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Three Who Loved(1931)

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Three Who Loved (1931)

Conrad Nagel came to Hollywood after honing his talent on Broadway, specializing in well-mannered, upstanding, and sincere, if a bit dull, young men - a reputation scuffed only slightly by his appearance in the racy older woman/younger man romance Three Weeks (1924). Billed in early sound films as "The Man With The Perfect Voice", he's matched well on-screen with the equally mellifluous Betty Compson. Here, the two star as Swedish immigrants looking to make good in the New World. John Hanson (Nagel) is sincere enough in his love for Helga (Compson) that he sends for her to join him in America and invests to earn money for the home they'll share, but foolishly neglects her in favor of being consumed by his law studies. That gives his wolfish co-worker Phil (Robert Ames) ripe opportunity to swoop in -- just as John loses big on the stock market. But Phil has access to the kind of big money his rival just lost. Will John swipe the cash in fair trade? Nagel gets a chance here to weather the kind of shady temptations "nice boys" don't often get to try, and Compson is, as always, a gal worth fighting over.

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