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Three Comrades (1938)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 3 June 1938 (USA)
The close friendship of three German soldiers is strengthened by their shared love for the same woman, who is dying of tuberculosis.


Frank Borzage


F. Scott Fitzgerald (screen play), Edward E. Paramore Jr. (screen play) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins. See more awards »




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


The close friendship of three German soldiers 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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A Tribute To Love That You'll Carry Thru Life ! See more »


Drama | Romance


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Robert Young replaced Spencer Tracy in the role of Gottfried Lenz. See more »


Near the beginning of the film, when we first see the three main characters as civilians, it is set in the year 1920. However, Otto's car "Baby" is a 1923 Voisin and in the road race, the other car is a 1929 Renault. See more »


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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Featured in The Romance of Celluloid (1937) See more »


Hallelujah Chorus
(1741) (uncredited)
from "Messiah"
Written by George Frideric Handel (uncredited)
Played and sung in the score by an unidentified chorus when Otto chases Adolph
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Make That Four Comrades
7 May 2013 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Following the Great War (aka World War I), three German soldiers vow to stick together through thick and thin. The "Three Comrades" are: temporarily disillusioned Robert Taylor (as Erich Lohkamp), cautiously optimistic Franchot Tone (as Otto Koster) and politically idealistic Robert Young (as Gottfried Lenz). They begin a soon-to-be struggling automobile repair business. The hesitatingly optimistic trio become a quartet upon meeting beautifully fatalistic Margaret Sullavan (as Patricia "Pat" Hollmann). This is, of course, Germany between the two World Wars of the 20th century...

This allegorical film is too American for its own good, but the story holds up well. It benefits greatly by being from a 1936 novel by "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1929) author and young war veteran Erich Maria Remarque. The additional dialog by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edward E. Paramore Jr. is more astute than askew...

The intent is for Mr. Taylor's protagonist to carry the better qualities of the "Three Comrades" to a full representation of Germany. But, coming on like a cross between Greta Garbo and June Allyson, Ms. Sullavan takes the film away. And, considering the events of the 1940s, her character represented a bigger part of the whole. Sullavan was honored as "Best Actress" of 1938 by the "New York Film Critics" for her prescient performance. Her comrades contribute memorably and director Frank Borzage does exceptionally well with his "Hallelujah Chorus" revenge and some great closing scenes.

******** Three Comrades (6/2/38) Frank Borzage ~ Margaret Sullavan, Robert Taylor, Franchot Tone, Robert Young

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Release Date:

3 June 1938 (USA) See more »

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$839,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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