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Tom, Dick and Harry (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 13 June 1941 (USA)
Working girl Janie is proposed to by a conservative car salesman, a bohemian auto mechanic, and a millionaire playboy and must make a choice.

Director:

Garson Kanin

Writers:

Paul Jarrico (story), Paul Jarrico (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Ginger Rogers ... Janie
George Murphy ... Tom
Alan Marshal ... Dick
Burgess Meredith ... Harry
Joe Cunningham Joe Cunningham ... Pop
Jane Seymour Jane Seymour ... Ma
Lenore Lonergan ... Butch
Vickie Lester ... Paula (as Vicki Lester)
Phil Silvers ... Ice Cream Vendor
Betty Breckenridge Betty Breckenridge ... Gertrude
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Colebrook Edward Colebrook ... Stalled Car Driver (scenes deleted)
Dorothy Lloyd Dorothy Lloyd ... Gypsy Oracle (scenes deleted)
Gertrude Short ... Bridge Matron (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Working girl/telephone operator Janie is engaged to conservative, dull, but very reliable car salesman Tom, who offers her a safe, stable marriage. Then she meets unconventional slacker Harry, a philosophical car mechanic without much ambition although she does hear bells when they kiss. Through Harry, the fickle Janie meets Dick, a handsome and charming millionaire playboy, who embodies her greatest romantic fantasies, and after a champagne-filled overnight flight to Chicago, she thinks she's met her dream man, but has she? Written by duke1029@aol.com

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It's the story of every girl who ever fell in love . . . More than once ! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 8, 1941 with Ginger Rogers, Burgess Meredith, George Murphy, and Alan Marshal reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

The titles schedule Phil Silvers as "Ice Cream Man" rather than as a character with a name, but, on one occasion, one of them greet him as "Phil" which is, of course, his real name outside the movie. See more »

Quotes

Tom: Janie, you made me the happiest girl in the world!
Janie: Girl?
Tom: No, I mean, I hope you are because I am. Oh, I don't know what I mean. I'm all mixed up. I don't know what I'm sayin'.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening titles, it shows some of the names spelled incorrectly, then the letters tumble to the bottom of the screen, scramble themselves and return to their original position, with the correct spellings. This is how they appear: SNIRGOR GREEG = GINGER ROGERS GREGORE YUMPH = GEORGE MURPHY HASALMAR NALL = ALAN MARSHAL ESSRUDE MITHGREB = BURGESS MEREDITH SERT BORISK = ROBERT SISK RILA COJURPA = PAUL JARRICO OSKAR INGNAN = GARSON KANIN See more »

Connections

Featured in Red Hollywood (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Down by the Old Mill Stream
(1910) (uncredited)
Written by Tell Taylor
Sung by George Murphy, Burgess Meredith and Alan Marshal
offscreen in a dream sequence
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TOM, DICK AND HARRY (Garson Kanin, 1941) ***1/2
12 August 2007 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Ginger Rogers is delightful in one of her top films following the split from musical partner Fred Astaire. I still need to catch a few more of the star's vintage vehicles – BACHELOR MOTHER (1939; also helmed by Kanin), her Oscar-winning turn in KITTY FOYLE (1940) and ROXIE HART (1942); thankfully, the latter two are available on DVD.

The male leads here are somewhat undercast – though Burgess Meredith is fine (the others are played by George Murphy and Alan Marshal), and there's a brief but nice role for Phil Silvers as an "exuberant" ice-cream vendor. It was relaxing to watch this type of unassuming entertainment right after having sat through such demanding fare as Ingmar Bergman's WILD STRAWBERRIES (1957): that said, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this featured its own surreal (if basically comical) dream sequences!

The film's engaging premise – a girl has to choose between three suitors of contrasting temperament and social standing – isn't particularly original (three year later, Ginger Rogers herself would again be faced with the same task in the stylish musical comedy, LADY IN THE DARK)…but Kanin's bright treatment and Paul Jarrico's Oscar-nominated script (deftly mixing mild screwball sophistication with the traditionally homespun qualities of small-town life) make it great fun, even if the version I saw was dubbed in Italian. Perhaps the funniest gag is the casual newspaper announcement of Adolf Hitler's assassination (despite this film having been released prior to America's involvement in World War II) but, equally inspired, is the amusingly fanciful way by which Rogers' character is able to solve her boyfriend dilemma. For the record, the film was later musicalized as THE GIRL MOST LIKELY (1957) but, even if it was done under the guidance of a talented director like Mitchell Leisen, the cast was pitifully lackluster!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$806,000 (estimated)
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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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