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The Claudette Colbert Collection (Three-Cornered Moon / Maid of Salem / I Met Him in Paris / Bluebeard's Eighth Wife / No Time for Love / The Egg and I)
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Three Cornered Moon (1933) - costars Richard Arlen directed by Elliott Nugent. This is a part comedy/part drama about a rich family that loses everything as a result of the Depression. The young people of the clan must go out and look for work for the first time in their lives, and it basically follows the whole family as they adjust to their new station in life. I haven't seen this one since the Paramounts were circulating on TV back in the 1980's, but trust me, it is not nearly as bleak as it sounds.
Maid of Salem (1937) - costars Fred MacMurray, directed by Frank Lloyd. This is an above-average costume drama in which Colbert plays a young woman accused of witchcraft during the Salem witchhunts of the 1690's. Everyone involved with the accusations has an axe to grind or some profit to make, and I think the film did a good job of not only explaining this witchhunt but pretty much all of them - people see a chance to make a profit by taking advantage of the ignorance of a large group of people and whipping them up into hysterics. Fred MacMurray stars as Colbert's fiance.
I Met Him In Paris (1937) - directed by Wesley Ruggles and costars Melvyn Douglas.
A romantic comedy about a woman (Colbert) who is pursued by three suitors while on vacation in Switzerland. The top two contenders are George (Melvyn Douglas) and Gene (Robert Young). George disapproves of Gene, but won't say why.Read more ›
The set comes in an unfolding case, similar to Universal's "Pre-Code Hollywood" collection. The cover's graced by a nice color photo of Claudette, taken from the promo material for 1943's "No Time For Love." The inside features other promotional images from the six movies included here, synopses of each plot, and a brief Claudette bio. Three DVDs, each containing two movies, and the film quality for each is very good. I only detected a bit of grain here and there - understandable for movies seven decades old - and all of the films are uncut. Unfortunately we get no bonus features other than the short "Claudette Colbert: Queen of the Silver Screen," a bio also included on the recent "75th Anniversary" DVD of her 1934 film "Cleopatra."
Three-Cornered Moon (1933): The earliest film in the set. A Pre-Code movie, but there's nothing particularly outrageous about it. Misidentified as a "screwball comedy" on the cover, this is more of a "screwball family" sort of thing. It's a plot that would make for great sitcom fodder: Claudette's upper-crust family discovers their well has run dry. All the money's gone, so they must venture from the safe confines of their mansion into the slum of the "real world." Wackiness ensues.Read more ›
"I Met Him in Paris" is a good example of that glow. Released in 1937, Colbert co-stars with Melvyn Douglas and Robert Young in a pointless romantic triangle which has no plot except a guessing game of who might win Colbert. This is the sort of script which became sanitised by the censorship because the situation is so contrived. The expertise of the leads, however, particularly Colbert at the centre, is such that the film is a pleasant diversion. Lee Bowman appears too as the daggy home town suitor but his role is as thankless as his character. The film is beautifully made but the material is just not up to the star power and production values.
"Bluebeard's Eighth Wife" was Colbert's only 1938 release, written by known cynics Brackett and Wilder and directed by the esteemed Ernst Lubitsch. The film has some amusing moments and Colbert is outstanding but it is fatally flawed by the miscasting of Gary Cooper as a playboy. In every single scene between the leads, Colbert's sophistication and inventive acting slays Cooper's mannerisms and blinking countenance. David Niven has a terrible part, Edward Everett Horton is irritating and there are others, all of whom are wasted.Read more ›
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A couple of the movies are so/so. The majority are good and I will watch them multiple times.Published 5 months ago by Donna D. Garrison
I LIKE HER SHE IS FUNNY AND SENSITIVE A VERY GOOD ACTRESS. THOSE SIX MOVIES ARE GOODPublished 8 months ago by Eduardo Banzhaf
2 of the movies were good.i met them in paris and bluebeards eighth wife.Published 10 months ago by alisha
Wonderful to have these. Classic stuff. From what I gather she was EXTREMELY DIFFICULT and DEMANDING to work with. The results however are some of the best of the studio system. Read morePublished 10 months ago by A. L. Owens Jr.
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