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Three Comrades (1938)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 3 June 1938 (USA)
The close friendship of three German soldiers is strengthened by their shared love for the same woman, who is dying of tuberculosis.

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

F. Scott Fitzgerald (screen play), Edward E. Paramore Jr. (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Taylor ... Erich Lohkamp
Margaret Sullavan ... Patricia Hollmann
Franchot Tone ... Otto Koster
Robert Young ... Gottfried Lenz
Guy Kibbee ... Alfons
Lionel Atwill ... Breuer
Henry Hull ... Dr. Becker
Charley Grapewin ... Local Doctor
Monty Woolley ... Dr. Jaffe
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The close friendship of three German soldiers is strengthened by their shared love for the same woman, who is dying of tuberculosis. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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.. Torn from a million souls! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tres camaradas See more »

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Budget:

$839,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

MGM themselves cut 17 meters of this movie to make it pass the Swedish Censors for cinema distribution in 1938. The Swedish Censor Number is 58.401. See more »

Goofs

After Erich and Pat leave the bar after their first date, a moving shadow of the boom microphone can be seen on the walls of the buildings behind them, following them as they walk down the street. See more »

Quotes

Otto Koster: I'll drink to what I value most. The three of us. To us. Not from day to day now, but year to year.
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Soundtracks

Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played after the wedding
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A classic weepie
15 March 2015 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

"Three Comrades" was one of the few films on which F. Scott Fitzgerald got a writing credit. He co-wrote it with Edward E Paramore Jr from a novel by Erich Maria Remarque who wrote "All Quiet on the Western Front" and it's a beautiful job of work. It's set in Germany after the First World War, (you'll have no trouble accepting the American cast as Germans), and is about three friends, (Robert Taylor, Franchot Tone and Robert Young), and their relationship with a frivolous, sophisticated and dying girl. She's played magnificently by Margaret Sullavan, (she won the New York Film Critic's prize for Best Actress), and she's the lynchpin of this Frank Borzage classic which is deeply romantic and highly intelligent at the same time. It's a love story that doesn't shy away from the political situation pertaining in Germany at the time without ever being preachy. Indeed, it's one of the great films about friendship and it's very easy to accept Taylor, Tone and Young as men who really care for one another, (Tone is superb and even Taylor and Young don't let the side down), but this is Sullavan's movie. It's a luminous performance, perhaps her finest. Her disappearance from the movies and tragically early death was one of the cinema's greatest losses.


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