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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:
Terrif! 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
Country:
Language:
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:
Vocals for Debbie Reynolds were dubbed by Helen Kane.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the "Hoofers at Home" dance number, all the dinner-table utensils are swept into a front drawer except for the toaster which crashes to the floor. In the subsequent longer camera shot, the toaster has vanished.See more »
Quotes:
Bert Kalmar:I wouldn't write that song with you if you begged me.
Harry Ruby:Begged ya? I didn't even ask ya.
Bert Kalmar:I guess you just can't help it, Harry. I feel sorry for you.
Harry Ruby:Feel sorry for me? You must think I'm just a...
Bert Kalmar:I could tell you what I think of you in just three little words. You're a dope!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Glorious Technicolor (1998) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
My Sunny TennesseeSee more »

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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Terrif!, 29 March 1999
Author: Ash-65 from USA

Three Little Words, the "story" of songwriters Harry Ruby and Bert Kalmar, probably is only accurate where their names, songs, and a rough frame of truth is concerned, but who cares? The cast is great. Fred Astaire has some really good dances. Red Skelton's comic potential isn't really used in this, and he seems almost like Fred's sidekick, but he does all right. It's certainly not his best. I usually don't like Vera-Ellen, but even I like her in this. And once you see past the black wig, that is most definitely Debbie Reynolds as Helen Kane, the girl singing I Wanna Be Loved By You. The songs are absolutely sensational. Oh yeah, the song Lucky Star (not written by Ruby-Kalmar), which Debbie would later sing with Gene Kelly at the end of Singin' in the Rain, is briefly featured.

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