A Girl, a Guy and a Gob (1941)

90-91 mins | Romantic comedy | 14 March 1941

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Three Girls and a Gob . According to a pre-production news item in HR , John Howard was originally slated for the role of a "rich boy," but prior commitments prevented his appearance. Another news item in HR notes that Merritt Gerstad was assigned to photograph the first two weeks of production while Russell Metty, the photographer credited on screen, completed the filming of No, No Nanette (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films 1931-40 ; F3.3161). The FD review mistakenly identified Richard Jones as director. This was the first film produced by Harold Lloyd in which he did not star. George Murphy was borrowed from M-G-M for this ... More Less

The working title of this film was Three Girls and a Gob . According to a pre-production news item in HR , John Howard was originally slated for the role of a "rich boy," but prior commitments prevented his appearance. Another news item in HR notes that Merritt Gerstad was assigned to photograph the first two weeks of production while Russell Metty, the photographer credited on screen, completed the filming of No, No Nanette (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films 1931-40 ; F3.3161). The FD review mistakenly identified Richard Jones as director. This was the first film produced by Harold Lloyd in which he did not star. George Murphy was borrowed from M-G-M for this picture. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
3 Mar 1941.
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Daily Variety
3 Mar 1941.
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Film Daily
4 Mar 41
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Sep 40
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Sep 40
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Sep 40
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Nov 40
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Dec 40
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Mar 41
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Mar 41
p. 2.
Motion Picture Herald
8 Mar 1941.
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New York Times
24 Apr 41
p. 25.
Variety
5 Mar 41
p. 16.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Earl Hodgins
Tommy Quinn
Irene Colman
Vic Potel
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Story
Addl dial
Add dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Three Girls and a Gob
Release Date:
14 March 1941
Premiere Information:
World premiere in San Francisco: 5 March 1941
Production Date:
late September--19 November 1940
addl scenes began 2 December 1940
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
14 March 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10335
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
90-91
Length(in feet):
8,205
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6726
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

When Stephen Herrick, a sedate, mild-mannered shipping magnate, loses his opera tickets, Mrs. Grange, the aggressive mother of his fiancée Cecilia, insists upon being seated in the Herrick box anyway. Upon finding the Duncan family ensconsed in their box, Mrs. Grange incites an argument that culminates with Dot Duncan hitting Stephen with her handbag. After the Herrick party surrenders their seats to the Duncans, Dot realizes that her brother Pigeon found Stephen's lost tickets, and the embarrassed Duncans flee the theater. The next day, at the offices of Herrick and Martin, Stephen is introduced to his new secretary, Dot Duncan. Recognizing Dot as his assailant from the previous evening, he dismisses her, but after she explains the confusion over the tickets, Stephen relents. Soon after, Dot's beau, wrestler Claudius J. "Coffee Cup" Cup, returns from the Navy, promising to settle down and not re-enlist. While Dot and Coffee Cup are strolling down the street one day, Coffee Cup spots his pal Eddie, who he boasts, can grow four inches just by stretching. Eddie's aptitude for elongation draws a crowd, and soon Coffee Cup is taking bets from the skeptical onlookers. Stephen is drawn into the group when Dot borrows five dollars from him, and when the contest ends in a brawl in which Stephen is knocked unconscious, Coffee Cup takes him to the Duncan house to recover. Stephen awakens to the chaos of the Duncan household as Coffee Cup practices his wrestling technique on Pigeon, Mrs. Duncan delivers a neighbor's baby and Ivory, a sailor, tinkles the piano keys. Stephen is so delighted by Dot's boisterous family and friends that he ... +


When Stephen Herrick, a sedate, mild-mannered shipping magnate, loses his opera tickets, Mrs. Grange, the aggressive mother of his fiancée Cecilia, insists upon being seated in the Herrick box anyway. Upon finding the Duncan family ensconsed in their box, Mrs. Grange incites an argument that culminates with Dot Duncan hitting Stephen with her handbag. After the Herrick party surrenders their seats to the Duncans, Dot realizes that her brother Pigeon found Stephen's lost tickets, and the embarrassed Duncans flee the theater. The next day, at the offices of Herrick and Martin, Stephen is introduced to his new secretary, Dot Duncan. Recognizing Dot as his assailant from the previous evening, he dismisses her, but after she explains the confusion over the tickets, Stephen relents. Soon after, Dot's beau, wrestler Claudius J. "Coffee Cup" Cup, returns from the Navy, promising to settle down and not re-enlist. While Dot and Coffee Cup are strolling down the street one day, Coffee Cup spots his pal Eddie, who he boasts, can grow four inches just by stretching. Eddie's aptitude for elongation draws a crowd, and soon Coffee Cup is taking bets from the skeptical onlookers. Stephen is drawn into the group when Dot borrows five dollars from him, and when the contest ends in a brawl in which Stephen is knocked unconscious, Coffee Cup takes him to the Duncan house to recover. Stephen awakens to the chaos of the Duncan household as Coffee Cup practices his wrestling technique on Pigeon, Mrs. Duncan delivers a neighbor's baby and Ivory, a sailor, tinkles the piano keys. Stephen is so delighted by Dot's boisterous family and friends that he accompanies her and Coffee Cup to a dance hall and congas the night away, forgetting all about his date with the snobbish Cecilia. The next morning, an infuriated Cecilia bursts into Stephen's office and finds Dot, who has just fallen from a stepstool, in Stephen's arms. Stephen ignores Cecilia's demand that he fire Dot because he has begun to fall in love with her. One night while working late, the pair listen to a radio broadcast of Coffee Cup's wrestling match, and when Coffee Cup is proclaimed the winner, Dot announces that his winnings will finance their wedding. Dot's matrimonial plans are postponed, however, when Pigeon admits to betting on Coffee Cup's opponent and losing all their money. The wedding plan is revived after Coffee Cup wins a piano at a raffle and plans to pawn it for an engagement ring, but the piano rolls into the street and is run over by a truck. Next, Coffee Cup decides to raise the money by employing Eddie's stretching virtuosity, but instead ends up in jail for inciting a riot. When Abel Martin, Stephen's partner, comes to work battered from Eddie's latest brawl and tells Stephen that Coffee Cup is languishing in jail, Stephen bails him out and offers to buy the sailor's goodluck ring, knowing that the proceeds will pay for Dot's engagement ring. After Dot and Coffee Cup are engaged and Cecilia breaks her engagement to Stephen, Abel, an old sailor himself, encourages Stephen to pursue Dot. Stephen, ever the gentleman, concedes Dot to Coffee Cup, who asks him to be best man at the wedding. During the wedding rehearsal at the chapel, Coffee Cup misplaces the ring, and when he leaves the room to search for it, his sailor friends suggest that Dot is marrying the wrong groom. When Dot bursts into tears as Stephen approaches to kiss her good luck, Coffee Cup realizes that his friends were right and sends Stephen to speak to Dot. Coffee Cup then flees the chapel on his motorcycle, with Stephen pursuing him by cab. After Stephen's cab runs Coffee Cup's cycle off the road and into a petshop, the two men fight over who should marry Dot. The cab then speeds back to the chapel, where Coffee Cup deposits the unconscious Stephen along with a note to Dot explaining that he is re-enlisting in the Navy and Stephen is in love with her. +

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