Dinner at Eight

1933, Comedy, 1h 53m

21 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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In this comedic drama, an ambitious New York socialite plans an extravagant dinner party as her businessman husband, Oliver (Lionel Barrymore), contends with financial woes, causing a lot of tension between the couple. Meanwhile, their high-society friends and associates, including the gruff Dan Packard (Wallace Beery) and his sultry spouse, Kitty (Jean Harlow), contend with their own entanglements, leading to revelations at the much-anticipated dinner.

Cast & Crew

Marie Dressler
Carlotta Vance
Jean Harlow
Kitty Packard
John Barrymore
Larry Renault
Wallace Beery
Dan Packard
Lionel Barrymore
Oliver Jordan
Lee Tracy
Max Kane
Edmund Lowe
Dr. Wayne Talbot
Billie Burke
Millicent Jordan
Madge Evans
Paula Jordan
Karen Morley
Mrs. Talbot
Phillips Holmes
Ernest DeGraff
May Robson
Mrs. Wendel
William Axt
Original Music
William H. Daniels
Cinematographer
Ben Lewis
Film Editor
Hobe Erwin
Art Direction
Fredric Hope
Art Direction
Joseph M. Newman
Assistant Director
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Critic Reviews for Dinner at Eight

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (2)

Audience Reviews for Dinner at Eight

  • Sep 03, 2013
    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 H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 23, 2012
    It's.... not as good as I expected?
    Cita W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 15, 2010
    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
  • Jan 12, 2009
    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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