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The Betty Grable Collection, Vol. 1 (My Blue Heaven / The Dolly Sisters / Moon Over Miami / Down Argentine Way)
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- Commentary on Down Argentine Way, The Dolly Sisters and My Blue Heaven
- "Betty Grable: Behind the Pin-Up" documentary, originally made for the A&E Biography series.
- Still galleries and lobby card galleries for each disc
- Movietone News footage of the Chicago Premiere of The Dolly Sisters
Top Customer Reviews
Down Argentine Way (with Carmen Miranda & Don Ameche), Moon Over Miami (with Don Ameche & Robert Cummings), The Dolly Sisters (with John Payne & June Haver) are three of her best Technicolor hits of the forties. My Blue Heaven (with Dan Dailey) is not in the same league with the others, but it is not bad - it just suffers by comparison. After the huge success of Mother Wore Tights, Fox paired Grable and Dailey several times but they never quite duplicated the magic. Even so, this collection will be enjoyed by lovers of colorful, tuneful, classic movie musicals. Hopefully we will see other Grable Collections with Tin Pan Alley, Footlight Serenade, Song Of The Islands, Coney Island, Diamond Horseshoe, Sweet Rosie O'Grady, Springtime In The Rockies, Mother Wore Tights, Shocking Miss Pilgrim & Wabash Avenue.
note: Since this review was written in 2006, Sweet Rosie O'Grady has been released on dvd.
If you enjoy musicals and escapist fare, it's hard to to do better. Don't look for plots, just look for exceptional entertainment values. The Fox musicals may not have been the summum of art (like MGM's for instance), but at the time, they were even more popular and exemplified escapist fun more than any other films around. And they hold up wonderfully (for this 33 year old at any rate!)
DOWN ARGENTINE WAY (1940) is resplendant with Latin-flavored (reproduced) locales, flashy costumes, verve, romance and a remarkable cast. That was the film that made Grable a household name, it's the US debut of Brazilian bombshell Carmen Miranda (singing some of her biggest hits). The Nicholas Brothers do an amazing dance number and the songs are all very memorable and blend in it the festive atmosphere. Almost a paid vacation in great company :-)
MOON OVER MIAMI (1941) is perhaps one of the most entertaining of all Fox musicals. The serviceable storyline of fortune-hunters passing off as heiresses helped to produce three hits for the studio, a straight comedy in 1938, this musical in 1941 and another musical in 1946. Exteriors were actually shot on location and it adds a lot to the vacation feel of the film. Hummable songs, snappy dances, breezy fun, the personable and affable Bob Cummings and the beautiful Carole Landis all add to create a really amusing, tuneful musicomedy. Technicolor at its zenith.
THE DOLLY SISTERS (1945) Grable is paired with the lovely June Haver.Read more ›
Betty helped us through the darkest days of World War II...so
perhaps she can rekindle some of her magic now. We certainly
do need it. Anyway: FOUR wonderful films with Betty singing,
dancing and entertaining as only she can. It has been a long
time coming...and the title Vol. I...well...I have ordered Vol.I
and I am already ready for Vol. II. Betty's films are not like the films of today....everyone had to sidestep "THE CODE"...NO
NAVELS....just like "I Dream of Jeannie"!! But Betty was a
complete professional...and always come through. I love all
the films in this collection. "The Dolly Sisters" probably has
the most glitter...it also has an amazing sequence that is
politically incorrect and politically adventurous at the same time. "The Dark Town Strutters Ball" has always fascinated me.
Fox uses a line of absolutely gorgeous black show girls to
model a series of black and white costumes...IN COLOR...and then adds Betty Grable and June Haver in black face. It does look strange to us today. I suspect it was "on the edge" back
in 1947. Anyway....Betty will steal your heart away...she will sing you a song...and divert you with a figure and a pair of
legs that are still legendary. Don't expect too much from the
plots...they are there because these are movies...today they
would probably be Variety Shows on TV...but they are lovely entertainment...and you will enjoy them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A couple (Betty Grable & Dan Dailey) think they’re having a baby and then they’re not so they decide to adopt one but run afoul of an officious old woman who says no, she won’t let... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Einsatz
I am an old movie buff. Of course, it meets my approval. Great Disc. Brought back pleasant memories.Published 18 months ago by Kindle Customer
Seller did exactly as promised. Product as described. Very happy. Would buy again.Published 18 months ago by Larry
I love the old musicals so these were a hit before I even received them.Published 21 months ago by Beverly LaClair
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