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Four Mothers

Four Mothers

Priscilla Lane
Director: William Keighley Cast: Priscilla Lane
Priscilla Lane
, Rosemary Lane
Rosemary Lane
, Lola Lane
Lola Lane
William Keighley


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Four Mothers was the last of three films inspired by Fannie Hurst's sentimental novel Sister Act. As in the earlier Four Daughters and Four Wives, the quartet of heroines-Ann, Kay, Thea and Emma Lemp-are enacted by real-life siblings Priscilla, Rosemary and Lola Lane, and by Gale Page as the fourth sister. As the film opens, all four daughters are happily married, and three are mothers. The girls return to the home of their musician-father Adam Lemp (Claude Rains) for a family reunion, whereupon Thea's husband Ben Crowley (Frank McHugh) inveigles the family and the rest of the community into investing in a "land boom." A disastrous hurricane wipes out everyone's hopes-and their bank accounts-but things begin to look up a bit in the final reel. As a bonus, the previously barren fourth daughter Emma announces that she has finally become pregnant (thereby justifying the title). Like its predecessors, Four Mothers is expertly produced, directed and acting, but the franchise was beginning to wear out its welcome.

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/01/2011
UPC: 0883316338841
Original Release: 1941
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:25:00
Sales rank: 49,080

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Priscilla Lane Ann Lemp Dietz
Rosemary Lane Kay Lemp Forrest
Lola Lane Thea Lemp Crowley
Gale Page Emma Lemp Talbot
Claude Rains Adam Lemp
Jeffrey Lynn Felix Dietz
Eddie Albert Clint Forrest
May Robson Aunt Etta
Frank McHugh Ben Crowley
Dick Foran Ernest Talbot
Vera Lewis Mrs. Ridgefield

Technical Credits
William Keighley Director
Stephen Morehouse Avery Screenwriter
Ralph Dawson Editor
Fannie Hurst Screenwriter
Heinz Roemheld Songwriter
Charles Rosher Cinematographer
Jack Scholl Songwriter
Max Steiner Score Composer

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