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Four Men and a Prayer (1938)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Mystery | 29 April 1938 (USA)
The sons of a disgraced British officer try to clear his name.


John Ford


Richard Sherman (screenplay), Sonya Levien (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Loretta Young ... Miss Lynn Cherrington
Richard Greene ... Geoffrey Leigh
George Sanders ... Wyatt Leigh
David Niven ... Christopher Leigh
William Henry ... Rodney Leigh
C. Aubrey Smith ... Colonel Loring Leigh
J. Edward Bromberg ... General Torres (as Edward Bromberg)
Alan Hale ... Mr. Furnoy
John Carradine ... General Adolfo Arturios Gregario Sebastian
Reginald Denny ... Capt. Douglas Loveland
Berton Churchill ... Mr. Martin Cherrington
Barry Fitzgerald ... Trooper Mulcahay
Claude King ... Gen. Bryce
Cecil Cunningham ... Piper
Frank Dawson ... Manders


Colonel Loring Leigh, British Indian Army, appears to have issued an order that cost 90 lives. Cashiered, he returns home, tells his sons of a conspiracy by an arms syndicate to supply the rebels...then is found dead, an apparent suicide. To clear their father, the four sons must globetrot in a hazardous search for evidence, closely followed by Geoffrey's sweetheart Lynn Cherrington. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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army | father | yacht | forger | sheik | See All (32) »


Adventure | Mystery


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Did You Know?


Alan Hale said of the film 'It gave me a passion for knocking about the world in odd places with adventure and excitement'. See more »

Crazy Credits

Manders, the butler, is listed as Mullins in the credits. See more »


Remade as Fury at Furnace Creek (1948) See more »


Londonderry Air (Danny Boy)
Music (17th century) attributed to Rory Dall O'Cahan
Played on piano by Richard Greene
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A lack of energy
15 February 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

I don't usually like Loretta Young, so when I say she's the best part of this movie, that should give you a clue of what I really think about it. In Four Men and a Prayer, Loretta is clad in some beautiful clothes, and she seems to be the only one among the cast who put any energy behind her performance. I actually fell asleep twice while trying to watch it.

A respected soldier is court martialed and disgraced, but when his four sons find him dead by a gunshot wound to the head, they don't believe he committed suicide. It's murder! And they already know the suspects, so the four brothers-as well as Loretta Young who has a hopeless crush on one of them-set off to find the truth. George Sanders, William Henry, David Niven, and Richard Greene are the brothers, but they all seem pretty tired. It's easy to imagine every scene was filmed thirty times and that the audience was been treated to the last take. Unless you love Loretta Young, you probably won't want to sit through this pseudo suspense film. And if you do like her, try renting Three Blind Mice or And Now Tomorrow instead.

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 April 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Štirje osvetniki See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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