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Four Mothers (1941)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 4 January 1941 (USA)
Adam Lemp and his four daughters (Ann, Thea, Kay, and Emma) find themselves in financial and emotional crises. Thea's husband Ben has promoted a Florida housing development to everyone in ... See full summary »

Director:

William Keighley

Writers:

Stephen Morehouse Avery (original screen play), Fannie Hurst (suggested by the book "Sister Act" by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claude Rains ... Adam Lemp
Jeffrey Lynn ... Felix Deitz
Eddie Albert ... Clint Forrest
May Robson ... Aunt Etta
Frank McHugh ... Ben Crowley
Dick Foran ... Ernest Talbot
Vera Lewis ... Mrs. Ridgefield
Priscilla Lane ... Ann Lemp Deitz
Rosemary Lane ... Kay Lemp Forrest
Lola Lane ... Thea Lemp Crowley
Gale Page ... Emma Lemp Talbot
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Storyline

Adam Lemp and his four daughters (Ann, Thea, Kay, and Emma) find themselves in financial and emotional crises. Thea's husband Ben has promoted a Florida housing development to everyone in town, and when a hurricane wipes out the investments of all their friends, the Lemps decide to pay back the losses, even if it costs them their own home. Kay's husband Clint is so devoted to his medical research that he risks losing Kay. And Ann's husband Felix, encountering Kay during an out-of-town trip, finds his loneliness putting his marriage at risk. Meanwhile, as a result of the antipathy of the townspeople due to the investment disaster, Adam loses his beloved position with the musical society. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quatro Mães See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Wednesday 10 October 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Bellingham WA Saturday 17 November 1956 on KVOS (Channel 12), in San Francisco Friday 7 December 1956 on KRON (Channel 4), in Spokane Wednesday 26 December 1956 on KREM (Channel 2), in Phoenix Thursday 27 December 1956 on KVAR (Channel 12), in Miami Saturday 5 January 1957 on WTVJ (Channel 4), and in Los Angeles Monday 25 March 1957 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »

Goofs

When Clint and Ann first enter his laboratory, a moving shadow of the boom microphone can be seen on the lab equipment in the foreground. See more »

Quotes

Adam Lemp: Come here.
Ann Lemp Deitz: Or what?
Adam Lemp: Or the best spanking you've ever got.
Ann Lemp Deitz: I'd almost enjoy it.
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Connections

Follows Four Daughters (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Overture to Egmont
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Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played at the Beethoven Festival, Claude Rains, conducting
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A multitude of girls
3 May 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The last of the Warner Brothers movies about the Lemp sisters has three of the four mothers. And they are carrying on the family tradition of having daughters. With four daughters, three daughters and his sister May Robson around will Claude Rains ever get a grandson.

Some of the usual family problems are there as the daughters go through the adjustment to marriage. Jeffrey Lynn and Priscilla Lane aren't sure Lynn should take a job offered him in Chicago. Dr. Eddie Albert is just too busy at the research lab and Rosemary Lane is feeling neglected. Dick Foran and Gale Page seem on an even keel. Most successful is Frank McHugh and Lola Lane who got in on a real estate boom and sold a lot of shares to townsfolk through Claude Rains's good name.

While McHugh and Lola Lane are visiting from Florida a hurricane and tidal wave wipe out that community McHugh was talking up. McHugh is flat broke and a lot of the town 's citizens have taken it on the chin.

As is usual for the Lemps daughters and sons-in-law band together to get the family through the crises, big and small.

Family patriarch Claude Rains who in his career played an astonishing range of roles that included two members of the Bonaparte family and Julius Caesar has the most normal part in his career that of Adam Lemp. I'm sure he must have liked the change of pace.

After almost 80 years Four Mothers still holds up well as good family entertainment.


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