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Dinner at Eight (1933)

Passed   |    |  Comedy, Drama

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Affluent Millicent and Oliver Jordan throw a dinner for a handful of wealthy and/or well-born acquaintances, each of whom has much to reveal.

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23 September 2010 | SmileysWorld
| Good,but the comedic elements I was expecting aren't there.
When I think of comedy films from the 1930's,I tend to think of mile-a-minute Marx Brothers or Laurel and Hardy like romps.That's not what you get with Dinner at Eight.This was surprising,due to the fact that film placed 85th on the AFI's 100 Years,100 Laughs list some years ago.I'm not saying it is a poor film.Anything but.It's extremely well acted,well presented,and it does have it's humorous moments,but there are some depressing elements to the film as well that make me question why anyone would call it a comedy,let alone why it would make such a list.In the end,I would recommend it,but don't go in expecting a rip roaring slapstick film.You'll only be disappointed in that regard.

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Bravely, it seems, John Barrymore--who notably struggled with chronic alcoholism that would lead to his death at age 60 in 1942--plays the has-been actor Larry Renault who was also addicted to the bottle. And just like his character Renault, he was in the death throes of a third marriage, one that would end within a year.


Millicent Jordan: He knows Carlotta. We met him at her place in Antibes three years ago. He was simply a sensation! The girls fighting to get into his car. And on the beach, well, my dear, he wore even less than the girls.


I love this movie, especially the wonderfully over-the-top comic scenes in which Jean Harlow and Wallace Beery square off, but I never have understood how the timing for the dinner evening was supposed to work. Everyone was to gather for dinner at 8, and the hostess (Billie Burke) said she had planned for the group to go to a Broadway play ("Say It With Music") and to a nightclub after that. How? Curtain time then was, at the latest, 8:30, and I don't see this high-toned crowd wolfing down a carefully prepared meal and dashing across town to a theater. And no one in that assemblage, except for Harlow, seemed likely to go in for late-night clubbing. (I'll concede that the hostess canceled the nightclub reservation after learning the truth about her husband's health, but there's still the matter of bolting down dinner and zooming off to the theater.)

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I Loved You Then As I Love You Now
(1927) (uncredited)
Our Dancing Daughters (1928))
Music by William Axt and David Mendoza
Played during the opening credits


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