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TCM Greatest Classic Legends Film Collection: Joan Crawford (Humoresque / Mildred Pierce / The Damned Don't Cry / Possessed)
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If you have never seen a Joan Crawford movie then I certainly recommend getting this set because you will be a fan once you see how versatile and how hard Joan always worked. My favorite film from this collection is "Mildred Pierce." And coming in at a close second is "Possessed." Keep Joan alive on the small screen and in your heart with these classic movies from the Golden Age!
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The Women (September 1, 1939) (Studio: MGM)
Runtime Listing: 133 mins.
Color/BW: Black and White
(Joan played: Crystal Allen)
A happily married woman lets her catty friends talk her into divorce when her husband strays.
Special Features on this disc:
2 30's Shorts: "From The Ends of the Earth" & "Hollywood: Style Center of the World"
Rare B&W Fashion Show Scene!
Scoring Session & Music Cues
Mildred Pearce (September 24, 1945) (Studio: Warners)
Runtime Listing: 109 mins
Color/BW: Black and White
(Joan played: Mildred Pierce)
A woman turns herself into a business tycoon to win her selfish daughter a place in society.Read more ›
But you don't have to be a technician to appreciate these fims.
THE WOMEN was a classic stage script lifted almost verbatim on to the screen, and it works in every respect. It is the comedy of this set. The flawless casting - Joan as the gorgeous and man-eating shop girl who can take in on the chin - was still an early exercise in trying "star-studded" casting. It is a tongue-in-cheek take on a woman's world... and the stereotypes of a woman's world. The ebb and flow between these two is what is timelessly witty. When Mary (Norma Shearer)'s mother compares a woman alone in bed to a swastica, it tells us exactly where we are politically and socially. This was/is a star turn by Joan, and her brass and humor are in full swing.
MILDRED PIERCE is Joan's classic rags-to-riches gone noir-ish. Susie Homemaker becomes Betty Crocker. It has the timeless story line, and Ann Blythe (ironically later a spokeswoman for Hostess cupcakes in her later life) as the daughter you really want to smack silly. It also has some really early addressing of the issues of working women and divorce that were so timely in the post-war years. The business friendship portrayed with Eve Arden, and the ambivalent attraction to Jack Carson give this script some really interesting levels.Read more ›
From the outer box artwork to the extra features, a lot of care and attention has clearly been spent on this set, and we are certainly lucky in having it so beautifully presented. The emphasis is very much on Joan's years as a film noir femme fatale, with The Damned Don't Cry, Possessed and Humoresque all from Crawford's glory days at Warner Brothers. Mildred Pierce (Keepcase), her first Oscar-winning role; plus her catty turn in The Women (Keepcase) are also here. Each disc is housed in it's own sturdy plastic Amaray case.
THE DAMNED DON'T CRY - Joan Crawford plays a gangster's moll who climbs up from the gutter only to discover that life at the top can be twice as dangerous. Extra features include the new featurette "The Crawford Formula: Real and Reel", audio commentary with director Vincent Sherman, and the trailer.
POSSESSED - Love takes a deadly turn in this noir drama. Crawford plays Louise Howell, a woman driven to desperate measures--and madness--when ex-boyfriend Van Heflin wants to marry her stepdaughter. Extra features include audio commentary by Dr.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These collections are a great value. I wish Warner's would put out more.Published 2 months ago by D. Sanford
The 5 movie collection of Joan Crawford are lovely and perfect I live them and i thank youPublished 2 months ago by Cindy Murray
Joan Crawford! Her greatest "hits." I bought if for Mildred Pierce, and was surprised by the other SUPER films! "The Damned Don't Cry," was perfect!Published 2 months ago by Diane C. Lytwyn
Plays well on my computer but seems to not be picture/sound synced on blue ray player.Published 3 months ago by Sharon Nickson