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Three Smart Girls Grow Up (1939)

Unrated | | Comedy, Musical | 24 March 1939 (USA)
Three sisters who believe life is going to be easy, now that their parents are back together, until one sister falls in love with another's fiancé, and the youngest sister plays matchmaker.

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Bruce Manning (original screenplay), Felix Jackson (original screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Deanna Durbin ... Penny Craig
Charles Winninger ... Judson Craig
Nan Grey ... Joan Craig
Helen Parrish ... Kay Craig
Robert Cummings ... Harry Loren
William Lundigan ... Richard Watkins
Ernest Cossart ... Binns the Butler
Nella Walker ... Dorothy Craig
Felix Bressart ... Music Teacher
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Now that their parents are back together, the Craig girls think life is going to be easy. It is, until Kay falls in love with Joan's fiance! Complications arise when youngest sister Penny tries to find Joan a new boyfriend so that Kay and Richard can be together. Written by April M. Cheek <Aravis2713@aol.com>

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Of all the brilliant screen personalities who ever thrilled the country, she is now the most amazing, the most exciting! See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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Trivia

Helen Parrish and Deanna Durbin starred in three other films: Mad about Music (1938), First Love (1939) and It Started with Eve (1941). See more »

Goofs

When Penny and Harry are first leaving the balcony, their arms are linked. In the following shot they are holding hands, but when they enter the living room, their arms are linked once again. See more »

Quotes

Harry Loren: Dad was a lawyer. He always wanted to be a musician - you should have heard him play the cello! But his father made him be a lawyer. They were all lawyers, his father, his grandfather - his great-grandfather was a pirate too. They hanged him in Jamaica. I guess that's why Dad never liked to wear a necktie.
Penny Craig: We had a grandfather who was a horse thief.
Dorothy Craig: A great-great-grandfather, Penny. And he didn't really steal the horses.
Kay Craig: And they didn't hang him.
Penny Craig: 'Cause they couldn't catch him.
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Connections

Followed by Hers to Hold (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Invitation to the Dance
(uncredited)
Music by Carl Maria von Weber
Music adapted by Charles Henderson
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Pleasant, Enjoyable Romantic Comedy
1 September 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This follow-up to the charming "Three Smart Girls" is almost as pleasant and enjoyable as the original. The story is similar to the first one in some respects, but with enough new ideas to keep it from becoming stale. Most of the cast is back, most importantly Deanna Durbin and Charles Winninger. Durbin's energy and charm make even the more implausible moments seem natural, and Winninger gets some even better moments as the befuddled but good-hearted father in "Three Smart Girls Grow Up" than he did in the first picture. Ernest Cossart also gets some good moments as Binns.

Durbin's character again gets a chance to try to straighten out some romantic mis-matches, and to show her musical talents along the way. It's a simple combination that can be quite enjoyable when handled well. There are not a lot of new ideas here, but it has the same good-natured, unpretentious atmosphere and sympathetic characters as its predecessor. It delivers just what it promises, and it makes for a very nice way to pass an hour and a half.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 1939 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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