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The Four Poster (1952 film)

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The Four Poster
Theatrical release poster
Directed byIrving Reis
Screenplay by
Based onThe Fourposter
by Jan de Hartog
Produced byStanley Kramer
CinematographyHal Mohr
Edited byHenry Batista
Music byDimitri Tiomkin
The Stanley Kramer Company
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • October 8, 1952 (1952-10-08)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Four Poster is a 1952 American comedy-drama film directed by Irving Reis and starring Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer.[1] It is an adaptation of Jan de Hartog's 1951 play The Fourposter.

While it is a live-action film, The Four Poster features animation by the studio United Productions of America (UPA). The animation was directed by John Hubley, and was his last project before leaving UPA and founding his independent studio Storyboard, Inc.[2]

In Yugoslavia, The Four Poster's animation became one of the key influences on the foundation of the Zagreb School of Animated Films. Director Dušan Vukotić had come across an article about UPA's films in Graphis at an English bookstore in Zagreb. Around the same time, The Four Poster arrived in the country in "a batch of American feature films sent for possible sale to Yugoslavia", according to researcher Ronald Holloway. Vukotić and others studied the film's animation, which also gave them a greater understanding of the still images in Graphis. As a result, the team began to explore design-focused limited animation at Zagreb Film.[3]








  1. ^ Bock & Bergfelder p.356
  2. ^ Robinson, David (Winter 1961–1962). "In the Picture; Evolution of a Cartoonist". Sight & Sound. 31 (1): 17.
  3. ^ Holloway, Ronald (1983). "The Short Film in Eastern Europe: Art and Politics of Cartoons and Puppets". In Paul, David W. (ed.). Politics, Art and Commitment in the East European Cinema. pp. 233–238. ISBN 9781349067367.


  • Bock, Hans-Michael & Bergfelder, Tim. The Concise CineGraph. Encyclopedia of German Cinema. Berghahn Books, 2009.