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Children's Hour (The)

USA, English, 107 mins

  • Director: William Wyler
  • Writer: Lillian Hellman
  • Producer: Robert Wyler; William Wyler

CGiii Comment

Who said that little girls were made of sugar and spice and all things nice...whoever it was definitely did not have any daughters.

A vile child accuses her teachers of being lesbians...in the conservative 60s, and all the wrath of Hell is let loose.

Seriously groundbreaking and very, very brave - all who were involved deserve a big thank you.


Trailer...

The(ir) Blurb...

Karen Wright and Martha Dobie are best friends since college and they own the boarding school Wright and Dobie School for Girls with twenty students. They are working hard as headmistresses and teachers to grow the school and make it profitable. Karen is engaged with the local doctor Joe Cardin, who is the nephew of the powerful and influent Mrs. Amelia Tilford. While the spiteful and liar Mary, who is Amelia's granddaughter and a bad influence to the other girls, is punished by Karen after telling a lie, Martha has an argument with her snoopy aunt Lily Mortar in another room. Lily accuses Martha of being jealous and having an unnatural relationship with Karen. Mary's roommate Rosalie Wells overhears the shouting and tells Mary what Mrs. Mortar had said about her niece. The malicious Mary accuses Karen and Martha of being lesbians to her grandmother and Amelia spreads the gossip to the parents of the students that withdraw them from the school.

Cast & Characters

Audrey Hepburn as Karen Wright;
Shirley MacLaine as Martha Dobie;
James Garner as Dr. Joe Cardin;
Miriam Hopkins as Mrs. Lily Mortar;
Fay Bainter as Mrs. Amelia Tilford;
Karen Balkin as Mary Tilford;
Veronica Cartwright as Rosalie Wells;
Mimi Gibson as Evelyn;
Debbie Moldow; Diane Mountford;
William Mims as Mr. Burton;
Sally Brophy as Rosalie's mother;
Hope Summers as Agatha;
Jered Barclay as Grocery boy;
Florence MacMichael as Bit part

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