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Four Wives (1939)

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110 min | Drama, Romance

Three of the four musically inclined daughters of Adam Lemp, the Dean of the Briarwood Music Foundation, are settling into their lives as wives, but not all is well. Thea Lemp has long since married wealthy banker, Ben Crowley. Thea makes ...See moreThree of the four musically inclined daughters of Adam Lemp, the Dean of the Briarwood Music Foundation, are settling into their lives as wives, but not all is well. Thea Lemp has long since married wealthy banker, Ben Crowley. Thea makes a unilateral decision which may disrupt their marriage. Emma Lemp married their neighbor, florist Ernest Talbot, after realizing that she truly did love him and not their border, composer/conductor Felix Deitz, after Ernest's actions at what was supposed to be Felix and Emma's youngest sister Ann Lemp's wedding. Emma receives some sad news which too may place a pall over her and Ernest's marriage. And Ann, after the suicide death of her husband Mickey Borden who she married as his possible salvation, and Felix are once again engaged, he who she always truly loved. But the memory of Mickey, who was an acquaintance of Felix's, may be a major roadblock on the road to happiness for Ann and Felix, especially as Mickey leaves something a little unexpected of himself that may always be that constant reminder. The fourth daughter, Kay Lemp, is herself embarking on a new relationship, with obstetrician turned research scientist Dr. Clinton Forrest Jr., who is determined to find out what is causing the lung problems, often fatal, of the lumbermen working on the other side of town. Written by Huggo See less
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Writers
Julius J. Epstein (screen play) | Philip G. Epstein (screen play) | Maurice Hanline (screen play) | Fannie Hurst (suggested by the book "Sister Act")
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Gross (US & Canada)
$355,200
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Release date
Dec 25, 1939 (United States)

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43 cast members
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Priscilla Lane
Ann Lemp Borden Ann Lemp Borden   See fewer
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Rosemary Lane
Kay Lemp Kay Lemp   See fewer
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Lola Lane
Thea Lemp Crowley Thea Lemp Crowley   See fewer
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Gale Page
Emma Lemp Talbot Emma Lemp Talbot   See fewer
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Claude Rains
Adam Lemp Adam Lemp   See fewer
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Jeffrey Lynn
Felix Dietz Felix Dietz   See fewer
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Eddie Albert
Dr. Clinton Forrest, Jr. Dr. Clinton Forrest, Jr.   See fewer
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May Robson
Aunt Etta Aunt Etta   See fewer
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Frank McHugh
Ben Crowley Ben Crowley   See fewer
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Dick Foran
Ernest Talbot Ernest Talbot   See fewer
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Henry O'Neill
Dr. Clinton Forrest, Sr. Dr. Clinton Forrest, Sr.   See fewer
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John Garfield
Mickey Borden (archive footage) Mickey Borden (archive footage)   See fewer
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Vera Lewis
Mrs. Ridgefield Mrs. Ridgefield   See fewer
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Loia Cheaney
Actress (scenes deleted) Actress (scenes deleted)   See fewer
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Robert Warwick
Mr. Roberts (scenes deleted) Mr. Roberts (scenes deleted)   See fewer
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Pat West
Charlie - Taxi Driver (scenes deleted) Charlie - Taxi Driver (scenes deleted)   See fewer
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Claude Wisberg
Western Union Boy (scenes deleted) Western Union Boy (scenes deleted)   See fewer
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Sidney Bracey
Extra at Wedding Reception (uncredited) Extra at Wedding Reception (uncredited)   See fewer
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Hobart Cavanaugh
Mr. Jenkins (uncredited) Mr. Jenkins (uncredited)   See fewer
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Glen Cavender
Extra at Wedding Reception (uncredited) Extra at Wedding Reception (uncredited)   See fewer
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Betty Ross Clarke
Nurse in Dr. Forrest's Office (uncredited) Nurse in Dr. Forrest's Office (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dora Clement
Nurse Attending Ann (uncredited) Nurse Attending Ann (uncredited)   See fewer
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Michael Conroy
Florist Boy (uncredited) Florist Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Neal Dodd
Minister at Wedding (uncredited) Minister at Wedding (uncredited)   See fewer
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Claire Du Brey
Nurse Telling Crowley It's a Girl (uncredited) Nurse Telling Crowley It's a Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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Betty Farrington
Nurse (uncredited) Nurse (uncredited)   See fewer
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Olin Howland
Joe - a Policeman (uncredited) Joe - a Policeman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Danny Jackson
Actor (uncredited) Actor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dennie Jackson
Boy Soprano Singing 'I Love You Truly' (uncredited) Boy Soprano Singing 'I Love You Truly' (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lillian Lawrence
Mrs. Ridgefield's friend (uncredited) Mrs. Ridgefield's friend (uncredited)   See fewer
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Al Lloyd
Patient in Dr. Forrest's Office (uncredited) Patient in Dr. Forrest's Office (uncredited)   See fewer
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Wilfred Lucas
Stationmaster (uncredited) Stationmaster (uncredited)   See fewer
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Wendell Niles
Concert Radio Announcer (uncredited) Concert Radio Announcer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Paul Panzer
Extra in Restarant / Extra at Wedding Reception (uncredited) Extra in Restarant / Extra at Wedding Reception (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Reeves
Laboratory Man (uncredited) Laboratory Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ruth Robinson
Nurse in the Nursery (uncredited) Nurse in the Nursery (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ruth Tobey
Mathilde (uncredited) Mathilde (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dorothy Vernon
Actress (uncredited) Actress (uncredited)   See fewer
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Leo White
Guest at Wedding Reception (uncredited) Guest at Wedding Reception (uncredited)   See fewer
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Arline Willden
Girl Violinist (uncredited) Girl Violinist (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lottie Williams
Guest at Wedding Reception (uncredited) Guest at Wedding Reception (uncredited)   See fewer
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Isabel Withers
Nurse Telling Jenkins It's a Boy (uncredited) Nurse Telling Jenkins It's a Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.6 / 10 | 482 votes