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Three Wise Girls

Released Feb 9, 1932 1h 7m Comedy Drama List
Reviews 42% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
Fed up with her tiny hometown, the lovely Cassie Barnes (Jean Harlow) packs up and splits for New York City, where she rooms with her pal Dot (Marie Prevost). Cassie takes a series of disappointing jobs before her friend Gladys (Mae Clarke) gets her a modeling gig. Then Cassie begins a romance with Jerry (Walter Byron), who initially seems like the perfect man. Unfortunately, it turns out that he's married. He tries to tell Cassie that his marriage is already ending, but she's not convinced. Read More Read Less

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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews This was the film Harlow proved she can carry a film on her own. Rated: B- Jan 20, 2016 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Fast moving picture, cut as though it could have been shot in the 1990s. Harlow was a little stiff...Mae Clarke never looked better! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Jean Harlow had top billing and gave a good performance in this one, playing a small-town girl who goes to New York to seek her fortune. I found it refreshing to see her in a more virtuous role; she not only shows her range, but her character is strong, and stands up for herself when hit on by men. At the same time, her magnetism and sex appeal shine through, helped along by some modeling and pre-Code lingerie scenes. She finds out the rich guy she's been seeing is married and wants to end it, particularly after having seen what a similar situation has done to her friend, played well by Mae Clark (who you might remember as having been with Harlow the previous year in 'The Public Enemy', and getting a grapefruit stuffed in her face by James Cagney). The last of the 'wise girls' is Marie Prevost in the role of her roommate, who points out the flipside, hey, it's nice to eat something other than liverwurst by seeing a guy with some money, and breaks off a few other funny lines in the film. The movie is quite brisk at 68 minutes, maybe too brisk in a couple of ways (such as Mae Clark's fate), but it's worth watching, particularly if you're a Harlow fan. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Early, rarely seen Harlow picture is a speedy little drama of girls facing love problems. This was before Jean's MGM heyday so she's still a bit rough around the edges but the star quality is ever present. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member good pre-coder Jean Harlow's 2nd feature but was released after her 3rd movie Capra's 'platinum blonde" Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member A look at the lives of 3 young women making their way (or not) in New York.Jean Harlow, on the brink of stardom, is natural and appealing. And Marie Provost is a delight. It's a very basic story and barely an hour long, but these performances make it worthwhile. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Fed up with her tiny hometown, the lovely Cassie Barnes (Jean Harlow) packs up and splits for New York City, where she rooms with her pal Dot (Marie Prevost). Cassie takes a series of disappointing jobs before her friend Gladys (Mae Clarke) gets her a modeling gig. Then Cassie begins a romance with Jerry (Walter Byron), who initially seems like the perfect man. Unfortunately, it turns out that he's married. He tries to tell Cassie that his marriage is already ending, but she's not convinced.
Director
William Beaudine
Screenwriter
Wilson Collison, Agnes Christine Johnston, Robert Riskin
Distributor
Columbia Pictures
Production Co
Columbia Pictures Corporation
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Feb 9, 1932, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 8, 2019
Runtime
1h 7m
Sound Mix
Mono