In 1977, when our country was officially two hundred years old, our puritanical nation watched the first episode of a tv show that shocked much of the nation. Based on the British sit-com “Man about the House,” the first episode of “Three’s Company” aired, showing for the first time ever, a story line with one single man living in an apartment with two single girls. This would never have been allowed in any storyline during the motion picture censoring days of the movies.
So how does it come about that a 1938 romantic action adventure movie features three single men living with one single girl? I’m not completely sure, but here it is. It seems that the movie was filmed in 1935, as the censor board was beginning to censor movies, but was not released in the U.S., possibly because there was no way to make the story abide by the rules without ruining the whole plot. It opened in London in 1936, and then strangely, in 1938 it was allowed to open in the U.S., maybe without the official blessing of the Hays Office.
The meat of story revolves around three lusty electric company linemen who move in with a single girl and her maid. All three of the men fall in love with the girl, played by Sally Blane. What are the chances for survival of the friendship of three best buddies when they are living with one sexy woman? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Directed by Sam Newfield
The Actors: Ray Walker, Sally Blane, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams