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Tom, Dick and Harry Reviews

This charming comedy-fantasy served as Rogers' follow-up to her Oscar-winning performance in KITTY FOYLE and is distinguished by an Oscar-nominated script and sharp direction. Rogers plays a dizzy telephone operator who is being courted by three men and can't make up her mind which to choose. She dreams of marrying a millionaire but succumbs to the advances of Murphy, a clever automobile salesman. But before they can tie the knot, she falls for Meredith, a happy-go-lucky guy with the gift of gab. Just when she's ready to marry Meredith, Rogers finally meets her millionaire, Marshal. Naturally he's ga-ga over Rogers and proposes. Next thing you know, Rogers finds herself engaged to all three gents. Although she realizes she has to make a choice, Rogers can't bear to say no to any of her fiances. After daydreaming about the way it might be with each of her suitors (these fantasy sequences are excellent and very funny), Rogers eventually settles for Meredith. Murphy came over from MGM to make this film, and Marshal had been the exclusive property of David O. Selznick. Both actors contribute assured performances, but Meredith's sympathetic charm sways not only Rogers but also the audience, and he steals every scene in which he appears. Producer Sisk, who had made the RKO budget unit into a tremendous success, left the studio and moved to Paramount after this picture, one of his best. This also was the last film for Rogers under her long-term contract. She and director Kanin had worked together on BACHELOR MOTHER, and their congenial working relationship may have had much to with the fine results here. In a small role as the newsreel announcer, note Bill Alland, who was the reporter tracking Kane's life in CITIZEN KANE. In his third movie, Phil Silvers also scores as an obnoxious ice cream salesman. This story was used again in a 1956 musical, THE GIRL MOST LIKELY, starring Jane Powell.