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Three Cornered Moon

1933 1h 17m Romance Comedy List
Reviews 30% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
Elizabeth Rimplegar (Claudette Colbert) inhabits a household populated by virtual lunatics. Her mother, Nellie (Mary Boland), mishandled the family fortune, and, alas, the stock market crash has depleted their worth. Elizabeth's goofy brothers cannot easily adjust to the life of the average worker. Meanwhile, the family doctor (Richard Arlen) has his eye on pretty Elizabeth, but he will have to compete with her suitor, a rude-mannered writer (Hardie Albright). Read More Read Less

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Steve D Dark comedy that is often funny. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/25/24 Full Review Audience Member Spirited comedy drama with a pleasing cast. The film makes some pointed observations about class and responsibility. Colbert and Boland stand out, the male members of the cast are okay but none really register on screen. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Misfiring screwball comedy/drama/thing. Colbert is good, as is Mary Boland, but nothing else quite clicks. The guy who plays the doctor is so, so terrible. Using the depression as a device is quite interesting, but it's never really expounded upon - it's hard to feel sympathy for a family who is starving and yet they live in this massive, opulent, fully furnished house. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member 2.5: It's really quite amusing. It's the kind of lighthearted feel-good comedy I imagine many suffering through the great depression loved. Since its subject is in fact the great depression, or at least it's effects on a previously well-to-do Brooklyn family, it certainly wouldn't have allowed the audience to entirely escape their lives. However, simply realizing that everyone has to deal with the economic downturn had to be comforting. It spares the viewer from the harsher aspects and deals with everything in a bit of a carefree manner. It would have provided a sliver of hope as well, as everything turns out alright in the end. This family doesn't stop fighting, even if they do seem deplorably daft in the beginning, and the audience shouldn't either. It's a pleasant mixture of social commentary, comedy, romance, drama, etc. It all fits together quite nicely. The fact that Colbert is brought down to the level of the ordinary viewer and still perseveres must have brought her that much closer to them as well. It doesn't hurt that there's a ridiculous "artist" to despise as well. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Elizabeth Rimplegar (Claudette Colbert) inhabits a household populated by virtual lunatics. Her mother, Nellie (Mary Boland), mishandled the family fortune, and, alas, the stock market crash has depleted their worth. Elizabeth's goofy brothers cannot easily adjust to the life of the average worker. Meanwhile, the family doctor (Richard Arlen) has his eye on pretty Elizabeth, but he will have to compete with her suitor, a rude-mannered writer (Hardie Albright).
Director
Elliott Nugent
Producer
B.P. Schulberg
Genre
Romance, Comedy
Original Language
English
Runtime
1h 17m