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Four Wives (1939)





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In this drama, the sequel to Four Daughters, the daughters are now adults. Three of the sisters rally together to find a new love for the fourth sister whose husband recently committed suicide. The widowed woman then discovers that she is pregnant with her deceased husband's child and this causes her to refuse a marriage proposal. At the same time, another sister learns that she is barren, one sister adopts and then finds herself carrying twins, and a different sister gets married. All are very happy except for the pregnant widow who bears her child prematurely. The baby is saved by a blood transfusion from her recently rejected suitor, and the grateful mother promptly elopes with the gallant chap.
Classics , Drama , Romance
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Warner Bros.


Claude Rains
as Adam Lemp
Priscilla Lane
as Ann Lemp Dietz
Rosemary Lane
as Kay Lemp
Lola Lane
as Thea Lemp Crowley
Jeffrey Lynn
as Felix Deitz
John Garfield
as Mickey Borden
Frank McHugh
as Ben Crowley
May Robson
as Aunt Etta
Gale Page
as Emma Lemp
Dick Foran
as Ernest
Eddie Albert
as Dr. Clinton Forrest Jr.
Henry O'Neill
as Dr. Clinton Forrest Sr.
Vera Lewis
as Mrs. Ridgefield
John Qualen
as Frank
George Reeves
as Laboratory man
Ruth Tobey
as Mathilde
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They say geniuses die young. In the movie Four Daughters we saw the daughters of Adam Lemp all grown up and become married. Their lives are all over the place, but one of the daughters becomes a widow when her husband unexpectantly dies. As she begins to recover from the tragedy, she falls in love with a new man, only to discover she is pregnant with her dead husband's baby... "Well I am here...and I ain't getting one bit of attention either." Michael Curtiz, director of White Christmas, Mildred Pierce, Captain Blood, The Sea Hawks, Yankee Doodle Dandee, Four Daughters, We're No Angels, Breaking Point, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and Kid Galahad, delivers Four Wives. The storyline for this picture is straightforward and fairly slow, but the settings and characters are well placed and written. The acting is pretty solid and the cast includes Priscilla Lane, Claude Rains, Eddie Albert, May Robson, and John Garfield. "He don't need no education. That's for sissies." I watched this movie because it was directed by the marvelous Michael Curtiz. I also did enjoy Four Daughters. I can tell you I didn't think this was as good as that movie and the film was too slow and kind of boring. I did want to see what happened to the characters, so the movie does keep you invested in the plot, but this is far from one of Curtiz's better pictures. "It's your career. It's not your baby." Grade: B-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Follow-up to Four Daughters is okay but pushes the mawkish sentimentality pretty hard. Most of the cast perform well, Frank McHugh is most appealing as Lola's flummoxed husband, and Priscilla Lane is good in her bruised sadness. The one actor who is terrible and throws the whole enterprise off is Jeffrey Lynn, supposedly an ideal man he is attractive but a dull and bland presence and the constant comparison to the magnetic John Garfield who is superimposed throughout only makes him worse. Plus he must be the most unconvincing orchestra conductor ever!

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