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The Children's Hour (1961)

 -  Drama  -  19 December 1961 (USA)
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A troublemaking student at a girls' school accuses two teachers of being lesbians.

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A private school for young girls is scandalized when one spiteful student, Mary Tilford, accuses the two young women who run the school of having a lesbian relationship. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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$3,600,000 (estimated)
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Shirley MacLaine, in the documentary The Celluloid Closet (1995), said that nobody on the set of The Children's Hour (1961) discussed the ramifications of the issues regarding homosexuality that are implied, but never spoken about outright, in the film. She said, "none of us were really aware. We might have been forerunners, but we weren't really, because we didn't do the picture right. We were in the mindset of not understanding what we were basically doing. These days, there would be a tremendous outcry, as well there should be. Why would Martha break down and say, 'Oh my god, what's wrong with me, I'm so polluted, I've ruined you.' She would fight! She would fight for her budding preference. And when you look at it, to have Martha play that scene - and no one questioned it - what that meant, or what the alternatives could have been underneath the dialog, it's mind boggling. The profundity of this subject was not in the lexicon of our rehearsal period. Audrey and I never talked about this. Isn't that amazing. Truly amazing." See more »

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Upon learning that Mrs. Tilford is telling every in town she's a lesbian, Martha Dobie (a schoolteacher who should know the difference) threatens to sue her for libel (which pertains to printed defamation of character), rather than slander (oral defamation). See more »

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Mrs. Lily Mortar: God will punish you.
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Moving and Intimate and Powerful
4 April 2005 | by (Area 52) – See all my reviews

A film that shows how a simple lie can unravel the lives of everyone around it. Shirley MacClaine truly captures the pain of unrequited love. The directing of the film brings intimately close with the characters. We see Audrey Hepburn like we've never seen her before, calm cool and collected a far cry from Holly Golightly. The child who plays Mary Tilford is truly evil quite an excellent little drama queen. Her grandmother also plays an excellent role we truly feel for her when she realises her mistakes. We feel her pain. This film shows how what we build up life can be so easily destroyed and it shows society's prejudiced against love. A definite must see for the powerful acting.


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