"Tyrone Power Matinee Idol Collection" may lack the opulence of the first Power ("Swashbuckler") collection, but it does offer the legendary star at his most handsome, as well as one of his most 'in demand' titles, "I'll Never Forget You", a generation after it's last television screening...which makes the collection a must!
There are 5 discs in the boxed set:
"Girls Dormitory" (1936): In less than 3 minutes on-screen, in a minor role, the astonishingly handsome Power 'steals' this melodrama! A rather tame love triangle between middle-aged, bachelor professor Herbert Marshall, his devoted co-worker (Ruth Chatterton), and a barely-legal nymphet (Simone Simon, in her American debut), becomes every 'dirty old man's' fantasy, with it's off-kilter resolution...2 stars (out of 5)
Special Feature: Brief look at Power's life and acting career...
"Café Metropole" (1937): Delightful sophisticated comedy that marked Power and Loretta Young's third teaming. Penniless Power must repay a debt to Parisian club owner Adolph Menjou by pretending to be a Russian count, to fleece heiress Young. Sly and funny, this screwball tale is silly without losing it's charm... 4 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Special Feature: Two deleted Dance Sequences featuring Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson...
Two versions of the same story, each starring Power...
"Love is News" (1937): Glib, muck-raking reporter Power is given a taste of his own medicine when heiress Loretta Young falsely announces they are engaged. In their second of five films together, both seem too young and 'nice' for their roles, but the comedy benefits immensely from Don Ameche's energized 'take' as Power's boss, and grand support by George Sanders and Slim Summerville. Great fun! 3 1/2 stars (out of five)
Special Feature: A look at Power and Young's five films, with recollections by Young's daughter (by Clark Gable)...
"That Wonderful Urge" (1948): Padded remake of "News" offers Power, at 34, more believable as the opportunistic reporter, but his co-star, Gene Tierney, lacks Young's warmth and compassion. This time around, the heiress fibs they are married, but even with more comic opportunities, the film lacks sparkle (although Chill Wills does a nice turn in the Summerville role)...2 1/2 stars (out of five)
"This Above All" (1942): Dunkirk survivor/deserter Power finds redemption in the love of WAAF Joan Fontaine, and the kindness of the British people who befriend him as he eludes the authorities. While Power's American accent is incongruous in the leading role, he is very sincere, and Fontaine is terrific, with excellent support from Thomas Mitchell and Nigel Bruce. A British flag-waving drama, to be sure, but still moving...4 stars (out of five)
"Second Honeymoon" (1937): Power and Young's fourth teaming, in a dated, silly comedy, of ex-husband Power attempting to win Young away from her boorish current spouse (Lyle Talbott). Typical 30s stereotypes (idle rich leading carefree, globe-trotting lives, alcohol abuse as funny, rather than a problem), redeemed, somewhat, by the stars' chemistry. Stuart Erwin sparkles as Power's bookish valet, and there is a cute in-joke about Power's resemblance to British star Ronald Colman (who had, in fact, co-starred with Young in three films). 2 1/2 stars (out of five)
"Day-Time Wife" (1939): Lightweight fluff of suspicious wife Linda Darnell (at just 16!), taking on a secretarial job with Warren William to discover why hubby Power might be cheating with his secretary. Dumb premise, but William, an old hand at playing lecherous bosses, lifts the film above average... 2 1/2 stars (out of five)
Special Feature: Power's three children reminisce about their dad...
"Johnny Apollo" (1940): Noirish melodrama of Power turning to a life of crime to pay off his embezzler father's debts. Power is surprisingly good in the darker role, as are Edward Arnold as his father, and Lloyd Nolan, as Power's racketeer mentor. Dorothy Lamour (fresh from "Road to Singapore") makes a very sexy leading lady for Ty! 4 1/2 stars (out of five)
"The Luck of the Irish" (1948): Comic fantasy of traveling journalist Power befriending a sly leprechaun (Cecil Kellaway), and a saucy innkeeper (Anne Baxter), while in Ireland, and being granted good luck that leads his ambitions awry. Sweet-natured, with able support by Lee J. Cobb and Jayne Meadows, but the film cries out to be actually filmed in Ireland, and in Technicolor, rather than just with green-tinted Irish sequences. 3 1/2 stars (out of five)
Special Feature: Jayne Meadows' memories of Tyrone Power...
"I'll Never Forget You" (1951): The much-anticipated return of the magical romantic fantasy, as modern-day nuclear physicist Power is struck by lightning, and dropped into the body of his ancestor, in Technicolor-hued 1784 London. He finds unexpected love with Ann Blyth (in one of her best roles), but is soon declared insane from his knowledge of the future! With the wonderful Michael Rennie in support, the film suffers from a dated atomic-testing sequence, and washed-out colors in the 1784 sequences, but the plot is still terrific, and would inspire 1980's "Somewhere in Time"... 5 stars (out of five)
Special Feature: Ann Blyth's photos while in London...
The collection is well-worth the price!