The Four Poster as a pic is still limited to the same two characters of the play, with nary the suggestion of an interloper. Though the stars' performances are excellent, they are unable to salvage audience interest during the film's lesser moments. In fact, the major fault is the inability of the two characters to cope with the lack of incident.

The Four Poster as a pic is still limited to the same two characters of the play, with nary the suggestion of an interloper. Though the stars’ performances are excellent, they are unable to salvage audience interest during the film’s lesser moments. In fact, the major fault is the inability of the two characters to cope with the lack of incident.

With the four poster bed in the background as the common denominator of their marital relationship, pic traces the lives of a couple from the day the groom carries his bride across the threshold. From then on are detailed his struggles as a writer, the bride’s faith in his ability, his success, their children, the son’s death in World War I, the romantic escapades of the husband and wife, and finally their deaths.

Lilli Palmer imparts s.a. and natural beauty to the role of the wife.

1953: Nomination: Best B&W Cinematography

The Four Poster

Production

Kramer/Columbia. Director Irving Reis; Producer Stanley Kramer; Screenplay Allan Scott; Camera Hal Mohr; Editor Henry Batista, Harry Gerstad; Music Dimitri Tiomkin; Art Director Rudolph Sternard, Carl Peterson

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1953. Running time: 103 MIN.

With

Rex Harrison Lilli Palmer

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