Release dateAugust 4, 1938 (1938-08-04) (US) WriterCasey Robinson (screenplay), Sig Herzig (screenplay), Wallace Sullivan (from a story by) Music directorRay Heindorf, Heinz Eric Roemheld, M.K. Jerome, Eddie Durant ScreenplayCasey Robinson, Sig Herzig, Wallace Sullivan CastErrol Flynn (Robert Kensington 'Bob' Lansford), Olivia de Havilland (Lorri Dillingwell), Rosalind Russell (Jean Christy), Patric Knowles (Patterson 'Pat' Buckley), Walter Connolly (John P. Dillingwell), Hugh Herbert (Silas Jenkins, Justice of the Peace) Similar moviesNever Been Kissed, Zodiac, Die Hard, Megamind, State of Play, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
TaglineTwo's company, three's a triangle but "Four's a Crowd!"
Four s a crowd
Four's a Crowd is a 1938 American romantic comedy film directed by Michael Curtiz, starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Rosalind Russell and Patric Knowles. It was written by Casey Robinson and Sig Herzig from a story by Wallace Sullivan. This was the fourth of nine films that Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland appeared in.
Reporter Jean Christy (Rosalind Russell) works for a newspaper in danger of being thrown away by its young owner, Pat Buckley (Patric Knowles), after Buckley has a falling-out with the editor-in-chief, Robert Lansford (Errol Flynn). Meanwhile, Lansford hopes to gain tycoon John Dillingwell's (Walter Connolly) business for his public relations firm, and uses his position at Buckley's paper to drum up good press for Dillingwell. In the process, he discovers that Dillingwell's granddaughter Lorri (Olivia de Havilland) is Buckley's fiancée. Lansford decides to try to charm Lorri while Christy makes a play for Buckley.
The film began with the working title of "All Rights Reserved," and was supposedly based on the career of noted public relations man Ivy Ledbetter Lee, who worked for the Rockefeller family. The film's title was changed to Four's a Crowd in February.
Warner Bros. borrowed Rosalind Russell from MGM for the film. William Dieterle was originally slated to direct the film, and Edmund Goulding turned it down, before the studio assigned it to Michael Curtiz. Although principal photography went 12 days over the allotted time, Curtiz still managed to bring it in $12,000 under budget.
With the success of The Adventures of Robin Hood, Errol Flynn was concerned about being typecast as a swashbuckler, and convinced Warner Bros. to cast him in other types of films, specifically screwball comedies. However, Four's a Crowd was not a success at the box office, and encouraged Warner Bros. to keep Flynn in action roles.