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Three Sons (1939)

Approved | | Drama | 13 October 1939 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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Thane Pardway
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Gene Pardway
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Abe Ullman
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Abigail Pardway
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Phoebe Pardway
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Bert Pardway (as Robert Stanton)
Dick Hogan ...
Freddie Pardway
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Grimson
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Mamie Donaldson (as Adele Pearce)
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Prince Nicky - Phoebe's Husband
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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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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

Tales From the Vienna Woods, Op.325
(1868) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
English lyricist unknown
Played by the band in a Vienna biergarten and
Sung by Virginia Vale and others
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unsatisfying drama
30 August 2005 | by (london) – See all my reviews

It is rather difficult to know what RKO intended with this sort of film.The lead role cries out to be played by a dynamic actor such as Edward G.Robinson.Instead of which we have Edward Ellis.I seem to recall him in many supporting roles.So clearly this was designed as a B feature.He plays a shopkeeper who comes to Chicago with his wife after the Great Fire and builds up the business to become a big department store only to loose first his wife to death and his children to self indulgence along the way.Even by 1939 this sort of film had been done much better on many previous occasions.Given that the film seems to cover a period of 30 years that is rather too ambitious for the allotted 72minutes.


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