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The Four Poster (1952)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 8 October 1952 (USA)
Adapted from the prize-winning Broadway play that featured two people and a four-poster bed, in which the couple enacts their marriage, from its day in 1897, until he dies, some time after ... See full summary »

Director:

Irving Reis

Writers:

Jan de Hartog (play), Jan de Hartog (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Rex Harrison ... John Edwards
Lilli Palmer ... Abby Edwards
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Adapted from the prize-winning Broadway play that featured two people and a four-poster bed, in which the couple enacts their marriage, from its day in 1897, until he dies, some time after she has died from cancer. It is a "love" that endured wars, an "other" woman, and the death of their favorite son. The episodes are bridged and linked by cartoon sequences done by UPA (United Productions of America.) Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Himmelbett See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Val Lewton was involved with preproduction when he died prematurely. See more »

Connections

Version of I Do! I Do! (1983) See more »

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A New Look at an Old Favorite
18 November 2018 | by psadek-496-994449See all my reviews

It has been quite a few decades since I had last seen "The Four Poster." In that time, I grew up, got married, and saw the musical adaptation, "I Do! I Do!"--which has its own beauty. But there is something special about this movie, which was originally released a few days before I was born.

I found a copy of "The Four Poster"! The print from which it was struck was in less-than-pristine condition, but it was certainly watchable. My life has changed considerably since I last saw this little gem: After nearly 39 years of marriage, my wife passed away, and I have been a widower for almost two years now.

Young people are unlikely to "get it." For myself, I recognized bits and pieces of my own marriage--and even some individual conversations. "The Four Poster" is a lovely study of a husband and wife, from their wedding night up to the very end--which, the ending title card points out, is actually a beginning.

If one is a person of faith, "The Four Poster" will be easier to understand. But what will make it more comprehensible is having lived a few decades of marriage to a person whom one deeply loves.

I liked it when I saw it many years ago. Now, I feel as if I've "lived" much of it.

If you didn't like it, wait a few years, and give it another chance!


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