A pleasant, at times purposeful, slice of classic Hollywood. The slander and lies that plague the central trio never feel as damning or dramatic as they could have been. The sense of loss is intermittently palpable and tensions of the love triangle never threaten to boil over. The true star of the show is Bonita Granville who may well be the most despicable child ever shown on screen - a truly villainous turn!
Another great film from Wyler who seemingly did no wrong. I am a huge Hopkins and McCrea fan so this may have swayed my view of the film as most prefer the remake. The kid is about as bad as The Bad Seed, and the story actually works quite well despite Hays censorship taking some of the teeth out. An easy 4 stars
It could have been a so great movie about rumours like Fritz Lang's Fury but one feels that censorship had to say its word with Wyler's These Three. So we have here only a good rural drama with two or three inventive camera movements like the dolly in/dolly out in the direction of the window during the crucial Joe and Martha's scene. Recommended.