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Three Who Loved (1931)

Passed | | Drama | 3 July 1931 (USA)
John Hanson (Conrad Nagel) is a bank teller and invests in stocks. He and his best friend (another bank teller) Phil Wilson (Robert Ames) live at a boarding house run by his Swedish ... See full summary »


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Martin Flavin (by), Beulah Marie Dix (adaptation)


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Complete credited cast:
Betty Compson ... Helga Larson Hanson
Conrad Nagel ... John Hanson
Robert Ames ... Philip 'Phil' Wilson
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Police Lieutenant Tom Rooney (as Robert Emmet O'Connor)
Bodil Rosing ... Mrs. 'Aunt Anna' Larson
Dickie Moore ... Sonny Hanson
Fred Santley Fred Santley ... Stock Broker Agent (as Freddie Santley)


John Hanson (Conrad Nagel) is a bank teller and invests in stocks. He and his best friend (another bank teller) Phil Wilson (Robert Ames) live at a boarding house run by his Swedish fiance's aunt, Mrs. Larson (Bodil Rosing). While Phil lives to chase girls, John spends all his free time studying for the bar exam. He wants to be a successful lawyer and build a dream home and future for his fiance, Helga Larson (Betty Compson). But all work and no play makes John a dull boy, and Helga delights in Phil taking her out to shows to relieve her boredom. Months pass and John realizes the pal he loved stole the girl he loved! Phil reassures John he is not interested in her. John's stocks dive and threatened with financial ruin, he desperately steals ten grand to pay his broker, from the bank til of Phil's station. Police lieutenant Tom Rooney (Robert Emmett O'Connor) catches Phil leaving town with a one way ticket to Rio, trying to ditch Helga who thinks Phil will marry her. The bank examiner ... Written by Richard Unger <DECOCHASER@aol.com>

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Release Date:

3 July 1931 (USA) See more »

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Helga See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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The $7,500 check that John writes (in 1926) for the first payment on the house he wants built would be the equivalent of just over $100,000 in 2015. The $10,000 stolen from the bank would be worth almost $135,000 in 2015. See more »


The marriage license issued to John and Helga is dated July 11, 1926. That date is a Sunday, so that office would have been closed. See more »


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Good Film, Lousy Title
11 January 2012 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Conrad Nagel and Robert Ames are friends who work in the same bank and live in the same boarding house. Nagel dreams of being a lawyer and invests his money; Ames has no ambition ... until Betty Compson arrives as an immigrant from Sweden. The guys become rivals for Compson's attention as she learns English. Nagel is too careful and she falls for Ames and assumes he will marry her.

At the bank, Nagel (who is the head teller) is at Ames' window when someone rushes in to tell him he needs $10,000 immediately to save his stock portfolio. He grabs the money from Ames' cash drawer but can't replace it before a bank examiner discovers the loss.

Nagel struggles with guilt until the cops pick up Ames who holds a one-way ticket to Rio. Ames never planned to marry Compson. Nagel lets him take the wrap and marries Compson.

Five years later, Compson is bored in her marriage. She has a slight accent and has become a society party giver. Even her son (Dickie Moore) doesn't interest her much. She's about to leave Nagel when Ames shows up, escaped from prison. Compson is willing to run away with him, but he wants revenge on Nagel.

During the following argument, Ames tells her he never wanted to marry her. Nagel, meanwhile, has written a letter of confession. Coompson is still willing to run away until Ames shoves her aside and snarls, "I don't want you!" The cops arrive. Will justice be served? Compson is very good (as always), Nagel is very noble, and Ames is good at being snarky. Robert Emmett O'Connor is the cop, Bodil Rosing in the landlady, Marjorie Beebe has a bit as a flirting bank customer.

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