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Thane Pardway
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Abe Ullman
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A poor merchant grows a highly successful department store in Chicago with the purpose of providing for his four children's future. He is misguided in thinking that giving them everything they want would give them the same ambition that he has to only find out their spoiled lives leads the oldest to a scandalous shooting cover-up, the daughter has a highly public failed marriage, the third child pursues a music career while the youngest leaves to live on the streets. Written by John M Baughn

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13 October 1939 (USA)  »

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Tres hijos  »

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Trivia

William Gargan, who plays Uncle Thane here, played oldest son Gene Pardway in the 1933 version titled "Sweepings." See more »

Crazy Credits

Right after the director credit, an additional credit states "In this picture you will see Virginia Vale and Robert Stanton, selected through the second Jesse L. Lasky's 'Gateway to Hollywood' talent search," with photos of both players, their names and character names. See more »

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Version of Sweepings (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Minuet in G
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Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played on piano by Bert as a boy
Reprised by the orchestra at the party for dance
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Excellent Movie....
5 May 2015 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

I caught Three Sons on TMC one morning and really enjoyed the movie. Edward Ellis as the father and J. Edward Bromberg deliver strong and sincere performances. The story line of four children, three sons and one daughter and how their father unintentionally spoiled them, is not unique but still holds interest. The Father rescues his children and protects them through their troubles and tribulations but they turn on him and sell him out. All except one... Freddie who you can tell has a good heart and is the "Prodigal Son". I was cheering for him at the end and his reconciliation with his father is heartwarming. Made in 1939 I suppose this film was somewhat lost in the large number of wonderful movies of that year. Perhaps the greatest year in the history of the cinema. It deserves watching for it's fine acting performances and good story line.


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