Too Many Girls (musical)

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Too Many Girls
Cover of sheet music (cropped)
Music Richard Rodgers
Lyrics Lorenz Hart

George Marion Jr.

Cast (Broadway version)

Desi Arnaz

Diosa Costello

Eddie Bracken

Richard Kollmar

Van Johnson

Hal LeRoy

Cast (Hollywood version)

Lucille Ball

Desi Arnaz

Richard Carlson

Eddie Bracken

Van Johnson
Productions 1939 Broadway

Too Many Girls is a Broadway musical comedy and a 1940 film version of the show, starring Lucille Ball.

Broadway version[edit]

Too Many Girls opened October 18, 1939, with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart and book by George Marion Jr.

Film version[edit]

Arnaz and Bracken repeated their roles in the 1940 RKO Radio Pictures movie version.

This was Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz's first film together. The two had previously met at the RKO studio commissary while Lucy was filming Dance, Girl, Dance. At that time, Lucy was costumed as a burlesque dancer who had recently been in a fight. Desi initially dismissed her as a "tough broad" who could never play an innocent college girl.

The popular song "I Like to Recognize the Tune" did not appear in the film version, but it did appear in a later Lucille Ball film, Meet the People (MGM, 1944).

Van Johnson, who was an understudy to all 3 male leads in the theatrical version of 1939, makes an uncredited appearance in the film version in which he yells: "We won the game, so help me!"


The film recorded a loss of $170,000.[1]

The songs[edit]


  1. ^ Richard B. Jewell, RKO Radio Pictures: A Titan is Born, University of California Press, 2012 p 222

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