Review: ‘Three Loves Has Nancy’

Three Loves Has Nancy is a completely daffy, reasonably entertaining romp by Janet Gaynor, Robert Montgomery, Franchot Tone and a group of familiar supporting players.

Three Loves Has Nancy is a completely daffy, reasonably entertaining romp by Janet Gaynor, Robert Montgomery, Franchot Tone and a group of familiar supporting players.

Story is one of the trivialities about a semi-conscious smalltown gal who gets stranded in New York and becomes the object of a furious set-to between a flighty author and his hell-raising publisher. On that slender framework have been scribbled all the balmy situations, crackpot gags and slapstick whimsy that six frenzied scripters [story by Lee Loeb and Mort Braus] could concoct.

Director Richard Thorpe and the cast play it with broad relish. As the naive little menace from the sticks, Gaynor gives an admirably straight-faced performance, her intense seriousness contrasting sharply with the wild and woolly clowning of Montgomery and Tone. Latter two, as the author and publisher, respectively, pull all the acting stops.

Three Loves Has Nancy

Production

M-G-M. Director Richard Thorpe; Producer Norman Krasna; Screenplay Bella Spewack, Samuel Spewack, George Oppenheimer, David Hertz; Camera William Daniels; Editor Frederick Y. Smith; Music William Axt

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1938. Running time: 70 MIN.

With

Janet Gaynor Robert Montgomery Franchot Tone Guy Kibbee Claire Dodd Reginald Owen
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