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      These Three

      Released Mar 18, 1936 1h 32m Drama List
      100% Tomatometer 9 Reviews 76% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Martha (Miriam Hopkins) and Karen (Merle Oberon) graduate from college and turn an old Massachusetts farm into a school for girls. The friends are aided in their venture by local doctor Joe Cardin (Joel McCrea), who begins a relationship with Karen, and a prominent woman whose granddaughter, Mary (Bonita Granville), later enrolls in the new school. Mary soon reveals herself to be a spiteful child and tells a scandalous lie about Martha and Joe that threatens to destroy the lives of all involved. Read More Read Less Watch on Prime Video Stream Now

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      Meyer Levin (Patterson Murphy) Esquire Magazine The motion picture surpasses the play, The Children's Hour. Bonita Granville proves that a child can act a child better than can an adult, even though Florence McGee was the adult. Apr 17, 2020 Full Review Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine While it will take a lot of Shirley Temple to take away the taste of Mary Tilford, little Miss [Bonita] Granville's performance isn't a thing to be missed. Jul 23, 2019 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Despite limitations imposed by the Production Code (lesbianism!), this first version of Hellman's play is more powerful than the 1961 remake, also directed by William Wyler. Rated: B+ Jul 27, 2011 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jul 15, 2005 Full Review Nick Davis Nick's Flick Picks Overheated but well-acted adaptation of Lillian Hellman's play The Children's Hour. Rated: 3/5 Mar 1, 2005 Full Review Daniel M. Kimmel Worcester Telegram & Gazette Rated: 3/5 Feb 21, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member "These Three" is an absorbing film that somehow manages to retain its integrity despite being different from the play, "The Children's Hour," on which it is based. Having seen the later film, "The Children's Hour," about two teachers accused of lesbianism, I wondered how the 1936 film would measure up. The answer: Brilliantly. Part of the reason for this is, as Lilliam Hellman, the playwright herself stated - the play isn't really about lesbianism, it's about a children's lie. And the vicious, destructive lie of a child is still central here, though now it concerns the supposed affair of Miriam Hopkins and Joel McCrea, who is engaged to marry Merle Oberon, Hopkins' partner in a girls school. Another reason for the film's success is the flawless direction by William Wyler, and last but not least, a sympathetic trio. Hopkins is a standout with her strong, passionate performance. Bonita Granville, the bad seed, is such an evil, blackmailing brat, that I'm sure when 1936 audiences saw Margaret Hamilton slap her, they broke into applause. I nearly did, and I was watching it alone! It's an unrelenting performance, though she's such a walking horror show, it's remarkable anyone believed her in her "earnest" moments, which were calculated, as only a monster's can be! Highly recommended. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member A film that is very much of its time. Quite a cliched script with over-the-top characters like Aunt Lily which was common place for films of that time e.g. Top Hat. Hopkins is the best adult actor in this cast successfully displaying emotion when needed. Oberon and McCrea are fine but could be replaced by any other actor. The star of the film, by far, is Bonita Granville who steals the spotlight each time she whines, cries and demands sympathy from her character's grandmother. She triumphantly plays this schoolgirl who lies with ease to escape any trouble she may face without caring about any collateral damage. She deservedly received an Oscar nomination for her role and I believe was better than Sondergaard and therefore deserved the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress (although I have not seen the other nominated performances). It was also funny to see long-time Wyler collaborator Walter Brennan play the "Taxy" driver in this film. Wyler's direction is pretty average for this film and I would only rank it better than The Westerner, out of his movies I've seen. Overall, a fine film, just pretty outdated with a weak script, but mainly saved with Hopkins and Granville's performances. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review steve d I don't like how much is "sanitized" but it is still great and well acted. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Tom M Oberon and McCrea are very good but Hopkins is brilliant in this heart breaking film. Bonita Granville played the rotten mean girl so well she received an Oscar nomination for supporting actress. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 04/29/20 Full Review Audience Member Outstanding movie. Under appreciated today. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review s r How a child can ruin people's lives with lies. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Martha (Miriam Hopkins) and Karen (Merle Oberon) graduate from college and turn an old Massachusetts farm into a school for girls. The friends are aided in their venture by local doctor Joe Cardin (Joel McCrea), who begins a relationship with Karen, and a prominent woman whose granddaughter, Mary (Bonita Granville), later enrolls in the new school. Mary soon reveals herself to be a spiteful child and tells a scandalous lie about Martha and Joe that threatens to destroy the lives of all involved.
      Director
      William Wyler
      Distributor
      United Artists, Samuel Goldwyn Company
      Production Co
      United Artists, Samuel Goldwyn Company
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 18, 1936, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 27, 2020
      Runtime
      1h 32m
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