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The Greeks Had a Word for Them
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLowell Sherman
Screenplay bySidney Howard
Based onThe Greeks Had a Word for It
by Zoe Akins
Produced bySamuel Goldwyn
CinematographyGeorge Barnes
Edited byStuart Heisler
Music byAlfred Newman
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • February 3, 1932 (1932-02-03) (United States)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States
A still from the film
A still from the film
The Greeks Had a Word for Them
The Greeks Had a Word for Them

The Greeks Had a Word for Them (also known as Three Broadway Girls) is a 1932 American pre-Code comedy film directed by Lowell Sherman, produced by Samuel Goldwyn, and released by United Artists. It stars Ina Claire, Joan Blondell, and Madge Evans and is based on the play The Greeks Had a Word for It by Zoe Akins. The studio originally wanted actress Jean Harlow for the lead after her success in Public Enemy (1931[1]), but she was under contract to Howard Hughes, and he refused to loan her out. The film served as inspiration for films such as Three Blind Mice (1938), Moon Over Miami (1941), and How to Marry a Millionaire (1953). Ladies in Love (1936) also has a similar pattern and produced like "Three Blind Mice" by Darryl F. Zanuck.[clarification needed]


Jean, Polaire, and Schatze are former showgirls who put their money together in order to rent a luxurious penthouse apartment. They are determined to meet wealthy boyfriends by dressing and acting like millionaires themselves. Jean shows herself to be determined and ruthless, leaving the other women behind. The other two are more sensitive and trustworthy, but only one woman will be able to find a rich husband. Which is she?


See also


  1. ^ Harlow in Hollywood. Mark A. Vieira and Darrell Rooney. Angel City Press, 2011.