Film: The Greeks Had a Word for Them
Through out the Ages half of the women of the world have been working women - and the rest of the women have been working men.Jean, Polaire, and Schatze are three sometime showgirls living in Prohibition-era New York on the hunt for a good man or even better a rich man. But just because they are friends doesn't mean they are going to play fair with each other. Hilarity Ensues.The Greeks Had a Word for Them (also known as Three Broadway Girls) is a 1932 talkie comedy based on the Zoe Akins play The Greeks Had A Word For It. A generation later it would be one of the inspirations for the more famous How to Marry a Millionaire.Notable for featuring one of the earliest uses of a varation on the Video Will in a movie.The movie is in the Public Domain and can be viewed online for free here.
This Film contains examples of:
- Catch Phrase - "Ask me no secrets, I'll tell you no lies." (Jean)
- Deadpan Snarker - Schatze.
- Golddigger - All three of them really but to varying degrees with Polaire being the least venal and Jean the most.
- Poor Man's Substitute - Joan Blondell (Schatze) was hired when Howard Hughes refused to release Jean Harlow.
- Pretty in Mink - A major part of the story.
- Unintentional Period Piece: Made and set in the very early Thirties - the main characters even visit a speakeasy at one point (Prohibition was repealed the very next year.)
- Video Will - A Phonograph Will actually, but otherwise the trope is played completely straight (complete with a The Tape Knew You Would Say That gag). Perhaps the Ur Example.
- With Friends Like These... - It really stretches disbelief that Polaire and Schatze remain friends with Jean after the stunts she pulls.