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  • Actors: Deanna Durbin, Charles Winninger, Alice Brady, Ray Milland, Mischa Auer
  • Directors: Henry Koster
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Mar. 2011
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C663X
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,238 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Deanna Durbin's feature film debut turned her into an international star almost overnight. A perfect mix of romance, music and comedy, THREE SMART GIRLS was a huge box office hit and was nominated for THREE Academy Award, including Best Picture. Deanna Durbin plays Penny, one of three young sisters living with their divorcee mother (Nella Walker) in Switzerland. When their father (Charles Winninger) announces he is to marry again - this time to a beautiful girl about town - their mother is heartbroken. So the three mischievous girls set off for New York with just one aim in mind - to wreck their father's forthcoming wedding plans! When they discover that their father's bride-to-be is nothing but a worthless gold-digger who only loves him for his money, the sisters decide to find her an even richer man to latch onto - with hilarious consequences! A wonderful comedy romp, made irresistible by Deanna Durbin's fresh and effervescent screen personality, THREE SMART GIRLS includes her performing; My Heart is Singing, Someone to Care for Me and Il Bacio.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Michael Bo on 10 Oct. 2004
Format: DVD
Classically trained songbird Deanna Durbin was Judy Garland's foremost competitor, often more popular even, in those sumptuous days of Hollywood musicals of yore.
This DVD set of six titles on no more than two discs is indispensable to anyone with the faintest interest in classical Hollywood hokum. I wasn't prepared to fall in love with these films, watched them only out of a sense of duty to film history. Homework, as it were. But how much fun was had!
There are regular gems hidden here. 'Lady on a Train' is a masterpiece of an audacious mix between screwball and noir, in the tradition of 'The Cat and the Canary', but actually more secure in its nonchalant blending of one with the other. It is such uproarious fun and still elementally thrilling.
'First Love', an updating of the Cinderella legend with Durbin and glamorous puppy hunk Robert Stack, is charming and brings tears of bliss to your eyes, and its humour is drier than wood!
'It Started With Eve' is the story of a poor girl being presented to a dying tycoon (wonderful Charles Laughton) by his nephew who claims she is his fiancé. The tycoon survives, and the trap springs on the young couple. Extremely amusing, although very light-weight.
'Can't Help Singing' is a well-produced western musical in full Technicolor with lovely songs by Jerome Kern, although as a film it is entirely forgettable. 'Something in the Wind', about the lady discjockey who is being confused with her aunt who was the mistress of a wealthy man, is naughty and funny, but the oldest one of the set, 'Three Smart Girls', never made an impression on me.
DVD versions are nice to look at. Warmly recommended.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "starlighthotel" on 4 April 2005
Format: VHS Tape
Deanna Durbin simply burst on to the screen for the first time as Penny, the youngest of three sisters who attempt to break up their father's impending nuptuals so they can get him back together with their mother. This delightful romp made Deanna a star and saved Universal Studios from bankruptcy. The film itself moves at a breakneck pace, following Durbin's lead as she blows like a joyous and funny hurricane right into our hearts.
Nan Grey is Penny's sister, Joan, and Barbara Read is Kay. Charles Winninger is good as always as the parent who hasn't seen his children in ten years, and has forgotten what it means to be a father. But Penny's strong minded enthusiasm is infectious, and it isn't long before the shallow babe after his money doesn't seem near as important as his daughters.
There are some hilarious moments in this fast and furious comedy and Deanna gets to sing "Someone to Care For Me" and a couple of others, as one plot after another is hatched to get rid of the fiance. Mischa Auer is a hoot as the Count who can't stay sober paid to romance away the fiance. But it is a young Ray Milland as Lord Michael Stuart who gets the most laughs when a mix-up occurs and Kay thinks he is the one they've paid to lure "Precious" away. Stuart is the real deal and plays along with the charade so he can romance Penny's sister Kay.
An infectious joy runs all through this film and it is easy to see why this was such a hugh hit. It launched the career of one of the most fondly remembered stars of all time. This film begins with Penny, Joan, and Kay sailing in Switzerland and it will sail right into your heart when you see it for the first time. A fresh and timeless treasure.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Satish Nimkar on 2 April 2010
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Trawling through the internet and the amazon catalogues for the screwball comedies, I struck upon the title Lady on a Train,a Deanna Durbin film. That was my first encounter with her. This collection is the best introduction to the talents of Ms.Durbin as a singer and actress. The romantic comedies she played in are superbly blended with music. Just like some of the finest Bollywood romantic musicals. What's more,she could do the comedies with equal ease.

This Sweetheart pack has following films:

THREE SMART GIRLS: The first film of Ms.Durbin when she was hardly 15 years old. The story line is very thin and predictable. Three sisters come to New York to prevent their father from marrying a gold digger. A romantic comedy. Ms Durbin is the real singing sensation of the film.

SOMETHING IN THE WIND: More of a screwball than romantic film. The element of screwball is based on the mistaken identity. In this case,an aunt and a niece (Ms.Durbin)having the same name. The aunt's deceased lover leaves her some money and his heirs try to prevent that. They mistake the niece for the aunt.So the comedy develops out of the mistaken identity,

FIRST LOVE: Modern Cinderella story. Everything is predictable,nevertheless, enjoyable.

IT STARTED WITH EVE: Another screwball comedy. With Charles Laughton. A rich man(Laughton)is on the verge of dying,wants to meet his only son's fiancée, Naturally she is not available at the moment.The son asks the next girl he meets to come with him to pose as his fiancée. After meeting the girl the old man comes back to life and even likes her as his future daughter-in-law. So the classic comedy situation for the whole film is developed in the first 10 minutes of the film.
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