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Four Wives (1939)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 25 December 1939 (USA)
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 »

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Complete credited cast:
... Ann Lemp Borden
... Kay Lemp
... Thea Lemp Crowley
... Emma Lemp Talbot
... Adam Lemp
... Felix Dietz
... Dr. Clinton Forrest, Jr.
... Aunt Etta
... Ben Crowley
... Ernest Talbot
... Dr. Clinton Forrest, Sr.
... Mickey Borden (archive footage)
... Mrs. Ridgefield
... Frank
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Loia Cheaney ... (scenes deleted)
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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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The "Four Daughters" are now "Four Wives" It's a four belle picture! For these four wedding belles!

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Drama | Romance

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25 December 1939 (USA)  »

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Cuatro esposas  »

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$355,200, 17 January 1940
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Dr. Forest, Jr. quits his practice to study pneumoconiosis, and be the doctor at the local mill for $40/wk (equal to $690/wk in 2016). Pneumoconiosis is an occupational lung disease caused by the inhalation of dust. What type of dust would then provide a sub-diagnosis, such as coal, asbestos, cotton, etc. See more »

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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 »

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Followed by Four Mothers (1941) See more »

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Mickey Borden's Theme
(1938)(uncredited)
Music by Max Rabinowitz
Played during the opening credits and as background music often
Played on piano by Felix, and later by Ann
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Sentimental film well directed by Curtiz and scored by Steiner...
5 August 2012 | by See 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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