90 Days of Oscar Nominees #31 – Four Daughters (1938)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 90 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 5 Dec 2017 and The 90th Annual Oscars on 4 Mar 2018.

Here is my 31st review of the 90 chosen Films…

“I’m going down to the Hall of Records to strike my name off your birth certificates! ” – Adam

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Jan 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Four daughters of a musical composer try to find love and happiness.

My Take on it – This was a pretty mediocre film that once again makes me question how they decided on which films to give Best Picture nominations to back in the early days.

The story is too soap opera-py and the plot isn’t as interesting as one would hope.

The plot itself is razor-thin and the characters are all too similar to one another that there are instances where it’s hard to differentiate between them.

This film has a few musical numbers which actually help because they make it a bit more entertaining that it’s easier to digest this film.

I once again ask: How is this film in the same category in the same year as The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), You Can’t Take it With You (1938), Le Grande Illusion (1937), Boys Town (1938) and The Citadel (1938)

Bottom Line – This film is really soap opera-py and I found it to be quite tedious in its storytelling. The plot is razor thin and the characters are all too similar to differentiate well enough.  The few musical numbers are nice to listen to and help make this film bearable. Yet another Best Picture nominee that I think doesn’t deserve to be in the company of so many other great films.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Michael Curtiz found himself in the unenviable position of competing against himself in the Best Director race for the Academy Award, being nominated for both Four Daughters (1938) and Angels with Dirty Faces (1938). Unfortunately he effectively canceled himself out and the Oscar went to Frank Capra for You Can’t Take It with You (1938). Curtiz would go on to win his Oscar for Best Director five years later for Casablanca (1942). This wouldn’t happen again until 2000 when Steven Soderbergh was nominated for both Erin Brockovich (2000) and Traffic (2000), winning for the latter. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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