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Three Smart Girls

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Deanna Durbin, the teenaged soprano who literally saved Universal Pictures from bankruptcy, made her feature-film debut in Three Smart Girls. Durbin, Nan Grey and Barbara Read play three wealthy young sisters, living with their divorced mother Nella Walker in Europe. The girls learn that their father Charles Winninger has made plans to remarry. Correctly sensing that the bride-to-be Binnie Barnes is a fortune hunter, the sisters head to Manhattan to save Daddy from himself. Durbin is the primary architect in ...
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Overview

Deanna Durbin, the teenaged soprano who literally saved Universal Pictures from bankruptcy, made her feature-film debut in Three Smart Girls. Durbin, Nan Grey and Barbara Read play three wealthy young sisters, living with their divorced mother Nella Walker in Europe. The girls learn that their father Charles Winninger has made plans to remarry. Correctly sensing that the bride-to-be Binnie Barnes is a fortune hunter, the sisters head to Manhattan to save Daddy from himself. Durbin is the primary architect in reuniting her parents, but not before satisfying her fans with several arias. Three Smart Girls not only spawned a sequel Three Smart Girls Grow Up, but even a 2-reel Three Stooges parody titled Three Dumb Clucks!
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Special Features

100 years of Universal: the Carl Laemmle era; 100 years of Universal: the Lew Wasserman era; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A mere footnote to most modern day viewers, in her day Deanna Durbin was a tremendously popular star, whose appeal is often credited with pulling Universal out of a sea of red ink. Her debut feature, Three Smart Girls, established her as a cute, wholesome teen-ager who also happens to have a truly impressive operatic voice. Durbin was never an especially imposing actress, but rarely was she asked to be. Girls certainly doesn't tax her, but it does showcase her very engaging personality and presents a lightweight story that makes up in charm what it lacks in significance (or believability). Henry Koster directs in a fluid, easygoing style that makes the material seem simple rather than simplistic, and there's a genial air to the whole enterprise which is hard to resist. Durbin is in very good voice, with a marvelous "My Heart is Singing" and a stunning "Il Bacio." She is well supported by Nan Grey and Barbara Read- they have a rapport makes them credible as sisters -- and Charles Winninger, Alice Brady and Binnie Barnes are all in good form. A delightful film, Girls has aged much better than many other family-themed films from the same era.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2012
  • UPC: 025192121623
  • Original Release: 1936
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled / Full Frame
  • Time: 1:24:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 56,994

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Deanna Durbin Penny Craig
Binnie Barnes Donna Lyons
Alice Brady Mrs. Lyons
Ray Milland Lord Michael Stuart
Charles Winninger Judson Craig
Mischa Auer Count Arisztid
Nan Grey Joan Craig
Barbara Read Kay Craig
Hobart Cavanaugh Wilbur Lamb
Lucile Watson Trudel
Nella Walker Dorothy Craig
Wade Boteler
Lane Chandler Cop
Charles Coleman Butler
Albert Conti Count's Friend
Ernest Cossart Binns the Butler
John Hamilton Sergeant
Selmar Jackson
Gladden James Waiter
John King Bill Evans
Dennis O'Keefe Club Extra
Franklin Pangborn Jeweler
Technical Credits
Henry Koster Director
Adele Comandini Original Story, Screenwriter
John W. Harkrider Art Director, Costumes/Costume Designer
Ted Kent Editor
Austin Parker Screenwriter
Joe Pasternak Producer
Charles Previn Musical Direction/Supervision
Charles R. Rogers Executive Producer
Homer Tasker Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph A. Valentine Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Three Smart Girls
1. Main Titles [1:44]
2. My Heart is Singing [2:36]
3. What's Happened to Daddy? [4:29]
4. Shock Troops [6:23]
5. Consequences of Marriage [5:05]
6. Congratulations, Grandma! [2:32]
7. A Grand Idea [6:43]
8. Someone to Care for Me [6:12]
9. Lyons Bait [4:35]
10. In the Jungle [5:03]
11. The Trap is Sprung [3:41]
12. More Money [7:06]
13. Wedding Bells are Ringing [6:11]
14. A Bird in the Hand... [4:51]
15. Going Away [4:51]
16. Il Bacio [4:46]
17. Stuck with the Count [3:14]
18. A Family Reunion [3:49]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Three Smart Girls
   Play
   Scenes
   Bonus
      Theatrical Trailer
      100 Years of Universal: The Carl Laemmle Era
      100 Years of Universal: The Lew Wasserman Era
   Setup
      Subtitles
         English SDH
         Español
         Français
         Subtitles: Off
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