WAIT! HERE BE SPOILERS
Let me start off by saying The Children's Hour is good for you if you're looking for something depressing and you want to throw something at your television. I mainly watched it because Audrey Hepburn is in it...this is not your average Audrey movie, so beware if you think you will be seeing happy go lucky Audrey.
It starts off unassuming. Audrey and Shirley MacLaine are the co-owners of a girl's school in a nice country setting. Hepburn has been dating James Garner (who I love) for basically ever and MacLaine is jealous. The viewer believes that she is in love with Garner, and she's jealous of Hepburn. HOLD UP, WAIT A MINUTE, INSERT DRAMA HERE.
Mary, aka the meanest child who ever lived, is a little fish face booger head. I HATE HER. Passing over my opinions and onto this review; Mary's bored and decides to make up a rumor that the two women (Mac and Hep) are lovers. She tells her equally fish faced grandmother, who promptly tells the other girls' parents and eventually every single girl is yanked out of school.
Portrait of Mean Mary by Sarah (caps from a bad combo of camera and tv):
Mac, Hep and Garner want proof of how this so called lover-ship (I don't think that's a word) was created. They go to trial, which is not shown in the movie, and the women are forced to close the school they worked so hard for. Back at the abandoned school, Mac confesses that she really did/does have feeling for Hep. Hep sorta wigs out and says she will leave and start a new life...she leaves, Mac's crazy aunt asks her if she has seen Mac lately, Hep gets a bad feeling, goes back to the school and finds...suprise! Mac hung herself because apparently there's nothing to life without Hep.
So...I told you it was depressing.