Three of a Kind (1944 film)

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Three of a Kind
Directed by D. Ross Lederman
Written by Earle Snell
Arthur Caesar
Starring Billy Gilbert
Release date
  • July 22, 1944 (1944-07-22)
Running time
60 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Three of a Kind is a 1944 American comedy film directed by D. Ross Lederman. [1]

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References

  1. "Three of a Kind". New York Times. Retrieved December 1, 2014.