The Greeks Had a Word for Them

The Greeks Had a Word for Them

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Directed by Lowell Sherman
Produced by Samuel Goldwyn
Written by Zoë Akins (play)
Sidney Howard (screenplay)
Starring Joan Blondell
Madge Evans
Ina Claire
Music by Alfred Newman
Cinematography George Barnes
Edited by Stuart Heisler
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
February 3, 1932
Running time
79 minutes
Country United States
Language English
The Greeks Had a Word for Them

The Greeks Had a Word for Them (1932), also known as Three Broadway Girls, is a Pre-Code comedy film directed by Lowell Sherman, produced by Samuel Goldwyn, and released by United Artists. It stars Joan Blondell, Madge Evans, and Ina Claire and is based on the play The Greeks Had a Word for It by Zoë Akins. The studio originally wanted actress Jean Harlow for the lead, after her success in Red-Headed Woman (1932). She was under contract to Howard Hughes and he refused to loan her out. The movie served as inspiration for films like Three Blind Mice (1938 film) (1938), Moon Over Miami (1941), and How to Marry a Millionaire (1953). Also "Ladies in Love" (1936) has a similar pattern and produced like "Three Blind Mice" by Darryl F. Zanuck.


Jean, Polaire, and Schatze are ex-showgirls who put their money together in order to rent a luxurious penthouse apartment. They are out to get wealthy boyfriends by dressing and acting like millionaires themselves. It is Jean who is really determined and acts ruthlessly, leaving the other girls behind. The other women are more sensitive and trustworthy. Only one woman will be able to find a rich husband. But who will it be?


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