Claudette Colbert, Four Frightened People
One of my favorite actresses is Claudette Colbert. Love her beauty, her unique screen-presence, and her talent. I also love her versatility and the fact that her filmography was a goldmine of great, often larger-than-life films. One such film is the 1934 adventure-drama Four Frightened People, directed by the great Cecil B. DeMille.
The film also stars Herbert Marshall, William Gargan, and Mary Boland but… let’s not get it twisted, this is Claudette Colbert’s moment and she makes the absolute most of it.
While I have nothing but great, great love for Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, and Barbara Stanwyck, I will NEVER understand why Claudette Colbert’s name isn’t always listed alongside their names when elite actresses are being discussed. Think about it, she rarely is. You’ll also see see people’s top 10 list of “best actresses” of all time and she is almost always overlooked.
I’m not trying to whine or complain – more than anything, I guess I’m just thinking out loud. It mystifies me – she was truly wonderful and I wish more people would familiarize themselves with her work.
Claudette Colbert, Four Frightened People Promo Picture
Four Angry People, while greatly entertaining, isn’t one of Colbert’s best-known or frequently-shown movies. If you want to see it, you pretty much have to buy the dvd. As a Claudette Colbert collector, it’s the next one I’m adding to my dvd collection and I can’t wait to see it again – it’s been far too long!
You can find Four Frightened People on dvd (Amazon link).
You can find more Claudette Colbert promotional pictures for Four Frightened People here.