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HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICEon December 25, 2008
This is the third of three box sets of films from Warner Home Video dedicated to Doris Day. The first two are Doris Day Collection 1 (Billy Rose's Jumbo / Calamity Jane / The Glass Bottom Boat / Love Me or Leave Me / Lullaby of Broadway / The Pajama Game / Please Don't Eat the Daisies / Young Man with a Horn) and The Doris Day Collection, Vol. 2 (Romance on the High Seas / My Dream Is Yours / On Moonlight Bay / I'll See You in My Dreams / By the Light of the Silvery Moon / Lucky Me).

This set contains five films, yet no extra features on Doris Day herself. She has a very interesting personal story, so I'm surprised at the lack of such details in any of her boxed sets. She basically had a double set of problems that could have ended her career in 1968 - her husband died and she was left with a mountain of debts. She rebounded with her successful TV career and is today quite active in animal rights issues. The following is taken from the press release for the set, which contains cartoons, shorts and trailers as extra features.

April in Paris (1952)
The State Department wants Ethel Barrymore to represent the American theater at an arts exposition in Paris. But Miss Barrymore's invitation is sent by mistake to Miss Ethel "Dynamite" Jackson, a blonde brassy chorus girl. Ray Bolger plays the stuffy bureaucrat who mismailed the Barrymore missive - and now has a stateroom full of explosives on his hands for a Paris-bound ocean voyage. Plus there's a little matter of a marriage performed on the high seas that isn't quite legal.

DVD Special Features:
· Vintage short So You Want To Wear The Pants
· Classic cartoon Terrier Stricken
· Theatrical trailer
· Subtitles: English & French (Main feature. Bonus material/trailer may not be subtitled)

It's a Great Feeling (1949)
No one will work with actor Jack Carson (who plays himself), so he just puts his own movie together. Good buddy Dennis Morgan is hoodwinked into co-starring. And there's a talented kid in the studio commissary (Day) eager for her big break.

In her third film (and third with Carson), Doris Day plays that up-and-comer in a musical spoof featuring real Hollywood and Warner Bros. back lot locales, star cameos (Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Edward G. Robinson, among others) and a surprise comedy finale.

Starlift (1951)
The charming tale of a serviceman with a crush on a movie ingenue is the backdrop for this film featuring Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, James Cagney, Gary Cooper, Ruth Roman, Gene Nelson, Virginia Mayo, Jane Wyman, Randolph Scott and more Hollywood celebrities performing for flyboys in uniform. Songs by the Gershwins and Cole Porter plus a hilarious Western production number with Gary Cooper as a Texas Ranger add to the fun.

DVD Special Features:
· Vintage short Musical Memories
· Classic cartoon Sleepy Time Possum
· Theatrical trailer
· Subtitles: English & French (Main feature. bonus material/trailer may not be subtitled)

Tea for Two (1950)
Wealthy, stagestruck Nan Carter strikes a bet that she can say "no" to everything for 48 hours. If she wins, she gets the $25,000 to back a Broadway musical vehicle for herself. She's determined, even if it means saying "no" when the guy she loves pops the question. Nan doesn't know it yet, but her fortune has been wiped out in the Crash of '29.

Costars Gordon MacRae and Gene Nelson on hand to help provide songs, dance and romance. Eve Arden, Billy DeWolfe and S.Z "Cuddles" Sakall deliver lots of laughs, and the Gershwins, Vincent Youmans, Harry Warren and other Tin Pan Alley greats supply the songs which include the title tune, Do, Do, Do, I Only Have Eyes for You, I Want to Be Happy and lots more.

DVD Special Features:
· Vintage short So You Want to Hold Your Husband
· Classic cartoon Tee for Two
· No, No Nanette Radio Show - From the 1949 "Railroad Hour" series, with Doris Day and Gordon MacRae
· No, No Nanette Overture - From the surviving Vitaphone disc from lost 1930 Warner Bros. film
· Theatrical trailer
· Subtitles: English & French (Main feature. Bonus material/trailer may not be subtitled)

The Tunnel of Love (1958)
Isolde (Doris Day) and Augie (Richard Widmark) Poole are trying to adopt a baby. Dick (Gig Young), the Poole's neighbor, has advice for Augie during these challenging times: have an affair. No way, says Augie. Then he wakes up in a motel room with no memory of the night before - and finds a thank-you note from the caseworker who's handling the Poole adoption. Gene Kelly directs this musical comedy.

DVD special features include:
· Classic cartoon Tot Watchers
· Theatrical trailer
· Subtitles: English & French (Main feature. Bonus material/trailer may not be subtitled)
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on February 5, 2009
A huge thank you for this box set! Starlift is the only Doris Day movie missing from my collection (and I don't have Tunnel of Love on DVD) and to be able to get it at last is a dream come true. I'll just have to gift the duplicates of the other three to deserving friends or charity. Sorry but happiness really is Doris Day shaped for me.
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on April 12, 2009
Just received the new boxset "TCM Spotlight" on Doris Day" and I must say I was a little disappointed. I completely agree with Henri F. Wolfe that the quality especially on "Tea for Two" is not what you might expect from a movie that is "Remastered". Same goes for "April in Paris". I knew that "Young man with a horn" has been available on Laserdisc but I didn't know that "Tea for Two" also was available on Laserdisc. And according to Mr. Wolfe that quality was very good. Why then didn't Warner Bros use that Laserdisc version for making the DVD? I had luck that I already owned "Tea for Two" from the british release on region 2, and allthough that version was not Remastered and that showed, it still was better than the Spotlight version. I think that Warner Bros should make a really Remastered version available for a movie that was, according to Mr. Clive Hirschhorn "The most delightful and succesful of Warner Bros. Doris Day musicals". Besides that all I never could understand why filmcompanies don't make films on DVD available from the 30's, 40's and 50's and release them "Regionfree", because it is quite obvious these movies will never been seen in moviehouses anymore. I do have a player made regionfree and one that is destined for region 2. But most of the older WB movies are regionfree allthough it says on the cover it is region 1. But the other companies keep their older releases exclusively on region 1. I can,t understand why. One other aspect that I regret is that the movies aren't sold separately because then we would have gotten the beautiful filmposters on the cover in full while they are now very small and you could store them in right order and I would have bought them all anyhow (except "Tunnel of love"). I furthermore was very lucky that the one film I was looking for very much was in fine Remastered edition "It's a Great Feeling" and I completely agree with Paul Brogan that the song "Blame My Absent-minded Heart" for me also is the highlight from the film as sung by Doris Day as she goes back to her hometown at the end of the film. It is indeed for me the most beautiful song she has recorded for Warner Bros.
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on April 5, 2009
There have been some so-called critics who have carped about this third Warner Brothers video box-set of Doris Day films. They have intimated that they may be going one too many times to the "well" and that the best pictures were contained in the first and second sets. They couldn't be more wrong.
While some of the titles contained in this TCM Spotlight collection may be lesser known, except to Day's huge fan base, they all contain a plethora of treats to delight everyone and only reinforce Day's reputation as the best female comic, singer, dancer and most natural actress in film history.
The oldest title is 1949's "It's a Great Feeling", a lush technicolor morsel about a waitress working in the Warner Brother's commisssary and waiting for a big break. She gets's one when Jack Carson, playing himself takes an interest in her. This backstage look at the studio has some side-splitting cameos from stars including Joan Crawford (matchless), Sydney Greenstreet, Edward G. Robinson, Gary Cooper, Ronald Reagan, Jane Wyman (and daughter Maureen)and one of the funniest wrap-ups to any film. Dennis Morgan lends his manly tenor to several numbers but the highlight for me is Day's rendition of "Blame My Absent-minded Heart", possibly the most beautiful song she ever sang at Warners.
"Tea for Two" is another technicolor treat and the first of five appearances of Miss Day and Gordon MacRae. It's a variation of the Broadway musical, "No, No Nanette" with some other tunes thrown in and has to do with a gal (Miss Day) who has to say no in order to secure funding for her Broadway debut. "Cuddles" Sakall is her Uncle, Eve Arden is a knockout, Billy DeWolfe is "Billy",always a good thing for any film, Gene Nelson dances up a storm and you'll hear a classic rendition of the title tune by Day and MacRae. This was Miss Day's screen dancing debut (about a dozen years after shattering her leg after being hit by a train). Suffice it to say she dances as well as she does everything else. It's easy to see why "Tea" was one of the biggest hits of 1950.
"Starlift" is the weakest title if only because Miss Day only guest stars in about twenty minutes of the film but she turns this black and white story about stars entertaining the troops into something special. It's not up to the standard of all those great 1940's star-filled romps about stars entertaining the soldiers that every studio turned out but there are nice turns from Ruth Roman, James Cagney, MacRae, and others. The film has not been widely seen in decades so it is worth a good look.
"April in Paris" was released in 1952, right about the time that Miss Day was voted the top female star in Hollywood in the Motion Picture Herald annual poll. She has rarely been more radiant in a Warners film. She plays a chorus girl who gets invited to a festival in Paris when an invitation intended for Ethel Barrymore comes to her instead. It's fluff but lushly mounted in technicolor and full of amusing comedy and great production numbers. Day's co-star is Ray Bolger who is likeable and performs with his usual energy. They don't have a lot of chemistry together but that hardly spoils this fast-paced film that features the best version of the title tune you will ever hear as rendered by Miss Day. Miss Day has a good chance to continue to hone her comic skills and I guarantee you'll be grinning throughout the whole confection.
The last title is 1958's"The Tunnel of Love" directed by Gene Kelly who does not appear in the film version of a popular Broadway comedy hit. It's also in black and white and wide screen and was not one of MGM's biggest hits at the time of its release. It's still worth a look, however, since how often do you see Richard Widmark playing comedy? Glenn Ford was the first choice for the role but Widmark acquits himself well and supporting players Gig Young, Gia Scala and Elisabeth Fraser are all pros. It's about a couple who want to have a baby and can't, so they decide to adopt. It's the usual comedy of that era filled with marital and other mix-ups and further proof of Miss Day's skill to make everything she does believable. Look at her eyes when she talks and you'll see the sincerity and realness she brings to everything she does. There have been few actresses more natural and real in film history. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in this film.
This five film package is well worth the price of "admission".
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on January 13, 2016
It’s a Great Feeling (1949) isn’t such a great feeling. It interrupts its faux documentary to introduce a wannabe waitress/actress (Doris Day) who is willing to do anything to break into pictures. Billed as a spoof, the film follows Day’s attempt to become an actress with the help of two desperate men (Jack Carson & Dennis Morgan). Filled with cameos of famous Hollywood superstars at the time, this one joke premise wears thin quickly because the punch line revolves around Day striking an artificial pose as she flutters her eyes rapidly and silently yammers her mouth while a goofy sound effect is played. Why she does this is never explained, but it pushes a studio head (Bill Goodwin) into a nervous breakdown.

Tea For Two (1950) is another uninspired musical comedy featuring Doris Day as a dim rich girl willing to do anything to get the lead role in a play. Set in the Roaring Twenties, just as the stock market crashes, ruining everyone, Day sallies forth as if nothing has happened, spending money she doesn’t have and willing to bet even more money ($25,000) to get the lead role in her boyfriend’s musical (Billy De Wolfe as Larry Blair). The only two people who know Day is broke don’t bother to tell her this even as they watch her try to spend more money. While the rest of the world is going to hell in a hand basket, these people sing and dance. If not for the casting of Eve Arden as Day’s sarcastic assistant, S.Z. Sakall as Day’s frantic uncle who lost most of her money, and Billy De Wolfe as a lecherous sneak, this film would be a waste of time to watch. (Gene Nelson as Tommy Trainor won a Golden Globe for his role in this movie).

Starlift (1951) is included in this boxset only because Doris Day appears in a couple of scenes singing as herself, it’s definitely not her movie. The tortured plot involves a liar (Dick Wesson as Mike Nolan) trying to capitalize on his buddy coming from the same town as a faux movie star (Janice Rule as the fictitious Nell Wayne). Nolan is willing to say and do anything to meet actresses so the lie is perpetrated throughout the movie until it becomes a last minute romance between Nolan’s buddy (Ron Hagerthy as Rick Williams) and Nell. Singing and dancing is awkwardly inserted at the weirdest times as they try to turn this mug-fest into a movie. The worst performer of the bunch is Louella Parsons playing herself. It’s a gimmick that almost worked in 1951.

April in Paris (1952) is an odd romantic comedy featuring Doris Day and Ray Bolger as her love interest (Rock Hudson he isn’t!). Doris plays a Chorus girl named Ethel who accidentally gets Ethel Barrymore’s invitation to an art exposition in Paris. Along the way, Day falls in love with Ray Bolger and they almost get married while singing and dancing like maniacs. It’s fun but weird.

The Tunnel of Love (1958) is a comedy of errors and impropriety staring Doris Day and Richard Widmark as a married couple desperate to have a baby so they decide to adopt one. It was a box office bomb at the time. Director Gene Kelly blamed Widmark for this, claiming audiences had type-casted Widmark as a heavy and wouldn’t accept him in a comedic role. Kelly’s poor direction had absolutely nothing to do with the film’s failure. The plot was watered down considerably from the stage play. The premise is one of lies compounded by more lies and infidelity. But out of nowhere, at a party, Day starts belting out a tune. Why not.
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on January 24, 2015
This was on sale so I bought it to fulfill the free shipping quota at Amazon. I like Doris Day's Warner Brothers musicals so I thought I couldn't go wrong with this box set.

My biggest disappointment was Tunnel of Love, a non- musical film Doris made at MGM with Richard Widmark. As much as Richard Widmark was wonderful as the rotten Tommy Udo in 'Kiss of Death", he should've avoided romantic comedies. Plus - I was expecting all musicals in this set; not 4 musicals and a romantic comedy.

The other disappointment was "April in Paris". A musical, yes - BUT - with Ray Bolger as the romantic lead (!). As good of a dancer as he was (and Doris matched him step for step), he was far too old for the romantic lead and certainly not good looking enough for Doris. I don't know who thought it was a good idea to cast him in that part; Ray Bolger should've known better to have taken the part. I don't know who at Warner Brothers at the time could've fit the bill (Gordon MacRae wasn't a dancer; Gene Nelson was a great dancer but a rather cut-rate actor).
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VINE VOICEon December 1, 2010
This boxed set is a bit of a mixed bag. While there are two excellent films, there are also two duds, and one that falls somewhere in the middle. The one common thread that links them is the presence of Doris Day, a wholesome and talented actress from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Tea For Two is a five star film. It is based on the play No No Nanette, which has a great plot. This movie is filled with great things: plenty of memorable music, comedic hijinx, quality actors, and a loosely-adhered to setting of the 1920s.

April in Paris is top notch. Day plays a chorus girl who is accidentally sent to Paris to represent the United States. It is formulaic, but in a good way, with plenty of great musical numbers and a juicy romance.

The Tunnel of Love is quite different from the typical Doris Day film. For one thing, it is not a musical. However, it is rather good, and quite risque for the time period. Day plays a wife who wants to have a child, so she goes to the doctor and forcefully imparts his advice on her husband. He is so stressed, he goes out on a binge and can't remember what happened. The next thing he knows, a beautiful young woman is asking him for money and promising him a baby.

Starlift is mediocre at best, a thin plot starring two b-string actors flanked by musical performances by higher tier stars, including Day. There are moments of quality, like the musical short featuring Phil Harris and Gary Cooper and a few scenes between Janice Rule and Dick Wesson, but they are outnumbered by weak bits, including Louella Parsons' acting.

It's a Great Feeling is an odd film. It would have been better suited as a short film than a feature. The premise is that Day wants to become an actress, so Jack Carson and Dennis Morgan battle each other for the honor of "discovering" her. However, the story begins and never seems to go anywhere. This is a real dud.
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on October 15, 2015
Be advised, if you order from Stare Media, you will receive a box set with a saw mark through the bar code that cuts a hole through the outer box AND through the front cover of the card board cover. They try to hide the saw mark with not one, but two stickers.

Item sold as "NEW" with no mention of a cut out mark.
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on September 25, 2009
If you're a fan or collector, you won't be reading reviews, you'll be selecting "Buy Now", and so you should.

This is a great little package of some of the films she was involved in during her Warner Bros. period. Steeped in nostalgia for the age that spawned the song titles used for a couple of these films, they play to audiences looking for light fun and frivolity. The prints are pretty good, not pristine, but then, that adds somewhat to their charm. Other reviewers have gone into depth about DVD quality, so there's no use doubling up.

Having not seen any of these films previously, I found them, for the most part, very entertaining. Doris' acting and singing talents are simply a joy to watch, and in scenes with Jack Carson in "It's A Great Feeling" they're like a veteran double act. Could've done without the excessive Ray Bolger doing everything he could to steal every scene he was in, in "April In Paris" (Astaire he wasn't).

Given the quality of the genuinely scripted films, I'm surprised at how effusive the reviews for "Starlift" here have been. This is not a genuine Doris Day film. She hardly appears in at all, and the scenes in which she appears seem more like unscripted home movies than a real Hollywood film. The plot is threadbare, with cameos supposedly filling in for storyline. Still, many reviewers here seem happy to have it released, as it goes toward completing collections. Fair enough too, as Doris brightens any scene she's in.

If you like Doris day, musicals, or films from the golden age of film, you'll enjoy this offering.
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