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Hollywood Musicals: Daddy Long Legs, The Gang's All Here, Second Fiddle, Orchestra Wives, Pin Up Girl, On The Avenue, Sun Valley Serenade, The Dolly Sisters [DVD]

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  • Actors: Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron, Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda, Sonja Henie
  • Directors: Jean Negulesco, Busby Berkeley, Sidney Lanfield, Archie Mayo, H. Bruce Humberstone
  • Format: Box set, PAL, Black & White, Colour, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Sept. 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GJ0NSO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,772 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Eight classic Hollywood musicals in one collection. Titles are: 'On The Avenue', 'Sun Valley Serenade', 'Daddy Long Legs', 'The Gang's All Here', 'Second Fiddle', 'Orchestra Wives', 'Dolly Sisters' and 'Pin Up Girl'.

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ON THE AVENUE (Black and White 1937) - This is one of my all time favourites. Spoilt rich girl Mimi Caraway (Madeleine Carroll) and her father are lampooned in a Broadway show by Gary Blake (Dick Powell) aided by his dancing partner Mona Merrick (Alice Faye). The plot becomes a very amusing love triangle as the Caraway's seeks revenge.

The fine score from Irving Berlin includes "I've got my love to keep me warm" and the equally good but not so well known "Last years kisses".

SECOND FIDDLE (Black and White 1939) - More like a romantic comedy than a musical as the dance routines take place on the ice rink, changing the emphasis from spectacle to grace.

Tyrone Power works hard maintaining dramatic momentum ably supported by Edna May Oliver in one of her aunt roles. Sonja Henie was almost entirely an ice champion and pretty face (1930s style), fortunately her acting input is small.

Good singing in adequate Irving Berlin songs from Rudy Vallee and Mary Healy, especially the memorable opening set for "An Old Fashioned Tune".

SUN VALLEY SERENADE (Black and White 1941) - Director Bruce Humberson whisks up a delightful soufflé with a very deft hand.

During the early days of WWII an orchestra sponsors a refugee, Sonja Henie, only to find she is a beautiful and wilfully mischievous (surely not scheming) young woman who sets her sights on the pianist, John Payne who already has a girlfriend, Lyn Bari the band's singer.

This time Henie is ideal in her role and abandons her skates for skis for a great part of the fun, also plenty of wonderful music from Glen Miller playing himself, his band vocalists and Lynn Bari.

ORCHESTA WIVES (Black and White 1942) - The second of two films featuring the Glen Miller Orchestra.
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Here for the first time on DVD is a selection of Hollywood Musicals that includes 8 films from the heyday of the Hollywood Musical. With music & lyrics from the pens of composers such as, Irving Berlin, Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer etc. Bands like Glen Miller, Benny Goodman, Rudy Vallee. A Galaxy of Stars of yester year including, Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda, Sonja Henie, Alice Faye, Leslie Caron, Dick Powel, Tyrone Power, Cesar Romero, Fred Astaire. To name but a few.

The wizards at Fox have really worked their magic with this box set, Hollywood Musicals.

Both the picture and soundtrack of these films have been lovingly restored from the best available source material. The result is a pleasure to both the ear and eye.
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This also was bought for my husband. We have watched the DVDs together and would thoroughly recommend them to anyone who likes to go back in time when it was a delight to watch musicals where there was no violence, just beautiful music, love and romance. When men were men and women werewomen.
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A complete wallow in nostalgia. Nothing wrong with that. These DVDs are superb value, and really sum up the froth that was the Hollywood Musical in the '40s.
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Great value box set of some classic Hollywood musicals of the late 1930's - 1940s period. Good solid entertainment from the golden era
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