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Product Details

  • Actors: Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Color, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 404 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CW7ZZS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,497 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Warner Brothers Classic Holiday Collection, Vol. 2 (All Mine to Give / Holiday Affair / It Happened on 5th Avenue / Blossoms in the Dust)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes:
  • All Mine to Give (1957, Color, 1.85)
  • Holiday Affair (1949, B&W, 1.33)
  • It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947, Color, 1.33)
  • Blossoms in the Dust (1941, Color, 1.33)

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

This set collects four classic holiday themed titles, all new to DVD: All Mine To Give (1957), Holiday Affair (1949), It Happened On 5th Avenue (1947), and Blossoms In The Dust (1941). The first three are also available individually, Blossoms In The Dust is only available as part of this set.

Amazon.com

There is no It’s a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street to be found among the four titles that comprise this Warner Brothers Classic Holiday Collection, Vol. 2, but there’s still plenty here to placate most everyone’s inner Grinch. Although the actual holiday season for the most part plays only a passing role, certain elements recur: for instance, two encompass post-World War II hardships, two are fact-based, and two are shameless heartstring-tuggers dealing with the plight of orphans. In chronological order, they are:

Blossoms in the Dust (1941): A radiant Greer Garson stars in the exaggerated but real-life tale of Edna Gladney, "a great woman" who did "great work… for humanity." Born spoiled and rich, Gladney married happily (husband Sam is played by Walter Pidgeon) but suffered a skein of hardships--the suicide of her adopted sister, the death of her son (leaving Gladney barren) and husband, bankruptcy--before becoming a tireless advocate for homeless and unwanted "foundlings"; she even managed to get the state of Texas to remove "illegitimate" as a legal designation for the kids. Stereotypes abound--Gladney is a saint, while those who oppose her are flint-hearted, puritanical stiffs--but hey, we’re talking orphans here, so get out your handkerchiefs. It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947): A frothy, overlong concoction about a motley group (including a noble hobo and some down-on-their-luck servicemen and their families) who occupy the New York mansion belonging to "the second richest man in the world" while the owner is spending the winter in Virginia. Many complications ensue--the rich guy’s daughter comes home but doesn’t reveal who she is; then dad himself, a real estate tycoon, shows up as well--but all ends predictably as love blooms and tightwads learn to savor the gift of giving. Holiday Affair (1949): Probably the best of the lot, not so much for its storytelling (which is again fairly pat and predictable) but due to the star power of Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh. She’s a war widow with a young son and a well-meaning but safe and boring suitor; he’s a confident, would-be boat builder who sees right through her many hangups, and, after pages of glib, snappy repartee… well, take a guess. All Mine to Give (1957): Cameron Mitchell and Glynis Johns in a "fact-based" story about husband and wife Scottish immigrants who settle in Wisconsin in the1850s. The kids soon start popping out--six of them, in fact. But we know hard times are coming too, and sure enough, when double-barreled tragedy strikes, the eldest of the children, who’s all of 12, must find new homes for himself and his siblings--on Christmas Day! Yes, it’s unabashedly manipulative, but if this doesn’t get you, you should immediately change your name to Scrooge. --Sam Graham

Customer Reviews

The young boy in the story was very cute and believable.
Betty M. Gearhart
This is perhaps one of the saddest movies I've ever seen, and I can remember the first time I saw it 40 years ago when I was 10.
calvinnme
And speaking of sad, another movie to watch with a box of tissues is Blossoms in the Dust, which I really enjoyed!
mandolin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 26, 2008
Format: DVD
Of the four films in this collection, only "Blossoms in the Dust" will not be available as a single DVD. The following is the press release.

All Mine To Give (1957)
A touching drama, All Mine To Give tells the sad story of six pioneer children who struggle to stay together on Christmas Day following the deaths of their parents. It stars Patty McCormack and Glynnis Johns along with Ellen Corby. This is perhaps one of the saddest movies I've ever seen, and I can remember the first time I saw it 40 years ago when I was 10.

Holiday Affair (1949)
This classic Christmas romantic comedy stars Janet Leigh as a poor young widow torn between a boring successful businessman and a romantic ne'er-do-well. Robert Mitchum and Wendell Corey co-star. I'm sure you can figure out which actor plays which man. This movie is very mature and realistic. Nobody is all bad or all good in this film.

It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)
This screwball comedy is about a hobo and friends who move into a mansion while the owners are out of town for their Christmas holiday. The film was directed by Roy Del Ruth and stars Don DeFore and Ann Harding.

Blossoms in the Dust (1941)
Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon star in this true story of Edna Gladney, a woman who devoted her life to finding homes for unwanted infants. Felix Bressart co-stars. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. This film is good, but doesn't tell anywhere close to the true story of Edna Gladney. She didn't need all of the family melodrama portrayed in the film to motivate her, and she was a real force in the care of children in Fort Worth,Tx. throughout her life.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. Newberg on September 30, 2009
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Warner Brothers Classic Holiday Collection, Vol. 2 (All Mine to Give / Holiday Affair / It Happened on 5th Avenue / Blossoms in the Dust)

I wish people would review the actual product and not the movies! It's bothersome to wade through the many wanna-be movie reviewers to get to any information about the product, which is what we're here to purchase! One can get competent movie reviews elsewhere.

Each DVD comes in a keepcase, and the covers contain classic or original poster artwork. However, if you are a fan of Vol 1, don't expect the same here! The DVD presentations of these movies is extremely minimal. There are NO extra materials, no direct scene access, just play the movie or setup languages (subtitles). While the movies themselves have chapter stops, you can't even get to a specific chapter from the menus.

Vol 1 had fantastic presentations, with extra materials, period shorts and cartoons, and trailers. If you're expecting the same for Vol 2, you'll be disappointed. However, if you're a fan of classic movies and specifically these movies, you will find a few hours of enjoyment here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 20, 2009
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I love the movies from the 30's and 40's; I really only ordered this because I wanted Blossom's in the Dust, and because I had seen and enjoyed the original Holiday Affair (I like the recent version with David James and Cynthia Gibb as well); But I enjoy all the movies, and found that "It Happened on 5th Ave" is a wonderful movie, and one that I will enjoy over and over!!! As far as the "Holiday" collection - if there is a meaning or message, I don't wait for the holidays to enjoy them, I watch them all year round!

Tee
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Country Gal on December 24, 2008
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Have waited a long time for "Holiday Affair" to come out on dvd!!! "Blossoms in the Dust" though not a holiday movie is another favorite tear jerker. "It happened on 5th Ave" was a nice surprise; watched it w/my older son & we both liked it alot. "All Mine to Give" was ok..a little on the depressing side. All & all; being an old movie buff; I highly recommend the collection.
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I love Christmas movies! I watch them year round and have been looking for some new ones to add to my collection. I have been wanting to get Holiday Affair, which I love, for a while, and since I already owned W.B. Vol 1, I thought I would give these other movies a try.
I didn't think I had seen All Mine To Give until I put it in and realized I had seen the end on TV last year, but didn't catch the name and had wondered what it was. Although sad, the movie is also sweet at times. And I was glad to finally see the beginning.
And speaking of sad, another movie to watch with a box of tissues is Blossoms in the Dust, which I really enjoyed! I have thought of purchasing this set for my mother for Christmas, just so she can watch this movie, which is somewhat based on the true story of the main character.
And then there was It Happened on 5th Avenue, which I watched last, with somewhat low expectations, which also turned out to be a very charming Christmas movie. And no tissues required.
I was very pleased with this collection and would recommend it to anyone looking for more Christmas Classics to add to their collection. Some have complained that both All mine to give and Blossoms in the Dust, are not really Christmas movies, but just have scenes that happen at Christmas, but I feel it has the Christmas spirit, so to speak. However, I'm one of those people that consider Die Hard a Christmas movie, so maybe others will still disagree with me, but I feel all deserve the genre of Christmas movie.
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