Dinner at Eight 1933
It worked for Grand Hotel, so MGM once again trots out an all-star cast for a lavish film adaptation of a stage play, in this case the same-named George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber society drama. Several actors have been recycled, including both Barrymores, Beery and Hersholt, but while the first production strained for serious drama, this picture prefers a lighter if thornier touch, with many funny moments to counterbalance the elements of tragedy and soap operatics.

The action opens as Park Avenue socialite Millicent Jordan (Billie Burke, in a performance that would establish her chirpy screen persona) frantically puts the finishing touches on an important dinner party she's planned for that evening. Absorbed with trivial worries about aspic and ice sculptures, she's oblivious to the crises mounting around her—her ailing husband (Lionel Barrymore) finds himself on the verge of losing everything to a rapacious tycoon (a particularly boorish Wallace Beery), her daughter is about to marry a man she no longer loves, and old friend Carlotta Vance (Marie Dressler), an over-the-hill actress, needs money fast.

At this unforgettable dinner party, anything can happen...

Director: George Cukor
Cast: Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Jean Harlow, Lionel Barrymore, Lee Tracy, Edmund Lowe, Billie Burke, Madge Evans, Jean Hersholt, Karen Morley
Country: USA
Genre: Comedy, Drama

DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:50:49 | 6.93 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Francais, Espanol

• Documentary Profile Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell, hosted by Sharon Stone (46:48)
• Comedy Short Come to Dinner (22:11)
• Theatrical Trailer (3:01)

Download Dinner at Eight (1933) DVD9:


BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:50:57 | 35.8 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

• "Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell" 1993 documentary (47:01)
• "Come to Dinner" 1933 short (22:11)
• Theatrical Trailer (3:01)