Four's a Crowd (1938)

85 or 91 mins | Romantic comedy | 3 September 1938

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HISTORY

The film's working title was All Rights Reserved. MPH notes that this was the first film that Russell made for Warner Bros. Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland and Patric Knowles had acted together previously in the 1937 film The Adventures of Robin Hood. According to MPH's "In the Cutting Room," William Dieterle was originally signed to direct and Spec O'Donnell, Al Herman and Charles Judels were signed for roles in the film. ...

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The film's working title was All Rights Reserved. MPH notes that this was the first film that Russell made for Warner Bros. Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland and Patric Knowles had acted together previously in the 1937 film The Adventures of Robin Hood. According to MPH's "In the Cutting Room," William Dieterle was originally signed to direct and Spec O'Donnell, Al Herman and Charles Judels were signed for roles in the film.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
13 Jul 1938
p. 3
Film Daily
12 Aug 1938
p. 6
Hollywood Reporter
21 Mar 1938
pp. 18-19
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jul 1938
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jul 1938
p. 1
Motion Picture Daily
18 Jul 1938
p. 4
Motion Picture Herald
19 Mar 1938
p. 39
Motion Picture Herald
16 Jul 1938
p. 58, 61
New York Times
12 Aug 1938
p. 11
Variety
17 Aug 1938
p. 22
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
All Rights Reserved
Release Date:
3 September 1938
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: 4 Aug 1938
Production Date:
early Feb--late Mar 1938
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
25 May 1938
LP8260
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
85 or 91
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4151
SYNOPSIS

Learning that owner Patterson "Pat" Buckley is planning to close down the newspaper where she works, reporter Jean Christy suggests that he rehire former managing editor, Robert Kensington Lansford, who now has a public relations business. Pat refuses, so Jean approaches Bob on her own. Bob is reluctant until he learns that Pat is engaged to Lorri Dillingwell, the granddaughter of millionaire John P. Dillingwell, a man Bob wants as a client. The next morning, Bob offers to rescue the paper if Pat will give him complete control in running it. He also tells Pat that Jean is in love with him, and Pat is secretly pleased. When Bob, whose motto is "if you can't give them someone to love, give them someone to hate," suggests they could increase the paper's circulation by naming Dillingwell an enemy of the people, however, Pat objects because he wants to protect Lorri. Pat is overruled when Bob reminds him of their agreement. Lorri and Pat quarrel over the paper's attack on her grandfather and she breaks up with him. Later, Bob sneaks into Dillingwell's estate, hoping to convince him that he needs to improve his now sullied image. Dillingwell does not care about his image, but Bob challenges him to a toy train race which he wins by greasing the tracks used by Dillingwell's trains. Impressed by the trick, Dillingwell agrees to hire Bob as his publicist, after which Bob convinces Dillingwell to give money to charity as a public relations ploy. Pat now believes that Jean is in love with him, while Lorri thinks she is in love with Bob, and Bob and ...

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Learning that owner Patterson "Pat" Buckley is planning to close down the newspaper where she works, reporter Jean Christy suggests that he rehire former managing editor, Robert Kensington Lansford, who now has a public relations business. Pat refuses, so Jean approaches Bob on her own. Bob is reluctant until he learns that Pat is engaged to Lorri Dillingwell, the granddaughter of millionaire John P. Dillingwell, a man Bob wants as a client. The next morning, Bob offers to rescue the paper if Pat will give him complete control in running it. He also tells Pat that Jean is in love with him, and Pat is secretly pleased. When Bob, whose motto is "if you can't give them someone to love, give them someone to hate," suggests they could increase the paper's circulation by naming Dillingwell an enemy of the people, however, Pat objects because he wants to protect Lorri. Pat is overruled when Bob reminds him of their agreement. Lorri and Pat quarrel over the paper's attack on her grandfather and she breaks up with him. Later, Bob sneaks into Dillingwell's estate, hoping to convince him that he needs to improve his now sullied image. Dillingwell does not care about his image, but Bob challenges him to a toy train race which he wins by greasing the tracks used by Dillingwell's trains. Impressed by the trick, Dillingwell agrees to hire Bob as his publicist, after which Bob convinces Dillingwell to give money to charity as a public relations ploy. Pat now believes that Jean is in love with him, while Lorri thinks she is in love with Bob, and Bob and Jean are in love with each other. Meanwhile, Bob asks Dillingwell to use an assumed name and buy the land owned by the newspaper. When Jean discovers the ruse, Bob asks her not to print the truth. He explains that his public relations campaigns are designed to force wealthy men to donate to good causes. Feeling that Bob has lied to her, Jean agrees to elope with Pat. Bob and Lorri follow them and at the last minute, Jean marries Bob while Lorri marries Pat.

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