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About JerryCalgary

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  1. Glad to hear from you MissTexasRunnerup. I have never seen either The Smiling Lieutenant not The Torch Singer, sadly, but do own Deesign for Living on DVD and do enjoy it! I am hoping that Universal will soon issue a Claudette Colbert collection along the lines of the Carole Lombard and Gary Cooper collections and include some of her early non-DeMille films from the pre-1936 era. I am a very big fan of this lovely talented lady.
  2. Thanks Cinseage Jr. for your correction and for the interesting explanation too. MMC remains in my opinion one of the funniest film satires of the 1940s, very enjoyable.
  3. According to an entry on eBay (no stock) The Al Jolson Collection on laserdisc included 8 films - "The Jazz Singer," "The Singing Fool," "Say It with Songs," "Mammy," "Big Boy," "Wonder Bar," "Go Into Your Dance" and "The Singing Kid." Wow! What a collection. I have also discoverd that at least 3 titles - "Mammy", "The Singing Fool" and "Wonder Bar" were issued on VHS by MGM/UA but I was never able to find them in Canada.
  4. Thanks to everyone for your enthusiastic responses. Unfortunately I did not collect laserdiscs and so I haven't seen many of the early Lubitsch sound films for many years - The Love Parade and Monte Carlo at a film society screening when I was in university, One Hour with You and The Man I Killed ltaped long ago from late night TV including commercial breaks. Sadly I've never seen The Smiling Lieutenant. The prints of Trouble in Paradise from Criterion DVD and Design for Living (Gary Cooper Collection from Universal) are both excellent. Paradise is my favourite Lubitsch film. (The Merry Widow a close second.) For some reason The Miracle of Morgan's Creek was not included in the Sturges package but is available from Universal as a single title DVD, see Amazon.com. I have purchased and enjoyed both Counsellor-at-Law and The Good Fairy from Kino DVD and enjoy and recommend them both.
  5. Thanks for your positive comments Cinemascope! Unfortunately I was not a collector when laser discs were on the market. VHS editions of Jolson films were very difficult to obtain in Canada, except for The Jazz Singer. This, Hallelujah I'm a Bum! and Rose of Washington Square are the only VHS I have starring Jolson; I do have the 2 Columbia biopics on DVD as well. So my experience of Jolson on film has mostly been via the late night movie route when I was much, much younger! I remain optimistic his work will resurface again and hope films like The Jazz Singer, Go Into Your Dance, Wonder Bar and other earlier talkies reach new audiences and those who study film/music/pop culture in the near future.
  6. I was delighted today to purchase Universal's new DVD collection, which includes 7 of Sturges' finest films produced at Paramount in the 1940s, including two of my all time favourites, The Lady Eve and The Palm Beach Story. The packaging is very nice, much improved for a Universal DVD product, and includes reproductions of original posters for all 7 films. I only hope this collection sells well, and will encourage Universal to add Ernst Lubitsch, Rouben Mamoulian and William Wyler to the list of directors included in future Filmmakers Collections. Bravo Universal!
  7. 2007 is the 80th anniversary of the release of The Jazz Singer, the groundbreaking movie that heralded the coming of sound to Hollywood. I remain extremely disappointed to see no indication of a long overdue reissue of The Jazz Singer or an Al Jolson "package" to mark this momentous occasion. Nor is much of Jolson telecast on TCM anymore. I was delighted recently to watch Go Into Your Dance for the first time this past month and discovered it to be a very entertaining and fun musical. I fail to understand the prejudice that Jolson's films are racist. They are no more racist than many other films of the time. They are a reflection of an era of popular entertainment and should remain available for viewing for that very reason. Instead they have become a reflection of a very selective censorship of materials from another era. Sadly, the musicals that Eddie Cantor (also featuring blackface numbers) made about the same time for Samuel Goldwyn, are now also unavailable. Both Jolson's and Cantor's movies were issued on laser disc and VHS and used to air on late night TV regularly, but more recently someone has decided they are no longer fit for viewing. Very sad state of affairs!
  8. TCM missed celebrating the great Al Jolson's birthday May 16th this year. (120th anniversary!) All fans and those interested in film history PLEASE encourage TCM to plan now for 2007 for a full day tribute, showing at the least all surviving Warner Brothers films starring Jolson from The Jazz Singer to The Singing Kid plus Hallelujah I'm a Bum! and any surviving Vitaphone shorts. I hope you'll also pester Warners to issue a Jolson DVD package with at minimum the equivalent content of the laserdisc issued many years ago. The neglect of this amazing artist is shameful! Thanks!
  9. Speaking of Philo Vance, c'mon Warners... how about a properly restored release of the Kennel Murder Case? Critical and viewer reviews have alsway been very high for this fast paced little murder mystery but all we've ever been able to purchase are fourth rate VHS and DVD public domain copies. It's time this movie got it's due!
  10. Thanks for the clarification. What a disappointment --- especially when I missed the 2 which were shown recently on TCM. So many of the early detective film series were fun and now are rarely screened. I truly would enjoy seeing Warners issue the Hildegarde Withers mysteries with Edna May Oliver and also the Perry Mason mysteries with Warren William and the Philo Vance mysteries with William Powell. And I wish Sony Columbia would issue the best of the Boston **** mysteries with Chester Morris. It is heartening to see Fox at least recently packaging the Charlie Chan mysteries starring Warner Oland, some of the Mr. Moto's starring Peter Lorre and at least one Michael Shayne with Lloyd Nolan. There is obviously a specialty market for these old mysteries. We can only hope that the studios dig into their vaults and issue more of them as "package sets", even if the price tag is a bit dearer.
  11. I read in somewhere that several of the Hildegarde Withers mystery films starring Edna May Oliver had been announced for release as a DVD package by Warners, but I cannot find any verification of this. Can anyone help? Thanks.
  12. Correction - I read in several sources, and I believe also searched Amazon to find that Gold Diggers of 1935 specifically was not available for individual sale. If anyone has information to the contrary I'd sure like to know, because I want to replace my not too great VHS copy. Thanks!
  13. Thanks for the correction and sorry about the slip.
  14. The recent Carole Lombard (and Mae West & Marlene Dietrich) DVD sets were actually issued by Universal not Warners, as Lombard made most of her early films for Paramount and a few at Universal. There was a Lombard series from Universal on VHS, though the titles are not all the same, so perhaps this is a partial explanation. The Tracy films I was referring to were made at Fox and 20th Century-Fox, so it is Fox Home Video who would be and should be releasing a Spencer Tracy package. Warners does, however, have the rights to Tracy's MGM pictures from the mid-30s onward, as well as 20,000 Years in Sing Sing, which Tracy made for First National in 1932. This includes all but one of the 1940s Tracy-Hepburn films, only a few of which are currently avaialble on DVD. The exception is State of the Union, which was issued on VHS by Universal. Hopefully they will issue it on DVD as well. I hope the enthusiasm of members of this discussion group will encourage Warners to keep issuing Tracy films on DVD (some are currently available or coming soon) and indeed to issue a special Spencer Tracy package.
  15. I was surprised that when Warners issued The Broadway Melody on DVD the film is completely black and white, as it was on the VHS I own. Does anyone know if a print exists which contains the colour sequence(s) like The Wedding of the Painted Doll? The VHS and DVD prints of The King Of Jazz seem to run less than the running time listed in some usually reliable reference sources. Has material been cut, gone astray? I also wonder if anyone has purchased Dixiana on DVD from Roan? I'm wondering if it's a good quality print? It's pricier than the copy from Alpha, which sometimes but not always indicates more care and a better print. Thanks!
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