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Five of a Kind (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 14 October 1938 (USA)
At age four-and-a-half the Dionne quintuplets in their third movie - singing, dancing, playing with puppies, being charming.

Director:

Herbert I. Leeds

Writers:

Lou Breslow (original screenplay), John Patrick (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
The Dionne Quintuplets ... The Wyatt Quintuplets
Yvonne Dionne Yvonne Dionne ... Yvette - a Wyatt Quintuplet (as Yvonne)
Cecile Dionne Cecile Dionne ... Cecile - a Wyatt Quintuplet (as Cecile)
Marie Dionne Marie Dionne ... Marie - a Wyatt Quintuplet (as Marie)
Annette Dionne Annette Dionne ... Annette - a Wyatt Quintuplet (as Annette)
Emilie Dionne Emilie Dionne ... Emelie - a Wyatt Quintuplet (as Emelie)
Jean Hersholt ... Dr. John Luke
Claire Trevor ... Christine Nelson
Cesar Romero ... Duke Lester
Slim Summerville ... Jim Ogden
Henry Wilcoxon ... Dr. Scott Williams
Inez Courtney ... Libby Long
John Qualen ... Asa Wyatt
Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Waldron
Pauline Moore ... Elinor Kingsley
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Hot on the trail of a missing heiress, ace New York reporter Duke Lester outwits his rival, Christine Nelson, and causes her to lose her job. Christine strikes back by butting in on his "Pulse of the Public" radio broadcast and, inspired by the program, persuades a competing newspaper to sponsor a "Newsreel of the Air" with herself as the star reporter and commentator. She is an instant hit, and gets the idea of presenting the world-famous "Wyatt" quintuplets and takes off for Moosetown, Canada, where she finds Duke has plotted to have her arrest on a false charge so he can sign up the quints himself. She convinces Sherigg Ogden and the girls' father of her sincerity just in time to prevent Duke from getting the contract. Her radio broadcast is a triumph, with the quints singing, dancing and making music. Later, she takes to five girls to New York City to make a personal appearance for the benefit of a orphan's home. But Duke pulls another ruse which puts the citizens of Moosetown up ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

14 October 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

5 do Mesmo Naipe See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Dionne Quintuplets" appears before the title frame, and the individual quintuplet photographs with their first names appear in the frame after the title. Since they do not appear in the comprehensive cast list at the end, they are listed first in the IMDb cast list, according the IMDb policy. See more »

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References Just Around the Corner (1938) See more »

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Three Blind Mice
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An okay film and a god-awful film combined.
19 January 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Rarely do I say this in one of my reviews, but I hope you DON'T see "Five of a Kind". This is for two main reasons--it's a really bad film but also because it helped exploit the Dionne Quints. These quintuplets were exploited like crazy in the 30s and 40s and they grew up to be emotional basketcases. It's really a shameful movie...as well as being just awful.

This film appears as if the studio had a B-movie they'd just finished and decided to VERY clumsily insert some staged footage of the quints into the movie--even though it really had nothing to do with the rest of the film. And, I think we can assume this was the case. Why else would they take a minor Claire Trevor/Cesar Romero film about two reporters and insert very lengthy and completely non- cinematic clips of these five exploited girls doing nothing of any importance other than babble incessantly in French-Canadian?! They stuck Jean Hersholt* into some of these clips and he pretended to be a their doctor...but the clips are like crappy home movies stuck into the other film with no thought of the end result. The end result is a mess...and a sad stain on Hollywood.

*Hersholt was such a nice person and did so much to help others that AMPAS (the Oscar folks) decided to name the humanitarian award after him. Sadly, here Hersholt is an accessory to destroying the lives of five kids...not one of the more wonderful things the otherwise nice guy did during his career. Kind of ironic, huh?


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