HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Chasing the Dragon
Into the Forest
Limehouse Golem, The
Frankenstein '80
Good Time
Bucket of Blood, A
Detroit
Hide and Seek
What Happened to Monday
River Wild, The
Veteran
Slumber Party '57
Juliette, or Key of Dreams
Summertime Killer
Sweet Virginia
Ben & Arthur
Your Name
Red Hot Shot, The
New World
Trick Baby
Weapons of Death
Second Best Secret Agent in the Whole Wide World, The
Kills on Wheels
Strait-Jacket
This Man is Dangerous
Burning Paradise
Away
Mistress of the Apes
Incredible Paris Incident
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
   
 
Newest Articles
Apocalypse 80s UK: Threads and When the Wind Blows
Movie Flop to Triumphant TV Revival: Twin Peaks and The League of Gentlemen
Driving Force: The Golden Age of American Car Chases
Madness in his Method: Jim Carrey and Andy Kaufman
Music, Love and Flowers: Monterey Pop on Blu-ray
The Melville Mood: His Final Two Films on The Melville Collection Blu-ray
Always Agn├Ęs: 3 from The Varda Collection Blu-ray
Re: Possession of Vehicles - Killer Cars, Trucks and a Vampire Motorcycle
The Whicker Kicker: Whicker's World Vols 5&6 on DVD
The Empress, the Mermaid and the Princess Bride: Three 80s Fantasy Movies
   
 
  Tom, Dick and Harry Choose MeBuy this film here.
Year: 1941
Director: Garson Kanin
Stars: Ginger Rogers, George Murphy, Alan Marshal, Burgess Meredith, Joe Cunningham, Jane Seymour, Lenore Lonergan, Vickie Lester, Phil Silvers, Betty Breckenridge
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Rating:  8 (from 1 vote)
Review: Janie (Ginger Rogers) is at the movies with her boyfriend Tom (George Murphy) and she is enraptured by what she's seeing on the screen, even though she's watched it many times before, and recently, too. The plot is about a rich man and a poor woman who fall in love, and she wonders aloud to Tom in the cafe afterwards if such a thing could happen in real life. He isn't really interested and wants to steer the conversation back to himself, so takes Janie out to the local lover's lane where he has an important question to ask: will she marry him?

There was a time when this unassuming little comedy was considered a modern classic, but time was not kind to it and it dropped off the radar fairly quickly, perhaps due to its screenwriter Paul Jarrico being blacklisted as a communist about ten years after its release. Whatever the reason, Tom, Dick and Harry is not the type of film that often comes up when the greats of the forties, or indeed the Golden Age, are discussed such was its low profile from the fifties onwards. But if it isn't raised to the heights of acclaim, then at least it enjoys a cult status among those who caught its rare appearances over the years since.

And it's really a charming movie, well able to hold its head up with the better known and more highly lauded screwball comedies of the era should it be given another chance. Rogers as Janie is understandably fickle as she is presented with the choice between three suitors, and if there's any tension here it's about whether she makes the correct decision or not. Tom keeps telling her of the promotions at the car salesroom he works at, and how he is continuing to do better and better, so he seems like a safe prospect for marriage, but then when she comes home that evening and announces to her family that she's engaged, she qualifies that statement with the point that she may even accept Tom's hand.

As the opening indicates, what she truly wants is to be swept off her feet by a millionaire who will whisk her away from her boring telephonist job, and there happens to be one in town: Dick (Alan Marshal), a debonair bachelor who having never seen him, she initially believes to be Harry (Burgess Meredith) because he is a mechanic driving Dick's car to the garages when she catches sight of him at the traffic lights and jumps into the passenger seat. They make a date for that evening, but she is not best pleased when he turns out to have a dollar eighty on him to entertain her for the whole night - but he does manage to do it, much to her surprise, and possibly to yours if you never considered famed character actor Meredith as a romantic lead before.

But the story continues as Janie accepts Harry's offer of engagement - after all, they heard chimes when they kissed - only to use subterfuge to get yet another date, this time with Dick. He is truly the man of her dreams as he shows her the ritzy life of high society, but talking of those dreams some of the funniest sequences show her fantasies about how her marital bliss to each of the men could turn out, with Tom awarded endless promotions, Harry shunning money for the simple life of fishing, and Dick oddly absent, only offering her his riches to live off. This ends with a censor-baiting dream where Janie is married to the trio simultaneously, and it's the application of the ridiculous in conjunction with the delightfully sweet that lends the film its considerable appeal. It may even have been the best film its legendary director Garson Kanin was ever involved with as director, certainly the best one he didn't write himself, and the cast shone from Rogers down to Phil Silvers as the ice cream man. A true gem. Music by Roy Webb.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 1560 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Who's the best?
Robin Askwith
Mark Wahlberg
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Enoch Sneed
Andrew Pragasam
Paul Shrimpton
  Rachel Franke
Jason Cook
Darren Jones
Keith Rockmael
   

 

Last Updated: