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Ford At Fox Collection: John Ford's American Comedies (Steamboat Around the Bend / Judge Priest / Doctor Bull / When Willie Comes Marching Home / Up the River / What Price Glory)
Ford At Fox Collection John Ford's American Comedies
Steamboat Around the Bend / Judge Priest / Doctor Bull / When Willie Comes Marching Home / Up the River / What Price Glory
Actors: Dan Dailey, Corinne Calvet, Colleen Townsend, William Demarest, Jimmy Lydon
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
NR     2007     8hr 45min

Disc 1: STEAMBOAT AROUND THE BEND Disc 2 Side A: JUDGE PRIEST Disc 2 Side B: DR. BULL Disc 3 Side A: WHEN WILLIE COMES MARCHING HOME Disc 3 Side B: UP THE RIVER Disc 4: WHAT PRICE GLORY

     
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Actors: Dan Dailey, Corinne Calvet, Colleen Townsend, William Demarest, Jimmy Lydon
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Romantic Comedies, Classic Comedies, Love & Romance, Musicals, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 12/04/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 8hr 45min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaDVD Credits: 4
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Six comedies from the giant "Ford at Fox" DVD set
calvinnme | 10/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This package takes six of the comedy films that are part of the giant "Ford at Fox" DVD package and breaks it into a smaller more affordable subset. The films included are:

Up The River (1930) - Contains the early sound problems common to most early talkies plus the obligatory singing and dancing (not done very well) inserted into a film that has the only mutual appearance of Spencer Tracy and Humphrey Bogart. No early talkie was complete without a musical number.
Feature film with English Mono and Spanish/French subtitles
Theatrical trailer
Still gallery

Doctor Bull (1933) - stars Will Rogers in the first of three collaborations between Ford and Rogers.
Feature film with English Mono and Spanish/French subtitles

Judge Priest (1934) - stars Will Rogers as a southern Judge who enjoys taffy pulls and croquet when not on the bench.
Feature film with English Mono and Spanish

Steamboat Round The Bend (1935) - stars Will Rogers (already on DVD). The final collaboration between Rogers and Ford is perhaps the best. Rogers plays a man going up and down the Mississippi on an old steamboat charging the local population admission to look at the wax figures he is carrying. He plans to use the money he raises to hire a lawyer to free his nephew from a serious charge.
Feature film with English Stereo and English Mono and Spanish subtitles
Commentary by Author Scott Eyman
Restoration comparison
Theatrical trailer
Will Rogers Theater: Doubting Thomas, In Old Kentucky, Life Begins at 40 /French subtitles

When Willie Comes Marching Home (1950) - stars Dan Dailey. Willie joins the army to become a war hero, but winds up doing training duty right back in his home town.
Feature film with English Mono and Spanish/French subtitles
Restoration comparison
Advertising gallery

What Price Glory (1952) - stars James Cagney (already on DVD). This was based on an anti-war play that Ford turned into a comedy with rather strange results. Probably the oddest and the weakest of the entries.
Feature film with English Stereo or English Mono, Spanish Mono and Spanish subtitles
Two theatrical trailers
Fox Flix: Crash Dive, The Hunters, Morituri"
Overlooked performances
a movie fan | Orangevale, CA USA | 09/22/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I skipped this when it came out, not realizing that it contained two of Lincoln Perry's performances, as Stepin Fetchit. Perry was one of the most brilliant comics of his time, and has been unfairly maligned because of a cultural misinterpretation of his great creation, Stepin Fetchit. Perry was thoughtful and articulate, but his Fetchit character, based on someone Perry judged to be the world's laziest man, was a comic exaggeration taken to surreal levels. Basically, Perry, billed as Stepin Fetchit, played the same character in every film. It's a knife-edge gag, however, because it can be taken as a demeaning stereotype of African-Americans or, as Perry intended, a lovable comic foil he could mine for surprising and clever comic bits. It made him an inveterate scene-stealer, acknowledged as such by some of Hollywood's leading actors, and it is remarkable to watch him interact with Will Rogers. Perry said he and Rogers would just get a sense of the script and then cut loose during the take. There are some cringe-inducing moments when that comedy teeters onto the wrong side of the knife (due mostly to the scripts), but Black audiences of the 30s understood the gag and rejected the idea of a stereotype. They could appreciate the comic genius of Perry's exaggerations; the more popular his movies, the more popular he became with live audiences on the Black theater circuit. It's nice to be able to see Perry's performances intact, especially in Judge Priest, one of his most extended roles.
Interestingly, Perry was under studio contract, not a rogue comic hired for specific roles, and had mid-level billing (in the cast card, the leads were in large letters, the studio regulars in medium letters, and, lastly, the minor characters in small letters). However, he and Hattie McDaniel, in medium letters, were listed at the end of the cast card - the back of the bus, you might say.
It helps a lot to read Mel Watkins biography of Perry, titled STEPIN FETCHIT, to put Perry's work into perspective."
Ford at Fox Collection
Searcher | Zurich, Switzerland | 10/24/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Ford At Fox - The Collection
The Box is quite a bargain. Even though some of the films are a bit dated
they are still fun to watch. The picture quality of the older films is surpraisingly good. John Ford wasn't just a director of western. Recomanded not only to John Ford-Fans."