Fox Studio Classics Collection (Black Widow / Call Northside 777 / Dangerous Crossing / Laura)
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While these were all new titles to me; I liked them.
I watched all these movies and featurettes today.
Black Widow (1954) stars Ginger Rogers with Gene Tierney.
Kindly gentleman is framed for murder of young woman.
I've always liked Ginger Rogers dancing with Fred Astaire in musicals.
I've not cared much for her comedic roles but liked this very different role.
This is color, 95 minutes and in letterbox.
Includes two biographies:
Ginger Rogers at Twentieth Century Fox
Gene Tierney: Final Curtain for a Noir Icon
Call Northside 777 (1948) stars James Stewart.
Reporter reluctantly concludes wrong man is in jail for cop killing.
This is B&W, 111 minutes and in fullscreen.
Includes a movietone news clip about premiere.
Dangerous Crossing (1953) stars Jeanne Crain.
On transatlantic cruise a newlywed says her husband is missing
but due to lack of his existence she is thought to be losing her mind.
This is B&W, 76 minutes and in fullscreen.
Includes featurette Peril at Sea: Charting a Dangerous Crossing
Laura (1944) stars Gene Tierney with Vincent Price.
A supposed murder victim becomes the murder suspect.
This is B&W, 87 minutes and in fullscreen.
Includes two excellent A&E Biographies:
Gene Tierney: A Shattered Portrait
Vincent Price: The Versatile Villain
Black Widow (1954/Color/91 minutes/Widescreen)
Murder mystery starring Van Heflin, Ginger Rogers and Gene Tierney. Special features include a commentary track, featurettes on Ginger Rogers and Gene Tierney, interactive pressbook, theatrical trailer, isolated score track, still galleries, and trailers for other Fox Noir films. Warning: the included featurettes can potentially spoil other Tierney/Rogers films for you.
Call Northside 777 (1948/B&W/111 minutes/Fullscreen)
Crime drama starring Jimmy Stewart as a beat reporter trying to free an innocent man. Special features include a commentary track, premiere newsclip, theatrical trailer, and trailers for other Fox Noir films.
Dangerous Crossing (1953/B&W/76 minutes/Fullscreen)
"Locked Room" or "missing person" style mystery set on a cruise liner. Stars Jeanne Crain and Michael Rennie. Special features include a commentary track, featurette on the making and history of the film, interactive pressbook, isolated score track, theatrical trailer, still galleries, and trailers for other Fox Noir films.
Laura (1944/B&W/87 minutes/Fullscreen)
Murder mystery starring Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb and Vincent Price. Special features include two commentary tracks, A&E network "Biography" specials on Gene Tierney and Vincent Price, a deleted scene, an extended version of the film, and the theatrical trailer. Warning: the included "Biography" episodes can potentially spoil other Tierney/Price films for you.
Black Widow (1954)- 7/10- I didn't think this movie was anything very special in particular, but it still was a pretty thrilling and engaging film in Cinemascope. It's about a woman named Nancy Ordway (Peggy Ann Gardner) who starts climbing the social ladder when Peter Denver (Van Heflin) lets her stay at his house, while his wife Iris Denver (Gene Tierney) is out of town. Later, she is found hanging by a rope in his house, but people start to believe it was murder, and almost everybody is a suspect. It also stars Ginger Rogers, George Raft, and Reginald Gardner. While it seems to fit an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents better and it feels like a B movie, it still has it's good notes, like the color of the film, and also the suspense that builds up over the film. Another good part of the film was Gene Tierney. I feel that she's a very underrated actress and she should be as known as Audrey Hepburn or Marilyn Monroe. Altogether, "Black Widow" has it's pros and cons, but it's a good and well-crafter color noir suspense film.
Commentary by film noir historian Alan Rode
Ginger Rogers at Twentieth Century Fox featurette
Gene Tierney: Final Curtain for a Noir Icon featurette
Isolated score track
Original theatrical trailer
Call Northside 777 (1948)- 9.5/10- Even though this isn't really a suspense film and it fits more in the drama genre, "Call Northside 777" is a very moving and well done film starring my favorite actor, Jimmy Stewart. He plays P.J.Read more ›
So, did the set live up to my expecations? Well, kind of. I had never even heard of the three other movies included in the set (Black Widow, Call Northside 777 and Dangerous Crossing), so I really didn't know what to expect. After watching all the movies in the set, I'm sort of in two minds about it (though, on the whole, I'm glad I bought it). The only really great one was Laura; Call Northside 777 was good; Black Widow was enjoyable, but I wouldn't go so far as to actually call it good; and Dangerous Crossing was, frankly, atrocious.
I'll give a short synopsis and review of each one:
Black Widow (1954)
-Synopsis: An ambitious young female writer commits suicide in the apartment of a male friend, a famous Broadway producer. Or was it murder?
-Review: Going into this, my thoughts were that this was basically going to be All About Eve with murder (and camp). After having seen it, I still think that's a fairly accurate summation, but I also thought it would be, well, really bad. I was pleasantly surprised. Sure, Nancy Ordway is no Eve Harrington, but the dialog is fairly snappy and the central mystery keeps you guessing. All in all, what promised to be an amusingly bad melodrama turned out to be a fairly engrossing whodunit (though don't get me wrong, it's extremely melodramatic). Not a movie I would buy on its own, but it's entertaining and enjoyable enough to merit being included in this boxset.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Worth every penny. LAURA is a classic, NORTHSIDE 777 is a very entertaining Stewart vehicle, WIDOW is so-so for the first half hour--but with the murder it is the film version of... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Freeman Gilbert
These are all very good. Fun to watch as they are quite different from modern movies. Also fun to see all the old actors.Published 13 months ago by ndunn
I'm a lover of old movies and this is a nice addition to my collection.Published 17 months ago by sue grinstead
A nice collection with a find collection of actress & actors. I liked Dangerous Crossing & Laura better than the other two movies (the first two were good too). Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jim
Three pretty good film noirs, and one excellent one, Laura. Laura's special features Biographies of Gene Tierney and Vincent Price were especially good and informative. Read morePublished on June 29, 2014 by Tom S
The price is great for all four movies. Laura is the main reason I bought this, but I also enjoyed Call Northside 777. Nice set, I recommend.Published on May 15, 2014 by Chal
No problems with the quality of the DVD's. The extra features were nice to have, especially those for "Laura". All in all, an excellent set, and a good value.Published on May 13, 2014 by Thomas F
Great movie pack for the price. I would recommend this product any old classic movie fans. I ordered for my mom who loved the set.Published on April 6, 2014 by MD
I have never seen any of these movies but they sound like they'd be good and I like the actors. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to view all of these four.Published on March 4, 2014 by Sherrill M. Meeks