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Dinner at Eight (1933)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Feb 1, 2005

Budget $435,000

Running Time
1 hour, 53 minutes

Country USA

Studio MGM

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• Dinner at Eight
• Freitag abends um acht (1933)

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Genre: Romance, Drama, Comedy, Infidelity, Blackmail, Marriage, Doctor, Society

Plot: This poignant 1930s comedy features nearly flawless performances by an all-star cast under the deft direction of George Cukor. Based on the successful play by Edna Ferber and George Kaufman, DINNER AT EIGHT is the tale of a socially scheming Park Avenue hostess (Billie Burke) who performs a series of clever manipulations to bring about a dinner party for an aristocratic English couple. In the process, she largely ignores the troubles facing her ailing husband (Lionel Barrymore); unwittingly, her choice of guests creates a web of intrigue, malice, and romance. Jean Harlow is exceptional as the shrewd wife of Billie's business adversary, as is John Barrymore, in a powerful, somewhat autobiographical turn as a fading star who drinks his future away. Silent-film performer Marie Dressler made a comeback in the role of the aging stage actress Carlotta.

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 Directed by
George Cukor
Gone with the Wind, My Fair Lady, The Philadelphia Story
 Written by
George S. Kaufman
A Night at the Opera, You Can't Take It with You, Animal Crackers
Edna Ferber
Giant, Stage Door, Show Boat
Jean Harlow
The Public Enemy, Libeled Lady, Red Dust
Marie Dressler
Anna Christie, Tillie's Punctured Romance, That's Entertainment! III
John Barrymore
Grand Hotel, That's Entertainment, Part II, Midnight
Wallace Beery
Grand Hotel, The Lost World, The Three Ages
Lionel Barrymore
It's a Wonderful Life, Key Largo, You Can't Take It with You
Lee Tracy
The Best Man, Bombshell, Doctor X
Edmund Lowe
The Wings of Eagles, I Love You Again, Intruder in the Dust
 Music By
William Axt
The Thin Man, Tarzan and His Mate, Pygmalion

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