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The Four Poster (1952)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 8 October 1952 (USA)
Adapted from the prize-winning Broadway play that featured two people and a four-poster bed, in which the couple enacts their marriage, from its day in 1897, until he dies, some time after ... See full summary »

Directors:

Irving Reis, John Hubley (uncredited)

Writers:

Jan de Hartog (play), Jan de Hartog (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Rex Harrison ... John Edwards
Lilli Palmer ... Abby Edwards
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Adapted from the prize-winning Broadway play that featured two people and a four-poster bed, in which the couple enacts their marriage, from its day in 1897, until he dies, some time after she has died from cancer. It is a "love" that endured wars, an "other" woman, and the death of their favorite son. The episodes are bridged and linked by cartoon sequences done by UPA (United Productions of America.) Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Case for the Double Bed...

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Joseph Losey was interested in directing this movie, but blacklisting intervened. He later claimed that it had been his idea to bring in John Hubley to create animated sequences to bridge the various scenes from one period to the next. (Hubley was also blacklisted later). See more »

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Version of Himmelsengen (1955) See more »

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A old classic but very memorable film for me
29 June 2015 | by meezer3See all my reviews

I first saw this film years ago, when rather young. Those were the days of black and white productions and severe censorship. But movies back then, to me, had substance and didn't rely on special effects, violence or sex to sell them. This movie made a very lasting impression on me. I have never forgotten it and have even searched for years for a copy of the film to see again.

It was the life journey of a married couple, and it only took place in one room...their bedroom. Each scene was separated by years, and each was a poignant moment in their lives together. Young love, loss, betrayal, and finally loneness and death. It was in many ways sad but the ending was up lifting.

Rex Harrison was wonderful in this old film.

Just wish I could find a copy of it to keep. At this stage of my own married life (50 years) I understand it so much better, but as a young girl it taught me many things about the trials of keeping lasting relationships together.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Himmelbett See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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