Three Smart Girls Grow Up


1h 27m 1939

Brief Synopsis

Now that their parents are back together, the Craig girls think life is going to be easy. It is, until Kay falls in love with Joan's fiance! Complications arise when youngest sister Penny tries to find Joan a new boyfriend so that Kay and Richard can be together.

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Three Smart Girls Grow Up - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Three Smart Girls Grow Up - Publicity Stills
Three Smart Girls Grow Up - Scene Stills
Three Smart Girls Grow Up - Movie Posters

Film Details

Release Date
Mar 24, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 27m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
10 reels

Synopsis

When Penelope "Penny" Craig sees that her sister Kay is in love with Richard Watkins, to whom their sister Joan has become engaged, she devises a plan to find another man for Kay. Penny, who is studying to be an opera singer, asks pianist Harry Loren to dinner, but when he shows more interest in Joan than Kay, Penny insults him and throws him out, much to the horror of her mother and sisters. Convinced that Penny was displaying jealousy and therefore, is in love with an older man, Mrs. Craig decides that the best solution is to keep her from seeing Harry at the music school, and asks her husband Judson, who is completely distracted by his work as a stockbroker, to tell Penny that her voice is going bad and she must discontinue her singing lessons. Penny is devastated by this news, but then realizes that the best way to solve the situation is for Harry and Joan to fall in love, thereby leaving Kay and Richard to get together. When Richard takes the sisters out for a diversion, Penny asks him to take them to Club 33, where Harry plays piano. Harry dances with Joan and tells her of his plans to move to Australia, where he has been offered a job. Meanwhile, Penny embarrasses Kay by telling Richard about her affection for him, and Kay slaps Penny. Back home, both sisters believe that all of Penny's actions have been selfish, and Penny is so offended she refuses to talk to Kay. The day before Joan's wedding, Penny goes to her father's office, and after interrupting an important meeting, bursts into tears. Finally realizing that his daughter is desperately unhappy, Judson takes time out of his day to console Penny, who reveals to him the source of all her recent behavior. Judson promises to set everything right. True to his word, the next day, Judson leads Joan out of the ceremony and into the arms of Harry, and then leads Kay to the altar with Richard, while Penny beams with happiness.

Photo Collections

Three Smart Girls Grow Up - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of Universal Pictures' Mad About Music (1939), starring Deanna Durbin, Nan Grey, and Helen Parrish.
Three Smart Girls Grow Up - Publicity Stills
Here are a photos taken to help publicize Universal Pictures' Mad About Music (1939), starring Deanna Durbin, Nan Grey, and Helen Parrish. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Three Smart Girls Grow Up - Scene Stills
Here are some scene stills from Universal Pictures' Mad About Music (1939), starring Deanna Durbin, Nan Grey, and Helen Parrish.
Three Smart Girls Grow Up - Movie Posters
Here are a few movie posters Universal Pictures' Three Smart Girls Grow Up (1939), starring Deanna Durbin, Nan Grey, and Helen Parrish.

Film Details

Release Date
Mar 24, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 27m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
10 reels

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Notes

According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, this picture was filmed at the Los Angeles Stock Exchange. Although onscreen credits and reviews list Bernard Burton as film editor, Film Daily credits Ted Kent as film editor. Three Smart Girls Grow Up was preceded by Universal's 1936 release Three Smart Girls which featured the same team of director Henry Koster, producer Joe Pasternak and star Deanna Durbin recounting the adventures of the Craig sisters.