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Doll Face [VHS] (1946)

Vivian Blaine , Dennis O'Keefe , Lewis Seiler  |  NR |  VHS Tape
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Vivian Blaine, Dennis O'Keefe, Perry Como, Carmen Miranda, Martha Stewart
  • Directors: Lewis Seiler
  • Writers: Gypsy Rose Lee, Harold Buchman, Leonard Praskins
  • Producers: Bryan Foy
  • Format: Black & White, EP, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Madacy Records
  • VHS Release Date: September 19, 1997
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630393515X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,327 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most pleasant memories February 28, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I remember as a very young man of going to the Fox Theater in downtown Detroit to see this most entertaining movie.WWII was still going on and movies like this were a great escape from the sometimes sad news of the day. What can you say about Pery Como that hasn't been said. He was just wonderful as well as the entire cast of this treasure of Hollywood. Oh come on it didn't win any oscars but it wasn't intended to. It was, like most movies of the time, to just entertain us. And it did so quite well.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last a transfer that is magnificent! June 24, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Doll Face has seen so many releases that feature poor quality vision and sound - but not anymore!!!! This release is both brilliant in vision and sound. To improve the sound you can isolate the soundtrack - do so and you get 21st Century quality sound - absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much 20th Century Fox - this is the way old movies should be released - tender loving care and magnificent transfers!!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars GOOD MOVIE, HORRIBLE DVD March 18, 2006
Format:DVD
One reviewer was watching this DVD for Vivian Blaine; another, for Perry Como. I was watching for Dennis O'Keefe. Now all we need is a review from someone watching it for Carmen Miranda and we'll be set.

I have to agree with the other two reviewers: the DVD is horrible, although I am watching the Critics Choice release rather than the Alpha version. Evidently both were made from the same poor quality master. The sound is obnoxiously loud, and the picture is contrasty and uncomfortable to watch, even though the package says "Digitally Restored." Nevertheless, all the actors are good, and I love Como's songs. O'Keefe is good, but this is not one of his better roles.

If anyone else is interested in the films of Dennis O'Keefe, this is the first one out of about ten I've ordered recently that had poor quality. It's also the only one in which I've been disappointed for any reason. I'm hoping O'Keefe will be rediscovered at some point, and more of his films released, because they are wonderful. His range is broad. He does excellent dramatic work in Film Noir classics like T-Men and Raw Deal - both by Anthony Mann - and in Fighting Seabees with John Wayne; comedies like Up In Mabel's Room and Getting Gertie's Garter; detective pictures like Dishonored Lady and Cover Up; and family films like The Great Dan Patch.

I think if a company releases a DVD on which the movie is substandard, they should state as much in their write-up, instead of waiting for people to get the film and then be disappointed. They aren't helping themselves by releasing substandard product. I wondered why Critic's Choice Video, a company with an extensive catalog, had a 92% satisfaction rating. Now I know.

Waitsel Smith
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie, bad DVD August 8, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Pretty fantastic musical, enlivened no end by vivacious Vivian Blaine in the title role along with some memorable tunes ("Walking in My Dreams", "Here Comes Heaven Again").

The story is straight-forward: burlesque star `Doll Face' Carroll (Vivian Blaine) publishes her autobiography entitled `Genius De Milo' and then goes on to star in a Broadway show based on it. Perry Como and Carmen Miranda sparkle in fine supporting roles but for fans of the sorely underrated Vivian Blaine this film is a sheer delight. This was based on a book written by Louise Hovick (aka Gypsy Rose Lee, the legendary burlesque artiste and raconteur).

Blaine is perhaps still best-known and remembered for two roles: as Miss Adelaide in the 1950 original Broadway production of GUYS AND DOLLS (which she subsequently got to reprise in the film version); and Emily in the 1945 film of Rodgers and Hammerstein's STATE FAIR. Blaine had a very successful career as a nightclub and cabaret artist, but Hollywood fame strangely alluded her. Fox initially tried to market her as their next big musical leading lady when Alice Faye announced her retirement. Audiences sadly never quite latched onto her, more's the pity.

My only gripe is the horrid sound quality, which is muffled and full of hiss. The picture quality is average (seems to be taken from a VHS master) but from Alpha what else can you expect? I can't understand why this delightful Twentieth Century-Fox musical has fallen into Public Domain territory.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DON`T BUY THIS MOVIE. February 25, 2005
Format:DVD
I urge anyone who even thinks about it not to buy this movie. Its so bad it was difficult to give it 1 star.

Being a great fan of Perry Como, and being brought up in the 50`s with nothing but happy memories of his TV shows i was waiting for this movie to be released. It was never released it escaped. The quality is awful, the sound is bad and the picture the same. I should have known better what else can you expect from Alpha Video. I know it was a budget price but i expected something better than this. I watched half an hour and threw it in the trash in disgust. Lets hope one day will see a better quality copy appear and also a release of Words and Music which also featured Mr C.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars GOOD MOVIE, HORRIBLE DVD March 18, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was watching this movie for Dennis O'Keefe, but the DVD is so horrible, I can't enjoy it. This is a Critics Choice Video release of a film that is in public domain. The only other release that's available is by Alpha Video, and is just as bad. Evidently both were made from the same poor quality master. The sound is obnoxiously loud, and the picture is contrasty and uncomfortable to watch, even though the package says "Digitally Restored." Nevertheless, all the actors are good, and I love Como's songs. O'Keefe is good, but this is not one of his better roles.

If anyone else is interested in the films of Dennis O'Keefe, this is the first one out of about ten I've ordered recently that had poor quality. It's also the only one in which I've been disappointed for any reason. I'm hoping O'Keefe will be rediscovered at some point, and more of his films released, because they are wonderful. His range is broad. He does excellent dramatic work in Film Noir classics like T-Men and Raw Deal - both by Anthony Mann - and in Fighting Seabees with John Wayne; comedies like Up In Mabel's Room and Getting Gertie's Garter; detective pictures like Dishonored Lady and Cover Up; and family films like The Great Dan Patch.

I think if a company releases a DVD on which the movie is substandard, they should state as much in their write-up, instead of waiting for people to get the film and then be disappointed. They aren't helping themselves by releasing substandard product. I wondered why Critic's Choice Video, a company with an extensive catalog, had a 92% satisfaction rating. Now I know.

Waitsel Smith
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Gem from Years Gone By!
I purchased a VHS version of this movie some years ago because I was doing some research on Carmen Miranda around the time of her Centennial - 2009. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alejandro Roque OMI
4.0 out of 5 stars An older movie I am glad to own it good songs ,a good story line, not...
The storyline of a dancer at a club trying out,auditioning for better jobs as LIKE a singer.Her business partner hires a writer to write a book about her to better themselves as... Read more
Published 14 months ago by jane Brauer
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic - great movie!!
Really enjoyed this one. The picture and sound was quality. Anyone who enjoys a cute love story and a good show would enjoy this classic.
Published 16 months ago by Danielle Cormier
3.0 out of 5 stars Best scene of 'Doll Face' badly remastered
This 2008 release of Doll Face is beautifully restored, except for the Hubba Hubba performance, just after the barking sound made by Vivian Blaine. Read more
Published on July 6, 2011 by E. J. Van Beek
4.0 out of 5 stars finally released from Public Domain hell!
I've always had a soft spot for DOLL FACE, Twentieth Century-Fox's 1946 musical treat starring Vivian Blaine, Carmen Miranda and Perry Como. Read more
Published on June 10, 2009 by Byron Kolln
4.0 out of 5 stars this is more than magnificent--in fact, it's mediocre and a little bit...
Doll Face is a fairly good movie musical from Twentieth Century-Fox. The acting is rather convincing with the exception of Perry Como who appears rather stiff and uncomfortable; I... Read more
Published on May 27, 2009 by Matthew G. Sherwin
4.0 out of 5 stars Here comes heaven again...
Pretty fantastic musical, enlivened no end by vivacious Vivian Blaine in the title role along with some memorable tunes ("Walking in My Dreams", "Here Comes Heaven Again"). Read more
Published on May 10, 2009 by Byron Kolln
4.0 out of 5 stars Here comes heaven again...
Pretty fantastic musical, enlivened no end by vivacious Vivian Blaine in the title role along with some memorable tunes ("Walking in My Dreams", "Here Comes Heaven Again"). Read more
Published on May 10, 2009 by Byron Kolln
3.0 out of 5 stars Doll Face looks great,but has little of substance to offer!
The 1946 movie Doll Face has finally been released by 20th Century Fox in pristine form.I have seen this movie many times(too many)on tv in either trincated and/or very washed out... Read more
Published on December 8, 2008 by Robert Badgley
4.0 out of 5 stars DOLL FACE
This post-war musical marked the eventual end of CARMEN MIRANDA'S contract with FOX. Once the highest paid actress in Hollywood in the early 40s, she was now reduced to B&W and... Read more
Published on July 11, 2008 by TICOOO
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