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Carole Lombard - The Glamour Collection (Hands Across the Table/ Love Before Breakfast/ Man of the World/ The Princess Comes Across/ True Confession/ We're Not Dressing) (1931)

Carole Lombard , Bing Crosby , Mitchell Leisen , Wesley Ruggles  |  NR |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Carole Lombard, Bing Crosby, William Powell, Fred MacMurray, Preston Foster
  • Directors: Mitchell Leisen, Wesley Ruggles, Edward Goodman, Richard Wallace, Walter Lang
  • Writers: Norman Krasna, Claude Binyon, Herman J. Mankiewicz, Vincent Lawrence, Herbert Fields
  • Producers: E. Lloyd Sheldon, Albert Lewin, Jr. Arthur Hornblow, Benjamin Glazer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 4, 2006
  • Run Time: 460 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E6ESWG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,892 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Carole Lombard - The Glamour Collection (Hands Across the Table/ Love Before Breakfast/ Man of the World/ The Princess Comes Across/ True Confession/ We're Not Dressing)" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc 1 - We're Not Dressing:
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Editorial Reviews

    In the 1930s, nobody combined glamour, romantic comedy, and drama better than Carole Lombard. Having entered show-biz at the age of 12, the former Jane Alice Peters (b. Oct. 6, 1908, in Fort Wayne, Indiana) distinguished herself from equally stellar contemporaries like Katharine Hepburn, Claudette Colbert, and Jean Arthur by establishing her versatility as a fashion icon whose beauty was matched by playful intelligence and a bright, independent persona (on screen and off) that predated feminism by 40 years and made her an appealing foil for admiring male costars. As this delightful half-dozen of her lesser-known features makes abundantly clear, her meteoric success was entirely well-deserved, and The Glamour Collection shows her as a star on the rise, gaining confidence and adoring fans with each new picture. As one of Paramount's most valued contract players, she starred in five of the six films included here (Love Before Breakfast was a loan-out to Universal), beginning with 1931's Man of the World, a Parisian romance written by Herman J. Mankiewicz (10 years before Citizen Kane) and headlined by future Thin Man star William Powell as an expatriate con artist who falls for Lombard's spoiled heiress--a romantic pairing made all the more believable by the stars' real-life marriage later that year.

    A loose adaptation of The Admirable Crichton, We're Not Dressing (1934) is Depression-era entertainment at its most diverting, employing a full stable of Paramount players (including George Burns and Gracie Allen, Ethel Merman, and a young "Raymond" Milland) in a shipwreck romance between socialite Lombard and singing sailor Bing Crosby, who croons songs aplenty (including "Stormy Weather") and shares equal screen-time with an affectionate bear! Directed by Norman Taurog (best known for his later work with Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, and Elvis Presley), it's every bit as fun as the Marx Brothers hits from the same period. Arguably the best film in this set, Hands Across the Table is noteworthy for the typically stylish direction of Mitchell Leisen, who brings his reliable sophistication to the tale of a New York manicurist (Lombard) who must choose between potential suitors Fred McMurray (as a would-be heir to a fortune) and disabled ex-pilot Ralph Bellamy. (This being 1934, Norman Krasna's otherwise excellent script restricts Bellamy to the romantic sidelines with outdated feel-good sentiment.) Love Before Breakfast (1936) is a similarly enjoyable but typically chauvinistic dose of '30s high-society love-play, in which Lombard bounces between boyfriend Cesar Romero and a Wall Street tycoon (Preston Foster) who knows what's best for her and bosses her around accordingly. In the mystery/comedy The Princess Comes Across (1936), McMurray returns as a lovestruck bandleader, falling for Lombard's radiant Swedish princess (played as a playful nod to Greta Garbo) on a cruiser bound for Hollywood.

    After completing the classic Nothing Sacred, Lombard (who married Clark Gable in 1939) teamed with McMurray yet again in True Confession (1937), a black screwball thriller/comedy elevated by the presence of comedy stalwarts John Barrymore, Edgar Kennedy and Una Merkel. It rounds out The Glamour Collection in fine form (Lucille Ball is said to have modeled her TV persona after Lombard's character), and leads the way to such later classics as Made for Each Other (1939) and To Be or Not to Be (1942). Tragically, Lombard's outstanding career was cut short when she perished (along with her mother and 20 other passengers) in a 1942 plane crash. Fortunately for DVD collectors, these six films (all remarkably well-preserved with clear image and sound) serve as a fitting tribute to Lombard's unique talent, allowing movie lovers of all ages to rediscover one of the most alluring queens of the silver screen. --Jeff Shannon

    Product Description

    An amazingly talented comedy actress with the face of an angel, Carole Lombard illuminated the silver screen with her sparkling wit and dazzling beauty. Now fans have a chance to reunite with six of her most hilarious and heartwarming films, together in one unforgettable collection.Join Carole as she travels to the seductive streets of Paris in Man of the World; gets shipwrecked on a tropical island in We're Not Dressing; chases after the millionaire of her dreams in Hands Across the Table; chooses between two romantic rivals in Love Before Breakfast; travels the high seas to murder and mayhem in The Princess Comes Across; and takes to the witness stand in True Confession. It's a DVD collector's dream come true with one of Hollywood's brightest stars!

    Customer Reviews

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    112 of 117 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary with Three Truly RARE FILMS March 18, 2006
    By Tee
    This dvd collection more than deserves five stars simply because it has THREE movies I have NEVER seen in my 25+ years as a Lombard fan!! It's hard enough to find Paramount or Universal CLASSICS from the early 30's, but ultra-rare programmers like MAN OF THE WORLD and LOVE BEFORE BREAKFAST??? And how about TRUE CONFESSION, which has been locked away in the vaults for ages despite the awesome cast of Lombard, Fred MacMurray, John Barrymore, and Una Merkel!!

    Even the three better known titles - HANDS ACROSS THE TABLE, THE PRINCESS COMES ACROSS, WE'RE NOT DRESSING - are not that common, although they were all released on video in the 1990's. Carole Lombard was a major Paramount star but she made virtually all of her most famous films on loanout or after she left the studio.

    All the crying about "multi movies" crammed on to discs seems a total waste of tears. I've watched LOVE BEFORE BREAKFAST and MAN OF THE WORLD and the prints are excellent, not perfect perhaps but definitely superior to prints that Warner Bros. used for LIBELED LADY and several THIN MAN titles - movies that WERE released "one to a disc" and cost about as much as the collection of FIVE Lombard films.

    Universal gets a bum rap for their various multi-movie sets from a lot of people who don't even bother viewing the movies first!! Maybe some people think it's worth $20 to have a case and paper sleeve for every movie, but not this kid. MAN OF THE WORLD is one of Carole's first leading lady parts - she is only 22 here - and she's very beautiful but her future husband William Powell dominates this story of a con man who unexpectedly finds love. This movie isn't very good but it is a thrill to see a Lombard and Powell rarity. LOVE BEFORE BREAKFAST on the other hand is an absolute delight.
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    61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
    The early death of Carole Lombard at 33 from a January 1942 plane crash remains one of cinema's most tragic episodes. During the 1930's, she was the most luminous of screen beauties yet innately likeable. What made her unique was the scintillating, often ribald and genuine manner in her performances. Even though she delivered top-notch dramatic performances, especially toward the end of her career, it is her comedies that continue to reinforce her legacy. It's almost impossible not to adore Lombard for the way she downplayed her looks, coming across as a proto-feminist in many of her roles. In fact, of all her contemporaries, Lombard still comes across as the most modern and self-aware, which is proven by this splendid two-disc set of six of her lesser known films. Granted none of them are close to the quality of her acknowledged classics - "Twentieth Century", "My Man Godfrey", "Nothing Sacred", "Mr. and Mrs. Smith", "To Be or Not to Be" - but each provides ample evidence of her abundant comic talent during the middle of her career between 1931 and 1937.

    The first disc contains the earliest three movies. A 23-year old Lombard is merely the innocent leading lady to William Powell (before they were briefly married in real life) in 1931's "Man of the World", directed by Richard Wallace and written by Herman J. Mankiewicz, a pre-code dramedy about a sophisticated con man, an American in Paris named Michael Trevor, who attempts to take advantage of Mary Kendall, the niece of a foolhardy millionaire he has befriended. As Trevor, Powell gets surprisingly dour in the heavier second half, and little of Lombard's natural élan is on display playing the love-blind Mary.
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    44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
    This is a solid collection that contains six films from one of the most popular actresses of the 1930's - Carole Lombard. The titles here include classics like "True Confession", and "The Princess Comes Across", as well as fun vehicles like "Hands Across the Table", and "Love Before Breakfast". The only two disappointments are the early talkie "Man of the World", and the surprisingly awful "We're Not Dressing". Overall, this is a respectable set of Hollywood programmers that documents the rise of Carole Lombard's career.

    I have to disagree with many of the classic film fans here who so passionately oppose multi-disc sets. Let's face it, when it comes to classic films we fans can not expect the royal treatment films like "My Man Godfrey", or "Gone With the Wind" receive to be given to programmers like "We're Not Dressing", and "Man of the World". If not for this set, these films would just be laying in a vault somewhere collecting dust. I would rather have these cheap flipper discs with quality video presentations than nothing. It's unreasonable to expect Universal to dote on every old film they release. Instead of directing anger at Universal, I'm going to give them praise for giving fans the chance to watch films that have been rarely seen since their original release.
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    41 of 50 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Lombard at last January 19, 2006
    This long over-due collection of five Carole Lombard films made at Paramount is set to include: 'Hands Across the Table,' 'Love Before Breakfast,' 'Man of the World,' 'The Princess Comes Across,' 'True Confession,' & 'We're Not Dressing.'

    The way these films are packaged is likely to be similar to the Gary Cooper collection released last year ie. five films with great quality prints squeezed onto two double-sided discs in a no-frills slip-covered fold out box.

    For those of us who don't care about fancy packaging and only about great looking classic films at affordable prices this is exactly the way we want these early gems released. Well done, Universal keep 'em coming.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    2.0 out of 5 stars AVOID!
    This set contains 2 disks, 3 films each. One disk played fine, and are entertaining. The other disk did not play at all ("Disk Error"). I've tried everything.
    Published 25 days ago by Will Baker
    5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE CAROLE!!!
    I am a Carole Lombard super fan, so I am letting you know that upfront! I enjoyed all of the movies in this compilation! Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Arthur Shoates
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
    I love all the movies except one. It's a good buy for a classic actress.
    Published 2 months ago by L. Link
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    love these gems of flim
    Published 2 months ago by angelicbeing2001
    5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious:-)
    This Collection combines some of the best and some still good Carole Lombard pictures in a quite good quality. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Klein Tonio
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love a bit of glamour
    I am so thrilled to finally have this- a slice of history - Beautiful Carole Lombard- I am thrilled with this purchase
    Published 3 months ago by Haroldandmaud0
    5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant
    Carole Lombard is wonderful in these classic films. Love the stories and the fashions. They are a bit "camp" for todays taste but still enjoyable.
    Published 5 months ago by Lauren
    5.0 out of 5 stars I love this collection!
    Absolute must have, not just for fans of Carole's amazing talent, but for all classic movie lovers. Long live Lombard!
    Published 6 months ago by stephanie sunderland
    5.0 out of 5 stars The best
    Carole Lombard was simply the best. She was at home playing both drama and comedy. When I saw that I could get six of her movies at this price, I jumped at the chance. Read more
    Published 6 months ago by FightForWhatsRight
    5.0 out of 5 stars Have your own Lombard Film Festival
    A good sampling of Lombard's Paramount (and a Universal release, pre-My Man Godfrey) pictures allows one to see her grow as an actress and comedienne. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Aunt Blabby
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