The Children's Hour is a 1961 American drama film directed by William Wyler. The screenplay by John Michael Hayes is based on the 1934 play of the same title by Lillian Hellman. The film starred Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, and James Garner. Former college classmates Martha Dobie (Shirley MacLaine) and Karen Wright (Audrey Hepburn) open a private school for girls in New England. Martha's Aunt Lily (Miriam Hopkins), an aging actress, lives with the two of them and teaches elocution.
Martha Dobie (Shirley MacLaine) to Karen Wright (Audrey Hepburn): "It's funny. It's all mixed up. There's something in you, and you don't know anything about it because you don't know it's there. And then suddenly, one night a little girl gets bored and tells a lie, and there, for the first time, you see it. Then you say to yourself, did she see it? Did she sense it?" -- from The Children's Hour (1961) directed by William Wyler
Portrait of the three daughters of American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The original still hangs in the dining room of Longfellow's home in Cambridge, MA. The image was used during the children's lifetimes to illustrate the poem "The Children's Hour," which refers to "grave Alice" (top), "laughing Allegra" (right), and "Edith with golden hair" (left). Date Original portrait circa 1850s. Print after a portrait by Thomas Buchanan Read (d. 1872) Source NYPL Digital Gallery via Wikipedia
The Children's Hour: Audrey Hepburn as 'Karen Wright' & Shirley MacLaine as 'Martha Dobey' (1961). "Martha Dobey is a remarkable screen lesbian, not only because she managed to get the Motion Picture Code changed, but also because at one point, just before her mandatory suicide, she acknowledges her sexuality." An excellent, but heart-wrenching movie.