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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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Storyline

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:

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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

Filming of The Dionne Quintuplets took place at their home in Callander, Ontario, for only one hour per day between 10:30 and 11:30 AM, under the technical supervision of Dr. Allan R. Dafoe. The crew could set up the props and cameras within 10 minutes, and the girls were quickly dressed in sewn-together panties, petticoats and dresses, fastened with a single zipper. They were taught a bit of English to sing the song "All Mixed Up," written for the film. Their salary for the 16-day shoot was $100,000. The scene with the puppies was unrehearsed so their surprise and delight could be photographed. See more »

Connections

References Just Around the Corner (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Frere Jacques
(uncredited)
Traditional French nursery song
Sung by Jean Hersholt and The Dionne Quintuplets
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Curious in our time, fascinating in the 30's
26 July 2007 | by cougarblueSee all my reviews

The five little girls born before the age of futility drugs, were the pride of Canada. They created interest as lively as Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, or Lindsay Lohan would today albeit in a much more positive way. It wasn't too strange to picture children in this "circus" sideshow, as it would be today. QuintLand opened across the street from the home which was the birthplace of these little girls. The movie uses Wyatt, for the kids name and Luke as the name for the guardian/doctor who cared for the quints until the father was able to gain court approval to have them returned home. The film is just a vehicle to show off the girls watching them dance, sing, "play" the piano, and basically do anything they wish to do no matter how disruptive or destructive. They are typical very spoiled, little girls, don't expect to see any extraordinary talents. The story is completely pointless, you went to see the film to see the quints, and that was enough back then. Now this movie seems slow, and boring. Caesar Romero plays the charming weasel with his tricks to torment a newspaper radio/reporter who wins a contract to carry quints reports over the air for her New York newspaper, Caesar does all he can to gum up the works and embarrass Christine Nelson, ace reporter, even coming up with a fake "sextuplet" birth in the US, which Christine then reports much to her sorrow. But all is well the two become kissy-kissy at films end. There are as many misconceptions about the girls are there are details. They were taken from the parents after birth, returned 9 years later, but the parents while losing physical custody never lost their ability to see their offspring in the "sanitized theme park". The province of Ontario did not charge anyone to observer the girls, in order to offset the criticism of using the girls as human zoo animals, which they indeed were. Sorrow followed the return to the parents, the father would sexually abuse all the girls for many years and they wrote two books illustrating the bitterness they felt towards all concerned. Ontario did settle suits by the girls against the province, in the amount of $4 million. As of 7/2007 only two girls survive at age 73.


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