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The Girl Most Likely

For the song by Jeannie C. Riley, see The Girl Most Likely (song). For the album by Claudja Barry, see The Girl Most Likely (Claudja Barry album).
The Girl Most Likely
theatrical release poster
Directed by Mitchell Leisen
Produced by Stanley Rubin
Written by Paul Jarrico
Devery Freeman
Starring Jane Powell
Cliff Robertson
Keith Andes
Kaye Ballard
Tommy Noonan
Music by Nelson Riddle
Bob Russell
Hugh Martin
Ralph Blane
Cinematography Robert H. Planck
Editing by Doane Harrison
Harry Marker
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Universal Pictures
Release date(s) December 17, 1957
Running time 98 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Girl Most Likely (1957) is a musical about a young woman who ends up engaged to three men at the same time. The film, a remake of Tom, Dick and Harry (1941), was directed by Mitchell Leisen, and stars Jane Powell, Cliff Robertson, and Keith Andes. The choreography is by Gower Champion.

This was the last film produced by RKO Radio Pictures and was distributed by Universal Pictures. It was also the final film directed by Leisen.


Dodie lives with her parents and dreams of marrying a millionaire. At home in California, near the ocean, her boyfriend Buzz is a real-estate agent of modest means. He proposes marriage and she accepts, but tells her pal Marge that she has doubts.

A yacht arrives, owned by wealthy Neil Patterson, which gets Dodie's fantasies going. She even leaps into the water and swims out to meet him. Asked on a date, Dodie is thrilled until she learns that the man isn't Neal at all but his poor mechanic, Pete.

It isn't long before Pete is smitten and proposes. He also infuriates Buzz by pretending to buy a house and bringing Dodie along as his fiancee.

A drunk Neil has an accidental meeting with Dodie and invites her onto the yacht. At first she's annoyed by his advances, but in Tijuana she gets tipsy and has a great time. Neil is the rich suitor she's been dreaming about, one who even buys a taxi rather than just hailing a ride from one.

After being out till 4 a.m., Dodie is brought home by Neil, only to find Buzz and Pete impatiently waiting on her doorstep. Asking time to sleep on a decision, Dodie tells them the next morning that she has made her choice: Neil.

The guys reluctantly accept, and Dodie goes off with her new betrothed. But the minute Pete kisses her goodbye, she promptly changes her mind.



  • We Gotta Keep Up With the Joneses
    • Written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
    • Sung by Jane Powell and Tommy Noonan (dubbed by Robert Oates)
  • Travelogue
    • Written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
    • Sung by Jane Powell, Cliff Robertson (dubbed by Hal Derwin),
    • Kaye Ballard, Kelly Brown and Ensemble
  • Balboa
    • Written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
    • Sung by Jane Powell and Ensemble
  • Crazy Horse
    • Written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
    • Sung by Jane Powell and Children's Chorus
  • All the Colors of the Rainbow
    • Written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
    • Sung by Jane Powell, Keith Andes, Kaye Ballard, Kelly Brown and Ensemble

Production notes

  • Production Dates: Early Sep-early Nov 1956; addl secenes shot week of 8 Jan 1957
  • The Girl Most Likely was a remake of the 1941 RKO picture Tom, Dick and Harry. RKO produced the film in 1956, but after the breakup of the studio, Universal bought the release rights.


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • AllRovi
  • TCM Movie Database

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