Dinner at Eight

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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.


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

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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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