Three for the Show by H.C. Potter |Betty Grable, Marge Champion, Gower Champion | 43396377998 | DVD | Barnes & Noble
Three for the Show

Three for the Show

Director: H.C. Potter

Cast: Betty Grable, Marge Champion, Gower Champion

     
 
Three for the Show is a musical remake of the 1940 comedy Too Many Husbands, which in turn was based on a play by Somerset Maugham. In her next-to-last film, Betty Grable plays Julie, a popular musical comedy stars whose husband Marty (Jack Lemmon) is reported missing in action during WW2. After an appropriate waiting period, Julie makes plans to marry

Overview

Three for the Show is a musical remake of the 1940 comedy Too Many Husbands, which in turn was based on a play by Somerset Maugham. In her next-to-last film, Betty Grable plays Julie, a popular musical comedy stars whose husband Marty (Jack Lemmon) is reported missing in action during WW2. After an appropriate waiting period, Julie makes plans to marry Marty's best friend Vernon (Gower Champion), even though she still carries a torch for her "late" husband. After the wedding, who should show up but Marty, demanding his rights as a husband. At first appalled, Julie eventually begins to enjoy the notion of two husbands. In the original film, the plot was never resolved; in the remake, Marge Champion plays a sidelines character named Gwen, so it's a safe bet that Vernon will lose out to Marty in the Julie sweepstakes. Most of the songs in Three for the Show are old standards, written by such notables as the Gershwin brothers, Gene Austin and Hoagy Carmichael.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
With a cast that includes the likes of Betty Grable, Jack Lemmon and Marge and Gower Champion, you'd expect Three for the Show to be a much better show than it is. This is doubly a shame, as the premise, drawn from the earlier Too Many Husbands, has promise for a light, fun-filled musical, maybe even one with a bit of Lubitsch-ian sophistication thrown in. Unfortunately, Leonard B. Stern's screenplay is too clunky (not helped, presumably, by cuts insisted upon by the Catholic Legion of Decency in order to avoid a "Condemned" rating), and the dialogue doesn't have the requisite "spring" that is needed. Equally problematic, while the musical numbers themselves are quite good, they feel a bit forced and don't come across as part of the whole fabric the way they need to. Add to this the fact that Lemmon seems uncomfortable and that Gower, though a superb dancer, is not actor enough to carry his role, and you can see why Three fails to live up to its promise. That said, however, Grable does very well with her role, even if she is a bit mature for Lemmon, and the numbers -- with some stunning Jack Cole choreography and some exceptional dancing by the Champions-- do pick the picture up quite a bit.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2011
UPC:
0043396377998
Original Release:
1955
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Sales rank:
37,181

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Betty Grable Julie Lowndes
Marge Champion Gwen Howard
Gower Champion Vernon Lowndes
Jack Lemmon Marty Stewart
Myron McCormick Mike Hudson
Paul Harvey Col. Wharton
Robert Bice Sgt. O'Hallihan
Hal K. Dawson Theater Treasurer
Eugene Borden Costume Designer
Aileen Carlyle Mother
Rudy Lee Boy
Willard Waterman Moderator
Charlotte Lawrence Girl
Gene Wesson Reporter

Technical Credits
H.C. Potter Director
Arthur E. Arling Cinematographer
Jack Cole Choreography
George Duning Score Composer
Walter Holscher Art Director
William Kiernan Set Decoration/Design
Viola Lawrence Editor
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Leonard B. Stern Screenwriter
Morris W. Stoloff Score Composer
Jonie Taps Producer

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