|Social climbing millicent and oliver jordan throw a dinner for a bunch of new york society types, each of whom has much to reveal.|
Editor's NoteThis 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.
Cast & Crew
|David O. Selznick - Producer|
|Frances Marion - Screenplay|
|George Cukor - Director|
|George Kaufman - Based On Play By|
Plot SummaryThis wonderful 1930s comedy from George Cukor features brilliant acting from a formidable cast including John and Lionel Barrymore, Jean Harlow, and Billie Burke. A Park Avenue snob performs a series of brilliant manipulations to bring about a dinner party for an English peer. The film is based on the play by Edna Ferber and George Kaufman.
|"I was reading a book the other day...the guy said machinery is going to take the place of every profession."----Kitty (Jean Harlow) to Carlotta (Marie Dressler)|"Oh my dear, that's something you need never worry about."----Carlotta's reply|