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Barbara Stanwyck: The Signature Collection (Annie Oakley / East Side, West Side / My Reputation / Executive Suite / Jeopardy / To Please a Lady)

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Classic film fans will find the Barbara Stanwyck Signature Collection as delicious as any multi-course buffet. The films combines some better-known titles (Executive Suite, Annie Oakley) with some lesser-known gems (My Reputation, Jeopardy) as well as some cool vintage extras.

Robert Wise directed Executive Suite (1954), a still-relevant portrait of cutthroat corporate shenanigans, starring Frederic March and William Holden (in a truly dazzling performance) as the sharks in the corner-office tank. Stanwyck plays an heiress with her trademark unflappability--and with possibly the steeliest business persona of them all. Extras include an enthusiastic commentary by Wall Street director Oliver Stone, as well as a vintage short and cartoon.

Annie Oakley (1935), the oldest film in this collection, went a long way toward cementing Stanwyck's tough-talking (and yes, straight-shooting) persona. Stanwyck is brassy and bold, and mighty fearless as the Old West legend. There's a fair amount of humor, too, in the screenplay and deft direction of George Stevens. Extras include a vintage short and cartoon.

Stanwyck stretches her acting wings in the soapy love story My Reputation (1946). It's hard to imagine the tough-dame Stanwyck worrying about anything so ephemeral as a reputation, but in this well-acted film, she's convincing as a young widow who cautiously tries to date again, only to set tongues wagging, and scandalizing even her own children. Extras include a great musical short featuring Jan Savitt and Band, and a vintage cartoon.

Mervyn LeRoy directs a fabulous cast in the film noirish thiller/melodrama East Side, West Side (1949), involving a bored married couple, past infidelities, and murder. Ava Gardner's a standout as the "other woman" who comes between Stanwyck's Jessie and James Mason's Brandon. The cinematography is atmospheric and taut. Even the supporting cast dazzles in its own right--Cyd Charisse, William Frawley, William Conrad, and a winsome Nancy Davis (the future First Lady). Extras include a short film and a fun Tex Avery cartoon, "Counterfeit Cat."

To Please a Lady (1950) may have one of the least appropriate film titles ever--it's a high-octane drama set around the world of early car racing, with a romance between Stanwyck and Clark Gable as the hook. But the film itself is a blast, especially for the well-shot, adrenaline-rush scenes of car racing, decades before the polish of NASCAR. Gable's a reckless driving champ and Stanwyck's the hard-nosed reporter who revs up his heart. Stanwyck's Regina catches racing fever: "It's like the Fourth of July and the heavyweight fight and the World Series all rolled into one." Amen, sister.

Jeopardy (1953) appears as a "double feature" on one disc with To Please a Lady. It's a fascinating psychological thriller that presages a whole genre of "ticking time-bomb" peril films, and also suggests a pivotal scene in Sometimes a Great Notion. Stanwyck plays a happily married wife, vacationing in Mexico with her husband (Barry Sullivan), who becomes trapped in the surf--and as the tide comes in, his luck may run out. A frantic Stanwyck has to make scary choices if her husband--and she--is to survive. The extra on this disc is an audio-only radio interview with Stanwyck. --A.T. Hurley


Special features

  • Includes:
  • Executive Suite (1954)
  • Commentary by Oliver Stone
  • Vintage Pete Smith comedy short: Out for Fun
  • Classic cartoon: Billy Boy
  • Theatrical trailer
  • To Please a Lady (1950)
  • My Reputation (1946)
  • Musical short: Jan Savitt and His Band
  • Classic cartoon: Daffy Doodles
  • Audio-only bonus: two radio adaptations, one with Barbara Stanwyck, the other with Alexis Smith and Wayne Morris
  • East Side, West Side (1949)
  • Passing Parade series short: Stuff for Stuff
  • Classic cartoon: Counterfeit Cat
  • Jeopardy (1953)
  • Audio-only bonus: Jeopardy radio show adaptation with the film's stars
  • Annie Oakley (1935)
  • Vintage musical short: Main Street Follies
  • Classic cartoon: Into Your Dance

Product details

  • Actors: Barbara Stanwyck, Ava Gardner, James Mason, Clark Gable, Cyd Charisse
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: WarnerBrothers
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 518 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000UJCAK4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,943 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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