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Three Who Loved (1931)

Passed  -  Drama  -  3 July 1931 (USA)
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John Hanson (Conrad Nagel) is a bank teller and invests in stocks. He and his best friend (another bank teller) Phil Wilson (Robert Ames) live at a boarding house run by his Swedish ... See full summary »

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Helga Larson Hanson
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John Hanson
Robert Ames ...
Philip 'Phil' Wilson
Robert Emmett O'Connor ...
Police Lieutenant Tom Rooney (as Robert Emmet O'Connor)
Bodil Rosing ...
Mrs. 'Aunt Anna' Larson
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Sonny Hanson
Fred Santley ...
Stock Broker Agent (as Freddie Santley)
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John Hanson (Conrad Nagel) is a bank teller and invests in stocks. He and his best friend (another bank teller) Phil Wilson (Robert Ames) live at a boarding house run by his Swedish fiance's aunt, Mrs. Larson (Bodil Rosing). While Phil lives to chase girls, John spends all his free time studying for the bar exam. He wants to be a successful lawyer and build a dream home and future for his fiance, Helga Larson (Betty Compson). But all work and no play makes John a dull boy, and Helga delights in Phil taking her out to shows to relieve her boredom. Months pass and John realizes the pal he loved stole the girl he loved! Phil reassures John he is not interested in her. John's stocks dive and threatened with financial ruin, he desperately steals ten grand to pay his broker, from the bank til of Phil's station. Police lieutenant Tom Rooney (Robert Emmett O'Connor) catches Phil leaving town with a one way ticket to Rio, trying to ditch Helga who thinks Phil will marry her. The bank examiner ... Written by Richard Unger <DECOCHASER@aol.com>

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Old Folks at Home
("Swanee River") (1851) (uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
Played on a harmonica by a convict at Sing Sing Prison
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Three Who Deserved Each Other
9 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Conrad Nagel, hardworking bank teller who is working his way through law school loves Betty Compson. Betty Compson, a pretty lass fresh off the boat from Scandanavia, feels not much for Conrad, who is a bit of a stiff, but instead loves (and makes love to) Robert Ames, Nagel's best friend, and another teller at the bank. Robert Ames appears to be one of the THREE WHO LOVED, but mostly appears to love himself. Does shame and destruction await this trio of flawed souls who get caught up in yet another version of the eternal triangle?

This is a not bad (though typically early RKO stodgy) melodrama that betrays stage orgins. The leads are all folks who need a good smack upside the head, and the mechanics of the plot do a good job of delivering them. Only Robert Ames puts in a decent performance, though, as Nagel is insufferable, and Compson is saddled with an accent that comes and goes. Ames, on the other hand, portrays the role of the affable cad well, and does OK in the later part of the movie, when he has plenty of reasons to be embittered. The conclusion is a mess, because it appears to be a sop to censors, rather than truly believed by anyone in the movie.

Worth the time -- particularly because the running time is rather brief.


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