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These Three (1936)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 18 March 1936 (USA)
Two school teachers and the man they both love face ruin when a malicious student cooks up a lie.

Director:

William Wyler

Writer:

Lillian Hellman (original story and screen play)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Miriam Hopkins ... Martha
Merle Oberon ... Karen
Joel McCrea ... Dr. Cardin
Catherine Doucet ... Mrs. Mortar (as Catharine Doucet)
Alma Kruger ... Mrs. Tilford
Bonita Granville ... Mary Tilford
Marcia Mae Jones ... Rosalie
Carmencita Johnson ... Evelyn
Mary Anne Durkin Mary Anne Durkin ... Joyce (as Mary Ann Durkin)
Margaret Hamilton ... Agatha
Walter Brennan ... Taxi Driver
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Storyline

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 whom are in love with Dr. Joe Cardin. The malicious lie of one of their students involves all three in a scandal which disrupts all their lives. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Tortured by a Suppressed Love! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 6, 1937 with Alma Kruger and Marcia Mae Jones reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

In the scene following that in which he hijacks the cab driver to help rearrange the load of lumber on a far-too-small trailer, Dr. Cardin (McCrae) is leaning against his car. For no apparent reason the car buffets the good doctor as if it had been struck on the opposite side. See more »

Quotes

Karen Wright: Oh, Martha, take a chase with me and come. Take a chance with me.
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Connections

Referenced in Rescued from the Closet (2001) See more »

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Powerful, beautifully acted film
24 August 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"These Three" is an absorbing film that somehow manages to retain its integrity despite being different from the play, "The Children's Hour," on which it is based. Having seen the later film, "The Children's Hour," about two teachers accused of lesbianism, I wondered how the 1936 film would measure up. The answer: Brilliantly.

Part of the reason for this is, as Lilliam Hellman, the playwright herself stated - the play isn't really about lesbianism, it's about a children's lie. And the vicious, destructive lie of a child is still central here, though now it concerns the supposed affair of Miriam Hopkins and Joel McCrea, who is engaged to marry Merle Oberon, Hopkins' partner in a girls school. Another reason for the film's success is the flawless direction by William Wyler, and last but not least, a sympathetic trio. Hopkins is a standout with her strong, passionate performance.

Bonita Granville, the bad seed, is such an evil, blackmailing brat, that I'm sure when 1936 audiences saw Margaret Hamilton slap her, they broke into applause. I nearly did, and I was watching it alone! It's an unrelenting performance, though she's such a walking horror show, it's remarkable anyone believed her in her "earnest" moments, which were calculated, as only a monster's can be! Highly recommended.


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Release Date:

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