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Three Daring Daughters (1948)

Approved | | Musical, Romance | 5 March 1948 (USA)
It's Tess' graduation day from "Miss Drakes School for Girls". During the choir's performance at the ceremony, Tess notices that her beautiful, divorcee mother, Louise Rayton Morgan isn't ... See full summary »

Director:

Fred M. Wilcox

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Albert Mannheimer (original screenplay), Frederick Kohner (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeanette MacDonald ... Louise Rayton Morgan
José Iturbi ... José Iturbi (as Jose Iturbi)
Jane Powell ... Tess Morgan
Edward Arnold ... Robert Nelson
Harry Davenport ... Dr. Cannon
Moyna MacGill ... Mrs. Smith (as Moyna Macgill)
Elinor Donahue ... Alix Morgan (as Mary Eleanor Donahue)
Ann E. Todd ... Ilka Morgan
Tom Helmore ... Michael Pemberton
Kathryn Card Kathryn Card ... Jonesy
Dick Simmons ... Mr. Hollow, Nelson's Secretary
Larry Adler ... Himself (Harmonica Player)
Amparo Iturbi Amparo Iturbi ... Herself
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It's Tess' graduation day from "Miss Drakes School for Girls". During the choir's performance at the ceremony, Tess notices that her beautiful, divorcee mother, Louise Rayton Morgan isn't there. Louise, an editor for Modern Design Publication, is lying in Dr. Cannon's office from fainting due to being over-worked and stressed-out. At home after the graduation ceremony, Dr. Cannon has a talk with Louise's three daughters, Tess, Ilka and Alix. He tells them that their mother needs a vacation badly, but, the only way she can relax is if she goes without the girls. The girls agree, but, Louise is reluctant, but goes. The girls see their mother off on her one month Cuban cruise. When the girls get home they discuss their mother, and believe if they bring their father back home it will make their mom happy and healthy again. In reality, Louise has kept the truth about their father from them. Their father was actually a very uncaring man, who left them and left Louise to raise the girls on ... Written by Kelly

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Musical | Romance

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Country:

USA

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Release Date:

5 March 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cupido leidt de dans See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Despite the prodigious amount of music in the film, this is one of a small handful of MGM musicals that was not released as a soundtrack album on the MGM Records label. See more »

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Featured in Private Screenings: Jane Powell (1996) See more »

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HUNGARIAN RHAPSODY NO. 11
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By Franz Liszt
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Music, music, music
24 June 2010 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

There's no skimping on the music or the production values in "Three Daring Daughters," a 1948 MGM film starring Jeanette MacDonald, Jane Powell, Edward Arnold, Jose Iturbi, Elinor Donohue and Ann E. Todd. MacDonald, in one of her last films, is the divorced editor of a magazine who is raising three girls. Overtired and given to fainting spells, her doctor orders her to rest. She takes a cruise, where she meets and marries the famous musician, Jose Iturbi. She has never told her daughters that their father didn't want to be a part of their lives, so in her absence, the girls hatch a scheme to get his editor (Arnold) to bring him home.

The star of this film is the glorious music. Powell and MacDonald sing beautifully, and Jose Iturbi plays piano like a dream. Powell, so young and pretty, does a nice job especially on "Je Veux Vivre" from Romeo & Juliet. MacDonald's mature voice sounds great, her middle register having really opened up with age. The movie is filmed in color, and she looks gorgeous.

Sadly MacDonald only made one more film, followed by a few television appearances, as she had a weak heart. She is lovely in this. See the film for the music, for MacDonald, Iturbi, and Powell.


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