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These Three

Country: USA, Language: English, 93 mins

  • Director: William Wyler
  • Writer: Lillian Hellman
  • Producer: Samuel Goldwyn

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This first film version of 'The Children's Hour' - minus the lesbianism.

Adapted by the original writer who watered it down so that it would be more appealing to a middle-class, white American audience.

Now, is this simply hypocrisy?

Whatever - it basically negates its relevance and questions integrity...

Make your own mind up...but, changing something so radically...for money, is a cardinal sin - regardless of the merits of the final film.


Trailer...

 

The(ir) Blurb...

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.

Cast & Characters

Miriam Hopkins as Martha Dobie;
Merle Oberon as Karen Wright;
Joel McCrea as Dr. Joseph 'Joe' Cardin;
Catherine Doucet as Mrs. Lily Mortar;
Alma Kruger as Mrs. Amelia Tilford;
Bonita Granville as Mary Tilford;
Marcia Mae Jones as Rosalie Wells;
Carmencita Johnson as Evelyn;
Mary Anne Durkin as Joyce Walton;
Margaret Hamilton as Agatha;
Walter Brennan as Taxi Driver;
Joan Barclay as Schoolgirl;
Al Bridge as Chauffeur taking Joyce home;
Marie Louise Cooper as Helen Burton;
Payne B. Johnson as Little boy