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Four Men and a Prayer (1938)

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

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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
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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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29 April 1938 (USA)  »

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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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Manders, the butler, is listed as Mullins in the credits. See more »

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Extraordinary cast of huge talents with clever dialogue in good story

Director John Ford often falls down when his story needs humor, and there was one scene that was just too broad, a bar-room fight that Ford ought to know well, even as early as 1938.

Generally, though, Ford's work was quite good in "Four Men and a Prayer," but he did have one of his best casts to direct.

Loretta Young does much more than just look pretty: She has a somewhat whimsical part and handles it beautifully.

Most of her fellow major characters were part of Hollywood's "English Colony," appropriate for the roles.

Also present is Berton Churchill, in one of his best roles, getting to be downright sympathetic for a change.

There is a wide geographical setting, India, Argentina, Washington, D.C., as well as England, Egypt, and a ship at sea.

The script by Richard Sherman, Sonya Levien, and Walter Ferris, based on a novel by David Garth, is often clever, with frequently entertaining dialogue very well delivered.

This was on On Demand with the Time Warner Cable company and I saw it on 5 July 2015. I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in a good story, which has an important message about arms merchants and military adventurers, and with an interest in superior actors and acting.


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