Three Daring Daughters (1948)

115-116 mins | Romantic comedy | 5 March 1948

Director:

Fred M. Wilcox

Producer:

Joe Pasternak

Cinematographer:

Ray June

Editor:

Adrienne Fazan

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Preston Ames

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

Working titles for this film were The Birds and the Bees and Keep Young with Music . According to information contained in the AMPAS Library, the play The Birds and the Bees , which was also known as Pigtails , was unpublished and unproduced at the time M-G-M purchased the film rights. The play was eventually produced in New York under the title The Bees and the Flowers . The film marked Jeanette MacDonald's return to the screen after a four-year absence, and the screen debut of stage actor Tom Helmore. According to pre-production news items in HR , Geraldine Fitzgerald was considered for the part of "Louise," Sharon McManus was set either for the part of "Alix" or "Ilka" and Elizabeth Taylor was set for an unspecified role. ...

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Working titles for this film were The Birds and the Bees and Keep Young with Music . According to information contained in the AMPAS Library, the play The Birds and the Bees , which was also known as Pigtails , was unpublished and unproduced at the time M-G-M purchased the film rights. The play was eventually produced in New York under the title The Bees and the Flowers . The film marked Jeanette MacDonald's return to the screen after a four-year absence, and the screen debut of stage actor Tom Helmore. According to pre-production news items in HR , Geraldine Fitzgerald was considered for the part of "Louise," Sharon McManus was set either for the part of "Alix" or "Ilka" and Elizabeth Taylor was set for an unspecified role.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
14 Feb 1948
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Daily Variety
10 Feb 1948
p. 3, 11
Film Daily
16 Feb 1948
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
10 Oct 1945
p. 8
Hollywood Reporter
30 Aug 1946
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
23 Sep 1946
p. 6, 16
Hollywood Reporter
7 Nov 1946
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
8 Nov 1946
p. 20
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jan 1947
p. 18
Hollywood Reporter
21 Mar 1947
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
10 Feb 1948
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
17 Feb 1948
p. 6, 11
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
14 Feb 1948
p. 4057
New York Times
13 Feb 1948
p. 26
New York Times
2 Jan 1946
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Variety
11 Feb 1948
p. 14
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Frank Shugrue
Stills
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Assoc
COSTUMES
Cost supv
MUSIC
Georgie Stoll
Mus dir
SOUND
Rec dir
MAKEUP
Makeup created by
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col dir
Assoc
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Bees and the Flowers by Frederick Kohner and Albert Mannheimer. (New York, 26 Sep 1946).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHORS
MUSIC
"Passepied" by Leo Delibes; "Roumanian Rhapsody No. 1" by Georges Enesco; a selection from The Fourth Symphony by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; "Rosenkavalier Waltz" by Richard Strauss; "Allegro Appassionata" by Charles Camille Saint-Saëns.
SONGS
"Hail to Thee, Dear Alma Mater," music and lyrics by Georgie Stoll and William Katz; "Dickey Bird Song," music by Sammy Fain, lyrics by Howard Dietz; "Fluerette," music and lyrics by Ralph Freed and Victor Herbert; "Where There Is Love," based on a theme from the opera Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss, lyrics by Earl Brent; "You Made Me Love You," music by James V. Monaco, lyrics by Joseph McCarthy; "Route 66," music and lyrics by Bob Troup; "Springtide," music by Edvard Grieg, additional lyrics by Nathan Haskell Dole; "Je veux vivre" from the opera Faust , music by Charles Gounod, libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré.
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
+
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Keep Young with Music
The Birds and the Bees
Release Date:
5 March 1948
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 2 Mar 1948
Production Date:
Nov 1946--late Jan 1947
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Loew's Inc.
22 January 1948
LP1451
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
115-116
Length(in feet):
10,345
Length(in reels):
12
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12246
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

After attending the graduation ceremony of her eldest daughter, New York fashion magazine editor Louise Rayton Morgan is placed under the care of her physician, Dr. Cannon, for an unknown nervous ailment. Louise's three daughters, Tess, Alix and Ilka, suspect that their mother, who divorced their father Charlie, a newspaperman, years earlier, is merely suffering from loneliness and heartbreak. Having been shielded from the fact that their father was a poor provider and deserted their mother, Louise's daughters conclude that what their mother needs is a forced reconciliation with him. Soon after their mother leaves for a vacation in Cuba, Tess, Alix and Ilka pay a secret visit to Charlie's employer, Robert Nelson, who happens to be the thirteenth richest man in America. Determined to get their father recalled from his overseas assignment, the girls tell their story to Nelson. Tess wins Nelson's admiration by singing a special song for him, and he agrees to help the girls get their father back. Meanwhile, on board a cruise ship bound for Cuba, Louise falls in love with famous pianist and orchestra conductor José Iturbi. A romance blossoms, and the couple marry as soon as they reach Cuba. A short time later, Louise returns to New York, and is about to tell her daughters that she has remarried when they announce that they have arranged their father's return. Upset by the news, Louise visits Nelson, explains her situation and asks him to keep Charlie away long enough for her to introduce the girls to José. Nelson understands Louise's predicament and agrees to keep Charlie at bay to give her daughters time to befriend José. Louise is delighted ...

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After attending the graduation ceremony of her eldest daughter, New York fashion magazine editor Louise Rayton Morgan is placed under the care of her physician, Dr. Cannon, for an unknown nervous ailment. Louise's three daughters, Tess, Alix and Ilka, suspect that their mother, who divorced their father Charlie, a newspaperman, years earlier, is merely suffering from loneliness and heartbreak. Having been shielded from the fact that their father was a poor provider and deserted their mother, Louise's daughters conclude that what their mother needs is a forced reconciliation with him. Soon after their mother leaves for a vacation in Cuba, Tess, Alix and Ilka pay a secret visit to Charlie's employer, Robert Nelson, who happens to be the thirteenth richest man in America. Determined to get their father recalled from his overseas assignment, the girls tell their story to Nelson. Tess wins Nelson's admiration by singing a special song for him, and he agrees to help the girls get their father back. Meanwhile, on board a cruise ship bound for Cuba, Louise falls in love with famous pianist and orchestra conductor José Iturbi. A romance blossoms, and the couple marry as soon as they reach Cuba. A short time later, Louise returns to New York, and is about to tell her daughters that she has remarried when they announce that they have arranged their father's return. Upset by the news, Louise visits Nelson, explains her situation and asks him to keep Charlie away long enough for her to introduce the girls to José. Nelson understands Louise's predicament and agrees to keep Charlie at bay to give her daughters time to befriend José. Louise is delighted when José easily wins the admiration of her three daughters, but her joy soon turns to sorrow when the girls discover the truth and become resentful. Fearing that she may lose her daughters' trust, Louise separates from José. José, deeply in love with Louise, realizes that the only way he can win Louise back is to have Charlie return to America so that Tess, Ilka and Alix can see for themselves what a poor father he would be. Nelson agrees to help José, but Louise's daughters intervene again and manage to prevent Nelson from sending for Charlie. Unable to abide the girls's numerous entreaties and their meddling in their mother's personal affairs, Nelson berates them for denying Louise the happiness she deserves and demands that they leave his home. Tess, Ilka and Alix eventually realize their selfish behavior, and, after apologizing to their mother and José, they forge a reconciliation bewteen the happy couple.

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