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Four Men and a Prayer (1938)

The sons of a disgraced British officer try to clear his name.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Richard Sherman (screenplay), Sonya Levien (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Loretta Young ... Miss Lynn Cherrington
Richard Greene ... Geoffrey Leigh
George Sanders ... Wyatt Leigh
David Niven ... Christopher Leigh
William Henry ... Rodney Leigh
C. Aubrey Smith ... Colonel Loring Leigh
J. Edward Bromberg ... General Torres (as Edward Bromberg)
Alan Hale ... Mr. Furnoy
John Carradine ... General Adolfo Arturios Gregario Sebastian
Reginald Denny ... Capt. Douglas Loveland
Berton Churchill ... Mr. Martin Cherrington
Barry Fitzgerald ... Trooper Mulcahay
Claude King ... Gen. Bryce
Cecil Cunningham ... Piper
Frank Dawson Frank Dawson ... Manders
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Storyline

Colonel Loring Leigh, British Indian Army, appears to have issued an order that cost 90 lives. Cashiered, he returns home, tells his sons of a conspiracy by an arms syndicate to supply the rebels...then is found dead, an apparent suicide. To clear their father, the four sons must globetrot in a hazardous search for evidence, closely followed by Geoffrey's sweetheart Lynn Cherrington. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Adventure | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 April 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Štirje osvetniki See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Once when director John Ford called Loretta Young to the set, the actress refused to leave her trailer until she was happy with her hair. After waiting for her for a while, Ford and several grips went to her trailer and began shaking and rocking it until she came out. See more »

Crazy Credits

Manders, the butler, is listed as Mullins in the credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in 20th Century Fox Promotional Film (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Adios Muchachos (I Get Ideas)
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Written by Julio Sanders
Played in a Buenos Aires nightclub
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Good One for Particular Actor Completists
30 December 2012 | by misctidsandbitsSee all my reviews

Interesting film for the actors playing three of the brothers and the father and Loretta Young in a more whimsical part than usual for her. We've seen this type character portrayed before - a charmed harum scarum type - but not particularly by her. It features Richard Greene, an actor whose star rose quickly but had a short run. Don't try to follow the action, and see it more than once if you intend to attempt to follow the path leading toward the perpetrator. The arms seller father is a rewarding figure as he turns out a good guy who helps to simplify things, much needed in a complicated and twisted trail. Alan Hale is also in an atypical role as the evil genius. I can see why this one would be diverting at the time of release, but not one with a lasting shelf life, except for completists of a particular actor or stalwart fan.


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