Three Smart Girls Grow Up

Three Smart Girls Grow Up is a 1939 American musical comedy film directed by Henry Koster, written by Felix Jackson and Bruce Manning, and starring Deanna Durbin, Nan Grey, and Helen Parrish.[3][4] Durbin and Grey reprise their roles from Three Smart Girls, and Parrish replaces Barbara Read in the role of the middle sister.[4] Durbin would reprise her role once more in Hers to Hold.

Three Smart Girls Grow Up
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byHenry Koster
Screenplay by
Produced byJoe Pasternak
CinematographyJoseph A. Valentine
Edited by
Music byFrank Skinner
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • March 24, 1939 (1939-03-24) (US)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States


The film is about three sisters who believe life is going to be easy now that their parents are back together, until one sister falls in love with another's fiancé, and the youngest sister plays matchmaker.[4]



In August 1938 Bruce Manning and Felix Jackson were reported as working on a sequel.[6]

In September Universal announced that Barbara Read, who had been in the original, was considered "a little too grown up" for the sequel and was replaced by Helen Parrish, who had been in Mad About Music with Durbin.[7]

Filming started in November 1938.[8] It halted because Durbin fell ill and resumed on 23 December.[9]

Cummings received a long-term contract from Universal after being cast in the movie.[10]


  1. ^ "United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit – Universal vs Cummings". Internet Archive. p. 93.
  2. ^ Dick, Bernard K. (2015). City of Dreams: The Making and Remaking of Universal Pictures. University Press of Kentucky. p. 115. ISBN 9780813158891.
  3. ^ Three Smart Girls Grow Up at the TCM Movie Database
  4. ^ a b c d Erickson, Hal (2013). "Three Smart Girls Grow Up (1939)". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on May 6, 2013. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
  5. ^ "Three Smart Girls Grow Up". FilmAffinity. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  6. ^ "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD". New York Times. Aug 3, 1938. p. 15.
  7. ^ Schallert, Edwin (Sep 14, 1938). "'If I Were King' Lavish in Romance, Spectacle: Donat to Visit Here Burns Subject Chosen 'Days of '49' Planned James Whale Assigned". Los Angeles Times. p. A15.
  8. ^ E. Schallert (26 November 1938). "Fantasy cycle looms on hollywood horizon". Los Angeles Times. ProQuest 164935442.
  9. ^ "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD". New York Times. Dec 24, 1938. p. 13.
  10. ^ Read, Kendall. (Dec 6, 1938). "Around and About in Hollywood". Los Angeles Times. p. 15.

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