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Three Smart Girls Grow Up (1939)

Unrated | | Comedy, Musical | 24 March 1939 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Bruce Manning (original screenplay), Felix Jackson (original screenplay)
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Her First Glamorous Role! Her Fifth Amazing Success! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

3 Smart Girls Grow Up See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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

Binns the Butler: Miss Penny's just a child, sir...
Harry Loren: I don't want biographies, I want my hat and coat.
Binns the Butler: That poem, sir, "The best-laid schemes of mice and men..."
Harry Loren: I don't want poetry, I don't want mice, I want my hat and coat.
Binns the Butler: Very good, sir, but I do feel...
Harry Loren: Now look here, young fellow. Your eyes have been burning holes in the back of my head all evening. And if I see you looking at me once again I'm going to get very mad and take you apart until I find that little machine that says "Yes sir, no sir, very good, ...
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Connections

Referenced in Hedda Hopper's Hollywood (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Invitation to the Dance
(uncredited)
Music by Carl Maria von Weber
Music adapted by Charles Henderson
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Not quite up to the original
24 August 2010 | by FirstSopranoSee all my reviews

Although it's meant to be a sequel to 'Three Smart Girls,' this film starts out with a clean slate, so to speak - we have the same family but there's no references to anything that happened in the earlier film, and to make way for the older sisters' romantic woes, their charming original love interests are completely out of the picture. The plot is entertaining, but seems just a trifle improbable in places - it may be only my personal opinion, but the sisters seemed to match better with the men Deanna originally tries to set them up with before the mix-ups begin! The scene during the wedding preparations bothered me a little bit too - why does no one have the nerve to call it off if they know they're not going to be happy? The brightest spot in the film is Robert Cummings, all of whose scenes just sparkle. He has great chemistry with Deanna, and some wonderfully hilarious scenes with the family butler. Charles Winninger as the father is also uniformly enjoyable throughout. Helen Parrish is a little bit subdued as the middle sister, but she has one very touching scene in which she tearfully advises her younger sister on not hiding her feelings for someone lest she lose him. It's a nice way to spend an hour or so and of course the musical numbers are great, but in my opinion the original 'Three Smart Girls' remains far superior.


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