#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Millicent Jordan is pre-occupied with the plans she is making for a high-class dinner party. Her husband Oliver is in failing health, and he is also worried because someone is trying to buy up the stock in his shipping business – even his old friend Carlotta wants to sell her stock. Hoping to get help from businessman Dan Packard, he persuades Millicent, against her wishes, to invite Packard and his wife to the dinner. As Oliver’s problems get worse, Millicent is increasingly quick-tempered because the plans for the party are not going smoothly. As the time for the dinner approaches, it appears that the hosts and the guests will all have plenty on their minds.
Plot: An ambitious New York socialite plans an extravagant dinner party as her businessman husband, Oliver, contends with financial woes, causing a lot of tension between the couple. Meanwhile, their high-society friends and associates, including the gruff Dan Packard and his sultry spouse, Kitty, contend with their own entanglements, leading to revelations at the much-anticipated dinner.
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Excellent. Part of my TCM Jean Harlow 4-pack, and the bonus feature-length doc on Harlow’s short life and career is exemplary. Highly recommended to any Pre-Code connoisseurs–and I know you’re out there…
One of great director George Cukor’s best films, Dinner at Eight is a prime example of a Pre-Code era classic, and an excellent star vehicle for the combined multifarious talents of Marie Dressler, Wallace Beery, Brothers Barrymore (Lionel and John), Jean Harlow, and Billie Burke, among others. Coupled with the great acting is the offbeat and alternately dramatic and humorous story line of the flighty hostess who plans an extravagant dinner party for a wealthy and highly-esteemed British couple who never do show up. The audience is introduced one by one to the various guests, as well as the host and hostess, and by the conclusion of the film, the viewer knows how and why each of them has chosen whether or not to accept the invitation, with each character’s situation shown in an intimate, behind-the-scenes manner.
Would I recommend? Yes, but please, don’t go into this thinking you’re in for a hyper, all-out screwball comedy. It’s not. It’s a comedy/drama leaning more toward the latter, and it’s very…different. That’s all.
A Glorious Film About a Disastrous Dinner Party
This film was the follow-up to 1932’s best film GRAND HOTEL. MGM had discovered that there was tremendous box office appeal if they had a film with a roster of stars in all the main roles. In this case the roles are played by Lionel and John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Lee Tracy, Edmund Lowe, Philips Holmes, Jean Hersholt, Marie Dressler, Jean Harlow, Billie Burke, Madge Blake, Karen Morley, Louise Closser Hale, and Grant Mitchell. Mitchell adds a nice touch of brief asperity to the proceedings as a relative by marriage dragged to the dreary dinner party on the night he was planning to see a Greta Garbo movie. I take it that George Kaufman was responsible for that little jab. Kaufman wrote this screenplay with Edna Ferber (SO BIG, SHOWBOAT) from their Broadway play – later they would do the masterly STAGEDOOR. The director was George Cukor, who managed to get the best performances from all of the players.
Lionel Barrymore is Oliver Jordan, married to Billie Burke (Millicent Jordan) and father to Madge Blake (Paula Jordan). Barrymore is the owner of a steamship line that is suddenly having financial difficulties. He is facing bankruptcy unless he can get help. He is also suffering from heart disease, and is keeping this from his family.
Barrymore turns to Dan Packard (Wallace Beery), a wealthy stock manipulator with political ambitions (he has been mentioned for a possible cabinet post). Packard is actually undermining Jordan’s company to take it over. Barrymore is also checking into some of the stockholders. One is an old flame of his, Carlotta Vance – a great stage star of the teens (Marie Dressler). Carlotta is socially a success, but her financial security is not as good (this is the depression) and she may have to sell the stock for her own sake.
Burke is planning a large dinner party for the richest man in England, a steamship tycoon. Barrymore could really not care that much, but it might help his business. Packard is interested in the dinner party – his dreams of a large steamship empire could stand an English partner. So he wrangles an invitation for himself and his wife Kitty (Jean Harlow). Harlow is a toy wife (Packard’s first wife died), and is a low class type who looks terrific. But she and Beery are constantly at odds about almost everything. She too is interested in attending the party because she wants to be socially accepted by the wealthy set. Also, her physician, Dr. Wayne Talbot (Edmund Lowe) is attending with his nurse/wife Lucy (Karen Morley). Harlow is happy about that – she has been having an affair with Dr. Talbot.
Madge Blake has been engaged to Ernest DeGraff (Philips Holmes), but has wrangled a dinner invitation for Larry Renault (John Barrymore) a once great leading man, now headed for oblivion due to his alcoholism. Blake has been secretly having an affair with him. Renault’s career is at a nadir, despite the work of his agent Max Kane (Lee Tracy). But Tracy has a last opportunity to save Renault with a small role in a play produced by Jo Stengel (Jean Hersholt). If the job is secured, Renault may not face eviction from the hotel he is currently in (managed by Edwin Maxwell).
All these elements come together in the last act, as chance, comic misunderstanding and farce, and tragedy are blended together to prevent some people from attending the dinner and others are invited in their place. Relationships are ended, and others are reinforced (for better or worse). The funniest performances are Dressler, Beery and Harlow as the battling Packards, and Burke (when she explodes in anger about her guests). The saddest is John Barrymore, who with the assistance of Cukor uses that great profile of his in a macabre final scene. But the dinner is still served to the guests who show up at 8:00 P.M. on the dot, and the final moment is gloriously shared by Mrs. Packard and Carlotta discussing literature and the future of man…and women.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 51 min (111 min) (Turner library print)
Director George Cukor
Writer Frances Marion, Herman J. Mankiewicz, George S. Kaufman
Actors Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Laboratory American Film Technologies Inc., USA, MGM Studio Lab, USA (prints)
Film Length (11 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm