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Three Broadway Girls


Three "former chorus girls" team up to capture rich husbands. But they spend as much time fighting with each other as they do the men they try to snare. This film is based on a a play by Zoe Akins "The Greeks Had A Word For It" which is also the basis for the softer and more genteel 50s version "How To Mary A Millionaire". Stars Joan Blondell.

The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.

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The Greeks Had a Word for Them (1932), also known as Three Broadway Girls, is a Pre-Code comedy film directed by Lowell Sherman, produced by Samuel Goldwyn, and released by United Artists. It stars Joan Blondell, Madge Evans, and Ina Claire and is based on the play The Greeks Had a Word for It by Zoƫ Akins. The studio originally wanted actress Jean Harlow for the lead, after her success in Red-Headed Woman (1932). She was under contract to Howard Hughes and he used to loan her out.
The movie served as inspiration for films like Three Blind Mice (1938), Moon Over Miami (film) (1941), and How to Marry a Millionaire (1953).


Jean, Polaire, and Schatze are ex-showgirls who put their money together in order to rent a luxurious penthouse apartment. They are out to get wealthy boyfriends by dressing and acting like millionaires themselves. It is Jean who is really determined and acts ruthlessly, leaving the other girls behind. The other women are more sensitive and trustworthy. Only one woman will be able to find a rich husband. But who will it be?


  • Joan Blondell – Schatzi
  • Madge Evans – Polaire
  • Ina Claire – Jean Lawrence
  • David Manners – Dey Emery
  • Lowell Sherman – Boris Feldman
  • Phillips Smalley – Justin Emery
  • Sidney Bracey – The Waiter
  • Ward Bond – Taxi Driver

See also

  • Pre-Code sex films

  • Category:1932 films
    Category:American films
    Category:Black-and-white films
    Category:United Artists films
    Category:Films directed by Lowell Sherman
    Category:Films made before the MPAA Production Code
    Category:1930s comedy films
    Category:Samuel Goldwyn Productions films

    Samuel Goldwyn

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