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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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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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Storyline

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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A Tribute To Live That You'll Carry Thru Life! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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

Prior to production, actress Margaret Sullavan declared that F. Scott Fitzgerald's dialogue was impossible to recite. As a result, producer Joseph L. Mankiewicz and screenwriter Edward E. Paramore Jr. rewrote most of the screenplay's dialogue. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film, when we first see the three main characters as civilians, it is set in the year 1920. However, Otto's car "Baby" is a 1923 Voisin and in the road race, the other car is a 1929 Renault. See more »

Quotes

Gottfried Lenz: [his top hat's flat] Hey, I can't get this thing open. Anybody got a tire iron?
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Soundtracks

Yankee Ragtime College Jazz
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Waxman
Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
Played by Die Tennessee Yankee College Jazz Boys
Sung by Alva Kellogg with George Chandler
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a bit sappy, but interesting
27 July 2013 | by becky-bradwaySee all my reviews

This movie was notable for: the subtle and mysterious acting of Margaret Sullavan; the screenplay by Scott Fitzgerald (which was literary and a bit on the wordy side); and the interesting look at Germany immediately after WWI. Personally, I would have liked to have seen more about the politics and tensions in Germany (playing up Robert Young's role), and less of the Camille-esque love & decline plot. But that's just me.

I thought that the film was carried by Franchot Tone and Margaret Sullavan. Tone's role is nicely played down; he consistently does the right thing, even when it might appear to be the morally wrong thing. He's sure, calm, and direct at every turn. I always enjoy watching him. Sullavan was fascinating. It isn't often you see someone who appears to be an intellectual in a role that didn't necessarily call for that type. She is lovely, dignified, but hardly the standard "babe who attracts three best friends." They seem to like her for her complexity. And that in itself is unusual.

This movie was strange. It should have been better than it was -- the emphasis on the love story slows things up and even feel a bit silly. (When Pat starts wearing traditional German garb in the kitchen just cracked me up.) But the good moments, when they come, making viewing this film worthwhile.


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