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Three Cornered Moon (1933)

Passed | | Comedy | 8 August 1933 (USA)
Nellie Rimplegar has to tell her grown children that due to her bungled handling of their finances, the family has been wiped out by the Stock Market crash. Friend and family doctor, Alan ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Claudette Colbert ... Elizabeth Rimplegar
Richard Arlen ... Dr. Alan Stevens
Mary Boland ... Mrs. Nellie Rimplegar
Wallace Ford ... Kenneth Rimplegar
Lyda Roberti ... Jenny
Tom Brown ... Eddie Rimplegar
Joan Marsh ... Kitty
Hardie Albright ... Ronald
William Bakewell ... Douglas Rimplegar
Sam Hardy ... Hawkins
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joan Clark Joan Clark ... Show Girl


Nellie Rimplegar has to tell her grown children that due to her bungled handling of their finances, the family has been wiped out by the Stock Market crash. Friend and family doctor, Alan Stevens, tells them they'll all need to eliminate their extravagant ways and get jobs. Stevens also rents a room in their house more as a way to be near pretty Elizabeth Rimplegar, than to help their finances. Stevens faces competition from Elizabeth's beau, Ronald, a free-loading writer who remains oblivious to her money woes. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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It's funnier than the old family album! (original print ad) See more »










Release Date:

8 August 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Comédia de um Lar See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Rarely telecast because of its age and the pre-code depression aspects of the story, its earliest documented airings took place in Omaha 31 August 1960 on KETV (Channel 7) and in San Antonio 28 December 1960 on KONO (Channel 12). It was released on DVD 23 November 2009 as one of the six titles in Universal's Claudette Colbert Collection. See more »


Sweepin' the Clouds Away
Music by Sam Coslow
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Crazy title fits a zany film
27 October 2014 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

This is one of those movies when one wonders, after watching it, what the title had to do with the film. In this case, it is mentioned once – as the name of a mine that Mrs. Rimplegar (played superbly by Mary Boland) had poured a lot of money into – to the point of bankrupting her family. But, in afterthought, the title could be construed to describe the wacky family and household of the Rimplegars.

This isn't quite screwball comedy, but it comes close in places. The script for 'Three-Cornered Moon" isn't very tightly written and organized. But the collection of characters, with their individual pursuits and traits add up to some good laughs.

Claudette Colbert here has the look yet of a young starlet. The movie came out before she turned 30. Within the year, she would lose the very youthful look and become the more mature young woman in appearance for which most moviegoers remember her. Her role in this film is more subdued. Richard Arlen is the lead actor, but his role is less than that of most of the young men of the Rimplegar clan. They were played well by Wallace Ford, Tome Brown and William Bakewell. The rest of the supporting case were all quite good.

This comedy of frenzy has a nice theme – of the once rich and selfish learning how to work and share for the good of all. That theme should have played very well in 1933. It was right in the middle of the depression and Dust Bowl. America had its highest unemployment ever. Many families were suffering and wanting. Hollywood did a lot to help lift the spirits of America during this time with its many wonderful comedy films and inspirational stories. At least one reviewer noted that there were many movies of this type during that time. True, but this is one of the early ones, and a good warm-up for some much better films that followed.

With a little more work on the script and some better direction, "Three-Cornered Moon" could have been a much better film. As it is, it's a fun movie with several good laughs that most viewers should enjoy.

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