Oscar Movies: Four Daughters

(First National Production)

Michael Curtiz's femme-centered romantic melodrama, based on Fannie Hurst's story published in “Cosmopolitan” magazine, was extremely well acted by Claude Rains, as the father-widower musician, John Garfield, in his stunning debut, and the women who played the four daughters.

The movie was so popular that Warner made two sequels to this saga: “Daughters Courageous” and Four Wives.”

Oscar Nominations: 4

Picture, produced by Hal B. Wallis and Henry Blanke
Supporting Actor: John Garfield
Screenplay: Lenore Coffee and Julius Epstein
Sound Recording: Nathan Levinson

Oscar Awards: 2


Oscar Context

Curtiz's “Four Daughters” competed for the Best Picture with nine other films: Capra's You Can't Take It Away,” which won, “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” “Alexander's Ragtime Band,” “Boys Town,” “The Citadel,” “La Grande Illusion” (“Grand Illusion,” Renoir's French film), “Jezebel,” “Pygmalion,” and “Test Pilot.”

The two studios that had the largest number of nominated films were MGM and Warner, each with three. The most nominated film was Columbia's “You Can't Take It Away from Me,” surprisingly a comedy, with 7 nods, winning 3.

Co-screenwriter Ian Dalrymple won the Screenplay Oscar that year for another honorable adaptation, George Bernard Shaw's “Pygmalion.”

Oscar Context

In 1938, the winner of the Supporting Actor Oscar was Walter Brennan for “Kentucky.” The Sound Oscar went to the technicians of “The Cowboy and the Lady