Three Cheers for Love

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Three Cheers for Love
Directed by Ray McCarey
Produced byA.M. Botsford
Written by George Marion, Jr.
Starring Eleanore Whitney
Robert Cummings
William Frawley
Elizabeth Patterson
Roscoe Karns
John Halliday
Music by Phil Boutelje
Charles Bradshaw
John Leipold
CinematographyHarry Fischbeck
Edited by Edward Dmytryk
Production
company
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • June 26, 1936 (1936-06-26)
Running time
61 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Three Cheers for Love is a 1936 American musical film directed by Ray McCarey, written by George Marion, Jr., and starring Eleanore Whitney, Robert Cummings, William Frawley, Elizabeth Patterson, Roscoe Karns and John Halliday. It was released on June 26, by Paramount Pictures. [1] [2]

Musical film film genre

Musical film is a film genre in which songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative, sometimes accompanied by dancing.

Raymond Benedict "Ray" McCarey was an American film director, brother of director Leo McCarey.

Eleanore Whitney American actress

See also Eleanor Bull

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Plot

The showman Charles Dormant and wife Consuelo decide to send their daughter Sharon, familiarly known as "Skippy," to boarding school. Wilma Chester's school is going broke, so she permits old acquaintance Milton Shakespeare to bring his theatrical troupe to the school and stage a Thanksgiving show, hoping Skippy's dad will attend and offer everyone work in his professional theatrical revues.

Skippy is reluctant to perform until handsome songwriter Jimmy Tuttle changes her mind. She is shocked, however, when her father rejects an invitation to the show, unaware that Consuelo has answered it without showing it to him. Another shock comes when Eve Bronson turns up, claiming Jimmy's about to marry her and only pretending to like Skippy.

Once he learns about the show, Charles is delighted to come. By this time Skippy wants no part of it, but Jimmy carries her to the stage, convinces her to entertain, then drops to one knee and proposes marriage to her.

Cast

Robert Cummings American film and television actor

Charles Clarence Robert Orville Cummings, was an American film and television actor known mainly for his roles in comedy films such as The Devil and Miss Jones (1941) and Princess O'Rourke (1943), but was also effective in dramatic films, especially two of Alfred Hitchcock's thrillers, Saboteur (1942) and Dial M for Murder (1954). Cummings received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations, and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Single Performance in 1955. On February 8, 1960, he received two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the motion picture and television industries. The motion picture star is at 6816 Hollywood Boulevard, the television star is on 1718 Vine Street.

William Frawley American actor

William Clement Frawley was an American stage entertainer and screen and television actor best known for playing landlord Fred Mertz in the American television sitcom I Love Lucy and Bub in the television comedy series My Three Sons.

Elizabeth Patterson (actress) actress

Mary Elizabeth Patterson was an American theatre, film, and television character actress who gained popular recognition late in her career playing the elderly neighbor Matilda Trumbull on the television comedy series I Love Lucy.

Production

Cummings was cast in December 1935. [3]

Filming started March 1936. [4]

Reception

Frank Nugent of The New York Times said, "There came shyly yesterday to the Roxy Theatre a picture called Three Cheers for Love, and the best we can do is describe it as Hollywood's equivalent of the employes' annual picnic. Paramount—if our inference is correct—must have summoned a select number of its juveniles, praised them for their loyalty to the firm and, as a reward for good behavior, told them they could take a cameraman, director, a few sets and one of the lesser scripts and make a picture all by themselves. We gather that the youngsters enjoyed the picnic, but Paramount has no right to ask us to pay the bill." [5]

Frank Stanley Nugent was an American screenwriter, journalist, and film reviewer, who wrote 21 film scripts, 11 for director John Ford. He wrote almost a thousand reviews for The New York Times before leaving journalism for Hollywood. He was nominated for an Academy Award in 1953 and twice won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Comedy. The Writers Guild of America, West ranks his screenplay for The Searchers (1956) among the top 101 screenplays of all time.

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References

  1. "Three Cheers for Love (1936) - Overview". TCM.com. Retrieved 2015-06-26.Cite web requires |website= (help)
  2. Three Cheers for Love Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 3, Iss. 25, (Jan 1, 1936): 120.
  3. Exodus of Hollywood Players to England Continues; Los Angeles Times 16 Dec 1935: 15. <r/ef><ref>Cummings Groomed For Stellar Parts The Washington Post 26 Apr 1936: AA3.
  4. NEW FILM PRODUCTIONS STARTED IN PAST WEEK Los Angeles Times 29 Mar 1936: C1.
  5. Nugent, Frank S. (1936-08-01). "Movie Review - Three Cheers for Love - Notes in Minor Key on 'Three Cheers for Love,' at the Roxy, and 'Final Hour' at the Rialto". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2015-06-26.Cite web requires |website= (help)