Three Little Words (1950) DVD5 – Classic Musical – Fred Astaire,

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Three Little Words (1950) DVD5 - Classic Musical - Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen [DDR]

Three Little Words is a 1950 American musical film biography of the Tin Pan Alley songwriting partnership of Kalmar and Ruby and stars Fred Astaire as lyricist Bert Kalmar, Red Skelton as composer Harry Ruby, along with Vera-Ellen and Arlene Dahl as their wives, with Debbie Reynolds in a small but notable role as singer Helen Kane. The film, released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, was written by Academy Award winning screenwriter George Wells, directed by Richard Thorpe and produced by Jack Cummings. Harry Ruby served as a consultant on the project, and appears in a cameo role as a baseball-catcher.

This warm and engaging film was one of Astaire's favourites,
possibly because of the nostalgic vaudeville connection. As Hollywood film biographies of the period go, it takes fewer liberties with the facts than usual, and Astaire and Skelton's onscreen portrayal of the partnership is considered psychologically accurate, and is complemented by a mutual chemistry, some quality acting by both, and some fine comedy touches by Skelton. Unusually for Hollywood songwriting biographies of this period, two of the songs, "Thinking of You" and "Nevertheless", became major hits on the film's release, reaching first and second place respectively, in the U.S. charts.

In recognition of his acting performance, Fred Astaire was awarded the first Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy in 1951.

Fred Astaire............ Bert Kalmar
Red Skelton............ Harry Ruby
Vera-Ellen .............. Jessie Brown Kalmar
Arlene Dahl ............ Eileen Percy
Keenan Wynn........ Charlie Kope
Gale Robbins......... Terry Lordel
Gloria DeHaven..... Mrs. Carter De Haven
Phil Regan ............. Himself
Harry Shannon....... Clanahan
Debbie Reynolds... Helen Kane
Paul Harvey............ Al Masters

Directed by Richard Thorpe
Produced by Jack Cummings
Written by George Wells
Music by André Previn, Harry Ruby
Running time 102 min.

Song-and-dance man Bert Kalmar can't continue his stage career after an injury for while, so he has to earn his money as a lyricst. Per chance he meets composer Harry Ruby and their first song is a hit. Ruby gets Kalmar to marry is former partner Jessie Brown, and Kalmar and Jessie prevent Ruby from getting married to the wrong girls. But due to the fact, that Ruby has caused a backer's withdrawal for a Kalmar play, they end their relation.

Video Codec: MPEG-2
Video Bitrate: 4999 kbps
Video Resolution: 720x480
Video Aspect Ratio: 1.333:1
Frames Per Second: 23.976
Audio Codec:
Audio Bitrate: 192kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams:
Audio Languages: English
RunTime 102 mins
Subtitles: None
Ripped by: Trinidad [DDR]
Duration: 102 mins