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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lorri Dillingwell
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Patterson Buckley
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Melville Cooper ...
Herman Bing ...
Joseph Crehan ...
Butler Pierce
Joe Cunningham ...
Dennie Moore ...
Buckley's Secretary (scenes deleted)
Gloria Blondell ...
Lansford's 1st Secretary
Lansford's 2nd Secretary


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 <>

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


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The fourth of nine movies made together by Warner Brothers' romantic couple Olivia de Havilland and Errol Flynn. See more »


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


Robert Kensington 'Bob' Lansford: What are you crying for, darling?
Lorri Dillingwell: [crying] I'm not crying.
Robert Kensington 'Bob' Lansford: Aren't you happy?
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Robert Kensington 'Bob' Lansford: Wish you'd stop sniveling, then.
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Frühlingslied (Spring Song) Op. 62, No. 6
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Despite all the star power and excellent director, the film just tries too hard and doesn't deliver
20 August 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In this film, Errol Flynn plays a publicity man and ex-newspaper editor, Patric Knowles plays the owner of a newspaper, Rosalind Russell a star reporter and Olivia DeHavilland plays...well, idiot. While I could try to explain the plot as well as how all these characters come together in the film, I'd rather not--as the film is a super-frenetic mess. I am a huge fan of Errol Flynn as well as Olivia DeHavilland, so it came as quite a surprise that I enjoyed this film as little as I did. The biggest problem was that despite all the star power and the direction of the great Michael Curtiz, the overall effort is pretty awful and is only saved by a few moments here and there (provided mostly by Flynn and Walter Connelly). The stars and script try too hard--making the film very shrill and pushy. This is because the film is too high-paced and the script too busy--often resulting in all the main actors talking loudly over each other (not a fun experience at all). Now SOME films with these qualities work (such as MY GIRL Friday or BRINGING UP BABY), but this one does not because the script is poor plus Miss DeHavilland is cast in one of her worst roles ever. While Miss DeHavilland was wonderful in roles in such notable films as CAPTAIN BLOOD and GONE WITH THE WIND, here she plays against type. Instead of the usual sweet character, here she plays a ditsy dame and it just never works and seems, like the rest of the film, very forced. Katherine Hepburn could pull this off, DeHavilland could not.

The bottom line is that the stars of this film made much better films and you should see them instead. In particular, Flynn, Knowles and DeHavilland all appeared in one of the greatest films of the era, THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD. So it's obvious with better direction (sorry, Curtiz just doesn't have it here, though he was usually a wonderful director--particularly in romances and adventure films) and writing this SHOULD have been a lot better considering the money Warner Brothers spent to bring all these stars together.

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