“These Three” + “The Children’s Hour” (William Wyler, US, 1936 – 1961)


Director: William Wyler
Writer: Lillian Hellman (original story and screen play)
Actors: Miriam Hopkins, Merle Oberon, Joel McCrea


Director: William Wyler
Writers: Lillian Hellman (play), John Michael Hayes (screenplay)
Actors: Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner

Because of the M.P.P.C. (or Hays Code)  that started to be fully implemented in 1934, Lillian Hellman had to change the story of her first play The Children’s Hour based on a true story in which two teachers are accused of being lesbians into a more acceptable triangular relationship..In These Three the two female teachers are in love with the same man.
In 1961, William Wyler made a remake of his own 1936 film, using this time the original story and the original title of the play.

One thought on ““These Three” + “The Children’s Hour” (William Wyler, US, 1936 – 1961)

  1. We think it is fascinating to compare original films and their remakes. It is particularly interesting to compare Code films with version of the same film not made under the Code. Please read our essay and articles about the Code and its effect on Hollywood.


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