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Three for the Show (1955)

Approved | | Musical | 24 February 1955 (USA)
A widowed singer marries her late husband's songwriting partner, which leads to trouble when her first husband turns up very much alive.

Director:

H.C. Potter

Writers:

Edward Hope (screenplay), Leonard Stern (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Betty Grable ... Julie Lowndes
Marge Champion ... Gwen Howard
Gower Champion ... Vernon Lowndes
Jack Lemmon ... Martin 'Marty' Stewart
Myron McCormick Myron McCormick ... Mike Hudson
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Storyline

This musical reworking of TOO MANY HUSBANDS (1940), features Grable as a top singer and dancer who's been widowed by WW II. She marries her late husband's songwriting partner, Gower Champion, but the new marriage is thrown for a loop when Lemmon, her first husband, turns up very much alive and eager to see Grable. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

LET'S GO! TO THE YEAR'S TOP MUSICAL SHOW! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pleasure Is All Mine See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Cole, the legendary dance director famous for staging Rita Hayward's striptease in Gilda (1946) also taught Marilyn Monroe's her moves in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," "How to Marry a Millionaire" and "Some Like It Hot." Credited as the choreographer of this film, his attempt to turn 39 year old Betty Grable into another Marilyn is not very successful. The co-star of the film, Gower Champion, who is not credited for any of the dances, went on to become a famous Broadway choreographer and director in his own right. See more »

Quotes

Gwen Howard: I wonder what kind of champagne I should order.
Vernon Lowndes: Depends what you're launching.
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Connections

Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Got A Crush On You
Words and Music by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Performed by Betty Grable (uncredited)
also performed in the finale by Jack Lemmon (uncredited), Marge Champion (uncredited) and Gower Champion (uncredited)
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Enoch Arden yet again -- the last and least
27 February 2015 | by grizzledgeezerSee all my reviews

"Enoch Arden" has been made as a sound film four times, all comedies. (Tennyson's poem is, to say the least, tragic.) The Grant/Dunne version ("My Favorite Wife") is generally considered the best treatment. It was remade as "Move Over, Darling", with Doris Day and James Garner.

Somerset Maugham's play was filmed as "Too Many Husbands", a reasonably good film (with a "suggestive" ending) that suffers next to "Favorite". "Three for the Show" is a musical remake. At best, it's lame. At worst, it's stupid.

Either way it's a mish-mosh of mostly uninspired dance numbers, songs borrowed from other musicals, and nothing whatever that would convince us we should have the least bit of interest in the characters and their predicament. It doesn't work as comedy, drama, or spectacle.

The only good thing is an extended dance sequence in which Betty Gable and Marge Champion fight. (No mud or Jell-O, though.)

It's not only boring, but irritating. A dud all around.


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