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116 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary with Three Truly RARE FILMS
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...
Published on March 18, 2006 by Tee

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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.
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116 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary with Three Truly RARE FILMS, March 18, 2006
This review is from: 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) (DVD)
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. Often referred to as a screwball comedy by historians who apparently have never seen it, it's actual more of a straight romance (from a book by romance novelist Faith Baldwin) with some comic scenes and touches. Lombard plays Cesar Romero's fiancee who is still agressively pursued by Preston Foster. Foster's arrogance at the beginning of the film is a turn off, one certainly sides with Lombard that he is a bit of a jerk but as you may guess Carole can give it back and then some whenever someone gets out of line. This movie boasts some of the most beautiful photography of Lombard ever, lovingly shot by her favorite cinematographer Ted Tetzlaff and some of Travis Banton's loveliest fashions for her. This film is an art deco treat and certainly one of the most elegant Universal productions from the thirties.

The release of this DVD is truly exciting news for movie buffs - even more so than the comparable releases on Mae West and Marlene Dietrich, since those ladies' Paramount/Universal titles have been far more accessible than Carole Lombard's although Carole is every bit as popular and remembered as those other two Paramount blondes.

I am hoping sales for this series goes through the roof and we get second volumes on all three stars - and FIRST volumes on those Paramount superstar brunettes : Claudette Colbert, Dorothy Lamour, and Clara Bow.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lombard's Legacy Preserved in an Often Dazzling Six-Film Collection, August 15, 2006
This review is from: 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) (DVD)
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. It's hard to fathom that this classic pair would team again for one of the great screwball social comedies, Gregory La Cava's "My Man Godfrey", only five years later.

Three years and fifteen films after "Man of the World", a more confident Lombard shows up as part of a silly ensemble farce, 1934's "We're Not Dressing", directed by Norman Taurog, in which she plays Doris Worthington, an ice-cold, rich yacht owner who gets into a shipwreck and an untidy situation where she is beholden to her former crew, in particular, the first mate who has a tendency to break out in song quite often. That's because this movie is an early Bing Crosby musical where the crooner's main objective is to melt Doris' heart. Lombard is much more in her element here as she plays her cardboard character's unattractive aspects while still generating her natural warmth. The film's problem is that her screen time is limited since the movie not only stars Crosby but also features George Burns, Gracie Allen and Ethel Merman. It's a variety hodgepodge but still worth seeing.

My favorite film of the six is 1935's "Hands Across the Table", directed by Mitchell Leisen, Lombard's first real starring vehicle and a disarming romantic comedy about Depression-era class struggles. She plays Regi Allen, a hotel manicurist determined to marry for money and quite open about her intentions. She immediately befriends a new client, Allen Macklyn, an ideal target for Regi except that he is a former pilot who has become a paraplegic. Enter Theodore Drew III, a flaky but charming playboy already engaged to an heiress. The standard complications ensue but not before the stars bicker and banter with dexterity. Lombard is terrifically winning as a working girl who ends up falling for Drew and even cohabitates with him before getting married.

As Drew, Fred MacMurray makes a strapping leading man and displays sharp comic timing. This was the first of four fruitful teamings he had with Lombard. Cinema's perennial third wheel, Ralph Bellamy, plays the smitten Macklyn with surprising romantic fervor, enough sometimes to appear like a true contender for Regi's affections. There are some startlingly sexy, noirish close-ups between Lombard and MacMurray as the film moves toward its inevitable conclusion. Look for an uncredited William Demarest as Regi's hapless blind date caught in a frustrating dialogue with MacMurray three decades before they co-starred in TV's "My Three Sons".

The second disc opens with an overly contrived romantic comedy, 1936's "Love Before Breakfast", directed by Walter Lang, which suffers for its lackluster leading man, Preston Foster. He plays Scott Miller, a rich Wall Street tycoon madly infatuated with Kay Colby, a Park Avenue girl already engaged to hard-working Bill Wadsworth. Miller pulls strings to have Wadsworth transferred to Japan, so he can pursue Kay against her outward wishes. It all sputters by quickly at only seventy minutes, and it takes all of Lombard's natural wit and charm to levitate the absurd plot and humanize such a hysterical loon. Long before he became the Joker on the "Batman" TV series, Cesar Romero plays the hapless Wadsworth for what the one-dimensional role is worth. I also find it interesting how Lang cast an uncredited Japanese actress, Mia Ichioka, as Kay's tea-leaf-reading maid Yuki.

Lombard re-teams with MacMurray on 1936's "The Princess Comes Across", an oddly conceived romantic comedy that suddenly turns into a murder mystery after the first half-hour. Directed by William K. Howard, the movie has Lombard cast as Wanda Nash, a struggling Brooklyn chorine disguising herself as Swedish royalty to gain a film studio contract. It's obvious that she is doing a not-so-subtle impersonation of Garbo as Princess Olga, but it is a funny take-off. MacMurray plays a singing bandleader who, believe it or not, plays the concertina professionally. They banter until things get serious, as she gets implicated in the murder and remains fearful about being exposed. Famous for her roles in W.C. Fields comedies, Alison Skipworth is a scene-stealer as Olga's phony dowager guardian. It's interesting to see MacMurray show glimpses of his cynical "Double Indemnity" personality in mercurial fashion before the mystery is solved.

The last film is 1937's `True Confessions" directed by Wesley Ruggles and again co-starring MacMurray. It's a complete lark showcasing Lombard's farceur skills as Helen Bartlett, the wife of a struggling lawyer. A compulsive liar who literally plants her tongue in her cheek just before letting go with a whopper, Helen gets involved in the murder of her lecherous employer of less than an hour. Seeing this as an opportunity for her husband Kenneth to show off his litigation skills, she pleads guilty to the crime just so he can get her acquitted. Complicating matters is an odd eccentric who watches the case in the courtroom and gains evidence to the contrary. With the various deceptions getting bigger and bigger, the film plays out like an extended "I Love Lucy" episode well before the TV series was conceived, and indeed Lombard was Lucille Ball's mentor and role model. Una Merkel plays the Ethel part of best friend Daisy, while John Barrymore, long gone to seed, hammily plays the irritating eccentric. MacMurray is a bit of a bore in this one since he has to represent the pillar of honesty top his wife.

Be aware that the two discs use both sides to fit all the films. The print transfer on all six films is surprisingly clean considering their seventy-year old age. Unfortunately there are no extras, not even theatrical trailers, but seeing the unparalleled Lombard is treat enough. She made 78 movies in her brief career, so I hope more of her titles will come up in future DVD releases.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beggars can't be choosers when it comes to classics on DVD, July 12, 2006
This review is from: 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) (DVD)
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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42 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Lombard at last, January 19, 2006
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This review is from: 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) (DVD)
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stupendous collection !!!, May 11, 2006
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I cannot believe how wonderful this collection is. There are six movies in this set. All of which I already have in my collection. However, the quality on 3 of 6 moview far surpasses anything that I have been able to find previously. "True Confession", "Love Before Breakfast" and "Man of the World" all have excellent picture and sound. It was my understanding that there were no surviving master prints of "True Confession". So I congragulate the person who found this high quality copy sitting somewhere in the back of some studio vault.

The other three titles, "We're Not Dressing", "Hands Across the Table" and " The Princess Comes Across" are dark prints in comparison to the previous versions issued on video cassette in 1995 by MCA/Universal, but otherwise are highly watchable. The sound quality on these movies is also excellent.

By this collection while you can, for the price it is a steal. It is well worth $100 or more!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lombard is a hysterical legend (recommended), June 17, 2006
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This review is from: 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) (DVD)
Beginning at the tender age of 13 in 1921, Carole Lombard appeared in nearly 80 films before her tragic death at 34 on January 20, 1942. How do you begin to recount her prolific career? THE GLAMOUR COLLECTION is a great start with three films on each two-sided disc. Sometimes the script is not as good as her humor. If you isolate her performances from the scripts, of the six films, I would say at least three could easily be considered some of her top roles. She is really funny in five and portrays a serious role in the other. Though TRUE CONFESSION is my favorite of the bunch, it makes more sense to view it after HANDS ACROSS THE TABLE because they work well as a two-part series. Here comes the fun part -- listing all six in best viewing order.

1. HANDS ACROSS THE TABLE (1935) ***** Costar Fred MacMurray
2. TRUE CONFESSION (1937) ***** Costar Fred MacMurray
3. THE PRINCESS COMES ACROSS (1936) ***** Costar Fred MacMurray
4. LOVE BEFORE BREAKFAST (1936) **** Costar Cesar Romero
5. MAN OF THE WORLD (1931) *** Costar William Powell
6. WE'RE NOT DRESSING (1934) *** Costar Bing Crosby

Film #1 is about a manicurist's search for a wealthy husband. Two prospects covertly battle for her affection. || Film #2 is about a newlywed couple -- a lawyer and a pathological liar. As the latter, Lombard demonstrates the diversity of her humorous expressions. || Film #3 is a screwball comedy whodunit that portrays the stunningly dressed Lombard as a "Svedish" princess. || Cesar Romero is a pawn used to court Lombard's true affection in film #4. || Lombard plays a non-comedic role in film #5 but it sets the stage for a wonderful reprisal five years later in MY MAN GODFREY (not on this disc). || Film #6 is the most ridiculous of the group. If you can stomach the dancing bear and Crosby's oh-too-apparent self admiration of his own singing talent you'll enjoy Lombard as she plays a wealthy woman courted by two princes and a lowly shipmate. It's obvious which one she admires but they all must work for her affection. The one in charge shifts when her yacht shipwrecks and key players find themselves on a "deserted" island.

Thank you for these fine theatrical contributions made to the film industry. With THE GLAMOUR COLLECTION I can say I've been privileged to view nine of Lombard's performances. I look forward to another -- perhaps MR AND MRS SMITH. (Please see MY MAN GODFREY and NOTHING SACRED. The genre of "screwball comedy" was coined from her performance in the latter.)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah, you fixed it, Amazon!, June 24, 2006
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This review is from: 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) (DVD)
Amazon has now corrected its product description to show that this collection is comprised of 6 movies on 2 discs and NOT 6 movies on 6 discs, as previously advertised. Thanks!
Disc 1
Side A: Man Of The World
We're Not Dressing
Side B: Hands Across The Table
Disc 2
Side A: Love Before Breakfast
The Princess Comes Across
Side B: True Confession
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SING A CAROLE OF PRAISE FOR THIS COLLECTION!, March 27, 2006
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This review is from: 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) (DVD)
We've bitched, often and loudly, that Universal refuses to spend the time and money to remaster its films for DVD release. Too often the prints are choppy and sloppy; special features and bonus tracks are almost always non-existent. Films fans don't always find such laziness glamorous. Luckily, such criticism doesn't hurt this triumvirate of eagerly anticipated collections. The West set features five classics, including the brilliant My Little Chickadee and the underrated Night After Night; Dietrich dazzles in the sexually charged Blonde Venus and Morocco (and three others); Lombard proves yet again that she was an amazingly talented comedienne and actress in a half dozen little-known flicks. At less than $20 per set, each collection is a must --- even without any bells and whistles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Lombard!, August 1, 2011
This review is from: 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) (DVD)
The Carole Lombard Glamorous Collection is a wonderful combination of Carole Lombard classics that were forgotten about for a long time. Man of the World is probably the least of the six films but is still interesting. William Powell plays a blackmailer that falls in love with beautiful heiress Carole Lombard. They fall in love but William Powell's lies and deceit drive a wedge between them. We're Not Dressing is a cute film with Bing Crosby as the likeable smart-aleck and Carole Lombard as the stubborn spoiled woman forced together by shipwreck that lands them on a deserted island. There a few songs too many though. Hands Across the Table is by far the best film of the six, it is very funny and charming with Fred Macmurray and Carole Lombard as two people kidding themselves that they could marry other people for money and not love, but when Lombard takes Macmurray in as boarder they fall in love and question their life's quest for money. Love Before Breakfast is a decent film with a rich playboy vying for Lombard's hand by doing anything he can including sending her fiancee out of the country for a better job. The Princess Comes Across is one of the better films with Lombard posing as a princess and Fred Macmurray a teasing concertina player, this film is a comedy with a noir/murder mystery twist to it when a blackmailer turns up dead in Lombard's room. True Confession is also a very good film with (once again) Carole Lombard and Fred Macmurray. In this film Lombard and Macmurray are already married and struggling financially. Carole Lombard plays a scatterbrained liar that comes up with some very wild stories including one lie that her lawyer husband is insane and believes that the typewriter is his baby. But her lies go too far when she becomes a murder suspect and admits to a crime with a false story that she didnt commit. I highly recommend this collection for people like me who love and watch only old old 30's and 40's movies!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Collection of Love Stories starring Carole Lombard, October 8, 2007
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This review is from: 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) (DVD)
This is a set of six movies on two discs; Man Of the World, We're Not Dressing and Hands across the Table; and Love before Breakfast, The Princess Comes Across, and True Confession.

Man Of the World
Romancing a Smooth Criminal! - This is a love story set in depression era (1931) between a hustler and wealthy young woman. William Powell plays Michael Trevor, a smooth criminal, who makes living by blackmailing wealthy people. As an investigative journalist, he comes to know dirty little secrets of rich, and then threatens them that he will reveal the secrets unless he is bribed. His crooked life gets the better of him, and thus he is forced to leave Unites States. While in Paris, he goes after a wealthy American, but falls in love with his beautiful niece, Mary Kendall (Carole Lombard). Mary, a naÔve young woman thinks Michael is an honest and caring man until his assistant brilliantly played by Wynne Gibson (as Irene Hoffa), threatens Michael that his way of living will be revealed to Mary and the police. Michael reflects on his life, and convinces himself that he has to come clean with Mary about his past. Mary takes his story positively and still would love to marry him, but old ways never disappear. He eventually blackmails Mary's uncle and walks off with a hefty check, and decides to leave for South Africa accompanied by Irene. Michael realizes that something don't look right, in a sudden change of heart he destroys the check. The movie is directed by Richard Wallace and story is by Herman Mankiewicz. It is unfortunate that this movie has bundle of talents but not utilized well. Carole Lombard is beautiful, and Wynne Gibson is outstanding as an aggressive assistant of Michael. William Powell does not fit well in the role of a con man, but soon the "Thin Man" series (1934) with Myrna Loy changes his career.

We're Not Dressing
Doris's Island; an Unrealistic Romantic Story - This is another unrealistic love story set in depression era (1934) starring Carole Lombard and Bing Crosby. Beautiful debonair Doris Worthington (Carole Lombard) entertains her guests on her private yacht in the Pacific Ocean. The company includes, sailor Stephen Jones (Bing Crosby), Doris's friend Edith (Ethel Merman), Uncle Hubert (Leon Errol), and two brothers; Prince Michael Stofani (Ray Milland), and Prince Alexander Stofani (Jay Henry). When the ship sinks after an accident, they take refuge in an island.

Stephen is the only one who has the practical knowledge to survive in the island and others pretty much depend on him until they find two biologists named George Martin (George Burns) and Gracie Martin (Gracie Allen). By the time their trip to home is arranged, the tough talking sailor falls in love with the rich debonair disappointing the two young princes who are competing for the hand of Doris in marriage. The highlights of the movie are fine tunes that include: "A Sailor Must Be True to Any One Girl," "May I?" "She Reminds Me of You," "Goodnight, Lovely Little Lady," "Love Thy Neighbor," and "Once in a Blue Moon" All sung by Bing Crosby. Carole Lombard offers a great performance as a hard-to-get love sick young lady, and Bing Crosby is very entertaining with his songs.

Hands across the Table
Adorable Screwball Slapstick: A Wonderful Love Story - This could be considered as an earlier version of Erich Segal's Love Story, but the twist is that this movie is set not on Harvard University campus, but in New York during Great depression (1935). Carole Lombard plays Regi Allen, an adorable single woman living and working in Manhattan as a manicurist who is looking for rich husband. Her manager is more than helpful to direct her to the rich clients of the salon. When Regi meets Allen Macklyn (Ralph Bellamy), love doesn't strike for her even though he is everything she likes; rich, generous, loving, and handsome, but there is one problem, he is crippled. When her manager directs Regi to another rich client, Theodore Drew III (Fred McMurray), who is handsome, entertaining and known to be rich, luck seem to be turning her side. But she learns later that he's actually poor; his family fortune crashed in 1929, but he is engaged to be married to a rich lady. It is a strange love triangle involving Regi, Allen and Theodore. The two men try to outsmart each other to win the hands of Regi.

The movie has an interesting scenario, when Theodore misses his boat to Bermuda while his fiancée's family plans the wedding. He stays with Regi for a week so his fiancée thinks he's in Bermuda. There are some hilarious incidents when Regi helps him get tan under tanning light, and later she calls his fiancée impersonating a telephone operator linking Theodore from Bermuda. Carole Lombard is not only beautiful but spectacular as a young woman in love. Both Carole Lombard and Fred McMurray make a lovely couple in love; highly recommended.

Love before Breakfast
An Uninteresting Love Story - This is another unrealistic and yet funny movie about discarded love of sorts. Kay Colby (Carole Lombard) plays a lovely young woman who appears to be in love with a young man named Bill Wadsworth (Caesar Romero), but she is strongly pursued by wealthy businessman named Preston Foster (Scott Miller). Preston is an autocratic oil magnate doing wise investments during Great depression. Mergers and acquisitions of his competitors companies are his business tricks, but his romantic life is dull since he is rejected by his love interest Kay Colby. Kay's mother Mrs. Colby (Janet Beecher) likes Preston, and wants her daughter to be marred to him; she helps him to find Kay; whether she is gone horse riding, sailing or at a night club. He is annoying and boring to Kay, but he doesn't give up sitting down. He does what he is good at; slicing his competition by promoting Bill Wadsworth and sending him to his new job in Japan. Bill enthusiastically takes the job which leaves Kay alone, and Scott takes full use of the situation to romance her unsuccessfully.

The "storm at sea" scene is particularly interesting, which involves Bill and Kay go on a boat on a stormy night only to be rescued by Preston's yacht. The movie ends abruptly when Kay marries Preston while she is still in her night gown and completely drenched in stormy water. This is another movie I wouldn't mind skipping while viewing the DVD.

The Princess Comes Across
A slow moving thriller: Carole Lombard plays an out of work actress from Brooklyn, New York, impersonating a Princess of Sweden (Princess Olga) in this Lombard classic. She sails to Hollywood from Sweden with her companion Lady Gertrude Allwyn (Alison Skipworth), to act in a movie on million dollar deal; but things doesn't work in favor of Olga. The fellow travelers include King Mantel (Fred McMurray), a concertina player, his manager Benton (William Frawley), a group of detectives from the European community hunting for a French fugitive on board, and the captain who is extremely cordial to the "Princess." Also on board is Robert Darcy (Porter Hall), a small time con man who is looking for a payoff by exposing the dirty secrets of Mantel and Olga. The charming manners of Mantel and the beauty of Olga obviously attract each other, and circumstances join them to protect each other's interest. It soon gets creepy as Darcy's dead body is found at Olga's bedroom, and the detectives on the ship get involved to solve the murder, and that leads to a second homicide. Meanwhile, under a cloud of suspicion, things doesn't get any better for Olga; her dirty little secret that she is not really a Princess will soon be known to everyone on the ship, and her plan to reach Hollywood becomes more uncertain than ever. Mantel hatches a clever plan to catch the killer and soon all ends well and no one would know that Olga is not a Princess. Carole Lombard has performed well in this Greta Garbo spoof, but Fred McMurray outshines all as a cocky musician stealing all the attention for himself.

True Confession
They find me not guilty: Helen Bartlett (Carole Lombard) and Ken Bartlett (Fred McMurray) are happily married couple trying to make ends meet. In addition to the usual financial problems facing young couple, Helen is a compulsive liar who doesn't mind to tell a lie to protect the interests of the family, but her husband Ken is brutally honest. He makes his living as an attorney who would represent only honest clients. This obviously leads to problems in their lives.

When Helen secretly applies for a secretarial job, and gets accepted, she realizes that she got more than she bargained for. When she finds that her boss is looking for a mistress than a real secretary, she punches him in the stomach and leaves his office quickly. Later when she goes back to retrieve her hat and coat with her friend Daisy McClure (Una Merkel), she discovers that the man she punched is shot dead, and the police take her as a murder suspect. When she can't figure out how to defend herself, she concocts a scheme to say that she killed him to defend her honor. Ken defends her successfully, and the jury finds her not guilty. Soon they become famous, and all their financial problems are over and they live in the lap of luxury. Then appears a self styled criminologist and prankster Charles Jasper (John Barrymore) who tries to scare the Bartlett's that he will reveal to the police that he is the real murderer, and Bartlett's misrepresented themselves in the court to become famous, but his scheme fails. Carole Lombard is adorable as always, but I found that she moves her tongue over teeth several times for apparently no reason which feels odd at times, Fred McMurray offers a good performance as an honest attorney and John Barrymore does his best as a drunken criminologist and a con man. Una Merkel is enchanting and Porter Hall and Hattie McDaniel have limited roles.

This DVD set with six movies is a steal for what it is priced at. There is a tons of fun, and plenty of entertainment for the family; highly recommended to all fans of Carole Lombard.
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