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Red Garters (1954)

Rosemary Clooney , Jack Carson , George Marshall  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rosemary Clooney, Jack Carson, Guy Mitchell, Pat Crowley, Gene Barry
  • Directors: George Marshall
  • Writers: Frank Tashlin, Michael Fessier
  • Producers: Pat Duggan
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009W5J6Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,622 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Red Garters" on IMDb

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In RED GARTERS, Clooney plays Calaveras Kate, a saloon owner and songbird who has her eye on the town's big shot, Jason Carberry (Carson). But when a romance fails to blossom, a frustrated Kate decides that a handsome cowpoke is the seemingly perfect device to use in her attempt to make Carberry jealous enough to marry her.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outrageous! April 5, 2001
By act3
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
"Red Garters" was so ahead of its time that they had to insert a title at the beginning that tried to point out that it was a satire! And not only a satire, but a complete re-thinking of how a movie was to look.
First, the sets were skeletal cutouts against primary colors (red, yellow, blue, purple). If you look and care, the effect came from colored sawdust (?) and a cyclorama lighted in the same color. Imagine a yellow world like this with black cut-out trees, a cowboy hero in pale buckskin riding a palamino pony, singing and riding into a town of white frame-only buildings, getting sent to a barbecue celebrating the death of notorious gun-slinger who turns out to be the cowboy's brother!
Most viewers would have run out by now. But if you sit and watch, one of the most fascinating and fun Hollywood musicals will play out before you.
While its always about the sets, the style of "Red Garters" is brilliantly carried out by the cast. The actors play it for real,but with a little nod to the artificiality. Rosemary Clooney and Guy Mitchell are absolutely terrific together - she is soigne and world-weary, he is young and headstrong. And their voices work together like Doris Day and Gordon McCrae!
The songs are wonderful - tuneful, intelligent and witty - from the guys who brought us "Buttons and Bows" among other oscar-winning titles.
"Red Garters" is not the greatest movie musical but it is a splendid example of imaginative thinking about where the movie musical could go. Much of this movie could fit on an MTV if MTV had begun 20 years earlier.
Finally, the film is a hoot!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a pure joy! October 31, 2005
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Strikingly-filmed musical western delight with Rosemary Clooney, RED GARTERS makes it's DVD debut from Paramount with a fine transfer which does full justice to the film's bold Technicolor palette. Clooney plays Calaveras Kate (perhaps a sly dig at Calamity Jane), a saloon singer who's in love with the local golden boy Jason Carberry (Jack Carson). Though when she claps eyes on handsome cowboy Reb Randall (Guy Mitchell) she sees the perfect way of getting Jason jealous...and down the aisle! Some great Jay Livingston-Ray Evans tunes including "This Is Greater Than I Thought", "Red Garters" and "Meet a Happy Guy". Designed in avant-garde style by Hal Pereira and Roland Anderson, the striking visual look of the film is highlighted by a yellow sky backdrop and fanciful theatre-style set pieces.

Four years earlier, Clooney had been paired with up-and-comer Mitchell on a range of CALL ME MADAM cover singles for Columbia. They had a remarkable chemistry and continued their friendship through this film.

Paramount's DVD offers no extras, but the full-frame image is crisp and colourful, and will make a fine addition to your classic movie collection.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest parody of a western musical ever made! December 23, 1998
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
When Red Garters was released in Europe in the mid 1950s, it created a sensation amongst European and English performing artists! The stagey sets, the great singing, the acting done straight, produced a humor not seen before on the screen. It was especially notable when you consider the flood of dead-serious westerns streaming out of Hollywood at that time. "It's the Code of the West!" became a byword for a time. When I returned to America I couldn't believe no one had paid admission to see it and that the critics had panned it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEFORE ITS TIME? March 27, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
One of my favourite films of the 1950s, I loved the surreal sets, the oh-so-subtle humour and - especially - the songs. Guy Mitchell and Rosemary Clooney made a great team, such a pity they didn't make any more movies together. The story-line was a real "mickey-take" on all those really serious westerns of the past, present and future.
Unfortunately, this "fun" movie may have been "before its time" and I think this is why it did not have the success it deserved. Perhaps the subtlety was TOO subtle for the majority of the cinema-going public - and the critics!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ROSEMARY CLOONEY DOES DEADWOD! March 13, 2005
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Red Garters is a wonderfully imaginative and comic rethinking of the western with great songs. The costumes and sets are a surreal dream and the script still works. I loved it when I saw it first-run in 1954 and keep waiting for it to be rediscovered. RG should receive the recognition it deserves. I was delighted to find it available on VHS; it holds up under repeated viewings. For an extraordinary experience -- sandwich Red Garters between two episodes of HBO's Deadwood. Wowser! By the way, next time you see Hitchcock's Rear Window, pay special attention to the soundtrack; you will recognize a jazzed-up version of the Red Dog Saloon song playing in the background. This will be in one of the most suspenseful moments.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three generations love "Red Garters" November 27, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I'm pleased to be able to purchase this video without commercials. My grandchildren have watched an old video that I taped from an all night movie channel many years ago and we are tired of fast forwarding the commercials. We all love the movie and young singers in the family have memorized all the song lyrics. My husband and I first saw the movie in 1956 and I longed to see it again for many years. It gives an all too brief chance to see the young Buddy Ebsen dance and Cass Daley clown around. I can't reccommednd it too highly for great family entertainment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Present
Gave if as a gift. They have nit watched if yet, but assume they will live since Clooney is one of their favorite fingers.
Published 5 months ago by Joyce Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars red garders
A little disappointed, but overall I enjoyed this western comedy. It's not well written and the acting is a little thin. The storyline is easy to follow.
Published 9 months ago by Austin Texas
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie, But Shame on Amazon Instant Video
This is a review of the Amazon Instant Video version. The movie itself is hilarious, with some pretty good tunes like A Brave Man and the wonderful "Bad News" sung by the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Todd Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Rosemary Clooney
Totally loved this movie. I loved Rosemary in White Christmas & pretty much in any other move I've found her in. This is one of my young daughters favorite movie right now.
Published 13 months ago by Vickey
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars only for Rosemary Clooney
I admit that, prior to seeing this film, I only knew Rosemary Clooney from White Christmas [Blu-ray]. Read more
Published 13 months ago by A. Gammill
4.0 out of 5 stars Red Garters
This is a real classic, bought this one to replace the DVD we have, Fun to watch how times have changed with time
Published 13 months ago by hoggen113
1.0 out of 5 stars frustration
My husband and I we we looking forward to watching red garters. But we were gutted to find it would not wryork on our DVD player as novices to all this technology can any one help... Read more
Published 21 months ago by jenny
1.0 out of 5 stars Virtually Unwatchable
It must have seemed like a good idea at the time: a parody of westerns, filmed in the manner of a Broadway musical, and presented in eye-popping Technicolor and 3D. Read more
Published on July 29, 2012 by Gary F. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Garters Changes the Westerns
Remember seeing this as a teen in high school and loved it when I finally found it on DVD.
If I remember correctly it was a 3-D film but later released in 2-D thus the hands... Read more
Published on January 18, 2012 by Busterboy
4.0 out of 5 stars Red Garters
Published on September 17, 2011 by rubyjnine
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