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April 29, 2017
I had never seen John Garfield before this movie and he really made an impression and I've liked him in everything I've seen him in since. The relationship between the daughters and dad is lively and fun. I love Claude Rains. Three of the four sisters are actually sisters.
½ March 22, 2017
I did not have high hopes for Four Daughters, but it was better than I expected. It rose above the mundane idea of a bunch of girls looking for a mate, and actually had some strong story elements. The daughters are all empowered pretty well considering the time period it was made. They are picking and choosing their mates, looking for true love over the desperation of just finding any old man, and one of them even prioritizes a career over seeking a husband. It started out feeling more like a seriously out-of-date drama about these girls living in a primitive system, and ended up being a little more progressive than that, as well as having a fair amount of comedy.

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.
March 2, 2014
Keep smiling, dad!

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."

Grade: B
February 24, 2014
here's another example of a review flixter lost!!!
Super Reviewer
August 27, 2013
Good for its time period, Four Daughters is entertaining despite being overly sentimental.
April 4, 2013
The very impacting film debut for John Garfield who was in many ways ahead of his time with his honest & raw performance.

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.
July 1, 2012
A household is comprised of a musical family in which a father (Claude Rains) conducts a choir and band of out his four daughters (Priscilla, Rosemary, and Lola Lane, along with Gale Page). In a process of a year, all begin to take diverting routes, two falling in love with the same guy, ensuing a strange love triangle, another one gets married, while the remaining one gets accepted into school. To me, this leads to a disappointing, mediocre film, especially under "Casablanca" director Michael Curtiz. It says this is a musical drama, but it's just relentless protégé of situations revolving around the four daughters that slightly go somewhere, with minimal singing and if there is any, it's not memorable. Passable, but forgettable entertainment.
March 26, 2012
John Garfield gets all of the acclaim for Four Daughters but Priscilla Lane is the real star of the show.
August 6, 2011
Would have given it more stars if Mickey hadn't died. He was my favorite part.
July 27, 2011
Looks like a pretty decent B&W.
½ June 5, 2011
*** (out of four)

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.
½ March 29, 2011
Good though not great "classic". A little too soap opera like for my taste. John Garfield is great in his first movie role. Especially liked Priscilla Lane's performance as youngest sister Ann.
September 28, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

(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
Super Reviewer
September 19, 2010
For the most part, this movie has a good story, but it has some predictable elements and boring scenes. Overall, an okay movie.
February 23, 2010
If you can keep up the with the fast and tight 1930's style WB dialogue you'll this drama/comedy about 4 musical daughters who have Claude Rains as the conductor/composer Dad who lives in 30's ville and of course the abundant male suitors ringing the door bell. It's funny that in this era WB's big money makers were the Gangster films and for whatever reason te writers found a way to catch that vibe with one of the guys pre-James Dean: actor John Garfield a drifter piano player who elopes with the youngest daughter on her wedding day to his best friend. Of course she's still really in love with the other guys and since Garfield's the "villain" and a 1930's divorce is out of the question, Garfield plows his car into a tree and dies. A happy ending for everybody. Seriously, it ends with a happy ending soon after the accident.
November 17, 2009
This one starts out really nice and seemingly predictable and then gets turned upside down by Mickey Borden (John Garfield). I loved it, and love Claude Rains. All of the sisters are pretty great too. Good casting.
December 15, 2008
no thanks not my thing
½ August 4, 2008
good (but underrated)old WB movie
Super Reviewer
July 27, 2008
Quaint is as good a word as any to describe this film, that's not always a bad thing though especially with a cast as good as this. Claude Rains and May Robson keep the schmaltz to a minimum, Priscilla is very pretty and best of all is John Garfield, wonderfully contemporary even in this slice of Americana.
Super Reviewer
July 3, 2008
want to see this because it was nominated for best picture at the oscars
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