Three Wise Fools (1946 film)

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Three Wise Fools
Directed by Edward Buzzell
Produced by William H. Wright
Written by Austin Strong (play)
John McDermott (story and screenplay)
James O'Hanlon (screenplay)
Based on Three Wise Fools
by Austin Strong
Starring Margaret O'Brien
Lionel Barrymore
Lewis Stone
Thomas Mitchell
Edward Arnold
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Cinematography Harold Rosson
Edited by Gene Ruggiero
Theron Warth
Distributed by MGM
Release date
  • September 26, 1946 (1946-09-26)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,274,000[1]
Box office $2,096,000[1]

Three Wise Fools is a 1946 film adaptation of Austin Strong's Broadway play of the same name. A young Irish orphan girl (portrayed by Margaret O'Brien) softens the hearts of three hardened old bachelors (played by Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone, and Edward Arnold) who were once unsuccessful suitors of her grandmother many years before.



The film earned $1,633,000 in the US and Canada and $463,000 elsewhere, causing a loss of $66,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .

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