The Children's Hour Poster

Release Date: June 17th, 2001

DVD Release Date: December 3rd, 2002

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 49 min

Plot Summary
Longtime friends Martha (Shirley MacLaine) and Karen (Audrey Hepburn) run a boarding school for girls. When an unruly child, Mary (Karen Balkin), is punished for lying, she concocts a story that Karen and Martha are having a lesbian relationship. When the story spreads, parents withdraw their children from the school. The women's lawsuit for libel hits many snags when they lack witnesses to speak for them. All the stress adversely affects Karen's engagement to Joe Cardin (James Garner).

Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner, Miriam Hopkins, Fay Bainter, Karen Balkin, Veronica Cartwright, Mimi Gibson

Director: William Wyler

Genres: Drama

Production Co: United Artists, Worldwide Media, Mirisch Company

Distributors: United Artists

Keywords: School, Engaging, Fall, Forbidden love, Friendship, 1960s


Nominated Sound
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Cinematography (Black-and-White)
Nominated Art Direction (Black-and-White)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Costume Design (Black-and-White)