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Screen Goddess Collection: Barbara Stanwyck [DVD]

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  • Actors: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Byron Barr, Porter Hall
  • Directors: Billy Wilder
  • Writers: Billy Wilder, James M. Cain, Raymond Chandler
  • Producers: Buddy G. DeSylva, Joseph Sistrom
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Uca Catalogue
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Mar. 2006
  • Run Time: 541 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EBP03C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,010 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Six films starring the iconic screen actress Barbara Stanwyck. In the classic film noir 'Double Indemnity' (1943), insurance salesman Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) calls at the house of femme fatale Phyllis Dietrichson (Stanwyck) in order to renew her husband's insurance policy. An immediate attraction sparks between the two, and gradually Phyllis seduces Walter into conspiring with her to murder her husband, now provided with a double indemnity insurance clause. The murder is carried out as planned, but the couple then find themselves growing increasingly suspicious of each other as they get closer to collecting the money. When Walter's boss, relentless investigator Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson), starts to look into the policy, Walter and Phyllis' steely resolve begins to falter. In 'The Bitter Tea of General Yen' (1932), set during the Chinese Civil War, American missionary Megan Davis (Stanwyck) is working in Shanghai when she is kidnapped by Chinese warlord General Yen (Nils Asther). Yen falls in love with Megan, but believes that she does not return his affections. However, as they spend time together the missionary comes to care for her captor. In 'The Miracle Woman' (1931) was an early hit for director Frank Capra, and stars Stanwyck as a preacher's daughter who loses her faith when her father is is fired from his church. Taking up with an unscrupulous conman, she starts performing fake miracles for cash, but when she meets a trusting blind man, her faith in God is restored. In 'The Lady Eve' (1941), Henry Fonda stars as Charles Pike, the heir to the Pike Ale empire. Following a year spent looking for rare snakes, Charles is heading for New York aboard the S.S. Southern Queen. But with everyone on board the ship aware of his inheritance, he is hounded by a group of single women looking for a suitable, eligible bachelor. Also after his inheritance are Colonel Harry Harrington (Charles Coburn) and his partner, a pair of conmen and card sharks with a secret weapon - the Colonel's daughter, Jean (Stanwyck). In 'All I Desire' (1953), Stanwyck plays Naomi Murdoch, a woman who abandons her family to pursue a career on the stage. Ten years later, Naomi's daughter invites her back to their small town to see the school's new play, and her arrival causes a storm of controversy. Finally, in 'Golden Boy' (1939), violinist Joe Bonaparte (William Holden) wants to be a boxer, against his father's wishes, but after a few bouts in the ring he begins to have second thoughts. His girlfriend Lorna (Stanwyck) tries to encourage him top continue, but when gangster Eddie Fuseli (Joseph Calleia) wants to buy a piece of Joe from his corrupt manager, Lorna begins to have second thoughts too.


Director Billy Wilder (Sunset Boulevard) and writer Raymond Chandler (The Big Sleep) adapted James M. Cain's hard-boiled novel into this wildly thrilling story of insurance man Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray), who schemes the perfect murder with the beautiful dame Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck: kill Dietrichson's husband and make off with the insurance money. But, of course, in these plots things never quite go as planned, and Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson) is the wily insurance investigator who must sort things out. From the opening scene you know Neff is doomed, as the story is told in flashback; yet, to the film's credit, this doesn't diminish any of the tension of the movie. This early film noir flick is wonderfully campy by today's standards, and the dialogue is snappy ("I thought you were smarter than the rest, Walter. But I was wrong. You're not smarter, just a little taller"), filled with lots of "dame"s and "baby"s. Stanwyck is the ultimate femme fatale, and MacMurray, despite a career largely defined by roles as a softy (notably in the TV series My Three Sons and the movie The Shaggy Dog), is convincingly cast against type as the hapless, love-struck sap. --Jenny Brown --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Satish Nimkar on 8 Mar. 2010
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GRAB THIS COLLECTION BEFORE IT IS SOLD OUT!! This is an excellent collection of some of the best Barbara Stanwyck films. It amply showcases the acting prowess of her,whether it is comedy,family drama,cine noir. She was the best among her equals.

DOUBLE INDEMNITY directed by the legendary Billy Wilder is the finest and quintessential cine noir and who could be better in playing femme fatale than Barbara Stanwyck? She plays a calculating woman,plots to kill or rather get her husband killed so that she can collect the insurance money. That she does with the insurance agent(Fred MacMurray)who sells the insurance policy to her husband.

THE LADY EVE, another legendary film, a romantic screwball comedy with Henry Fonda,directed and written by Hollywood legend Preston Sturges. A story of a card sharp who fleeces rich passengers on a transatlantic cruiser in collusion with a companion(the inimitable Charles Coburn),falls in love with a rich heir whom they wanted to fleece. Look forward to snappy,witty dialogues to realise the genius of Preston Sturges. Some of the finest witty barbs from the golden age of Hollywood!

THE BITTER TEA OF GENERAL YEN. This is the most interesting and least known film of the lot. It was one of the very few commercial flop the director Frank Capra had. Nevertheless, it is a great film. Set in China during '30s of the last century,where Ms.Stanwyck plays an American missionary. The film, in essence is an excellent study of the confrontation of two value systems viz.the Chinese and the Western. The film has much more relevane now that China is surging ahead to the superpower status and the West is at loss to understand the inscrutable China and the Chinese.

ALL I DESIRE is a family melodrama directed by Douglas Sirk.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JM on 7 Jan. 2013
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This box set made an excellent gift for my mum. Truly classic films. Three generation of our family have enjoyed watching them.
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Expanding Your Video Horizon 7 Feb. 2013
By W. Patch - Published on
Format: DVD
If the $1500 price tag of this currently listed box set seems a little steep, here's a suggestion: buy an all-region DVD player - a new Pioneer or good used Oppo can be purchased for less than $100 (from Amazon, of course)- then go shopping on AmazonUK, AmazonFR, etc. and pick up these European Region 2 collections for $15 - $40 used. Shipping from the UK is only $5. They are good quality, probably sourced from original prints for the most part; not public domain, but not computer restored, either. I bought this set from a US reseller for $15. Universal UK has transferred a number of their old classics to Region 2, some not even available on US NTSC, and many are available for less than $10. Used copies of the British film collections - David Lean, Michael Powell, etc. are extremely inexpensive, a fraction of the US box set price.
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Not the item, but the availability 3 Dec. 2010
By Karris - Published on
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It is a CRIME that Stanwick's films aren't available in DVD format in the USA, where they were made! Make this in region one format, Hollywood! Take care of your own!
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