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Four Wives (1939)

Three of the four musically inclined daughters of Adam Lemp, the Dean of the Briarwood Music Foundation, are settling into their lives as wives, but not all is well. Thea Lemp has long ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Julius J. Epstein (screen play), Philip G. Epstein (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Priscilla Lane ... Ann Lemp Borden
Rosemary Lane ... Kay Lemp
Lola Lane ... Thea Lemp Crowley
Gale Page ... Emma Lemp Talbot
Claude Rains ... Adam Lemp
Jeffrey Lynn ... Felix Dietz
Eddie Albert ... Dr. Clinton Forrest, Jr.
May Robson ... Aunt Etta
Frank McHugh ... Ben Crowley
Dick Foran ... Ernest Talbot
Henry O'Neill ... Dr. Clinton Forrest, Sr.
John Garfield ... Mickey Borden (archive footage)
Vera Lewis ... Mrs. Ridgefield
John Qualen ... Frank
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Loia Cheaney Loia Cheaney ... (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Three of the four musically inclined daughters of Adam Lemp, the Dean of the Briarwood Music Foundation, are settling into their lives as wives, but not all is well. Thea Lemp has long since married wealthy banker, Ben Crowley. Thea makes a unilateral decision which may disrupt their marriage. Emma Lemp married their neighbor, florist Ernest Talbot, after realizing that she truly did love him and not their border, composer/conductor Felix Deitz, after Ernest's actions at what was supposed to be Felix and Emma's youngest sister Ann Lemp's wedding. Emma receives some sad news which too may place a pall over her and Ernest's marriage. And Ann, after the suicide death of her husband Mickey Borden who she married as his possible salvation, and Felix are once again engaged, he who she always truly loved. But the memory of Mickey, who was an acquaintance of Felix's, may be a major roadblock on the road to happiness for Ann and Felix, especially as Mickey leaves something a little unexpected ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

The "Four Daughters" are now "Four Wives" It's a four belle picture! For these four wedding belles!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuatro esposas See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$355,200, 17 January 1940
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Shown at some engagements with Warner Bros.' new Vitasound audio process. Often incorrectly called a stereophonic process, Vitasound actually combined a standard, variable width monophonic soundtrack with a second, variable width control track, located between the soundtrack and the sprocket holes, that increased loudness for certain scenes by switching on additional amplifiers and speakers. "Four Wives" was one of only two films shown in the Vitasound process (the other was "Santa Fe Trail"). See more »

Goofs

Anne is already pregnant at Christmas time. The baby comes well after Father's Day (June), probably July or even later and there is no attempt to make her look pregnant - not even maternity-type clothes. She continues wearing skirts and tucked-in blouses, remaining thin through the entire picture. She's even wheeled into the Delivery Room with her stomach looking as flat as a board. See more »

Connections

Follows Four Daughters (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
(1850) (uncredited)
From "Lohengrin"
aka "Here Comes the Bride"
Written by Richard Wagner
Sung by Rosemary Lane and Gale Page at the wedding reception, with special lyrics
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Sentimental film well directed by Curtiz and scored by Steiner...
5 August 2012 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

An air of melancholy runs through FOUR WIVES because Priscilla Lane is still haunted by the memory of her dead husband (John Garfield, seen briefly in a cameo role), while engaged to Jeffrey Lynn who doesn't know she's carrying Garfield's child.

But through all the dramatic twists and turns, the family unit remains strong, supportive and determined to move in the direction of a happy ending for all. Frank McHugh is on hand for some levity, Rosemary Lane makes a very beautiful Kay, Claude Rains is the musician father, and Priscilla Lane and Jeffrey Lynn carry the romantic leads in a pleasant enough manner. Lynn even gets to conduct Max Steiner's stirring "Symphonie Moderne" which wraps up the story with musical finesse.

I actually found Rosemary Lane to be the most natural beauty of the Lane sisters and her acting here is more than competent. But the Warners evidently groomed Priscilla Lane for stardom instead. She gets all the best close-ups, including her hospital scene listening to the radio concert with tearful pride.

It's enjoyable enough without being really special. Julius J. Epstein has written a graceful script and the Steiner score is a gem. Director Michael Curtiz keeps the camera flowing smoothly through many a detailed scene.


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