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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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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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.. 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

This was F. Scott Fitzgerald's only screenwriting credit. Fitzgerald's first draft of the screenplay was completed September 1, 1937. 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

Young Soldier: [At attention] Major, now that the war is over, can I call you "father" again?
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Soundtracks

The Comrade Song
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Waxman
Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
Sung by Robert Taylor, Franchot Tone and Robert Young
Reprised by those three with Margaret Sullavan
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Highly recommended, little known classic
14 October 2016 | by jacobs-greenwoodSee all my reviews

One of the best 10 films of 1938 (according to The New York Times Guide to the Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made), and one which I enjoyed thoroughly when I saw it on TCM.

Robert Taylor, Franchot Tone, and Robert Young are the three men who all love Margaret Sullavan (who received her only Oscar nomination) in their own way. Guy Kibbee and Monty Woolley also play roles in this essential drama, as do Henry Hull and Charley Grapewin (who both play doctors; George Zucco also plays one, though he's uncredited). Directed by Frank Borzage, the Erich Maria Remarque novel was adapted by Edward Paramore Jr. and F. Scott Fitzgerald (his only screen writing credit).

The three leads (Taylor, Tone, and Young) were soldiers for Germany in World War I and, now that it's over, they become auto mechanics. While out driving their car, they meet Sullavan, who's with Lionel Atwill. Taylor begins dating Sullavan, dining at Kibbee's establishment. But Sullavan is ill, and later needs help from a doctor at a sanitarium (Woolley). All of the drama occurs with a backdrop of an unsettled post war environment.


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