|Five of a Kind|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Herbert I. Leeds|
|Produced by||Sol M. Wurtzel|
|Screenplay by||Lou Breslow|
|Music by||Samuel Kaylin|
|Cinematography||Daniel B. Clark|
|Edited by||Fred Allen|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
Five of a Kind is a 1938 American comedy film directed by Herbert I. Leeds and written by Lou Breslow and John Patrick. The film stars Jean Hersholt, Claire Trevor, Cesar Romero, Slim Summerville, Henry Wilcoxon and Inez Courtney. The film was released on October 14, 1938, by 20th Century Fox. The film follows the escalating rivalry between radio journalists Duke Lester (Romero) and Christine Nelson (Trevor) that culminates in a competition to cover the exploits the famous Canadian quintuplets, the Wyatts, played by the Dionne quintuplets.
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- Yvonne Dionne as Yvonne
- Cecile Dionne as Cécile
- Marie Dionne as Marie
- Annette Dionne as Annette
- Emilie Dionne as Émelie
- Jean Hersholt as Dr. John Luke
- Claire Trevor as Christine Nelson
- Cesar Romero as Duke Lester
- Slim Summerville as Jim Ogden
- Henry Wilcoxon as Dr. Scott Williams
- Inez Courtney as Libby Long
- John Qualen as Asa Wyatt
- Jane Darwell as Mrs. Waldron
- Pauline Moore as Elinor Kingsley
- Johnny Russell as Dickie
- Andrew Tombes as Dr. Bruno
- David Torrence as Sir Basil Crawford
- Marion Byron as Nurse Corday
- Hamilton MacFadden as Andrew Gordon
- Spencer Charters as Rev. Matthew Brand
- Charles D. Brown as Editor Crane
The Wyatt Quintuplets in the movie are shown to live an idealized version of the life of the Dionne Quints. Shortly after their birth, the girls were made wards of the state and raised in a theme park type hospital situation which was across the street from the parents they were taken from. For the first nine years of their life, the children were treated like a zoo attraction. While they were under state care, they made this movie and its predecessor, The Country Doctor; both featuring Jean Hersholt as their kindly caretaker, Dr John Luke.
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