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Robert Young's low-key manner is powerfully effective in films like Three Comrades and Crossfire, but Young's fine talents are perhaps best served by films showcasing his affable ease - like these lighthearted Golden Era works. In Paradise for Three's tale of mistaken and hidden identities, Young is a flat-broke jobseeker whose jingle-contest entry wins him a stay at an Alpine ski resort. There, he's treated like royalty because the staff thinks he's a slumming millionaire. Young next is an illusionist who offers Miracles for Sale, a playful whodunit from director Tod Browning (Dracula, Freaks) that has him using conjuror's skills to help unmask a killer. Young's frequent co-star Florence Rice, daughter of sports scribe Grantland Rice, is the charming love interest in both films.

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  • Actors: Robert Young, Frank Morgan, Mary Astor, Florence Rice, Edna May Oliver
  • Directors: Edward Buzzell, Tod Browning
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2011
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LZPY4W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,144 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Molly on October 27, 2013
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PLOT: 2 Robert Young Gems

PARADISE FOR THREE~ Young is able to write a "jingle" that wins so he head to an alpine hotel. The Staff think he is a slumming millionaire. So they treat him like a KING. Cute and funny.

MIRACLES FOR SALE~ Master Magician Young invents "magic tricks" for others for a price. a Psyche and pretty blonde hold the "clues" to the murder of 2 other Magicians. This is cute and fun. Typical of the "mystery" murders of the 1930s. great plot added fun is Young's FATHER straight from the country who finds New York ...."strange"......Good Movie very good print of the movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 27, 2013
I remember having watched PARADISE FOR THREE (1938) some years ago, and I vaguely remember having liked it - I dig stories about masquerading millionaires, romantic mix-ups, and the average bloke made good - but the draw for me, with this DVD set, is MIRACLES FOR SALE. It's MGM's nifty whodunit from 1939, peppered with screwball bits and tinged with the supernatural.

It adapts Clayton Rawson's mystery novel debut, DEATH FROM A TOP HAT (1938). Only, the screenplay switches up the name of Rawson's lead character from "The Great Merlini" to "The Great Morgan" (maybe because "Merlini" is a bit too obvious). Anyway, Michael Morgan (Robert Young) is a retired stage magician who gets by today by selling tricks to his former colleagues. Morgan's true passion revolves around exposing fake spiritualists. He reasons: "Perhaps, someday, somebody may look into that dark room we call the Beyond. But these fake mediums are the greatest obstacle to progress in that direction."

Mike Morgan puts on another hat, that of an amateur sleuth, when he crosses paths with the distraught Judy Barclay (Florence Rice) who is being stalked by a mystery man. Judy goes the typical route of the "dame with a hidden agenda." She desperately wants help from our guy, but she's not coming clean. A curious Morgan is soon steeped in corpses (splayed out on pentagrams) and no end in suspects. Can his penchant for imitation miracles see him through? Can he debunk this?

It's very debatable that this screwy cast of illusionists, demonologists, telepathists, and escape artists counts as the usual suspects. NYPD Inspector Gavigan (Cliff Clark) is out of his depth.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Witch's Dungeon on August 5, 2013
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My main interest in this double feature, was "Miracles For Sale" (1939) featuring my great uncle - actor Henry Hull, portraying two characters in this atmospheric and rather lighthearted film, which moves along at a nice pace. The story by Clayton Rawson, mixes comedy with suspense, and was the final film directed by Tod Browning. Henry Hull gives each of his characters a unique personality, Henry said he had great fun making it. Hull is best known for his starring role as the cursed "Dr. Glendon" in "Werewolf Of London" (1935) and as a supporting player with Vincent Price in "Master Of The World" (1961) as well as many others. The film also offers a rare performance of the mysterious Gloria Holden, remembered for her role as "Dracula's Daughter (1936) - "She gives you that weird feeling!" as the publicity stated. Plus Robert Young starring as the master trick designer for several magicians, trying to unravel this cleaver locked-room murder mystery. The sets, props & costumes all have the high production values that MGM was famous for. The transfer quality is top notch, Warner Bros. thankfully has not neglected an intriguing little "B" picture as this, with such a wonderful cast. Have not seen the film in years, until now - it is a treat, highly recommended for fans of fantasy & mystery films. - Cortlandt Hull
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Usually I have hesitated to buy DVD-r products, especially the Warner Archives, because so many of them have skipped on my DVD player and have had to be returned. However, both the DVDs in this set played without a problem; even fast forwarding and rewinding -- which often rattles the unstable DVD-r format and induces skipping -- didn't seem to damage the playing.

The two films here run at the full lengths listed on the IMDb, 78 and 71 minutes. That totals 149 minutes, so the Amazon product information that has only 146 minutes is incorrect.

The supposedly unifying feature of this DVD set is actor Robert Young, who is the star or co-star in both pictures. The other connections are in the cast (Florence Rice, Henry Hull and Walter Kingsford are in both films) and in the studio -- both were originally MGM pictures.

I bought the set for Miracles for Sale, being a fan of Tod Browning and of horror/mystery tales generally. I figured that even if the other film was a dud, the price was right just for the Browning feature. I was pleasantly surprised when I actually enjoyed Paradise for Three more than Miracles for Sale! So I got more than my money's worth -- two films for not much more than the price of one.

Miracles for Sale is essentially a murder mystery with some spooky atmosphere; Paradise for Three (the title on the actual print of the film is "Romance for Three", which was the British title) is more like a comedy of manners, with a bit of the flavor of the later Preston Sturges comedies in that genre.

These two films, while not masterpieces of their period (1938-39), are workmanlike pieces.
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