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TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Comedy (Arsenic and Old Lace / A Night at the Opera / The Long Long Trailer / Father of the Bride)

Cary Grant , Marx Brothers    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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4 great classics on one DVD.


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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Films Collection Jan. 29 2010
Format:DVD
Excellent product, very pleased considering the age of the films. Service was excellent too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great Jan. 26 2014
By md
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All movies are great and a good price especially the top two. Lucelle is very funny in long trailer and Brewster sisters are a riot.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Un humour disjoncté qui ne vieillit pas Nov. 28 2011
By Fran
Format:DVD
Arsenic and Old Lace: Une comédie vraiment savoureuse.
Et les Marx Brothers ? Des punchs qui traversent les époques... «and two hard boiled eggs»
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's a 'title'? Nov. 29 2011
Format:DVD
I don't have time to give a review that it at least 20 words long. What's wrong with just giving a star rating?
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine eclectic bunch of comedies Aug. 8 2009
By calvinnme - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This collection contains four very different comedies from four very different types of comics. It is part of over a dozen sets produced by Warner Home Video to bring classic film to the masses by making inexpensive sets of the better films in their libraries that have no extra features.

The oldest in the bunch, "A Night at the Opera" (1935), revived the career of the Marx Brothers after they were released from their contract at Paramount. Irving Thalberg thought that the brothers' comedy still had merit and that part of their problem was that "they never helped anybody". The test of time has shown that, although not profitable at the time, the Paramount Marx comedies were the best film work that the brothers did. However, that doesn't mean that this film isn't great. It is also available in a more deluxe form in the collection The Marx Brothers Collection (A Night at The Opera/A Day at The Races/A Night in Casablanca/Room Service/At the Circus/Go West/The Big Store).

"Arsenic and Old Lace" (1944) stars Cary Grant in a classic dark comedy. Grant plays a newlywed who finds out that his aunts have made a habit of poisoning their elderly male boarders and burying them in the cellar. This has only been available in the past as a single DVD, and it is an older one at that - released in 2000 I believe.

"Father of the Bride" (1950) has Spencer Tracy as a man who begins to feel his age and his pocketbook when his daughter (Elizabeth Taylor) gets married. It shows Tracy has a knack for comedy even if Katharine Hepburn is not involved. This is available in a more deluxe edition in the now out of print The Elizabeth Taylor Signature Collection (National Velvet / Father of the Bride / Cat on a Hot Tin Roof / Butterfield 8).

Finally there is "The Long Long Trailer" from 1954. Made to capitalize on the popularity of the TV series "I Love Lucy", the film is pretty funny in its own right even it is basically Lucy and Desi playing their TV characters under other names. The two play newlyweds who buy a motor home instead of a house and almost ruin their marriage by going on a cross-America trek in the thing. This is also available in The Lucy & Desi Collection (Too Many Girls / The Long Long Trailer / Forever, Darling). By and large I don't think that the movies ever figured out what to do with Lucille Ball, but this is one of her better efforts in film.
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A note on subtitles Jan. 25 2010
By Marie - Published on Amazon.com
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The movies were great!! I have more comments about how they were packaged because it was different that I had expected.
I bought these for my elderly mother who lives with me, so my review is based on using these for a senior person.
The titles were in extremely tiny print stamped around the center hole. Very hard to read.
The subtitles were created in white w/o a black box around them -- this made it hard to read them -- especially if the film was black and white!! Most subtitles come with a black box in which the subtitle is reversed out to white -- same as the TV -- which makes it much easier to read. Caring for a senior makes me much more aware of all the small things that affect their independence. Ease of use, larger type on the packaging and a visually enhanced subtitle would improve the use of these for that population immensely. Thanks!!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TCM CLASSIC FILMS COLLECTION:COMEDY Jan. 16 2011
By Edward Maczko - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this dvd for the Arsenic and Old Lace and A Night At The Opera movies, which are unbelieveable to watch on a lcd large screen...happily surprised with the other two selections...well worth the price!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good buy, just didn't work April 15 2013
By Plain Servant - Published on Amazon.com
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I was really looking forward to these films. The Father of the Bride quit working on the wedding day. It looked like it was a sticking VCR that was video taped onto a DVD. All the movies had spots where they locked up for a few seconds, but we did not get to finish the above mentioned one at all. This was disappointing. They could have used better quality DVD's and it would have been a nice package.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value April 11 2012
By chelsee43 - Published on Amazon.com
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These are classic movies that are a must to any comedy lover's collection! It was a great value and shipped very quickly.
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