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Second Fiddle [DVD] [1939]

Sonja Henie , Tyrone Power , Sidney Lanfield    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sonja Henie, Tyrone Power, Rudy Vallee, Edna May Oliver
  • Directors: Sidney Lanfield
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Full Screen, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Norwegian, Swedish, 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: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Feb 2007
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LC3RQQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,500 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

The backdrop is 1930's Hollywood.... a time when movie moguls ruled the studios and stars do what they're told for the sake of their latest picture. In this witty, tongue-in-check, musical comedy, Tyrone Power is Jimmy Sutton, the consummate studio publicist who knows how to get headlines--even if he has to make them up. Rudy Vallee is Roger Maxwell, the singing film star who needs all the attention he can get. And Sonja Henie is the Minnesota school teacher who miraculously lands the most coveted role in Consolidated Studio's newest picture Innocent and eager, she has no idea her exciting new romance with Roger was dreamed up by Sutton for the maximum news coverage. Snappy dialogue and a wonderful Irving Berlin score make Second Fiddle a charming fictional account of Hollywood in its heyday.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mindless fluff, good DVD presentation 1 Nov 2009
An engaging and enjoyable romantic comedy, Second Fiddle is instantly forgettable as soon as the final credits roll. Tyrone Power's nice guy role is indistinguishable from the many others in this period of his career, in films such as Rose of Washington Square, Second Honeymoon, Love Is News and Daytime Wife. Fun, mindless entertainment, with some pleasant Irving Berlin songs thrown in as well. The restored picture and sound on this DVD are to 20th Century Fox's usual high standard. The only extra is the film's theatrical trailer. Fans of Tyrone Power and Sonja Henie will love it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is a pleasant enough film with a simple plot. It is not one of the great Hollywood musicals and I suspect was given rather a limited budget. Tyrone Power, Sonja Henie, Rudy Vallee, Edna May Oliver and Mary Healy all play their roles well and the movie is well paced.

Ice is provided for Sonja Henie to show off her skating prowess to the wonderful music of Irving Berlin. Indeed, for me, this is what makes this film interesting as it features five great Berlin songs. As I am familiar with the songs,although I hadn't realised that Berlin composed "When Winter Comes", it was revealing to see how they were originally staged in the film for which they were written. The songs may not be Irving Berlin's best remembered and loved melodies, but they are first-rate and worth discovering if you haven't already done so.

Tyrone Power may have been the leading man but he was not noted as a singer, so Rudy Vallee filled that bill and warbles through "An Old Fashioned Tune Always Is New", "When Winter Comes" and the lovely romantic ballad "I Poured My Heart Into A Song". Mary Healy sings "Back To Back" - the big dance number - and "I'm Sorry For Myself". It is understandable that this DVD is marketed as "Irving Berlin's Second Fiddle" as his contribution is invaluable to the entertainment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining film . 7 Sep 2008
An entertaining way to pass an hour and a half . Basically a showcase for the talents of Sonja Heine , the story is easy to follow , and wont tax the brain too much . A film of its time , but still watchable now .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Story 15 April 2014
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A very enjoyable DVD and it did have a nice storyline. Sonja's skating was wonderful to watch and really enhanced this DVD.
A very worthwhile purchase which was promptly delivered in excellent condition.
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