Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|My Blue Heaven|
Actors: Betty Grable, Dan Dailey, David Wayne, Jane Wyatt, Mitzi Gaynor
Director: Henry Koster
Genres: Drama, Special Interests, Musicals & Performing Arts
The trials of a famous husband and wife team of entertainers as they go through the process of adopting a child while managing their careers. Genre: Musicals Rating: NR Release Date: 13-JUN-2006 Media Type: DVD
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Stan T. from CHEEKTOWAGA, NY
Reviewed on 4/13/2014...
This is one of the best Betty Grable movies w/a beautiful musical score and Dan Dailey doing what he did best. Five Stars
Finally! Fox is releasing the Betty Grable Collection!!!
John Malanga | Pacifica, CA United States | 03/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This Collection of Betty Grable musicals is outstanding.
Down Argentine Way (with Carmen Miranda & Don Ameche), Moon Over Miami (with Don Ameche & Robert Cummings), The Dolly Sisters (with John Payne & June Haver) are three of her best Technicolor hits of the forties. My Blue Heaven (with Dan Dailey) is not in the same league with the others, but it is not bad - it just suffers by comparison. After the huge success of Mother Wore Tights, Fox paired Grable and Dailey several times but they never quite duplicated the magic. Even so, this collection will be enjoyed by lovers of colorful, tuneful, classic movie musicals. Hopefully we will see other Grable Collections with Tin Pan Alley, Footlight Serenade, Song Of The Islands, Coney Island, Diamond Horseshoe, Sweet Rosie O'Grady, Springtime In The Rockies, Mother Wore Tights, Shocking Miss Pilgrim & Wabash Avenue."
Exhilarating, colorful entertainment
Karine Philippot | Montreal, Quebec, Canada | 07/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Thank you to Fox for releasing these fun-filled, lavish and colorful musicals. Even if you are not actually a Grable fan (I am not), you will find all these films wholly entertaining.
If you enjoy musicals and escapist fare, it's hard to to do better. Don't look for plots, just look for exceptional entertainment values. The Fox musicals may not have been the summum of art (like MGM's for instance), but at the time, they were even more popular and exemplified escapist fun more than any other films around. And they hold up wonderfully (for this 33 year old at any rate!)
DOWN ARGENTINE WAY (1940) is resplendant with Latin-flavored (reproduced) locales, flashy costumes, verve, romance and a remarkable cast. That was the film that made Grable a household name, it's the US debut of Brazilian bombshell Carmen Miranda (singing some of her biggest hits). The Nicholas Brothers do an amazing dance number and the songs are all very memorable and blend in it the festive atmosphere. Almost a paid vacation in great company :-)
MOON OVER MIAMI (1941) is perhaps one of the most entertaining of all Fox musicals. The serviceable storyline of fortune-hunters passing off as heiresses helped to produce three hits for the studio, a straight comedy in 1938, this musical in 1941 and another musical in 1946. Exteriors were actually shot on location and it adds a lot to the vacation feel of the film. Hummable songs, snappy dances, breezy fun, the personable and affable Bob Cummings and the beautiful Carole Landis all add to create a really amusing, tuneful musicomedy. Technicolor at its zenith.
THE DOLLY SISTERS (1945) Grable is paired with the lovely June Haver. The fanciful and fictional story built around the (actually brunette) sisters is a fabulous showcase for the two blondes and features some of Fox's imaginative (garish) production numbers. The best songs are those performed more simply by the girls and by John Payne. Fox always did great with this kind of nostalgic musicals and this one is a richly evocative example.
MY BLUE HEAVEN (1950) provided a change of pace role for Grable. Paired with one of her best screen partners, Dan Dailey, her character here is not the usual brassy, sassy kind - this musical is much more sentimental than any other she ever did and it works very well although it's been oddly neglected for years. Newcomer Mitzi Gaynor has some terrific moments too. Just a wonderful, warm-hearted movie.
All 4 films are so good that the set seems a must and to me, they are the best Grable ever starred in. Looking forward to seeing even more Fox musicals on DVD in the future!!!!!"
A RED LETTER DAY FOR OUR BETTY!!!
Richard Dodge | San Diego, CA USA | 03/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
""The Betty Grable Collection Vol. I"....I am already atingle.
Betty helped us through the darkest days of World War II...so
perhaps she can rekindle some of her magic now. We certainly
do need it. Anyway: FOUR wonderful films with Betty singing,
dancing and entertaining as only she can. It has been a long
time coming...and the title Vol. I...well...I have ordered Vol.I
and I am already ready for Vol. II. Betty's films are not like the films of today....everyone had to sidestep "THE CODE"...NO
NAVELS....just like "I Dream of Jeannie"!! But Betty was a
complete professional...and always come through. I love all
the films in this collection. "The Dolly Sisters" probably has
the most glitter...it also has an amazing sequence that is
politically incorrect and politically adventurous at the same time. "The Dark Town Strutters Ball" has always fascinated me.
Fox uses a line of absolutely gorgeous black show girls to
model a series of black and white costumes...IN COLOR...and then adds Betty Grable and June Haver in black face. It does look strange to us today. I suspect it was "on the edge" back
in 1947. Anyway....Betty will steal your heart away...she will sing you a song...and divert you with a figure and a pair of
legs that are still legendary. Don't expect too much from the
plots...they are there because these are movies...today they
would probably be Variety Shows on TV...but they are lovely entertainment...and you will enjoy them."