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Four Wives (1939)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 25 December 1939 (USA)
Three of the four musically inclined daughters of Adam Lemp, the Dean of the Briarwood Music Foundation, are settling into their lives as wives, but not all is well. Thea Lemp has long ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Adam Lemp
Dr. Clinton Forrest, Jr.
Aunt Etta
Ben Crowley
Dr. Clinton Forrest, Sr.
Mickey Borden (archive footage)
Mrs. Ridgefield
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Loia Cheaney ...
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Three of the four musically inclined daughters of Adam Lemp, the Dean of the Briarwood Music Foundation, are settling into their lives as wives, but not all is well. Thea Lemp has long since married wealthy banker, Ben Crowley. Thea makes a unilateral decision which may disrupt their marriage. Emma Lemp married their neighbor, florist Ernest Talbot, after realizing that she truly did love him and not their border, composer/conductor Felix Deitz, after Ernest's actions at what was supposed to be Felix and Emma's youngest sister Ann Lemp's wedding. Emma receives some sad news which too may place a pall over her and Ernest's marriage. And Ann, after the suicide death of her husband Mickey Borden who she married as his possible salvation, and Felix are once again engaged, he who she always truly loved. But the memory of Mickey, who was an acquaintance of Felix's, may be a major roadblock on the road to happiness for Ann and Felix, especially as Mickey leaves something a little unexpected ... Written by Huggo

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The "Four Daughters" are now "Four Wives" It's a four belle picture! For these four wedding belles!


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

25 December 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cuatro esposas  »

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1.37 : 1
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Dr. Forest, Jr. quits his practice to study pneumoconiosis, and be the doctor at the local mill for $40/wk (equal to $690/wk in 2016). Pneumoconiosis is an occupational lung disease caused by the inhalation of dust. What type of dust would then provide a sub-diagnosis, such as coal, asbestos, cotton, etc. See more »


Anne is already pregnant at Christmas time. The baby comes well after Father's Day (June), probably July or even later and there is no attempt to make her look pregnant - not even maternity-type clothes. She continues wearing skirts and tucked-in blouses, remaining thin through the entire picture. She's even wheeled into the Delivery Room with her stomach looking as flat as a board. See more »


Followed by Four Mothers (1941) See more »


The Barber of Seville Overture (Il barbiere di Siviglia)
(1816) (uncredited)
Music by Gioachino Rossini
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Adequate sequel
5 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

Follow-up to Four Daughters is okay but pushes the mawkish sentimentality pretty hard.

Most of the cast perform well. Frank McHugh is most appealing as Lola's flummoxed husband and Priscilla Lane is good in her bruised sadness unable to move on or get over her guilt after her sudden loss in the original. Claude Rains and May Robson add their special brand of enjoyment but really are wasted in small supporting parts.

The one actor who is terrible and throws the whole enterprise off is Jeffrey Lynn, supposedly an ideal man he is attractive but a dull, bland presence and the constant comparison to the magnetic John Garfield who is superimposed throughout only makes him worse. Plus he must be the most unconvincing orchestra conductor ever!

Curtiz gets the job done direction wise but he must have recognized the mediocre quality of the script and just moves the story from point A to point Z with none of the flourish he could infuse into a superior project like The Adventures of Robin Hood.

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