Three for the Show

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Three for the Show
Three for the Show poster.jpg
Directed by H. C. Potter
Written by Edward Hope
Leonard B. Stern
Based on Home and Beauty
by W. Somerset Maugham
Produced byJonie Taps
Starring Betty Grable
Jack Lemmon
Gower Champion
Marge Champion
Cinematography Arthur E. Arling
Edited by Viola Lawrence
Music by George Duning
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • February 24, 1955 (1955-02-24)(New York City)
Running time
93 minutes
89 minutes
(Sony print)
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.25 million (US) [1]

Three for the Show is a 1955 Technicolor and in CinemaScope musical comedy remake of Too Many Husbands . It stars actress Betty Grable, in her last musical, opposite Jack Lemmon, Gower Champion and Marge Champion. It is based on the 1919 play Home and Beauty by W. Somerset Maugham, which was retitled to Too Many Husbands when it came to New York. [2]



Singing-and-dancing stage star Julie (Betty Grable) is told that husband Marty (Jack Lemmon) is reported missing in action during the Korean War. After a long waiting period, she makes plans to marry Vernon (Gower Champion), who is Marty's best friend. After the marriage, Marty (who crashed but survived on an island) turns up at one of Julie's shows. Upon discovering Julie's new marriage, Marty demands his rights as her first husband.

Julie finds that she is legally married to both Marty and Vernon. She soon realises that she must choose who she wants to be with, if only to avoid being branded a bigamist. But Julie loves the idea of having two husbands and so she decides to try to live with them both, to the annoyance and disapproval of Marty and Vernon who both know that her idea will not work out.

Meanwhile, Julie's close friend Gwen (Marge Champion) has a secret crush on Marty and hopes to be with him, if only Julie could make her up mind as to who she wants. After a long serious decision and a talk with them both, Julie decides that she is more in love with Marty and she leaves Vernon, who has now fallen for Gwen.



The New York Times called the film a "slight but cheerful item" and said "Three for the Show does serve to bring Betty Grable back to the screen. Luminously blonde and shapely enough to give the megrims to most of the readers of fan magazines, Miss Grable proves she can fill a musical, assignment as neatly as she does her pleasantly revealing wardrobe. [3]


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