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Four Frightened People

1934 1h 18m Adventure List
Reviews 36% Audience Score 100+ Ratings A prim teacher (Claudette Colbert), a chemist (Herbert Marshall), a newsman and an Englishwoman (Mary Boland) land by lifeboat at the edge of a jungle. Read More Read Less

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Frank J. Avella Edge Media Network The Supporting Oscars would not be instituted until 1936, but had they existed in 1934 Boland would have been assured a nomination, if not the award itself. Rated: B Aug 19, 2021 Full Review Helen Brown Norden Vanity Fair Herbert Marshall, Claudette Colbert, Mary Boland and William Gargan star in an entertaining picturization of the novel by E. Arnot Robertson.... Jun 6, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D Lame adventure film that gives no one much to do. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/04/24 Full Review Audience Member Arnold Ainger (Herbert Marshall, who lost a leg during World War I yet became one of the biggest leading men of Hollywood; he was also the star of the radio drama The Man Called X), Mrs. Mardick (Mary Boland, The Women), Stewart Corder (William Gargan, who played radio and TV detective Martin Kane) and Judy Jones (Claudette Colbert, It Happened One Night) have escaped their bubonic plague-infested ship and ended up on a jungle island populated with primitive natives and wild beasts. The print ad for this had great copy: "Once…ladies and gentleman…the last remnants of civilization slipped from them with their tattered clothes…Now they were male and female battling the jungle for life…each other for love!" This is a movie that doesn't get mentioned in the films of Cecil B. DeMille all that often. This movie looks great, despite being shot on location in Hawaii. Also, while Colbert used a stand-in wearing a flesh-colored bodysuit for the waterfall scene, she was nearly nude in other moments. This was, of course, before the Hayes Code. The new Kino Lorber blu ray release of this movie features audio commentary by Nick Pinkerton and the original trailer. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Alright but no, I wouldn't watch it again. A product of the pre-code era with nudity and a married man falling for another woman. Claudette Colbert transforms from a conservative school teacher into a provocative jungle queen. Overall not DeMille's best work, a classic pre-code piece though. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review kevin w Cecil B. DeMille and the attraction 1930's audiences had for the win-the-lottery romantic thinking that real life existed outside of the grind of modern civilisation and perhaps out on a tropical isle somewhere. There's some sort of story here, barely, but the whole feature is actually one long drawn out striptease until we get to the main plot point: Claudette Colbert's shower au natural in the wild. Her character arc: she goes from virginal/"don't touch me! don't even think about it!", to "I want it NOW!" DeMille, a glorified carny to some extent. He knew his audiences. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member good but really different choice from director demille Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member 1934, OK? Four ship passengers flee Bubonic Plague onboard. They meet Leo Carrillo, the only "Englishman" on the island they row to. The jungle awaits and they have to walk through it. Torn clothes and dangers. Three of the people have major personality changes. Claudette Colbert as a frightened schoolteacher with hair in a start with. The Four manage to survive the ordeal. One of them forces population control on a tribe that took her hostage. C. B. DeMille, but don't prejudge it by that. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A prim teacher (Claudette Colbert), a chemist (Herbert Marshall), a newsman and an Englishwoman (Mary Boland) land by lifeboat at the edge of a jungle.
Cecil B. DeMille
Original Language
Release Date (DVD)
Nov 15, 2011
1h 18m