These Three | Chicago Reader

These Three

Lillian Hellman's Broadway play caused a scandal with its open treatment of lesbianism, but the movies demanded heterosexuality—and got it, in the beefy person of Joel McCrea. What's surprising is how little difference it makes: the heart of the drama (which lies in a schoolgirl's accusations against her teachers) remains unchanged. William Wyler directed this 1936 film, with more craft than care; the cinematographer is Gregg Toland, with whom Wyler would work out his deep-focus experiments in the 40s. With Merle Oberon, Miriam Hopkins, and Bonita Granville. 93 min.

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