Three Cheers for Love

Three Cheers for Love is a 1936 American musical film directed by Ray McCarey, written by George Marion, Jr., and starring Eleanore Whitney, Robert Cummings, William Frawley, Elizabeth Patterson, Roscoe Karns and John Halliday. It was released on June 26, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]

Three Cheers for Love
Directed byRay McCarey
Produced byA.M. Botsford
Written byGeorge Marion, Jr.
StarringEleanore Whitney
Robert Cummings
William Frawley
Elizabeth Patterson
Roscoe Karns
John Halliday
Music byPhil Boutelje
Charles Bradshaw
John Leipold
CinematographyHarry Fischbeck
Edited byEdward Dmytryk
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • June 26, 1936 (1936-06-26)
Running time
61 minutes
CountryUnited States


The showman Charles Dormant and wife Consuelo decide to send their daughter Sharon, familiarly known as "Skippy," to boarding school. Wilma Chester's school is going broke, so she permits old acquaintance Milton Shakespeare to bring his theatrical troupe to the school and stage a Thanksgiving show, hoping Skippy's dad will attend and offer everyone work in his professional theatrical revues.

Skippy is reluctant to perform until handsome songwriter Jimmy Tuttle changes her mind. She is shocked, however, when her father rejects an invitation to the show, unaware that Consuelo has answered it without showing it to him. Another shock comes when Eve Bronson turns up, claiming Jimmy's about to marry her and only pretending to like Skippy.

Once he learns about the show, Charles is delighted to come. By this time Skippy wants no part of it, but Jimmy carries her to the stage, convinces her to entertain, then drops to one knee and proposes marriage to her.



Cummings was cast in December 1935.[3][4] Filming started in March 1936.[5]


Frank Nugent of The New York Times said, "There came shyly yesterday to the Roxy Theatre a picture called Three Cheers for Love, and the best we can do is describe it as Hollywood's equivalent of the employes' annual picnic. Paramount—if our inference is correct—must have summoned a select number of its juveniles, praised them for their loyalty to the firm and, as a reward for good behavior, told them they could take a cameraman, director, a few sets and one of the lesser scripts and make a picture all by themselves. We gather that the youngsters enjoyed the picnic, but Paramount has no right to ask us to pay the bill."[6]


  1. "Three Cheers for Love (1936) - Overview". Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  2. Three Cheers for Love Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 3, Iss. 25, (January 1, 1936): 120.
  3. Exodus of Hollywood Players to England Continues; Los Angeles Times. December 16, 1935: 15.
  4. Cummings Groomed For Stellar Parts. The Washington Post. April 26, 1936: AA3.
  5. NEW FILM PRODUCTIONS STARTED IN PAST WEEK. Los Angeles Times. March 29, 1936: C1.
  6. Nugent, Frank S. (August 1, 1936). "Movie Review - Three Cheers for Love - Notes in Minor Key on 'Three Cheers for Love,' at the Roxy, and 'Final Hour' at the Rialto". The New York Times. Retrieved June 26, 2015.

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