Three Comrades

Three Comrades

Director: Frank Borzage Cast: Robert Taylor, Margaret Sullavan, Franchot Tone

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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Overview

Based on a novel by Erich Maria Remarque, Three Comrades represented one of the few successful screenwriting efforts of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Set in Germany in the years just following World War I, the film stars Robert Taylor, Franchot Tone and Robert Young as three battle-weary, thoroughly disillusioned returning soldiers. The three friends pool their savings and open an auto-repair shop, and it is this that brings them in contact with wealthy motorist Lionel Atwill--and with Atwill's lovely travelling companion Margaret Sullavan. Taylor begins a romance with Sullavan, who soon joins the three comrades, making the group a jovial, fun-seeking foursome (this plot element bears traces of Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, as well as the 1931 film The Last Flight). Though Sullavan suffers from tuberculosis (her shady past is only alluded to), she is encouraged by her male companions to fully enjoy what is left of her life. This becomes increasingly difficult when one of the comrades, Young, is killed during a political riot (it's a Nazi riot, though not so-labelled by ever-careful MGM). In the end, the four comrades are only two in number, with nothing but memories to see them through the cataclysmic years to come. Despite its Hollywoodized bowdlerization of the Remarque original, Three Comrades remains a poignant, haunting experience.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2009
UPC: 0883316127230
Original Release: 1938
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 36,275

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Taylor Erich Lohkamp
Margaret Sullavan Pat Hollmann
Franchot Tone Otto Koster
Robert Young Gottfried Lenz
Guy Kibbee Alfons
Lionel Atwill Franz Breuer
Henry Hull Dr. Heinrich Becker
Charles Grapewin Local Doctor
Monty Woolley Dr. Jaffe
Ricca Allen Housekeeper
Walter Bonn Adjutant
Harvey Clark Bald-Headed Man
Roger Converse Becker's Assistant
Donald Haines Comic
Ted Offenbecker Adolph
E. Alyn Warren Bookstore Owner
Norman Willis Actor
Jessie Arnold Nurse
Barbara Bedford Rita
Henry Brandon Man with Patch
George Chandler First Comic
Spencer Charters Herr Schultz
William Haade Younger Vogt man
Priscilla Lawson Frau Brunner
Mitchell Lewis Boris
Marjorie Main Old Woman
Claire McDowell Frau Zalewska
Edward McWade Major Domo
Esther Muir Frau Schmidt
Ferdinand Munier Burgomaster
Sarah Padden Frau Schultz
Leonard Penn Tony
Phillip Terry Young Soldier
Morgan Wallace Owner of Wrecked Car
George Zucco Dr. Plauten
George Offerman Adolph
Ralph Bushman Comic

Technical Credits
Frank Borzage Director
F. Fitzgerald Screenwriter
George Forrest Songwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Paul Groesse Art Director
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Producer
Edward E. Paramore Screenwriter
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Frank Sullivan Editor
Franz Waxman Score Composer,Songwriter
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Robert Wright Songwriter

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