Three Smart Girls
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Directed by Henry Koster
Produced by Joe Pasternak
Written by Adele Comandini
Austin Parker
Starring Barbara Read
Nan Grey
Deanna Durbin
Ray Milland
Cinematography Joseph A. Valentine
Editing by Ted J. Kent
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Running time 84 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Three Smart Girls is a 1936 musical comedy film. The Craig sisters, played by Barbara Read, Nan Grey and Deanna Durbin in her first feature film role, travel to New York City to prevent their father from remarrying.

They plot to bring their divorced parents, portrayed by Charles Winninger and Nella Walker, back together again. The movie made Durbin a star, and ushered in an eight-year era of successful Deanna Durbin musicals.

The film was written by Adele Comandini and Austin Parker, and directed by Henry Koster. The film was a hit and kept Universal Pictures out of bankruptcy.

It spawned two sequels, Three Smart Girls Grow Up and Hers to Hold. "Three Smart Girls" was later re-made as "The Parent Trap" films under the Disney logo.



It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Sound (Homer G. Tasker) and Writing (Original Story).[1]


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