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Green Dolphin Street [Remaster]

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After her triumph as the lunchroom temptress in the crime classic The Postman Always Rings Twice, Lana Turner expanded her range with Green Dolphin Street. Set in 19th-century Europe and New Zealand, this sweeping romance tells the story of two beautiful sisters, one headstrong (Turner) and one gentle (Donna Reed), and of the man (Richard Hart) who marries one even though he loves the other. The film's riptides of emotion are matched by breathtaking physical tumult: a fierce Maori uprising plus a catastrophic earthquake and tidal wave that earned the film a 1947 Oscar(r) for special effects. With its dramatic story and spectacular visuals, Green Dolphin Street drew huge audiences eager for epic moviemaking.

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  • Actors: Lana Turner, Van Heflin, Donna Reed, Richard Hart, Frank Morgan
  • Directors: Victor Saville
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: January 6, 2012
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005VH4HCE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,917 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

I love this movie and will watch it over again.
Doris M. Edwards
Still, it is one of the movies that has stayed with me, and I'm glad that it became available on DVD..
Karen T.
This is a great story and there are twists and turns throughout.
Linda Linguvic

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Linda Linguvic HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 2, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I was just a child when I saw this 1947 film in a movie theater and have never forgotten it. Now, more than a half century later, I revisited it on video. I'm a different person now, and a lot of time has gone by, but I was still captivated by the film. Well, almost!
The story is set in the mid 19th century when British colonialism was at its peak. Two sisters are in love with the same man, played by Richard Hart, who goes off to sea in the King's navy. He is drugged in China, misses his ship and goes off to New Zealand to make his fortune. He's really in love with the quiet sister, played by Donna Reed, but when he sends for her to be his wife, his pen slips and he actually asks for the strong willed sister, played by Lana Turner. To complicate matters, the man who really loves the Lana Turner character is the husband's partner, played by Van Heflin. But that's just a small part of the sweeping epic that includes an earthquake, a tidal wave and a Maori war. The film is also about love, the kind that grows through the years, as well as religious love. Because while Lana Turner is off in New Zealand battling the elements of nature, Donna Reed becomes a nun.
This is a great story and there are twists and turns throughout. Lana Turner is beautiful. Her makeup is always perfect and her costumes are great. I can't help noticing though that even when she is about to give birth, she still has a perfectly corseted narrow waist, and her lipstick and hairdos are just a little too perfect throughout. But that, of course was the way they made movies in 1947. The film was 2 hours and 21 minutes and could have been shorter. Some of speeches were a little too long, especially near the end.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Simon Davis on March 18, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
"Green Dolphin Street", one of MGM's biggest film efforts during the late 1940's had a curious beginning in that it was the result of a story submitted in an MGM writing contest where the first prize would be the filming of the winning entry. That winner was the story "Green Dolphin Street", submitted by Elizabeth Goudge and involved the story of the painfully intertwined romantic lives of two sisters over many years and was a tale filled with unrequited love, passion, adventure, and struggle for survival in faraway places. The story was a natural for filming by that studio of studios MGM who made it one of their biggest productions for 1947 giving it a superb cast headed by Lana Turner and Donna Reed as the two sisters and with many excellent and quite ground breaking visual effects throughout the story that included massive earthquakes and tidal waves. The result was a big hit for MGM that really led the studio, despite its growing internal and financial concerns, into their next super production which was to be the massive epic "Quo Vadis". "Green Dolphin Street", combines uniformily fine acting along with first rate visuals that were rewarded with 4 justly deserved Academy Award nominations and quite rightly "Green Dolphin Street", took home the Best Special Effects Oscar for 1947.

The story centres around two sisters Marianne (Lana Turner), and Marguerite (Donna Reed), Patourel daughters of wealthy merchant Octavious Patourel (Edmund Gwenn). The sisters are like night and day as Marianne is the businesslike, ambitious daughter while Marguerite is the more retiring of the two. Both girls become attracted to their new neighbour William Ozanne (Richard Hart), the handsome and not totally upright son of the local doctor Edmund Ozanne (Frank Morgan).
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tom S. on January 1, 2012
Format: DVD
A lot of people would list GREEN DOLPHIN STREET among their favorite historical romance movies, and it's finally available as a DVD-R (print on demand) from Warner Archive. I bought it, and here's what I think:

First, the movie: This was MGM's attempt to repeat the success of their earlier triumphs like Gone with the Wind (Two-Disc 70th Anniversary Edition), Mutiny on the Bounty, etc., but the critics in 1947 dismissed it. Based on the bestselling novel by Elizabeth Goudge (Green Dolphin Street), it was originally planned as a vehicle for Katharine Hepburn and Gregory Peck, who bowed out and were replaced by Lana Turner and newcomer Richard Hart. Set in 19th century England and New Zealand, it's about two sisters, Marianne and Marguerite (Turner and Donna Reed), who are both in love with the same man (Hart). He loves Reed, but he keeps mixing up their names. When he drunkenly sends a marriage proposal to the wrong one (Turner), all hell breaks loose, and it's many years before the matter is resolved. Meanwhile, we get an earthquake and tidal wave (the special effects won an Oscar), a Maori uprising, births, deaths, and a spectacular religious conversion. Donna Reed is terrific, Turner and her leading man are merely okay (imagine this with Hepburn and Peck!), and the excellent supporting cast includes Van Heflin, Edmund Gwenn, Gladys Cooper, and Dame May Whitty.
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