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Classic Quad Set 15 [Import]

Paul Newman , Joanne Woodward , Henry Hathaway , Henry King    Unrated   DVD

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fox classics from the '50s and '60s Oct. 25 2010
By notoriousEIC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This is something of an odd set: three comedies about love triangles ... and O. Henry's Full House. The films do all share a connection to literature, however, and they all deliver in the entertainment department. Each film is pressed on a separate disc and includes many special features. Great set for anyone looking to build a classic film library.

Move Over, Darling (1963/Color/103 minutes/Widescreen)

Doris Day, James Garner and Polly Bergen star in this screwball comedy about a woman who comes back from the dead on the very day that her husband remarries. Special features include a featurette on the film's well-documented production ordeals, a featurette on the careers of Doris Day and Marilyn Monroe (who was originally cast in the film), an interview with Polly Bergen, the second (and only surviving) part of the silent film based on the poem that inspired the story, Enoch Arden, a restoration comparison, several original trailers, a photo gallery and trailers for other Doris Day films.

O. Henry's Full House (1952/B&W/118 minutes/Fullscreen)

This memorable movie features five short films based on the works of seminal American author O. Henry, each one introduced by the great John Steinbeck. The film is loaded with a cast of Fox's biggest contract stars, such as Marilyn Monroe, Charles Laughton, Jeanne Crain, Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Anne Baxter, Fred Allen and more, while a different director from Fox's great stable helms each segment. Special features include two silent films based on other O. Henry works, a commentary track, a documentary on the life and writings of O. Henry, a featurette on the O. Henry museum, the original exhibitor's campaign book, a still gallery and a restoration comparison.

On The Riviera (1951/Color/90 minutes/Fullscreen)

Danny Kaye shines in two roles in this comedic musical, first as a famous nightclub impersonator and then as the famous aviator-industrialist he's paid to impersonate. Gene Tierney and Corinne Calvet co-star. Special features include a featurette on the history and making of the film, a documentary on the life and many works of Danny Kaye, a featurette on choreographer Jack Cole, a restoration comparison, the theatrical trailer and still galleries.

Rally 'Round The Flag, Boys! (1958/Color/107 minutes/Widescreen)

Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and Joan Collins star in this comedy about sexually frustrated suburban couples dealing with family and community turmoil. Special features include a commentary track, an animated photo gallery, a restoration comparison, the original trailer, an interactive pressbook, an advertising gallery and a vintage press release.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Newmans are reduced to grimacing, exaggerated gestures and extreme over-reactions... Feb. 10 2009
By Roberto Frangie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Playing his first comedy in "Rally, 'Round the Flag, Boys!" Newman was in the expert hands of Leo McCarey, who had directed Laurel and Hardy, W.C. Fields and the Marx Brothers...

The Newmans are hard1y in that class, and the film is one of McCarey's lesser efforts, but it's often a refreshing reminder of thirties screwball farce as well as a frequently incisive satire on suburban life...

Newman is a typical Connecticut commuter with a good job in Manhattan, whose wife (Woodward) spends all her time in community affairs, leaving him frustrated, and whose two sons are so hypnotized by television they hard1y notice him--so he escapes with alcohol and daydreams...

When the Army schedules a top secret base for their town, the couple are on opposing sides: she heads the protest committee; he, a reserve officer, is "drafted" as public relations man to win over the town... Their marriage really goes downhill when she catches him in a compromising (but innocent) situation with a sexy neighbor (Joan Collins).

Newman is often charming, but generally, in a role Jack Lemmon would have walked through, he overacts outrageously, trying so hard to be funny...

Truly, some of the gags situations are forced, as when the drunken Newman and Collins dance the Cha Cha, swing on chandeliers, and fall down stairs; or when Newman is caught, literally with his pants down, turning away the predatory Collins and trying to explain to the outraged Woodward... But even Rock Hudson and Doris Day would have made something of these scenes... The Newmans are reduced to grimacing, exaggerated gestures and extreme over-reactions...

The Newmans were still young, but they played such older-generation types that a teenaged couple (Dwayne Hickman and Tuesday Weld) were added for the younger audience...

Incredibly, Hickman, who does an inventive caricature of an American teenager, plays it as Marlon Brando! Imitating Brando's "Wild One" performance, he mumbles, stutters, and ambles about with the familiar anguished look...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like the original novel, alas Jan. 10 2011
By Annie Van Auken - Published on Amazon.com
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This tepid adaptation of Max Schulman's RALLY 'ROUND THE FLAG, BOYS! (1958) is directed by Leo McCarey and stars Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and Joan Collins (who has a bathtub scene!). It's all about the citizens of suburban Putnam's Landing and their reactions to an Army missile base in their back yard. The movie is pretty to look at and has a few laugh out loud touches.

Harry Bannerman (Newman) can't seem to pull wife Grace (Woodward) away from the many committees and projects she's involved with. All Harry hopes for is that they escape from their two kids for a mini-vacation, but every time a trip for two is planned, Grace must cancel to attend another meeting.

Angela Hoffa (Collins) is the bored wife of an absentee TV exec who has her sights set on Harry. They have an innocent but highly intoxicated romp one night while Grace is busy, and Angela clearly wants more from Harry than friendship.

When Grace volunteers Harry as town spokesman at an emergency meeting, he must travel to D.C. and lobby to stop the Army from setting up a top secret base just outside of little Putnam's Landing.

The hotel desk clerk informs Harry that when his wife arrived she upgraded from a room to a suite. He's overjoyed that Grace decided to leave her responsibilities behind for a couple of days but when he gets to the suite, it's Angela waiting inside, wearing a sheer pink peignoir. A highly nervous Harry has no desire for hanky panky with Angela, but some spilled perfume gets him out of his trousers. And then Grace DOES show up!

Besides several slapstick moments, comedy-of-error set-ups such as the above are this picture's main fare. A romantic subplot involves teens Dwayne Hickman and Tuesday Weld, who just months later would again be teamed in a Max Schulman creation, the TV sitcom THE MANY LOVES OF DOBIE GILLIS. Here, the jealousy of Dwayne (as a Brando-like rebel) is aroused when he learns the Army's coming to town.

Supporting cast includes Jack Carson, Gale Gordon and O.Z. Whitehead. It's narrated by David Hedison (second-in-command of the Seaview on TV's VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA). The uncrediteds include Billy Benedict as a bellhop. He's best known as "Whitey" in the Bowery Boys programmers. Also here is Stanley Livingston (Chip Douglas on MY THREE SONS) as the Bannermans' older brat.

Percy Helton (plumber Waldo Pike) is instantly recognizable, a chubby little balding character actor with a breathy, reedy high-pitched voice, best-remembered as the drunken Santa Claus in MIRACLE ON 34TH ST. (1947), also as the train conductor in the opening sequence of THE MUSIC MAN (1962).
15 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great comedy with vibrant Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman and Joan Collins July 14 2007
By Daniel G. Madigan - Published on Amazon.com
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This satiric look at 50s life in Putnam's Landing, NY is hilarious. A rocket trip to outer space, a reenactment of the Puritan Landings, Joan Collins trying to seduce Paul Newman, and you know he wantes Joan at times, many times. Joanne Woodward thowing TV Dinners into her wall oven for her children who are hollering all the time in front of a Sylvania TV with that awful white glow around it. On it all goes, and it is marvellous fun.

But, it stabs at the 50s and its falsehoods with abandon; it is way ahead of its time and fabulous.

Get this film and laugh and wonder at the surreal ways peole lived in the 50s with war sacres and nuclear weapo9nry talked abpout every day of the week, and Eisenhower and Nixon..I was there and this is wonderfully accurate. The title alone tells agreat deal..rally round the flag..there isn't a flag big enough to cover the lies we were told then, like now!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, great DVD Sept. 15 2012
By A. Gammill - Published on Amazon.com
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Although I consider myself a huge fan of classic movies, I only recently became aware of this film while reading Dwayne Hickman's autobiography. In fact, it was the presence of Hickman and his "Dobie Gillis" co-star Tuesday Weld, plus the fact that the story was written by Dobie creator Max Shulman, that led me to give this one a try. Of course, seeing Paul Newman and Joan Collins in their prime isn't a bad thing, either.

"Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys" is somewhat atypical for a farce comedy of the fifties. This was 1958, and attitudes and censorship about overt sexuality on the screen were become more relaxed. Just take a look at the film's poster, reproduced for the DVD cover. The film not only gives us Joan Collins in a bathtub, but in various states of undress throughout the film. And then there's Tuesday Weld's teenage character announcing to her exasperated dad, "Guess what? I've discovered boys!" Although certainly tame by today's standards, this is probably among the first "sex comedies."

And although I did enjoy the film, I do feel there are two drawbacks: First of all, considering it came from the pen of Max Shulman, it could have been funnier. Oh sure, there are a handful of great comic scenes, and the cast is generally capable of delivering the few laughs they are given to hand out. Second, as I said upfront, it was Dwayne Hickman who brought me here. And sadly, he is really miscast as the motorcyle-riding love interest for Ms Weld. I'm not sure what kind of accent he was going for, but it just doesn't work.

The DVD, however, is first-rate. The picture is HD-quality, with vivid colors and sharpness rarely seen on films of this vintage. I haven't played the audio commentary track yet, so I can't comment on that. But if you have any interest in the film at all, you won't be disappointed with the presentation.

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