Three on a Match (1932)

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Although Vivian Revere is seemingly the most successful of a trio of reunited schoolmates, she throws it away by descending into a life of debauchery and drugs.

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  • Bette Davis and Joan Blondell in Three on a Match (1932)
  • Ann Dvorak and Lyle Talbot in Three on a Match (1932)
  • Buster Phelps and Warren William in Three on a Match (1932)
  • Ann Dvorak in Three on a Match (1932)
  • Ann Dvorak in Three on a Match (1932)
  • Humphrey Bogart and Ann Dvorak in Three on a Match (1932)

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5 March 2008 | EUyeshima
| Three Women on Different Paths in Fast-Paced Pre-Code Melodrama
This 1932 film barely runs an hour, and not a scene is wasted. The fast-moving story follows three schoolmates over the course of a dozen years. Joan Blondell plays Mary Keaton, the dropout who goes to reform school for her wild ways; a bottle-blonde Bette Davis plays class valedictorian Ruth Wescott who becomes a stenographer; and the forgotten Ann Dvorak plays popular Vivian Revere who marries a wealthy lawyer and has a son. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy, the film is most intriguing for the way the plot twists the characters' fates. In a very early role, Davis barely registers as Ruth, but Blondell is terrifically likable showing how Mary turns her life around. Bearing a striking resemblance to Luise Rainer, Dvorak gets the meatiest role as Vivian as she descends from bored socialite to unrepentant cocaine addict. It's a mesmerizing turn capped by a shocking finale. A very young Humphrey Bogart shows up in a minor role as what else, a gangster.

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