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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 »

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Julius J. Epstein (screen play), Philip G. Epstein (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Priscilla Lane ... Ann Lemp Borden
Rosemary Lane ... Kay Lemp
Lola Lane ... Thea Lemp Crowley
Gale Page ... Emma Lemp Talbot
Claude Rains ... Adam Lemp
Jeffrey Lynn ... Felix Dietz
Eddie Albert ... Dr. Clinton Forrest, Jr.
May Robson ... Aunt Etta
Frank McHugh ... Ben Crowley
Dick Foran ... Ernest Talbot
Henry O'Neill ... Dr. Clinton Forrest, Sr.
John Garfield ... Mickey Borden (archive footage)
Vera Lewis ... Mrs. Ridgefield
John Qualen ... Frank
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Loia Cheaney Loia Cheaney ... (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

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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Thrilling Sequel to Four Daughters! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuatro esposas See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$355,200
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Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ann's baby is born premature, but is never put into an incubator. When the baby is placed into her Mother's arms in the hospital bed, she appears to be a full term baby. Also, Thea gives birth to twins, which is a surprise to the father Ben. A prenatal checkup would have shown she was carrying twins. See more »

Goofs

Longest pregnancy ever. Ann is known to be already pregnant in April (when Felix puts his coat on her and mentions it's April). Shortly after that, Adam mentions it was Father's Day "last week." Months later, when Felix leaves, the telegram they send to Felix is dated June 11. When Clinton comes out after Ann has delivered, he mentions that Ann is fine but it's always hard when "it's a pre-mature baby" indicating that the baby wasn't due for a while. See more »

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Follows Four Daughters (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Serenade
(1826) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Schubert
Sung by Rosemary Lane
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Hi Lemp...Hello Dietz
1 September 2001 | by Randy_DSee all my reviews

On the strength of an outstanding performance by Priscilla Lane, Four Wives succeeds as a sequel to the popular Four Daughters.

Priscilla Lane gives a performance that any of the more acclaimed actresses of her time would be hard-pressed to match. She does an outstanding job of portraying a woman whose life has been completely turned upside down. How she reconciles the past, which keeps intruding on the present, will determine how well she handles the future.

There is an examination of certain issues in this movie, grief, guilt, depression, and loyalty, for example, that goes a bit deeper than one might expect at first glance. At the core of Four Wives, however, is the stunningly beautiful Priscilla Lane, whose beauty is at least the equal to any of Hollywood's actresses of that era, or any era.

As for the rest of the cast, Jeffrey Lynn does a nice job opposite Miss Lane, and Eddie Albert and Claude Rains both do a fine job in support. And, lest I forget, Priscilla's real life sisters Rosemary and Lola, and the "fourth" Lane sister Gale Page.

After the next sequel, Four Mothers, it's too bad they didn't make one more movie to finish the series. Four Sisters has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?


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