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496 of 504 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good quality, good value, some rare stuff
Treeline Films (Now called Mill Pond Films) has swept together some interesting Public Domain features and shorts in this, another of their 50 movie megapacks. Eight of the 50 movies (and an additional two short subject collections) are rarely seen low budget musicals from the '40s featuring all African - American casts. A couple of them are shows filmed at the historic...
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1947 Fabulous Dorseys, The Tommy Dorsey Jimmy Dorsey Paul Whiteman

1947 Calendar Girl Jane Frazee William Marshall Victor McLaglen

1941 Sunny Anna Neagle Ray Bolger Edward Everett Horton

1944 Swing Hostess Martha Tilton Iris Adrian Charles Collins

1930 Dixiana Bebe Daniels Bert Wheeler Robert Wolsey

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496 of 504 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good quality, good value, some rare stuff, June 11, 2005
This review is from: Musicals Classics 50 Movie Pack Collection (DVD)
Treeline Films (Now called Mill Pond Films) has swept together some interesting Public Domain features and shorts in this, another of their 50 movie megapacks. Eight of the 50 movies (and an additional two short subject collections) are rarely seen low budget musicals from the '40s featuring all African - American casts. A couple of them are shows filmed at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem. I am enjoying watching the other features, which range in quality but are generally pretty good - I'd rate them a 7 or 8 out of 10. Mill Pond's marketing philosophy (like that of Platinum Disc Corp.) is to offer boxed sets of older films figuring there's going to be enough titles in them which you (and I) will want to see. I'm glad I bought this set, along with some of their other megapacks. Sure, it duplicates some of the PD titles I already have, but in most cases the quality of the Mill Pond titles is better than the Alpha, Treasure Chest or other low cost DVD distributor's titles. If you are nit picky on having the highest quality, stick to regular "studio releases". If you want to see some highly entertaining features most studios have forgotten about, and can live with spliced and scuffed films, try one of the Mill Pond 50 movie megapacks!
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899 of 928 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Titles, April 10, 2005
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1947 Fabulous Dorseys, The Tommy Dorsey Jimmy Dorsey Paul Whiteman

1947 Calendar Girl Jane Frazee William Marshall Victor McLaglen

1941 Sunny Anna Neagle Ray Bolger Edward Everett Horton

1944 Swing Hostess Martha Tilton Iris Adrian Charles Collins

1930 Dixiana Bebe Daniels Bert Wheeler Robert Wolsey

1934 Palooka Jimmy Durante Lupe Velez Stuart Erwin

1929 Glorifying the American Girl Eddie Cantor Rudy Vallee Noah Beery Jr.

1933 Check and Double Check Duke Ellington Freeman F Gosden Charles J Correll

1939 Paradise in Harlem Mamie Smith Frank L Wilson Norman Astwood

1946 Duke is Tops, The Lena Horne Ralph Cooper Laurence Criney

1947 Reet, Petite and Gone Louis Jordan June Richmond Milton Wood

1948 Killer Diller Nat King Cole Johnny Miller Oscar Moore

1945 Delightfully Dangerous Jane Powell Ralph Bellamy Arthur Treacher

1942 Private Buckaroo Andrews Sisters Shemp Howard Donald O'Connor

1943 Stage Door Canteen Kenny Baker Tallulah Bankhead Edgar Bergen

1943 Career Girl Frances Langford Edward Norris Iris Adrian

1941 Second Chorus Fred Astaire Paulette Goddard Artie Shaw

1944 Trocadero Rosemary Lane Johnny Downs Ralph Morgan

1946 People Are Funny Jack Haley Rudy Valee Art Linkletter

1946 Doll Face Dennis O'Keefe Perry Como Vivian Blaine

1929 Great Gabbo, The Eric Von Stroheim Betty Compson Donald Douglas

1936 Dancing Pirate, The Frank Morgan Charles Collins Steffi Duna

1941 Road Show Adolph Menjou Carole Landis John Hubbard

1943 Hi Diddle Diddle Adolphe Menjou Martha Scott Dennis O'Keefe

1956 Rock, Rock, Rock Tuesday Weld Chuck Berry Valerie Harper

1934 King Kelly of the USA Edgar Kennedy Guy Robertson Irene Ware

1955 Rock N' Roll Revue Duke Ellington Nat King Cole Lionel Hampton

1955 Rhythm and Blues Revue Nat King Cole Sarah Vaughn Count Basie

1946 Till the Clouds Roll By Judy Garland Frank Sinatra Dinah Shore

1941 All-American Co-Ed Johnny Downs Frances Langford Noah Beery Jr.

1947 Hi Di Ho Cab Calloway Ida James Jeni Le Gon

1946 Breakfast in Hollywood Bonita Granville Beulah Bondi Zasu Pitts

Soundies Festival Ethel Waters Eddy Green Dusty Fletcher

Soundies Cavalcade Lena Horne Teddy Wilson Dusty Fletcher

1930 Reaching For The Moon Douglas Fairbanks Bebe Daniels Edward Everett Horton

1951 Mr Imperium Lana Turner Ezio Pinza Debbie Reynolds

1951 Royal Wedding Fred Astaire Jane Powell Peter Lawford

1957 Pied Piper of Hamelin, The Van Johnson Jim Backus Claude Rains

1962 Wild Guitar Arch Hall Jr. Nancy Czar Arch Hall Sr.

1941 Murder With Music Nellie Hill Alston Bob Dillard

1952 Jack And The Beanstalk Bud Abbott Lou Costello Buddy Baer

1946 Road To Hollywood, The Bing Crosby Bud Pollard Marion Sayers

1936 Big Show, The Gene Autry Smiley Burnette Kay Hughes

1962 Black Tights Cyd Charisse Maurice Chevalier Moira Shearer

1941 Fiesta Anne Ayars Jorge Negrete Armida

1941 Let's Go Collegiate Gale Storm Frankie Darro Marcia Mae Jones

1940 Up in the Air Frankie Darro Marjorie Reynolds Mantan Moreland

1944 Minstrel Man Gladys George Benny Fields Alan Dinehart

1937 Rhythm in the Clouds Patricia Ellis Warren Hull William Newell

1936 Sitting on the Moon Grace Bradley Roger Pryor William Newell
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304 of 311 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect fortnight of movie bliss, July 24, 2006
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This is an absolute treasure: it costs almost nothing, it takes very little space, and it gives you about 50 hours of uninterrupted viewing / listening pleasure. I've just finished my first disk (it happenend to be the last, nr 12) and I am absolutely astonished: I've seen six films of which I had previously heard nothing, met several beautiful and gifted stars and starlets who were totally unfamiliar to me, and heard dozens of great and lesser songs. Included on this disc was an early Technicolor extravaganza Fiesta, which was stated to be B/W but was in glorious Technicolor nevertheless. I was expecting a load of poor quality public domain VHS transfers, but the six films on this disk were all very decent in their picture and sound quality, regarding that these are mostly B flicks from lesser studios. Most of the films are quite short - 45-65 minutes, so you don't have the time to get bored. I recommend this set to everyone who enjoys classic musicals from the 30s and 40s and who thinks he has seen most of these. Major MGM-Warner productions, maybe, but these long forgotten little gems - never!
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126 of 128 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An inexpensive way to go panning for musical gold, April 21, 2007
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I own three of the 50 classic movie packs so far - horror, comedy, and my latest purchase, this 50 musicals pack. I really liked the horror and comedy packs, but I felt like I had to go panning for gold in this pack more than the other two. The movies can be broken down into four basic categories, and depending on how you feel about them, you may or may not consider this a worthwhile purchase.

1. Early talkie pre-code musicals and pseudo-musicals. These include "Glorifying the American Girl", "Dixiana", "The Great Gabbo", "Palooka", "Reaching for the Moon", "Check and Double Check", and "King Kelly of the USA". Because these movies were made in the era of 1929 - 1934, you have to deal with the problems of early sound era cinematography and some crackling in the audio. However, if you are a big film history buff like myself, this collection is a cost-effective way to view and own these rarely seen films. Realize that "Glorifying the American Girl" and "The Great Gabbo" do not include the Technicolor sequences that were originally filmed for them - both movies are entirely in Black and White.

2. Great movies that inexplicably are in the public domain. The movies in this category include "Royal Wedding" with Fred Astaire, "Till the Clouds Roll By" with Judy Garland, "Swing Hostess" and "Stage Door Canteen" with a variety of stars. Of course, your version of "great movies" will vary according to taste.

3. Good to poor movies that are in the public domain. This is the largest class of movies in the group. The better ones include "Hi Diddle Diddle" starring Adolphe Menjou that is more of a comedy than anything and is obviously targeted at a World War II audience. I also enjoyed "Calendar Girl" which had some pretty good music and OK performances. "Black Tights" with Maurice Chevalier and Cyd Charisse has some great dancing in it, but the video transfer is truly awful, and "Second Chorus" is a film that has Fred Astaire playing a collegiate trumpet player of all things and is quite enjoyable but certainly not in the league with Astaire's top films. Of course, in this category, you must also tolerate the "dross with the divine". The worst movies in this category are "Wild Guitar" which I would just recommend because it has to be one of the worst films I have ever seen, and it isn't even that old compared to the others in this pack. Made in 1962, it is obviously supposed to be a copy of Elvis Presley's story. However, the star of this film - Arch Hall, Jr. - is no Elvis in either the acting, singing, or looks department. "Road Show" is pure punishment to sit through. Adolphe Menjou, who can usually make any picture better, cannot save this 70 minute long slapstick parade that gets tiresome after 20 minutes. Last but not least, is "The Dancing Pirate", which is so bad it is good. It involves an 1830's Boston dance instructor who is kidnapped by pirates, escapes in California, and winds up giving dancing lessons to the then all-Hispanic residents of that territory. It is as campy as it sounds, and actually fun in places.

4. African-American musicals from the 30's through the 50's made by long defunct companies. Besides the early-talkie musicals and films, this is the other reason to own this collection. Although some stereotypes can be found in these productions, they largely portray African-Americans as normal and dignified individuals decades before the civil rights era began to bear any fruit in popular culture. Most of the plots are very thin and are just there to hold together the musical performances - and what performances they are! The performers include Nat King Cole, Cab Calloway, Lena Horne, Duke Ellington and his Orchestra, as well as some acts I had never heard of that perform some great rhythm and blues numbers. These films include "Duke is Tops", "Reet, Petite and Gone", "Killer Diller", and "Paradise in Harlem" among many others. To enjoy these films you will have to tolerate the rather cheap looking sets probably due to the rock-bottom budgets these film gems had to endure in order to get produced in the first place.

If you are a fan of the off-beat musicals made from the 1930's through the 1950's as I am and aren't afraid of tolerating the video defects that come with the territory in these old public domain films, I would recommend this set.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars On a 1 to 10 scale, this collection rates : 5.8, April 4, 2007
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MUSICALS CLASSICS 50 MOVIE PACK is a fine and varied collection of second-tier song-filled Hollywood productions, primarily from the 1940s. The special appeal of this set is the sheer volume of mostly forgotten musicals offered for exploration to all fans of this genre. A definite find!
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Forty-eight titles in this collection were graded on a 1 to 10 scale by users of a website devoted to film data. The averaged out rating for these movies is: 5.8.

Score doesn't include condition of the antique films or audio/video transfer quality. The following alphabetized program list offers individual film rankings, the CORRECT years of release, as well as some cast members for each.

(4.8) All-American Co-Ed (1941) - Frances Langford/Noah Beery Jr./Harry Langdon
(5.8) The Big Show (1936) - Gene Autry/Smiley Burnette/Sons Of The Pioneers
(6.4) Black Tights (France-1960) - Cyd Charisse/Maurice Chevalier/Moira Shearer
(6.2) Breakfast In Hollywood (1946) - Bonita Granville/Beulah Bondi/Billie Burke
(6.1) Calendar Girl (1947) - Jane Frazee/William Marshall/Victor McLaglen
(6.2) Career Girl (1943) - Frances Langford/Edward Norris/Iris Adrian
(5.5) Check And Double Check (1930) - Freeman Gosden/Charles Correll/Duke Ellington orch.
(5.2) Dancing Pirate (1936) - Frank Morgan/Charles Collins/Rita Hayworth (minor dancing part)
(5.9) Delightfully Dangerous (1945) - Jane Powell/Ralph Bellamy/Arthur Treacher
(5.7) Dixiana (1930) - Bebe Daniels/Bert Wheeler/Robert Wolsey
(6.3) Doll Face (1945) - Vivian Blaine /Perry Como/Carmen Miranda
(5.3) The Duke Is Tops (1938) - Lena Horne/Ralph Cooper/Laurence Criney
(5.4) The Fabulous Dorseys (1947) -Tommy Dorsey/Jimmy Dorsey/Paul Whiteman
(5.0) Fiesta (1941) - Anne Ayars/Jorge Negrete/Armida
(6.3) Glorifying The American Girl (1929) - Eddie Cantor/Rudy Vallee/Noah Beery Jr. (all in support)
(6.4) The Great Gabbo (1929) - Eric Von Stroheim/Betty Compson/Helen Kane (in support)
(5.8) Hi-De-Ho (1947) - Cab Calloway/Ida James/Jeni Le Gon
(7.3) Hi Diddle Diddle (1943) - Adolphe Menjou/Pola Negri/Billie Burke
(5.5) Jack And The Beanstalk (1952) - Bud Abbott/Lou Costello/Buddy Baer
(6.2) Killer Diller (1948) - Dusty Fletcher/Butterfly McQueen/King Cole Trio
(3.5) King Kelly Of The USA (1934) - Edgar Kennedy/Franklin Pangborn/Irene Ware
(6.1) Let's Go Collegiate (1941) Frankie Darro/Marcia Mae Jones/Mantan Moreland/Gale Storm
(6.2) Minstrel Man (1944) - Gladys George/Benny Fields/William Frawley (in support)
(5.1) Mr. Imperium (1951) - Lana Turner/Ezio Pinza/Debbie Reynolds
(5.4) Murder With Music (1941) - Alston/Nellie Hill/Bob Dillard/Noble Sissle (in support)
(5.9) Palooka (1934) - Jimmy Durante/Lupe Velez/Stuart Erwin
(5.2) Paradise In Harlem (1939) - Mamie Smith/Frank L. Wilson/Norman Astwood
(6.6) People Are Funny (1946) - Jack Haley/Rudy Valee/Ozzie Nelson/Art Linkletter
(6.0) The Pied Piper Of Hamelin (TV-1957) -Van Johnson/Claude Rains/Jim Backus
(5.7) Private Buckaroo (1942) - Andrews Sisters/Joe E. Lewis/Shemp Howard/Harry James
(5.9) Reaching For The Moon (1930) - Douglas Fairbanks/Bebe Daniels/Edward Everett Horton
(7.0) Reet, Petite And Gone (1947) - Louis Jordan/June Richmond/Milton Wood
(5.1) Rhythm And Blues Revue (1955) - Nat King Cole/Sarah Vaughn/Count Basie
(6.1) Rhythm In The Clouds (1937) - Patricia Ellis/Warren Hull/William Newell
(5.5) Road Show (1941) - Adolph Menjou/Carole Landis/Patsy Kelly
(5.7) The Road To Hollywood (1947) - Bing Crosby/Bud Pollard/Marion Sayers (in archive footage)
(4.9) Rock, Rock, Rock (1956) - Alan Freed/Tuesday Weld/The Moonglows/Chuck Berry
(5.1) Rock N' Roll Revue (1955) - Duke Ellington/Nat King Cole/Lionel Hampton
(6.6) Royal Wedding (1951) - Fred Astaire/Jane Powell/Peter Lawford
(5.8) Second Chorus (1940) - Fred Astaire/Paulette Goddard/Artie Shaw
(6.3) Sitting On The Moon (1936) - Grace Bradley/Roger Pryor/William Newell
(???) Soundies Cavalcade - Lena Horne/Teddy Wilson/Dusty Fletcher
(???) Soundies Festival - Ethel Waters/Eddy Green/Dusty Fletcher
(6.4) Stage Door Canteen (1943) - Kenny Baker/Tallulah Bankhead/Ray Bolger
(5.0) Sunny (1941) - Anna Neagle/Ray Bolger/Edward Everett Horton
(7.2) Swing Hostess (1944) - Martha Tilton/Iris Adrian/Charles Collins
(6.4) Till The Clouds Roll By (1946) - June Allyson/Judy Garland/Frank Sinatra/Van Heflin
(7.1) Trocadero (1944) - Rosemary Lane/Johnny Downs/Sheldon Leonard
(6.8) Up In The Air (1940) - Frankie Darro/Marjorie Reynolds/Mantan Moreland
(4.2) Wild Guitar (1962) - Arch Hall Jr./Nancy Czar/Arch Hall Sr.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars for absolute musical fans only, September 12, 2005
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50 musicals and musical shorts - most of them unknown to average public and, looking at them, you'll easily understand: most of them are B productions. But still, there are always interesting things to see, even if the printing quality and the framing is not always excellent. Finally: for a very moderate price you get 50 items, even if you like only 10, it's worth it !
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No blockbusters here, June 30, 2007
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While the most celebrated musicals have been left out of this large collection, what remains is still worthwhile. The experience of watching these is a travel back in time, to a somewhat more innocent era of film making. True, there was the Depression, Prohibition, World War II, etc., which were not innocent at all, but the musicals that depicted them were.

In fact, there are moments that are almost magical in these films, such as in the one about the Dorsey brothers. And the quality of the transfers to DVD is acceptable if not perfect. This boxed set is a real find.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From the Sublime...to the Ridiculous, February 25, 2006
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This movie pack is well worth the money...especially if you are over 50 and have some memories you wish to rekindle. Did not realize it when I made the purchase...but this collection contains the all-time worse movie I have ever see: Wild Guitar. Even as a young child, when I saw this film in the Stanley Theater (Galena, IL), I could not believe how bad the acting was and that they must have made it on a shoestring budget. Having this one flick was worth the price of the entire set which I'm still checking out.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars no oscar winners here but some good rare musicals, January 5, 2006
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i have reviewed many of this 50 mega pack sets and i say this every time, if your looking for great looking transfers keep looking ,but if you want to see some rare and hard to find musicals and musical shorts then take a look. as with most of the other sets this is family friendly and also features some great old all black films that are priceless. these are movies rarely seen and for them alone this set is worth the price. enjoy
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best one yet, September 6, 2006
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I have several of these 50 movie packs, and overall, this one was by far the most enjoyable. Most interesting to me were the musicals produced for the "Colored" market - no production values whatsoever, but great casts - Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, Nat King Cole, the list goes on.

And then there's "The Dancing Pirate."

This is a totally fun set.
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