buffalo (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Piano Mover (uncredited)
Dwight Martin ... Piano Mover (uncredited)
Mickey Martin ... Callboy (uncredited)
John McKee ... Baseball Player (uncredited)
Beverly Michaels ... Shipboard Woman (uncredited)
Fred Millican ... Baseball Player (uncredited)
Edward F. Nulty ... Baseball Player (uncredited)
Jack Paepke ... Baseball Player (uncredited)
Joe Peterson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jerry Priddy ... Baseball Player (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Harry Ruby ... Baseball Player (uncredited)
Fred Santley ... Juice Vendor (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ... Barker at Clanahan's (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
George Sherwood ... Director (uncredited)
Reginald Simpson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ted Stanhope ... Waiter / Theatre Usher (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Lou Stringer ... Baseball Player (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Policeman on Street (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Photographer (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Johnny the Waiter (uncredited)
Pierre Watkin ... Philip Goodman (uncredited)
John B. Williams ... Waiter in Clanahan's (uncredited)
Pat Williams ... Magician's Assistant (uncredited)
George Woods ... Baseball Player (uncredited)
Phyllis Woodward ... Minor Role (uncredited)
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Directed by
Richard Thorpe 
 
Writing credits
George Wells (screenplay)

Produced by
Jack Cummings .... producer
 
Original Music by
André Previn (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Harry Jackson 
 
Film Editing by
Ben Lewis 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Urie McCleary 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose 
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... hair stylist
Jane Baldwin .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Eddie Polo .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Lee Katz .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bert Glazer .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Arthur Krams .... associate set decorator
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... sound recordist
Ralph A. Pender .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ed Donnell .... grip (uncredited)
Otto Dyar .... still photographer (uncredited)
C.A. Philbrick .... gaffer (uncredited)
Irving Rosenberg .... camera operator (uncredited)
Robert Worl .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Peter Ballbusch .... montage
 
Music Department
Leo Arnaud .... orchestrator
André Previn .... musical director
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Fred Astaire .... choreographer
James Gooch .... technicolor color consultant
Henri Jaffa .... technicolor color consultant
Hermes Pan .... choreographer
Harry Ruby .... technical advisor
Bill Hale .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
102 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S | France:U | USA:Unrated (DVD rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #14443) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
The real Harry Ruby appears in a bit part as one of the baseball players. He is the one who catches the ball thrown by Red Skelton (as Harry Ruby) and tells "Ruby" to take it easy.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The stills of the Marx Brothers (three rather than four) outside the opening of Animal Crackers (Broadway, 1928) is actually from The Big Store (1941).See more »
Quotes:
Eileen Percy:[singing] I love you so much, I can't conceal it, / I love you so much, it's a wonder you don't feel it.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Glorious Technicolor (1998) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Who's Sorry Now?See more »

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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
A Great Entertainment, 27 November 2004
Author: joseph952001 from United States

The first time I saw "Three Little Words" was when I was a teenager on vacation in Tulsa, Oklahoma. My Dad was not a fan of Red Skelton, but he endured the pain of it jut as he was subjected to watching Betty Hutton screaming with red-face in "Annie Get Your Gun", but as far as the movie "Three Little Words" goes, I loved it. Being a tap dancer myself, I could tune in quite well to a singing and dancing movie. This has to be considered one of Fred Astaires best movies he ever made. His dance numbers were created by Hermes Pan, thank God, because any film in which Astaire created his own dance sequences showed a very good reason why Astaire should let the others attempt this job. As a result, all the numbers are excellent, especially the dancing of he and Vera-Ellen in the "Thinking of You" number, and what about Gloria DeHaven? Here she is playing her own mother Mrs. Carter DeHaven. That must have been a thrill for her, and did she sing "Who's Sorry Now?" to perfection!

As far as this being Debbie Reynolds screen debut. Not so! Her film debut was in "The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady" filmed by Warner Brothers starring Gordon MacRae, Gene Nelson, and the best dancer Hollywood has ever had to offer - June Haver, but Haver's talent was always underestimated and not given the credit for being the fine performer that she was!

But, what can you say about "Three Little Words" except - sit back, get out the pop-corn and the soda's, relax and watch an excellent cast have a field day doing some of the finest singing, acting, dancing, that you will ever witness on the silver screen. It's just too bad that these old movies can't be seen on the large silver screen so that our younger generation can see what entertainment was, is, and always will be all about!

Don

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