Dinner at Eight (1933)
Archetypal all-star entertainment, with the Edna Ferber-George Kaufman play translated by expert and very funny screenwriters. Director Cukor runs the film like a host at a good party. The Barrymores are at their best, and the pace never flags (the film was shot in four weeks), but nothing surpasses the final encounter of Jean Harlow and Marie Dressler.
With Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Billie Burke, Wallace Beery, Jean Harlow, Lee Tracy, Edmund Lowe, Madge Evans, Jean Hersholt, Karen Morley, Louise Closser Hale, Phillips Holmes, May Robson.
Directed by George Cukor. Produced by David O. Selznick. Screenplay by Frances Marion and Herman J. Mankiewicz, from the play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber. Photographed by William Daniels. Music by William Axt. MGM. 109 minutes.
Plays Tuesday through Thursday (July 10-12) at 7:30.