Four Frightened People (1934)
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as Judy Cavendish
as Arnold Ainger
as Stewart Corder
as Mrs. Mardick
as Mrs. Ainger
as Native Chief
as Native boatman
as Mrs. Ainger's mother
Critic Reviews for Four Frightened People
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.
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.
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.
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.
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