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These Three (1936)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 18 March 1936 (USA)
Two school teachers and the man they both love face ruin when a malicious student cooks up a lie.

Director:

William Wyler

Writer:

Lillian Hellman (original story and screen play)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Miriam Hopkins ... Martha Dobie
Merle Oberon ... Karen Wright
Joel McCrea ... Dr. Joseph Cardin
Catherine Doucet ... Mrs. Lily Mortar (as Catharine Doucet)
Alma Kruger ... Mrs. Amelia Tilford
Bonita Granville ... Mary Tilford
Marcia Mae Jones ... Rosalie Wells
Carmencita Johnson ... Evelyn
Mary Anne Durkin Mary Anne Durkin ... Joyce Walton (as Mary Ann Durkin)
Margaret Hamilton ... Agatha
Walter Brennan ... Taxi Driver
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Storyline

This first film version of "The Children's Hour" uses a heterosexual triangle rather than the play's lesbian theme. The plot concerns schoolteachers Karen Wright and Martha Dobie, both of whom are in love with Dr. Joe Cardin. The malicious lie of one of their students involves all three in a scandal which disrupts all their lives. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Their love, their world, lay in ruins about them - destroyed by a child's malice! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | French | Latin

Release Date:

18 March 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Children's Hour See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The main theme of Alfred Newman's score was later re-used for The Razor's Edge in 1946. See more »

Goofs

During Oberon and McCrea's engagement, the cake in Oberon's hand keeps changing from chocolate to white between shots. See more »

Quotes

Martha Dobie: I was so alone and so sorry I couldn't have what other kids had that - well, I think that's really the reason why I decided to teach. Being young is awfully hard and I wanted to make it easier for other kids when I grew up.
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Featured in American Masters: Directed by William Wyler (1986) See more »

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A chilling look at what a lie can do
12 August 1999 | by Southpaw-9See all my reviews

"These Three" is an extremely effective look at the damage a lie can cause. Bonita Granville gives a tour-de-force performance as Mary Tilford, a vicious student who ruins the lives of her two schoolteachers (Merle Oberon and Miriam Hopkins) by telling a lie about their private lives. Based on a play by Lillian Hellman (whose original plot dealt with lesbianism, which was changed for the film version to get past the censors), "These Three" is still a very good film. Miriam Hopkins also stands out as one of the victimized teachers. All in all, one well-acted and well-directed drama.


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