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Four Frightened People (1934)





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In this film, four coastal steamer passengers jump ship when a deadly bubonic plague breaks out. They steal a lifeboat and land on a remote Malayan island. As the four adapt themselves to the rigors of jungle life, but with their guide dead, the castaways are captured by hostile Islanders.


Claudette Colbert
as Judy Cavendish
Herbert Marshall
as Arnold Ainger
William Gargan
as Stewart Corder
Mary Boland
as Mrs. Mardick
Leo Carrillo
as Montague
Nella Walker
as Mrs. Ainger
Tetsu Komai
as Native Chief
Chris-Pin Martin
as Native boatman
Ethel Griffies
as Mrs. Ainger's mother
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Critic Reviews for Four Frightened People

All Critics (2)

The Supporting Oscars would not be instituted until 1936, but had they existed in 1934 Boland would have been assured a nomination, if not the award itself.

August 19, 2021 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Herbert Marshall, Claudette Colbert, Mary Boland and William Gargan star in an entertaining picturization of the novel by E. Arnot Robertson....

June 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Four Frightened People


Cecil B. DeMille and the attraction 1930's audiences had for the win-the-lottery romantic thinking that real life existed outside of the grind of modern civilisation and perhaps out on a tropical isle somewhere. There's some sort of story here, barely, but the whole feature is actually one long drawn out striptease until we get to the main plot point: Claudette Colbert's shower au natural in the wild. Her character arc: she goes from virginal/"don't touch me! don't even think about it!", to "I want it NOW!" DeMille, a glorified carny to some extent. He knew his audiences.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Utter balderdash with the DeMille touch has to do with people stranded on an island fending off man and beast. Somehow going through the rigors of the jungle makes Claudette more attractive rather than less, she even has an indistinct but very definite nude scene under a waterfall. Herbert Marshall is fine as usual but the real standout is Mary Boland doing her best fluttery nincompoop, the periods when she disappears from the film it really suffers because of it.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

I wasn't impressed by this movie, I didn't see it very long ago, and I barely remember it. I think it had a stupid ending too.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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