Three Little Girls in Blue


1h 30m 1946
Three Little Girls in Blue

Brief Synopsis

A reworking of "Moon Over Miami" set at the turn of the century. Three sisters set out for Atlantic City disguised as an heiress, her secretary, and a maid, in the hope that one of them will land a rich husband.

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 1946
Premiere Information
World premiere in Atlantic City, NJ: 3 Sep 1946; New York opening: 26 Sep 1946
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Three Blind Mice by Stephen Powys (London, 26 Apr 1938).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8,340ft (10 reels)

Synopsis

In 1902, in Red Bank, New Jersey, the three Charters sisters, Pam, Liz and Myra, have inherited a chicken farm and, they hope, a substantial sum of cash from their aunt Cora. The girls plan to use the funds to travel and seek rich husbands. When lawyer Hoskins informs them that the amount is quite small, the sisters decide to pool their respective shares and have one of them pretend to be the "wealthy" Miss Charters. They reason that after she has found a rich husband, the other two should have no problem attracting similar males. Pam is selected to be "rich," while Liz and Myra are to play the roles of her social secretary and maid. They move to the luxurious Chalfonte Hotel in Atlantic City and, while checking in, meet millionaire Steve Harrington. Steve sends Pam champagne, which is delivered by the wine steward, Mike Bailey, who takes a fancy to Myra. The next day, Pam fakes a drowning accident in the hope of being rescued by Steve, but winds up rescuing him with the help of his friend, Van Damm Smith, another apparent millionaire. Both Steve and Van begin an earnest courtship of Pam, while Myra sees Mike. The girls's expenses mount up and soon they are short of cash with no proposal of marriage in sight, as both of Pam's suitors are interfering in the other's courtship. Pam decides to invite Liz along on the next date on the pretext that it is Liz's birthday. While Myra and Mike go to the carnival, the foursome goes dancing. Steve begins to show interest in Liz and Van finally proposes to Pam. She decides, however, to tell him the truth about why she is there, only to discover that Van is there for the same reason. They decide to go no further and resolve that theirs has been a summer romance. Later, Steve comes to confirm what Van has told him, that Pam is in love with Steve. After Pam agrees to marry Steve, the sisters, still playing their respective roles, leave for his home in Maryland, where they are welcomed by his sister Miriam. Responding to a telegram from his old friend, Miriam, Van then shows up at the local Hunt Club Ball. Pam asks to be excused from riding in the hunt, and when Steve invites Liz to go in her place, they become interested in each other. In an attempt to get the right couples together, Miriam announces her engagement to Van. Van confesses to Pam that he is still in love with her while Steve realizes he is really in love with Liz. As the couples re-organize, Mike shows up and Myra reveals that they were married that afternoon, thereby ensuring that all three sisters have finally found the mates they want.

Crew

Charles Althouse

Music mixer

Don Anderson

Camera Operator

Lloyd Bacon

Fill-In Director

Arthur Berthelet

Dialogue Director

David Buttolph

Orchestra Arrangement

Bonnie Cashin

Costumes

Charles G. Clarke

Director of Photography

Sidney Cutner

Orchestra Arrangement

Valentine Davies

Screenwriter

Robert Ellis

Adaptation

Seymour Felix

Dances staged by

Ben Gage

Singing voice for George Montgomery

Mack Gordon

Composer

Mack Gordon

Producer

Mack Gordon

Contract Writer

Edwin Hammeras

Transparencies

Roger Heman

Sound

Charles Henderson

Vocal Arrangements

Brown Holmes

Adaptation

Bert Kalmar

Composer

Natalie Kalmus

Technicolor Color Consultant

Thomas Little

Set Decoration

Helen Logan

Adaptation

Joseph Mccarthy

Composer

Barbara Mclean

Film Editor

Cyril Mockridge

Orchestra Arrangement

James V. Monaco

Composer

Arthur Morton

Orchestra Arrangement

Richard Mueller

Associate (Color)

Josef Myrow

Composer

Paul Neal

Music mixer

Alfred Newman

Music Director

Ben Nye

Makeup Artist

Maurice De Packh

Orchestra Arrangement

Ernest Palmer

Director of Photography

Babe Pearce

Ballets by

Del Porter

Singing voice for Charles Smith

Edward Powell

Orchestra Arrangement

Frances C. Richardson

Research Director

Gene Rose

Orchestra Arrangement

Ad Schaumer

Assistant Director

Bob Scott

Singing voice for Frank Latimore

Walter M. Scott

Associate (Sets)

Fred Sersen

Special Photography Effects

Leo Shuken

Orchestra Arrangement

Edward Snyder

Transparencies

Murray Spivack

Music mixer

Lynn Starling

Adaptation

Carol Stewart

Singing voice for Vera-Ellen

Harry Tierney

Composer

E. Clayton Ward

Sound

Harry Warren

Composer

Helen Webb

Research Assistant

Lyle Wheeler

Art Director

Joseph C. Wright

Art Director

Darryl F. Zanuck

Executive Producer

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 1946
Premiere Information
World premiere in Atlantic City, NJ: 3 Sep 1946; New York opening: 26 Sep 1946
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Three Blind Mice by Stephen Powys (London, 26 Apr 1938).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8,340ft (10 reels)

Quotes

Trivia

Del Porter dubbed Charles Smith (I)'s singing, Carol StewartVera-Ellen's.

Notes

Filming on Three Little Girls in Blue began in early November 1945 with John Brahm as director and Charles Clarke as director of photography. Victor Mature and Cesar Romero were announced as the male leads. A modern source states that Brahm and Clarke shot the opening number with the three female leads, "A Farmer's Life Is a Very Merry Life"/"On the Boardwalk," and Vivian Blaine's solo number, "Somewhere in the Night," after which the film was shut down. When filming resumed, George Montgomery and Frank Latimore had replaced Mature and Romero, and Bruce Humberstone and Ernest Palmer had replaced Brahm and Clarke. Lloyd Bacon substituted for Humberstone for a few days, early in January 1946, when Humberstone was ill with the flu. Fox borrowed Vera-Ellen from Samuel Goldwyn Productions for this film. Celeste Holm made her screen debut in the picture. The song, "This Is Always," was cut before the film's release, but is heard as part of the instrumental score.
       Stephen Powys' play was first filmed in 1938 as Three Blind Mice. William Seiter directed the Twentieth Century-Fox production, which starred Loretta Young and Joel McCrea (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.4602). This was followed, in 1941, by the first musical version, Moon Over Miami.