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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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A Tribute To Love That You'll Carry Thru Life ! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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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

Prior to production, actress Margaret Sullavan declared that F. Scott Fitzgerald's dialogue was impossible to recite. As a result, producer Joseph L. Mankiewicz and screenwriter Edward E. Paramore Jr. rewrote most of the screenplay's dialogue. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Young Soldier: [At attention] Major, now that the war is over, can I call you "father" again?
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Soundtracks

Ave Maria, Op. 52 No. 6
(1825) (uncredited)
Composed by Franz Schubert
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Another Borzage classic
29 May 2005 | by lqualls-dchinSee all my reviews

In the early sound era, one of the most respected directors in Hollywood was Frank Borzage: in fact, he won the very first Academy Award for Best Director (and would win a second one five years later). Yet his work is now virtually unknown. THREE COMRADES came during his tenure at MGM, where he would stay for the next five years (previously, he had been one of the star directors at Fox, and then worked at Columbia and Warner Brothers); it reunited him with Margaret Sullavan, with whom he had worked on LITTLE MAN WHAT NOW in 1934, and it would represent the only official screen credit for F. Scott Fitzgerald. There are moments (especially in the romance between the poor aristocrat Patricia and the young mechanic Erik) in which you can hear the lilt and romanticism of Fitzgerald's sensibility. THREE COMRADES was one of those movies that played a lot of television in late 1950s-early 1960s, and the moving story of three comrades (played by Robert Taylor, Robert Young and Franchot Tone) and the young woman who enters their lives (played by the great Sullavan, in her Academy Award-nominated performance) trying to find some solace and happiness in the rubble of Germany in the period immediately following the first World War is remarkably touching. Though often criticized for the (many) compromises that went into the making (this was a major studio production in 1938, beset with all the production code and commercial considerations of the era), there's still enough of Remarque's powerful story, Fitzgerald's elegant dialog, and Borzage's romanticism (as well as the superb performance by Margaret Sullavan) to make this one of the most memorable American movies of the 1930s.


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