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Three Loves Has Nancy (1938)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 2 September 1938 (USA)
A small-town country homebody goes to New York to find her missing fiancé and gets romantically involved with two sophisticated men.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

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Mortimer Braus (story) (as Mort Braus), David Hertz | 4 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Janet Gaynor ... Nancy Briggs
Robert Montgomery ... Malcolm 'Mal' Niles
Franchot Tone ... Robert 'Bob' Hanson
Guy Kibbee ... Pa Briggs
Claire Dodd ... Vivian Herford
Reginald Owen ... William - the Butler
Cora Witherspoon ... Mrs. Herford
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Briggs
Charley Grapewin ... Grandpa Briggs
Lester Matthews ... Dr. Alonzo Z. Stewart
Grady Sutton ... George Wilkins, Jr.
Mary Forbes ... Mrs. Hansen
Grant Withers ... Jack
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The seduction plans of novelist Malcolm Niles go awry when actress Vivian Herford brings along her mother to a candlelight dinner in his New York apartment. When they talk of marriage, Malcolm decides to make a tour promoting his new book, and in a small southern town meets Nancy Briggs at an autographing session at the local bookstore. Nancy is getting married that night, but her fiancé, working in New York, doesn't come back for the wedding, so her family gives her the fare to go to New York to find him. At the same time, Malcolm gets a wire from his publisher and friend, Robert Hanson, telling him to come home because Vivian has left town. Traveling to New York on the same train, Nancy proves to be a pest who Malcolm hopes to avoid once they arrive, but when Nancy can't find her fiancé, she goes to Malcolm, since he's the only one she knows in the city. He is about to kick her out when Vivian returns, so he uses Nancy as an excuse to get rid of Vivian. In the ensuing days, Nancy ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nanette a trois amours See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In Sept. 1938, M-G-M distributed this film on a double bill with Rich Man, Poor Girl (1938) starring Robert Young, Lew Ayres and Ruth Hussey'. The tag line said "Comedy swings to a new high in these two romantic M-G-M hits!" See more »

Goofs

The scenes at the end when, both sets of parents meet, has Franchot Tone's father alternating from Douglas Wood to Charles Richman from scene to scene. See more »

Quotes

Vivian Herford: I've had a lovely evening - but this wasn't it!
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Gone
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Music by Franz Waxman
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
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A Laugh a Minute
14 December 2005 | by MaleejandraSee all my reviews

Three Loves Has Nancy is a wonderful comedy from 1938 about a woman from a small town who goes to New York to find her missing fiancée. In the process, she meets a city author and his drunken friend who proceed to fall in love with her as well. What ensues is a madcap dash to win her affections in the process of her scatterbrained antics.

Janet Gaynor plays Nancy, the simple and "neighborly" star. Gaynor is wonderful in the role with a consistent accent and constant seriousness that brings plenty of laughs.

Robert Montgomery plays Mal Niles, the writer and perhaps the most grounded and standard of the lead characters.

Franchot Tone is absolutely hysterical as Bob Hanson, a drunk turned sober lovestruck fool. Although he is quite lovable in this film, he varies from his traditional portrayal, bringing lots of attention to his character.

This film, broadcast by Turner Classic Movies, is highly watchable and enjoyable both due to the content and the beautiful picture quality.


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