It Happened in Brooklyn - Black and White print
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All of the following films are in B&W, except for "The Kissing Bandit":
"Higher and Higher" (1943) was Sinatra's first full-length film, and, with Jack Haley on board in the lead male role, is somewhat amusing and entertaining filmfare. The highlights, for Sinatra fans, are Sinatra singing "A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening" and "The Music Stopped", along with a few other songs. The plot is thin, with Sinatra playing himself, but this film is still a must for major Sinatra fans who will want to own this dated, but rather fun romp. (2 1/2 out of 5 stars)
"Step Lively" (1944) is much more exciting fare for Sinatra fans, as Sinatra plays the lead male role and shares his first on-screen kiss (with co-star Gloria de Haven) in an amusing tale about a Broadway producer (George Murphy) trapped, with his cast, in a Manhattan hotel suite because he can't pay his bill. The plot is amusing, and Sinatra sings four songs, including "As Long as There's Music". (3 1/2 out of 5 stars)
"It Happened in Brooklyn" (1947) is easily the most interesting and entertaining of the films in this box set. Co-stars, Peter Lawford (long before he was in the Rat Pack!) and Jimmy Durante help make this film a thoroughly entertaining musical.Read more ›
My mother actually has physical pain from elevated blood pressure and excitement so even moving old time musicals can get on her nerves. This is an easy going movie that she has watched and can watch many times. Funny thing is the more I see it the more I like it and the more genius of the individual stars and their talents show through. I wish this was on DVD. I wish it was in color, but of course it's what it is. It's about common people living for the most part with talents and dreams not only working their way up, but helping others. All the ingrediants of a great movie, that are somehow lost in most modern day movies, but somewhat loosely put together. Actually some of the formulas and seemingly simpliness of the movie is what makes it so endearing when you watch it, but perhaps I've been watching to many musicals with old mom.
If you like Terminator and other action films with a ton of special effects, then this will put you to sleep. If you like interesting little sketches with very talented and likable actors (even if you know it's an act they do a great job), then this is a MUST SEE. I really like it. Other sometimes under-rated films that are like this would be Holiday Inn, another good easy going movie that has a kind of unexpected and loose script. Holiday Inn's script is tighter. Both good movies.
Another reviewer says there are no chapter stops. That is not true. There ARE chapter stops about 10-12 minutes apart. However there are no scene selections, and that sucks! Discs however, are closed captioned.
MGM's obsession with prestige overloads the film with TWO opera main arias: the Mozart one does not serve Sinatra, but Grayson is very good.
Our own Delibes piece is supposed to be sung in french: I really couldn't understand what Grayson was singing. Any way it is an opera with an extravagant libretto and the aria is ridiculous, sung by anybody, even Joan Sutherland or Natalie Dessay. MGM couldn't quit: we have long Beethoven pieces (played beautifully by a 17 years old unseen André Previn) It is a 1946 movie! That kind of old fashioned boring silliness had nothing to do with motion pictures. Gay patrons were not recognised by the industry, so we don't have a prestige scene: Sinatra as a swan or the hunter in SWAN LAKE.
Sinatra is quite good and has nice Cahn-Styne songs.The song "Brooklyn bridge" is sung on the bridge, without process photography. Not ON THE TOWN but very pleasant.Durante does not do unsanitary things with the scenery and is very good. The friendship with the Sinatra character is very nice. Young people are not shown in a derogatory manner. Grayson looks very young and charming. Too bad she had so few parts. Gloria Grahame looks weird as an army lieutenant nurse.
The great GEORGE SIDNEY should have directed the picture. RICHARD WHORF directed just a few pictures. CHAMPAGNE FOR CAESAR (available in DVD) is a winner.Read more ›
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un-viewable with frequent and annoying stops to reboot/ Please return this film and credit my account
Great little story starring Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Durante. If you like old sweet movies, then this is for you.Published 4 months ago by Carol M. Brown
Everything promised. Speedy delivery. Thanks! Sorry for the delay in posting. Computer problems. Great series!Published 5 months ago by Doris Judy O'connor
I enjoyed watching the young Frank Sinatra it takes me back to my teenage yearsPublished 6 months ago by Bridget Ferguson
Very good movie. However, I was told that it was in COLOR. So after the fourth time receiving the wrong one, I just stuck with B&W. It was good though. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Micaela
Loved the movie. I'm not a Jimmie Durante fan but he was great in this movie.Published 8 months ago by Steve Greenhalgh
This classic was a fantastic addition to my dvd library replacing my vhs copyPublished 8 months ago by J. Croal
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