The Children's Hour (1961)

The Children's Hour 1961
What Made These Women Different?
 Writers: Lillian Hellman (play), John Michael Hayes (screenplay), Lillian Hellman (adaptation)
 Story: Karen Wright and Martha Dobie are best friends since college and they own the boarding school Wright and Dobie School for Girls with twenty students. They are working hard as headmistresses and teachers to grow the school and make it profitable. Karen is engaged with the local doctor Joe Cardin, who is the nephew of the powerful and influent Mrs. Amelia Tilford. While the spiteful and liar Mary, who is Amelia's granddaughter and a bad influence to the other girls, is punished by Karen after telling a lie, Martha has an argument with her snoopy aunt Lily Mortar in another room. Lily accuses Martha of being jealous and having an unnatural relationship with Karen. Mary's roommate Rosalie Wells and a friend overhear the shouting and tells Mary what Mrs. Mortar had said about her niece. The malicious Mary accuses Karen and Martha of being lesbians to her grandmother and Amelia spreads the gossip to the parents of the students that withdraw them from the school. Karen and Martha lose a lawsuit against Amelia and have their lives destroyed. Further, Karen calls off her engagement with Joe when he asks her if what was said about Martha and she was true. The lie ends in a tragedy.
 Did you know: Cathleen Nesbitt was originally announced to play the grandmother role that went to Fay Bainter.
 Studios: The Mirisch Corporation  
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Release: 19 December 1961
Directed by: William Wyler  
Countries: USA  
Genres: Drama
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
Metascore: N/A/100
Runtime: 107 min
Oscars: None
Cast
Audrey Hepburn
as Karen Wright
Shirley MacLaine
as Martha Dobie
James Garner
as Dr. Joe Cardin
Miriam Hopkins
as Mrs. Lily Mortar
Fay Bainter
as Mrs. Amelia Tilford
Veronica Cartwright
as Rosalie Wells
Karen Balkin
as Mary Tilford
Sally Brophy
as la mère de Rosalie
Mimi Gibson
as Evelyn
Jered Barclay
as le livreur
William Mims
as Mr. Burton
Hope Summers
as Agatha (Tilford's maid)
Crew
Director - William Wyler
Theatre Play - Lillian Hellman
Screenplay - John Michael Hayes
Director of Photography - Franz Planer
Original Music Composer - Alex North
Editor - Robert Swink
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