Four Daughters

Four Daughters

Claude Rains
Director: Michael Curtiz Cast: Claude Rains
Claude Rains
, May Robson
May Robson
, Priscilla Lane
Priscilla Lane
Michael Curtiz

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Fannie Hurst's Sister Act was the source for this money-making Warners weeper. The four daughters of the title are played by the Lane Sisters--Priscilla, Rosemary and Lola--and by Gale Page. All are musical prodigies, and all are daughters of master-musician Claude Rains. To help make ends meet, Rains rents several rooms of his home to boarders--most of whom, thanks to the dictates of the plot, seem to be marriageable men. We're supposed to care the most about the mutual attraction the daughters feel towards handsome Jeffrey Lynn, but the film really belongs to John Garfield, making his movie debut (no, he wasn't in 1933's Footlight Parade) as an embittered piano genius. Garfield has us in the palm of his scruffy hand the moment he begins philosophizing about "the fates:" "So they flipped a coin...heads he's poor, tails he's rich....they flipped a coin--with two heads." Aware that he can bring only unhappiness to Priscilla Lane, the daughter who cares most for him, Garfield obligingly drives into a heavy snowstorm and is killed in an auto accident (but it's not staged as a suicide, lest the Hays Office spank). John Garfield made so powerful an impression in Four Daughters that Warners was compelled to write him into the sequel Four Wives, first as a flashback and then as (implicitly) a ghost. Another film, Daughters Courageous, was hastily constructed using the same cast, but with different character names so as to accommodate a happier denouement for Garfield and Lane. Four Daughters was remade in 1954 as Young at Heart, with Frank Sinatra and Doris Day in the John Garfield and Priscilla Lane roles.

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/01/2011
UPC: 0883316353189
Original Release: 1938
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 10,239

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Claude Rains Adam Lemp
May Robson Aunt Etta
Priscilla Lane Ann Lemp
Lola Lane Thea Lemp
Rosemary Lane Kay Lemp
John Garfield Mickey Borden
Gale Page Emma Lemp
Dick Foran Ernest Talbot
Jeffrey Lynn Felix Deitz
Frank McHugh Ben Crowley
Vera Lewis Mrs. Ridgefield
Tom Dugan Jake
Eddie Acuff Sam
Donald Kerr Earl
Wilfred Lucas Doctor
Joe Cunningham Waiter

Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
Henry Blanke Associate Producer
Lenore J. Coffee Screenwriter
Ralph Dawson Editor
Julius J. Epstein Screenwriter
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Benjamin Glazer Associate Producer
Ernest Haller Cinematographer
John Hughes Art Director
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Sherry Shourds Asst. Director
Max Steiner Score Composer
Hal B. Wallis Producer

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