Includes the following greats: GOLD DIGGERS OF 1937 Insurance peddler Dick Powell asks Joan Blondell to imagine how life would be With Plenty of Money and You. There's razzle-dazzle aplenty too, with Berkeley's precision-formation of All's Fair in Love and War. GOLD DIGGERS IN PARIS Rudy Vallee's tap-dancing cuties are mistakenly invited – expenses paid, natch – to Paris for a ballet tour. Watch the Diggers shine in numbers both magnifique and loaded with moxie! HOLLYWOOD HOTEL Hooray for Hollywood! And for this snappy all-star salute that stars Dick Powell as a filmland hopeful and includes Benny Goodman's band as it swing, swing, swings into Sing, Sing, Sing. VARSITY SHOW Can Dick Powell rescue his alma mater's floundering musical revue? He'll have plenty of help – especially with Berkeley's knockout of a football- themed finale. WONDER BAR Don't miss the eye-popping geometry of Don't Say Goodnight. Music, melodrama, Al Jolson's moxie and Berkeley's magic shape "the quintessential Warner Bros. '30s musical." (Clive Hirschhorn, The Warner Bros. Story).]]>
The Busby Berkeley Collection, Vol. 2 (Gold Diggers of 1937 / Gold Diggers in Paris / Hollywood Hotel / Varsity Show)
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Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)
Dick Powell plays an insurance agent with musical ambitions while Joan Blondell is a showgirl who becomes a secretary. But the plot is secondary as dance creator Busby Berkeley turns a garden party into a tap-happy romp, and Blondell leads leggy soldiers in a banner-waving, precision-formation rendition of "All's Fair in Love and War" that's Berkeley spectacle at its showy best. Berkeley received an Academy nod for Best Dance Direction.Read more ›
The first film and maybe the best is "Golddiggers of 1937", a cynical and not very likeable farce set around insurance salesmen. Berkeley regulars, Dick Powell and Joan Blondell, married at the time, are the leads and since Blondell is neither a singer nor dancer of any note, if at all, there is a hole in the accompanying musical numbers. The climax is the battle of the sexes number "All's fair in love and war" and Berkeley's penchant for precision marching and formations is prevalent and dreary.
"Hollywood Hotel" directed entirely by Berkeley, is overlong but the musical numbers, particularly the title number and "Let that be a lesson to You" have real visual flair, infectious orchestrations and the vocals tossed around the cast and extras. They bounce and jump off the screen. Benny Goodman and Francis Langford bring a touch of class and Harry James can be seen in Goodman's band. The screenplay is a reasonably entertaining spoof on stardom with Lola Lane playing a temperamental star and Alan Mowbray giving an hilarious spoof of a ham actor.Read more ›
Gold Diggers of 1937 doesn't have the best plot in the world, but it makes up for what it lacks with the great musical numbers. Dick Powell stars as an insurance salesman who can't seem to sell a policy. On a train he finds himself face to face with Joan Blondell; it is love at first sight. Love does wonders for him and he soon finds a client. Victor Moore might not be a great candidate for life insurance; he isn't very young and he isn't very healthy, but he is interested in a million dollar policy.
"Speaking of the Weather" is a catchy and sweet little tune played beautifully by Powell and Blondell, by this time married and in the throes of love. There is a great tap routine in the second rendition of the song. "All is Fair in Love and War," the big finale, features a bevy of beautiful girls rocking in rocking chairs and bombing their beaus from across a largely black screen. It isn't as impressive as one might expect. The blank background seems a little too simple as the song isn't so great. Still, since Busby Berkeley had a hand in it, it comes off better than it would have without his guidance.
Also included on this DVD are two clips from the lost film Gold Diggers of Broadway, a film considered to be the first of the Gold Diggers movies. It was filmed in two strip technicolor, so it is a curiosity to early film lovers. "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" is a straightforward musical number, but the grand finale is quite impressive with a gorgeous skyscraper background and intricate dance routines.Read more ›
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This is a great pack of old movies when big bands were in vogue and every story ended happily. Great jazz number in Hollywood Hotel. That music was perfect. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Opusbinky
Busby Berkeley was so unique. These are amazing to watch and the actors are so talented. It makes me wish I could have lived back in the time when these were shown on the big... Read morePublished on March 30, 2014 by ophtha wahl
I love old musicals!! These are in gorgeous black and white with mono sound. But the music and production numbers are fabulous! Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by Bennett I. Bardfeld
Having enjoyed the first boxed set, I immediately ordered the second and it contains the rest of the Berkley musicals. Read morePublished on May 27, 2013 by Marcar
Very little dancing and too much nonsence including the lead guy who portreyed himself as a fop. Varsity Show is a joke.Published on March 4, 2012 by William J. Smith
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