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E20 1941's The Great American Broadcast, directed by workhorse Archie Mayo, does for radio what Cavalcade did for silent pictures. This time John Payne and Jack Oakie are inventing the wireless network; Alice is a saloon singer whose crooning helps their plan succeed (but of course fails to impress Payne for far too long). Along with Faye's singing, some terrific numbers by the Ink Spots and the incredible Nicholas Brothers help this formula along. A big hit in 1943, Hello, Frisco, Hello brought Payne and Oakie back, with Alice once again waiting around for Barbary Coast entrepreneur Payne to notice that they're in love. This is where Faye's marvelous low, mellow voice introduced "You'll Never Know," which the movie wisely keeps reprising. Technicolor-ful to the point where you might need sunglasses, this is one of those loony, stupefyingly mush-headed musicals that make you wonder whether Hollywood had collectively gone mad, or possibly ingested hallucinogenic substances. The excellent prints for these films show off Fox's scrupulous studio style. No commentary tracks, but a selection of featurettes gives smart and relevant background for the movies. --Robert Horton
"Colorful film starts out fun", says LM, giving it two and a half stars.
The film is very well made with soft colouring and excellent performances by the leads but the director Irving Cummings, while meticulous, always directed at a plod.
This musical film is very well done and it works extremely well as a musical.
For fans of late 1930s to mid 1940s musicals this collection is first rate. Both the black and white and color transfers in this set are clean and beautiful. Read morePublished 4 months ago by The Professor
Why did I give the first Alice Faye box set four stars and this one five? No real reason. Maybe because there were four films in that set and five in this one (which seems like a... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Gord Wilson
Have only viewed 3 of the 5 dvds in this box set .all restored prints with good sound and picture quality. Read morePublished 8 months ago by filmbuffalec.
I love her movies. She is very talented. The singing, acting is very professional. Very well written story. I saw most of her moviesPublished 14 months ago by Denise E. Donnelly
Alice Faye (born Alice Jeanne Leppert, May 5, 1915 - May 9, 1998) was one of the best singing actresses ever. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Matthew G. Sherwin
Hours of enjoyment viewing these productions. No fear about who is watching the television when we put one of these on. Good 'clean' fun for everyone.Published on December 12, 2012 by Allan W
If you fondly remember some of the old Alice Faye movies you saw growing up some 50 years ago, you'll love this collectionPublished on September 27, 2010 by Mark J. Jordan
This second volume of ALICE FAYE films is a welcome addition to the first volume and together, with all of the varying roles she played, display the reason for her popularity. Read morePublished on September 2, 2009 by Harold Jacobs
I can't believe the complaints I am reading, these films were made at a time when people wanted to be distracted from the harsh realities of life, so of course they are not... Read morePublished on September 1, 2009 by Ralph Paulsen