Dinner at Eight (1933)
Average Rating: 8.5/10
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Release Date: Aug 23, 1933 Wide
Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 2,694
Based on the Broadway hit by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber, Dinner at Eight is a near-flawless comedy/drama with an all-star cast at the peak of their talents. Social butterfly Mrs. Oliver Jordan (Billie Burke) arranges a dinner party that will benefit the busines of her husband (Lionel Barrymore). Among the invited are a crooked executive (Wallace Beery), who is in the process of ruining Jordan; his wife (Jean Harlow), who is carrying on an affair with a doctor (Edmund Lowe); a fading
Aug 23, 1933 Wide
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Mrs. Oliver Jordan
Dr. Wayne Talbot
Mrs. Wayne Talbot
Louise Closser Hale
Mrs. Wendel The Cook
Tina Mrs. Packard's Mai...
Mr. Fitch the Hotel Man...
Mr. Hatfield the Assist...
Gustave the Butler
Dora the Maid
It's a little rough around the edges, but the performances from these legendary actors really make this movie worthy of your time
A deluxe flipbook of caricatures, a blatant pageant of studio thoroughbreds, a study of tuxedoed, bejeweled pretense
Features a stellar cast of all-star MGM veterans who all know how to overact.
Taking advantage of MGM's talent pool, George Cukor directed this witty 1933 comedy with a big-gun cast that includes Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, and Jean Harlow.
Scintillating '30s comedy with an all-star cast and quip-happy script.
A sparkling script and game efforts from an all-star cast easily overcome the creakiness.
The dinner party that closes Dinner at Eight wouldn't feel like dancing at the end of the world without Renault's final gesture.
Sterling film version of the play with some great performances.
the kind of smart, upscale adult comedy-drama that would never get made these days
- Max Kane: Oh, no. l'm just telling you the truth... You know, you never were an actor. You did have looks, but they're gone now. You don't have to take my word for it. Just look in any mirror. They don't lie. Take a good look. Look at those pouches under your eyes. Look at those creases. You sag like an old woman! Get a load of yourself! Wait till you start tramping around the offices, looking for a job, because no agent's going to handle you. Sitting in those anterooms hour after hour, giving your name to office boys that never even heard of you. You're through, Renault! You're through in pictures and plays and vaudeville and radio and everything. You're a corpse, and you don't know it. Go get yourself buried!
- Carlotta Vance: That's the unfortunate thing about death. It's so terribly final. Even the young can't do anything about it.
- Kitty Packard: I was reading a book the other day.
- Carlotta Vance: Reading a book?
- Kitty Packard: Yes. It's all about civilization or something, a nutty kind of a book. Do you know that the guy said that machinery is going to take the place of every profession?
- Carlotta Vance: Oh, my dear, that's something you need never worry about.
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