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British Musicals of the 1930s - Volume 1 [DVD]

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  • Actors: Polly Ward, Bebe Daniels, Henry Hall, Stanley Lupino, Laddie Cliff
  • Directors: Thomas Bentley, Paul L. Stein, Walter Summers, Graham Cutts
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Nov. 2013
  • Run Time: 274 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E3D164E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,052 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From playful romantic comedies to variety extravaganzas, the British musical films of the 1930s offered audiences a source of much-needed escapism throughout the decade haunted by the Great Depression and the growing menace of war. Often adapting much-loved hits of the music hall as well as serving as vehicles for the era's composers, performers and band leaders, they showcased home-grown talent alongside some of Hollywood's most bankable stars.

This ongoing, multi-volume collection makes available a wealth of rare gems from the very earliest days of the British talkies, many of which have remained unseen since their original release; each film is presented uncut, in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

OVER SHE GOES (1937)
Plot and counter-plot jostle each other in this romantic comedy about a music-hall star who finds himself much in demand when he inherits a title!
Black and White / 73 mins / 1.33:1 / Mono / English

HARMONY HEAVEN (1930)
The tale of a young songwriter, the actress who helps him find success, and the vamp who sets her sights on him.
Black and White / 57 mins / 1.19:1 / Mono / English

MUSIC HATH CHARMS (1935)
This cheerful maze of melody, song, comedy and drama showcases the talents of Henry Hall and His Dance Band.
Black and White / 66 mins / 1.33:1 / Mono / English

THE SONG YOU GAVE ME (1933)
Set in Vienna, this lively musical comedy stars Bebe Daniels as an actress who falls in love with her secretary, but has difficulty in persuading him to propose to her.
Black and White / 78 mins / 1.33:1 / Mono / English

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By G P Herbert on 27 Dec. 2013
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This DVD set is a must for movie buffs who love the early musicals. .Many of the catchy tunes in these movies will never be available on CD and the idea of releasing these little gems on DVD is a revelation. The quality is good, the price is right, and I look forward to Vol 2. I'm also hoping that a very entertaining British musical called " Music Hall " (1934) will be included in this wonderful series,starring the very popular DeBroy Somers Band..

G Herbert
Hastings
New Zealand.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By B. Gilbert on 30 Nov. 2013
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Great to see old British movies revived again, in such good quality prints
If you are into old British movies you'll love it..if not then....well!!, but remember these were the films of the day and should not be dismissed...bring on more volumes
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A definite buy - not to be missed

The films range from March 1930, August 1933, September 1935 and August 1937, and give an interesting insight of British entertainment at the time. Many of the stars moved on from singing and dancing as the amount of continued training for this is rigorous, so this is an opportunity not to be missed.
The earliest "Harmony Heaven", directed by Thomas Bentley, who had previously progressed from a Vaudeville performer to directing films in the early twenties, It gets off to a "flying start" after the titles and is very competently edited. It benefits from some excellent and well orchestrated numbers written by Edward Brandt and Eddie Pola. Polly Ward, the leading lady, came from a theatrical family, and was only twenty when this film was made. Her dancing and singing are perfect. The other actors are good and the dancing is spot on. A piece of advice at the beginning of the film is to standby with your finger on the volume control as the sound level can be variable, particularly during the "Raggity Romp" number This was the second British Musical to be made and the newly created sound engineers were still getting used to the medium. During this number watch out for the invalids being pushed around in bath chairs by nurses. Ken Russell used this idea in the Boy Friend number "its never too late to fall in love. The sound system used was the RKO Photophone sound system. The film is 57 minutes long, but it appears that it was originally 61 minutes, because four minutes of colour made with the Pathecolour hand tinted system was omitted from our copy.
The second film ,the song that you gave me, stars Bebe Daniels, who was a very competent singer and actoress having made her first stage appearance at the age of four.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pam Pike on 17 April 2014
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You get four films here for the price of one. The quality is a little variable but the entertainment value is top class. I cannot wait for Volume 2 to come out.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kevin T. Turner on 29 Nov. 2013
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All the films have been restored to a high standard. The one I least enjoyed was the H Hall picture, his name being mentioned in nearly every frame,however his music is still delightful to listen to.
The other films are all different in style and content with some great dance routines and musical content.
A nice change,with a pace easy on the eyes and ears.
Most enjoyable,and a relaxing way to relish the great days at British International Pictures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evan J. on 26 Aug. 2014
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Totally delightful! My favorites are OVER SHE GOES and MUSIC HATH CHARMS.

Really enjoy the delightful Stanley Lupino, Laddie Cliff and Henry Hall!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Bruce Martin on 26 Dec. 2013
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I am always interested in British musicals of the 1930/40 period. This dvd gives variety and the Henry Hall band a chance to shine.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Harman on 9 April 2014
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A very good DVD; as a BBC man I found the musical, "Music Hath Charms" interesting from the point of broadcasting history. Also, the views of Broadcasting House London and the Langham Hotel, - at one time a BBC building - were of great interest to me, as I worked for a time in both these buildings.

The plot of the film was rather trite, but no matter, it still remains an important milestone in cinema history. Space does not permit analysis of the other films featured, but I would recommend this DVD to anyone.

John Harman
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