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Claudia (1943)

Dorothy McGuire , Robert Young , Edmund Goulding  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dorothy McGuire, Robert Young, Ina Claire
  • Directors: Edmund Goulding
  • Writers: Rose Franken, Morrie Ryskind
  • Producers: William Perlberg
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: June 20, 2012
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0089BSMX4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,044 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Dorothy McGuire shines in her stage role adaptation of the Broadway hit "Claudia." The title character's young bride ways lead to an array of life lessons including babies, the passing of loved ones, and compromises with a stubborn husband. Presented in 4:3 pan and scan using the highest quality source material available. Shown in 4:3 full frame presentation.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lost Gem November 20, 2011
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This has to be one of the best movies ever made that hasn't been put on DVD yet. Dorothy McGuire burst onto Broadway with her portrayal of the lovely, funny, literal-minded young wife who still has some growing up to do. When she reprised the role on film, with Robert Young as her knowing, yet often befuddled husband David, she created one of the most enduring and lovable characters ever brought to the screen. Not only is she charming and beautiful, but her goodness shows through in her innocent acts that meet her standards for internal logic, if no one else's. But the movie isn't only heartwarming, it's downright funny. The scene where she "sells" the farm to singer Olga Baclanova in order to make David 100% profit is priceless. Later, when lustful neigbor Reginald Gardiner tries to woo her, she takes the initiative and asks him to kiss her. When she later tells David about it, she tells how the feeling "went right back to" him. When David doesn't exactly appreciate the experiment, despite the end result, Claudia demands that he apologize to her! When commiserating with Gardiner, he admits that he probably will. Along with the comedy, there are the sub-plots involving the wayward son of their cook and hired man, and the secret her mother is keeping from her, but not from David, because of their fear of how she will cope when she finds out. Viewers who only know her from such films as "Gentlemen's Agreement," and "The Spiral Staircase," don't realize they have missed her best role. Someone needs to find this lost gem and restore it to movie lovers everywhere. Do it soon!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bygone charm September 20, 2012
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Edmund Goulding was a stylish director who began as a writer on Broadway. He was one of the first directors to be signed by the fledgling company Metro-Goldwyn in the mid-1920s; he wrote and/or directed some of that studio's biggest successes (THE BROADWAY MELODY, GRAND HOTEL) before moving over to Warner Brothers, where he again directed notable successes (including four films starring Bette Davis, such as DARK VICTORY). By 1943, he was again on the move, going from Warners to 20th Century Fox; CLAUDIA was the first film he would directed for Fox.

The history of CLAUDIA is rather tangled. It had been a successful play on Broadway, and made a star of its young actress Dorothy McGuire. The rights were purchased by David O. Selznick, who also signed McGuire to a contract. But Selznick began concentrating on other projects, and soon sold the property to Fox; as with GONE WITH THE WIND, there was publicity generated because of the testing of several actresses for the lead, though the part was eventually given to McGuire for her screen debut.

Goulding directed CLAUDIA in a very fluid manner; he doesn't try to "open up" the play, but he moves to camera around the setting of the country house in a very free manner. The cast is delightful, with the great stage comedienne Ina Claire giving a moving performance as Claudia's mother, and Robert Young providing warmth and humor as Claudia's husband. Dorothy McGuire is excellent: the character may seem cloying at times according to modern standards, but McGuire as an actress never wavers and expertly weaves the various moods together.

I have to say, this DV-R is adequate, but the film print has not been restored. At times, it is rather dark (especially at the beginning) and there are a few marks on the film print.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dorothy McGuire's enchanting screen debut June 29, 2013
By Tom
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Claudia (1943) was directed by Edmund Goulding for Twentieth Century Fox and featured 27-year-old Dorothy McGuire in her film debut.

Architect David Naughton (Robert Young) and his child bride (McGuire) make their home on a Connecticut farm. Claudia is more girl than woman and repeatedly tests the patience of her husband. When Claudia learns on the same day that she is pregnant and that her mother (Ina Claire) is terminally ill she must grow up quickly.

Dorothy McGuire is absolutely lovely as the precocious woman-child, full of unbridled enthusiasm and constantly running from room to room and scurrying through windows. Male viewers will fall in love with this natural beauty. Both Olga Baclanova and Reginald Gardiner are outstanding in their small comedic roles as the headstrong Russian opera singer and the refined English cad. Robert Young does a great job as the tolerant husband. Goulding deftly follows the actors from room to room in seamlessly long takes. Exceedingly quaint by today's standards, Claudia is a pleasant look back to a much simpler time. You'll laugh and you'll cry. I'm sure Claudia's uplifting and reassuring message resonated with its wartime audience.

Dorothy McGuire (1916-2001) made her stage debut in Omaha, Nebraska opposite Henry Fonda in 1930. She was mentored by Dorothy Pennebaker Brando, the mother of Marlon Brando. Dorothy went on to star in the Broadway production of Claudia from 1941 to 1943 and reprised her role in this 1943 film adaptation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely movie
Dated but a lovely view of an innocent newlywed's take on life & marriage.
Published 1 day ago by Love the oldies
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Story, Great Couple
As one who enjoys movies made during the era, I looked forward to viewing this one. I had earlier serendipitously purchased a very vintage Redbook© magazine which contained the... Read more
Published 12 days ago by jo johnston
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Great
I was about to purchase this film when it came on FX. I'm sorry, I know I'm odd man out here, but I really think this film fails. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Susan K. O'brien
5.0 out of 5 stars A Problem Like Claudia
A Broadway success for Dorothy McGuire, the movie version got her signed to a contract with Selznick and she became one of his stable of beloved, often quirky stars. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kevin Killian
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie.
Nothing here to dislike - entertaining, with Robert Young, my all-time favorite actor and Dorothy McGuire; great team. It rocks.
Published 15 months ago by Linda G. Heltzel
2.0 out of 5 stars very different
It was fun seeing Dorothy at a young age, the characters put a lot of drama into the roles and it was very good acting. But it wasn't a movie I cared for. It's not for everyone. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Gail Janusz
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly lovely film!!!
Young & McGuire were the perfect pairing for a newly-wed couple. Of course, THE priceless performance is Ms. Olga Baclanova!!!! She was superb as the opera diva!!!! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jude Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic movie!!!
I'm so glad to see old movies like "Claudia" being transferred to DVD and Blu-Ray. I hope to see many more in the future.
Published 19 months ago by Denise A. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
I was happy to be able to watch this delightful movie again in DVD format. The video and sound were clear and the quality was very good for such an old movie.
Published 22 months ago by SueBatch
3.0 out of 5 stars CLAUDIA - LOST GEM?
CLAUDIA WAS HIGHLY PRAISED AND IS A LOST GEM, BUT THE BITTERSWEET STORY OF A FRIVOLOUS YOUNG HOUSEWIFE COMING TO TERMS WITH LIFE'S UPS AND DOWNS HAS LOST SOMEWHAT WITH AGE. Read more
Published 23 months ago by r levis
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