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Three Daring Daughters

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Jeanette MacDonald made her first screen appearance in five years in the MGM confection Three Daring Daughters. Looking at least ten years younger than her 48 years, MacDonald is cast as glamorous magazine editor Louise Raton Morgan. Long divorced Louise returns from a Cuban vacation with a handsome new husband in tow: None other than famed pianist Jose Iturbi, engagingly playing "himself." Louise's three daughters Tess (Jane Powell), Alix (Mary Elinor Donahue, the future "Princess" on TV's Father Knows Best) and...
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Overview

Jeanette MacDonald made her first screen appearance in five years in the MGM confection Three Daring Daughters. Looking at least ten years younger than her 48 years, MacDonald is cast as glamorous magazine editor Louise Raton Morgan. Long divorced Louise returns from a Cuban vacation with a handsome new husband in tow: None other than famed pianist Jose Iturbi, engagingly playing "himself." Louise's three daughters Tess (Jane Powell), Alix (Mary Elinor Donahue, the future "Princess" on TV's Father Knows Best) and Ilka (Ann E. Todd) are appalled by their mother's choice of husbands. Refusing to accept Iturbi as their stepdad, the girls contrive to unite Louise with Robert-whether they like it or not. Before the Three Daring Daughters come to their senses, there's opportunity aplenty from musical solos by stars Jeanette MacDonald, Jane Powell and Jose Iturbi, with an additional solo from harmonica virtuoso Larry Adler (just before he was blacklisted from Hollywood and forced to scare up film work in England). Incidentally, the actress playing the flirtatious Mrs. Smith is Moyna McGill, the real-life mother of Angela Lansbury.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Some time in the future when a PhD candidate submits his/her thesis on "The Meta-Reality of Jose Iturbi in Motion Pictures," Three Daring Daughters will be its centerpeiece. The famous pianist/conductor often played himself in films, but never so oddly as in Daughters, in which the (real) Iturbi marries the (not real) character played by Jeannette MacDonald, becoming the (not real) father to (not real) sisters Jane Powell, Mary Elinor Donahue and Ann E. Todd. It's a very odd thing to watch, and it adds a layer of fun to Daughters. Iturbi's presence aside, Daughts is a very conventional musical, but it is blessed with its cast. MacDonald looks and sounds great; ditto Powell. And Donahue is cute and charming. Edward Arnold is on hand to lend his distinctive touch to his part, Moyna MacGill is amusing as a chatty traveler, and Kathryn Card lands some comic punches as a housekeeper with attitude. The score isn't cohesive, being drawn from hither and yon, but it's generous, and the songs show off the performers quite well. The screenplay? Well, it's filled with the kind of silly misunderstandings that would easily have been cleared up in real life, but it gets the job done.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/27/2012
  • UPC: 883316616932
  • Original Release: 1948
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:55:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 13,999

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeanette MacDonald Louise Rayton Morgan
José Iturbi Himself
Jane Powell Tess Morgan
Edward Arnold Robert Nelson
Harry Davenport Dr. Cannon
Moyna MacGill Mrs. Smith
Ann E. Todd Ilka Morgan
Kathryn Card Jonesy
Nina Bara
Elinor Donahue Alix Morgan
Mary Elinor
Edward Peil Sr. Waiter
Diane Stewart
Amparo Iturbi Herself
Dorothy Porter Specialty Singer
Bill Lewin
Joanee Wayne Telephone Operator
Dorita Pallais
Tom Helmore Michael Pemberton
Larry Adler Himself
Don Avalier Headwaiter
Leon Belasco Bandleader
Thomas E. Breen Steward
Virginia Brissac Miss Drake
Wheaton Chambers Stage Manager
Charles Coleman Butler
David Cota Cuban Bellboy
Thurston Hall Mr. Howard
Jack Lipson Fat Man on Street
Frank Pershing Ship Steward
Brick Sullivan Cabbie
Joan Valerie Hostess
Ian Wolfe Butler
Dick Simmons Mr. Hollow
William Forrest Ship's Captain
Technical Credits
Fred Wilcox Director
Preston Ames Art Director
Jack Dawn Makeup
Adrienne Fazan Editor
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Ray June Cinematographer
Frederick Kohner Screenwriter
Arthur Krams Set Decoration/Design
Sonya Levien Screenwriter
Albert Mannheimer Screenwriter
John Meehan Screenwriter
Joe Pasternak Producer
George Stoll Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
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