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Three Little Words


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  • Actors: Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen, Red Skelton, Arlene Dahl, Keenan Wynn
  • Directors: Richard Thorpe
  • Writers: George Wells
  • Producers: Jack Cummings
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: MGM (Warner)
  • VHS Release Date: Nov. 1 2001
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301980492
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,443 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)


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By I. Stegner on May 16 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
At least Vera Ellen was a more suitable dancing partner for Fred Astaire. The dancing scenes were nice, but the story silly, as usual.
I. Stegner
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By Goofy on Oct. 21 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a movie about easy going and happy people. I absolutely love it! The timeless songs are beautiful and so wonderfully interpreted! It leaves you with a happy feeling. Worth every penny!
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Format: VHS Tape
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.
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Format: VHS Tape
This is supposed 2 be Fred Astaire`s favorite film and it is easy 2 see how he enjoys himself in the movie. He is quite good with Skelton and Vera-Ellen. Sadly, Norwegian Arlene Dahl makes a late arrival in the film, but her impact is a good 1. Inded, her number "I Love u so much" is a simple production number, but it is good and u almost forget the other three.
It`s a must-see, also because it includes Gloria Dehaven, Keenan Wynn and Debbie Reynolds(dubbed by Helen Kane)
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Format: VHS Tape
I absolutly love Fred Astaire, and I also like Vera-Ellen when I first saw her in White Christmas. WHen I found a movie with the two of them I was so excited to see two wonderful dancers together. But, unfortunatly they dance together only in the beginning when he hurts himself and then gives it up for song writing. Nevertheless, the movie was good and I enjoyed it, but if you want to see it because you look forward to lots and lots of good dancing with Fred and Vera-Ellen then you might be slighty dissapointed like I was.
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Format: VHS Tape
A brisk, enjoyable Fred Astaire flick, which features Fred and Red Skelton as the prolific Depression-era songwriting team of Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, who wrote standards such as "Whose Sorry Now," "Nevertheless," and "I Wanna Be Loved By You," known for its "boop-oop-a-doop" refrain, sung by squeeky-voiced Helen Kane. Astaire and Skelton play things pretty low-key in this straightforward potboiler; Skelton is particularly likeable with his big-lug interpretation of Ruby's personality and Astaire... Well, he's just Astaire, which is to say he's great -- wish maybe he'd danced a bit more in this one. The music is nice too, especially when they sing as a duet; the movie's only downside is the drab female leads, Arlene Dahl and Vera-Ellen, both of whom are a bit dull, and don't sing that well. All in all, though, an entertaining, pleasantly nostalgic film, well worth checking out.
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Format: VHS Tape
After seeing all the overstuffed bio-musicals which are paying homage to Kern, Rodgers, Hart, Gershwin, and the like, this one is a breath of fresh air because it is much simpler and more basic in its construction. Its two main leads (Fred Astaire and Red Skelton) do not take the material over-the-top; instead they underplay, and in Skelton's case, he is so subdued that he reveals a wonderful, sensitive, acting talent. The musical numbers, of course ("So Long Oolong," "I Wanna Be Loved By You," "Three Little Words"), speak for themselves. And Astaire and Vera-Ellen are sublime in the shipboard dance of "Thinking of You," as they dance around and over pieces of furniture in a stateroom large enough to accomodate a piano. Arlene Dahl and Gloria DeHaven are fine as well. And, of course, you have a pre-'Singin' In The Rain' Debbie Reynolds performing as the 'boop-boop-a-doop' girl Helen Kane- with voice provided by Kane herself!!
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By A Customer on Aug. 7 2002
Format: VHS Tape
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!!
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