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Four Men and a Prayer (1938)

Not Rated  |   |  Adventure, Mystery  |  29 April 1938 (USA)
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The sons of a disgraced British officer try to clear his name.

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Richard Greene ...
Geoffrey Leigh
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Wyatt Leigh
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Christopher Leigh
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Col. Loring Leigh
J. Edward Bromberg ...
Gen. Torres
William Henry ...
Rodney Leigh
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General Adolfo Arturios Gregario Sebastian
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Mr. Furnoy
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Capt. Douglas Loveland
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Mr. Martin Cherrington
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Trooper Mulcahay
Claude King ...
Gen. Bryce
Cecil Cunningham ...
Piper
Frank Dawson ...
Manders
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Colonel Loring Leigh, British Indian Army, appears to have issued an order that cost 90 lives. Cashiered, he returns home, tells his sons of a conspiracy by an arms syndicate to supply the rebels...then is found dead, an apparent suicide. To clear their father, the four sons must globetrot in a hazardous search for evidence, closely followed by Geoffrey's sweetheart Lynn Cherrington. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Adventure | Mystery

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29 April 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

4 hombres y una plegaria  »

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The line "I knew a man named Trubshawe..." refers to a lifelong friend of Niven's, a source of references or character names in several of his films. See more »

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Londonderry Air (Danny Boy)
Music (17th century) attributed to Rory Dall O'Cahan
Played on piano by Richard Greene
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Enjoyable but juvenile adventure
27 November 1999 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

A lavish production, fast-paced direction, and some exciting action sequences tip the balance in favor of this basically juvenile derring-do in the spirit of GUNGA DIN. On the other hand, there is some offensive stereotyping, lots of flat dialogue, and cartoon-like conceptions of character. The four men are brothers, but act so naively that they seem like twelve-year olds: David Niven gets the brightest moments. While tracking down the enemies of their dear old Dad [the always magisterial C. Aubrey Smith], they are joined by spunky [verging on downright pushy] Loretta Young. She has one costume that can be described as the Grizzly Bear Dress, but she sports some nifty outfits too. They all rush around the globe chasing villains until Loretta's father, a kindly munitions tycoon, helps to resolve the mystery. A more accurate title might be FOUR FEATHERS MEET NANCY DREW.


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