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4.4 out of 5 stars
The Dolly Sisters [DVD] [1945]
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on 22 October 2016
Betty Grable (Jenny) and June Haver (Rosie) play the real-life twin sisters of the Dolly variety. Unfortunately, the film delivers a bland affair. The true story would have been way more interesting – the real Jenny Dolly sister had already hanged herself by the time the film was made. So, what we get is a routine musical where people fall in love, separate and then get together again. And of, course, throw in some songs. Voila….we have a musical.

The film is just too long and gets pretty boring. It starts well and the musical numbers are entertaining. Then, once John Payne starts singing, the songs get dreary. We needed better songs. One song in particular is repeated about 27 times and is exactly the same as Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” – although this time they sing something about a rainbow. What a rip-off.

Try and keep your eyes open during this one, it’s quite a challenge. There is a funny song and sequence near the beginning of the film when girls dress up as make-up accessories. It’s similar to the section in “Diamond Horseshoe” also starring Betty Grable and from the same year in which girls dress up as food condiments. That was obviously a novel idea for musicals in this particular year. However, feel free to fall asleep after this routine as you won’t miss anything other than an awkward song sequence where every girl gets blacked-up. But they aren’t truly blacked-up, they are a sort of browny-orange colour and look absolutely terrible. It’s as if the whole of the cast of “The Only Way Is Essex” has wandered onto the set. Yuk!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 2 December 2014
Fox studio head, Darryl F. Zanuck, purchased John Kenyon Nicholson's story, 'The Dolly Sisters' as a vehicle for Betty Grable and Alice Faye. Unable to persuade Alice to make a comeback June Haver was cast in her place. The fictionalised account of the two Hungarian singing stars, Jenny and Rosie Dolly,(both brunettes), was turned into a box office success under Irving Cummings direction. A typical Fox musical with a fragile, predictable plot, it was a Technicolored turn-of-the century escapism romp full of glitzy showmanship. Several old and new numbers were used with the romance supplied by John Payne (Gable's choice) and Frank Latimore (Haver's man).

The costumes were stunning as were the performances of the blond leads. The two hit songs to emerge from the film were 'I Can't Begin To Tell You', by Mack Gordon and James V. Monaco (Oscar nominated), sung by Grable, Payne and Haver, and 'I'm Always Chasing Rainbows', based on a Chopin melody, sung by Grable. The support cast are admirable as are the rest of the songs and dance routines staged by Seymour Felix.

The film is wonderful, compulsive entertainment despite its biopic and period inaccuracies with a few kitschy scenes. Made in 1945 and lasting 83 minutes, they don't make them like this anymore, as the saying goes. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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on 11 September 2015
This is one of the better Betty Grable vehicles, a light and fluffy musical biopic featuring some well presented musical numbers from the early 1900s.
Grable is teamed with June Haver who portrayed Rosie and Betty Grable portrayed Jenny who make passable sisters if not identical twins and the multi-talented John Payne who shines as the song and dance man who became Jenny's first husband.
The disc is a good transfer with a decent soundtrack.

A fun, glossy piece of Hollywood entertainment
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on 29 January 2018
Very good film
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on 18 April 2009
Hollywood was never a place to let facts stand in the way of a good story, even if the characters were real people. This movie is not only bizarre in the plot line but has a wonderful Hollywood 1940's look to it; so the early Dolly fashions are totally implausable for the time they are supposed to reflect. This is not a great Grable movie and as always one wonders why this was selected for release over some others. Moon Over Miami is not available in the UK and The Lady in Ermine is a fabulous curiosity piece, but hey; let us be thankful for small mercies. If you want a taste of the film watch Betty and June do a fandango audition number in draped jersey skirts split to the .................not very 1914!
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on 6 December 2016
Good condition,good price, Ffor this much loved rarity
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VINE VOICEon 2 August 2006
This is ostensibly a biopic of the famous Dolly Sisters, 'icons of the jazz age'. I can't say how accurate it is, as I don't know anything about the Dolly Sisters. However, given that they were brunette, while Haver and Grable are blonde, I suspect it isn't terribly so.

However, as entertainment, it is superb. The leg-show is well done and tasteful, the costumes and acting superb. Yes, the plot is formulaic 'boy meets girl', albeit multiplied by two. John Payne plays his normal selfish rogue of an entertainer, while June Haver and Betty Grable are scrumptious in the title roles. The film was designed to show off Haver and Grable, and it suceeds in this. Although I'm reliably informed the two were at each other's throats off-screen, on screen, they make a most agreeable double-act and are believeable as sisters.

The print is excellent, and the DVD includes the film trailer and newsreel footage from the premiere. If you like Betty Grable or technicolour musicals, you'll love this item.
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on 2 May 2016
good service,enjoyable film.very happy overall.
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on 11 October 2013
Purchased originally for my Mum and Dad but I have really enjoyed watching it with my Daughter, The story isn't anything special but Betty Grable and June Havers Hair and clothing is fabulous along with the rest of the cast a must see if you are a vintage lover
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on 7 January 2015
Bought for my daughters for nostalgia reasons. Was my grandmothers favourite film and my daughters used to watch this on video when they were very young.
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