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Four's a Crowd (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 3 September 1938 (USA)
Robert will do anything to get the big account that has eluded him. His public relations business makes public angels of rich scoundrels. Jean needs someone to save the paper and she wants ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Casey Robinson (screenplay), Sig Herzig (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Errol Flynn ... Bob Lansford
Olivia de Havilland ... Lorri Dillingwell
Rosalind Russell ... Jean Christy
Patric Knowles ... Patterson Buckley
Walter Connolly ... John P. Dillingwell
Hugh Herbert ... Jenkins
Melville Cooper ... Bingham
Franklin Pangborn ... Preston
Herman Bing ... Barber
Margaret Hamilton ... Amy
Joseph Crehan ... Butler Pierce
Joe Cunningham Joe Cunningham ... Young
Dennie Moore ... Buckley's Secretary (scenes deleted)
Gloria Blondell ... Lansford's 1st Secretary
Carole Landis ... Lansford's 2nd Secretary
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Storyline

Robert will do anything to get the big account that has eluded him. His public relations business makes public angels of rich scoundrels. Jean needs someone to save the paper and she wants Robert. When he finds out that Pat is dating Lorri, John Dillingwell's granddaughter, he gets involved. Robert begins to make John the most hated man and Lorri blames Pat, the publisher. He then goes to John for a job to erase all the bad publicity that he has gotten from the paper. This works until Pat tells John that Robert was behind the smear campaign. But John decides that he does need some good publicity and hires Robert to provide it... Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Taglines:

Two's company, three's a triangle but "Four's a Crowd!"

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All Rights Reserved See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film presents one of the largest and most elaborate model train sets ever seen in a motion picture. In the race, Bob's locomotive is a Lionel Union Pacific M-10000 "Streamliner" (model #752E), and Dillingwell's is a Lionel New York Central "Hudson" (model #700E). See more »

Goofs

At one point Jean is shown dialing Bob, then he is shown dialing her before she finishes. Neither Bob or Jean get a busy signal and Bob's phone doesn't ring, but they both say hello to each other inexplicably. See more »

Quotes

Robert Kensington 'Bob' Lansford: What are you crying for, darling?
Lorri Dillingwell: [crying] I'm not crying.
Robert Kensington 'Bob' Lansford: Aren't you happy?
Lorri Dillingwell: [sobbing desolately] Yes, I'm happy.
Robert Kensington 'Bob' Lansford: Wish you'd stop sniveling, then.
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Alternate Versions

This is the only one of the Eroll Flynn-Olivia de Havilland that was never released to the home entertainment market in the USA. It was released in Argentina using a well preserved 16mm print with the original English credits and audio track and Spanish language subtitles. See more »


Soundtracks

Daydreaming (All Night Long)
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played at the Jamaica Room
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Screwball comedy with surprise ending...
25 May 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Screwball comedy was popular in the late '30s and Warner Bros. made several contributions to this genre. Despite the stellar cast--Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Patric Knowles and Rosalind Russell--this one isn't considered one of the best but it's amusingly played by the four leads.

Errol Flynn is a surprise in a good comic performance--a highlight of which is the scenes where he is pursued by hound dogs snapping at his heels every time de Havilland's father (Walter Connolly) tries driving him off his property. Flynn and Rosalind Russell play a pair of scheming reporters who, along with newspaper boss Patric Knowles, exploit Connolly as "the meanest man in America". Love complications abound when the four snarling couples get into cabs for the finale, with a surprising switcheroo happening before a justice of the peace about to perform the marriage ceremony.

Olivia de Havilland looks gorgeous as the giddy daughter of millionaire Connolly and shows a decided flair for comedy. Likewise, Flynn, Russell and even Patric Knowles (less wooden than usual) appear to be having a great time in their roles.

Amusing frothy comedy with too many complicated schemes going on for almost all of its running time--but worth a peek if you enjoy watching these stars.


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