Greeks Had a Word For Them, The / Three Broadway Girls (1932)

Greeks Had a Word For Them, The / Three Broadway Girls (1932)

“I’m sure I’ve met you before — I never forget a face, and you are good looking, you know!”

Three former showgirls — Schatzi (Joan Blondell), Polaire (Madge Evans), and Jean (Ina Claire) — hoping to land sugar daddies find their friendship compromised when Jean repeatedly butts in on the other girls’ conquests.

Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:

  • Gold Diggers
  • Joan Blondell Films
  • Play Adaptation
  • Rivalry
  • Romantic Comedy

This early cinematic adaptation of Zoe Akins’ Broadway play — later remade (and substantially rewritten) as How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) — is a disappointment. The primary problem lies in the way the character of Jean is written: while Ina Claire gives a marvelously over-the-top performance:

… it defies belief that Schatze and Polaire would continue their friendship with her given her history of rampant double-crossing.

Indeed, it’s deeply unpleasant to watch Jean ruthlessly edging in on one relationship after the other while her friends stand by helplessly — by the end of the film, she’s becomes somewhat of a villainess, a development out of keeping for a story presumably about female solidarity. Ultimately, it’s just not very enjoyable to watch these three unlikely friends pursuing their (uninteresting and instantly forgettable) male catches.

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • Ina Claire as Jean

Must See?
No; the remake is infinitely better.


One thought on “Greeks Had a Word For Them, The / Three Broadway Girls (1932)

  1. First viewing. Agreed – not a must; non-value nonsense.

    So very tiresome.

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