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Post  Devotee #1 on 23rd December 2007, 06:42



MOVIE INFORMATION:
Universal Studios – 1939
1 Hour, 27 Minutes
Black & White

MAIN CREDITS:
Producer…Joe Pasternak
Director…Henry Koster
Screenplay…Bruce Manning
Music…Charles Previn

MAIN CHARACTERS:
Penny Craig…Deanna Durbin
Kay Craig…Helen Parrish
Joan Craig…Nan Grey
Harry Loren…Robert Cummings
Richard Watkins…William Lundigan
Judson Craig…Charles Winninger
Dorothy Craig…Nella Walker

MOVIE SYNOPSIS:
The Craig family is giving a birthday party for their youngest daughter, Penny. Her two sisters, Kay and Joan help Penny with her etiquette. Joan is pleased to see her boyfriend, Richard Watkins arrive. After Penny has finished singing, she learns that Richard has proposed marriage to Joan and she has accepted. Everyone is happy to hear the news with the exception of Kay. That night after the party, Penny secretly observes Kay crying while reading her diary. Penny reads portions of the diary and discovers Kay’s love for Richard. The next morning, the butler tells Penny that Kay will be happy once again when another handsome man enters her life. When Penny goes to her next music class she starts looking for a handsome man for Kay. She finally settles for Harry Loren. Penny invites him to dinner, but doesn’t reveal the real reason for the invitation. When Penny returns home she talks so much about Harry that her sisters think that she is in love with him. As soon as Harry arrives for dinner he starts flirting with Joan which causes Penny to verbally abuse him. As punishment, Dorothy sends Penny to her room. While in bed, Penny thinks to herself that the solution to this new dilemma is for her sisters to simply swap boyfriends. Meanwhile, Dorothy convinces Judson to ban Penny from anymore music lessons to keep her away from Harry. Penny decides to visit the music school against the wishes of her parents. She tells Harry that Joan is in love with him. At that very moment, Joan arrives to collect Penny to take her home and Joan accidentally admits her affections for Harry. Penny and Joan return home where Richard is waiting for them. To cheer everyone up, Richard arranges to take Penny and her sisters out for a night on the town. Penny suggests a nightclub because she alone knows that Harry is working there as a musician. At the nightclub, Joan invites Harry to dance with him, so during their absence from the table, Penny tells Richard that Kay is in love with him which causes Kay to slap her. Penny refuses to talk to Kay ever again and all three sisters are miserable. On the following day during the wedding preparations, Penny tells her mother that the planned marriage is a big mistake, but she refuses to listen. In desperation, Penny goes to her father who agrees to resolve the situation. On the day of the wedding, Judson leads Joan to Harry instead of Richard. He then leads a surprised Kay to a very pleased Richard. Penny, with tears in eyes, is overjoyed.

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Post  Devotee #1 on 20th February 2008, 06:55

Penny Craig (Deanna Durbin) sings Invitation To The Dance written by Carl Maria Von Weber & Charles Henderson.



The party is given in honour of Penny's birthday, but it turns into a double "celebration" when Richard Watkins (William Lundigan) asks Joan Craig (Nan Grey) to marry him. That proposal becomes the  engine that drives the plot of the movie.

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Post  Devotee #1 on 20th February 2008, 21:16

The girls discuss the fact that they are splitting-up because Joan is getting married.



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Post  Devotee #1 on 21st February 2008, 20:01

Penny sees Kay Craig (Helen Parrish) reading her diary and discovers that her sister loves Richard.



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Post  Devotee #1 on 28th February 2008, 11:55

Penny shows off her great vocal agility when she sings La Capinera written by Julius Benedict, but she makes the conductor (Charles Previn) angry by talking to Harry Loren (Robert Cummings).



Charles Previn was music director in many of Deanna's movies, and his role in THREE SMART GIRLS GROW UP is his only appearance in a Durbin vehicle.

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Post  Devotee #1 on 4th March 2008, 08:01

Penny plays matchmaker when she introduces Harry to Kay, but he shows much more interest in Joan.



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Post  Devotee #1 on 22nd March 2008, 08:41

Penny makes sure that Harry sits next to Kay.



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Post  Devotee #1 on 27th March 2008, 12:13

Harry and Joan can't help making eyes at each other.



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Post  Devotee #1 on 16th April 2008, 13:00

The Last Rose Of Summer is beautifully sung by Penny!



The song appeared in 1813 in a volume of Irish Melodies by the Irish poet Thomas Moore (1779-1852), who had adapted new lyrics to an Irish folk song entitled The Groves Of Blarney.

In 1847, Friedrich von Flotow included The Last Rose Of Summer in the opera MARTHA because, he said, he could never have written any words or any melody better fitted to his opera. Cool

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Post  Devotee #1 on 16th April 2008, 13:42

Penny tricks Richard into taking her to Club 33 where Harry is working as a musician.



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Post  Devotee #1 on 16th April 2008, 13:52

Penny's beautiful rendition of Because written by Guy D'Hardelot & Edward Teschmacher at Joan's "wedding" is one of the many highlights of THREE SMART GIRLS GROW UP.



In fact, in real life, Deanna sang Because at her sister's wedding back in 1936.

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Post  Devotee #1 on 16th April 2008, 13:57

Richard and Kay, who are meant for each other, finally get married.



This scene was not shown in the movie.



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Post  Devotee #1 on 11th May 2008, 15:31

Deanna Durbin speaking with Henry Koster during a break in the filming of THREE SMART GIRLS GROW UP:



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Post  Devotee #1 on 15th May 2009, 09:45

Deanna Durbin discussing a scene with Helen Parish and Henry Koster during the production of THREE SMART GIRLS GROW UP:



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Post  Devotee #1 on 4th October 2010, 07:42

Deanna Durbin keenly listens to Henry Koster's instructions for the next scene in THREE SMART GIRLS GROW UP:



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Post  Devotee #1 on 4th October 2010, 07:44

MEMORABLE LINES:

Harry says to Binns the butler, "Now look here young fellow. Your eyes have been burning holes in the back of my neck all evening. And if I see you looking at me once again, I'm going to get very mad and take you apart till I find that little machine that says 'yes sir, no sir, very good sir' and I'm going to break it, see!"


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Post  Devotee #1 on 4th October 2010, 07:48

It wasn't until Deanna made THREE SMART GIRLS GROW UP that she discovered something about herself:

"I wasn't nervous in front of the camera any more. I suppose by that time I had done everything - happy scenes, sad ones, angry ones, - that a girl my age could be expected to do naturally, so it wasn't difficult to do them again. Since then, I can't understand why anybody should have camera fright - except on the first day of a picture, when I still tremble and shake."


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Post  Devotee #1 on 4th October 2010, 07:49

These are some of the mistakes found in THREE SMART GIRLS GROW UP:

When Penny and Harry are on the balcony they are holding hands, but the next camera shot shows Penny holding Harry's arm as they enter the adjoining room.

Penny's napkin has a different fold from one camera shot to another while she is eating roast beef in bed.

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Post  Devotee #1 on 26th January 2011, 01:04

Robert Cummings, who played Harry Loren was given a big career boost by being in THREE SMART GIRLS GROW UP. He gave the credit for his success to Joe Pasternak and Henry Koster who discovered the type of character he could play best. Robert Cummings would play in three Deanna Durbin movies.


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Post  Devotee #1 on 26th January 2011, 01:07

Deanna Durbin arrives with Nan Grey and Helen Parrish for the premiere of THREE SMART GIRLS GROW UP:


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Post  Devotee #1 on 26th January 2011, 01:08

Deanna Durbin being interviewed by Joe Valentine at the premiere of THREE SMART GIRLS GROW UP:



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Post  Devotee #1 on 26th January 2011, 01:09

Premiere night of THREE SMART GIRLS GROW UP:


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Post  Devotee #1 on 26th January 2011, 02:23



Here is a quote from Graham Greene about Deanna Durbin's performance in THREE SMART GIRLS GROW UP: "There can be no doubt any longer of Miss Durbin's immense talents as an actress."

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