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Four's a Crowd (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 3 September 1938 (USA)
Robert will do anything to get the big account that has eluded him. His public relations business makes public angels of rich scoundrels. Jean needs someone to save the paper and she wants ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Casey Robinson (screenplay), Sig Herzig (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Errol Flynn ... Bob Lansford
Olivia de Havilland ... Lorri Dillingwell
Rosalind Russell ... Jean Christy
Patric Knowles ... Patterson Buckley
Walter Connolly ... John P. Dillingwell
Hugh Herbert ... Jenkins
Melville Cooper ... Bingham
Franklin Pangborn ... Preston
Herman Bing ... Barber
Margaret Hamilton ... Amy
Joseph Crehan ... Butler Pierce
Joe Cunningham Joe Cunningham ... Young
Dennie Moore ... Buckley's Secretary (scenes deleted)
Gloria Blondell ... Lansford's 1st Secretary
Carole Landis ... Lansford's 2nd Secretary
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Storyline

Robert will do anything to get the big account that has eluded him. His public relations business makes public angels of rich scoundrels. Jean needs someone to save the paper and she wants Robert. When he finds out that Pat is dating Lorri, John Dillingwell's granddaughter, he gets involved. Robert begins to make John the most hated man and Lorri blames Pat, the publisher. He then goes to John for a job to erase all the bad publicity that he has gotten from the paper. This works until Pat tells John that Robert was behind the smear campaign. But John decides that he does need some good publicity and hires Robert to provide it... Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Taglines:

Two's company, three's a triangle but "Four's a Crowd!"

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1938 (USA) See more »

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All Rights Reserved See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Supposedly based on the career of Ivy Ledbetter Lee (1877-1934), often called "the father of public relations", who worked for the Rockefeller family. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, Jean sits down at a typewriter in the newsroom and furiously begins to make motions like she is typing, but the carriage of the typewriter barely moves. See more »

Quotes

Silas Jenkins, Justice of the Peace: Sarah? Sarah?
Mrs. Sarah Jenkins: What?
Silas Jenkins, Justice of the Peace: Couple'a chumps on the way, wanna get hitched.
Mrs. Sarah Jenkins: At this hour?
Silas Jenkins, Justice of the Peace: Why not? you caught me at half-past two in the morning in a weak moment.
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Alternate Versions

This is the only one of the Eroll Flynn-Olivia de Havilland that was never released to the home entertainment market in the USA. It was released in Argentina using a well preserved 16mm print with the original English credits and audio track and Spanish language subtitles. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Adventures of Errol Flynn (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Frühlingslied (Spring Song) Op. 62, No. 6
(1842) (uncredited)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Hummed and danced by Olivia de Havilland
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Only in the 30's
11 January 2019 | by Nate-48See all my reviews

If you are a fan of either Errol Flynn or Olivia de Havilland this is a must-see screwball from director Michael Curtiz and Warner Brothers. All 3 stars shine. The early scenes at the mansion are smashing including one sequence with an amazing toy train track.

I would have given this a higher rating but the slapstick just grows too unbelievable as it goes on. Enjoy it for what it is - true fun from an innocent time - I personally feel de Havilland makes the movie with her amazing energy.


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