The Greeks Had a Word for Them
(also known as Three Broadway Girls
) is a Pre-Code 1932 United Artists comedy film
directed by Lowell Sherman
and produced by Samuel Goldwyn
. It stars Joan Blondell
, Madge Evans
and Ina Claire
and is based on the play with the same name written by Zoe Akins
. The studio originally wanted actress Jean Harlow
for the lead, after her success in Red-Headed Woman
). She was under contract to Howard Hughes
and he refused to loan her out.
The movie formed an inspiration for films like Three Blind Mice (1938), Moon Over Miami (1941), and How to Marry a Millionaire (1953).
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 trustable. Only one woman will be able to find a rich husband. But who will it be?