Belle of the Yukon
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BELLE OF THE YUKON, set during the bustling days of the Canadian goldrush, stars Randolph Scott as "Honest John" Calhoun, a con-artist on the run from the authorities who decides to establish a bank and then abscond with the profits. Legendary striptease star Gypsy Rose Lee is Belle De Valle, Calhoun's former love who makes a splash as the town's new music hall star. A subplot features the comical misadventures of saloon manager Pop Candless (Charles Winninger) and his efforts to stop daughter Lettie (Dinah Shore) from marrying a man he believes to be a bigamist.
Filled with songs by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke (including "Like Someone in Love" and "A Sleighride in July"), and filmed in blazing Technicolor, BELLE OF THE YUKON will be a welcome treat for musical fans; the early performance of Dinah Shore (costumed and wigged to resemble Judy Garland from "The Harvey Girls") is a real highlight, and seeing Gypsy Rose Lee is great too.
(Single-sided, single-layer disc).
Not to be too critical, but the director, William Seiter, gives us plodding direction even as the Technicolor photography looks like a million dollars. The dance hall costumes and Belle's dresses are so garish even Vincente Minnelli would have gawked. With one exception, the songs are no more than Hollywood professional. The acting varies from satisfying (Scott) to interesting in a kind of unformed way (Lee) to standard cliché (Charles Winninger and Guinn Williams) to pre-nostalgia (Bob Burns sounding like what Andy Griffith will) to really awful (Dinah Shore and William Marshall).Read more ›
The 1944 film is presented in its original 4:3 aspect ratio. This Technicolor feature could use some restorative burnishment to bring out its full potential. Probably won't happen -- but I wish it would. It deserves to be refurbished onto Blu-ray. That being said, it looks pretty good on DVD for a 1944 production. 3.5 stars.
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Good fun movie, although I prefer the full "western shoot-up" types.Published 6 months ago by K. L. Young
I really enjoy watching this movie since Randolph Scott is one of my favorite. Great movie for me to relax .Published 9 months ago by classicman
It was fun seeing Gypsy Rose Lee but that's about it. Randolph Scott looks older than his years and Dinah Shore really doesn't cut it as a soubrette. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Chance Wayne
My husband loves Randolph Scott but both of us felt this show was really 'sappy'. Wouldn't bother to watch it again as he does with many Randolph Scott shows.Published 11 months ago by PA Peggy
The movie was good but they COULD have left GYPSY ROSE LEE OUT.Published 15 months ago by brendachapman
I like a lot of movies from the 1930s and 40s but this is not one of them. I really tried to watch the entire thing but quit about halfway. Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by Nancy C. Beck
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