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Tom, Dick and Harry

Tom, Dick and Harry(1941)

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In the opening credits, Ginger Rogers' names is presented as Snirgor Greeg, George Murphy is George Yumph, Alan Marshal is Hasalmar Nall, Burgess Meredith is Essrude Mithgreh, Robert Sisk is Sert Borisk and Paul Jarrico is Rila Cojurpa. After appearing on the screen, the letters rearrange themselves to form the correct spelling of the above names. Pre-production news items in Hollywood Reporter note that the start of production was postponed twice: first for script problems and second because of Rogers' illness. Actor James Ellison was originally slated to play the role of "Dick," according to a news item in Hollywood Reporter. Other news items in Hollywood Reporter add that Alan Marshal was borrowed from David O. Selznick and George Murphy from M-G-M. According to a news item in New York Times, this was Ginger Rogers final film under her exclusive contract with RKO. It was also her first film since winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1940 film Kitty Foyle (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.2314).
       According to the Variety review, this picture also marked the last RKO productions for producer Robert Sisk and director Garson Kanin. Sisk moved to Paramount and Kanin joined the army. Another news item in Hollywood Reporter notes that this production was the first to use stroboscopic high speed flash lamps that could shoot stop-motion still photographs during filming. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. Modern sources credit Mel Berns with makeup and John Miehle with still photography and add Theodore Ramsey to the cast. In 1957, RKO remade the story as The Girl Most Likely, a musical comedy directed by Mitchell Leisen and starring Jane Powell and Cliff Robertson. Ginger Rogers and George Murphy reprised their roles in a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on September 8, 1941.