Four Daughters Reviews
Interesting story, everybody is great in the movie, james mchugh is of course wonderful as is claude raines, there is some comedy, some romance, drama, some suspense, whatever, but it is Garfield, who is this movie. four daughters was suppossed to be the launch for the other male lead, i forgot his name, (jefrrey lynn?), but it didn't happen, instead they ended up redoing alll of the publicity around john garfield because became he so suddenly became extremely popular.
The sequel films, Four Wives and Four Mothers are quite lovely, but they lack the drama that keeps you wanting more.
The dean of a prestigious music organization has four beautiful daughters who are coming of age and share his affection of music; of course, their love is more for the current wave of music than the classics like their dad. All four girls support each other, but as they select boyfriends, it becomes quite apparent their lives are heading in separate directions. How will their upbringing impact their direction and can they stay a cohesive unit?
"If one of my three sisters were a brother, you'd all have black eyes."
Michael Curtiz, director of White Christmas, Mildred Pierce, Captain Blood, The Adventures of Robin Hood, We're No Angels, Yankee Doodle Dandee, and Kid Galahad, delivers Four Daughters. The storyline for this picture is interesting because each daughter's story and direction are fascinating. The acting is also very good and the cast includes John Garfield, Claude Rains, May Robson, and Priscilla Lane.
"It's homes like this that are the backbone of the nation."
Four Daughters is a movie I DVR'd off Turner Classic Movies (TCM) because it was created by the legend Michael Curtiz. I found the film fun in a Little Women kind of way and it definitely contains dynamic and interesting characters. This isn't my favorite Michael Curtiz picture, but was definitely worth my time. I strongly recommend seeing this picture.
"Scratch my name off your birth certificate."
Adam is the head of a very musical family. His four daughters are talented musicians and looking for love. The family also runs a boarding house, taking in stray musicians. One of which is a onery orchestra arranger, played by John Garfield. He falls for the youngest daughter.
This is classic Hollywood melodrama that is charming and entertaining. Best of all is Garfield in his first Oscar nominated role.
(1938) Four Daughters
Unusual drama vehilce for Michael Curtiz (Casablanca) who is known for directing adventure films. A better way to describe this film was a popular soap opera during that time about four musical daughters starring Priscilla Lane, spawning 2 more sequels- "Four Wives (1939)" and then "Four Mothers (1941)" and a retelling of Four Daughters called "Daughters Courageous"! This was also John Garfield's movie debut!
3 out of 4 stars