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Icons Of Screwball Comedy: Volume Two DVD

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Crazy situations, fast and sophisticated dialogue, and conflict arising from the roles of men and women in modern society? these are the essential elements of the Screwball Comedy. The Awful Truth, Twentieth Century, Holiday, His Girl Friday and The More the Merrier are prime examples of what would become a hallmark for Columbia Screwball Comedies. With superb production values, top directors (Capra, Hawks, Cukor, Stevens) and major stars, these classic films are some of the best known screwballs. For the second volume of Columbia's Screw Ball Comedies form the '30s and '40s, we return to the vaults to rediscover more classics of the beloved genre featuring two of its most glamorous leading ladies.

The Legendary Irene Dunne plays a small-town author whose racy bestsellers, written under a pseudonym, bring her notoriety when a New Yorker (Melvyn Douglas) discovers her secret, in Theodora Goes Wild. In Together Again, Dunne plays the mayor's widow who falls for a sculptor (Charles Boyer) as he works on a statue of her late husband. Beautiful Loretta Young plays a feminist writer forced to pretend she's married to Ray Milland (whom she loathes) in The Doctor Rakes A Wife. In A Night To Remember, Loretta Young and her mystery writer husband (Brian Aherne) take an apartment in Greenwich Village and almost immediately find themselves in the middle of a genuine murder case.
Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Run Time: 374 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Language: English
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: August 4, 2009
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Closed Captioning: Yes
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio: ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
  • Color: Black & White
  • Includes:
    A Color Rhapsody Cartoon: Mad Hatter
    Original Theatrical Trailer
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5.0

fast pace and entertaining.

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      I ;love the old black and white movies---this one is very entating and funny. Love the charactors also and the plot. Love murder mysteries.

       
      4.0

      Really Fun Collection. All Good.

      By Lorenzo D Moose

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        This is a fun collection and good prints.
        Theodora Goes Wild is a classic; really really funny.
        Dr. Takes a Wife is a little known jewel, very funny. A Night to Remember is really fun night adventure in the big bad city. Together Again is another little known gem that is really fun and very funny.

         
        5.0

        Just wonderful

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        Just a wonderful collection of comedies , just perfect for a nice get together with all family members and friends!

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        4.0

        Screwball Volume Two's a Doozy

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          I resuscitated in the Review Headline above a little used word nowadays to grab the attention of the reader. In the heyday of screwball comedies of the 30s and 40s, it was widely heard. And it's apprpriate to use to describe Volume Two of this Columbia Pictures 2-set collection. Two's a doozy indeed. Volume Two is far and away the superior of Volume One. Volume One has entertaining comedies of those decades, but I can't see much of the iconic in any of the four films included. Two, in contrast, includes two of the best "iconic" screwballs ever to come out of Hollywood: A Night to Remember (Loretta Young; Brian Aherne) and Theodora Goes Wild (Irene Dunne; Melvyn Douglas). Together Again (again, Dunne and Douglas) is pretty good as well. If you're only considering one of these two volumes, Two is the one to get. (I own both, but then again, I'm a nut for screwball--iconic and not so iconic.) In addition, Columbia in Two has thrown in a little doozy, an animated short, The Mad Hatter, with main character Maisie. Mad Hatter was made in 1940 on the heels of MGM's first three, wildly popular movies of the Maisie series (Ann Sothern). Maisie came out in 1939, the magical year of cinema that spilled over into 1940 as well. As an aside, TCM sells a two-volume collection of all ten titles in the Maisie series, each a minor little comedic gem in its own right. (I own the collection, too, being the nut for screwball I am.)

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