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These Three

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 1936
  • William Wyler
  • 88 mins
  • U

Summary

Two schoolteachers and the man they both love face ruin when a malicious student cooks up a lie.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Time hasn't been kind to this fine adaptation of Lillian Hellman's play The Children's Hour. Deprived of its original sinister title, and with all references to lesbianism removed by the censors of the day, this still offers a stronger impact than the 1961 remake with Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine, which was also directed by William Wyler. What keeps this tale riveting is the superbly skilled portrayal by child actress Bonita Granville as the little horror who spreads the initial lie, and the well-matched teaming of Merle Oberon and Miriam Hopkins as the schoolteachers involved. As the man in the scandal, Joel McCrea is bland and was easily outshone by James Garner in the remake, although the role here is more pivotal, since the plot was changed to incorporate a male-female affair.

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Cast

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Martha DobieMiriam Hopkins
Karen WrightMerle Oberon
Dr Joseph CardinJoel McCrea
Mrs Lily MortarCatherine Doucet
Mrs TilfordAlma Kruger
Mary TilfordBonita Granville

Crew

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DirectorWilliam Wyler

Details

Released on
1936-10-26
Languages
English | German | Latin | French
Available on
video
Formats
Black and white
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