Four Daughters Reviews
I also found the bonds between the sisters added to the film, and impacted one of the main plot threads significantly. I love when movies focus on sacrificial love, and the way that some love can transcend romance and crushes. It was also nice that this movie didn't fall into the typical trope of the bickering sisters. There was a lot of potential for these relationships to be contentious and for them to just spend time with countless cat-fights. But here we see the bonds of family as strong and lasting.
While the characters, and some of the things that happen to them were good, the plot was very muddled. It took a long time before I felt like Four Daughters had figured out which story it wanted to highlight. For awhile I was concerned that it was going to ramble on and never have anything significant occur. Luckily, it got there eventually and there was a central story that kept me interested. The ending was surprising, and might have been a bit off-putting, but I still smiled because of how things were resolved. I'll also say the cast was good, particularly the four daughters themselves who each had a unique personality which made the film better. It's not the type of movie that will appeal to everyone, but I enjoyed it.
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."
The simple story of Four Daughters who are all musicians and a love triangle develops with a twist.
Priscilla Lane is by far the loveliest of the sisters, she is not only stunning but has a warm presence on the screen.
Although a nice Hollywood Film in many aspects it's a little edgy for its time & is really propelled by its performances.
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