A newspaper man, his ignored fiancée, and his former employee, a down on his luck reporter, hatch an elaborate scheme to turn a false news story into the truth in order to prevent a high-society woman from suing for libel.
Millicent Jordan is pre-occupied with the plans she is making for a high-class dinner party. Her husband Oliver is in failing health, and he is also worried because someone is trying to buy up the stock in his shipping business - even his old friend Carlotta wants to sell her stock. Hoping to get help from businessman Dan Packard, he persuades Millicent, against her wishes, to invite Packard and his wife to the dinner. As Oliver's problems get worse, Millicent is increasingly quick-tempered because the plans for the party are not going smoothly. As the time for the dinner approaches, it appears that the hosts and the guests will all have plenty on their minds.Written by
Four of the actors in this film had also had roles in the previous year's all-star M-G-M hit Grand Hotel: Wallace Beery, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore and Jean Herscholt. See more »
Carlotta tells Millicent she has already seen "Say It With Music" two or three times, but Carlotta has only been in town for a few days and she told Oliver that this was her first time back in New York in ten years, It is unlikely that Carlotta would have seen the same show two or three times in the few days she has been in New York, especially as she indicates that she didn't particularly care for it. (Incidentally, Carlotta's withering remark about "that man with the cigar" is a sly dig at Groucho Marx, whose ad libbing made mincemeat of George S. Kaufman's scripts for the stage versions of The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers.) See more »
Dinner at Eight is one of the consummate movie buff's movies...
It has romance, glamour, wit, charm, intrigue, interesting characters and a great story.
The agonies that Mrs. Oliver Jordan (the incomparable Billie Burke [Are you a good witch or a bad witch?]) must go through to stage what is supposed to be a simple dinner party will leave you laughing, sympathizing and grateful you are not her.
Jean Harlow is at her most beautiful. She radiates an overt yet somehow innocent sexuality that shows why she became a major star so quickly.
Marie Dressler proves why she was so heralded. Her acting cannot be called subtle -- but it is always effective.
After watching this film you will wonder if people ever really did live this way. Strangely enough, I believe they probably did.
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