Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Agnes Moorehead, Walter Pidgeon, Greer Garson, Tay Garnett
Director: Tay Garnett
A Classic "Woman's" Picture
J. Robbins | Orlando, FL | 09/23/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In the early forties, while all of the men were off at war, cinema was geared towards the female audience. Thus, the "Woman's Picture" was born. Greer Garson was certainly a genre favorite, and she delivers in this epic melodrama.
Susie (Garson) is running a boardinghouse with her mother when she meets her wealthy husband Major Parkington. Walter Pidgeon plays the rugged Major who is divided between his love for Susie and his sometimes warped since of masculine duty. It is a marriage of many ups and downs, but Susie always manages to have the upper hand.
Featuring Academy Award nominated performances by Garson and Agnes Moorehead, this film is certainly entertaining. Although it pales in comparison to other "woman's pictures" such as "Now Voyager" or "Mildred Pierce," this film has its moments and is a treat to watch.
The DVD itself is not magical, but I'm just grateful that it's finally out on DVD. There are no subtitles, nor any special features except for the original trailer. However, the film itself seems to be in great shape. The picture is clear and all sound is audible."
Excellent Movie, Inflated Price!
Harvey M. Canter | tarzana, ca United States | 09/29/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"While I have never considered myself a huge Greer Garson fan, this is likely because I have not seen most of her movies. There are a few of her films that I have seen, though, that I would contend are real gems. Of course, Mrs. Miniver is one, and I have always enjoyed Madame Curie. I saw Mrs. Parkington today on TCM and I must say that I found it touching and endearing. I am sure that the morals of the day would not have been as forgiving of husband Pidgeon's philandering as Greer was, and it surprised me that the censors allowed such frank protrayals of adultery. One of the best aspects of this movie was the supporting cast, with Agnes Moorehead and Cecil Kellaway both having strong roles, and upon whom the picture pivots at certain points. Dan Duryea is his usual despicable lout in a small but tangy role as a spoiled rich boy. I think it is great that this film is available through the Warner Archives, but I would urge interested parties to check out the TCM website for a better price. When these films are first made available through the archives, the price is a little high, but after a few weeks it drops down on that site. But, if you are living the good life and are unaffected by the current economic woes, I can assure you that you will not be disappointed if you one-click it right now! This is a very entertaining and solid film with a great cast, and thought-provoking as well."