Dinner At Eight

Dinner At Eight
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Rating 4.6
46 ratings
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DVD Features:

  • Documentary Profile of Jean Harlow Hosted by Sharon Stone
  • Comedy Short
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 51 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1933
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
  • Audio:
    • Mono 1.0 English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by , &
Produced by

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"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

Entertainment Reviews:

Los Angeles Times - 03/27/2005
"[A] delicious 1933 comedy-drama..."

Description by OLDIES.com:

Dinner at Eight, a vastly entertaining behind-closed-doors glimpse into the lives of the troubled and troublemaking Who's Who of people invited to a posh Manhattan party, is served with ample helpings of humor and melodrama. Buoyed by the success of the studio's multistarred, multistoried Grand Hotel the year before, producer David O. Selznick aspired to something grander - and found it in this George Cukor-directed adaptation of the George S. Kaufman/Edna Ferber stage hit. Highlights include Jean Harlow and Wallace Beery's bitter battle of the sexes, hostess Billie Burke's tizzy fit and Marie Dressler's grande dame worldliness. Of course, there's only one way to catch all the great moments. Dinner at Eight. Don't be late.

Product Description:

This 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.

Description by Warner Home Video:

Dinner at Eight, a vastly entertaining behind-closed-doors glimpse into the lives of the troubled and troublemaking Who's Who of people invited to a posh Manhattan party, is served with ample helpings of humor and melodrama. Buoyed by the success of the studio's multistarred, multistoried Grand Hotel the year before, producer David O. Selznick aspired for something grander - and found it in this George Cukor-directed adaptation of the George S. Kaufman/Edna Ferber stage hit. Highlights include Jean Harlow and Wallace Beery's bitter battle of the sexes, hostess Billie Burke's tizzy fit and Marie Dressler's grande dame worldliness. Of course, there's only one way to catch all the great moments. Dinner at Eight. Don't be late.

Plot Synopsis:

This 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.

Plot Keywords:

All-Star | Essential Cinema | Romance | Vintage

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: January 12, 1933.
  • Produced originally on the stage by Sam H. Harris.
  • Many of the stars of DINNER AT EIGHT first became known in the silent cinema, including John and Lionel Barrymore, and Marie Dressler, who was a veteran of Mack Sennet's comedy mill.
  • There is a popular opinion that John Barrymore, who in real-life had problems with alcoholism, was playing a character similiar to himself.
  • DINNER AT EIGHT was one of producer David O. Selznick's favorite films.

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  • UPC: 012569507821
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