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Three Is a Family (1944)

 |  Comedy  |  23 November 1944 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marjorie Reynolds ...
Kitty Mitchell
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Sam Whitaker
Fay Bainter ...
Frances Whittaker
Helen Broderick ...
Irma
Arthur Lake ...
Archie Whittaker
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Maid
Jeff Donnell ...
Hazel Whittaker
John Philliber ...
Dr. Bartell
Walter Catlett ...
Barney Meeker
Clarence Kolb ...
Mr. Steele
Elsa Janssen ...
Adelaide (as Else Janssen)
Renie Riano ...
Genevieve
Warren Hymer ...
Coolie
Clyde Fillmore ...
Mr. Spencer
Christian Rub ...
Bellboy
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 15, 1945 with Charles Ruggles, Fay Bainter, 'Hattie McDaniel' and Helen Broderick reprising their film roles as Sam Whitaker, Frances Whittaker, the maid and Irma. See more »

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Amusing wartime comedy with infants galore
17 June 2002 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

This is nothing more than an amusing wartime comedy, practically the photographed stage play it is drawn from with nary more than the one-set living room used in the original. Housing shortages and Navy husbands called up force young newly married mothers to descend in ever confusing waves on one elderly family. There are the usual plots and subplots with a few interesting characterizations: Hattie McDaniel as an imbibing, ever-laughing maid; John Philliber as an ancient doctor who is practically blind; and Arthur Lake as a nerve-frazzled expectant father. A standout (as always) is Helen Broderick as the sarcastic Aunt Irma - she gets all the best lines.

The Sound Recording earned an Oscar nom - it is crisp and full-bodied but I believe it was the sound editing being honored here - being able to hear dialogue over the wails of infants is the achievement.

Very rare film, especially on video. Excellent casting all around and a mildly amusing romp - but definitely a "woman's picture" of the period - aimed at women and young mothers.


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