In 1930, in Belgium, Gabrielle van der Mal is the stubborn daughter of the prominent surgeon Dr. Pascin Van Der Mal that decides to leave her the upper-class family to enter to a convent, ... See full summary »
This first film version of "The Children's Hour" uses a heterosexual triangle rather than the play's lesbian theme. The plot concerns schoolteachers Karen Wright and Martha Dobie, both of ... See full summary »
Director Billy Wilder salutes his idol, Ernst Lubitsch, with this comedy about a middle-aged playboy fascinated by the daughter of a private detective who has been hired to entrap him with the wife of a client.
Karen Wright and Martha Dobie are best friends since college and they own the boarding school Wright and Dobie School for Girls with twenty students. They are working hard as headmistresses and teachers to grow the school and make it profitable. Karen is engaged with the local doctor Joe Cardin, who is the nephew of the powerful and influent Mrs. Amelia Tilford. While the spiteful and liar Mary, who is Amelia's granddaughter and a bad influence to the other girls, is punished by Karen after telling a lie, Martha has an argument with her snoopy aunt Lily Mortar in another room. Lily accuses Martha of being jealous and having an unnatural relationship with Karen. Mary's roommate Rosalie Wells and a friend overhear the shouting and tells Mary what Mrs. Mortar had said about her niece. The malicious Mary accuses Karen and Martha of being lesbians to her grandmother and Amelia spreads the gossip to the parents of the students that withdraw them from the school. Karen and Martha lose a ... Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The start of the movie implies that Mary gets the idea to "accuse" Karen and Martha of lesbianism from a forbidden book that gets passed around secretly among the school's students. Although this book is not identified by title in the movie, Hellman's play specifies that the book is Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier, a French novel published in 1835. The novel concerns a woman who disguises herself as a man and has both a woman and a man fall in love with her, so it did contain at least the concept of lesbianism and therefore answers the question of how Mary could have conceived of the charge she levels against Martha and Karen without ever actually seeing them engage in any romantic or sexual activity. See more »
At 1:21:34 Karen moves her hands of Jack's back twice. See more »
There's always been something wrong. Always, just as long as I can remember. But I never knew what it was until all this happened.
Stop it Martha! Stop this crazy talk!
You're afraid of hearing it, but I'm more afraid that you.
I won't listen to you!
No! You've got to know. I've got to tell you. I can't keep it to myself any longer. I'm guilty!
You're guilty of nothing!
I've been telling myself that since the night I heard the child say it. I lie in bed night after night praying that it isn't ...
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I've seen the Hays Code version of the 30s movie with Miriam Hopkins and Merle Oberon... and now the 1961 version ... I'm glad Wyler had a chance to bring out more of the theme. I've read some comments.... this is not at all dated if one knows the perils gay people have to teach.... and remember this was also a boarding school..... with the society moving toward anti-gay bashing again.... the reaction of a potential gay teacher at a school WOULD indeed raise eyebrows. For some reason society looks on gays as the sicko perverts that kill these poor little ones that are kidnapped out here ( oddly look at some recently...there are pedophiles... but not gay). Anyway the film is acted incredibly well. Shirley MacLaine gives a tour-de-force dramatic acting job in the film. I've rarely ever seen anything Hepburn was in that isn't interesting and leaves one with a curious scratching of the head to figure out the individual at the end ... her scene walking away at the end sparks a curiosity...might she have repressed a love beyond girl-hood friendship for MacLaine in the film. Fay Bainter, to me, though produces one of the best supporting roles in a movie to date. She was totally believable as the homophobic rich grandmother.... not unlike so many in society today ...... unless you are gay people... you have no idea of the Society disapproval and she is so right on. Miriam Hopkins captures the aunt in a far more tawdry, sleazy way than the original actress in the 30s version. Unfortunately if this movie is ever made again.... in my age, it will still be sanitized for Hollywood and ironically the 1961 version will probably be the truest to the original story. Garner is very innocent in his role as the love interest and very believable. The little grandchild reminds me of the girl -- in the Bad Seed...... if the 2 of them matched wits ... they'd be on Wide World of Wrestling -- Evil Children's star edition." This movie is excellent cinema, an actors' movie. A true classic.
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