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Four Daughters

Title from the trailer
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Produced by Henry Blanke
Benjamin Glazer
Hal B. Wallis
Written by Lenore J. Coffee
Julius J. Epstein
Fannie Hurst (novel)
Starring Priscilla Lane
Rosemary Lane
Lola Lane
Gale Page
John Garfield
Claude Rains
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography Ernest Haller
Editing by Ralph Dawson
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) August 9, 1938
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Followed by Daughters Courageous
Four Wives
Four Mothers

Four Daughters is a 1938 musical drama film that tells the story of a happy musical family whose lives and loves are disrupted by the arrival of a cynical young composer who interjects himself into the daughters' romantic lives. It stars the Lane Sisters plus Gale Page, Claude Rains, Jeffrey Lynn, John Garfield and Dick Foran. The Lanes were real sisters, members of a family singing trio.

The film was written by Lenore J. Coffee and Julius J. Epstein from the Fannie Hurst novel Sister Act. It was directed by Michael Curtiz.

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Plot

The Lemp sisters, Ann, Kay, Thea and Emma, are prodigies in a musical family headed by their father, Adam. The Lemps also run a boarding house, and among the tenants is Felix Deitz, a young composer whom the four daughters aim to attract. Emma, the oldest daughter, is the object of affection for a nervous neighbor, Ernest, but she rebuffs his attentions. Thea, a pianist and the second oldest, is courted by a local wealthy man, Ben Crowley, but is not sure she loves him. Kay, the next oldest, is a talented singer and has a chance at a music school scholarship, but doesn't want to leave home. The youngest daughter is Ann, a violinist. A new tenant to the house is an angry young man named Mickey, an orchestral arranger and friend of Felix. Mickey immediately falls in love with Ann, but Felix also has had his eyes on her and proposes marriage.

Academy Award nominations

The film was an Academy Award nominee for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (John Garfield) and Best Adapted Screenplay. For Best Picture and Best Director it lost to Frank Capra's You Can't Take It with You. Best supporting actor went to Walter Brennan in Kentucky, while the adapted screenplay honor went to Pygmalion.

Four Daughters film series

Four Daughters is the first in a series of four films by Warner Bros. featuring the Lane Sisters and the other cast members. It was followed by in 1939's Daughters Courageous, also directed by Michael Curtiz and co-starring Claude Rains and John Garfield, though it is a story about a different family. However, the storyline of Four Daughters and the Lemp family is continued in the 1940 film, Four Wives, and 1941's, Four Mothers.

Cast

Priscilla Lane in Four Daughters trailer.jpg Priscilla Lane as Ann Lemp John Garfield in Four Daughters trailer.jpg John Garfield as Mickey Borden
Rosemary Lane in Four Daughters trailer.jpg Rosemary Lane as Kay Lemp Jeffrey Lynn in Four Daughters trailer 2.jpg Jeffrey Lynn as Feliz Deitz
Lola Lane in Four Daughters trailer.jpg Lola Lane as Thea Lemp May Robson in Four Daughters trailer.jpg May Robson as Aunt Etta
Gale Page in Four Daughters trailer.jpg Gale Page as Emma Lemp Frank McHugh in Four Daughters trailer.jpg Frank McHugh as Ben Crowley
Claude Rains in Four Daughters trailer.jpg Claude Rains as Adam Lemp Dick Foran in Four Daughters trailer.jpg Dick Foran as Ernest Talbot

Remake

Four Daughters was remade in 1954 as Young at Heart, starring Frank Sinatra and Doris Day.

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