Three Little Girls in Blue (1946)

93 mins | Musical | October 1946

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HISTORY

Filming on Three Little Girls in Blue began in early Nov 1945 with John Brahm as director and Charles Clarke as director of photography. Victor Mature and Cesar Romero were announced as the male leads. A modern source states that Brahm and Clarke shot the opening number with the three female leads, "A Farmer's Life Is a Very Merry Life"/"On the Boardwalk," and Vivian Blaine's solo number, "Somewhere in the Night," after which the film was shut down. When filming resumed, George Montgomery and Frank Latimore had replaced Mature and Romero, and Bruce Humberstone and Ernest Palmer had replaced Brahm and Clarke. Lloyd Bacon substituted for Humberstone for a few days, early in Jan 1946, when Humberstone was ill with the flu. Fox borrowed Vera-Ellen from Samuel Goldwyn Productions for this film. Celeste Holm made her screen debut in the picture. The song, "This Is Always," was cut before the film's release, but is heard as part of the instrumental score.
       Stephen Powys' play was first filmed in 1938 as Three Blind Mice . William Seiter directed the Twentieth Century-Fox production, which starred Loretta Young and Joel McCrea (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.4602). This was followed, in 1941, by the first musical version, Moon Over Miami (see ... More Less

Filming on Three Little Girls in Blue began in early Nov 1945 with John Brahm as director and Charles Clarke as director of photography. Victor Mature and Cesar Romero were announced as the male leads. A modern source states that Brahm and Clarke shot the opening number with the three female leads, "A Farmer's Life Is a Very Merry Life"/"On the Boardwalk," and Vivian Blaine's solo number, "Somewhere in the Night," after which the film was shut down. When filming resumed, George Montgomery and Frank Latimore had replaced Mature and Romero, and Bruce Humberstone and Ernest Palmer had replaced Brahm and Clarke. Lloyd Bacon substituted for Humberstone for a few days, early in Jan 1946, when Humberstone was ill with the flu. Fox borrowed Vera-Ellen from Samuel Goldwyn Productions for this film. Celeste Holm made her screen debut in the picture. The song, "This Is Always," was cut before the film's release, but is heard as part of the instrumental score.
       Stephen Powys' play was first filmed in 1938 as Three Blind Mice . William Seiter directed the Twentieth Century-Fox production, which starred Loretta Young and Joel McCrea (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.4602). This was followed, in 1941, by the first musical version, Moon Over Miami (see above). More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
4 Sep 1946.
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Film Daily
5 Sep 1946.
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Harrison's Reports
7 Sep 46
p. 143.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Sep 45
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Nov 45
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Nov 45
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jan 1946.
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Hollywood Reporter
16 Jan 46
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Sep 1946.
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Motion Picture Herald
7 Sep 1946.
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New York Times
26 Sep 1946.
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The Exhibitor
18 Sep 46
p. 2018.
Variety
4 Sep 46
p. 10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
Cam op
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
Vocal arr
Orch arr
Orch arr
Orch arr
Orch arr
Orch arr
Orch arr
Orch arr
SOUND
Mus mixer
Mus mixer
Mus mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
Transparencies
Transparencies
DANCE
Dances staged by
Ballets by
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Research dir
Research asst
STAND INS
Singing voice for George Montgomery
Singing voice for Frank Latimore
Singing voice for Charles Smith
Singing voice for Vera-Ellen
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col consultant
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Three Blind Mice by Stephen Powys (London, 26 Apr 1938).
AUTHOR
MUSIC
"This Is Always," music by Harry Warren.
SONGS
"A Farmer's Life Is a Very Merry Life," "On the Boardwalk (in Atlantic City)," "Three Little Girls in Blue," "I Like Mike," "Somewhere in the Night," "Always the Lady" and "You Make Me Feel So Young," words by Mack Gordon, music by Josef Myrow
"Oh My Love," words by Joseph McCarthy, music by James V. Monaco
"If You Can't Get a Girl in the Summertime," words by Bert Kalmar, music by Harry Tierney.
DETAILS
Release Date:
October 1946
Premiere Information:
World premiere in Atlantic City, NJ: 3 September 1946
New York opening: 26 September 1946
Production Date:
early November 1945--late February 1946
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
4 September 1946
Copyright Number:
LP777
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
93
Length(in feet):
8,340
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
11573
SYNOPSIS

In 1902, in Red Bank, New Jersey, the three Charters sisters, Pam, Liz and Myra, have inherited a chicken farm and, they hope, a substantial sum of cash from their aunt Cora. The girls plan to use the funds to travel and seek rich husbands. When lawyer Hoskins informs them that the amount is quite small, the sisters decide to pool their respective shares and have one of them pretend to be the "wealthy" Miss Charters. They reason that after she has found a rich husband, the other two should have no problem attracting similar males. Pam is selected to be "rich," while Liz and Myra are to play the roles of her social secretary and maid. They move to the luxurious Chalfonte Hotel in Atlantic City and, while checking in, meet millionaire Steve Harrington. Steve sends Pam champagne, which is delivered by the wine steward, Mike Bailey, who takes a fancy to Myra. The next day, Pam fakes a drowning accident in the hope of being rescued by Steve, but winds up rescuing him with the help of his friend, Van Damm Smith, another apparent millionaire. Both Steve and Van begin an earnest courtship of Pam, while Myra sees Mike. The girls's expenses mount up and soon they are short of cash with no proposal of marriage in sight, as both of Pam's suitors are interfering in the other's courtship. Pam decides to invite Liz along on the next date on the pretext that it is Liz's birthday. While Myra and Mike go to the carnival, the foursome goes dancing. Steve begins to show interest in Liz and Van finally proposes to Pam. She decides, however, to tell ... +


In 1902, in Red Bank, New Jersey, the three Charters sisters, Pam, Liz and Myra, have inherited a chicken farm and, they hope, a substantial sum of cash from their aunt Cora. The girls plan to use the funds to travel and seek rich husbands. When lawyer Hoskins informs them that the amount is quite small, the sisters decide to pool their respective shares and have one of them pretend to be the "wealthy" Miss Charters. They reason that after she has found a rich husband, the other two should have no problem attracting similar males. Pam is selected to be "rich," while Liz and Myra are to play the roles of her social secretary and maid. They move to the luxurious Chalfonte Hotel in Atlantic City and, while checking in, meet millionaire Steve Harrington. Steve sends Pam champagne, which is delivered by the wine steward, Mike Bailey, who takes a fancy to Myra. The next day, Pam fakes a drowning accident in the hope of being rescued by Steve, but winds up rescuing him with the help of his friend, Van Damm Smith, another apparent millionaire. Both Steve and Van begin an earnest courtship of Pam, while Myra sees Mike. The girls's expenses mount up and soon they are short of cash with no proposal of marriage in sight, as both of Pam's suitors are interfering in the other's courtship. Pam decides to invite Liz along on the next date on the pretext that it is Liz's birthday. While Myra and Mike go to the carnival, the foursome goes dancing. Steve begins to show interest in Liz and Van finally proposes to Pam. She decides, however, to tell him the truth about why she is there, only to discover that Van is there for the same reason. They decide to go no further and resolve that theirs has been a summer romance. Later, Steve comes to confirm what Van has told him, that Pam is in love with Steve. After Pam agrees to marry Steve, the sisters, still playing their respective roles, leave for his home in Maryland, where they are welcomed by his sister Miriam. Responding to a telegram from his old friend, Miriam, Van then shows up at the local Hunt Club Ball. Pam asks to be excused from riding in the hunt, and when Steve invites Liz to go in her place, they become interested in each other. In an attempt to get the right couples together, Miriam announces her engagement to Van. Van confesses to Pam that he is still in love with her while Steve realizes he is really in love with Liz. As the couples re-organize, Mike shows up and Myra reveals that they were married that afternoon, thereby ensuring that all three sisters have finally found the mates they want. +

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