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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

Remake of Too Many Husbands (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Been Kissed Before
Words and Music by Bob Russell and Lester Lee
Performed by Betty Grable (uncredited)
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....Betty Grable's last full scale musical
7 May 1999 | by Richard-23See all my reviews

..and with Marge and Gower Champion and Jack Lemmon...it is lots of fun. Fun is what Betty Grable was about...and this film is at its best during those sequences aimed at amusing. ...These days people do not understand Betty Grable very well. In her day she was everyman's and every womans ideal. Indeed no woman has broken Betty's box office record (eleven years in the top ten). And, in the forties and early fifties, women still dominated the box office to an amazing degree--Mom chose the films the family was going out to see. Though it was a bit early to be obvious, Betty in many ways represented a manifestation of what we would now call a liberated woman. She was nearly always working (in revealing clothing!), and she was self supporting. In real life she was a very successful working mother--and particularly during WWII she was an inspiration to women manning the homefront as much as an inspiration to the armed forces fighting overseas. She was pretty, talented, popular, and the highest salaried woman in the United States. Now she is remembered primarily as a 'pin up'--which she also was, but the title tends to diminish the many other factors that created her popularity. One thing is certain, in "Three for the Show" or any other of her starring films--she will entertain you royally within the limitations of the material she was given.


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