Dinner at Eight (1933) - Rotten Tomatoes

Dinner at Eight (1933)




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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.

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Marie Dressler
as Carlotta Vance
John Barrymore
as Larry Renault
Wallace Beery
as Dan Packard
Jean Harlow
as Kitty Packard
Lionel Barrymore
as Oliver Jordan
Lee Tracy
as Max Kane
Edmund Lowe
as Dr. Wayne Talbot
Madge Evans
as Mrs. Wayne Talbot
Jean Hersholt
as Joe Stengel
Billie Burke
as Mrs. Oliver Jordan
Karen Morley
as Mrs. Wayne Talbot
Louise Closser Hale
as Hattie Loomis
Phillips Holmes
as Ernest DeGraff
May Robson
as Mrs. Wendel
Grant Mitchell
as Ed Loomis
Phoebe Foster
as Miss Alden
Elizabeth Patterson
as Miss Copeland
Hilda Vaughn
as Tina, Kitty's Maid
Edwin Maxwell
as Mr. Fitch, the Hotel Manager
John Davidson
as Mr. Hatfield, the Assistant Manager
Edward Woods
as Eddie, Bellboy
George Baxter
as Gustave, the Butler
Herman Bing
as The Waiter
Anna Duncan
as Dora, the Maid
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Critic Reviews for Dinner at Eight

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (1)

What this business needs, what theaters must have, what fans rush to pay their money for is an ATTRACTION and [MGM] have certainly gone the limit in giving them one with this production. That the industry will be better off as a result of it.

August 29, 2018 | Full Review…

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

April 24, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

June 7, 2010 | Full Review…

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

April 7, 2008 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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.

December 30, 2005 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Scintillating '30s comedy with an all-star cast and quip-happy script.

September 9, 2005 | Rating: 5/5

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
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
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.

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Lanning : )

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