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Three Smart Girls (1936)

Three Smart Girls




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In this film, Deanna Durbin, Nan Grey, and Barbara Read play three wealthy sisters living with their divorced mother in Paris. The girls learn that their father plans to remarry. Correctly sensing that the bride-to-be is a fortune hunter, the sisters head to Manhattan to save Daddy from himself.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Adele Comandini, Austin Parker
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 17, 1995
Universal Pictures


Deanna Durbin
as "Penny" Craig
Ray Milland
as Lord Michael Stuart
Binnie Barnes
as Donna Lyons
Nan Grey
as Joan Craig
Alice Brady
as Mrs. Lyons
Charles Winninger
as Judson Craig
Mischa Auer
as Count Arisztid
Barbara Read
as Kay Craig
Ernest Cossart
as Binns the Butler
Hobart Cavanaugh
as Wilbur Lamb
Nella Walker
as Dorothy Craig
Dennis O'Keefe
as Club Extra
Wade Boteler
as Sergeant
John Hamilton
as Sergeant
Albert Conti
as Count's Friend
Selmer Jackson
as Hamilton (uncredited...
John King
as Bill Evans
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Critic Reviews for Three Smart Girls

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Film is a sentimental comedy and has that rare quality of making an audience feel better for having seen it.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

It's an efficient, entertaining atrocity.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A highly pleasing first cousin to the screwball comedies of the day.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Koster's light musical comedy made debutante Deana Durbin a major star for a decade and was so populr during the Depression that it spawned several (inferior) sequels.

Full Review… | March 22, 2009

Makes you feel better for seeing it.

Full Review… | February 21, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Modest film debut for Deanna Durbin has loads of charm.

March 29, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Three Smart Girls

Strictly unremarkable story elevated by Deanna and a great supporting cast.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Almost like a female version of a Little Rascals plot, Three Smart Girls is the brainless fodder of its time. Despite the charms of the actresses involved, the plot seems ultimately very silly. Good enough to warrant a sequel however.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


Durbin's feature film debut (the film was nominated for Best Picture) is a delight from beginning to end, as is Durbin; she sings "Someone to Care for Me" and "My Heart Is Singing."

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