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Tyrone Power Matinee Idol Collection (Cafe Metropole/Girls Dormitory/Johnny Apollo/Daytime Wife/Luck of the Irish/Ill Never Forget You/That Wonderful Urge/Love Is News/This Above All/Second Honeymoon)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Tyrone Power, Loretta Young, Simone Simon, Herbert Marshall, Ruth Chatterton
  • Directors: Walter Lang, Henry Hathaway, Anatole Litvak
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Subtitled, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 852 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016MOWPU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,517 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

  • Tyrone Power: Prince of Fox featurette
  • Ty and Loretta: Sweethearts of the Silver Screen featurette
  • My Dad, Tyrone Power featurette
  • Jayne Meadows Remembers featurette
  • Deleted scenes
  • Poster gallery

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Disc 1: CAFE METROPOLE '37 + GIRLS DORMITORY '36 Disc 2: JOHNNY APOLLO '40 + DAYTIME WIFE '39 Disc 3: LUCK OF THE IRISH '48 + I'LL NEVER FORGET YOU '51 Disc 4: THAT WONDERFUL URGE '48 + LOVE IS NEWS '37 Disc 5: THIS ABOVE ALL '42 + SECOND HONEYMOON '37

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If you're a Tyrone Power fan, it's very difficult to complain about the star's showing on DVD. Not only are Power's best-known films available, but the Tyrone Power Matinee Idol Collection serves up 10 titles that greatly fill in his tenure at Twentieth Century Fox. There isn't a classic in the set, just the kind of titles that audiences ate up when the handsome young actor was at his most popular. The oldest film in the box is Girls' Dormitory (1936), and Power is barely in it--he shows up in the final 10 minutes of this 66-minute drama. But it's a good one, energetically directed by Irving Cummings, about schoolmaster Herbert Marshall being dangerously worshipped by young student Simone Simon. The ending just might surprise you. Café Metropole is an efficient comedy about restaurant owner Adolphe Menjou and his plot to pay off debts by getting Power to impersonate a Russian prince and woo wealthy Loretta Young. Young is also Ty's co-star in two other 1937 pictures. Second Honeymoon pits them as a pair of exes, romping around Miami as Loretta shows off her new husband. The movie's a weirdly coarse approximation of the screwball formula that was in the air at the time. Love is News is better: Power is a newspaper reporter whose stories makes life uncomfortable for heiress Young; she turns the tables by pretending to be engaged to him. Director Tay Garnett gets a loose, knockabout quality into the performances, and Don Ameche contributes some Front Page salt. The remake of Love is News is also included: That Wonderful Urge (1948), with Power back in his role and Gene Tierney as the heiress. Day-Time Wife (1939) pairs Power with new Fox starlet Linda Darnell; he's too busy at work with his secretary, and she takes a job as a secretary herself (to wolfish boss Warren William, who could do wolfish better than anybody). In this battle of the sexes, male chauvinism reigns supreme. Power squirmed at Fox's lightweight view of him, and Johnny Apollo has a little more guts: Power is a feckless Ivy League lad who becomes disillusioned and falls into the world of the mob. You can see the actor excited by the darker possibilities of the role--but rest assured he's still every inch the elegant clotheshorse in this one. This Above All (1942) is a strange story and a dry run for Power's role as the soul-searcher in The Razor's Edge: he's an embittered soldier questioning the purpose of fighting the war. Patriotic Joan Fontaine has a few speeches for him, and director Anatole Litvak makes it all look sharp.After a run of dramatic roles and a break for WWII service, Power came back to romantic comedy with The Luck of the Irish, a whimsy-heavy thing about a reporter who tries to sell out--but not if a leprechaun (Cecil Kellaway) and a sweet Irish lass (Anne Baxter) have anything to do with it. The movie's no great shakes, but the DVD provides an option to watch the Irish scenes with green tinting, a novelty from the original theatrical release.

I'll Never Forget You (aka The House in the Square), directed by Roy Ward Baker, is a costume picture with a supernatural edge--and fans of Somewhere in Time will recognize a kindred spirit. Ty plays a scientist whose house is a portal to the 18th century, where he travels to impersonate a lookalike ancestor. This nifty romance co-stars Ann Blyth and gives a delightfully foppish role to Dennis Price. Short documentaries fill out the box, including a lovely reminiscence from Power's three children. --Robert Horton

Customer Reviews

Highly recommend this to all classics fans, especially those who are fans of Tyrone Power.
L. P. Schneider
He uses his modern scientific knowledge to build models of modern devices such as the steam engine in an effort to move progress forward more quickly than history did.
calvinnme
These films have great supporting actors, such as Loretta Young, Linda Darnell, Dorothy Lamour and Joan Fontaine.
Elizabeth Peabody

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110 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Kitkatdiva on April 26, 2008
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Tyrone Power died on November 15, 1958. In 2007, 20th Century Fox released a five-disk set of Power's swashbuckler films and was overwhelmed by its success - so overwhelmed, in fact, that a year later, they are following it up with 10 more films, the majority of which are from Power's early days at the studio where he spent about 17 years of his 22-year career. In addition, Power's anniversary is due to be celebrated at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles in November, with tributes at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and in his home town of Cincinnati to follow. It's probably not enough for a tremendous star who doesn't benefit from Turner Classic Movies network or books because TCM doesn't own his films, and it's definitely not enough for this highly underrated actor whose breathtaking looks received most of the reviews.

This second collection, the "Matinee Idol" collection consists of Girls Dormitory, in which he has a small role but received most adulation on the preview cards. It's said that Hedda Hopper sat through the film twice to make sure she had his name right. Next is Love is News, a wonderful film showing Power's ability at comedy; Cafe Metropole, a delicious Lubitsch-like comedy; Second Honeymoon, a "Private Lives" takeoff about the beautiful people - Love is News, Cafe Metropole and Second Honeymoon all co-star Loretta Young; Daytime Wife, costarring a very young Linda Darnell, a rather flimsy comedy also starring Warren William (this light film is said to be Power's punishment for defying the studio and marrying his first wife, Annabella). Gangster drama Johnny Apollo rounds out the '40s, Power costarring with the lovely Dorothy Lamour.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 13, 2008
Last year's volume one of Tyrone Power movies did very well, and Fox is giving us another box set of Power's films as a result. This contains some of Power's less remembered films and is completely absent the swashbuckling roles that dominated the first set.

Luck of the Irish (1948) American Steven Fitzgerald is visiting Ireland when he meets a beautiful Irish girl. However, Steven is ambitious and he has a chance to marry the boss' daughter back in America with all of the priveleges such a union would entail. What will he do?

Johnny Apollo (1940) In the title role Power is the son of a man who is embarrassingly guilty of stealing from his corporation's shareholders. With his father in prison and the money all gone, Power's character is also labeled as untrustworthy because of his father's behavior, and thus he cannot find a job. He takes up with gangsters and eventually ends up in prison next to dad. Will he turn his life around or attempt escape?

Day-Time Wife (1939) Power plays Ken Norton and Linda Darnell plays his wife Jane. Jane finds out that Ken is stepping out with his secretary. Jane is determined to find out what these men see in their secretaries and takes a job as one herself, always making excuses for her daytime absences. Her own boss makes a play for her that ends up with Jane, her boss, her husband, and hubby's secretary all in the same night spot at the same time. Will it be divorce or reconciliation?

Cafe Metropole (1937). So early in Power's career that he isn't even top billed at this point. Power plays a young American in Paris who is in debt to a nightclub owner (Adolphe Menjou). He impersonates a Russian prince so he can woo wealthy Laura Ridgeway (Loretta Young), get his hands on her money, and repay Menjou.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin J Burgraff VINE VOICE on August 11, 2008
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"Tyrone Power Matinee Idol Collection" may lack the opulence of the first Power ("Swashbuckler") collection, but it does offer the legendary star at his most handsome, as well as one of his most 'in demand' titles, "I'll Never Forget You", a generation after it's last television screening...which makes the collection a must!

There are 5 discs in the boxed set:

DISC 1:
"Girls Dormitory" (1936): In less than 3 minutes on-screen, in a minor role, the astonishingly handsome Power 'steals' this melodrama! A rather tame love triangle between middle-aged, bachelor professor Herbert Marshall, his devoted co-worker (Ruth Chatterton), and a barely-legal nymphet (Simone Simon, in her American debut), becomes every 'dirty old man's' fantasy, with it's off-kilter resolution...2 stars (out of 5)

Special Feature: Brief look at Power's life and acting career...

"Café Metropole" (1937): Delightful sophisticated comedy that marked Power and Loretta Young's third teaming. Penniless Power must repay a debt to Parisian club owner Adolph Menjou by pretending to be a Russian count, to fleece heiress Young. Sly and funny, this screwball tale is silly without losing it's charm... 4 1/2 stars (out of 5)

Special Feature: Two deleted Dance Sequences featuring Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson...

DISC 2:
Two versions of the same story, each starring Power...
"Love is News" (1937): Glib, muck-raking reporter Power is given a taste of his own medicine when heiress Loretta Young falsely announces they are engaged. In their second of five films together, both seem too young and 'nice' for their roles, but the comedy benefits immensely from Don Ameche's energized 'take' as Power's boss, and grand support by George Sanders and Slim Summerville. Great fun!
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