, pub-0314397707361799, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0 Classics and Forgotten Films: Three on a Match (1932)

Sunday 22 January 2017

Three on a Match (1932)

Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
Story by Kubec Glasmon & John Bright
Screeplay by Lucien Hubbard
Cinematography by Sol Polito
Edited by Ray Curtiss

Three women who were childhood schoolmates take different paths in life. The term 'Three on a Match' is a superstitious faux pas, meaning that if you light three cigarettes using the same match one of the recipients will die. 


Joan Blondell as Mary Keaton

Ann Dvorak as Vivian Revere

Bette Davis as Ruth Westcott

Bette Davis was not so prominent in this film. She takes a back seat to Joan Blondell and Ann Dvorak.

Warren William as Robert Kirkwood

Virginia Davis as Mary Keaton as a Child

Virginia Davis appeared in a series of silent short films as 'Alice'. The films often mixed cartoon and live action.

Anne Shirley as Vivian Revere as a Child

In this film Anne was still being credited as Dawn O'Day.

Betty Carse as Ruth Wescott as a Child

Betty Carse, on the right, in her only film role.

Lyle Talbot as Michael Loftus

Humphrey Bogart as Harve

Humphrey Bogart is a supporting player in this film.

Allen Jenkins as Dick

Allen Jenkins was adept at comedy and dramatic roles. Here he plays the latter.

Edward Arnold as Ace


Hardie Albright as Phil (uncredited)

Herman Bing as Prof. Irving Finklestein (uncredited)

Lovely to see Herman Bing purposely overplaying this non-speaking bit-part as the mad music professor in a rare comedic moment in this film.

Clara Blandick as Mrs. Keaton (uncredited)

Junior Johnson as Max (uncredited)

Junior Johnson is on the right.

Sidney Miller as Willie (uncredited)

Sidney Miller is in the glasses.

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