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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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S.K. Lauren (screenplay), Ray Harris (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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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---AS NUTTY AS A FRUIT CAKE! (original print ad-all caps) See more »










Release Date:

8 August 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Comédia de um Lar See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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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 »


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Music by Sam Coslow
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"Let's All Hold Hands and Jump in the River!!"
23 February 2008 | by HarlowMGMSee all my reviews

THREE CORNERED MOON is an hard-to-find film but it is a fairly important movie given it's status as one of the first "screwball" comedies. In truth, however, it is as much a drama as a comedy but it does have many of the essential ingredients for the pending film genre with a family of wealthy eccentrics and a sensible if romantic heroine.

Mary Boland is the matriarch for a family of four young adults who still live in the family mansion. None of them work but are suddenly through into "real life" when Boland's misadventures on the stock market in 1929 come to a belated crash four years later for the family and they wind up with a total of $1.65 in the bank. Boland's three sons and daughter Claudette Colbert are forced to work for the first time in their lives.

Family friend, doctor Richard Arlen rents a room at the family estate to help them out financially while Claudette's longtime beau, unpublished novelist Hardie Albright also takes up residence though he still is not supporting himself and living off Colbert's assistance as he has been for years. While the male siblings tough it and work, "artist" Albright can't quite bring himself to working in (gasp) "an office".

Mary Boland is delicious as always in one of her very first screen roles as a dizzy-headed matron. Beautiful young Claudette Colbert, a year away from superstardom, is very much in her element as the young heiress who learns about the real world, complete with remarkably frank sexual harassment from her boss at the shoe factory. Blonde bombshell Joan Marsh is appealing as the longtime girlfriend of Claudette's brother Wallace Ford while Lyda Roberti has an eccentric role as the family's Swedish maid who understands no English. Richard Arlen is pleasant as the prince in an RX coat although he doesn't have nearly the screen time despite his billing as the pampered fiancée Albright or brothers Ford, Tom Brown, and William Bakewell.

THREE CORNERED MOON (named after the corporation that causes the family's fortune to dwindle) is a intriguing film that should be sought out by fans of thirties comedies and it's surprisingly clear-eyed view of how hard life was in the 1930's for many makes it quite unique among romantic films of the era.

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