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Leading Ladies Collection, Vol. 2 (A Big Hand For The Little Lady / I'll Cry Tomorrow / Rich And Famous / Shoot The Moon / Up The Down Staircase)

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Leading Ladies Collection, The Vol. 2 (DVD) (5-Pack)



A truly random collection of movies comprises Leading Ladies Collection Volume 2, five films offering juicy roles to esteemed actresses. The ladies in question are, without a doubt, acting up a storm.

The oldest title in the bunch is I'll Cry Tomorrow (1956), a look at the troubled life of alcoholic singer Lillian Roth, given a typically from-the-guts performance by Susan Hayward. Hayward even does her own singing, although her style can best be described as "belting." She and director Daniel Mann seize on the new frankness of the era, providing a no-holds-barred description of addiction as well as some handy psychoanalyzing. Hayward snagged an Oscar nomination for her work; a couple of extra features give a taste of the real Roth at work.

A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966) has the feel of a TV Western upgraded with a spiffy big-name cast. Henry Fonda and Joanne Woodward are the rube couple sucked into a high-stakes poker game in Laredo one day, where the wife must take over the cards when hubby falls ill. A delicious cast of character actors (Jason Robards and Charles Bickford among them) and a twisty plot make this an enjoyable, if modest, outing. Up the Down Staircase (1967) is one of the cinema's signature "inspirational teacher" movies, with Sandy Dennis (fresh from an Oscar win for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) as the idealistic instructor at an inner-city school. The movie still has appeal, in the form of Robert Mulligan's realistic direction and Dennis's Method-acting fragility.

Rich and Famous (1981) was the final film for a Hollywood legend, director George Cukor, who made many a classic "women's picture" in his time. Thus it's fitting that he guide Jacqueline Bisset and Candice Bergen in performances that appealingly tweak their usual images, and still represent some of their best work. It's a remake of a Bette Davis-Miriam Hopkins picture, Old Acquaintance, about the enduring bond between two frequently-bickering writers. Finally, Shoot the Moon (1982) is a view of divorce that rarely gets below the surface, despite the full-bore performances by Albert Finney and Diane Keaton as the tormented couple. Director Alan Parker brings his slick approach to bear, and Finney and Keaton sneak in whatever subtlety they can around the edges. --Robert Horton

Special Features

  • Includes:
  • A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966)
  • I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955)
  • Vintage Lillian Roth musical short "Story Conference"
  • Three excerpts from The MGM Parade TV series
  • Vintage newsreel excerpts covering the movie's premiere and accolades
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Rich and Famous (1981)
  • Vintage featurette: On Location with Rich and Famous
  • Shoot the Moon (1982)
  • Commentary by Alan Parker and Bo Goldman
  • Up the Down Staircase (1967)

Product Details

  • Actors: Susan Hayward, Sandy Dennis, Candice Bergen, Diane Keaton, Patty Duke
  • Directors: Joanne Woodward, George Cukor
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated:
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UPMZ0S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,540 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Leading Ladies Collection, Vol. 2 (A Big Hand For The Little Lady / I'll Cry Tomorrow / Rich And Famous / Shoot The Moon / Up The Down Staircase)" on IMDb

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By calvinnme HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 7, 2007
Format: DVD
The first volume in this series included films that were already part of other Warner boxed sets. Volume two includes more modern films than volume one that were previously not on DVD. The purpose of the set is to focus on great performances by a variety of actresses. The following is a description of the films and their extra features.

I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955) - The oldest film in the bunch certainly does not have a 1950's feel to it. Susan Hayward gives one of her best performances as Lilian Roth. Roth has to deal with an overbearing ambitious stagemother, the sudden death of her childhood sweetheart before the two can marry, failed marriages to two different men - one who can't care for her and another who only cares for himself, and the alcohol that she attempts to drown her problems in. Hayward was nominated for an Oscar for her performance but did not win. Special features include:
MGM Parade TV-series excerpts with Susan Hayward & George Murphy
Vintage MGM newsreels covering the film's premiere
March 6,1956 MGM Top Awards
Two classic Vitaphone musical shorts starring Lillian Roth
Original theatrical trailer
Subtitles: English

Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966) - JoAnne Woodward plays the wife of a farmer (Henry Fonda) who can't resist a poker game, loses the family savings, and then has a heart attack. She takes her husband's place in the game even though she has never played poker before. However, the story you think you are seeing is not the real story at all. A comic western is a strange venue for such a cynical ending, but it all works very well. Subtitles are in English and French. There are no special features.

Up the Down Staircase (1967) - Seems like I've been waiting forever for this one to come out on DVD.
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Format: DVD
Six outstanding actresses get to display their fine acting talents in some of their lesser films, in this great value 5-disc pack.
The highlight is Susan Hayward's extraordinary Oscar nominated portrayal of Lillian Roth in "I'll Cry Tomorrow". Hayward runs the full gamut of emotion and the more you see of her, the more impressed you are with her incredible acting skills in power charged drama. Another brilliant actress Kim Stanley adds great support.
Joanne Woodward is a sheer delight in the clever western comedy "A Big Hand for the Little Lady" which will keep you guessing all the way to the humdinger of a surprise ending. And what a cast to aid "the little lady": Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, Charles Bickford, Burgess Meredith, Kevin McCarthy, Paul Ford, Robert Middleton and John Qualen.
Diane Keaton and Albert Finney deliver first rate performances in Alan Parker's deeply emotional study of a marriage breakup in "Shoot the Moon". An added bonus: the beautiful Marin County locations.
Bel Kaufman's massive and delightful best seller about the NYC public schools system "Up the Down Staircase" gets the polished Alan J. Pakula (producer) and Robert Mulligan (director) treatment with fine performances from the edgy Sandy Dennis and a fine cast of supporting actresses: Eileen Heckart, Ruth White, Jean Stapleton and Ellen O'Mara.
The only dud is George Cukor's last and probably worst film of his long, illustrious career "Rich and Famous". Unintentionally funny in the wrong places and a little embarrassing at times when Cukor attempts to spice up the sex scenes, this film still boasts good performances from Jacqueline Bisset and Candice Bergen, always watchable actresses even when the material is beneath them. Watch out for the party scenes and spot the various celebs on display!
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Good collection of movies including the brilliant Susan Hayward in the equaly brilliant I'll Cry Tomorrow which is definitely my favourite film in this set.Excellent value.
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