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The title of this film was alternately spelled as The Three Sisters. Principal photography was initially scheduled to begin on 15 July 1929, as noted in the 26 June 1929 Variety. However, filming was delayed until early or mid-August 1929, according to production charts in the 3 August 1929 and 17 August 1929 issues of Hollywood Filmograph. The latter named Horace Hough as the assistant director and “Wagner” as the cameraman. Shooting appears to have taken place at Fox Film Corp.’s studio in Hollywood, CA. Editing got underway by late September 1929, according to the 28 September 1929 Motion Picture News. An item in the 7 November 1929 Film Daily noted that L. Wolfe Gilbet and Abel Baer had written a song for the film called “Italian Kisses.”
       Lumsden Hare was named as a cast member in the 12 August 1929 Film Daily.
       Theatrical release occurred on 13 April 1930, as noted in the 26 April 1930 Harrison’s Reports. The same day’s Motion Picture News gave a conflicting release date of 20 April 1930, but advertisements in the 11 April 1930 [Oklahoma City, OK] Oklahoma News and 13 April 1930 [La Crosse, WI] La Crosse Tribune listed openings on 11 April 1930 and 13 April 1930 in those cities, respectively. ...

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The title of this film was alternately spelled as The Three Sisters. Principal photography was initially scheduled to begin on 15 July 1929, as noted in the 26 June 1929 Variety. However, filming was delayed until early or mid-August 1929, according to production charts in the 3 August 1929 and 17 August 1929 issues of Hollywood Filmograph. The latter named Horace Hough as the assistant director and “Wagner” as the cameraman. Shooting appears to have taken place at Fox Film Corp.’s studio in Hollywood, CA. Editing got underway by late September 1929, according to the 28 September 1929 Motion Picture News. An item in the 7 November 1929 Film Daily noted that L. Wolfe Gilbet and Abel Baer had written a song for the film called “Italian Kisses.”
       Lumsden Hare was named as a cast member in the 12 August 1929 Film Daily.
       Theatrical release occurred on 13 April 1930, as noted in the 26 April 1930 Harrison’s Reports. The same day’s Motion Picture News gave a conflicting release date of 20 April 1930, but advertisements in the 11 April 1930 [Oklahoma City, OK] Oklahoma News and 13 April 1930 [La Crosse, WI] La Crosse Tribune listed openings on 11 April 1930 and 13 April 1930 in those cities, respectively.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald-World
31 Aug 1929
p. 56
Exhibitors Herald-World
30 Nov 1929
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Film Daily
12 Aug 1929
p. 10
Film Daily
3 Oct 1929
p. 9
Film Daily
7 Oct 1929
p. 3
Film Daily
20 Jul 1930
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Harrison's Reports
26 Apr 1930
p. 66
Hollywood Filmograph
27 Jul 1929
p. 5
Hollywood Filmograph
3 Aug 1929
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Hollywood Filmograph
17 Aug 1929
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La Crosse Tribune [La Crosse, WI]
13 Apr 1930
p. 12
Motion Picture News
28 Sep 1929
p. 1129
Motion Picture News
26 Apr 1930
p. 45, 71
Oklahoma News [Oklahoma City, OK]
11 Apr 1930
p. 30
Variety
26 Jun 1929
p. 31
Variety
24 Jul 1929
p. 26
Variety
23 Apr 1930
p. 39
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Paul Sloane
Dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
James K. McGuinness
Scr
Story
James K. McGuinness
Dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
L. William O'Connell
Dir of photog
SOUND
Harold Hobson
Rec eng
SOURCES
SONGS
"Italian Kisses," words by L. Wolfe Gilbert, music by Abel Baer; "Lonely Feet," "Hand in Hand," "Keep Smiling," "Won't Dance," "Roll on Rolling Road," "What Good Are Words" and "You Are Doing Very Well," words and music by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II.
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
+
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Three Sisters
Release Date:
13 April 1930
Premiere Information:
Oklahoma City, OK, opening: 11 Apr 1930; La Crosse, WI, opening: 13 Apr 1930; New York opening: 18 Apr 1930
Production Date:
began early or mid Aug 1930
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Fox Film Corp.
18 February 1930
LP1181
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si.
Duration(in mins):
68
Length(in feet):
6,442
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Marta, an Italian mother, has three daughters. On the night of her wedding, Carlotta stabs the village banker, and aided by Rinaldi, a friend of the family, she escapes with Antonia, who has returned from her musical studies for the nuptials. Elena, the third daughter, marries Count D'Amati the same night; but when the son-in-law goes to war, Elena dies in childbirth; later, D'Amati is killed, leaving the grandmother with only the child for comfort. Marta goes to Rome and is befriended by Rinaldi, but the child reverts to his ducal grandparents by court order. Left penniless by misfortune, Marta finds employment as a dishwasher in a restaurant, but she is rescued from her poverty and loneliness by her two daughters, who have become prosperous in the ...

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Marta, an Italian mother, has three daughters. On the night of her wedding, Carlotta stabs the village banker, and aided by Rinaldi, a friend of the family, she escapes with Antonia, who has returned from her musical studies for the nuptials. Elena, the third daughter, marries Count D'Amati the same night; but when the son-in-law goes to war, Elena dies in childbirth; later, D'Amati is killed, leaving the grandmother with only the child for comfort. Marta goes to Rome and is befriended by Rinaldi, but the child reverts to his ducal grandparents by court order. Left penniless by misfortune, Marta finds employment as a dishwasher in a restaurant, but she is rescued from her poverty and loneliness by her two daughters, who have become prosperous in the U.S.

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GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
with songs


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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