These Three (1936) - Drama, Romance

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Two school teachers and the man they both love face ruin when a malicious student cooks up a lie.

IMDB: 7.5
Director: William Wyler
Stars: Miriam Hopkins, Merle Oberon
Length: 93 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 5 out of 40 found boring (12.5%)

One-line Reviews (23)

Still, the story was a shocker in its time and I can enjoy seeing these formulaic elements unreeled.

It's a compelling, frightening look at how lies and suspicion can ruin several lives.

But "These Three" is far more engaging.

This engaging, often very powerful drama was director William Wyler's first big success.

The example often referred to in is from "Shane," and the intense sexual tension between the titular character and the boy's mother, despite never showing anything.

She proves herself a fine, intense young actress, especially when her motionless eyes show no remorse for her actions.

There are some schmaltzy lines here and there, but for the most part it it a gripping and well acted drama.

The pert and deadly dull Merle Oberon hooks up with local hunk surgeon and beekeeper played by Joel McCrea, whilst an excellent Miriam Hopkins observes with simmering heterosexual jealousy.

As a result, SOME sort of system needed to be created, though I will admit some of the resulting products from Hollywood were a bit bland.

It seemed a little slow in starting and usually if I'm not intrigued in the first 30 minutes, I'll change the channel.


It's years and years since I first read Lilian Hellman's original play although I've more recently seen the 1961 remake of this movie, interestingly also directed by William Wyler 25 years on and while I understand that "These Three" was forced by the dictates of The Production Code to change the alleged relationship on which the plot tilts from lesbian to heterosexual and airlift in a happy ending for at least two of the main characters, this was nonetheless a compelling, well directed and acted drama.

Well worth watching for some brilliant performances and a compelling story.

Gripping and well acted drama about the effects lying can have .

But, her performance is eclipsed by a stunning performance by Fay Bainter.

Merle Oberon and Joel McCrea both acquit themselves in their roles though would be more known for future films, and overall, an intense movie-viewing experience.

That's why I think that the 1963 movie was more exciting ,and still is ,still in 2007.

"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.

These Three's story is nothing but an exercise in total sexual innuendo that skirts around, and around, and around its subject matter (ho-hum!

True, Lillian Helmann's heterosexual adaptation may seem a bit over-baked now; still, there are some compelling scenes which are touching.

Great acting by the two main child actors (Bonita Granville as the loathed Mary Tilford and Marcia Mae Jones with a breathtaking role as the troubled Rosalie Wells.

Marcia Mae Jones is quite compelling as a child struggling against enormous iniquity.

The "these three" of the title is a pretty mundane triangle with only Miriam Hopkins excelling as the sensitive Martha, caught up in a love affair between her dear friend Karen (Merle Oberon) and husky he-man, Dr. Cardin (Joel McCrea).