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Three Comrades (1938)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 3 June 1938 (USA)
A love story centered around the lives of three young German soldiers in the years following World War I. Their close friendship is strengthened by their shared love for the same woman who ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

F. Scott Fitzgerald (screen play), Edward E. Paramore Jr. (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Taylor ... Erich Lohkamp
Margaret Sullavan ... Patricia Hollmann
Franchot Tone ... Otto Koster
Robert Young ... Gottfried Lenz
Guy Kibbee ... Alfons
Lionel Atwill ... Breuer
Henry Hull ... Dr. Becker
Charley Grapewin ... Local Doctor
Monty Woolley ... Dr. Jaffe
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A love story centered around the lives of three young German soldiers in the years following World War I. Their close friendship is strengthened by their shared love for the same woman who is dying of tuberculosis. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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.. Torn from a million souls! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tres camaradas See more »

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Budget:

$839,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

On March 12, 1937, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) announced in The New York Times that "Three Comrades" would star Spencer Tracy, Luise Rainer, Franchot Tone, and Robert Taylor. The studio also announced the screenplay would be written by R.C. Sherriff who had previously adapted Erich Maria Remarque's The Road Back (1937) for the screen. By the time production began, however, several roles were recast and Sherriff's screenplay was discarded. See more »

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Quotes

Gottfried Lenz: I drink to those who think of home tonight. I drink to the peace they hope to find at home now that peace has come to them at war.
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Soundtracks

Hallelujah Chorus
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Written by George Frideric Handel (uncredited)
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A classic weepie
15 March 2015 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

"Three Comrades" was one of the few films on which F. Scott Fitzgerald got a writing credit. He co-wrote it with Edward E Paramore Jr from a novel by Erich Maria Remarque who wrote "All Quiet on the Western Front" and it's a beautiful job of work. It's set in Germany after the First World War, (you'll have no trouble accepting the American cast as Germans), and is about three friends, (Robert Taylor, Franchot Tone and Robert Young), and their relationship with a frivolous, sophisticated and dying girl. She's played magnificently by Margaret Sullavan, (she won the New York Film Critic's prize for Best Actress), and she's the lynchpin of this Frank Borzage classic which is deeply romantic and highly intelligent at the same time. It's a love story that doesn't shy away from the political situation pertaining in Germany at the time without ever being preachy. Indeed, it's one of the great films about friendship and it's very easy to accept Taylor, Tone and Young as men who really care for one another, (Tone is superb and even Taylor and Young don't let the side down), but this is Sullavan's movie. It's a luminous performance, perhaps her finest. Her disappearance from the movies and tragically early death was one of the cinema's greatest losses.


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