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Four's a Crowd

1938 1h 31m Romance Comedy List
Reviews 57% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Reporter Jean Christy (Rosalind Russell) convinces publicity man Bob Lansford (Errol Flynn) to buy the failing paper she writes for from owner Pat Buckley (Patric Knowles). Initially reluctant, Bob agrees to Jean's plan when he learns Pat is engaged to Lorri Dillingwell (Olivia de Havilland), whose wealthy grandfather he hopes to snag as a client. Bob soon runs a critical story on Lorri's grandfather in a scheme to later "save" the man, making Jean wonder if she did the right thing. Read More Read Less

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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Old-fashioned lighthearted romantic screwball comedy that is as dumb as it is energetic. Rated: C+ Dec 31, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member The thing about Four's a Crowd is that unless you understand Warner Bros. and the Flynn-de Havilland partnership at the time, you don't quite get it. Constantly changing character motivations and a fast-talking Flynn (plus an even faster-talking Rosalind Russell) cover up the excellent parody of every other movie Flynn and de Havilland did together. Errol doesn't get the girl, instead of suavely climbing ivy to speak with Olivia (as he does in The Adventures of Robin Hood) he almost falls off of it, he isn't the hero...it goes on and on. This isn't even going into de Havilland's "sorry, Errol!" as she kisses another man. Flynn and de Havilland (particularly Flynn, as he gets something to do while de Havilland does her best with a paper-thin part) are excellent and the standouts, but Russell and Knowles are no slouches. The priest is pretty good too! All in all, a wonderful screwball that's much better than it seems. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Not very funny as a screwball comedy, but still enjoyable if instantly forgettable. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Oh, Flynn, you are very funny but the movie itself could've been a touch more serious. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member A simple little romance quadrangle boasting some big names of the day Errol Flynn & Olivia deHavilland. The story is basically Errol Flynn as a public relations man and all his conniving & how the effects the romance of the other three. Mostly fun & light & little bit vague in parts but ultimately it's a linear Rom Com that lacks the impact of the like of Philadelphia Story. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Four's a Crowd (1938) -- [6.5] -- It's surprising Errol Flynn didn't make more screwball comedies, because he's completely at home in this 'who's duping who' comedy, outrunning the guard dogs, shaking hands with people in side-by-side moving cars, and carrying on romantic telephone conversations with two women simultaneously. In "Four's a Crowd," he's teamed with his regular leading lady Olivia de Havilland, as well as Rosalind Russell (in a newspaper role the predates 'His Girl Friday'), Patric Knowles, and Walter Connolly. Flynn plays the supporting characters off one another for his own selfish gain. The film climaxes with a double-elopement wherein the couples chase each other, quarrel, split up, and switch partners before the vows are finished. If you're a fan of classic screwballs, this one shouldn't disappoint. And it's the only chance you'll ever get to see Errol Flynn bite both a dog and Rosalind Russell in the same movie. Look for character actor Margaret Hamilton (Oz's wicked witch) in small part. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member You'll have a chance to see me when bananas grow on the North Pole Bob Lansford is a charismatic fellow that used to run a newspaper. He is asked by a young lady to help her save the paper. Bob initially says no but when he discovers the young lady that asked him is the granddaughter of a man he despises, he decides to play along. A complicated love triangle forms between him, the granddaughter, his best friend, and his best friend's fiancée. "If I wanted brains I'd go out and hire some." "You ought to." Michael Curtiz, director of White Christmas, The Vagabond King, Casablanca, Mildred Pierce, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Yankee Doodle Dandy, and Captain Blood, delivers Four's a Crowd. The storyline for this picture is fun to watch unravel but nothing spectacular overall. The script is well written and the cast delivers solid performances and includes Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Rosalind Russell, Patric Knowles, and Walter Connolly. "Do you want me to get a bullet in my head?" "I'd like nothing better." I have always enjoyed watching Errol Flynn movies and came across this picture while flicking through the channels. I decided to give it a shot and found it fairly entertaining. This isn't the greatest film in the world but Flynn displayed perfect charisma and I loved how the characters played off each other. I do recommend giving this film a shot. "You people don't want a marriage you want a divorce." Grade: B- Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Reporter Jean Christy (Rosalind Russell) convinces publicity man Bob Lansford (Errol Flynn) to buy the failing paper she writes for from owner Pat Buckley (Patric Knowles). Initially reluctant, Bob agrees to Jean's plan when he learns Pat is engaged to Lorri Dillingwell (Olivia de Havilland), whose wealthy grandfather he hopes to snag as a client. Bob soon runs a critical story on Lorri's grandfather in a scheme to later "save" the man, making Jean wonder if she did the right thing.
Director
Michael Curtiz
Producer
Hal B. Wallis
Screenwriter
Casey Robinson, Sig Herzig
Production Co
Warner Bros.
Genre
Romance, Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
May 5, 2009
Runtime
1h 31m