Saturday, February 14, 2015

Four Daughters 1938

     This film was adapted from the novel Sister Act by Fannie Hurst.  Adam Lemp has four adult daughters.  He is the Dean of the Briarwood Music Foundation and all of his daughters are interested in music.  They live with their father and Aunt Etta in a home they’ve had for a long time.  Mr. Lemp likes the classics especially Beethoven but the girls are interested in popular music.  They are thinking and wondering about marriage and speculating about the type of person they would like as a husband.
     I had a difficult time in the beginning telling the daughters apart and that could be because three of the daughters are sisters?  I also couldn’t keep up for a while with which man belonged with what daughter?  After a little time, I was able to sort them out especially after drama starts happening.  This film has good values regarding discipline, respect and caring about others.  3½* (I liked this movie) 
90 min, Drama directed by Michael Curtiz with Claude Rains, John Garfield, Jeffrey Lynn, Frank McHugh, May Robson, Gale Page, Dick Foran, Vera Lewis, Tom Dugan, Eddie Acuff, Donald Kerr, Pricilla Lane.

Note:  Imdb 7.1 out of 10, 100% audience 80% critic on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.6* out of 5* with 21 reviews, TCM 3.5* of 4*.
Special Note:  There were sequels to this film, Daughters Courageous, Four Wives and Four Mothers.  This 1938 film was remade as Young at Heart in 1954, Imdb 6.9/10 with Frank Sinatra and Doris Day.  I like the movie poster with the makeup and hairstyles of this period.

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