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Four Mothers (1941)

Adam Lemp and his four daughters (Ann, Thea, Kay, and Emma) find themselves in financial and emotional crises. Thea's husband Ben has promoted a Florida housing development to everyone in ... See full summary »

Director:

William Keighley

Writers:

Stephen Morehouse Avery (original screen play), Fannie Hurst (suggested by the book "Sister Act" by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claude Rains ... Adam Lemp
Jeffrey Lynn ... Felix Deitz
Eddie Albert ... Clint Forrest
May Robson ... Aunt Etta
Frank McHugh ... Ben Crowley
Dick Foran ... Ernest Talbot
Vera Lewis ... Mrs. Ridgefield
Priscilla Lane ... Ann Lemp Deitz
Rosemary Lane ... Kay Lemp Forrest
Lola Lane ... Thea Lemp Crowley
Gale Page ... Emma Lemp Talbot
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Storyline

Adam Lemp and his four daughters (Ann, Thea, Kay, and Emma) find themselves in financial and emotional crises. Thea's husband Ben has promoted a Florida housing development to everyone in town, and when a hurricane wipes out the investments of all their friends, the Lemps decide to pay back the losses, even if it costs them their own home. Kay's husband Clint is so devoted to his medical research that he risks losing Kay. And Ann's husband Felix, encountering Kay during an out-of-town trip, finds his loneliness putting his marriage at risk. Meanwhile, as a result of the antipathy of the townspeople due to the investment disaster, Adam loses his beloved position with the musical society. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quatro Mães See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Wednesday 10 October 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Bellingham WA Saturday 17 November 1956 on KVOS (Channel 12), in San Francisco Friday 7 December 1956 on KRON (Channel 4), in Spokane Wednesday 26 December 1956 on KREM (Channel 2), in Phoenix Thursday 27 December 1956 on KVAR (Channel 12), in Miami Saturday 5 January 1957 on WTVJ (Channel 4), and in Los Angeles Monday 25 March 1957 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »

Goofs

When Clint and Ann first enter his laboratory, a moving shadow of the boom microphone can be seen on the lab equipment in the foreground. See more »

Quotes

Adam Lemp: Come here.
Ann Lemp Deitz: Or what?
Adam Lemp: Or the best spanking you've ever got.
Ann Lemp Deitz: I'd almost enjoy it.
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Connections

Follows Four Wives (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 (Moonlight)
(uncredited)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played by members of the Lemp family at various times
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Third time not as charming
10 November 2011 | by misctidsandbitsSee all my reviews

Pet Peeve: miss-using and over-using the phrase, "had very little to do." Someone picked that up from a professional critic and it keeps getting passed around. It's not a catchall phrase. Does that really apply here? This is the same group carrying the movie as before. It's a big family, and the immediate members are the focal points. There are four daughters, after all. The husbands are naturally lesser support figures. There is a problem with this one in particular, but let's s try to be accurate about it. Actually, most take issue with this particular script. It's not the distribution of labor; it's what the writers did this time. Perhaps there was criticism that the family was too squeaky clean or something along that line. They just seemed to disassemble everyone, only to put them back together again - quite artificially in both cases. Whatever it was, it was not effective.

If you like hanging out with the gang in general, you might enjoy this one for that reason. But, if you want to remember them pretty much as they were, best to skip this one.


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