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Four's a Crowd (1938)

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Robert will do anything to get the big account that has eluded him. His public relations business makes public angels of rich scoundrels. Jean needs someone to save the paper and she wants ... See full summary »

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Lorri Dillingwell
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Jean Christy
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Patterson Buckley
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John P. Dillingwell
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Jenkins
Melville Cooper ...
Bingham
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Preston
Herman Bing ...
Barber
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Amy
Joseph Crehan ...
Butler Pierce
Joe Cunningham ...
Young
Dennie Moore ...
Buckley's Secretary (scenes deleted)
Gloria Blondell ...
Lansford's 1st Secretary
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Lansford's 2nd Secretary
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Robert will do anything to get the big account that has eluded him. His public relations business makes public angels of rich scoundrels. Jean needs someone to save the paper and she wants Robert. When he finds out that Pat is dating Lorri, John Dillingwell's granddaughter, he gets involved. Robert begins to make John the most hated man and Lorri blames Pat, the publisher. He then goes to John for a job to erase all the bad publicity that he has gotten from the paper. This works until Pat tells John that Robert was behind the smear campaign. But John decides that he does need some good publicity and hires Robert to provide it... Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Two's company, three's a triangle but "Four's a Crowd!"

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Comedy | Romance

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William Dieterle was originally slated to direct. See more »

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The microphone is briefly visible, reflected in the window just before Jean sits for her shoe-shine. See more »

Quotes

Jean Christy: I'm in love with a man whom I dislike intensely, who'd cheat me, who'd lie to me, whom I wouldn't trust as far as I could throw the Queen Mary. I...
Robert Kensington 'Bob' Lansford: You... you don't mean me, do you?
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Referenced in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008) See more »

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Daydreaming (All Night Long)
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played at the Jamaica Room
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Newspaper caper
21 August 2007 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

What a fun cast ! Bob Lansford (Errol Flynn) and reporter Jean Christy (Rosalind Russell) are scheming writers, about to lose their jobs. They decide to write stories about rich man Mr. Dillingwill (Walter Connelly -- played the father of the bride in It Happened One Night) that will affect his standing, as well as theirs. Errol Flynn, about 30 at this time, is known mostly as swashbuckling pirate and Robin Hood, and has a most interesting family history in real life; check it out on the Bio page of IMDb. And of course, they do manage to take Flynn's shirt off in Four's a Crowd. Olivia DeHavilland (Gone With the Wind) plays Lorri, the daughter of Dillingwell. Also look for Margaret Hamilton (wicked witch from Wizard of Oz) as Amy, the housekeeper with long pigtails no less, and Frank Pangborn plays the butler. He always had perfect timing as the prim & proper butler, the hotel clerk, or the bank examiner in Bank Dick. The sale of the newspaper was a common theme in the 30s and 40s, (think Citizen Kane) but here it's a fun caper as everyone tries to decide which side they are on. Check out the giant train set Mr. Connelly and his butler play with. This story kind of goes around the mulberry bush, but it's fun to be along for the ride. As others have noted, this WOULD be a good DVD, but doesn't seem to have been released yet. Directed by Michael Curtiz.


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