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These Three (1936)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 18 March 1936 (USA)
Two school teachers and the man they both love face ruin when a malicious student cooks up a lie.

Director:

William Wyler

Writer:

Lillian Hellman (original story and screen play)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Miriam Hopkins ... Martha Dobie
Merle Oberon ... Karen Wright
Joel McCrea ... Dr. Joseph Cardin
Catherine Doucet ... Mrs. Lily Mortar (as Catharine Doucet)
Alma Kruger ... Mrs. Amelia Tilford
Bonita Granville ... Mary Tilford
Marcia Mae Jones ... Rosalie Wells
Carmencita Johnson ... Evelyn
Mary Anne Durkin Mary Anne Durkin ... Joyce Walton (as Mary Ann Durkin)
Margaret Hamilton ... Agatha
Walter Brennan ... Taxi Driver
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Storyline

This first film version of "The Children's Hour" uses a heterosexual triangle rather than the play's lesbian theme. The plot concerns schoolteachers Karen Wright and Martha Dobie, both of whom are in love with Dr. Joe Cardin. The malicious lie of one of their students involves all three in a scandal which disrupts all their lives. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Tortured by a Suppressed Love! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | French | Latin

Release Date:

18 March 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Children's Hour See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 6, 1937 with Alma Kruger and Marcia Mae Jones reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

Before Mrs. Tilford's maid slaps Mary (Bonita Granville) in one of the final scenes of the film, she grabs the girl and says, "Bonita, come here." See more »

Quotes

Karen Wright: Oh, Martha, take a chase with me and come. Take a chance with me.
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Connections

Referenced in Timeless: Hollywoodland (2018) See more »

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reworked Children's Hour
17 August 2018 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Best friends Karen Wright and Martha Dobie graduates from college. They decide to turn Karen's late grandmother's farm into a girls' boarding school. They are shocked to find the rundown farmhouse and they work to fix it up. Karen is dating amiable local doctor Joe Cardin although Martha does have a crush on him. Martha is confronted by her flighty aunt about her crush and one night with Joe in her room. After Karen punishes troublesome student Mary Tilford, she brings it all to a boil after running back to her grandma and spreading some ugly gossip.

Lillian Hellman reworks her 1934 play The Children's Hour into something just as juicy. The lesbian rumor could never be brought to the big screen at the time. While it's not quite the same, it still packs a punch in this emotional drama. Mary's cruelty is as devastating as ever. The last act gets reworked and it struggles to find the happy ending. There are a few stumbles in that last act as it rushes to wrap up. It should have ended with the three leaving the home behind without getting their vindication. That would have been a solid eight.


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