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Evergreen [DVD] [1934]

Jessie Matthews , Sonnie Hale , Victor Saville    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jessie Matthews, Sonnie Hale, Betty Balfour, Barry Mackay, Ivor McLaren
  • Directors: Victor Saville
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Mono, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 25 May 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001VAF6SY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,151 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

The story begins in 1909 when singing star Harriet Green (Jessie Matthews) is blackmailed by an old lover on the eve of her wedding. She goes into hiding, leaving her small daughter in the care of a maid. Twenty-five years later, the daughter is spotted in an audition. Made up to look older, she is passed off as her mother...

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: In Edwardian London, music-hall star Harriet Green (played by the multi-talented Jessie Matthews) performs to adoring audiences. Then, just as she is about to marry her aristocratic fiancé, her former lover appears, threatening to unleash a public scandal that could ruin her: she already has an illegitimate daughter by him. Harriet flees abroad, leaving her daughter, also called Harriet, in the care of her dresser. When, years later, the younger Harriet attends an audition for a musical - intent on pursuing her own stage career - a young publicity agent, Tommy, believes he has hit upon the perfect idea for a stage act, based upon Harriet's remarkable resemblance to her mother... Evergreen was a major success for Jessie Matthews, one of British cinema's best-loved stars. Also starring Matthews' husband Sonnie Hale and silent-screen star Betty Balfour (known as 'the British Mary Pickford'), this charming musical comedy - featuring music by Rogers and Hart and outstanding choreography by Buddy Bradley - was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic. ...Evergreen


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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Although not the first British musical, Evergreen is acknowledged to be one of the landmark films made on this side of the Atlantic in the 1930s. Adapted from the Rodgers and Hart stage musical, two great new songs were composed for the film version - "When You've Got A Little Springtime In Your Heart" and "Over My Shoulder", which became the song most associated with Miss Matthews.

The word "star" is applied to anyone that can breathe these days, however Jessie Matthews was a true star. She commands each film scene she is in with her beauty, style and grace. Jessie had that extra something which made her a special performer and one whose charisma is as fresh as ever seventy-five years after this film was made.

The highlight is perhaps the "Dancing On The Ceiling" number staged in a classic art deco house, or is it the grand finale which is a fine production number rivalling the great early American film musical presentations. It is all fine entertainment.

Evergreen's release on DVD is long overdue. I would have liked some extras, apart from a photo gallery. A documentary on Jessie Matthews would have been an appropriate inclusion, but at least Jessie is now firmly preserved in the digital age in one of her greatest movies.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jessie Matthews in one of her best films 19 July 2009
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This is the story of a Music Hall star Harriet Green (Jessie Matthews)who 'retires' at the height of her career rather than be involved in a dishonest deal with her ex-lover and father of her illegitimate child.

Through a 'stunt' devised by a publicist (played by Barry Mackay) Harriet's daughter pretends to be her mother returning to the stage many years later. Jessie of course played this role very successfully on stage years before the film was made. It is a real gem with lovely songs by Rodgers and Hart.

Jessie Matthews was at the height of her beauty at the end of her twenties and early thirties in my opinion. Jessie sings, acts and dances exceptionally supported by a good cast. This includes her talented husband Sonnie Hale who was never a great singer, but could dance, act and be very funny. Mackay who was her lead in other films is great too.

As with the recently released 'There Goes the Bride', I bought this because I only had a home made DVD. The picture quality and soundtrack is excellent with bonus pictures. Another one of my favourites. I hope Granada plan to issue all of Miss Matthews' films on DVD. Even though I have most in the collection - except 'Out of the Blue' and 'The Midshipmaid' - I would be happy to have them in 'official' releases like this. If you haven't discovered the lovely Jessie Matthews yet, here is your chance. Highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NEVER SURPASSED 28 May 2009
Format:DVD
Hooray
At long last Jessie on DVD.
Evergreen lives up to its title it will stay in your memory allways as it has mine...
Lets hope the other Jessie Matthews musicals become available soon.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AT LAST! 6 April 2009
Format:DVD
This prestige Gaumont British film was released in April 1934 in Britain and December 1934 in the US. It was based on the RICHARD RODGERS-LORENZ
HART musical "EVER GREEN" never played in the US (!) and first played in London on 3 December 1930. The adaptation by EMLYN WILLIAMS adds to the prestige. The film keeps three songs .from the show and adds four songs by the American HARRY M. WOODS (with the original credit of: "additional material by...").
But the prestige didn't create the huge success: it is all about JESSIE MATTHEWS, wonderful as a singer, dancer, actress, woman.
She stays the only one, with DORIS DAY, to have that elegance: beautiful girl next door and sophisticated woman.
It was the first British film musical and still one of the best.
Sonnie Hale is not my cup of tea, but it's all right. BETTY BALFOUR, best known for her numerous silent films, is very good. All technical credits superior.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to film dance 22 Mar 2013
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In the days of multiple cameras and manic video editors this is a real treat. you actually get to see the dance without the irritating flashing between cameras. the eye is allowed to dwell on what it chooses not what the editor chooses.
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