Three Little Words

Synopsis: Song-and-dance man Bert Kalmar can't continue his stage career after an injury for a while, so he has to earn his money as a lyricist. Perchance he meets composer Harry Ruby and their first song is a hit. Ruby gets Kalmar to marry is former partner Jessie Brown, and Kalmar and Jessie prevent Ruby from getting married to the wrong girls. But due to the fact that Ruby has caused a backer's withdrawal for a Kalmar play, they end their relation.
Director(s): Richard Thorpe
Production: MGM
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations.
102 min

Where did you get that girl?

Oh, you lucky devil

Where did you get that girl?

Tell me on the level

Have you ever kissed her?

If she has a sister

Lead me, lead me

Lead me to her mister

Gee, I wish that I had a girl

I'd love her, I'd love her

Oh, goodness, how I'd love her

If you can find another

I'll take her home to Mother

Where? Where?

Where did you get that girl?

Five bows and an encore.

Not bad for a Tuesday night, huh?

They loved you, Jess.

Come on, I'll buy you a steak.

Hey, wait. I wanna watch

Mendoza's opening trick.

- What, again?

- Hi, Jess.

Bert, big news.

I just closed the deal for you.

Eighty weeks solid

on the Orpheum time.

Two seasons straight.

How do you like that?

Watch this. It's terrific.

Here's your new song.

Hot off the presses.

"'Where Did You Get That Girl? '

Words by Bert Kalmar... of 'Hello, Hawaii,'

'Oh! What a Pal Was Mary."'

- Am I an agent?

- Yeah, yeah. Now, look.

- Hey, what's going on?

- Magic is going on.

Come in.

- Oh, I thought you'd be dressed by now.

- Jess, listen. Come here.

I've got a great idea,

an opening for the new act.

I come out in one, see?

I'm a magician.

- Oh, a magician.

- Yeah.

I'm in a full dress suit,

medals on my chest...

...maybe a mustache

and a little goatee.

Yes, I adore little goatees.

And you come on as my assistant.

I hand you my gloves...

Hey, wait a minute.

- You're not walking out on me, are you?

- Not yet.

- What you open the door for?

- Because I'm a nice girl, Mr. Kalmar.

And a nice girl

always leaves the door open.

You know, we could fix all that

so you won't have to worry about doors.

We could get married.

I'd like that.

Maybe someday

when you're not so rushed, Bert.

So you don't have to propose

in short pants.

Listen, Jess, I'm not kidding.

Neither am I.

You're too busy, Bert.

A big headliner, important songwriter.

A magician.

Now you're writing a play.

You want to be everything

in show business all at once.

And I just want to be a wife.

You couldn't light in one spot

long enough for the ceremony.

Okay, Jess.

But if you ever do decide to marry me,

you'll speak right up, won't you?

You'll be the first to know.

Thanks, Jess.

Well, what about that magic idea?

Well, what's the matter?

- Just a couple of tricks for an opening?

- And for a finish, you saw me in half.

Next thing you know,

you'll be doing a single.

"Kalmar The Magnificent."

Maybe you think I couldn't.

- Maybe I'll surprise you.

- Nothing you did would surprise me.

You know, sometimes I think

you'd rather be a bad magician...

...than a good actor.

- How do I look?

- Beautiful.

- Do I need a flower?

- What for?

I think I need a flower.

- Pretty fancy, huh?

- Just wonderful.

- Telephone, Mr. Kalmar.

- Okay.

Be right back.

Clanahan's Paradise,

the best beer on the island.

See Kendall The Great,

miracles and marvels of magic.

And appearing on the stage right now,

The Four Little Boys in Gray.

Fifteen acts of...

Jimmy O'Leary said I've got a theory

She's different from all of your girls

She's not a queen

Like you see on the screen

And she ain't got

No diamonds or pearls

But she's mine, all mine

Giants 4, Philadelphia 2.

End of the seventh.

I told her I worked in a glue factory

And that's how she happened

To get stuck on me

- I'll take over.

- Thanks.

And she's mine, all mine

- Hey, Ruby.

- Yes, sir?

- Where you going?

- This is my supper hour.

I thought I'd go out for a catch.

Yeah? Well, take it on the hop

to dressing room four.

Kendall The Great needs an assistant.

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