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You Can't Have Everything [DVD] [1937] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Alice Faye was in the midst of her personal relationship with Tony Martin when Fox commissioned this film. Playing the fictitious granddaughter of Edgar Allan Poe, Alice held ambitions to be a playwright herself. Enter Don Ameche, in the first of six films he and Miss Faye worked together. As with many in the audience, he falls in love with her. This is a musical comedy. The Ritz Brothers, an acquired taste, were part of Fox's standard entourage and play a prominent role. Alice sings delightfully on Mack Gordon's,' Night Winds', the title song, 'Please Pardon Us We're In Love', It's a Southern Holiday' and 'Afraid to Dream; Danger', 'Love At Work.'. The 'Loveliness of You' is a captivating feature for Tony Martin (low film billing in the cast). 'In Old Chicago' was on the horizon to transform Alice's fame and career. This is a delightful musical. The black and white print to my mind is excellent. I don't expect digital marvels from these films. Even with sound enhancement , I did not notice any off-putting crackle. It is as I remember it on television in the 50's and 60's with the sublime Alice Faye. I now have it on DVD. Musicals at their best.
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One of my favourite Alice Faye musicals, and good to see it on DVD, but once again Fox falls far short of the quality expected from the format. Picture is OK, but the sound is awful, with crackle all the way through. 20thCetury-Fox used to be such a great company, but it is now treating its catalogue shamelessly, presenting films in the wrong ratio and in the case of colour films, with bad colour and frequently very dark. If you have good VHS recordings of their films, hang on to them rather than waste money filling Fox coffers.
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Typical 30s musical . Good cast . Enjoyable stuff
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa12e2054) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
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HASH(0xa11f833c) out of 5 stars Have known the songs for years - so glad this DVD is finally available 11 Jan. 2014
By D. S. Wymore - Published on Amazon.com
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Alice Faye is a favorite of mine. I have many CDs and records of the songs from her films. I've known the songs from this film for a long time but had never seen the film because it doesn't appear on TCM and was never available on VHS. The songs were totally out of context for me until this DVD was released. Finally, many of Alice's earlier films are being released and what treasures they are!

The Ritz Brothers are also in this - they are, in my opinion, an acquired taste however, I think this film is one of their best. The "Long Underwear" routine is very funny and Harry is given a chance to do a little extra acting without his brothers.

Don Ameche is as charming and suave as ever. His make-up, however, makes him look rather "paste-y" and not to his advantage. I'm so glad that he had a long career and that he had the chance to appear in films well into his senior years. They don't make 'em like Don Ameche any more.

Like all of the DVDs in the Fox Cinema Archives series, the DVD is strictly bare bones: no chapters, no extras, no fancy inserts, no trailers - just the movie.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa09e4b1c) out of 5 stars FINALLY ON DVD! 24 Feb. 2014
By Ricky - Published on Amazon.com
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This is such a great film. As far as the Ritz Brothers go, you either love or hate them. as for me I Love them.
As for the transfer it's good. Some moderate wear at the head of reels, but mostly clean. This seems to be from 35mm elements. I've seen 16mm prints on this title and those have a hiss on the soundtrack. This print has a clear clean track.
All in all well worth the money. Let's encourage Fox to release more of the Ritz Brothers. "Straight, Place and Show" "Pack Up Your Troubles" and the official Fox release of "The Gorilla".
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa09e4f90) out of 5 stars the awesomeness of Alice Faye 28 Oct. 2014
By H. Bala - Published on Amazon.com
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Chalk up Alice Faye as one of them old-timey Hollywood stars that a lot of folks today, when you mention her name, would go "Whazzat?" I'll have you know that Alice Faye, during the late 1930s, was a top ten money maker at the box office. She's one of my favorites, with her cool look and her moxie and that rich, warm alto singing voice. You Can't Have Everything, from 20th Century Fox, from 1937, is one of her very best pictures. It's a lively, sunny musical comedy. And while it plays out like your standard backstage musical, man, it's a lot of fun, barring a thing or three. Director Norman Taurog keeps things moving.

Judith Poe Wells (Faye), great-granddaughter of Edgar Allan Poe, had relocated from rustic Hannibal to New York City to make her mark as a serious playwright, except that wide-eyed aspiration gets stomped by harsh reality. The movie opens to Judith, starving dramatist, standing outside a restaurant, eyeing the sumptuous repast within. In desperation, she goes in, she orders, she wolfs down several plates, and she asks the waiter to call the police as she cannot pay for the meal. And because this is a musical, she ends up literally singing for her supper, singing the title song, in fact. Her warm voice captivates a fellow diner, the inebriated George Macrae (Don Ameche). George happens to be this influential playboy Broadway playwright, and it's covertly thanks to him that Judith gets her foot in the door.

Judith scoffs at frivolous musical plays, would rather generate Serious Work, much like Joel McCrae in Sullivan's Travels. But there's George's play in the works, and there's the Broadway diva walking out, and, oh, only if there were someone talented enough to step into her shoes. Get the picture?

I can never take my eyes off Alice Faye when she's onscreen. In other films, she exudes this streak of independence, this tough, savvy exterior, as if you cannot ever put one over on her. But then she reveals moments of vulnerability, and you, dear viewer, sort of melt. In this one, she maintains an unassuming sweetness that persuades you to her side from jump. I love her singing; it's distinctive. She does justice to two other songs: "Please Pardon us, We're in Love" and "Danger, Love at Work," in which she shares the nightclub stage with that very cool gent, Louis Prima, and his raucous band.

Don Ameche spends plenty of camera time profiling that mustache and mooning over Faye. In a crucial turning point, he even gets to serenade her. Tony Martin, fantastic voice, has a supporting bit and does a marvelous rendition of "The Loveliness of You." My favorite snooty butler, Arthur Treacher, pops in and out. Louise Hovick (a.k.a. burlesque queen Gypsy Rose Lee) makes her screen debut as Ameche's manipulative fiancée and sorry I was to be rooting against her (but she stands in the way of Faye's film happiness). "Those merry madcaps," the Ritz Brothers try their durndest to ruin my good mood, but not even their annoying "Long Underwear" routine could dampen it. If you're a fan of the Ritz Bros. then you're in for a bit of nirvana as they're folded more comprehensively into story continuity as opposed to other screen appearances in which they're featured only as the specialty attraction - or, as I call those, the GOOD Ritz Brothers movies.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa12ded98) out of 5 stars The Ritz Brothers steal the show 25 Jan. 2015
By A. L. Owens Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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So glad to see the Fox films featuring the zany but very talented Ritz Brothers (who are largely forgotten today unfortunately). Harry was the perfect centerpiece and in spite of a stock plot line and some rather bad acting by Rose Hovick (Gypsy Rose Lee), the Ritz boys steal the picture. There is even an early appearance by Louis Prima (who wrote the immortal Sing Sing Sing that was made very famous by Benny Goodman and featured innovative for its time drumming by Gene Krupa). The Ritz Brothers could dance amazingly, do comedy, and in spite of them being forgotten, I am going to attempt to find more of their work on film. It will probably show up on more of these DVD-R archive collections. I think they charge too much for them as a rule because they are just straight transfers and have not been restored but when I have the money, I buy select films.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa09a1d44) out of 5 stars Alice Faye a singing Movie Queen 29 Dec. 2014
By Ralph E. Roe Sr. - Published on Amazon.com
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Alice Fays and Tony Martin singing, The Ritz Brothers clowning! A great combination, plus a few of the contract players of the day, just entertainment. Some Fox DVD product, like "Wait Til The Sun Shines Nellie" was poorly remastered. All the old Alice Faye and Ritz Brothers movies were done right. Great picture, Great sound.I recomnend this film to anyonr appreciating clean entertainment!
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