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Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Release Date: 1-MAR-2005
Media Type: DVD
- Musical Short: Ups and Downs
- Audio-Only Bonus: Radio Production with Ginger Rogers and Rosalind Russell
Top Customer Reviews
Terry ends up rooming with Jean Maitland (Ginger Rogers), an acid-tongued but softhearted dancer. The two trade barbs over everything from Terry's extensive wardrobe to Jean's affair with Anthony Powell (Adolphe Menjou), a Broadway producer who is working his way through an endless procession of young women. His next big production is "Enchanted April," and in order to get funding he is cornered into giving the inexperienced and patently inept Terry the starring role. The part should have gone to Kaye Hamilton (Andrea Leeds), a talented actress at the club who is broke and on the verge of starvation. When Terry gets the part Kaye is crushed.
Based on the play by Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman, the script by Morrie Ryskind and Anthony Veiler retained the basic plot line regarding Terry, Jean, and Kay, while provided some wonderful crackling dialogue amongst the girls (some of which was supposedly based on overhearing the actresses chatting during rehearsals).Read more ›
Seriously, you won't be disappointed.
It's a brilliant way to spend a couple of hours: where else would you get an all-star cast that would make your jaw drop today (Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Lucille Ball, Eve Arden, Ann Miller etc. etc.), and a clever, witty script played to the hilt by the astounding cast?
The story is fairly simple: Terry Randall (Hepburn) moves into the Footlights Club to begin her career as an actress. Viewed as an odd cookie by the rest of the girls, her room-mate Jean (Rogers) especially, she starts to win them over until she wins the part belonging to Kaye (Andrea Leeds). Not wins, so much as given. It takes a tragedy to turn Terry into the actress she could be, and the friend she eventually becomes as she remains in the Footlights Club.
This film benefits from a truly amazing cast: Hepburn is glorious as Terry, an independent, in-your-face girl from the upper class, unsure why she's not liked by her new friends as she blithely (and unknowingly) talks down to them; but fiercely loyal and protective of them nonetheless. Witness Terry's outburst in Powell's office, or the way she puts Jean, much the worse for wine, to bed. Hepburn is truly great in her emotional scenes, when she is called to perform on stage despite the revelation she's received just beforehand.
Hepburn alone doesn't make the movie though (as she eventually does in lesser vehicles with less worthy co-stars). Ginger Rogers as Jean is a breath of fresh air. She's quirky, charming, and just generally appealing in her role, playing Jean with a wonderful confidence that bodes well for the character. You warm to Jean immediately. I love Rogers' drunken scenes with Menjou--ditzy yet sweet.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So many amazing actors in this movie. Story line and production is a beautiful example of Old Hollywood, The Golden AgePublished 1 month ago by Nancy McCarville
The best old movie with Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, and a very young Lucille Ball. They don't come any better than this. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Katey
This is the quintessential 30s movie. This movie has a long list of up-and-coming stars of the 20th century. Good acting, great humor. Well written. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Blondegrrl
Katherine Hepburn overcomes a bad hairdo and turns in a pretty good performance. Ginger Rogers is also quite impressive in this one, and it's nice to see a young Lucille Ball,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by A. Diamond
This is a classy classic that stands the test of time. Amazing cast, great story. Hepburn is great, of course, but Ginger Rogers is a show stopper, and we get to see an entirely... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sharla M. Saunders