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Dinner at Eight ()


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Affluent Millicent and Oliver Jordan throw a dinner for a handful of wealthy and/or well-born acquaintances, each of whom has much to reveal.

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Carlotta Vance
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Larry Renault
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Dan Packard
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Kitty Packard
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Oliver Jordan
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Max Kane
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Dr. Wayne Talbot
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Millicent Jordan
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Paula Jordan
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Jo Stengel
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Mrs. Lucy Talbot
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Hattie Loomis
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Ernest DeGraff
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Mrs. Wendel
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Ed Loomis
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Miss Alden
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Miss Copeland
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Tina
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Fosdick
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Mr. Fitch
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Mr. Hatfield
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Eddie
Anna Duncan ...
Dora
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Waiter
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Gustave (uncredited)
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Butler (uncredited)
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Butler (uncredited)

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George Cukor

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Frances Marion ... (screen play) and
Herman J. Mankiewicz ... (screen play)
 
George S. Kaufman ... (from the Sam H. Harris stage play by) and
Edna Ferber ... (from the Sam H. Harris stage play by)
 
Donald Ogden Stewart ... (additional dialogue)
 
John Meehan ... () (uncredited)

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David O. Selznick ... producer

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William Axt ... (musical score by) (as Dr. William Axt)

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William H. Daniels ... (photographed by) (as William Daniels)

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Ben Lewis ... film editor

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Chester W. Schaeffer ... assistant film editor (uncredited)

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Hobe Erwin
Fredric Hope ... (as Fred Hope)

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Adrian ... (gowns)

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Joseph M. Newman ... assistant director (uncredited)
Cullen Tate ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Douglas Shearer ... recording director
Charles E. Wallace ... sound mixer (uncredited)

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Frank Tanner ... still photographer (uncredited)
Harvey White ... still photographer (uncredited)

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Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

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Sam Harris ... producer: stage play (as Sam H. Harris)
Howard Dietz ... general press agent (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Millicent Jordan is pre-occupied with the plans she is making for a high-class dinner party. Her husband Oliver is in failing health, and he is also worried because someone is trying to buy up the stock in his shipping business - even his old friend Carlotta wants to sell her stock. Hoping to get help from businessman Dan Packard, he persuades Millicent, against her wishes, to invite Packard and his wife to the dinner. As Oliver's problems get worse, Millicent is increasingly quick-tempered because the plans for the party are not going smoothly. As the time for the dinner approaches, it appears that the hosts and the guests will all have plenty on their minds. Written by Snow Leopard

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Also Known As
  • Dinner at 8 (United States)
  • Les invités de huit heures (France)
  • Freitag Abend um 8 (Germany)
  • Dinner um acht (Germany)
  • Cena a las ocho (Spain)
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  • 111 min
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Budget $435,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia As originally filmed, Carlotta's dog was named Mussolini. However, due to the changing world political climate of the 1930's, the dog's name was post-dubbed as "Tarzan", even though Marie Dressler's lips are clearly saying "Mussolini". See more »
Goofs When Carlotta gives Ed her dog, introducing him as "Tarzan", her lips don't match the word. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Hollywood: The Dream Factory (1972). See more »
Soundtracks I Loved You Then As I Love You Now See more »
Quotes Kitty: [Final lines] I was reading a book the other day.
Carlotta: [Nearly trips] Reading a book?
Kitty: Yes. It's all about civilization or something. A nutty kind of a book. Do you know that the guy says that machinery is going to take the place of every profession?
Carlotta: [Looking her over] Oh, my dear, that's something you need never worry about.
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