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Three Sons (1939)

Approved | | Drama | 13 October 1939 (USA)
A poor merchant grows a highly successful department store in Chicago with the purpose of providing for his four children's future. He is misguided in thinking that giving them everything ... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Hively

Writers:

John Twist (screen play), Lester Cohen (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward Ellis ... Daniel Pardway
William Gargan ... Thane Pardway
Kent Taylor ... Gene Pardway
J. Edward Bromberg ... Abe Ullman
Katharine Alexander ... Abigail Pardway
Virginia Vale ... Phoebe Pardway
Kirby Grant ... Bert Pardway (as Robert Stanton)
Dick Hogan ... Freddie Pardway
Grady Sutton ... Grimson
Pamela Blake ... Mamie Donaldson (as Adele Pearce)
Alexander D'Arcy ... Prince Nicky - Phoebe's Husband
Barbara Pepper ... Viola
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Storyline

A poor merchant grows a highly successful department store in Chicago with the purpose of providing for his four children's future. He is misguided in thinking that giving them everything they want would give them the same ambition that he has to only find out their spoiled lives leads the oldest to a scandalous shooting cover-up, the daughter has a highly public failed marriage, the third child pursues a music career while the youngest leaves to live on the streets. Written by John M Baughn

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tres hijos See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

William Gargan, who plays Uncle Thane here, played oldest son Gene Pardway in the 1933 version titled "Sweepings." See more »

Crazy Credits

Right after the director credit, an additional credit states "In this picture you will see Virginia Vale and Robert Stanton, selected through the second Jesse L. Lasky's 'Gateway to Hollywood' talent search," with photos of both players, their names and character names. See more »

Connections

Version of Sweepings (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Minuet in G
(uncredited)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played on piano by Bert as a boy
Reprised by the orchestra at the party for dance
Also played in the score
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Three Sons
3 November 2006 | by Bill_lanoieSee all my reviews

The first time I had seen this movie I was in my 15th year of service working for a major department store and I had just seen Three Sons again fifteen years later while still working in the same store department store.

I was so taken with Three sons that I had never forgotten it. I loved it and had wanted to see it again. Grant it this time I had missed a great portion of the film this time around as I was flipping channels but was stopped dead as soon as I had seen the title on the cable guide. I highly recommend Three sons and especially recommend it to anyone who works in retailing because you will truly understand how the company was built, how it operates, and what has kept it alive for so long.

Thank you - B R Lanoie


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