Society matron Millicent Jordan arranges a dinner party to honor some visiting aristocrat oblivious to the health and financial problems of her husband.

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A wry, insightful comedy of manners in which somewhat dizzy society matron Millicent Jordan arranges a dinner party to honor some visiting aristocrat while remaining oblivious to her husband's health and financial problems as well as her daughter's feelings and emotions. Party guests include the vain, the greedy, and the self-absorbed. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Remake of the 1933 film, directed by George Cukor, starring Jean Harlow, Lionel and John Barrymore, Billie Burke, Wallace Beery, and Marie Dressler. See more »

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When Dan Packard comes home after a meeting Oliver Jordan he takes of his suspenders twice. See more »

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Carlotta Vance: [to Oliver] You're handsomer than ever, but this neighborhood could use a facelift.
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Version of Front Row Center: Dinner at Eight (1955) See more »

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Harry Hamlin is the Main Course
17 April 2013 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

In a play on modern manners, New York socialite Marsha Mason (as Millicent "Millie" Jordan) arranges a dinner party for friends, relatives and total strangers. For the most part, the results are disastrous. Decades ago, MGM's stellar production studio, with the Great Depression hidden behind the curtain, provided the original "Dinner at Eight" (1933) with a setting that cannot be duplicated. Surprisingly, writer Tom Griffin updates the classic nicely for a "Turner TV Movie". Although re-making mega-hits seldom works, this script might have been made a good mainline feature film, given a fuller crop of 1980s super-stars...

The legendary Lauren Bacall (as Carlotta "Lotta" Vance) is light and lovely, unlike predecessors in the role. But, it's handsomely addicted Harry Hamlin (as Larry Renault) who steals this version. Like John Barrymore before him, Mr. Hamlin takes advantage of the best-written role in the play. His scenes with agent Joel Brooks (as Max Kane) are especially good. Filthy rich Charles Durning (as Dan Packard) and trashy wife Ellen Greene (as Kitty) stand-in for their characters. Reluctant dinner host John Mahoney (as Oliver "Ollie" Jordan) is solid while Ms. Mason's hostess is more high-strung than flighty (see Billie Burke).

****** Dinner at Eight (12/11/89) Ron Lagomarsino ~ Harry Hamlin, Lauren Bacall, Marsha Mason, Charles Durning


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