Powell & Lombard: Comedy Collection
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Made for Each Other (1939) 1 hr 25 min, B&W Starring: Carole Lombard, James Stewart, Charles Coburn; Director: John Cromwell Newlyweds John and Jane Mason are an idealistic couple whose marital commitment is challenged at every turn--mounting debt, a difficult mother-in-law, and a baby on the way. The birth of a son brings joy, but when he becomes seriously ill, the couple is forced to take drastic measures to save his life.
Nothing Sacred (1937) 1 hr 15 min, COLOR Starring: Carole Lombard, Fredric March; Director: William A. Wellman A doctor has told Vermont native Helen that she is dying of radium poisoning, and her plight draws the attention of NY reporter Wally. But then, the doctor informs Helen that she isn't sick at all. She conceals the truth and is wined and dined by Wally. Once Helen finally confesses her secret, how will they handle the media circus they've created?
Life with Father (1947) 1 hr 58 min, COLOR Starring: William Powell, Irene Dunne, Elizabeth Taylor; Director: Michael Curtiz Based on a popular Broadway play by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse, this film explores family life in New York during the 1880s. Each scene is an amusing anecdote--for instance, the wife's desperate attempts to have her despotic husband baptized. or the father's awkward moments explaining the facts of life to his unimpressed son.
My Man Godfrey (1936) 1 hr 35 min, B&W Starring: William Powell, Carole Lombard; Director: Gregory La Cava This wacky comedy classic takes a stab at high society. A pretentious wealthy family adopts "Godfrey," a bum with a secretive past. Working as their butler, Godfrey becomes completely embroiled in their lives and soon takes charge. Later, he surprises the family with some shocking news.
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What I expected was something along the lines of the "Myrna Loy and William Powell Collection": movies with those two performers in them. But Lombard and Powell are only in one movie together, "My Man Godfrey," which I already had. It was on the strength of that movie that I wanted to see them together in others.
The first movie, "Made for Each Other," has Lombard and James Stewart. It's a fine, schmaltzy film. (Powell isn't in this one.)
The second, "Nothing Sacred," has Lombard and Fredric March. I found this a fun comedy contrasting "city-and-country" life from the first part of the 20th century. (Powell isn't in this one.)
The third, "Life with Father," has Powell, Irene Dunne, and Elizabeth Taylor (first screen appearance?). It still wears well as a look at exaggerated gender roles. (Lombard isn't in this one.)
Finally the aforementioned "My Man Godfrey" has Powell and Lombard. It's the black-and-white version; my other copy of the film has this version plus the colorized one. I prefer the b&w.
In sum, if you get this collection you're getting four fine films, each with its own strengths (and weaknesses), but you won't be getting Lombard and Powell in every movie. That's why I give this collection only three stars.