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on 8 November 2009
If you have not seen any films of Joan Crawford,then this the THE best collection for you by way of the introduction. It brings out her best films. All the dvds come with extras on Joan Crawford and the commentaries on the films. All the films have multi-lingual subtitles, dvd transfers are superb.

All the films in this collection,with the exception the Grand Hotel,are highly powerful and absorbing dramas on the human nature,frailties,desires and hopes. Don't give them a miss!!

MILRED PIERCE is the story that combines the elements of family drama with the elements of cine noir. There is a murder,there is greed for money,the visual treatment of the film is in the style of cine noir. Lot of play of shadow and light, lot of action happens in the night. In the core,the film,nevertheless remains a family drama,the story of a strong-willed Mildred Pierce,fighting in the world of men for success and security for the family after she is separated from her husband. She builds a successful chain of restaurants, prevails in the world of men until... well,I don't want to spill the beans further.

GRAND HOTEL. Although the film is alost 80 years old,it hardly shows the signs of being dated, It is because of the human interest stories involved behind the façade of the Grand Hotel. Ms.Crawford steals the show as a steno-secretary.

THE DAMNED DON'T CRY. A powerful morality tale about an ambitious woman,Ethel,who wants the best of life, for which she is willing to do anything. She leaves her working-class family,gets into modelling,climbs up materially with the help of the underworld,until one day the fate catches up on her and she vanishes, back to the little town,where everything started.She has made many morally dubious choices in life for her overbearing ambition but she was never deprave morally. She believed in "thou shalt not kill". That was her redemption.

POSSESSED is the story of a woman,Louise,who is obssessively in love with a man who does not requite her love. It is a psycho-thriller,because the story unfolds from the psychological perspective,told in many flashbacks. A highly absorbing film indeed!

HUMOURESQUE is another story of all consuming,overpowering love of a woman,Helen Wright, for a violinist,Paul Boray,for whom his music is everything in his life.
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on 12 April 2013
I wanted originally what ever happened to baby Jane and has most people associate Bette Davis with this film, it can be really quite expensive to buy, but this way you get four films and in some cases cheaper than buying the film singualy
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 26 March 2012
I'm not saying that Joan Crawford was a better actress or was in better films than Ms Davis, as both were really quite different. Bette, small and fiery; Joan, dark, brooding, melodramatic, though despite their competitiveness they were to unite in 1962 for the gothic horror 'Whatever Happened To Baby Jane'.

Both Oscar winners, though Bette got more, Joan's real triumph is Grand Hotel which even today is a timeless classic, though it's its 80th birthday, this year. Winning Oscar for Best Picture, everything from the legendary luminosity of the silver screen to the array of stars playing interesting characters make for a really enjoyable and emotionally fulfilling experience. Joan herself is utterly mesmerising on screen and you can see that the camera adores her. Legendary stars Greta Garbo and John Barrymore head the cast.

Mildred Pierce may be Joan's best known and loved picture as a leading lady and showed the Oscars panel exactly what she could do, winning Best Actress. She shows huge and deep emotional range and the film's popularity has been increased by an HBO TV series adaptation starring Kate Winslet, last year.

Humoresque is one of those superbly crafted rags to stardom classics that Hollywood did so well in the '40s. John Garfield is the intense violinist who gets embroiled with the rich and autocratic Crawford. Heady stuff - and the wonderful music won an Oscar for Franz Waxman.

The Damned Don't Cry is a steamy crime drama where Joan is definitely the lead, as she shines above a collection of colourless male criminal types.

In 1947's Possessed, Joan is a woman on the edge of sanity and all chaotic, moody and bruising. Not her best film but again, she out-acts everything, including the scenery.

The set comes in two separate cases, one with three discs in, the other two and which fits into a slipcase. It's also extraordinarily good value and no film is a dud and includes at least three classic 'must-haves'.
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on 24 February 2013
my husband and i like old movies nice to watch in the cold winter nights
would recommend for this to watch
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on 17 April 2009
This is SO worth the money that I think I'm liable to buy a few more for friends. The films in this collection create an excellent introduction to the body of work of this artist who, sadly, was often considered a 'movie star' rather than an actor. All the films are great - I found Grand Hotel perhaps the most disappointing of the collection though; I love the film it's just that I felt it wasn't representative of her work... it would have been great if they had replaced it with The Women instead. The inclusion of the films Mildred Pierce and Humoresque alone make the box set worth snapping up. Joan's final scene in Humoresque confirms for me that she was indeed a great actress. Buy this DVD, turn off your phone and dive in!
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on 1 November 2007
Four great films in one set.

Grand Hotel a fantastic all star cast including the divine Garbo as Grusinskaya the fading balletrina, also stars the Barrymore brother, what more could you want in a film.

Humoresque Joan plays Helen Wright who falls in love with a young violinist Paul Boray he feels the same about her, but his music comes first, and this leads to a tragic end for Helen.

Possessed A dazed woman walks the streets of Los Angeles looking for a man named David. After collapsing in a diner, she's taken to the psychiatric ward of a nearby hospital. Flashbacks reveal her obsession for David as a result of borderline personality disorder which ultimately leads to murder.

The Damned Don't Cry The murder of gangster Nick Prenta touches off an investigation of mysterious socialite Lorna Hansen Forbes, who seems to have no past, and has now disappeared. In flashback, we see the woman's anonymous roots; her poor working-class marriage, which ends in tragedy and her determination to find "better things." Soon finding that sex appeal is her only salable commodity, she climbs from man to man toward the center of a nationwide crime syndicate...a very perilous position.
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on 10 February 2010
Joan Crawford at her best, if you are a fan then you will not be disapointed. The set also includes a short biography of the star, very interesting and a great insight into the fiery star. A must see.........
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on 15 December 2013
I bought this collection because it was quite a bit cheaper than the bette davis collection with baby jane in it. Since the I have thoroughly enjoyed the other crawford films.
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on 11 December 2013
I finally bought it and enjoyed every minute of this classic .... Bring on more buying classic dvds for the winter season!
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on 23 February 2011
Good value, excellent individual films. Crawford at her best. My favourite of the four is the magnificent Mildred Pearce.Unfortunately all four of the dvds kept sticking and I had to run them all through again right from the begining.
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