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Nostalgic musicals from the master,
This review is from: Busby Berkeley Collection 2 [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)Not as good as the first set where the cream of the films are but still some great musical numbers.
Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)
Dick Powell plays an insurance agent with musical ambitions while Joan Blondell is a showgirl who becomes a secretary. But the plot is secondary as dance creator Busby Berkeley turns a garden party into a tap-happy romp, and Blondell leads leggy soldiers in a banner-waving, precision-formation rendition of "All's Fair in Love and War" that's Berkeley spectacle at its showy best. Berkeley received an Academy nod for Best Dance Direction.
1997 documentary Busby Berkeley: Going Through the Roof
Technicolor historical short The Romance of Louisiana
Classic cartoons Plenty of Money and You and Speaking of the Weather
Two excerpts from 1929's Gold Diggers of Broadway
Hollywood Hotel (1937)
The plot about a Hollywood newcomer (Dick Powell) caught between a spoiled star (Lola Lane) and her likeable look-alike (Lola's look-alike sister Rosemary Lane) is secondary to watching Busby Berkeley's ace direction. The film opens with the jubilant debut of Tinseltown's unofficial anthem Hooray for Hollywood. The jaunty "Let That Be a Lesson to You" shows off Berkeley's mastery of editing and camera angles. Benny Goodman and his Orchestra is also featured with Harry James on trumpet and Gene Krupa on drums are in the number "Sing, Sing, Sing".
Technicolor historical short The Romance of Robert Burns
Edgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthy comedy short Double Talk
Classic cartoon Porky's Five & Ten
Varsity Show (1937)
Broadway impresario Chuck Daly (Dick Powell) leads cast that includes film-debuting sisters Priscilla and Rosemary Lane and fluty-voiced comic character star Sterling Holloway, in this exuberant college musical. Oscar nominated for his dance direction in this film, Berkeley creates and directs a football-themed finale featuring high-style overhead shots, kinetic camerawork and hundreds of dancers on a 50 ft. by 60 ft. staircase.
Musical short Flowers from the Sky
Edgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthy comedy short A Neckin' Party
Classic cartoon Have You Got Any Castles
Gold Diggers in Paris (1938)
The Gold Diggers are headed for Paris, bringing their feathers, frills, and ballet shoes. A French diplomat has mistaken 43rd Street's Club Ballé for the American Academy Ballet, and the chorus isn't going to turn down a free trip to Paris over such a tiny misunderstanding. Rudy Vallee stars as the club's impresario and Busby Berkeley creates and directs the inventive musical numbers. Bridging the musical and comedy aspects of this film is an odd little group called the Schnickelfritz band.
Two Broadway Brevities musical shorts: The Candid Kid and Little Me
Classic cartoon Love and Curses