The Children's Hour

Synopsis: 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 influential 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 overhears 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 agains
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): William Wyler
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 1 win & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

How peaceful.

Everybody's studying.

Where's Catherine?

That'll be all for

today, Catherine.

That's last year's

history book, Mary.

I feel funny inside.

I don't know what I'm doing.

- I've got pains.

- Pains?

- I've had them all day.

- Where?


- Anything I can get you for pains "around"?

- I think I'd better call my grandmother.

Perhaps sleep is the best

thing tonight, Mary.

Tomorrow I'll call Dr. Cardin

and ask him about your pains.

All right?

Catherine, your harness.

Off to sleep, everybody.

Good night.

- Good night, Miss Wright.

- Good night.

"Dr. Cardin" this,

"Dr. Cardin" that.

She always drags him

into the conversation.

After all, she's in love with him.

Then why doesn't she marry him?

I heard him ask her that same

thing once. Downstairs.

I brought your coat. Are you ready?

Look who's here.

- Look who's here!

- Who's here?

You! It's Sunday. What happened?

I killed all the patients and

emptied the joint just for kicks.

Come on.

- But...

- Come on, Martha.

- I'm too tired for two girls.

- Martha and I were going for a walk.

Then go.

You go, Karen. I'm tired.

I have papers to correct.

See you later, Martha.

- Want to go to a movie?

- Nope.

- Walk by the lake?

- Nope.

Have a beer?

Hate beer.

What do you want to do?

Let's try something we've

never done before,

like getting married.

Even after we're married we'll be

saying the same things every night.

- Movies, a walk by the lake...

- I wouldn't like to think that.

No, I wouldn't.

It'd be nice to sit by ourselves

in our own room and...

Read a book.

Read a book?

"Miss Wright, is that what you'll

be doing after you're married?

"Reading books?"

What's the matter with you, Joe?

Same thing that was the matter with

me last week, last month, last year.

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John Michael Hayes

John Michael Hayes (11 May 1919 – 19 November 2008) was an American screenwriter, who scripted several of Alfred Hitchcock's films in the 1950s. more…

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