Four Frightened People

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Four Frightened People
Four Frightened People poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille
Produced by Cecil B. DeMille
Screenplay by Bartlett Cormack
Lenore Coffee
Based on novel by E. Arnot Robertson
Starring Claudette Colbert
Herbert Marshall
Mary Boland
William Gargan
Music by Karl Hajos
John Leipold
Milan Roder
Heinz Roemheld
Cinematography Karl Struss
Edited by Anne Bauchens
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • January 26, 1934 (1934-01-26)
Running time
95 min. / 78 min. (1935 re-release) (USA)
Country United States
Language English

Four Frightened People is a 1934 American Pre-Code adventure film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Claudette Colbert, Herbert Marshall, Mary Boland, and William Gargan. It is based on the novel by E. Arnot Robertson.


The film tells the story of two men (Marshall and Gargan) and two women (Colbert and Boland), who leave from a plague-ridden ship and reach the Malayan jungle. The relationships between the four people before they enter the jungle are examined and are transformed as they interact with natural phenomena and the natives who populate the jungle. The film also relates how each of the four people carried on in life after they emerged from the jungle.


Filming locations[edit]

Production crew[edit]

  • Executive producer (uncredited) - Emanuel Cohen
  • Art Direction - Roland Anderson
  • Production Manager (uncredited) - Roy Burns
  • Assistant Director (uncredited) - Cullen Tate, James Dugan
  • Sound Mixer (uncredited) - Harry Lindgren
  • Double (uncredited) - Mildred Mernie as Claudette Colbert, Bruce Warren as Herbert Marshall, Leota Lorraine as Mary Boland, Carl Mudge as William Gargan, Curley Dresden as Leo Carrillo


The film was a box office disappointment for Paramount.[1]

Home Video Release[edit]

This film, along with The Sign of the Cross, Cleopatra, The Crusades and Union Pacific, was released on DVD in 2006 by Universal Studios as part of The Cecil B. DeMille Collection.


  1. ^ By, D. W. (1934, Nov 25). "Taking a Look at the Record". New York Times (1923-Current File)

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