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Nancy Goes to Rio DVD (1950) Jane Powell, Ann Sothern / Two Weeks With Love / Ricardo Montalban / Double Feature DVD (1950)

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011FDVD6
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A lively remake of the Deanna Durbin musical "It's a Date," "Nancy Goes to Rio" stars Ann Sothern and Jane Powell as a mother/daughter acting duo vying for the same role in a new well as the eye of leading man Barry Sullivan. "Time and Time Again," "Love Is Like This," "Cha Bomm Pa Pa" are among the featured tunes; with ?Carmen Miranda, Louis Calhern. Next, Powell stars with Debbie Reynolds as sisters whose family vacation in the Catskills is filled with romance, song and Busby Berkeley's elaborate choreography, in "Two Weeks with Love." Calhern, Ricardo Montalban, and Ann Harding co-star; songs include "A Heart That's Free" and "The Aba Daba Honeymoon." 3 hrs. total on two discs. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), French; featurette; bonus shorts "Wrong Way Butch" (1950), "The Peachy Cobbler" (1950), "Crashing the Movies" (1950), "Garden Gopher" (1950); theatrical trailers.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "studios as a factory". January 13, 2012
By michael
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This may be a little long, but I have so much to say. I am a Jane Powell fan. I had never seen either film. The treasure is the Jane Powell interview with Robert Osborne after "Two Weeks with Love". Miss Powell goes into some interesting detail about M.G.M. and the studio system. People will find this fascinating, confusing, and I suppose a little sad. May I set the stage? All of the studio's worked in the same fashion. A talent discovered. A star is born. How much can we make? A star in decline. A star no longer! M.G.M. was so perverse in the way they used their stars. One could say that Marion Davies was replaced by Jean Harlow. After Miss Harlow died in 1937, the studio needed a new Harlow. Lana Turner! The seven year contract held the star in check for three years. If the studio picked up the option, the star got two more years, again the option for the last two years, to finish out the seven year deal.
By 1942, M.G.M. had dumped; Marion Davies, Louise Rainer, Garbo, Crawford, Norma Shearer, Jeannette Macdonald, to name a few. The famous, so called ladies director; George Cukor seems to be tied to the final films of so many female stars. One wonders how much he really helped. Well my point is; that M.G.M. needed a new Jeannette Macdonald. Enter Miss Powell.
This my idea, and a good one. M.G.M. would fashion a new Macdonald in Powell. The stars were designed to fit a certain mold, discard the star, and use the mold to make a new star! Here comes miss Powell. She was assigned to Lillian Burns, the drama coach who taught all of the M.G.M. ladies to try to sound alike. Powell had little education. By luck and by talent, Powell became a star. But! One can see how the studio is constantly at her "Look". The hair changes color.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This two DVD set of Nancy Goes to Rio and Two Weeks with Love are wonderful for Jane Powell fans and they are also classic MGM movie musicals. In addition, people who are fans of the other actors in these films would do well to add this two DVD set to their collections.

Nancy Goes to Rio may not be the very best musical ever; but then again MGM standards of quality were so high that this is still a fine motion picture! They could have cut a couple of minutes here and there but the acting and those magnificent musical numbers were so good that it all kept me curious to see how everything would work out. The choreography and the cinematography are terrific.

Nancy Barklay (Jane Powell) wants her boyfriend Scotty (Scotty Beckett) to meet her mother Frances Elliott (Ann Sothern), a successful actress who is appearing in the final performance of a great Broadway play. After the show there's a huge party for Frances back at her New York apartment; and Frances' father Gregory Elliott (Louis Calhern) hams it up to be surrounded by young women--all in good fun, of course. Another guest at the party, Ricardo Domingos (Fortunio Bonanova) from Brazil, wants Frances to star in his new play. While Ricardo is impressed by Frances, just by chance he also meets Nancy--and the trouble and hijinks start when Ricardo likes Nancy enough to give her the part instead of her mother! Family friend and director Arthur Barrett (Glenn Anders) tells Nancy not to say anything so they can handle the leading lady change diplomatically.

Frances and Gregory are already in Rio when Nancy arrives. But before Nancy can even get to Rio by ship, the plot thickens. During Nancy's voyage to Brazil there's a huge mix-up while she's practicing her lines.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nancy goes to Rio/Two Weeks With Love(DVD) March 9, 2010
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I love these old movies And I was looking for a particular one that I had watched with Debbie Reynolds, Ricardo Montalban and Jane Powell. And I found it! Wonderful movie!NANCY GOES TO RIO/TWO WEEKS WITH LOVE (DVD MOVIE)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nancy Goes To Rio / Two Weeks With Love December 21, 2008
These two DVDs are excellent examples of the musicals produced by Hollywood in the early 1950s. They are most enjoyable viewing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My review for "Two Weeks With Love" November 22, 2009
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I play "Two Weeks With love", often...Janie's dream sequence where she sings "My Hero", is the best in my book...And her outfit, shows the world her beautiful figure...There will never be another great singer like Janie...God bless.
Budd Bergman
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful movies April 20, 2010
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I had these movies on VHS and was wanting to upgrade my collection. It took forever to find a place that supplied them... Thanks Amazon...for a wonderful, delightful movie combo!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars for two a little above average musicals January 17, 2010
This 2 disc DVD release offers up two Jane Powell musical offerings for the year 1950,filmed and released in succession;Nancy goes to Rio released in March 0f 1950 and Two weeks with Love released later in November.Neither tend to light up the sky,so to speak,but are easy on the eyes and ears and generally a little above average musical fares;more showcases for the singing talents of its 21 year old star Jane Powell.
Nancy Goes to Rio concerns the story of a mother,Frances(Ann Southern) and her daughter Nancy(Jane Powell).Frances is an established stage star while Nancy is following in her mothers footsteps and paying her dues in lesser shows.They both live with Frances' father Gregory(Louis Calhern),an ex performer himself.When a producer from Brazil enters the picture he offers Frances a part in his play and Frances immediately decides to go to Brazil to soak up the atmosphere and learn her lines.However the producer has second thoughts about Frances' age(the part is really for a younger girl)and after watching Nancy during a performance offers HER the part instead of her mother.Of course Nancy doesn't realize her mother has the same part and goes down to Rio to meet her.On the ship she meets bachelor Paul Berten(Barry Sullivan)who gets the wrong idea when she is rehearsing lines out loud and mistakingly thinks she is pregnant.In fact in short order everyone from the ships captain to its' doctor think she is in the family way.She is oblivious to it all and rebuffs what she thinks is Berten's advances,when he is really just showing sympathy.Nancy arrives in Rio only to finally find out that her mother has got the same part as her.She is terribly upset and steps out of the play.She suddenly shifts gears and decides to get married and Berten is the object of her affections.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Show Stopper
A great showcase for Janey Powell in this remake of Deanna Durbin's film from 1940...both were charming films, and gave both great stars a chance to strut their stuff. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anthony J. Agostinelli
Great family entertainment. Old movies like this provide an hour or so of great acting and entertainment and makes you feel better some how.
Published 2 months ago by Jim Stitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining!
I bought this DVD for Two Weeks With Love. Nancy goes to Rio was also good and I enjoyed that also.I had seen this movie on TCM and liked it so well I decided to buy it for myself... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ruthetta Young
5.0 out of 5 stars WAITING FOR THE PRICE TO GO DOWN!
Published 3 months ago by Elisabeth A. Goryl Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars Like watching old movies
It looks great coming from VHD to DVD.
Love to watch old movies in raining day or weekend.i gave it 4stars because I like movie
Published 5 months ago by alexis montemayor
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Jane Powell films show the actress as a memorable ingenue.
Jane Powell was a likable ingénue with vocal talent, and these two movies depict her well as a young lady leaving adolescence and on the verge of womanhood. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Edgar L. Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars movie
nancy goes to rio was ok. BUT my absolute favorite is two weeks with love, which I happen to be watching as we speak, and I have already watched it half a dozen times, but so what,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by lilac chick
5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Powell movie
I totally love any movie with Jane Powell! She has a beautiful voice & a great actress. I loved both of these movies! Good clean entertainment!
Published 9 months ago by Vickey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I bought this to watch Two Weeks With Love. I used to watch it when I was younger, I always loved the romance and comedy. Read more
Published 11 months ago by dixie
5.0 out of 5 stars Nancy goes to Rio.
I purchased this item for a friend that collects Carmen Miranda DVDs. He couldn't be happier as he has been looking for this particular DVD for years. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Christine M.
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