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What Do You Think? (Number Three) (1938)

Approved | | Short | 15 January 1938 (USA)
This short looks at the possibility that those who have passed on can communicate with us in ways we least expect.


Jacques Tourneur


Carl Dudley (screenplay), Jack Woodford (screenplay)


Complete credited cast:
Carey Wilson ... Self - Narrator (voice)
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Carey Wilson attends a party where he knows no one. Among those at the party is the young and gay Mary Dosier. But he learns from another guest that a year earlier, Mary was in the deepest despair. This phase of her life started three years earlier. She had just gotten married to her husband, the gifted but shy concert violinist and composer John Dosier. No one was happier for them than John's mother, who gave them a year long vacation as a wedding gift. On their first anniversary in Venice, John played for her "A Sonata to a Kiss", a composition he wrote dedicated to her and which has since become a worldwide sensation. The sound waves from that private performance shattered a champagne glass in their room, which Mary felt to be an ominous sign. Indeed, John was shortly thereafter stricken with an illness and died. Mary could not overcome her grief, but an incident while she listened to a recording of "A Sonata to a Kiss" played by John may have saved her life and given her new ... Written by Huggo

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Decent Short
28 October 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

What Do You Think? (Number Three) (1938)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Third film in the series has Carey Wilson doing the narrating in the story on whether or not the dead really communicated with the living. A concert violinist is married to his one love but a year after the wedding he dies from a strange disease. Before his death he mentions to his wife that a violin's high note could break a glass but not if it has any liquid in it. Soon after his death the wife decides to kill herself but then something happens. I won't ruin the surprise but the entire film is pretty much built up for this twist and I personally didn't think it worked as strongly as I'm sure the filmmakers wanted. This is the first film in this series that I've seen so I can't say how strong or weak it is compared to others but it's a decent time killer and I'm sure fans of the famous director will want to check it out. There's a lot of stock footage in the film so you won't get to see too much of the directors style but there is one nice sequence where the wife is walking alone after the death where you'll be able to see some of the director's famous touch. The story itself is decent at best but that's pretty much the same thing that could be said about the entire film.

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15 January 1938 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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