Three Little Words (1950) was an example of Hollywood's late-'40s/early-'50s interest in the lives of famous songwriters. Fred Astaire plays vaudeville dancer Bert Kalmar, whose act with Jessie Brown (Vera-Ellen) runs aground due to his interest in magic acts and a backstage accident. While in rehab, he meets composer Harry Ruby (Red Skelton), and the two discover a knack for writing Tin Pan Alley songs, then Broadway shows, together. There's some mild conflict in their lives as portrayed in film, but mostly the movie is an excuse to pull out a slew of Kalmar & Ruby songs such as "Who's Sorry Now," "My Sunny Tennessee," "Nevertheless," "I Wanna Be Loved by You," and the title tune. Vera-Ellen is an excellent partner for Astaire, and the relatively restrained Skelton puts in a good performance. Also appearing are Arlene Dahl as a musical actress, Gloria De Haven as her own mother, a young Debbie Reynolds as Boop-a-Doop girl Helen Kane, and the real Harry Ruby as a baseball player playing catch with Skelton, the movie Harry Ruby. Three Little Words isn't one of the great MGM musicals of its era, but it's an entertaining picture, especially for fans of Astaire. --David Horiuchi --This text refers to the DVD edition.
A dated film with great song and dance numbers from Astaire/Ellen/Skelton. As an aspiring piano player I have played a number of Kalmar and Ruby's songs - there great - so is the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Chris White
At least Vera Ellen was a more suitable dancing partner for Fred Astaire. The dancing scenes were nice, but the story silly, as usual.
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2011 by Goofy
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. Read morePublished on April 11 2004 by Henning Sebastian Jahre
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... Read morePublished on March 18 2004 by Hermione
IT'S A CLASSIC! IT FEATURES A TALENTED AND ENTERTAINING CAST, AS WELL AS GREAT TUNES! YOU WON'T BE DISSAPOINTED AS YOU ENJOY THIS TIMELESS CLASSIC! Read morePublished on Dec 26 2001 by "k4g99"