Three Broadway Girls (February 13, 1932)

Three Broadway Girls
 

Released on February 13, 1932: (running time 1 hour and 19 minutes) Three best friends compete with each other to wed wealthy men.

Produced by Samuel Goldwyn

Directed by Lowell Sherman

The Actors: Joan Blondell (Schatzi Sutro), Madge Evans (Polaire Quinn), Ina Claire (Jean Lawrence), David Manners (Dey Emery), Lowell Sherman (Boris Feldman, concert pianist), Phillips Smalley (Justin Emery), Sidney Bracey (Herbert Scroggins, waiter), Louise Beavers (beautician), Wilson Benge (Bellings, the Emery butler), Ward Bond (taxi driver), Harry Bowen (Schatze's cabbie), Jack Byron (speakeasy patron), Charles Coleman (waiter), Albert Conti (Frenchman on ocean liner), Patrick Cunning (men's room patron), Jay Eaton (nightclub patron), Bill Elliott (wedding guest), Budd Fine (policeman at accident), Betty Grable (hat check girl), Creighton Hale (wedding supervisor), Arthur Housman (drunk man), Arthur Millett (baggageman on the ocean liner), Larry Steers (man at bar), Henry Taylor (Garrett law secretary), Harry Tenbrook (taxi cab driver), Ellinor Vanderveer (wedding guest), Walter Walker (Pop's voice on the record), Barbara Weeks (beautician)

 

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Half the Women are Working Women, The Other Half are Working the Men

David Belasco was a wealthy and successful Broadway producer during the first decades of the 1900’s, with two theatres in New York City and several others around the country. Some of the actors that worked in his productions were Lillian Gish, Cecil B. DeMille, Mary Pickford, Barbara Stanwyck, Lionel Barrymore, and others. In 1917 his production of “Polly with a Past” was playing in Baltimore, Maryland to work out any problems before making its debut in his Broadway theater.

Ina Claire, the leading lady in the show, got a telephone call from David Belasco telling her that he was going to make her a star. He instructed her to see one of his executives as soon as the show got to New York City. He offered her a contract, and when she asked how much her salary would be, he told her to name her own number. Ina Claire was a natural actor that exuded raw sensuality in an uninhibited and exciting way.

Earlier, when she was part of the Ziegfeld Follies, Flo Ziegfeld was watching a rehearsal and the director complained to Ziegfeld that Ina Claire was not following directions in her performance on stage. Ziegfeld used a horse racing saying when he told the director to ‘give her her head.’ In other words, let her do whatever she wants to do, because her instinctive dance style was far more sensuous than the director’s instructions.

Around 1928 all the movie magazines were talking about an affair between Greta Garbo and silent movie super-star John Gilbert. Gilbert broke off the affair and on 10 May, 1929, John Gilbert married Ina Claire. When a reporter asked Ina Claire how it felt to be married to a great star, she replied, “I don’t know. Why don’t you ask Mr. Gilbert?”

When movie star John Gilbert was asked why he would end a relationship with Greta Garbo to marry a woman seven years older than him, he said, “What about the voice of the man who is virile as a steel mill, lusty as Walt Whitman, romantic as a June moon?”

Ina Claire was thirty-nine years old when she filmed this adventure, but had no problem acting as an uninhibited lady willing to take her clothes off for the right man. The right man is any man with a lot of money. Along with Joan Blondell and Madge Evans, the three girls are best friends who compete for men that have plenty of money. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Ina Claire
Ina Claire
Arthur Housman, Charles Coleman
Arthur Housman, Charles Coleman
Barbara Weeks, Joan Blondell
Barbara Weeks, Joan Blondell
David Manners
David Manners
David Manners, Phillips Smalley
David Manners, Phillips Smalley
David Manners
David Manners
David Manners
David Manners
Henry Taylor
Henry Taylor
Ina Claire
Ina Claire
Ina Claire
Ina Claire
Ina Claire
Ina Claire
Ina Claire
Ina Claire
Joan Blondell
Joan Blondell
Joan Blondell, David Manners and Madge Evans
Joan Blondell, David Manners and Madge Evans
Joan Blondell, David Manners
Joan Blondell, David Manners
Joan Blondell, Ina Claire
Joan Blondell, Ina Claire
Wilson Benge
Sidney Bracey
Joan Blondell, Madge Evans
Joan Blondell, Madge Evans
Joan Blondell
Joan Blondell
Joan Blondell
Joan Blondell
Lowell Sherman propositions Ida Claire
Lowell Sherman propositions Ida Claire
Lowell Sherman
Lowell Sherman
Lowell Sherman, Ina Claire
Lowell Sherman, Ina Claire
Lowell Sherman, Ina Claire
Lowell Sherman, Ina Claire
Madge Evans
Madge Evans
Madge Evans, David Manners
Madge Evans, David Manners
Madge Evans, Joan Blondell
Madge Evans, Joan Blondell
Madge Evans
Madge Evans
Madge Evans
Madge Evans
Madge Evans, Joan Blondell
Madge Evans, Joan Blondell
Madge Evans
Madge Evans
Phillips Smalley
Phillips Smalley
Phillips Smalley, Ina Claire
Phillips Smalley, Ina Claire
Phillips Smalley, Wilson Benge
Phillips Smalley, Wilson Benge
Sidney Bracey
Sidney Bracey