Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Girl Next Door|
Actors: June Haver, Dan Dailey
Genres: Comedy, Musicals & Performing Arts
Studio: Tcfhe Release Date: 11/13/2007 Run time: 92 minutes Rating: Nr
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"The Girl Next Door"- A delightful "lost" 20th C.Fox Musical
James S. Kason | San Francisco Bay Area | 09/21/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's interesting, and amazing to me , that 20th has finally decided to release this musical on DVD along with "The Bloodhounds Of Broadway" (a fun, but not a particularly inventive Mitzi Gaynor musical), and the long-awaited, song filled "With A Song In My Heart". Although I've had a poor, taken-from-TV, video of this film for 20 years or so, I never thought it would ever see the light of day again.
It's always been one of my favorite "minor" 20th musicals since I first saw it as a kid in 1953, mainly because of the charming performances of June Haver, Dan Dailey and Dennis Day. I doubt that anyone even remembers it, since it sat on the shelf for almost 2 years,..and then was rushed into release only to quickly disappear.
Originally offered to Betty Grable, who turned down the script ...( one CAN picture her in the role),...it fell to Miss Haver, who with her sparkling personality...and singing and dancing talents, was far better suited for the part. Beginning shooting in 1951,...during an intricate dance number involving tables, June fell and suffered a concussion, closing down the production for some time. It wasn't finished until the following year,..when June decided to leave films and acting, ( to enter a convent for a short time.) When she returned to Hollywood in 1953, the musical was finally released.
The lanky Dan Dailey would seem an unsuitable partner to the dimunitive June, but their dances together are
the highlights of the film. He lifts and twirls her effortlessly in the exhilerating duet, "I'm Mad About The Girl Next Door", and also in a dramatic "dream" dance number.
The film has over a half-dozen tuneful songs, many of which I have the sheet music ....( and quite often play and sing) ....including two lovely ballads sung by Dennis Day to Cara Williams, "You", and "If I Love You A Mountain".
The plot, as light as a souflle, concerns a newspaper cartoonist, Dailey, who is a widower raising a young son, Billy Gray. A Broadway musical star, Haver, moves into the home next door,...and Dailey's attention to her
(which is slowly reciprocated), causes a bit of jealousy. This gives an opportunity for some clever animated sequences, in which the cast is seen as cartoons in the son's over-active imagination.
And so,...... I'm looking forward to seeing this long overlooked musical once again in all it's technicolor glory ! I'm sure it will find a whole new audience, and will be a "find" to musical fans who may have missed it the first time around. Thank you, 20th."
Almost lives up to it's great potential.
R. Christenson | Pine, CO USA | 04/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"4.9 stars. I bought this DVD for my mother's 86th birthday, primarily because her very favorite films are the Warner Bros. Doris Day musicals On Moonlight Bay and By The Light of The Silvery Moon -- so our opinion and this review of The Girl Next Door is in comparison to those. When my mom read the box, she was delighted that it stars June Haver (Wake Up And Dream, another favorite) and has Dennis Day (The Jack Benny Program) and Billy Gray, who was also in those two Doris Day movies a year or two earlier. When we watched it last night, everything seemed perfect - yet somehow not quite up to our hopes. The plot's sort the converse of The Courtship of Eddie's Father, but not as poignant. Haver's and Dailey's numbers are fine and the highlight of the film. But Dennis Day doesn't have enough to do - doesn't live up to his potential as seen on TV or in other films like Golden Girl. An added bonus is the integration of a few animated sequences; but they are not of the quality of ordinary Warner cartoons. Gray's performance is fine too, and includes a little dancing. Overall, the film is about on par with our two favorites mentioned above, minus the Penrod setting, and with more modern songs. My mom didn't express any disappointment, other than one of the dance sequence seemed "modern." Her 3rd & 4th favorites are Meet Me In St. Louis (Two-Disc Special Edition) and In the Good Old Summertime, both set 40-50 years earlier, and that being the main difference, I think she's placing this one as about her 5th favorite; if you liked any of those 4 films you'll probably feel about the same."
CLINT BRONSON | las vegas,NV. | 02/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well my Dear friends at Amazon have gave me hell for doing
a review to a classic movie of total despair! But wrong cover. In this we
have a 16 yr.old girl named Meg who is beaten torched stabbed
raped and than some all from her aunt and cousins. You really
feel for Meg and you just want to set her free and kill her
folks! This is a sad,sad,sad story of a girl who did nothing
to have such cruelty be bestowed on her. Please watch this movie
for you will look at life I believe a little different.
Thanks to my Dear friends at Amazon for telling me about this
great movie and for letting me know about the wrong DVD movie
I covered earlier..."WHEW" I'm glad I fixed that!!!"
Gene Bolin | Louisville, KY | 12/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Girl Next Door. It was great seeing June Haver again. This was her last picture and right after making it, she went to the convent. The movie is quite spectacular and also stars Billy Gray of Father Knows Best. It was great seeing him, too. He was quite an actor. I'm surprised that he didn't go on with his acting career. It is sad to think that June Haver is gone now. I was shocked to hear that she died in July of 2006. I had just been thinking about her the day before her death, wondering what she was doing now."