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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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Yes, those Four Daughters are back...with their babies...in their best hit yet! See more »

Genres:

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

The $15,000 the townsfolk lost in the Florida real estate deal would be the equivalent of $260,000 in 2016. 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

References Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 (Moonlight)
(uncredited)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played by members of the Lemp family at various times
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The 'Four' film series has jumped the shark!
28 October 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This sequel to "Four Wives" (which itself was a sequel to "Four Daughters") came out a year and 10 days later. In many ways, this third film in the series seemed unnecessary, as things seemed quite resolved and fine as they were left off at the end of "Four Wives". But, the films were successful, so Warner Brothers brought back the entire cast for yet another installment--necessary or not! While at the end of the second film it seemed like all was perfect for the family, "Four Mothers" manages to do something that I am sure few in the audience liked--stripped away the family's successes and bring them low. Who thought this was a good idea considering how beloved the characters had become in the two previous films?! One plot line has a marriage to a researcher on the rocks because of his devotion to his job. Another features the rich sister and her husband losing everything--including the good will of the community. Another has two and of the sisters and a husband caught up in the beginning of a love triangle! And, finally, the father's house is about to be taken from him!!! What in the world were they thinking?!? Why not just give them all the plague or have them killed by a serial killer?! While this was all pretty awful, the way all these dreadful plots magically worked themselves out perfectly (too perfectly) was also bad--very bad...and unnecessary. In TV language, it's obvious the film series had jumped the shark! Despite good acting, the script simply isn't up to snuff and it makes you scratch your head and wonder who and why did anyone approve this daffy script! A poor way to end the series. Oh, well...at least all the babies in the film were awfully cute.


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