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The Story of Three Loves (1953)

An anthology film consisting of three very different stories about love set in Europe and told in flashback.

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John Collier (segment), George Froeschel (adaptation) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pier Angeli ... Nina Burkhardt (segment "Equilibrium")
Ethel Barrymore ... Mrs. Hazel Pennicott (segment "Mademoiselle")
Leslie Caron ... Mademoiselle (segment "Mademoiselle")
Kirk Douglas ... Pierre Narval (segment "Equilibrium")
Farley Granger ... Thomas Clayton Campbell Jr. (segment "Mademoiselle")
James Mason ... Charles Coutray (segment "The Jealous Lover")
Moira Shearer ... Paula Woodward (segment "The Jealous Lover")
Agnes Moorehead ... Aunt Lydia (segment "The Jealous Lover")
Ricky Nelson ... Tommy: aged 11 (segment "Mademoiselle")
Zsa Zsa Gabor ... Flirt at Bar (segment "Mademoiselle")
Richard Anderson ... Marcel (segment "Equilibrium")
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Argentina Brunetti ... Saleswoman (segment "Mademoiselle") (scenes deleted)
John Pickard ... Ship's Officer (segment "Equilibrium") (scenes deleted)
Frank Wilcox ... Ship's Officer (segment "Equilibrium") (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Three loosely connected love stories. The first story: Paula is a talented dancer who cannot truly live unless she dances. But has a heart condition, which means she cannot live if she does. The second story: Tommy despises his French tutor, and hates being a child. He wants to be an adult so he can do what he wants. He gets his wish, being transformed into a handsome young man for one evening, and learns about whole new side of his French tutor. Third story: Pierre Narval is trapeze artist who gave it up when his partner died doing a dangerous stunt at his bidding. He rescues Nina, a beautiful young woman, after she throws herself into the Seine, and convinces her to become his new aerial partner. Her husband had been killed by the Nazis during the war, and she blames herself. They fall in love, which is tested when Nina must perform the stunt which killed Pierre's former partner. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Taglines:

Dangerous Love. Jealous Love. Forbidden Love.


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

26 March 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Story of Three Loves See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The similarities between this film's second story ("Mademoiselle," featuring Ethyl Barrymore, Leslie Caron, Farley Granger and Ricky Nelson) and Tom Hanks' 1990s hit Big suggest that the writer of Big may have been "inspired" by this film. See more »

Quotes

Pierre Narval: I want you to be my partner.
Nina Burkhardt: Me? But I've never... How do you know I could learn?
Pierre Narval: I don't know. I have a hunch. You jumped on skis, and you jumped into the Seine.
Nina Burkhardt: [She smiles] And you offer me a better way to die?
Pierre Narval: No, a better way to live.
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Soundtracks

Sobre las Olas
("Over the Waves") (uncredited)
Originally composed by Juventino Rosas (1888) (as Juventino P. Rosas )
Adapted as "The Loveliest Night of the Year" in 1950 by Irving Aaronson
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Instrumental version heard under trapeze sequences
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Three stories don't add up to a cohesive whole but each is interesting on its own
13 October 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Interesting mix of short stories with a galaxy of stars both major and minor. The first with James Mason and Moira Shearer has beautiful music and dancing but a rather overwrought storyline and wastes Agnes Moorehead in a nothing role. The last with Kirk Douglas and Pier Angeli is suffused with sorrow made especially poignant since she plays a girl saved by Kirk from suicide, such was not the case in real life and she ended up taking her own life several years later. The real charmer is the middle episode, a precursor to the film Big, with Ethel Barrymore as an elderly enchantress, Leslie Caron and Farley Granger sweet in a story of young love. Most enjoyable.


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