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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:
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Bob Lansford
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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
Franklin Pangborn ...
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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Charles Judels was signed to a role in the film, but was not seen. Dennie Moore, credited onscreen as Buckley's Secretary, was also not seen. 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

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?
Lorri Dillingwell: [sobbing desolately] Yes, I'm happy.
Robert Kensington 'Bob' Lansford: Wish you'd stop sniveling, then.
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Frühlingslied (Spring Song) Op. 62, No. 6
(1842) (uncredited)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Hummed and danced by Olivia de Havilland
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Silly screwball
31 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Errol Flynn, Rosalind Russell, Olivia de Havilland and Patric Knowles prove that "Four's a Crowd" in this 1938 comedy directed by Michael Curtiz.

With such a great cast, one would think this is a classic gem. Alas, no. In fact, due to a confusing script, it's in shambles. Fun shambles, but shambles.

Walter Connolly plays millionaire John Dillingwell, Olivia de Havilland is his beautiful albeit dizzy daughter, Rosalind Russell is a reporter, and Patric Knowles, who is dating de Havilland, is Russell's boss. Dillingwell is a private person with no interest in public relations. Russell's boyfriend (Flynn) runs a PR firm and wants to land the Dillingwell account. With some help from the paper, Flynn manages to make Dillingwell the most hated man in America - a man desperately in need of having his image cleaned up. Not that he agrees to it right away.

The inspiration for this story is John D. Rockefeller, the most hated man in America at one time, known for his ruthless business tactics. He hired a publicist and, with the publicist's urging, began to give away his vast fortune consisting of property and money to various charities.

For screwball comedy, "Four's a Crowd" had a lot of competition, which is probably why the powers that be threw everything at it but the kitchen sink. Heiresses - "It Happened One Night," "Love is News," "Libeled Lady," etc. abounded. So did the movies - and they were all better than this one.

There certainly are some fun scenes and some good performances. Flynn had a good flair for comedy, as did de Havilland, though they weren't often cast that way. de Havilland's early career was in fact doing airhead ingénues, such as in "It's Love I'm After" and this one. Russell is terrific as usual, and Knowles acquits himself well.

If only the script had been stronger...it's still fun, though.


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