When Four Do the Same

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When Four Do the Same
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
Produced by Paul Davidson
Written by Erich Schönfelder
Ernst Lubitsch
Starring Ossi Oswalda
Emil Jannings
Margarete Kupfer
Fritz Schulz
Release date
16 November 1917[1]
Running time
4 reels
Country Germany
Language Silent
German intertitles

When Four Do the Same (German: Wenn vier Dasselbe tun) is a 1917 German silent comedy drama film directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring Ossi Oswalda, Emil Jannings and Margarete Kupfer. Lubitsch himself plays a book shop employee who falls in love with Jannings' daughter. The film was a key transitional work in Lubitsch's career, as he began to produce films with greater depth than his early light comedies.[2]

It premièred in Berlin on 16 November 1917 at the Union-Theatre am Nollendorfplatz and at the UT Kufürstendamm (Filmbühne Wien).[3]



  1. ^ Eyman p.378
  2. ^ Eyman p.50-51
  3. ^ vier dasselbe tun.html "Wenn vier dasselbe tun (1917)". cinegraph.de. Retrieved 8 January 2017.


  • Eyman, Scott. Ernst Lubitsch: Laughter in Paradise. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.

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