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These Three (1935)

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Rarely, if ever, do I...
Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Rarely, if ever, do I rate the child as the star of a film, but Bonita Granville is very, very good as the odious, obnoxious, hateful, spiteful, spoiled "Mary" in this story of two teachers - Merle Oberon and Miriam Hopkins - who fall for the doctor - Joel McCrea. When these old friends try to discipline the ghastly child for persistent lateness, she flees to her wealthy grandmother and concocts a story designed to destroy their careers and their happiness. It's a simple story, well told, that conveys clearly the perils of telling lies. The lead performances are super, and well supported by Catherine Doucet; Alma Kruger as the doting grandmother and "Miss Gulch" herself - Margaret Hamilton - as the maid who sees through the child right from the outset. There are some fairly hefty alterations to Lillian Hellman's original play; the relationship between the women is entirely platonic in the film which was not the case on stage, but that...

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