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Three Little Words
Three Little Words
Actors: Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen, Red Skelton, Clarence Nash, Bill Thompson
Directors: Richard Thorpe, Tex Avery
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Sports, Musicals & Performing Arts, Animation
UR     2006     1hr 42min

Bio-pic of songwriters Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby.


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Actors: Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen, Red Skelton, Clarence Nash, Bill Thompson
Directors: Richard Thorpe, Tex Avery
Creators: James A. FitzPatrick, Harry Jackson, Fred Quimby, Jack Cummings, George Wells, Rich Hogan
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Sports, Musicals & Performing Arts, Animation
Sub-Genres: Animation, Classics, Baseball, Musicals, Animation
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 04/25/2006
Original Release Date: 07/12/1950
Theatrical Release Date: 07/12/1950
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 42min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 8
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

Oh What I Would Give For Those Three Little Words!
Charlotte Kendall | Bay City, MI | 01/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In the late 1940s and early 1950s MGM made a couple of movies on film biographies on songwriters such as Jerome Kern (Till the Clouds Roll By), Rogers and Hart (Words and Music), just to name a few. Well Three Little Words is actually about the Tin Pan Alley song-writing team Kalmar and Ruby. Fred Astaire stars as Bert Kalmar and Red Skelton stars as Harry Ruby. Also starring is Vera-Ellen (White Christmas) as Kalmar's wife and former vaudeville partner and Arlene Dahl as Ruby's wife. Fred Astaire once said this was one of his favorite movies he made and this a very enjoyable film. Some of the highlights of the film include Gloria DeHaven protraying her real life mother and Debbie Reynolds lip-singing to "I Wanna Be Loved By You." The numbers are great in this movie and include:

Where Did You Get That Girl- Fred Astaire and Vera-Ellen sing and dance to this number. This is one of my favorites.

Mr. and Mrs. Hoofer at Home- Fred and Vera dance to this number as well. It is very enjoyable, another favorite.

My Sunny Tennessee- Fred and Red Skelton sing to this number.

So Long Oo-Long- Another song Fred and Red sing to.

Who's Sorry Now?- Gloria DeHaven protrays as her real mother in this number. Personally I think Ms. DeHaven has a wonderful voice. Another favorite!

Come On, Papa- This is one of my favorites as well. Vera-Ellen sings (really dubbed) and dances to this great number with a male chorus. A real stand out!

Nevertheless- Another favorite! Fred and Vera sing and dance to this great song.

All Alone Monday- Gale Robbins sings this number.

I Wanna Be Loved By You- Debbie Reynolds sings (really dubbed by the real Helen Kane, the Boop-Boop-a-Doop girl herself) and protrays her Helen Kane as well in this number. A cute number.

Thinking of You- In my opinion a very beautiful song. Vera-Ellen sings this and dances with Fred.

I Love You So Much- Arlene Dahl sings to this. A very gorgeous number.

Three Little Words- Fred Astaire sings this song! Another favorite.

As for extras on the DVD,

New featurette Three Little Words: It's All True
Vintage Fitzpatrick Traveltalk short Roaming Through Michigan
Classic MGM Tex Avery cartoon Ventriloquist Cat
Audio-only bonus: Paula Stone's Hollywood USA radio promo featuring Fred Astaire & Harry Ruby
Theatrical trailer
Languages: English & Français
Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

I highly recommend this movie if you enjoy the MGM musicals or if you like Fred Astaire. Fred may not do a lot of dancing in this one but it's still a great film. Another great thing about this movie is compared to the other film bio-pics on songwriters this one Three Little Words is actually a very accurate depiction of the lives of tunesmiths Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby. I heard Harry Ruby had a great deal of input for the making of this film. Anyway see this movie, the cast, the music and everything else in this movie is great!"
Looks Good, Feels Good
Craig Connell | Lockport, NY USA | 04/22/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's nice to see this out now on DVD. This was a wonderful, feel-good movie with tons of songs, many of them appealing. There also were some great dancing scenes, no surprise there since Fred Astaire is one of the stars. Astaire and Vera-Ellen paired up well for those numbers.

"Three Little Words" is one of the few films, even in the musicals, in which all the characters were nice people. In other words, there were no villains, no nasty people, which is refreshing to see now and then. It is supposedly the true-life account of songwriters Bert Kalmar (Astaire) and Harry Ruby (Red Skelton). Ruby is good at writing tunes, but not with lyrics. Kalmar supplies the lyrics and dance. Skelton also shows he had a decent singing voice.

The only unhappy moments in the movie are the squabbles between the two leading men, but that's not overdone and sometimes it's humorous. Skelton's character is the nicer of the two.

The leading ladies are wholesome-looking beautiful women. Vera-Ellen is a Shirley Jones-type pretty blonde with a great dancer's body. She's enjoyable to watch. Arlene Dahl, who was stunning, is the other leading female but her role was minor, unfortunately.

The movie is a good mixture of song, dance, comedy and drama and is an underrated film in that it that doesn't get a lot of publicity. Astaire was quoted as saying this was his favorite film. I agree. It's my favorite of his, too."
Arlene Dahl IS GREAT, but underused
Henning Sebastian Jahre | Oslo, Norway | 07/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is one of Astaire`s lesser known vehicles, but in my opinion - 1 of his very best. It was his own favorite movie. He is a delight co-starring with Red Skelton(his intense comic style is toned down here) and has a wonderful chemistry with the great dancer Vera-Ellen. The film is full of good songs and memorable supporting players including Gloria DeHaven(as her own mother Mrs Carter DeHaven), Debbie Reynolds(dubbed by Helen Kane) and Carleton Carpenter. Debbie and Carleton was reteamed in the Jane Powell film TWO WEEKS WITH LOVE and indeed stopped the show with "Aba-Daba Honeymoon".But when the Norwegian actress Arlene Dahl enters the film; she brings the film a step further. Her beauty and charm makes u go wild and her "I Love You So Much"-number good and simply staged. Unfortunately her role as Eileen Percy - the silent movie star - is a minor 1, but she glows every time she`s in front of the camera.Miss Dahl has visited her homeland many times and has done wonders for the Norwegian community in the States. She is also the mother of Lorenzo Lamas of Falcon Crest and Renegade fame."
Three Little Words - - Four Big Stars!!
Henning Sebastian Jahre | 08/08/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Fred Astaire and Red Skelton play the songwriting team of Harry Ruby and Bert Kalmar in this semiautobiographical film musical. The plot is based on how they met and became a team, broke up over a misunderstanding and became friends again.. etc. Though this film is overshadowed by other fine musicals of the era, it is entertaining nontheless. A good blend of comedic moments with musical and dance numbers enhanced by the teaming of Astaire and Skelton. The film has a great support cast of Keenan Wynn, Arlene Dahl, and the very talented and beautiful Vera Ellen. Also, look for a very young Debbie Reynolds in a musical number singing one of the duo's popular songs. Pure MGM musical... THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT!!"