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Four Daughters (1938)

Approved | | Drama, Music, Romance | 9 August 1938 (USA)
Adam Lemp, the Dean of the Briarwood Music Foundation, has passed on his love of music to his four early adult daughters - Thea, Emma, Kay and Ann - who live with him and his sister, the ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Curtiz

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Julius J. Epstein (screen play), Lenore J. Coffee (screen play) (as Lenore Coffee) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claude Rains ... Adam Lemp
Jeffrey Lynn ... Felix Deitz
John Garfield ... Mickey Borden
Frank McHugh ... Ben Crowley
May Robson ... Aunt Etta
Gale Page ... Emma Lemp
Dick Foran ... Ernest
Vera Lewis ... Mrs. Ridgefield
Tom Dugan ... Jake
Eddie Acuff ... Sam
Donald Kerr Donald Kerr ... Earl
Priscilla Lane ... Ann Lemp
Rosemary Lane ... Kay Lemp
Lola Lane ... Thea Lemp
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Adam Lemp, the Dean of the Briarwood Music Foundation, has passed on his love of music to his four early adult daughters - Thea, Emma, Kay and Ann - who live with him and his sister, the girls' Aunt Etta, in the long time family home. Of the four, Kay has the greatest promise as a musical performer, specifically as a singer. Theirs is a loving family, however much the girls exasperate their father with their love of popular music, since he loves only the classics, most specifically Beethoven. The girls support each other however they can, but each is an individual with her own distinct personality and wants, including the type of man each wants as a husband. Practical but deep in her heart romantic Emma has long been courted by their next door neighbor, unassuming florist Ernest Talbot, and clever Thea wants to be Mrs. Ben Crowley, he a wealthy up and coming banker with prospects. Only the youngest, the fun loving Ann, states that she doesn't want to get married. Their collective ... Written by Huggo

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FANNIE HURST'S great masterpiece becomes the most beloved picture of the year! "Superb" say the critics!

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

9 August 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fire døtre See more »

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Production Co:

First National Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

John Garfield's first film and an Oscar nomination. See more »

Quotes

Adam Lemp: I'm going down to the Hall of Records to strike my name off your birth certificates!
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Connections

Spoofed in Hamateur Night (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Mickey Borden's Theme
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Max Rabinowitz
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Garfield's Movie Debut
14 January 2000 | by Leo-86See all my reviews

Directed by Michael Curtiz, Four Daughters is about four musically gifted sisters, their suitors, and their father, a minor conductor.Playing sardonic, quick talking Mickey Borden is John Garfield in the role that made him an instant star.The movie also stars Claude Rains as Adam Lemp and the Lane sisters, Lola, Rosemary, and Priscilla, and Gale Page as his spirited daughters.Its definitive scene takes place in the Lemps' living room. Cigarette hanging from his lips, Borden is playing one of his own compositions. Priscilla Lane's Ann Lemp tells him the piece is beautiful. But he says, "It stinks." He continues: "It hasn't got a beginning or an end, only a middle." Ann urges him to create a beginning and an end. Borden replies, "What for? The fates are against me. They tossed a coin--heads I'm poor, tails I'm rich. But they tossed a two-headed coin." Audiences loved the way Garfield, in his tough city voice, said It stinks. That scene created Garfield's screen persona as the eternal outsider. Four Daughters is a slice of Americana with Garfield, in a compelling performance, supplying more than a hint of darkness.


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