Three On A Match (1932)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  

USA, 1932.  First National Pictures.  Story by , , Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Fascinating example of how different Hollywood films were before the introduction of the Hays code. Three girls know each other in grade school and then grow up to become three highly independent women: the school bully grows up to be a successful stage star (), the rich sweetheart becomes a married woman who then leaves her husband and child for another man and a drug habit () and the class valedictorian eventually morphs into a hard-working singleton (). Unlike later films, under the code, in which the moral judgment would be placed on the child who was bad to begin with (Blondell’s youthful counterpart is basically poor white trash), this one sees a respectable girl from a good home follow her nose into dirty sex and depravity, for no other reason than the fact that she wants to. It’s an enjoyable little melodrama, and is a great opportunity to see the great Davis (albeit too briefly) in a very early role.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s