When Four Do the Same

When Four Do the Same (German: Wenn vier Dasselbe tun) is a 1917 German silent comedy drama film directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring Ossi Oswalda, Emil Jannings and Margarete Kupfer. Lubitsch himself plays a book shop employee who falls in love with Jannings' daughter. The film was a key transitional work in Lubitsch's career, as he began to produce films with greater depth than his early light comedies.[2]

When Four Do the Same
Directed byErnst Lubitsch
Produced byPaul Davidson
Written byErich Schönfelder
Ernst Lubitsch
StarringOssi Oswalda
Emil Jannings
Margarete Kupfer
Fritz Schulz
Release date
16 November 1917[1]
Running time
4 reels
German intertitles

It premièred in Berlin on 16 November 1917 at the Union-Theatre am Nollendorfplatz and at the UT Kufürstendamm (Filmbühne Wien).[3]



  1. Eyman p.378
  2. Eyman p.50-51
  3. vier dasselbe tun.html "Wenn vier dasselbe tun (1917)". cinegraph.de. Retrieved 8 January 2017.


  • Eyman, Scott. Ernst Lubitsch: Laughter in Paradise. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.

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