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Sylvia Scarlett is a George Cukor-directed gem costarring Cary Grant, though Hepburn and Grant are most decidedly not in wacky Bringing Up Baby mode. The film wasn't well received when it was released in 1935, but it's a revelation now, for its daring homosexual subtexts--quite apparent to the modern viewer--and for Grant's against-type dark persona. Without Love, from 1945, is one of the first films to team Hepburn with Spencer Tracy, and yes, their onscreen chemistry is palpable. The conceit is one they would go on to use successfully time and again--plucky single woman resigned to living solo; rumpled, affable, slightly clueless bachelor who only needs to be shown just how much in love with our heroine he is. The supporting cast includes a terrifically cast Lucille Ball and Gloria Grahame.
Dragon Seed (1944) is an honorable misfire, an earnest period drama about the Japanese invasion of China. Through 21st-century eyes, Hepburn's impersonation of an Asian woman isn't great casting, and yet, Hepburn's honest, clear-eyed portrayal saves it from caricature. The Corn Is Green, a TV film from 1979, is an excellent counterbalance to all the brash, dewy-eyed roles in the rest of the set. Hepburn reteams with director Cukor for what is both a showcase for the diva's mighty talent, and yet also a completely even-handed ensemble piece, about a teacher's dedication in a small Welsh village.
Extras are plentiful on this already-packed disc, and include public-service and other shorts compiled by Warner Bros. that provide a window into mid-20th-century life. The short "Traffic with the Devil" (from the MGM Theatre of Life series) showcases the musings of a traffic cop, the real life Sgt. Chuck Reineke, who helps clueless, hapless drivers over what appear to be the wide-open spaces of L.A. highways. As a window to the truly more innocent times in Hollywood, the shorts are priceless. --A.T. Hurley
LOVE THESE MOVIES KATHARINE HEPBURN IS ONE OF MY STARS THAT I LOVE WATCHING ALL HER MOVIES.
SHE IS GREAT IN THESE MOVIES. WHAT ELSE CAN I SAY. Read more
I am a big Kate Hepburn fan (I attended the U. of Hartford in CT. and her family donated the land for the school). Morning Glory and Sylvia Scarlett are true Hepburn treasures. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Ct. Yankee
Katharine Hepburn is one of my favorites. These older movies reinforce my appreciation for herPublished 26 days ago by Phil
I would be a dope to not rate this highly. Katharine Hepburn. Love all these movies, but initially bought it because of the elusive "Dragon Seed". Read morePublished 4 months ago by A. Conner
Some movies great, but not all. The main reason for purchase, only way to get Dragon Seed on DVD, which was great.Published 4 months ago by ROBERT N PODA
I was looking for a copy of The Corn is Green which is a beautiful movie. The bonus is the other movies that are hard to find too. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Escher
I really love Katharine Hepburn and some of these movies I had never seen. It is good for the fan that cannot find all of her movies.Published 12 months ago by Ross W. Virock
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The other 2 films were unexpected: The Corn is Green and Dragon Seed. I would've went with A Song of Love and Quality Street.
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