|Sessue Hayakawa and Claudette Colbert|
|Sessue Hayakawa during his days as a silent film idol|
- Claudette Colbert was signed to play Margo Channing in All About Eve, but during a scene in Three Came Home, she injured her back and had to drop out, allowing Bette Davis to play the iconic character.
- Colbert considered this one of her best film roles and performances.
- The Fox film crew went to Borneo and filmed for four weeks to get background footage.
- Agnes Newton Keith’s memoir was a best-seller in 1947 when it was first published.
- Olivia de Havilland was originally announced for the role of Keith.
- Agnes Newton Keith has a small cameo in the film; she’s the very tall woman carrying two suitcases off of the dock at Kuching, Sarawak.
- The film is based on a true story of a family’s survival as prisoners of war.
- It features a great performance by Colbert who wore no makeup and lost weight so her characterization would be more realistic.
- Colbert hated to have her face filmed from the right side; for this film, she put her vanity aside.
- Released only five years after the end of the war, the film gives a fairly balanced portrayal of the Japanese commander Colonel Suga.
- What did you think of the movie overall? Did it seem realistic?
- Was Colbert’s performance believable?
- What did you think of the supporting cast? Did anyone stand out?
- Did anything surprise you?
- How did this film compare to Stalag 17?