It’s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals.
In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals.
This week’s musical:
Three Little Girls In Blue (1946) – Musical #535
20th Century Fox
H. Bruce Humberstone
June Haver, George Montgomery, Vivian Blaine, Vera-Ellen, Celeste Holm, Frank Latimore, Charles Smith, Coleen Gray (uncredited), Gary Gray (uncredited), Ruby Dandridge (uncredited)
Set in 1902, Pam (Haver), Liz (Blaine) and Myra (Ellen) are three sisters hoping to come into a large inheritance. When their windfall is less than expected, they decide to head to Atlantic City, NJ, to find rich husbands. Pam dresses as an elegant lady while Liz is her secretary and Myra the maid.
-A remake of Three Blind Mice (1938) and Moon Over Miami (1941)
-Celeste Holm’s first film
-Victor Mature was originally slated for George Montgomery’s role
-Several cast members’ singing voices were dubbed including: Carol Stewart for Vera-Ellen; Ben Gage for George Montgomery; Bob Scott for Frank Latimore and Del Porter for Charles Smith
-“You Make Me Feel So Young” performed by Vera-Ellen and Charles Smith, dubbed by Carol Stewart and Del Porter
-“Somewhere in the Night” performed by Vivian Blaine
“Three Little Girls in Blue” was a movie that I always wanted to see judging by the female cast, colorful sounding title and 20th Century Fox musicals are generally delightful. And while it’s colorful, I was rather disappointed.
Knowing it was a remake of “Moon Over Miami” (1941), I had high expectations because I love the version with Betty Grable and Carole Landis so much. “Three Little Girls in Blue” is cute, but it falls flat. I can’t put my finger on why, but I found it a little annoying. It may be the music. This movie may only be 10 minutes longer than “Moon Over Miami” but it feels like it lasts an eternity.
Some of the songs are okay, but they also like to reprise the same songs two or three songs. We hear “On the Boardwalk in Atlantic City” twice in a span less than 10 minutes. Then Vera-Ellen performs “I Like Mike” at least three times. This is the most annoying song in the film because it’s awfully simplistic and has lyrics that rhyme a little bit too much.
“I Like Mike” is even featured in a long dream sequence with Vera-Ellen and Charles Smith and it’s pretty terrible. And while Charles Smith is sweet, I couldn’t help but wonder why they couldn’t get her a more dynamic leading man.
Celeste Holm’s role may be the highlight of the film, but she sings a song and it’s like she’s trying to be Ado Annie again (Holm originated the role on Broadway in 1943). I also always love to see Vivian Blaine in this film. She is a lovely and underrated actress.
Somehow this film lacks the formula that adds up to make a fantastic musical. Like someone calculated the equation wrong. It’s a happy and colorful little movie, but I felt it could be better.
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Sorry to hear that the film was a disappointment. It’s too bad because that cast is fantastic!
“someone forgot to carry a decimal.”
Please tell me what you are getting at here.
That was my attempt at a math reference in regards to the musical formula. But I’m not good at math so it probably didn’t flow well. I adjusted it 🙂
Thanks for clearing up your “decimal” reference.
Love your Comet critiques. Why is Call Me Madam never shown. I thought Turner unlocked the Fox vaults.
I’m glad you enjoy them, Jack! Thank you for reading! TCM has shown “Call Me Madam” a few times before, but not often. I’m not sure if Turner unlocked the Fox vaults or not, because there still aren’t many Fox films aired on TCM. I believe TCM mainly owns the MGM, RKO and pre-1951 Warner films.
Thank you for your quick response. Much obliged. If one our readers knows the answer, perhaps he might be able to shed some light. Another question while I have your attention:
Is there a Netflix kinda site that is solely dedicated
to classic documentaries and newer ones, as well. I have
searched but alas and alack, my search was fruitless.
Thanking you in advance.
I agree about the repetitive songs and Charles Smith but at the same time admit to liking this one a lot. I think part of it has to do with seeing it while away on a vacation when I was a kid so it’s always had those good vacation vibes for me. 🙂 And I like the cast!
Enjoyed your post!
It’s a delight you are reviewing some of the lesser-known Fox musicals; my own enjoyment of this film would have been enhanced almost 100% had the Technicolor transfer on the Fox Cinema Archives disk been restored–as it is, the colors, which in Fox Technicolor are usually brilliant and cheerfully uplifting, are dismally dark in several key scenes, and washed out to icky pastels in others, thus creating a poor background for usually lavish musical scenes. This did making getting through this film a chore–and I found Celeste Holm’s coy sister a refreshing astringent when contrasted with all that sisterly happiness depicted by the three girls in blue.