Doris Day, America's sweetheart of the '40s, '50s and '60s, returns to DVD on April 10 with six more new to DVD titles as Warner Home Video releases The Doris Day Collection Volume 2, following the success of 2005's first ... more »collection. Volume 2 features six more new-to-DVD titles, focusing on Miss Day's golden years at Warner Bros., where her film career began. The collection contains her blockbuster screen debut Romance on the High Seas, as well as such audience favorites as My Dream is Yours, I'll See You in my Dreams, On Moonlight Bay, By the Light of the Silvery Moon, and Lucky Me - films which contain a treasure chest of musical standards that include "It Had to be You," "Makin' Whoopee," "I'll String Along With You," "'Ain't we Got Fun" and dozens more.« less
Paul Brogan | Portsmouth, NH United States | 03/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Two years ago Warners released "The Doris Day Collection" which quickly became a best seller. It contained some choice Day films from the 50's and 60's and reacquainted a lot of people with the wide-ranging talents that Doris Day possesses. There was a reason she reigned as the top box-office female star in history, a title she holds to this day. Volume 2 contains 6 more reasons why Doris Day still has that unique ability to make audiences feel warm, content, happy, and very satisfied. Included in this collection is Day's screen debut, 1948's "Romance on the High Seas". It's a gorgeous technicolor treat - a throwback to an era when movies were designed to entertain and it succeeds gloriously. Miss Day introduces the classic song, "It's Magic" and while not first-billed, steals the show from Jack Carson (the first of three successive teamings), Janis Paige, S.Z. Sakall and a great cast. It's a case of mistaken identity, but what is most memorable is the ease with which Miss Day seems to acquit herself on film. She's a natural - funny, real, and gorgeous. There's a bit of the late Betty Hutton in her performance but ultimately she proves herself to be one of a kind. The rest of the titles each have their high points. "My Dream is Yours" has lots of grit in this variation of "A Star is Born" with Day's star rising and for good reason. My favorite song is her heartfelt rendition of "I'll String Along With You" - flawless. Other highlights include a sequence in which she and Carson team with Bugs Bunny. "I'll See You in My Dreams" is the wonderful bio of lyricist Gus Kahn and contains a trunkload of classic tunes sung perfectly by Day, co-star Danny Thomas and Patrice Wymore in a knockout performance. It has much more grit than the typical biography and Miss Day is exceptionally good as Kahn's wife Grace. Michael Curtiz has directed the film in black and white which seems to make it more serious than many films of this mileau. "On Moonlight Bay" (1951) and it's sequel 1953's "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" are like a couple of Currier and Ives pictures brought to life. Warm-hearted and filled with a score of great tunes, they lovingly capture an era that might have been or at least was in memory. Miss Day, co-star Gordon MacRae and "family" - Leon Ames, Rosemary DeCamp, Billy Gray and Mary Wickes, seem like a family. Loosely based on Tarkington's "Penrod" tales, it had critics carping that it wasn't "Meet Me In St. Louis" and it isn't. On its own terms it is just as delightful filled with charm and genuine warmth, never forced and never trite. The weakest link in the collection is probably "Lucky Me", the first technicolor musical and subject to critical pans at the time of its release. Miss Day and a fine supporting cast including Bob Cummings, Nancy Walker, Phil Silvers, Eddie Foy Jr and Martha Hyer, give it their all. The songs may not be memorable but they are energetically rendered and there are enough chuckles sprinkled throughout to keep the film going. One will come away from this 12 hour marathon of Doris Day films feeling extremely good, exhilirated in fact, and possibly wishing that Hollywood still made the kind of feel-good movie that Doris specialized in during her 7 years at Warners. Feeling that way in this day and age is something not to be scoffed at. If someone could bottle that indefinable quality that Doris Day possesses and share it with the world, we'd all benefit. "
Yes! This just made my (Doris) Day!!!!!
Deb | 01/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Six new to DVD Doris Day movies!!!! Hooray!!!! If Doris is in it, it is top notch entertainment! I've seen them all, and love them all. That sparkle was there with her first movie, Romance On The High Seas! Yes, there are more DD movies to (eventually) come out on DVD, but let's be happy with these jewels! Maybe this means another set is on the horizon!"
An Excellent & Welcome Set, But Incomplete...
Brent Rohde | United States of America | 01/11/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Musical films that WILL be a part of the Doris Day DVD Collection Vol. 2:
--ROMANCE ON THE HIGH SEAS (1948); Miss Day's film debut. w/Jack Carson, "Cuddles," Oscar Levant, et al. Highlighted by the song "It's Magic" and many more. --MY DREAM IS YOURS (1949); Miss Day's 2nd film. again w/Jack Carson, "Cuddles," Eve Arden, et al. Lots of great songs penned by Harry Warren. --ON MOONLIGHT BAY (1951); 3rd teaming with Gordon MacRae; Doris as Marjorie Winfield in small-town Indiana with her family. --I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS (1951); lesser-known Day film; w/Danny Thomas. great Gus Kahn songs. --BY THE LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON (1953); 4th teaming with Gordon MacRae; Doris returns as Marjie Winfield. --LUCKY ME (1954); lesser-known Day film; according to my source, this was the first musical to be shot in CinemaScope.
Musical films that will NOT be included in this set (and should have been):
--IT'S A GREAT FEELING (1949); light-hearted, hilarious, and interesting comedy set on the actual Warner Bros. studio lot with stars Dennis Morgan and Jack Carson playing themselves as they try to break Doris (as Judy Adams) into pictures! Plenty of cameos by stars of the era. Doris's skill as a comedienne really shines here. Doris's third film, "It's a Great Feeling" deserved a DVD release for inclusion with this set. --TEA FOR TWO (1950); 1st teaming with Gordon MacRae; also w/Gene Nelson, Eve Arden, Billy De Wolfe, "Cuddles," et al. vivacious song and dance numbers. sparkling comedy. this essential Doris Day musical continues to be, unfortunately, M.I.A. on DVD. --THE WEST POINT STORY (1950); 2nd teaming with Gordon MacRae; also w/James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Gene Nelson. fun b&w film. sprightly score by Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn. --APRIL IN PARIS (1952); laugh risibly, if you will, at Doris's romantic pairing with Ray Bolger. it remains a delightful film just the same."
5 stars for the two "Moon" films!
the buddhadharma | Ohio | 02/26/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you've ever seen 'On Moonlight Bay' and 'By the Light of the Silvery Moon' then you know that this set is complete with just those two films....in my opinion at least. The same cast from 'Moonlight' returns again in 'Silvery Moon' and the ensemble are just so fun together that you'll wish they had made a third, forth, etc. in the series! Mary Wickes, always a hoot, is the ornery sidekick/housecleaner/maid (as usual), Billy Gray...is hilarious as Doris' little brother, with his wild/vivid imagination. Gordon McCrea is Doris' love interest in both films. Those are the standouts to me...but you should watch them and see what you like best. If you enjoy light-hearted, clean, fun, family oriented films...both of these are for you!! I can't wait to see the other 4 films, which I've heard of, but not seen yet!"
Treasured musical nostalgia from a quieter era
Stephen H. Wood | South San Francisco, CA | 06/15/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"THE DORIS DAY COLLECTION: VOLUME 2, from Warner Home Video, has six of Miss Day's earliest and most enjoyable musical romances. Five were filmed in a square TV ratio, while the sixth is in CinemaScope. And five are in brand-new Technicolor, while a sixth is in B&W.
ROMANCE ON THE HIGH SEAS (1948)--Doris' feature film debut is in eye-blinding Technicolor and set on a Caribbean cruise with mistaken identity. Georgia Garrett (Doris) poses as Mrs. Elvira Kent on the ship, while the real Elvira (Janis Paige) stays home to spy on her maybe philandering husband. Georgia is wooed by Jack Carson, while Mr. Kent (Don DeFore) hires someone to spy on the real Elvira, who is presumably on the same ship but isn't. Oscar Levant is wonderful. Michael Curtiz directed a witty script by the Epstein Brothers and I.A.L. Diamond. Cameos include Franklin Pangborn and Grady Sutton. Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn songs include the classic "It's Magic". It must have been a hit even in 1948 because it is sung three times. This is an absolutely wonderful movie. Bonuses include a theatrical trailer, a musical short, and a Tweety & Sylvester short.
MY DREAM IS YOURS (1949)--Michael Curtiz directs again and Jack Carson (Doug Blake) again is the romantic male lead for Doris as singer Martha Gibson. When arrogant singing star Lee Bowman acts like a prima donna one too many times, Doug fires him and becomes agent to Martha, who becomes a popular and likeable radio singer. Wonderful supporting cast of pros includes S. Z. Sakall, Eve Arden, and Adolphe Menjou, with cameos by Franklin Pangborn, Edgar Kennedy, and Bugs Bunny! Harry Warren and Sammy Cahn songs include "My Dream is Yours" and "Someone Like You." This is another brilliant Technicolor production. Bonuses include an Oscar-nominated drama short, a Joe McDoakes comedy short, a classic cartoon, and a theatrical trailer.
I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS (1952) caught me off-guard because it is one of Doris Day's few B&W movies. Still, it is photographed by Ted McCord, whose credits range from TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948) to THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965). We have Danny Thomas as song writer Gus Kahn, who apparently wrote the lyrics to literally hundreds of popular songs in the first few decades of the 20th Century, several dozen with girl friend turned wife Grace (Doris). Among the Kahn favorites are the title song, "I Wish I Had a Girl," "Love Me or Leave Me" (which Doris would again sing in the 1955 biographical musical drama), "Makin' Whoopee," "Pretty Baby," and "It Had to Be You." It's an engrossing and tuneful biography, again directed by Michael Curtiz. The two stars are well matched. DVD bonuses include an unusually insightful drama short called "The Screen Director", a hilarious Foghorn Leghorn cartoon, and the theatrical trailer.
ON MOONLIGHT BAY (1951) and its sequel, BY THE LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON (1952), are Technicolor gems about small town Indiana life on either side of World War One. They are inspired by the "Penrod" stories of Booth Tarkington. Doris Day and a very young Gordon MacRae star as a romantic couple; he spends two movies trying to decide if he wants to get married, which is wild because (1) Doris is a real sweetheart of a person even as a "grease monkey" and tomboy, and (2) he proposes and kisses her passionately in the street at the end of BAY. Leon Ames plays her father, virtually the same role he played in MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (1944); Rosemary DeCamp from YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942) is Mom; Billy Gray is Day's pesty kid brother; and Mary Wickes is the cook who never met a tray of food she liked. The color is drop dead gorgeous; the directors are, respectively, Roy Del Ruth and David Butler, very competent craftsman filmmakers. Songs in BAY include "Cuddle Up a Little Closer," "It's a Long Way to Tipperary" and "Pack Up Your Troubles." and the title song as the film's finale. Full-fledged musical numbers in SILVERY MOON include "Ain't We Got Fun," "King Chanticleer", and the title song with ice skates on Miller's Pond. Bonuses with BAY are a vintage sing-a-long short, a Technicolor cartoon, and the theatrical trailer. SILVERY MOON bonuses include two wonderful Joe McDoakes comedy shorts, an Oscar-nominated cartoon, and the theatrical trailer.
One of Doris Day's first films in CinemaScope, LUCKY ME (1955) has her as a superstitious woman named Candy Williams. The unluckiest day of Candy's life turns out to be the luckiest through twists of fate. Also starring with Miss Day are Robert Cummings, Phil Silvers, Eddie Foy Jr. and Nancy Walker. Bright musical numbers include "High Hopes," "I Speak to the Stars," "I Wanna Sing Like an Angel," and half a dozen more. It's a very cheerful and colorful Technicolor and wide-screen concoction with a remastered soundtrack. Bonuses include the nostalgic short "When the Talkies Were Young", an Oscar-nominated cartoon, and the theatrical trailer.
There is also a Volume One, of course. It includes such wonderful Doris Day musical classics as THE PAJAMA GAME, CALAMITY JANE, LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME, BILLY ROSE'S JUMBO, PLEASE DON"T EAT THE DAISIES, and three more slightly lesser Day movies. If you like the Doris Day movies in Volume Two, do check out Volume One.