Four's a Crowd

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Four's a Crowd
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Directed by Michael Curtiz
Produced by Hal B. Wallis
Written by Wallace Sullivan (story)
Screenplay by Casey Robinson
Sig Herzig
Starring Errol Flynn
Olivia de Havilland
Rosalind Russell
Patric Knowles
Music by Eddie Durant
Ray Heindorf
M. K. Jerome
Heinz Eric Roemheld
Cinematography Ernest Haller
Edited by Clarence Kolster
Production
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Release dates
  • August 4, 1938 (1938-08-04) (US)
Running time 92 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Four's a Crowd (1938) is a romantic comedy directed by Michael Curtiz, starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Rosalind Russell and Patric Knowles. It was written by Casey Robinson and Sig Herzig from a story by Wallace Sullivan.

Plot[edit]

Reporter Jean Christy (Rosalind Russell) works for a newspaper in danger of being thrown away by its young owner, Pat Buckley (Patric Knowles), after Buckley has a falling-out with the editor-in-chief, Robert Lansford (Errol Flynn). Meanwhile, Lansford hopes to gain tycoon John Dillingwell's (Walter Connolly) business for his public relations firm, and uses his position at Buckley's paper to drum up good press for Dillingwell. In the process, he discovers that Dillingwell's granddaughter Lorri (Olivia de Havilland) is Buckley's fiancée. Lansford decides to try to charm Lorri while Christy makes a play for Buckley.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film began with the working title of "All Rights Reserved,"[1] and was supposedly based on the career of noted public relations man Ivy Ledbetter Lee, who worked for the Rockefeller family.[2] William Dieterle was originally slated to direct the film,[1] and Edmund Goulding turned it down, before the studio assigned it to Michael Curtiz.[2] Warner Bros. borrowed Rosalind Russell from MGM for the film.[2]

Although principal photography went 12 days over the alloted time, Curtiz still managed to bring it in $12,000 under budget.[2]

Release[edit]

With the success of The Adventures of Robin Hood, Errol Flynn was concerned about being typecast as a swashbuckler, and convinced Warner Bros. to cast him in other types of films, specifically screwball comedies.[2] However, Four's a Crowd was not a success at the box office, and encouraged Warner Bros. to keep Flynn in action roles.[3]

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ a b "Notes" on TCM.com
  2. ^ a b c d e LoBianco, Lorraine. "Four's a Crowd" on TCM.com
  3. ^ Thomas, Tony; Behlmer, Rudy and McCarty, Clifford. The Films of Errol Flynn, Secaucus, New Jersey: Citadel Press, 1969. p.69

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