Three for the Show

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Three for the Show
Three for the Show dvd cover.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by H. C. Potter
Written by Edward Hope
Starring Betty Grable
Jack Lemmon
Gower Champion
Marge Champion
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s)
  • February 24, 1955 (1955-02-24)
Running time 93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.25 million (US)[1]

Three for the Show is a 1955 musical comedy remake of Too Many Husbands. It stars actress Betty Grable, in her last musical, opposite Jack Lemmon, Gower Champion and Marge Champion.


Singing-and-dancing stage star Julie (Betty Grable) is told that husband Marty (Jack Lemmon) is reported missing in action during Korea. After a long waiting period, she makes plans to marry Vernon (Gower Champion), who is Marty's best friend. After the marriage, Marty (who crashed but survived on an island) turns up at one of Julie's shows. Upon discovering Julie's new marriage, Marty demands his rights as her first husband.

Julie soon finds that she is legally married to both Marty and Vernon. She soon realises that she must choose who she wants to be with, if only to avoid being branded a bigamist. But Julie loves the idea of having two husbands and so she decides to try to live with them both, to the annoyance and disapproval of Marty and Vernon who both know that her idea will not work out.

Meanwhile, Julie's close friend Gwen (Marge Champion) has a secret crush on Marty and hopes to get with him, if only Julie could make her up mind as to who she wants. After a long serious decision and a talk with them both, Julie decides that she is more in love with Marty and she ditches Vernon, who has now fallen for Gwen.



Words and Music by Gene Austin and Ray Bergere.
Performed by Betty Grable.

  • Down Boy

Words and Music by Hoagy Carmichael and Harold Adamson.
Performed by Betty Grable, Gower Champion, and Jack Lemmon.
The song had been written by Carmichael for Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; a film that had originally been offered to Betty Grable, however Darryl F. Zanuck ordered the song removed from the film.[2]

  • I've Got A Crush On You

Words and Music by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin.
Performed by Betty Grable and Jack Lemmon.
also performed in the finale by Betty Grable, Jack Lemmon, Marge Champion and Gower Champion.

  • Someone to Watch Over Me

Words and Music by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin.
Performed by Marge Champion and Gower Champion during the opening titles.
Later sung by Marge Champion.

  • Just One of Those Things

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter (uncredited).
Performed by Betty Grable, Marge Champion and Gower Champion.

  • Which One

Words and Music by Lester Lee and Ned Washington.
Performed by Marge Champion.

Music by Aleksandr Borodin (uncredited).
Used as introductory music for "Which One".

  • I've Been Kissed Before

Words and Music by Bob Russell and Lester Lee.
Performed by Betty Grable.

  • Finale from 'William Tell Overture

from the opera "William Tell" by Gioacchino Rossini.
Danced to by Gower Champion in the Two Husbands fantasy.


  1. ^ 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955', Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956
  2. ^ pp.283-284 Sudhalter, Richard M. Stardust Melody: The Life and Music of Hoagy Carmichael Oxford University Press, 2003

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