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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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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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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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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

Penny's napkin when she's eating roast beef on the bed. 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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Soundtracks

Invitation to the Dance
(uncredited)
Music by Carl Maria von Weber
Music adapted by Charles Henderson
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Deanna! Deanna! Deanna! Deanna! Deanna! Oh Deanna!!!
7 November 2005 | by raskimonoSee all my reviews

What more is there to say about the child wonder that was Deanna Durbin. Famous as legend goes for saving the studio known as Universal, the girl is the epitome of naturalistic acting, fervent commitment and exceptional and beautiful singing. Three smart girls grow up is the follow up to the movie, you guessed it, Three smart girls. A movie I have not seen but I will definitely be picking up. The story is about unhappiness that three sisters go through as love enters asunder between the older two sisters. But one politely keeps quiet not wanting to offend the other. Little Deanna finds this out and goes ahead to fix things. Throw in a dithering, forgetful and slightly senile and the makings of a family movie is all in place. It should be noted that Hollywood does not know how to make movies like this any more. Witness the failed adventures of Hillary Duff in The Perfect man. But then again, Hillary is no Deanna. It seems as if there is no sin without Deanna in it, and the movie is all the better for it; the sass, the impudence, the lack of restraint, the forward thinking, the ambition, so charming. When Joe Pasternak moved to MGM, he tried to recreate the magic of the movies he made with Deanna there with the young starlet, Jane Powell. The movies, unofficial remakes of the Universal hits were big hits too but they lacked the spark of Deanna pictures. There is something to be said for star power. Back to the movie, everything is resolved in a charming and Hollywod formula that might seem half-baked if the movie had not earned it. And this movie earned it. It earned every moment of it.


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