|THREE WISE GIRLS (director: William Beaudine; screenwriters: story by Wilson Collison/Robert Riskin/Agnes Christine Johnston; cinematographer: Teddy Tetzlaff ; editor: Jack Dennis; music: ; cast: Jean Harlow (Cassie Barnes), Mae Clarke (Gladys Kane), Marie Prevost (Dot), Walter Byron (Jerry Dexter), Andy Devine (Chauffeur), Jameson Thomas (Arthur Phelps), Marcia Harris (Landlady), Natalie Moorhead (Ruth), Lucy Beaumont (Mrs. Barnes, Cassie's Mother), Kathrin Clare Ward (Mrs. Kane), Walter Miller (Store manager), Robert Dudley (Lem - the Druggist), Armand Kali (Andre); Runtime: 68; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Harry Cohn; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Columbia); 1932)|
|"This was the film Harlow
proved she can carry a film on her own."
by Dennis Schwartz
Beaudine ("Ten Who Dated"/"Jail
Busters"/"Up in Smoke") directs this sappy melodrama
starring Jean Harlow. It's based on a story by Wilson
Collison, and is weakly written by Robert
Riskin and Agnes Christine
Johnston. This was the film Harlow proved
she can carry a film on her own and became a big star.
$15 a week as a soda jerk in a small town wasn't good
enough for Cassie Barnes (Jean Harlow), who goes to
NYC to make some real money. She hopes to meet there
her childhood friend Gladys Kane (Mae
Clarke), who landed a well-paying model job at
Andre's (Armand Kali)
exclusive French dress shop. Meanwhile she rooms with
man-hungry hometown girl Dot O'Brien (Marie
Prevost). When Cassie is sexually
harassed at her luncheonette job, she's rescued by a
drunk, the wealthy bon vivant Jerry Dexter (Walter
Byron), and begins a tentative romance with him until
she discovers he's married.
is happy to meet the straight-shooter Cassie, and gets
her a job in her workplace as a model. She also
introduces her to her sugar daddy, the wolfish married
banker, Arthur Phelps (Jameson
Thomas). Meanwhile Dot has designs on Jerry's
Irish chauffeur (Andy Devine).
the three small town girls overcome the perils of life
in the big city for single women and make out
romantically and career-wise, fuels the romantic
comedy. If Harlow wasn't in it, the film would have
been a real stinker.
REVIEWED ON 1/16/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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