Five of a Kind

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Five of a Kind
Five of a Kind poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHerbert I. Leeds
Produced bySol M. Wurtzel
Screenplay byLou Breslow
John Patrick
StarringJean Hersholt
Claire Trevor
Cesar Romero
Slim Summerville
Henry Wilcoxon
Inez Courtney
Music bySamuel Kaylin
Gene Rose
CinematographyDaniel B. Clark
Edited byFred Allen
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • October 14, 1938 (1938-10-14)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States

Five of a Kind is a 1938 American comedy film directed by Herbert I. Leeds and written by Lou Breslow and John Patrick. The film stars Jean Hersholt, Claire Trevor, Cesar Romero, Slim Summerville, Henry Wilcoxon and Inez Courtney. The film was released on October 14, 1938, by 20th Century Fox.[1][2] The film follows the escalating rivalry between radio journalists Duke Lester (Romero) and Christine Nelson (Trevor) that culminates in a competition to cover the exploits the famous Canadian quintuplets, the Wyatts, played by the Dionne quintuplets.[3]




The Wyatt Quintuplets in the movie are shown to live an idealized version of the life of the Dionne Quints. Shortly after their birth, the girls were made wards of the state and raised in a theme park type hospital situation which was across the street from the parents they were taken from. For the first nine years of their life, the children were treated like a zoo attraction.[4] While they were under state care, they made this movie and its predecessor, The Country Doctor; both featuring Jean Hersholt as their kindly caretaker, Dr John Luke.[5]


  1. ^ "Five of a Kind (1938) – Overview". Retrieved 2015-10-02.
  2. ^ Nugent, Frank S. (1938-10-31). "Movie Review – Five of a Kind – The Screen – ' Five of a Kind,' All Dionnes, Is Shown at the Globe; Notes on 'Storm' and 'Irish and Proud of It' At the Rivoli At the Belmont At the Teatro Hispano". Retrieved 2015-10-02.
  3. ^ John Howard Reid (1 May 2005). Hollywood's Miracles of Entertainment. pp. 59–. ISBN 978-1-4116-3522-7.
  4. ^ Cruz, Gilbert (2009-01-28). "A Brief History of Multiple Births". TIME. Retrieved 2015-10-02.
  5. ^ Barry Monush (2003). Screen World Presents the Encyclopedia of Hollywood Film Actors: From the silent era to 1965. Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. pp. 331–. ISBN 978-1-55783-551-2.

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