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Four Daughters Movie Series Collection (4 Discs) (1941)

Priscilla Lane , Rosemary Lane , William Keighley Michael Curtiz  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Priscilla Lane, Rosemary Lane, Lola Lane, Gale Page, Claude Rains
  • Directors: William Keighley Michael Curtiz
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: WB
  • DVD Release Date: August 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 380 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0052YZ8WO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,212 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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FOUR DAUGHTERS Meet professor Adam Lemp's four daughters -- and the men who love them. This sentimental and romantic favorite launched the series and John Garfield's career. DAUGHTERS COURAGEOUS Should a daughter marry a footloose charmer who's a lot like Dad? Director Michael Curtiz of Four Daughters reunites with Garfield, Claude Rains, the Lane sisters (Priscilla, Rosemary, Lola) and Gale Page in a follow-up tale of a family a lot like the Lemps. FOUR WIVES The original filmmaker and cast again return - and the Lemp sisterhood finds new bonds in marriage and motherhood. FOUR MOTHERS Will the Lemps lose the family home? Hard times give way to jubilant triumph in the endearing film that teams the Lane sisters and Gale Page for a fourth and final sister act.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Those Who Indulge In Sentimentality August 15, 2011
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I'm not ashamed to admit that this series is one of my favorites. While the production values for this series is pure Warner Brothers ca. 1940 (aka backlot grandeur), it is high on the melodrama but also charming in a folksy sort of way. The films follow a pat formula ----- the trials and tribulations of a widowed father, his sister, and his four daughters and their assorted boy friends/husbands. The only exception to this formula is Daughters Courageous which messes with the core characters. I'll get to this issue later on.
The casting is really quite good given that almost all of the cast were stock WB contract players. Claude Rains (one of my favorite actors of any film era) is cast as the father. Crotchety but sweet May Robson plays the aunt. The Lane sisters (Lola, Rosemary, and Priscilla) play three of the daughters and Gale Page plays the fourth. The men in their lives are played by John Garfield, Jefrey Lynn, Eddie Albert, Dick Foran, and Frank McHugh. Tossed into the mix is peculiar old bag neighbor Mrs. Ridgefield (Vera Lewis) who's role isn't more than a cameo in any of the pictures, but serves as a point of reference to indicate that while everything is changing some things never do.
The original entry in this series FOUR DAUGHTERS introduced John Garfield to the screen after his initial success on the stage. While it was actually his second film (his first being BLACKWELLS ISLAND), this was the film going public's first glimpse of Garfield. Unfortunately, WB didn't realize that he'd cause such a sensation and leave the audience clamoring for more because they killed his character off in this film. However, knowing they had a good thing in Garfield he made a subsequent appearance in the series as the ghost of his character Mickey Borden.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Golden Oldies! September 26, 2011
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This series is a real collector's gem and is a great presentation of the studio system style of ensemble acting from the late thirties and early forties. This one is digitally perfect and I really enjoyed it. Thanks to Warner's and their Archive Collection, these are all collected for us to sit back and enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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The four "Four Daughters" movies produced by Warner Brothers from 1938-1941 are an interesting mix of mild comedy and soap opera drama.

Claude Rains plays the crusty, but lovable father of four grown, beautiful daughters who are all still living at home. Rains' older sister "Aunt Emma" is played by the wonderful May Robson, who died shortly after the last of these four movies was made. Rains makes his living providing music lessons in his home and being the head of a local music foundation. Aside from his family, he lives for classical music, and frowns upon loud "swing" music that's all the rage.

The kind, wholesome daughters are played by three real-life sisters: Priscilla, Rosemary, and Lola Lane; and the fourth is Gale Page, the tall sister with the husky voice.

These films are nostalgic, romanticized movie slices of small town American life in the years just before Pearl Harbor, courtesy of the Warner Brothers backlot. Few towns may have been like the home town where the "Four Daughters" lived and loved, but it's nice to think that at least some were.

Here's the order in which this series was made and released to theaters: 1. Four Daughters (1938); 2. Daughters Courageous (1939); 3. Four Wives (1939); and 4. Four Mothers (1941).

Daughter Courageous is the odd film in the series. It was rushed into release to capitalize on the rising stardom of John Garfield. He was the "troubled" young man who was killed in Four Daughters, the first film of the series.

In order to bring him back to life, so to speak, Warner Brothers devised a plan to use the same Four Daughters cast, but changed all the names, professions, etc., and also messed around with other formula elements that were established in the first film.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MAY NOT PLAY ON YOUR COMPUTER! November 1, 2011
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I've never encountered this problem before. When I inserted the first DVD into my computer (for reason related to variuod disabilities I watch all DVDs on my computer) it took many attempts rto get it to play properly. The second DVD played only intermittently and the third and fourth DVDs did not play at all. Only after a good amount of struggles did I notice that the DVD box explained that the discs were designed to play in DVD players and might not play on computers. Of course, I could not find such a warning on Amazon's website. It might be there, but it's well hidden.

Despite these problems and the hassle I will now have to go through to get prperly playing copies of the movies, this series is a wonder. Claude Rains steals the show and May Robson, as his sister, is almost his equal. John Garfield played his "loser" part to perfection. The series has melodrama and soap opera written all over it, but who cares. This is fun. Forget that no family such as this ever existed. It's fun to pretend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely January 10, 2013
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love those old black and whites where a story was a story. i enjoyed all four of these films, yet i still wanted more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old Movies March 9, 2014
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My Mom loves them and they are of good quality. She is confined in a memory clinic with memory issues and she enjoys older movies. These movies are on disc and are excellent quality and she loves them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Four Daughters: Four Uplifting Films
I first viewed this series on TCM and fell indeliably under the spell of these underrated film gems. Wonderful home-spun charm with poignant moments of heart-wrenching drama. Read more
Published 7 months ago by H. Fenton
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
Such a great series of movies with great actors like the Lane sisters,
Claude Rains and of course John Garfield. Raines did a good job in this film. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Josephine Gutierrez
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, If You're Not Expecting Too Much
I liked all four of these movies -- and for one very special reason. Priscilla Lane is a delight throughout, and I cannot take my eyes off her whenever she is on the screen. Read more
Published 14 months ago by richievee
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! Quite lovely!
A fabulous collection about the four musical daughters (the talented Lane sisters and Gale Page) and their father (Claude Rains), a musical professor, who live with his... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Carole Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly wonderful film series - a favorite!
Four Daughters is the first in a series of four films starring the same actors, but this is easily the best (ain't that usually da way! Read more
Published 23 months ago by J. F. McCausland
3.0 out of 5 stars Can't view on every player!
These movies are good; I'd seen them before, and they have very good casts and production values. I was disappointed, however, that I couldn't play them in my main DVD player! Read more
Published on January 2, 2012 by martha paradeis
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