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zmu| Three Little Words
ID:
1950
Comments:
Director: Richard Thorpe, Tex Avery
Screenplay: George Wells, Rich Hogan
Producer: James A. FitzPatrick, Fred Quimby, Jack Cummings
Cast: Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen, Red Skelton, Clarence Nash, Bill Thompson
Genre: Animation

Running Time: 102
Aspect Ratio:  1.33:1 (NTSC )
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Features:
Studio:  Warner Home Video DVD Region:  1 Unrated
DVD Release:  Apr 2006 Discs:  1 (DVD) [$19.98]
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Reviews:  "Three Little Words" (1950) was an example of Hollywood's late-'40s/early-'50s interest in the lives of famous songwriters. Fred Astaire plays vaudeville dancer Bert Kalmar, whose act with Jessie Brown (Vera-Ellen) runs aground due to his interest in magic acts and a backstage accident. While in rehab, he meets composer Harry Ruby (Red Skelton), and the two discover a knack for writing Tin Pan Alley songs, then Broadway shows, together. There's some mild conflict in their lives as portrayed in film, but mostly the movie is an excuse to pull out a slew of Kalmar & Ruby songs such as "Who's Sorry Now," "My Sunny Tennessee," "Nevertheless," "I Wanna Be Loved by You," and the title tune. Vera-Ellen is an excellent partner for Astaire, and the relatively restrained Skelton puts in a good performance. Also appearing are Arlene Dahl as a musical actress, Gloria De Haven as her own mother, a young Debbie Reynolds as Boop-a-Doop girl Helen Kane, and the real Harry Ruby as a baseball player playing catch with Skelton, the movie Harry Ruby. "Three Little Words" isn't one of the great MGM musicals of its era, but it's an entertaining picture, especially for fans of Astaire. "--David Horiuchi"


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