Three Sons

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Three Sons
Directed by Jack Hively
James Anderson (assistant)
Produced by Robert Sisk
Screenplay by John Twist
Based onSweepings
1929 novel
by Lester Cohen
Starring Edward Ellis
William Gargan
J. Edward Bromberg
Robert Stanton
Katharine Alexander
Music by Roy Webb
Cinematography Russell Metty
Edited by Theron Warth
Distributed byRKO Pictures
Release date
  • October 13, 1939 (1939-10-13)(US) [1]
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited States

Three Sons is a 1939 American drama film directed by Jack Hively using a screenplay by John Twist, based on the novel, Sweepings by Lester Cohen. Produced and distributed by RKO Radio Pictures, and released on October 13, 1939, it is a remake of an earlier RKO film, Sweepings (1933). The film stars Edward Ellis, William Gargan, J. Edward Bromberg and Robert Stanton (whose real name was Kirby Grant, which he would use for most of his career). Gargan, who plays the uncle in this film, had played one of the sons in the earlier film.



Daniel Pardway (Edward Ellis) a department store owner is deeply saddened to learn that none of his grown sons are interested in taking over the business he has worked so hard to build. To coerce them, he even tries giving them shares of company stock. In the end, only the youngest son shows any interest at all. [2]


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  1. "Three Sons: Detail View". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on April 2, 2014. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  2. "Three Sons (1939) - Jack Hively - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie.