Bonita Granville (February 2, 1923 – October 11, 1988) was an Oscar-nominated American film actress and television producer.
Born in New York City, New York, Granville was the daughter of stage actors, and made her film debut at the age of nine in Westward Passage (1933). Over the next couple of years she played uncredited supporting roles in such films as Little Women (1933) and Anne of Green Gables (1934) before playing the role of Mary in the film adaptation of Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour. Renamed These Three, it told the story of three adults (played by Miriam Hopkins, Merle Oberon, and Joel McCrea) who find their lives almost destroyed by the malicious lies of an attention-seeking child. For her role as that child, Granville was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Despite this success, and although she continued to work, the next few years brought her few opportunities to build her career. In 1938 she played girl detective Nancy Drew in...
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The Glass Key is a novel by Dashiell Hammett, said to be his favorite among his works. It was first published in 1931, and tells the story of gambler and racketeer Ned Beaumont, whose devotion to crooked political boss Paul Madvig leads him to investigate the murder of a local senator's son. The novel was dedicated to onetime lover Nell Martin.There were two film adaptations made based on the novel. It has been asserted—though never officially corroborated—that the kidnapping and brutal beating of one of the characters in The Glass Key was the inspiration for the similar scenes in Yojimbo (1961) by Akira Kurosawa. (See also Red Harvest.)...
These Three, a 1936 film with Miriam Hopkins, Merle Oberon and Joel McCrea was an adaptation of the original Lillian Hellman play, The Children's Hour, in which two women running a boarding school for girls lose their careers after one of the students accuses them of lesbianism. In These Three the story was changed to fit the Production Code's standards and the theme of lesbianism was replaced with a heterosexual love-triangle. Otherwise, virtually all of the play's dialogue remained intact in the film and Hellman (who had worked on the screenplay) was reportedly satisfied with the result, saying the work's central theme about gossip was unaffected. Marcia Mae Jones played one of the children in perhaps the best role of her career The movie was remade with the lesbian theme of the play kept intact in The Children's Hour (1961) starring Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, and James Garner, and with Fay Bainter and Hopkins in supporting roles.
Anne of Green Gables (1934) is a film directed by George Nichols Jr., based upon the novel, Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. The actress who portrayed Anne Shirley, Dawn O'Day, changed her stage name to Anne Shirley after making this film.
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