Dinner at Eight (1933)




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Movie Info

In this comedy/drama, social butterfly Mrs. Oliver Jordan arranges a dinner party that will benefit the business of her husband. Nothing goes as planned, due to various suicides, double-crosses, compromises, fatal illness, and servant problems. In spite of all this, however, dinner is served precisely at eight.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Herman J. Mankiewicz, Frances Marion, Donald Ogden Stewart
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 1, 2005


as Carlotta Vance

as Larry Renault

as Dan Packard

as Kitty Packard

as Oliver Jordan

as Max Kane

as Dr. Wayne Talbot

as Mrs. Wayne Talbot

as Joe Stengel

as Mrs. Oliver Jordan

as Mrs. Wayne Talbot

as Hattie Loomis

as Ernest DeGraff

as Mrs. Wendel

as Ed Loomis

as Miss Alden

as Miss Copeland

as Tina, Kitty's Maid

as Mr. Fitch, the Hote...

as Mr. Hatfield, the A...

as Eddie, Bellboy

as Gustave, the Butler

as The Waiter

as Dora, the Maid
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Critic Reviews for Dinner at Eight

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

It's a little rough around the edges, but the performances from these legendary actors really make this movie worthy of your time

Full Review… | April 24, 2013
Film Geek Central

A deluxe flipbook of caricatures, a blatant pageant of studio thoroughbreds, a study of tuxedoed, bejeweled pretense

Full Review… | June 7, 2010

Features a stellar cast of all-star MGM veterans who all know how to overact.

Full Review… | April 7, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Dinner at Eight

This is the story of socialites, their dramas and affairs, as they prepare for a dinner party.
The main conflict of this story sneaked up on me, and by the time I was aware that the eponymous dinner would be either an afterthought or never appear, I had already condemned this movie for its over-heavy exposition and its dull characters/caricatures. It is true that there are some compelling performances, but I couldn't find why we were getting to know them or what the raison d'etre was until much too late. Even now I'm not sure.
Overall, this film's poor structure makes it difficult to like.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

After you get through the first half of the movie, which is really talky and long, it gets good. It's dramatic and exciting, and the story has a great realistic ending. The actors are good too. This was a good movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Incredibly good play-turned-movie adaptation. An all-star cast, with exceptional performances by John Barrymore, holding up the tragic end of the balance, and Marie Dressler delivering the best laughs. A must-see just for the great weave of comedy and tragedy.

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

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