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Three Who Loved (1931)

Passed | | Drama | 3 July 1931 (USA)
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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Complete credited cast:
John Hanson
Philip 'Phil' Wilson
Robert Emmett O'Connor ...
Police Lieutenant Tom Rooney (as Robert Emmet O'Connor)
Bodil Rosing ...
Mrs. 'Aunt Anna' Larson
Sonny Hanson
Fred Santley ...
Stock Broker Agent (as Freddie Santley)


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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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


The $7,500 check that John writes (in 1926) for the first payment on the house he wants built would be the equivalent of just over $100,000 in 2015. The $10,000 stolen from the bank would be worth almost $135,000 in 2015. See more »


The marriage license issued to John and Helga is dated July 11, 1926. That date is a Sunday, so that office would have been closed. See more »


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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Inept melodrama
29 July 2003 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

"Three Who Loved" could have been an interesting psychological melodrama in which basically good people do bad or foolish things, while selfish, self-centered individuals are colored gray, not black. But somewhere along the way someone decided that such complexity would be too much for moviegoers to handle. Thus, characterizations are inconsistent and simplistic, while the plot is filled with coincidences and melodramatic cliches (and it's made even worse by an atrocious, absurd ending). Betty Compson was a capable performer, but she's totally lost in the part of the foolish immigrant who exchanges love and security for thrills and good times. An ill-fitting blond wig and a Swedish accent straight out of the Beaver, Utah, School for Actors do not help matters any. Director George Archainbaud, a well-known name during the silent era, apparently slept throughout the production. With movies such as "Three Who Loved," it's no wonder that the careers of popular silent players Compson and Conrad Nagel floundered in the early 1930s.

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