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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011FDVA4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,619 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Her singing and tap dancing were good, her acting not so much.
Shyguy
I enjoy Jack Benny so this is a rare treat for me, believing I saw every Benny movie ever made.
Malcolm Dolan
What with Sophie Tucker, Judy Garland, Buddy Ebsen and the very smooth dancer George Murphy.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By S. Copeland on April 28, 2008
Format: DVD
Well they've gone and done it. Eleanor Powell is finally on dvd. Judy had already had dvds out, but this is her first performance on film and how wonderful its on dvd too. Brodaway Melody of 1936 is Eleanor's first film under contract unde MGM and she shows she's got the looks and the goods to be a leading lady on film. One of the greatest dancers of all time she charms and disarms by tapping out an delightful melody. And what Eleanor does with her feet, Judy does with her voice in HER first film. But don't you see? It's all about Eleanor, which is worth is weight in Oscar's gold. Good things, really good things are worth waiting for. Watch the best dancer of all time!

Enjoy!!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John D. Shepard on October 24, 2008
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Two great Eleanor Powell movies. In the '38 one, she dances with George Murphy in the rain and a gazebo. Every bit as clever as Fred & Ginger's in "Top Hat"[Isn't it a Lovely Day?"] And, being stronger than Fred Astaire in upper body strength, Murphy can do the elegant dancing lifts of Eleanor Powell that Fred could not do. Eleanor Powell is generally regarded as the best female tap dancer of all time. Perhaps the best legs God ever put on a woman. In the '36 movie, note the terrific dance by Nick Long Jr.n the beginning. Wow! Talk about athleticism! Long then stopped acting and got into set design. Big loss of a gifted man dancer.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm Dolan on September 23, 2008
Format: DVD
One of those feel-good flicks that makes you want to appreciate musicals, even if action films are your cup of tea. A portrait of studio musical varieties that attempted to capture the detail level of broadway and vaudeville at the same time. Turner cleaned the sound and picture level in the only way Turner does -- with perfection. I enjoy Jack Benny so this is a rare treat for me, believing I saw every Benny movie ever made.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gary O. Smith on April 16, 2009
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If only there were more classic two-movie sets like this! The picture and sound quality are impressive, which, of course, are even more requisite in a musical. Both movies are highly enjoyable and wonderful examples of the movie musical of the mid to late 30's. Highly recommended!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Badgley on January 26, 2010
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What an absolute delight to see the released pairing of these two movies in one package.Eleanor's first major film with BM/36 and I think besides BM/38 and BM/40,the best films she ever did.
The plots aren't important but just something to hang the wonderful and imaginative dance routines on "tap" throughout the pictures.BM/36's story involves one rather unimaginative gossip columnist Bert Keeler(Jack Benny)who tries to get the up to the minute dirt on a local Broadway producer Bob Gordon(Robert Taylor).Just about every time he writes something about Gordon,he receives a quick comeuppance in the jaw.Enter Irene Foster(Powell) who has come from her hometown of Albany,NY,to seek her fame and fortune.She is an old school chum of Gordon's but when she tries to see him she has no luck.Eventually showing up in person at one of his rehearsals and finally getting recognized, Gordon tries to talk her out of trying showbiz and sends her home.But she won't be discouraged and stays behind.In the meantime knowing Gordon is desperately looking for a leading lady Keeler makes up one and puts the name in his column(it is the name of a brand of cigars!).Irene gets wind of what is going on and decides the only way to get into Gordon's show is to impersonate the imaginary woman.The jig is up when a woman with the same real name decides she will sue if her name is used again in conjunction with the show.In the end Gordon attends what he thinks is a performance of the imaginary woman but in fact turns out to be a rather lavish audition by Irene.The movie ends with Irene and Gordon in a romantic clinch.
Powell's numbers aside,the movie has many,many highlights dancing-wise throughout and won an OSCAR in that department.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bruce G. Taylor on November 14, 2008
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After waiting for years for "Broadway Melody of 1936" on DVD, I was very pleased to get the two pictures (1936 and 1938) in one bargain-priced package. Technically, Warner, as usual, does right by these MGM classics. The picture quality is superb b/w, clear and bright even on a large screen TV. Could almost at times pass for HD.

Eleanor Powell's dance numbers are breathtaking, the song and dance number "Sing Before Breakfast" with Powell, Buddy Ebsen and his sister Vilma is wonderful and Jack Benny is fun as always. By the way, Warner, why hasn't Benny's picture "The Horn Blows At Midnight" shown up on DVD? Notwithstanding Jack's endless jokes about its being a turkey, it's actually a good little comedy, As Leonard Maltin rightly puts it "Broad" and "funny".

"Broadway Melody of 1938" isn't quite in the same league as 1936 but it's still a delight to have. I believe this completes the MGM Broadway Melody collection. An admirable project by Warner and much appreciated.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tony Marquise Jr. on September 20, 2012
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These movies, with a plot that are admitedly slight, features the dancing of Eleanor Powell. If you are not a fan of the golden age of Hollywood, than you do not know that Powell was, in my opinion, the best female dancer of the 30's and early 40's. These movies also contain some of the best music in Hollywood history. I recommend these movies to anyone who wants to enjoy a great double feature.
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