Filming of The Dionne Quintuplets took place at their home in Callander, Ontario, Canada, for only 45 minutes per day under the technical supervision of Dr. Allan R. Dafoe. Dorothy Peterson, Jean Hersholt, director Henry King, camera and sound men spent 17 days getting as much film shot as they could. King basically discarded the script at that point and let the quintuplets do the things that toddlers do. Twentieth Century-Fox agreed to hire the same number of Canadian technicians as Americans who entered Canada for the movie, after Canadian union men protested the lack of Canadians for the job. See more »
Jean Hersholt tackles the role of a country doctor, a role that would eventually metamorphose into Dr. Christian, a series that would occupy him for the rest of his life in a B movie series, on radio, and even in one episode of a television series, cut short by his untimely death.
Here, directed by Henry King -- a brilliant jack-of-all-trades, but whose métier was the rural comedy-drama, starting with TOL'ABLE David -- and supported by a great cast including John Qualen, Montague Love, Jane Darwell and Slim Summerville, Hersholt is not precisely the star -- there are the usual youngsters involved with falling in love -- because this was intended as a publicity-driven programmer and the Dionne Quintuplets are actually top-billed. But everyone runs things through expertly and Jean Herholt was born to play this role.
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