The Loretta Young Show - Christine's Children Series
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Few celebrities have enjoyed the professional longevity of the Hollywood actress Loretta Young, whose remarkable career stretched over seven decades - beginning as a child extra during the Silent Era of motion pictures, attaining star status as a romantic leading lady during Hollywood's Golden Age, and on into television as the host of her own popular dramatic series, The Loretta Young Show, on NBC. Following the long-running success of her NBC Dramatic Anthology series - the first "Loretta Young Show" - which ran for eight years, from 1953-1961, Miss Young switched networks to star in this series. Miss Young plays a New York magazine writer trying to raise seven children; James Philbrook played her boss, the magazine editor she eventually marries. Bonus Features: Scene Selection| Bios| Trailers| Photo Gallery| An interview with Sandy Schrier (fashion expert on Loretta Young)| Interviews with some of the cast: Celia Kaye (Milius), Sandra Descher, Beverly Washburn| Special interview with Loretta Young's 3 children. Specs: 4-DVD9s; Dolby Digital; 676 minutes; B&W; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA NR; Year 1962; SRP - $39.99.
- 22 episodes on four discs
Top Customer Reviews
The amazingly talented Loretta Young plays a widow (Christine Massey) raising her seven children in a bedroom community outside of New York City. Christine's late husband was a noted writer, and she is also trying her hand at writing. Through her writing, she meets a New York magazine editor, wonderfully played by James Philbrook, and they develop a relationshhip that eventually leads to marriage.
This all may sound very corny and trite and, if it had been done in the usual early Sixties TV way, it could very well have been. However, this is not a cross between "Eight Is Enough" and "Ozzie and Harriet." Far from it.
Even though most of the 26 episodes center around Christine and her family, there's enough latitude to allow the show to go down some stange and sometimes dark roads. There are some sitcom-like themes in some of the episodes (and a few mild laughs), but there are also some themes that could easily have been part of Loretta Young's original anthology series.
There are episodes that deal with a cheating in school scandal, a date that almost turns deadly for one of the daughters, New York coffeehouse drug culture, a mental patient roaming Christine's neighborhood looking for his dead daughter, a neighbor who beats his son and must face up to it, stress-related emergency surgery, and some other topics that are pretty gritty for early Sixties television.
The bottom line here is that Loretta Young and the rest of the cast are true professionals and when I had watched the last episode, I was sad that there was not a second season.
At least VCI brought this "lost treasure" back so it can be enjoyed by Loretta Young's many fans, old and new.
I grew to love Loretta Young. Her first show was so full of good will, and excellent stories and acting. I was sad when I watched the last episode in the boxed set. Christine's Children is not a complete success, but it is worth your purchase. I enjoyed it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My husband and I watched all of these and were so sad when we came to the end. He really didn't know much about Loretta Young, but by the end commented on what a great actress she... Read morePublished on October 13, 2014 by Chicesq
A television show like this would never make it in today's world .... where's the sex? The nudity? The profanity? The promiscuity? Read morePublished on October 11, 2014 by Michele Klahr
Service was great. Series is so enjoyable and moralistic! you do not find these days. Very happy to be able to purchase it.!Published on December 30, 2013 by Valeriesweeney