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Dinner at Eight -- Scandal and intrigue abound as a social climbing woman and her husband host a party of New York's elite.
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Director:
Writers:
Frances Marion (screen play) and
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Release Date:
12 January 1934 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Affluent Millicent and Oliver Jordan throw a dinner for a handful of wealthy and/or well-born acquaintances, each of whom has much to reveal. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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(22 articles)
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Cast

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Directed by
George Cukor 
 
Writing credits
Frances Marion (screen play) and
Herman J. Mankiewicz (screen play)

George S. Kaufman (from the Sam H. Harris stage play by) and
Edna Ferber (from the Sam H. Harris stage play by)

Donald Ogden Stewart (additional dialogue)

John Meehan  uncredited

Produced by
David O. Selznick .... producer
 
Original Music by
William Axt (musical score by) (as Dr. William Axt)
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (photographed by) (as William Daniels)
 
Film Editing by
Ben Lewis (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Hobe Erwin 
Fredric Hope  (as Fred Hope)
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph M. Newman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Cullen Tate .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Charles E. Wallace .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Tanner .... still photographer (uncredited)
Harvey White .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Chester W. Schaeffer .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Sam Harris .... producer: stage play (as Sam H. Harris)
Howard Dietz .... general press agent (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
111 min (Turner library print)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:G (video rating) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1934) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #2284-R: 15 May 1936 for re-release) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Jean Harlow was in awe of Marie Dressler's talents and praised the veteran actress for her generosity. "Being in the same cast with Marie was a break for me," said Harlow. "She's one trouper I'd never try to steal a scene from. It'd be like trying to carry Italy against Mussolini."See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Carlotta gives Ed her dog, introducing him as "Tarzan", her lips don't match the word.See more »
Quotes:
Paula Jordan:My poor Larry. He's dead, Carlotta.
Carlotta Vance:And nothing can be done. That's the unfortunate thing about death. It's so terribly final. Even the young can't do anything about it.
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53 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
Deeeeelicious!, 30 March 2004
Author: Bucs1960 from West Virginia

When you gather together the great stars of the early 30's, give them a great script, a great director and let them have their head, you get "Dinner at Eight". This is a delightful film which bridges the gap between comedy and drama. Granted, it is a little dated but that it only a minor inconvenience to those of us who love this movie.

You would be hard pressed to find another actress who could play the part of Carlotta Vance with such panache as Marie Dressler.......she is magnificent. She may give the best performance in the film but she has stiff competition from the rest of this star-studded cast.

I find John Barrymore's performance particularly good as it seems to mirror his own career and problems with alcohol. Arranging himself in the right light to capture the great profile one last time is poignant. I am not a Wallace Beery fan but he is spot on as the vulgar, grasping business man with wonderful Jean Harlow as his slutty wife. She is a treat and of course, no one can forget her exchange with Dressler at the end of the film when she announces that she was reading a book! The lovely Billie Burke, who made a film career out of dithering society women (although she was a former Follies beauty and wife of Flo Ziegfeld)is a delight. Lionel Barrymore plays it pretty straight as her long suffering, tragically ill husband. Edmund Lowe passes muster as the philandering doctor and the rest of the supporting cast is as good as it gets.

They don't make 'em like this anymore. It's a movie lovers paradise!

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