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Lucien Hubbard (screen play)
Kubec Glasmon (story) ...
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Release Date:
29 October 1932 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
See this for Ann Dvorak See more (38 total) »

Cast

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Virginia Davis ... Mary Keaton as a Child

Joan Blondell ... Mary Keaton

Anne Shirley ... Vivian Revere as a Child (as Dawn O'Day)

Ann Dvorak ... Vivian Revere
Betty Carse ... Ruth Wescott as a Child

Bette Davis ... Ruth Wescott
Warren William ... Robert Kirkwood

Lyle Talbot ... Michael Loftus

Humphrey Bogart ... Harve

Allen Jenkins ... Dick

Edward Arnold ... Ace
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hardie Albright ... Phil (uncredited)
Herman Bing ... Prof. Irving Finklestein (uncredited)
Clara Blandick ... Mrs. Keaton (uncredited)
Dick Brandon ... Horace (uncredited)
Ann Brody ... Mrs. Goldberg (uncredited)
Spencer Charters ... Street Cleaner (uncredited)

Frankie Darro ... Bobby (uncredited)

Mary Doran ... Prisoner at Checkers Table (uncredited)
Patricia Ellis ... Linda (uncredited)
Glenda Farrell ... Mrs. Black - Prisoner at Checkers Table (uncredited)
Blanche Friderici ... Miss Blazer (uncredited)
June Gittelson ... Fat Prisoner (uncredited)
Hale Hamilton ... Defense Attorney (uncredited)
Selmer Jackson ... Radio Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Junior Johnson ... Max (uncredited)
Jack La Rue ... Ace's Henchman (uncredited)
John Marston ... Detective Randall (uncredited)
Sidney Miller ... Willie Goldberg (uncredited)

Grant Mitchell ... Mr. Gilmore (uncredited)

Dickie Moore ... Junior (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Telegraph Operator (uncredited)
Buster Phelps ... Robert Kirkwood Jr. (uncredited)
Stanley Price ... Ace's Henchman (uncredited)
Harry Seymour ... Jerry Carter (uncredited)
Sheila Terry ... Naomi - Kirkwood's Secretary (uncredited)
Adele Watson ... Ship's Nurse (uncredited)

Jack Webb ... Boy in Schoolyard (uncredited)

Directed by
Mervyn LeRoy 
 
Writing credits
Lucien Hubbard (screen play)

Kubec Glasmon (story) &
John Bright (story)

Produced by
Samuel Bischoff .... producer (uncredited)
Raymond Griffith .... supervising producer (uncredited)
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Sol Polito (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ray Curtiss (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas  (as Robert Haas)
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
Ray Heindorf .... music arranger: orchestral music (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
63 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Vitaphone)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Nova Scotia) (DVD) | Canada:G (Ontario) (DVD) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1933) | Finland:(Banned) (uncut) (1933) | USA:Unrated

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Trivia:
Director Mervyn LeRoy disliked the acting job Bette Davis did in this film. She, in turn, hated his directing and called him a "hack," feeling that her talent was being wasted playing supporting roles. This rift came back to haunt LeRoy when Davis's star began to ascend.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.206" (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Deep in Your EyesSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
See this for Ann Dvorak, 26 May 2011
Author: kirksworks from Marin County, California

I highly recommend this Pre-Code film, an early directorial effort by Mervyn LeRoy. "Three on a Match" is more frank about life than many other films from that early era. Though Bette Davis is in it, she was still an ingénue with a very small part. She makes no major impact, but the real star of the show is Ann Dvorak (pronounced Vorzhak in case you didn't know).  I have only recently gotten acquainted with this exquisite actress and have yet to see a bad performance in the half dozen or so films I've seen of hers.  She was amazing in "Match," just so very natural, believable, one of the best at making not great dialog zing.  And her eyes!!  Wow!  

The concept of the film comes from a superstition that grew during WWI about three soldiers lighting cigarettes from the same match being bad luck for one of the three.  This is not a war film. The girls are civilians, who at one point light up cigarettes with one match, recalling that superstition. The three are:  Ann Dvorak, Bette Davis and Joan Blondell (she's also good). What is surprising is how their lives change and how straightforward the film is in depicting one woman's downfall. It's very intense, with a shocking and heartbreaking ending.

We get to know three girls as children first and then see them again years later when they reconnect after becoming young women. As children they were very different. As adults their lives take different paths. The film is segmented by yearly dates, jumping ahead every few years to see where they are and how things have changed.

The story becomes a bit predictable, but it's still very much worth sticking with because of how honest the portrayals are and how good Dvorak is. She made an even bigger impact not too long after this by playing Paul Muni's sister in Howard Hawks' "Scarface." "Three on a Match" is worth seeing for a view into a short period of early sound films when they approached their subject matter fearlessly, and had more realistic female characters. Once the production code was instated, female roles became more constrained. This is one of the must-see Pre-Code films.

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