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Director:
Writers:
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:
"Would you stop remindin' me of heaven when I'm so close to the other place." See more (38 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
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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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:
Scenes of frenzy caused by the enactment of Prohibition were originally used in The Public Enemy (1931).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Ruth Wescott's name is misspelled Westcott in the opening titles.See more »
Quotes:
Ruth Wescott:[Referring to Vivian] Some people get all the luck.
Mary Keaton, aka Mary Bernard:[Musingly] I wonder.
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Featured in Bogart: The Untold Story (1996) (TV)See more »
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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
"Would you stop remindin' me of heaven when I'm so close to the other place.", 15 January 2006
Author: classicsoncall from United States

Critic Leonard Maltin describes "Three On A Match" as a "hard hitting example of forbidden Hollywood". That it is, no happy endings here, as this depression era film follows the rise and fall of childhood friends who get caught up in the seamy underworld of booze, drugs and gambling, ultimately trading places along the way.

The three friends are Mary Keaton Bernard (Joan Blondell), Vivian Revere Kirkwood (Ann Dvorak) and Ruth Wescott (Bette Davis), shown growing up between 1919 and 1932 as a montage of newspaper headlines place the story in a historical context. Blondell's character is a reform school standout, whose life experience puts her in a position to counsel a depressed and "fed up with everything" Vivian. Viv takes up with small time hood Mike Loftus (Lyle Talbot) after disappearing with her young son from a cruise ship. Loftus ingratiates himself with mobster Harve (Humphrey Bogart in a minor role) and his boss Ace (Edward Arnold) by going into debt for two grand. The desperate creep attempts to blackmail the boy's father, wealthy lawyer Robert Kirkwood (Warren William), but that plan heads south as the cops quickly close in. Vivian's resolution is one of the more depressing finales to a tale that realistically depicts a pair of unfortunate souls whose lives spiral completely out of control.

The film does have it's share of light moments; one of the newspaper clippings describes the new fashion trend in beachwear, a "brief" sun suit, ably modeled by Bette Davis. In stark contrast, Mr. Kirkwood's attire of choice is a business suit and tie while sitting under a beach umbrella, hard to work up a good tan that way. Davis' screen time is limited but effective, with a sit up and take notice scene where she's shown wearing just a slip early in the film, rather daring for the era and showing more skin than one might expect.

Warner Brothers/First National masterfully portrayed the down and out, seamy underside of life during the 1930's, '40's and '50's, tackling all manner of subjects in their movies. "Three On A Match" tells it's tale without a wasted moment, sometimes relying on scenes that only last a few seconds to move the story along. It's hard edged and no nonsense, all the more provocative for it's mature subject matter and realistic portrayals; highly recommended.

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