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Director:
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Lucien Hubbard (screen play)
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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 »
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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)
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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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Aspect Ratio:
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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:
The title refers to the superstition that if three people light their cigarettes with the same match, the third person will soon die. While some attribute the superstition to World War I, where it was sometimes thought that lighting a match long enough to light three cigarettes would attract enemy gunfire, it is now known that a match company "created" the superstition to cut down on sharing of matches and thus increase sales.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Ruth Wescott's name is misspelled Westcott in the opening titles.See more »
Quotes:
Michael Loftus:[to Vivian] I can tell you're a real woman, not one of those stuffed brassieres you see on Park Avenue. You've got all the works that make a woman want to go, and live, and love.See more »
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Referenced in Bogart: The Untold Story (1996) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Pre-Code Soap Opera With Style, 29 October 2002
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

THREE ON A MATCH turns out to be bad luck for a trio of young women meeting again years after their high school graduation.

This pre-Code Warner Bros. drama takes the old theme of a good girl gone bad, but deliberately shies away from platitudes or even any hope for redemption. The film's fallen woman lands in the gutter quite literally and the movie leaves her there, with the plot offering no loopholes for her possible regeneration.

Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak & Bette Davis portray the three friends whose lives take them down very different paths. Blondell, as the bad girl turned actress, steals the film with her blonde brashness and good humor. Dvorak, as the rich girl with the husband & child, is so relentlessly unsatisfied and morose that she becomes quite a burden for the viewer to bear. Demure Davis, as the poor secretary, is given very little to do and gets to exhibit none of the fire which would characterize her performances in years to come.

The male members of the cast give good support to the ladies. Warren William, who so often played the villain, here is given the sympathetic role of Dvorak's harried husband; he gives his usual sophisticated performance. Lyle Talbot plays a society cad & coward, destroyed by gambling & booze. Although he has but one scene, Edward Arnold is most effective as a menacing crime boss - we first come upon him while he is calmly plucking hairs out of his nose! Humphrey Bogart & Allen Jenkins play his dangerous enforcers.

Movie mavens will spot in uncredited roles Grant Mitchell as the girls' high school principal, Clara Blandick as Blondell's distraught mother, Herman Bing as an exuberant school band leader and the glorious Glenda Farrell, not quite yet a star, as a reformatory inmate.

An amusing aspect of the film is how it shows the passage of time by incorporating popular tunes of the era, including "Smiles," "The Sheik of Araby," "The Prisoner's Song," "Charleston," "Dancing With Tears In My Eyes," "I Found A Million Dollar Baby" & "Happy Days Are Here Again."

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Notice the reference to Ivar Kreuger, the real-life industrialist who attempted to monopolize the match market. Crimes and scandal dogged his organization and he died a suicide in Paris in March of 1932, seven months before the premiere of THREE ON A MATCH. On New Year's Eve, 1932, Warner Bros. would release THE MATCH KING, starring Warren William and loosely based on Kreuger's nefarious life.

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