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Three Comrades (1938)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 3 June 1938 (USA)
A love story centered around the lives of three young German soldiers in the years following World War I. Their close friendship is strengthened by their shared love for the same woman who ... See full summary »

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A love story centered around the lives of three young German soldiers in the years following World War I. Their close friendship is strengthened by their shared love for the same woman who is dying of tuberculosis. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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(Turner library print)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

Joan Crawford and Luise Rainer were considered for the role of Patricia. See more »

Quotes

Young Soldier: [At attention] Major, now that the war is over, can I call you "father" again?
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Connections

Featured in The Romance of Celluloid (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Hallelujah Chorus
(1741) (uncredited)
from "Messiah"
Written by George Frideric Handel (uncredited)
Played and sung in the score by an unidentified chorus when Otto chases Adolph
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a bit sappy, but interesting
27 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was notable for: the subtle and mysterious acting of Margaret Sullavan; the screenplay by Scott Fitzgerald (which was literary and a bit on the wordy side); and the interesting look at Germany immediately after WWI. Personally, I would have liked to have seen more about the politics and tensions in Germany (playing up Robert Young's role), and less of the Camille-esque love & decline plot. But that's just me.

I thought that the film was carried by Franchot Tone and Margaret Sullavan. Tone's role is nicely played down; he consistently does the right thing, even when it might appear to be the morally wrong thing. He's sure, calm, and direct at every turn. I always enjoy watching him. Sullavan was fascinating. It isn't often you see someone who appears to be an intellectual in a role that didn't necessarily call for that type. She is lovely, dignified, but hardly the standard "babe who attracts three best friends." They seem to like her for her complexity. And that in itself is unusual.

This movie was strange. It should have been better than it was -- the emphasis on the love story slows things up and even feel a bit silly. (When Pat starts wearing traditional German garb in the kitchen just cracked me up.) But the good moments, when they come, making viewing this film worthwhile.


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