This first film version of "The Children's Hour" uses a heterosexual triangle rather than the play's lesbian theme. The plot concerns schoolteachers Karen Wright and Martha Dobie, both of whom are in love with Dr. Joe Cardin. The malicious lie of one of their students involves all three in a scandal which disrupts all their lives. Written by
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During Oberon and McCrea's engagement, the cake in Oberon's hand keeps changing from chocolate to white between shots. See more »
Yours, your very own. To live with the rest of your life. There won't be a move she makes or a thing she says that won't frighten you.
Mrs. Amelia Tilford:
Yes. And that will be my punishment.
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I seldom highly rate the performances of child actors as they can often seem irritating, so contrived and not in the least convincing. But in this case it is the children that make me watch this movie time and again. Bonita Granville (who was unfortunate not to get an Academy Award for this) gives a remarkable performance as Mary Tilford - a real nasty piece of work if ever their was one! She is spiteful, evil and malicious and when she finally gets a slap in the face, one cannot help but rejoice (though too little too late). Marcia Mae Jones must not be forgotten. Her portrayal of the absolutely terrified Rosealie, is also very believable and when she cries and screams, you almost forget that she is just acting.
For me, the adults only have secondary parts: Joel McCrea is dependable, as always, Merle Oberon is wooden and Miriam Hopkins', who gives the best performance of the three, gets my sympathy as Miss Dobie who would sacrifice her own happiness for the two people she loves most in the world. I just love the tender and self-controlled way she treats Rosealie when she finally gets the truth from her. Watch it and see what I mean. Great!
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