Alphabetical Movie Listings: "Tg-Th"

Figure 1.--Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer was teamed up with a young Elizabeth Taylorn in "There Is One Born Every Minute". I dont know much about this film, except that Carl and Elizabeth. Carl was of course Alfalfa, a regular in the "Our Gang" commedies diring the 1930s, but had out-grown his "Our Gang" parts. The film is notable for being Elizabeth's, recently arrived from War-torn Engand, first film.

You can also slect the movies available on HBC by using this alphabetical movie listing. At this time only a few movies have been analized by HBC for clothing information, but more pages are being added all the time.

(The) Thanksgiving Promise - (US,1986)

Jordan Bridges A young boy becomes emotionally at [text lost].

That Certain Age - (US, 1938)

'That Certain Age' is an American musical film directed by Edward Ludwig. It is based on a story by F. Hugh Herbert, This Deanna Durbin vehicle has a Scout theme, but weaves in the omnious events unfolding in Europe during the late-1930s. A suave overseas journalist, Vincent Bullit, has returned home after covering the bloody Spanish Civil War. The newspaper magnate who hired him, Bill Fullerton, now wants to send him East to cover the valiant Chinese resisting the Japanese invasion. Fullerton invites Bullit to the peace and quiet of his own home. There he is to rest up by writing a series of articles about developments in Europe. Enter Diana Durbin playing Fullerton's 15-yearold adolescent daughter Alice who develops a crush on Bullit. Her boy friend, Boy Scout Ken Warren, played by Jackie Cooper, is quickly out of the pictgure. The Fullertons, Ken Warren, and Bullit himself do all they can to discourage the love struck Alice who is at 'that certain age.' At the beginning of the film, Alice sings a song called 'Be a Good Scout'. It is sung at a Scout Jamboree. Durbin and the Scout troop she is helping are doing a concert to raise money so that a poorer Scout Troop can go to summer camp. Alice helps out by giving permission to use the family home to rehearse. Jackie Searl also appears. He was about 18 yeats old and at the end of his boyhood roles..

That Certain Feeling - (US,1956)

Bob Hope comedy which includes a cute little guy, Norman (?), who is being adopted by a rich snob. I've just seen the end of the movie. Normy is togged out in a grey short pants suit which he wears with a turtle neck. He has knee socks which look black, but actually are very dark argyles. He is about 7 years old or so.

That Lucky Touch - (US,1975)

The film deals with the rocky romance of a British arms dealer and a liberal American journalist. A little boy with long hair and a British accent appears occasionally. He wears long pants.

That Summer of White Roses - (Yugoslavia/Croatia,1989)

An idyllic Yugoslav hamlet is torn by World War II when the NAZIs pursue a female fugitive into the town. Her son is a little chap about 11 or so. He wears shorts throughout the film, usually with sandals. Some of the shorts are rather long, other times they are short. At the end of the films he has white socks. He is a pleasant little chap who plays his substantial role very well. Other boys are sometimes pictured with him, either in shorts or bathing trunks. The film appears to be Yugoslav, but it is shot in unaccented English, with some U.S. actors.

That Was Then ... This Is Now - (US,1985)

When a boy's parents are killed in a car accident, he must live with his best friend, and as brothers they must try to survive the tough world around them.

There Is One Born Every Minute - (US, 1942)

Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer was teamed up with a young Elizabeth Taylorn in "There Is One Born Every Minute". I dont know much about this film, except that Carl and Elizabeth. Carl was of course Alfalfa, a regular in the "Our Gang" commedies diring the 1930s, but had out-grown his "Our Gang" parts. The film is notable for being Elizabeth's, recently arrived from War-torn Engand, first film. In fact Elizabeth had not even seen a movie before her family fleed England and the impending World War II. She and her mother watched Shirly Temple's "The Little Princess" on the liner beinging to America. In this movie, Elizabeth sings a duet with Carl who was famous from the "Our Gang" films for being totaly incapable of carrying a tune. Carl wears a black knickers suit with a large Eton collar and bow.

There Was a Little Boy - (US, 1993)

A defiant teenager enters the life of a teacher whose first child was kidnapped 15 years earlier.

Figure 2.-- The Paramount film 'There Will Be Blood' starred the Daniel Day Lewis playing a ruthless, criminally ambitious oil prospector in turn-of-the century California. The character is Daniel Plainview. The film has as a major child character, PLainview's adopted son, H.B. Ailman (played by Dillon Freasier), whom Painview brings up as his own boy in order to project the image of a family man and thus decieve and exploit those whose oil-rich land he seeks to acquire for business purposes.

There Will Be Blood - (US, 2008)

The Paramount film "There Will Be Blood" starred the Daniel Day Lewis playing a ruthless, criminally ambitious oil prospector in turn-of-the century California. The character is Daniel Plainview. The film has as a major child character, PLainview's adopted son, H.B. Ailman (played by Dillon Freasier), whom Painview brings up as his own boy in order to project the image of a family man and thus decieve and exploit those whose oil-rich land he seeks to acquire for business purposes. As the story proceeds, Plainview becomes more and fanatically single-minded in his desire to crush all opposition and to get the better of everyone, including a hypocritical evangelist, Eli Sunday (played by Paul Dano), who has his own ambitions and who poses as a devout fundamentalist Christian in order to further his own material schemes. At one point the boy, H.B. is made deaf by an explosion when an oil derick explodes and catches fire after which Plainview, his foster father, loses interest in the boy and at one point actually abandons him. The film was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, made in 2007 and released in 2008. Daniel Day Lewis received the Academy Award for his portrayal of Plainview.

There's No Business Like Show Business - (US, 1954)

A husband-and-wife vaudeville team returns to the stage with their three children. Billy Chapin

Therese - (France, 1986?)

Story of a French nun canonized in 1925. She was a cheerful turn of the century teenager who was determined to become a cloistered Carmalite nun. She devotes herself to Christ with an adolescent's unbridled fervor. He journals became a world-wide best seller miracle. No boys were involved. Therese Martin was canonized in 1925. Her journals became a worldwide best seller miracle. She was a cheerful turn of the century French teenager determined to be a cloistered Caramalite nun. She devotes herself to Christ with a teenagers unbridled passion. Scenes of beauty and humor alternate with disturbing notions about the nuns' equation of pain and self denial with spiritual ecstasy.

These Are the Damned - (UK, 1962)

Government officials keep children who are radioactive in isolated caves. Outsiders who contact them are doomed. I think this is one of those movies about the children planted from outer space. Set in Britain, the boys all wear schoolboy short trouserss. See Children of the Damned and Village of the Damned.

They All Come Out - (US, 1939)

We do not yet know much about 'They all come out'. We do know that it was the first feature film made by Jacques Tourneur in the United States. His previous work was a series of MGM short features (1930s). The film began as short documentary on federal prisons. Tourneur actually filmed in different federal prisons. Louis B. Mayer was so impressed with the finished short that he asked for 20 more minutes--something like an experimental half feature. Tourneur working with John Higgins decided to add a story line which changed it from a documentary to a plot-based film. It is about a convicted youth that serves his sentence and then after release tries to resume a normal life. His former friends plan another crime and drag him into it. Tourneur filmed it and showed it to Mayer. And Mayer liked it so much that he asked for an additional half hour which made it a feature film. Tourneur and Higgins came up with the additional scenes and wove it ihjto what they already had.

They Came from Within - (US, 1975)

Absolutely horrid film. It looked like a boy was pictured at the beginning of the movie in a classic school boy uniform, complete with short shorts and knee socks. Upon closer examination, however, it proved to be a girl. She looked like a boy, but her shorts turned about to be a short grey skirt. You had to look very closely to see that they weren't shorts.

(The) Thief - (Russia, 1997)

The Russian film the "The Thief" (1997) received an Oscar nomination as the best foreign film of the year. It was superbly directed and filmed in the best tradition of harsh Russian realism by Paval Chukhraij. The story is laid in the bleakest parts of the Stalinist Soviet Union in the years immediately following World War II (the late 1940s). The story concerns a destitute young mother, Katya (Yekaterina Rednikova) and her 6-year-old son, Sanya (Misha Phillipchuk) who are travelling on a train and happen to meet a handsome Soviet officer, Tolyan (Vladimir Mashkov). Katya and the soldier are attracted to each other sexually, and immediately a sort of family of three is constituted. The soldier turns out to be a total fraud--a liar, a criminal, and a brute who nevertheless has a certain superficial charm and who is both hated by the boy because of his cruelty and occasionally loved by him as a surrogate father. Of course everything goes wrong. When Katya finds out that her lover is a total charlatan and scoundrel(he is only masquerading as a soldier) as well as unfaithful to her, she wants to leave him; but her poverty and her hopeless situation keep her unhappily attached to him. The story has a tragic ending. Tolyan involves Sanya as a helper in his thieving exploits. At the end we see Sanya briefly as a boy of about twelve who has had to accept the ugly truth about the father figure who has treated both him and his mother so badly.

(The) Thief of Baghdad - (England, 1940)

'The Thief of Baghdad' was a an early British technicolor movie. It was a remake of a 1924 silent film, although there were many changes in the plot. The film is loosely based on the what is known in the West as the 'The Book of One Thousand and One Nights' or sometimes 'Arabian Nights'. These are collection of oriental tales in the Arabic language. Many of the stories have their foundation in Arab folk tales enriched by Persian and Indian tales. Most are set in the Calipgate and are of Arab origins. As the Caliphate at times included non-Aran areas such as Persia and influenced Muslim areas of northern India. The first English-language version was The Arabian Nights (1706). This and subsequent versions became a vehicle for Western imaginative with Middle Eastern setting. The 1940 film was produced by Alexander Korda, and directed by Michael Powell, Ludwig Berger, and Tim Whelan, with contributions by Korda's brothers Vincent and Zoltán, and William Cameron Menzies. The film was produced by Alexander Korda's company London Films and filming began in England (1939). Filming began in England, but with the outbreak of World War II, the filming had to be completed in Hollywood. It was a film vehicle for Sabu who usually made Indian themed movies. The plot like many of the Arabian Nights stories dealt with a just sultan being unseated by an evil vizar. Sultan Ahmad, referred to as a king, is tricked and cexpelled by the evil Jaffar. Ahmad joins forces with a good-hearted thief named Abu (Sabu) to reclaim his throne and the Princess he loves. It proved a box office success. Not only was it in color and had a great musiucal core, but there was also some innovative special effects. The film won the Academy Awards for Cinematography, Art Direction (Vincent Korda) and Special Effects. It was also nominated for Original Music Score.

Things to Come - (England, 1936)

This is a science fiction film about the future. It is not easily recognizable as such as there are no sleek space ships and light sabers. That is because it is set in the near future--1940. And 1940 was only 4 years away when the film was made. The film is remarkably preshent. The film "Things to Come" (1936) is based on H.G. Well's futuristic book of the same title. This is a very early an inflential sci-fi film. The film was produced by Alexander Korda, one of the fathers of modern science fiction. It was directed by William Cameron Menzies, noted cfor making epic films. The great vhorror at the time was the specter of aqnother world war. The British in 1936 were disturbed by the rise of Hitler in Germany, but few British leaders were yet aware of the danger. Churchill was still out of Government and looked at as a irresponsible crank from an earlier generation, much as somecAmericans in 2009 view Vice President Chaney. The film is not about children, but there are some haunting images of children. At the beginning of the film there are scenes with children. It is Christmas time in Everytown somewhere near London and the South of England. Everyone is making merry despite a looming political crisis. We see a boy in a school cap looking at a toys. Then we see a Christmas party and children are plaving with a variety of army toys. Finally a war comes which leads to a World War lasting 40 or 50 years. No where does the idea emerge that Britain will almost lose the coming war in 9 months. The film is beautifully shot, creating haunting images. When the war comes a small boy wearing a British Army Tommie metal helmet says goodbye to his father. As the boy plays the drums and marches up and down the street the back ground show soldiers marching off to war.

(The) Third Half - (Serbia, 20??)

A reader tells us about a World War II film set in the Balkans--'The Third Half'. "It begins just before ghe War and follows the horific experience of the Jewish community. Its a football story as well. 'The Third Half' does not feature children as important characters, but there are glimses of them on the streets and when the community has been rounded up and is being 'relocated.' The film is set in Macedonia which was occuoied by the Bulgarians. It covers the 1941-42 during which time almost the entire Jewish population was murdered. It is in Serbo--Croatian with English sub-titles."

Figure 3.--Both Robert DeNiro and Leonardo DiCaprio wear Scout uniforms in "This Boy's Life" set in the 1950s.

This Boy's Life - (US, 1993)

Based on a coming of age memoir by Tobias Wolff (This Boy's Life: A Memoir) realistically set in the 1950s. The book and film is a heatwrenching story about a never-do-well father (Robert De Niro), jealous of his smart teen-age stepson (Leonardo DiCaprio) fight it out in the film. He had seemed like the ideal husband to the boy's beleagered mother. Her difficulties earning a living were complicated by her son's behavior at school. Her new boy friend also seemed like he would be a concerned father. After the marriage he turns out to be very different. The boy attempts to better himself and the new stepfather attempts to discourage him with verbal abuse and regular beatings. There are some shots in Scout uniforms, but the boy wears longs. There is a final knock down, drag out fight and the boy and his mother leave. The film had a few scenes with Leonardo Di Capprio and Robert De Niro in scout uniforms, though scouting was only a very minor subtheme in this film. HBC has prepared a list of other Scout films. He had done some television work, but this was the first important film and he receivedf received considerable notice. DiCaprio received the Most Promising Actor, Chicago Film critics for both Whats Eating Gilbert Grape and This Boy's Life in 1993. Another excellent film about American boys in the 1950s is Stand By Me.

This England - (UK, 1941)

Roddy McDowall has a bit part.

This Is England - (UK, 2007)

Roland Rat, Margaret Thatcher; Rubik's Cubes, the Royal Wedding; aerobics, skinheads... It's 1983, and the schools are breaking up for summer. Shaun is 12 and a bit of a loner, growing up with his mum in a grim coastal town, his dad killed fighting in the Falklands War. On his way home from school where he's been tormented all day for wearing flares, he runs into a group of skinheads, who against expectations turn out to be friendly and take him under their wing. "This is England" is set in the 1980s and covers skinhead fashions. Skinhead braces were purely for show and not used to hold up trousers as the braces that their grandfathers wore had been! Skinheads started in the late 1960s and among older boys - those working - but gradually those fashions came down to younger boys and school uniform manufacturers started catering for that type of clothing. There was a revival of skinheads in the 1980s when this film is set. Thomas Turgoose is the star of the film playing Shaun.

This Is Cinerama (US, 1952)

The premier screening of this film was quite an event in Los Angeles Cinerama dome. The Vienna Boys Choir were featured in a segment of the first Cinerama film "This Is Cinerama". About 10 boys sang "Tales from the Vienna Woods", and the boys wore their regular clothes which included lederhosen shorts and knickers with ankle and knee socks. The boys wore button-up shirts that looked kind of American. The segment had a silly staged look, but the boys sang beautifully. A HBC reader writes, "At the beginning of the segment, the boys had to march around rather ridiculously and that made the audience laugh. But their beautiful singing voices captivated everyone." It was shot on the grounds of the school, I believe. In another segment, set in Scotland, you could see Scottish boys dresses in shorts and sweaters, with both long and ankle socks. In the segment set in Florida's Cypress Gardens, the American boys all had long on. This of course fits in perfectly with the accounts of boys clothes in the 50s on HBC. Boys in chilly Scotland wearing short pants and boys in almost tropical Florida weating long pants. This film is under restoration and will be shown in the fall of 2002 in 3 camera Cinerama at the refurbished Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles. This will be the 50th anniversary of the films release.

Figure 4.--Here is a romatisized Holywood air raid scence. As the bombs are exploding the children sing a song in 'THis Land Is Mine'.

This Land is Mine - (US, 1943)

This is one of several World War II propganda films made by Hollywood during the War. Timid even cowardly schoolmaster, Albert Lory, becomes a hero after the NAZIs invade. It is sent in a European country. The film only says somewhere in Europe. Jean Renoir directed the film. Renoir and Laughton discussed the script in some detail. One of the topics they discussed was Alphonse Daudet's story "The Last Lesson", from which Renoir borrowed an important scene. He is arrested by the NAZIs. He conducts his own defence. He reads the Bill of rights at the end and the Nazi solders come to take him away. The female lead completes reading the bill of rights. It is a very emmotional ending. Before that he goes to each of his students and explains about being brave and the different forms this takes. Although designed to show how evil the NAZIs were, in fact it shows how naive we were at the time. The NAZis did not conduct show trials in occupied countries. After interogation, people were either shor or sent to the cocentration campd for a slower death. A film set around a school would seem to have lots of boys to show contemprarry clothing styles. It was in fact rather disappointing. There is a Jewish boy and wears a knicker suit with a British schoolboy cap. Another boy in class inexplicably wears rather short shorts with above the knees black stockings. Almost all of the other boys wear longs. his wold hsve been very rare in a European school. It was amazing to me to see how a movie about a school masters heroism could have so few scenes in the school.

This Side of Heaven - (US, 1934)

I haven't seen the film, but it is the story of a businessman driven to suicide. Dickie Moore. Deceived by a business manager, an otherwise scrupulously honest accountant helps him to embezzle company funds. An audit reveals the misdeed, and the accountant, Turner, must take full responsibility for it after the manager leaves the country. Turner considers suicide to be his only option, and he takes an overdose of his medication. When a car accident puts his son in the hospital, Turner, though weakening from the drug, goes to see his son. His son will be all right, and doctors save Turner just in time. All ends well when police arrest the manager and clear Turner.

This Special Friendship - (France, 1963)

The film stars Francis Lascombrade and Didier Haudepin. Hauntingly beautiful movie about a friendship between a younger (Alexandre) and older (George) boy at a strict Jesuit boarding school. The brothers sharply censure "impure" friendship and the movie has a predictably sad ending. The younger boy appears often in shorts and knee socks.

Thomas the Falconer - (Czech, 2000)

This is a Czech movie "Král sokolu" (Thomas the Falconer), released in 2000. It takes place in what is now Czechoslovakia (one might guess Bohemia) during the Middle Ages. Orphan Thomas is able to understand the language of animals. Arriving a castle as a petitioner, this enables him to help the falconer who lost his job, and of course to save a beautiful princess, his first love. I have not seen the film, but an Austrain reader speaks very highly of it.


Like films about Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, the actual titles are hard to find. Twain's title, for example, was the Aventures of Tom Sawyer. Paul Gallico’s book Thomasina was made into the film, The Three Lives of Thomasina.

(The) Thorn Birds: The Missing Years - (US, 1996)

If the original was not bad enough, the sequel is much worse. There is a boy (Zach English) involved in a custody dispute, he turns out to be the priest's son. In what scene he appears at his lessons (school by radio) appropriately wearing shorts. At the rather lengthy court proceedings he wears a long pants suit--rather unlikely for a boy his age in Australia during the mid-1940s. AnAustralian reader tells us, "HBC is right about the priest's son. The costuming was all wrong. He would have worn shorts as his father as a priest would not have had the money to attire the boy in a long trouser suit. Australian boys at the time generally wore shorts which would have been the correct costume for this period."

Thoroughbreds Don't Cry - (U.S., 1937)

Thoroughbreds Don't Cry is rather a fore runner of National Velvet (1944) which has a similar theme. It is a good example of 1930s film making. Cynacism had not yet begun to be expected in films. Modern viewers will find it a bit hokey, but old films buffs will enjoy it. It is notable as the first film which starred Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney together. They are joined by 13 years old Ra Hould/Ronald Sinclair, who was from New Zealand. He was about 13 years old at the time. The producer reportedly wanted Freddy Bartholmew, who was about the same age, to play the part, but he was busy making Captain's Courageous (1937) and couldn't do it. Ronald rather charmingly plays an English boy who comes to America with his grandfather to race their champion horse, the Pooka. Ronald's New Zealand accent probably sounded English to most Americans, although I don't detect a New Zealand accent. At their very first race they see Mickey, who plays a tough acting jockey, brilliantly ride a winner. Ronald and his grandfather (C. Aubrey Smith) want him as their jockey, and Ronald goes to Mickey's boardinghouse to make an offer. Ronald is costumed very formally in the film. He wears several short pants suits and neckties, always with knee socks for most of the film. Some of his kneesocks have patterened turn-over tops. Strangely although his suits are well tailored, his shirts for the first half of the film don't fit him. Hard to understand, considering MGM was hardly a fledgling, shoestring operation. A HBC reader writes, "Ronald's shirt is quite large for him when we first meet him; the neck size and collar are too big. Wardrobe did much better for his later scenes. In one scene I think Roger wears no tie, but wears that large shirt collar over his coat collar." At the boardinghouse, he hears Judy Garland playing the piano and introduces himself. Judy stares in mild disbelief at Ronald, attired in his short pants suit, and asks him, "Aren't your knees cold?" Ronald looks a bit puzzled, not quite sure what she meant and answers "No, I don't think so". Actually it is a bit puzzling for a girl who wears dresses and has bare knees to ask that question. Ronald is invited to have supper at the boardinghouse with Mickey and the other jockeys, who are also amused at his short pants suits and exquisite British manners at the table and make fun of him. Ronald even has to outslug Mickey in a fistfight outside the boardinghouse. He brings him home to see his grandfather and convince him to ride the Pooka. Perhaps Mickey and his cohorts had a new found respect for polite, well dressed English boys! In the film Mickey has troubles with gamblers. His father convinces him that he is dieing and the needs money for an iron lung. They convince him to throw a race when he rides the Pooka. Ronald's grandfather dies and he almost loses ownership of the horse. Mickey teaches Ronald how to become a jockey. Ronald wins the crucial race that pays him enough money to keep his beloved horse. As the film closes, Judy, Mickey, and Ronald appear set to enjoy a successful racing career.

Figure 5.--At the end of "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines", some of the children of the Italian flyer appears. Here an Italian boy wears kneepants and dark long stockings. His brother wears knickerbockers.

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines - (US, 1965)

Rather amusing film about an early air race between London and Paris. The best line is Robert Morley's delivered in best British disdain, "These international events would be splendid if it wasn't for all the foreigners." The best part is the Italian participant and his family. The children are mostly girls, but there are also boys. The costuming is excellent showing fashions of about 1910. There are, however, few children shown. The best one of the children is about 10 or so and wears a white Buster Brown sailor suit with bloomers (I think), short white socks and Mary Jane black patent leather shoes. The children appear several times, but it is hard getting a good look at the one in the sailor suit. The best view of the children's clothes is the scene at the very end when the father promises never to fly again.

(A) Thousand Clowns - (US, 1965)

A social worker convinces an unemployed writer to get his job back and marry her so that he won't lose custody of his nephew.

Three Came Home - (US, 1950)

True story of a family imprisoned by the Japanese during World War II. The family includes a boy.

Three Cases of Murder - (1953)

A trilogy of three unusual murder cases. One concerns an art gallery guard. A British school boy in a smart blazer briefly appears with his mother. You don't get to see if he wears shorts, but he almost certainly does.

Three Godfathers - (US, 1949)

A trio of bandits put their lives on the line when they attempt to deliver an orphan that they found in the desert to the nearest town.

(The) Three Lives of Thomasina - (US/UK, 1963)

We always thought that cats had nine lives, but apparently Thomasina only gets three. The Disney film, The Three Lives of Thomascina reminds one of Pollyana. The little girl in Thomasina is not as engaging as Haley Mills, but it nonetheless a wonderfull film. It is a sentimental, early 20th century story which provides an interesting view of what Scottish children were wearing. The actual date is 1912 I am not sure, however, how accurate the fashion depiction is. The film is based on Paul Gallico’s book Thomasina. It is a lovely little Disney movie set in Scotland. A bit soppy, especially the ending, but worth seeing. The story line follows the tribulation of a little girl's tabby cat. The main character is a little girl. Three boys play prominent roles. The older boy appears to be 13 or 14 and still wears a short pants suit, although the shorts are very long. Some boys wear knickers. Two of the boys also appear in dressy kilt outfits. They all dress up smartly for Thomasina's funeral. One of the boys is the younger boy in Bed Knobs and Broomsticks.

Three Married Men - (US, 1936)

I know nothing about this film at this time except that child actor Bennie Bartlett (1927- ) was in it. I am familiar with a lot of the child actors from the 1930s-40s, but Bennie is one I knew little about. There was also a girl, but I do not know her name. The cast inckluded Wolliam Fawley who of course became famous on the TV series "I Love Lucy". Bennie wears a short pants suit for the film. Eveb without knowing te title, you can tell that it is an Amerucan film becuse he wears ankle socks and not kneesocks. Hopefully our movie buff readers will be familiar with the film and can tell us something about it.

Three O'Clock High - (US, 1987)

A timid high school boy thinks his days are numbered when he is forced to fight a legendary bully. The title comes from "12:00 High" or perhaps "High Noon". It is of course based on the time that children used to get out of school (3:00 pm) at which time he would have to face the bully.

Three Without Fear - (US)

American tourists hook up with two Mexican orphans.

Three Weddings and a Funeral - (US, 1994?)

Lovely little film set in the U.K. The TV ads showed a formally atired ring bearer in a rather fancy hat and blouse. I saw the film on TV, but missed the first wedding where the the ring boy must be pictured. A very young ring boy is pictured as the children are getting dressed and he eventually wears a sailor suit--but you have to have sharp eyes to spot it and thus not very useful in assessing period costuming.

Three Who Loved - (US, 1995)

Dickie Moore

Three Wishes - (US, 1995)

Jane Holman is a military wife during the 1950s. Her husband is lost and probably dead in Korea. The movie begins with a car ride. Jane is in the car with her two boys, Tom and Gunny. Distracted by the kids she hits a drifter, Jack McCloud. Jack's leg is broken. Even so the police give him a hard time. Feeling responsible, she offers to allow Jack invites Jack and his dog Betty Jane to stay at her home until his leg has mended. The neighbors are syspicious. Jack has the requisite problems with his host, especially the older boy, but soon is accepted and eventually makes him self a irreplaceable presence. Jack gives some help to Tom who is having trouble with baseball. Tom's younger brother Gunny begins there is something special about Jack and Gunny and sets out to learn more. The film provides some good examples of period early 1950s clothes.

(The) Thrill of it All - (US, 1963)

Predictable Dorris Day/Rock Hudson movie. They have two children, both quite young. The boy is cute, but wears longs even though he is only about 5 years old. There is a long scene of her bathing the girl, afterwards the boy decides he wants a bath too. The interesting scene is when the children come down stairs, horror among horrors, in their underwear after playing in the bath tub. Mother sends them back upstairs, I think threatening to swat them on their little behinds.

Through the Magic Pyramid - (US)

I think I saw this, although I don't recognize the title. Rather an insipid production. But some of the Egyptian costumes worn by the boys are interesting. HBC would like to provide information about the clothing of boys in aincient civilizations. While we include information we come accross, we can not seeriously address this topic at this time. Thus we are unable to assess the historical accuracy of films like this. HBC is just not sure how accurate they are. Chris Barnes.

Figure 6.--This is a scene from the Soviet production "Thumble Boy". The film seems to be set in Mexico given the ponchos and wide-brimmed hats that the children are wearing.

Thumble-boy - (USSR, 19??)

Iknow nothing about this film except that it was a Soviet production and appears to be set in Mexico given the ponchos and wide-brimmed hats that the children are wearing. The plot seems to be about some sort of giant.

Thunder in the Valley - (US, 1947)

I haven't seen the movie. Lon McCallister, then about 18, plays a key role. He is roughly treated by his embittered father. I'm not sure how he is costumed.

Thunder Run - (US)

A patriotic retired trucker and his grandson agree to drive a truck load of plutonium across the desert to draw out tarriest. Chris Shepherd

Thunderhead, Son of Flicka - (US, 1945)

Sequel to "My Friend Flicka." The rancher's son grows to maturity as he raises a white colt named Thunderhead. He must come to terms with the horse's desire to live free on the open range. Roddy McDowall was about 17, but played the part of a whimpish, much younger boy. No interesting costuming.

Thunderpants - (England, 2002)

A HBC reader reports, "Looking through your site, particularly the section on school uniforms. I finished up at the section where school uniforms are depicted in movies. After looking through the movies you have listed, I realised that a new movie just released some months back, deserves a place in this section. The movie is called "Thunderpants" It looks like it is based on a comic strip, but is brought to life with real actors. It shows the typical english school uniform of blazer and shorts. It is based around a primary school age group, although, some of the students look old enough to be in high school." The cast included: Rupert Grint, Bruce Cook, Devon Anderson, Ned Beatty, and Nigel Betts. Rupert Grint is the the boy who plays Ronald Weasly in Harry Potter movies. The plot seems focused at rather juvenile humor. An 11-year-old boy has an unmatched ability to break wind. He becomes famous, but winds up on death row, but finally helps him become an astronaut.


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