The Children's Hour

The Children's Hour

Audrey Hepburn
Director: William Wyler Cast: Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
, Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
, James Garner
James Garner
William Wyler

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Based on the 1934 play by Lillian Hellman, The Children's Hour is set at an exclusive girl's school managed by best friends Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine. When student Karen Balkin is punished for one of her many misdeeds, the mean-spirited youngster rushes to her wealthy aunt Fay Bainter, and, randomly choosing a phrase she has undoubtedly read in some magazine, accuses Hepburn and MacLaine of having an "unnatural relationship." As Balkin's lies grow in viciousness, the student's parents withdraw their children from the school. Hepburn and MacLaine sue Bainter for libel, only to lose their case when MacLaine's aunt Miriam Hopkins refuses to testify as a character witness. The trial takes its toll on the relationship between Hepburn and her boyfriend James Garner. When Bainter discovers that her niece has been lying, she tries to make amends, but it is too late. Director William Wyler had also helmed the first film version of Children's Hour, 1936's These Three, which due to censorship restrictions of the time did without the lesbian angle (the little girl's accusations involved a supposed romantic triangle between the two ladies and a male friend). Miriam Hopkins, who plays a supporting role in The Children's Hour, originally essayed the Shirley MacLaine role in These Three.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/12/2014
UPC: 0738329135720
Original Release: 1961
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:47:00
Sales rank: 17,169

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Audrey Hepburn Karen Wright
Shirley MacLaine Martha Dobie
James Garner Dr. Joe Cardin
Miriam Hopkins Mrs. Lily Mortar
Fay Bainter Amelia Tilford
Karen Balkin Mary Tilford
Veronica Cartwright Rosalie
William Mims Actor
Florence MacMichael Actor
Jered Barclay Grocery Boy
Mimi Gibson Student
Hope Summers Old Lady

Technical Credits
William Wyler Director,Producer
Edward Boyle Set Decoration/Design
Fernando Carrere Art Director
John Michael Hayes Screenwriter
Dorothy Jeakins Costumes/Costume Designer
Fred Lau Sound/Sound Designer
Emile LaVigne Makeup
Alex North Score Composer
Franz Planer Cinematographer
Robert E. Relyea Asst. Director
Robert Swink Editor
Robert Wyler Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Children's Hour
1. Chapter 1 [:00]
2. Chapter 2 [11:00]
3. Chapter 3 [7:18]
4. Chapter 4 [14:08]
5. Chapter 5 [17:10]
6. Chapter 6 [16:16]
7. Chapter 7 [18:10]
8. Chapter 8 [10:24]
9. Chapter 9 [13:41]

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