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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 Dobie
Merle Oberon ... Karen Wright
Joel McCrea ... Dr. Joseph Cardin
Catherine Doucet ... Mrs. Lily Mortar (as Catharine Doucet)
Alma Kruger ... Mrs. Amelia Tilford
Bonita Granville ... Mary Tilford
Marcia Mae Jones ... Rosalie Wells
Carmencita Johnson ... Evelyn
Mary Anne Durkin Mary Anne Durkin ... Joyce Walton (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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Were they the innocent victims of a whispering campaign? (Poster). See more »

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Drama | Romance

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USA

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Release Date:

18 March 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Children's Hour See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play opened on Broadway, New York City, New York, USA on 20 November 1934 and had 691 performances. In the cast was Anne Revere as Martha Dobie, Katherine Emery as Karen Wright and Robert Keith as Dr. Joseph Cardin. 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: [referring to Mary and Mrs. Amelia Tilford] The wicked very young... and the wicked very old.
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Referenced in Rescued from the Closet (2001) See more »

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A chilling look at what a lie can do
12 August 1999 | by Southpaw-9See all my reviews

"These Three" is an extremely effective look at the damage a lie can cause. Bonita Granville gives a tour-de-force performance as Mary Tilford, a vicious student who ruins the lives of her two schoolteachers (Merle Oberon and Miriam Hopkins) by telling a lie about their private lives. Based on a play by Lillian Hellman (whose original plot dealt with lesbianism, which was changed for the film version to get past the censors), "These Three" is still a very good film. Miriam Hopkins also stands out as one of the victimized teachers. All in all, one well-acted and well-directed drama.


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