7.3/10
2,415
44 user 22 critic

Three on a Match (1932)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 29 October 1932 (USA)
Although Vivian Revere is seemingly the most successful of a trio of reunited schoolmates, she throws it away by descending into a life of debauchery and drugs.

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (story) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Zachary Hicks is nominated at the Progressive party's convention even though he has little chance of winning the governorship. Kay suggests the party bosses hire Hal Blake (whom she loves) ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Warren William, Bette Davis, Guy Kibbee
Night Nurse (1931)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A nurse enlists the help of a petty criminal to foil a sinister plot to murder two children.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Ben Lyon, Joan Blondell
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The ten year marriage of of Caroline Van Dyke and Greg Grannard is falling apart. A young woman, Allison, plots to become his second wife. Caroline's friend, novelist Julian, has long loved... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Ruth Chatterton, George Brent, Bette Davis
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Marianne falls in love with a con artist who has a hidden agenda.

Director: Hobart Henley
Stars: Conrad Nagel, Sidney Fox, Bette Davis
The Menace (1932)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Ronald Quayle escapes from prison. He was sent there for murdering his father, based on the testimony of his stepmother, Caroline. An explosion disfigures him, but plastic surgery gives him... See full summary »

Director: Roy William Neill
Stars: H.B. Warner, Walter Byron, Bette Davis
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A tenant farmer's son is caught in the middle of owner-tenant disputes when he falls for the plantation owner's seductive daughter.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Bette Davis, Dorothy Jordan
Bordertown (1935)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Johnny Ramirez rises from bouncer to partner in Charlie Roark's border town casino. Charlie's wife Marie loves Johnny, but Johnny loves society woman Dale. Marie kills her husband, making ... See full summary »

Director: Archie Mayo
Stars: Paul Muni, Bette Davis, Margaret Lindsay
Seed (1931)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Bart is a clerk for a publishing company; he has written a novel. His wife Peggy and he have five children. Bart's former girlfriend Mildred is manager of the company's Paris office. She ... See full summary »

Director: John M. Stahl
Stars: John Boles, Frances Dade, Bette Davis
Female (1933)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Alison Drake, the tough-minded executive of an automobile factory, succeeds in the man's world of business until she meets an independent design engineer.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, William Dieterle, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Ruth Chatterton, George Brent, Lois Wilson
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Butch Saunders has been transferred to Missing Persons because he was too brutal in other police work. He regards the assignment as "kindergarten" work. When a young woman asks him to help ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Bette Davis, Lewis Stone, Pat O'Brien
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The lifestyles of Arlene and Valkyr Bradford, half-sisters from a respected San Francisco family, diverge markedly as Arlene takes up with criminals.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Bette Davis, Donald Woods, Margaret Lindsay
Kid Galahad (1937)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Fight promoter Nick Donati grooms a bellhop as a future champ, but has second thoughts when the 'kid' falls for his sister.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Virginia Davis ...
...
...
Vivian Revere as a Child (as Dawn O'Day)
...
Betty Carse ...
...
...
...
Michael Loftus
...
Harve
...
Dick
...
Ace
Edit

Storyline

Three women who were childhood schoolmates take different paths in life. Vivian marries a very wealthy lawyer and has an adorable boy. Mary, on the other hand, takes the hard road through reform school. After a superstitious faux pas, Vivian's luck turns. She strays from her steadfast husband to a life of debauchery and alcoholism. Meanwhile, Mary turns her life around and not only wins the heart of Vivian's ex-husband, but also becomes a loving step-mother to Vivian's only child. Then Vivian's worthless boyfriend makes a desperate move. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 October 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hans hustrus brott  »

Box Office

Budget:

$444,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Vitaphone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The set of Vivian's ocean liner cabin was used the following year in _Baby Face_. See more »

Goofs

Ruth Wescott's name is misspelled Westcott in the opening titles. See more »

Quotes

Mary Keaton, aka Mary Bernard: You're a fool, Vivian. Take it from someone who's been one.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

How Dry I Am
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played during opening montage
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
One of the best Pre Code films
5 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are no wasted minutes in this film which may as well be 3 and a half hours long for all the detail and implication filled in within the 63 minutes running time of "Three on a Match."

The casting of Betty Carse to portray the young Ruth Westcott, played by Bette Davis was brilliant- The young Carse looks almost identical to pictures I have seen of young Bette Davis. Sadly, this is the only film for Betty Carse. The same goes for Virginia Davis/Joan Blondell and Anne Shirley/Anne Dvorak- Although not cast quite as well as Miss Davis's part. Although the film's action pivots around Anne Dvorak's character, both Miss Davis and Joan Blondell balance things out.

From start to finish, Mervyn LeRoy tells you this tale in a manner to get your complete attention... There is no slack in the pace, no dead air, and each shot tells volumes of exposition. The final minutes of the film have a special "Impact."

One example of LeRoy's minimization is with Anne's character, interacting with a very young Humphrey Bogart: With a couple of gestures by Dvorak and one nose-twitch of Bogart, it is established that Vivian Revere Kirkwood and Michael Loftus by implication (Played by Lyle Talbot) are not just drug addicts, but specifically Cocaine addicts, and this tells a whole unspoken tale.

Other delightful things in this flick are Warren William, who amazingly is playing a clean character and not his usual sleaze. Other faces are Edward Arnold and Allen Jenkins... Even a young Jack Webb.

Although this is a smart part for Davis, it is certainly not her best work, but it is good work. She was definitely Cheesecake in this film especially in the Beach scenes, but that never defined her incredible acting ability which only increased up until her very last picture.

Joan Blondell is her regular smart-mouthed witty self, which gets her in trouble, that she is able to climb out of, actually rising very high above: Joan also got better with age, especially in The Cincinnati Kid as "Lady Fingers"- She had developed a form of elegance she never had when she was younger, this film is a precursor to that, as the character starts at low ladder rung but rises to higher social status.

But Anne Dvorak really sells us Vivian Revere who redeems herself with her last breath. This was probably her finest hour on film, if it is not, it makes me interested in seeing more of her body of work.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?