Three Came Home

Three Came Home

Director: Jean Negulesco

Cast: Claudette Colbert, Patric Knowles, Sessue Hayakawa

     
 

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Based on the autobiographical book by Agnes Newton Keith, Three Came Home stars Claudette Colbert as Mrs. Keith. Trapped in Borneo during the Japanese invasion, Mrs. Keith and her British husband (Patric Knowles) are penned up in a prison camp along with several other subjects. Despite the humanitarian views of camp commander ColSee more details below

Overview

Based on the autobiographical book by Agnes Newton Keith, Three Came Home stars Claudette Colbert as Mrs. Keith. Trapped in Borneo during the Japanese invasion, Mrs. Keith and her British husband (Patric Knowles) are penned up in a prison camp along with several other subjects. Despite the humanitarian views of camp commander Col. Suga (Sessue Hayakawa), Mrs. Keith is subject to torture, starvation, and humiliation at the hands of the guards, with Suga helpless to intervene lest he incur the wrath of his own superiors. Three Came Home contains several unforgettable moments, including a comic interlude between the male and female prisoners that ends abruptly with a barrage of Japanese bullets, and the heartwrenching scene wherein Suga learns that his family has been killed in a bombing raid. Since lapsing into the public domain in 1977, Three Came Home has popped up innumerable times on cable television.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
An engrossing, at times shattering, film, Three Came Home is a moving portrait of the horrors of war and, at the same time, of the humanity that exists under even the most difficult circumstances. Nunnally Johnson's excellent screenplay, adapted from the book by Agnes Newton Keith, is just about perfect. Johnson uses his considerable skill to create characters about whose lives we care almost immediately, and to demonstrate that there are always variations in character among individuals on both sides of a conflict. While the title character commands the greatest portion of the viewer's love and respect, Johnson has been careful to provide the character of Colonel Suga with several illuminating moments that make him nearly an equally strong and compelling presence. Jean Negulesco has directed beautifully; there is barely a misstep in tone or pacing through the entire picture, and he has created a film that is at all times vibrant, even when it is horrific. Three is also blessed with the sensational star performance of Claudette Colbert, who is simply riveting and whose stellar presence holds the film together from beginning to end. Almost her equal is Sessue Hayakawa as the Colonel, who finds shadings and nuances that are a wonder to see.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/20/2012
UPC:
0024543850083
Original Release:
1950
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Mod
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:46:00
Sales rank:
33,747

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Claudette Colbert Agnes Keith
Patric Knowles Harry Keith
Sessue Hayakawa Col. Suga
Florence Desmond Betty Sommers
Sylvia Andrew Henrietta
Phyllis Morris Sister Rose
Howard Chuman Lieutenant Nekata
Drue Mallory Women Prisoner
Mimi Heyworth Woman prisoner
Helen Westcott Women Prisoner
Alex Frazer Dr. Bandy
Virginia Kelly Actor
Mark Kenning George
Patrick Whyte Englishman
Li Sun Wilfred
John Burton Elderly resident
Campbell Copelin English radio announcer
Leslie Denison English Radio Announcer
Clarke Gordon Australian POW
Robin Hughes Australian POW
George Leigh Australian Prisoner of War
James Logan Australian POW
Lee MacGregor Sailor
John Mantley Australian POW
Harry Martin Australian POW
Pat O'Moore Australian POW
Melinda Plowman English girl
Duncan Richardson English boy
Douglas Walton Australian POW
Leonard Willey Governor General

Technical Credits
Jean Negulesco Director
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Hugo W. Friedhofer Score Composer
Leland Fuller Art Director
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Nunnally Johnson Producer,Screenwriter
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Makeup
Fred J. Rode Set Decoration/Design
Milton Schwarzwald Musical Direction/Supervision
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Dorothy Spencer Editor
E. Clayton Ward Sound/Sound Designer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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