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Three Wise Fools (1946)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 18 December 1946 (Sweden)
It had been forty years since Richard, James and Theodore insulted The O'Monahan and he put a vexing blessing on them. All three have obtained their dreams of grandeur, but they all live in... See full summary »

Director:

Edward Buzzell

Writers:

John McDermott (screenplay), John McDermott (story) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Margaret O'Brien ... Sheila O'Monahan
Lionel Barrymore ... Dr. Richard Gaunght
Lewis Stone ... Judge James Trumbell
Thomas Mitchell ... Terence Alaysius O'Davern
Edward Arnold ... Theodore Findley
Ray Collins ... Judge Watson
Jane Darwell ... Sister Mary Brigid
Charles Dingle ... Paul Badger
Harry Davenport ... The Ancient
Henry O'Neill ... Prof. Horace Appleby
Cyd Charisse ... Rena Fairchild
Warner Anderson ... The O'Monahan
Billy Curtis ... Dugan
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It had been forty years since Richard, James and Theodore insulted The O'Monahan and he put a vexing blessing on them. All three have obtained their dreams of grandeur, but they all live in a single house as bachelors. Into this grand house comes 7 year old Sheila with a request that these three become her guardians. But they do not want her and let her leave until they find that they need the property that Sheila has inherited. They then take her, and O'Davern, into the house with the expressed intention of relieving Sheila of her property so that they can donate it to the University in their name and buy remembrance in the future. But Sheila cannot sell the property because of the 'little people'. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1946 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

En liten tjuserska See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 1, 1947 with Margaret O'Brien and Lionel Barrymore reprising their film roles. See more »

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Referenced in Forecast (1945) See more »

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What a cast!
15 January 2010 | by Movie_PalaceSee all my reviews

A wonderful, entertaining film with an all-star cast. Every scene seems to introduce another classic movie star. While the story centers around Margaret O'Brien, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone, Edward Arnold and Thomas Mitchell, other familiar faces include Harry Davenport, Jane Darwell, Ray Collins, Cyd Charisse, Warner Anderson, Barbara Billingsley, Billy Barty and Jerry Maren. Humorous and fun, Margaret works her endearing charm on the three crusty old birds who have become the new men in her life.

I agree that films such as this deserve to be made available for DVD purchase, most likely in a best of Margaret O'Brien set. Unfortunately for us classic film buffs, the sales numbers would pale in comparison to those for the latest CGI fantasy-action product that can be cross-marketed to toys, video games, theme parks, TV series' and numerous movie sequels. Thus the expectation for a DVD release by the corporation owning the film rights is minimal. They are only interested in profit margins. Long live TCM. And may there some day be a TCM II!


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