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Ford At Fox Collection: John Ford's American Comedies (Steamboat Around the Bend / Judge Priest / Doctor Bull / When Willie Comes Marching Home / Up the River / What Price Glory) (1950)

Dan Dailey , Corinne Calvet , John Ford , Will Rogers  |  NR |  DVD
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Ford At Fox Collection: John Ford's American Comedies (Steamboat Around the Bend / Judge Priest / Doctor Bull / When Willie Comes Marching Home / Up the River / What Price Glory) + Will Rogers Collection, Vol. One (Life Begins at 40 / In Old Kentucky / Doubting Thomas / Steamboat 'Round the Bend) + Will Rogers Collection, Vol. 2 (Ambassador Bill / David Harum / Mr. Skitch / Too Busy to Work)
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  • Actors: Dan Dailey, Corinne Calvet, Colleen Townsend, William Demarest, Jimmy Lydon
  • Directors: John Ford, Will Rogers
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 525 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WMA6I2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,186 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Disc 1: STEAMBOAT AROUND THE BEND Disc 2 Side A: JUDGE PRIEST Disc 2 Side B: DR. BULL Disc 3 Side A: WHEN WILLIE COMES MARCHING HOME Disc 3 Side B: UP THE RIVER Disc 4: WHAT PRICE GLORY

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Six comedies from the giant "Ford at Fox" DVD set October 3, 2007
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This package takes six of the comedy films that are part of the giant "Ford at Fox" DVD package and breaks it into a smaller more affordable subset. The films included are:

Up The River (1930) - Contains the early sound problems common to most early talkies plus the obligatory singing and dancing (not done very well) inserted into a film that has the only mutual appearance of Spencer Tracy and Humphrey Bogart. No early talkie was complete without a musical number.
Feature film with English Mono and Spanish/French subtitles
Theatrical trailer
Still gallery

Doctor Bull (1933) - stars Will Rogers in the first of three collaborations between Ford and Rogers.
Feature film with English Mono and Spanish/French subtitles

Judge Priest (1934) - stars Will Rogers as a southern Judge who enjoys taffy pulls and croquet when not on the bench.
Feature film with English Mono and Spanish

Steamboat Round The Bend (1935) - stars Will Rogers (already on DVD). The final collaboration between Rogers and Ford is perhaps the best. Rogers plays a man going up and down the Mississippi on an old steamboat charging the local population admission to look at the wax figures he is carrying. He plans to use the money he raises to hire a lawyer to free his nephew from a serious charge.
Feature film with English Stereo and English Mono and Spanish subtitles
Commentary by Author Scott Eyman
Restoration comparison
Theatrical trailer
Will Rogers Theater: Doubting Thomas, In Old Kentucky, Life Begins at 40 /French subtitles

When Willie Comes Marching Home (1950) - stars Dan Dailey. Willie joins the army to become a war hero, but winds up doing training duty right back in his home town.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked performances September 22, 2009
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I skipped this when it came out, not realizing that it contained two of Lincoln Perry's performances, as Stepin Fetchit. Perry was one of the most brilliant comics of his time, and has been unfairly maligned because of a cultural misinterpretation of his great creation, Stepin Fetchit. Perry was thoughtful and articulate, but his Fetchit character, based on someone Perry judged to be the world's laziest man, was a comic exaggeration taken to surreal levels. Basically, Perry, billed as Stepin Fetchit, played the same character in every film. It's a knife-edge gag, however, because it can be taken as a demeaning stereotype of African-Americans or, as Perry intended, a lovable comic foil he could mine for surprising and clever comic bits. It made him an inveterate scene-stealer, acknowledged as such by some of Hollywood's leading actors, and it is remarkable to watch him interact with Will Rogers. Perry said he and Rogers would just get a sense of the script and then cut loose during the take. There are some cringe-inducing moments when that comedy teeters onto the wrong side of the knife (due mostly to the scripts), but Black audiences of the 30s understood the gag and rejected the idea of a stereotype. They could appreciate the comic genius of Perry's exaggerations; the more popular his movies, the more popular he became with live audiences on the Black theater circuit. It's nice to be able to see Perry's performances intact, especially in Judge Priest, one of his most extended roles.
Interestingly, Perry was under studio contract, not a rogue comic hired for specific roles, and had mid-level billing (in the cast card, the leads were in large letters, the studio regulars in medium letters, and, lastly, the minor characters in small letters).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will Rogers DVD's December 29, 2009
By Karen
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I was amazed at the quality of these videos. They came packaged in individual DVD's. I would recommend this collection to anyone, well worth the money and many hours of old time fun. You will not be disappointed in these videos, makes a great gift.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ford at Fox Collection October 24, 2008
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Ford At Fox - The Collection
The Box is quite a bargain. Even though some of the films are a bit dated
they are still fun to watch. The picture quality of the older films is surpraisingly good. John Ford wasn't just a director of western. Recomanded not only to John Ford-Fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By dickens
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John Ford shows his flawless instincts as he drops the reins and lets Will Rogers "have his head". There is a delightful partnering of these two mega-talents in three films in which Rogers plays a Steamboat Captain, a Judge and a Doctor. Treats and treasures are waiting here for those who can see beyond the black & white to a time when the qualities of respect and reverence, fidelity and friendship were well known. The comedy is genuine and the laughter is generous.
Dan Dailey plays the part of a patriot who can't seem to get to the war. The story is of a real life irony taken from a war hero's memoirs. Dailey plays the part well and spontaneously.
"Up The River" looks like it was saved just in time and thank goodness for that! In this we see very early performances by Bogey and Spencer Tracy. There are places where the odd small segment is missing but John Fords genius still shines through. It certainly deserves a place in the collection.
"What Price Glory" caught me by surprise but I will leave it at that.
The collection is certainly worth it!
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