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Tom, Dick and Harry (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, 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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Cast

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 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tom, Dick y Harry See more »

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Budget:

$806,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In Janie's dream about marrying the rich Dick Hamilton, the front page of the newspaper announcing the nuptials also declares: "ADOLF HITLER ASSASSINATED ... World War End Expected as Hitler Slain ... Nazi Dictator Struck Down in Moscow". 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

Brenda Whitney Jr.: [on the phone] Dick?
Dick: Did I wake you, sweetheart? Come here, will ya.
Brenda Whitney Jr.: I'm right with you, cookie.
Dick: What are you doing?
Brenda Whitney Jr.: Talkin' to a fella.
Dick: [inaudible]
Brenda Whitney Jr.: Oh, just around.
Dick: Well, move over, will you.
Brenda Whitney Jr.: Dick!
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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 »


Soundtracks

Three Blind Mice
(uncredited)
Traditional children's song
Played as background music during a dream sequence
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Ginger in top form.
28 October 2003 | by jemkatSee all my reviews

In fact everyone is at the top of their form in this wonderfully entertaining movie, but Ginger has never been better. Even Alan Marshall, who frequently came across in films as being a little on the smarmy side, is quite likeable here. And Phil Silvers is wonderfully obnoxious as the ice-cream salesman.

It is interesting to compare this film with it's 1957 remake "The Girl Most Likely", which apart from its musical numbers sticks pretty close to the original. Now "The Girl Most Likely" is quite an entertaining film in itself, and Jane Powell is certainly a talent not to be sneezed at. But having seen both films a number of times it always surprises me just how much better "Tom, Dick and Harry" is, and how flat "The Girl Most Likely" seems in comparison. Garson Kanin has somehow managed to infuse a lightness and subtlety of wit into the original which seems to have eluded Mitchell Leisen in the remake. And of course the three male leads in "The Girl Most Likely" don't hold a candle to the three male leads here.


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