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Three Smart Girls is a 1936 American musical comedy film directed by Henry Koster and starring Barbara Read, Nan Grey, Deanna Durbin (her feature film debut), and Ray Milland.[1] The film's screenplay was written by Adele Comandini and Austin Parker, and is about three sisters who travel to New York City to prevent their father from remarrying. The three plot to bring their divorced parents back together again.

Three Smart Girls
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Directed byHenry Koster
Produced byJoe Pasternak
Screenplay by
CinematographyJoseph A. Valentine
Edited byTed J. Kent
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • December 20, 1936 (1936-12-20) (US)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited States

It began an eight-year span of successful Deanna Durbin musicals and spawned two sequels, Three Smart Girls Grow Up and Hers to Hold.[1]



Production and receptionEdit

Ray Milland was a last-minute replacement for Louis Hayward, who was originally cast, but fell ill shortly before filming began.[2]

Three Smart Girls received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, Best Sound (Homer G. Tasker), and Best Original Story.[3]


  1. ^ a b Erickson, Hal. "Three Smart Girls (1936)". The New York Times. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
  2. ^ SUPER STYLE PAGEANT PROMISED IN IRENE DUNNE FEATURE: Sparkle of Alice Faye to Lend Zip to Temple Film Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 21 Sep 1936: 13.
  3. ^ "The 9th Academy Awards (1937) Nominees and Winners". Oscars. Retrieved August 8, 2011.

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