Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|O Henry's Full House|
Actors: Fred Allen, Anne Baxter, Jeanne Crain, Farley Granger, Charles Laughton
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family
No Description Available. Genre: Feature Film-Drama Rating: NR Release Date: 21-NOV-2006 Media Type: DVD
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Sandra H. from FRESNO, OH
Reviewed on 3/20/2013...
My son and I enjoyed these short stories. I was going to post our DVD for swap, but find the site does not recognize the dvd's upc number. Would appreciate knowing why, if any one could tell me.
Kathleen O. (Kathleen) from WALDPORT, OR
Reviewed on 11/16/2008...
If you are an O Henry fan this is a treasure. There are 5 stories are based on O Henry's short stories about the lives of the average human being. Very heartwarming and insightful. Most have a good message about life, love, and happiness. It is well acted and very well written. My favorite is "Gift of the Magi". John Steinbeck introduces each story which is a major treat. Best if viewed with family.
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A Full House Indeed.
Chip Kaufmann | Asheville, N.C. United States | 01/04/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"At long last one of my favorite films has finally made it to DVD and I can throw my TV copy VHS away. O Henry has always been a favorite writer of mine and it just so happens that he is buried right here in Asheville, North Carolina. If you visit his grave you will find coins on it in honor of THE GIFT OF THE MAGI. I remember first seeing this film on television back in the early 1960s. I was especially taken by the story of THE LAST LEAF (and still am today). It spurred me on to find and read other O Henry short stories where I then discovered that he had written well over two hundred of them!
For this 1952 omnibus film 5 stories were chosen (THE COP AND THE ANTHEM, THE CLARION CALL, THE LAST LEAF, THE RANSOM OF RED CHIEF, and of course MAGI) along with 5 different directors (Howard Hawks, Henry Hathaway, Henry King, Henry Koster, Jean Negulesco) and a top notch cast (Charles Laughton, Richard Widmark, Anne Baxter, Fred Allen, Jeanne Crain and a young Marilyn Monroe). To top it all off 20th Century Fox got author John Steinbeck to introduce the stories. As is often the case with anthology films the stories are a mixed bag with ANTHEM, LEAF, and MAGI being first rate while THE CLARION CALL and THE RANSOM OF RED CHIEF miss the mark due to lack of subtlety in direction and in some of the performances (RED CHIEF was cut after the premiere but restored for TV showings).
Nevertheless this release is a 5 star effort all the way thanks to a beautifully restored print and a slew of informative extras including two silent shorts, a trip to the O. Henry Museum in Austin, Texas and no less than a recording of O Henry himself done in the mid 1900s (he died in 1910). An excellent example of the old studio system school of filmmaking at its best and a great incentive to check out the original stories which had to be altered and expanded for the movie (ie. THE LAST LEAF is only 3 pages long in a full size edition)."
Narrated by John Steinbeck
G. Singer | California | 11/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Not mentioned anywhere else in the description and cast, is that the introduction to each story by John Steinbeck. He didn't do many appearances on film, so this is a special surprise and pleasure."
Heartwarming stories with a message
Seen Them All | SoCal Desert | 10/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"These 5 stories are based on O Henry's short stories about the lives of the average human being. Very heartwarming and insightful. Most have a "message" about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness. Well acted and well written. Funny and poignant. My favorite is "Gift of the Magi" and the true meaning of love. Best if viewed with your family."