Three Daring Daughters (1948)





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Also titled The Birds and the Bees, this musical comedy tells of a divorced magazine editor who seeks her three daughters' approval of her recent marriage to a famous pianist.
Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts
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Warner Home Video


Jane Powell
as Tess Morgan
Jeanette MacDonald
as Louise Rayton Morgan
Jose Iturbi
as Himself
Edward Arnold
as Robert Nelson
Harry Davenport
as Dr. Cannon
Moyna MacGill
as Mrs. Smith
Elinor Donahue
as Alix Morgan
Ann E. Todd
as Ilka Morgan
Ann Todd
as Ilka Morgan
Tom Helmore
as Michael Pemberton
Kathryn Card
as Jonesy
Amparo Iturbi
as Herself
Larry Adler
as Himself
Dorothy Porter
as Specialty Singer
Thurston Hall
as Mr. Howard
Nan Bennett
as Toney Tiger
Ian Wolfe
as Butler
Leon Belasco
as Ship's Orchestra Leader
Virginia Brissac
as Miss Drake
Frank Pershing
as Steward
Bill Lewin
as Steward
William Forrest
as Ship's Captain
Joanee Wayne
as Telephone Operator
Don Avalier
as Headwaiter
Diane Stewart
as Singer
Nina Bara
as Singer
Jack Lipson
as Fat Man on Street
Anita Aros
as Telephone Operator
Estelita Zarco
as Telephone Operator
Dick Simmons
as Mr. Hollow
Connie Mintoya
as Telephone Operator
Aldana Rios
as Telephone Operator
Wheaton Chambers
as Stage Manager
Joan Valerie
as Hostess
James Brick Sullivan
as Taxi Driver
Amparo Ballester
as Cigarette Girl
David Cota
as Cuban Bellboy
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MGM's Technicolor sitcom features two powerhouse divas: Jane Powell (on her way up) and Jeanette MacDonald (on her way out) in a film that is way too long for its own good; the movie spun off one top 40 hit, "The Dickey-Bird Song."

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

With color films there were a lot of movies in which women had red hair. This is one of them. It also has a remarkable similarity to I Love Lucy in which a red head marries an Hispanic musician. Jeanette McDonald plays a mother of three (Louise Morgan) who falls for Jose Iturbi (as himself), the great piano player. The twist is Louise does not tell her daughters that she has married Jose while the daughters are trying to get their mother and father, Mr. Morgan back together. Comedy happens when the whole group, at different times and each with varying combinations go to Mr. Morgan's boss, Edward Arnold as Robert Nelson to either get him to come back to town or to keep him away, always as he is eating dinner during these intrusions. It gives us a chance to hear Jeanette's great voice and to listen to Mr. Iturbi at the piano many times, along with Jane Powell, who plays one of the daughters, who also sings. It is also the only time I have seen a harmonica not only play in an orchestra but as a feature instrument. It is not particularly inventive but it is interesting as it is open about divorce, taboo back in the 40's, the cast is very good even if the story is not so great. This was Jeanette's last movie role and I believe her only one in color which in itself is note-worthy.

Mike L
Mike L

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