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Five of a Kind (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 14 October 1938 (USA)
At age four-and-a-half the Dionne quintuplets in their third movie - singing, dancing, playing with puppies, being charming.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Yvonne Dionne ...
Yvette - a Wyatt Quintuplet (as Yvonne)
Cecile Dionne ...
Cecile - a Wyatt Quintuplet (as Cecile)
Marie Dionne ...
Marie - a Wyatt Quintuplet (as Marie)
Annette Dionne ...
Annette - a Wyatt Quintuplet (as Annette)
Emilie Dionne ...
Emelie - a Wyatt Quintuplet (as Emelie)
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Dr. John Luke
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Christine Nelson
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Duke Lester
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Jim Ogden
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Dr. Scott Williams
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Libby Long
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Asa Wyatt
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Mrs. Waldron
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Hot on the trail of a missing heiress, ace New York reporter Duke Lester outwits his rival, Christine Nelson, and causes her to lose her job. Christine strikes back by butting in on his "Pulse of the Public" radio broadcast and, inspired by the program, persuades a competing newspaper to sponsor a "Newsreel of the Air" with herself as the star reporter and commentator. She is an instant hit, and gets the idea of presenting the world-famous "Wyatt" quintuplets and takes off for Moosetown, Canada, where she finds Duke has plotted to have her arrest on a false charge so he can sign up the quints himself. She convinces Sherigg Ogden and the girls' father of her sincerity just in time to prevent Duke from getting the contract. Her radio broadcast is a triumph, with the quints singing, dancing and making music. Later, she takes to five girls to New York City to make a personal appearance for the benefit of a orphan's home. But Duke pulls another ruse which puts the citizens of Moosetown up ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Drama

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(copyright length) (FMC Library Print)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The three nurses attending the quintuplets at the birthday party, Sigrid Ulrichson, Louise Corriveau and Mollie O'Shaughnessey were some the quintuplets' actual nurses. See more »

Connections

Follows Reunion (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Frere Jacques
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Traditional French nursery song
Sung by Jean Hersholt and The Dionne Quintuplets
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An okay film and a god-awful film combined.
19 January 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Rarely do I say this in one of my reviews, but I hope you DON'T see "Five of a Kind". This is for two main reasons--it's a really bad film but also because it helped exploit the Dionne Quints. These quintuplets were exploited like crazy in the 30s and 40s and they grew up to be emotional basketcases. It's really a shameful movie...as well as being just awful.

This film appears as if the studio had a B-movie they'd just finished and decided to VERY clumsily insert some staged footage of the quints into the movie--even though it really had nothing to do with the rest of the film. And, I think we can assume this was the case. Why else would they take a minor Claire Trevor/Cesar Romero film about two reporters and insert very lengthy and completely non- cinematic clips of these five exploited girls doing nothing of any importance other than babble incessantly in French-Canadian?! They stuck Jean Hersholt* into some of these clips and he pretended to be a their doctor...but the clips are like crappy home movies stuck into the other film with no thought of the end result. The end result is a mess...and a sad stain on Hollywood.

*Hersholt was such a nice person and did so much to help others that AMPAS (the Oscar folks) decided to name the humanitarian award after him. Sadly, here Hersholt is an accessory to destroying the lives of five kids...not one of the more wonderful things the otherwise nice guy did during his career. Kind of ironic, huh?


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