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Four's a Crowd (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 3 September 1938 (USA)
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
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Bingham
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Preston
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Barber
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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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The fourth of nine movies made together by Warner Brothers' romantic couple Olivia de Havilland and Errol Flynn. 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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Bridal Chorus
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From "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played on an organ by Renie Riano at the wedding
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Enjoyable comedy with too much plot but interesting cast
7 July 2012 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Rosalind Russell, ace reporter, is peeved that her newspaper is being shut down by cub publisher Patric Knowles, inexperienced son of the original publisher. Knowles has recently fired crack editor Errol Flynn, who has in turn set himself up as a publicity agent for rich curmudgeons who need good press. Olivia de Havilland, lovely and playful granddaughter of one such grumpy millionaire, is romantically attached to the handsome Knowles—at least for the moment.

The plot of this rapid fire comedy follows our four stars round and round: Russell wants Knowles to save the paper, wants Flynn back on the job. Flynn and Knowles have an old rivalry and delight in scoring off of each other. De Havilland seems happy letting everybody love her for her grandfather's eight million dollars. How will it all shake out?

Walter Connolly pretty much steals the show as the grandfather, a wealthy eccentric whose great passion is the model railroad that dominates his back yard. Melville Cooper is also excellent as Connolly's butler and stationmaster; the two of them in their engineer caps, running the train controls from their crow's nest, are just hilarious.

Out of a great cast, Russell and Connolly are most familiar in this kind of a screwball comedy and probably come across best. Flynn and de Havilland, though, are fun to watch, too—Flynn shows a flair for comic antics like stealing sticks of butter from a dark kitchen, and Olivia looks like she's having a ball as her fun-loving character laughs and whoops it up in a way that the Maid Marian (or Melanie Wilkes!) never would have dreamed of.

Overall, the movie is never dull but never quite takes off—is it the complicated plot that prevents this picture from really hitting full speed? In any case, it's certainly entertaining, thanks to the great cast and solid Warner Bros. production.


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