The Children’s Hour was originally a stage play written in 1934 by Lillian Hellman. The story is of a student who accuses her headmistresses of having a lesbian affair. At the time, any mention of homosexuality on stage was illegal in the state of New York, however, the subject matter was overlooked because of how widely the play was acclaimed by critics.
It was later made into two films. “These Three” changed the story into a heterosexual love triangle because the Production Code would not allow for homosexual characters to be portrayed onscreen. In 1961 another film was made staring Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, and James Garner. This adaptation kept the lesbianism in the script.
The play was based on a true story but interestingly, in real life a judge ruled that sexual acts between two women were impossible.
All members of the GSA are welcome see “The Children’s Hour” along with “Milk” at our LGBT History Month Movie Night on October 5th at 5:00 PM at the Newton Congressional UCC.
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