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Sun Valley Serenade [DVD] [1941]
Sun Valley Serenade [DVD] [1941]
Dvd ~ Sonja Henie

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nostalgic Wallow, 29 Jan 2009
SUN VALLEY SERENADE - Don't take the storyline too seriously, just enjoy the Glen Miller music for itself. In war-torn England 1941 this was the sort of film that made us forget, for an hour or so, all the privations that lay beyond the cinema. This film made an impact on me as a nine year old boy in the bombed-out city of Hull, and seeing it again on DVD brought back the memories of those times. For those without the baggage of nostalgia enjoy it for what it is, a spendid vehicle for Glen Miller and Sonjae Henie. This is what entertained us during the war and it will entertain you now. ROBERT WARDELL

Stage Door Canteen [1943] [DVD]
Stage Door Canteen [1943] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tallulah Bankhead
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 3.34

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A trip to Nostalgia, 29 Jan 2009
Stage Door Canteen - An opportunity for people of my generation (I was born in 1932)to relive or remember what entertained us in the early 1940s. In the event this DVD was disappointing, for this viewer what was amusing then is not amusing now and it did not stand the test of time. The idea of introducing personalities of the time into a format of them entertaining, and acting either as waitresses or very very platonic hostesses, for free, members of the armed forces in a New York services club might have worked if the material had been better or at least more familiar. The best music of that era has survived, and survived very well, the less-good has not, and what we have here is mostly the less-good. The contributions of popular entertainers of that era are often embarrassing, mawkishly sentimental and insincere, the brief shot of Tarzan helping with the washing up - presumably because he had no otherwise talent - prompted this viewer to speculate, perhaps unkindly, what he had been paid for his cameo appearance, and those unworthy thoughts surfaced again and again. It was mildly interesting to see again some of those film stars of the period in an unfamiliar setting, but it is not a DVD I ever want to see again and now regret the waste of time seeing it for the first time. Not recommended except for the very curious with time on their hands.

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