Tyrone Power Matinee Idol Collection (Cafe Metropole/Girls Dormitory/Johnny Apollo/Daytime Wife/Luck of the Irish/Ill Never Forget You/That Wonderful Urge/Love Is News/This Above All/Second Honeymoon) (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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Disc 1: CAFE METROPOLE '37 + GIRLS DORMITORY '36 Disc 2: JOHNNY APOLLO '40 + DAYTIME WIFE '39 Disc 3: LUCK OF THE IRISH '48 + I'LL NEVER FORGET YOU '51 Disc 4: THAT WONDERFUL URGE '48 + LOVE IS NEWS '37 Disc 5: THIS ABOVE ALL '42 + SECOND HONEYMOON '37
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The DVDs are plain, without artwork. A red band on the front of each DVD tells you, in very small print, what film is on each of the two sides of the DVD. It would have been more convenient to have each side done up with appropriate artwork including large-print titles, but you can get by without the art if you have good eyes or a magnifying glass to read the label on the red band.
My DVDs all played without any problem on my Toshiba DVD/VHS combination player. All the pictures looked and sounded good on my 4:3 traditional TV screen. (You don't need a wide monitor, as all these films, from 1936 to 1951, predated widescreen movies.) Only the very last film -- *I'll Never Forget You* -- had a slightly washed-out look, in the colour scenes -- but the DVD warns you that the print is not perfect, by stressing that it made use of the best film elements still available. But overall, there are no physical irritations which prevent enjoyment of the films.
The films all run for the full original running times (assuming that the running times given on the IMDb are accurate).
There are special features for every film, but none of them are anything to write home about. There are no commentaries. There are still galleries for all 10 films, generally advertising stills and stills from the films, but there are some behind-the-scenes production stills. There are trailers for four of the films, mostly the later ones.Read more ›
Editing to say that I found out there is a problem with the sound of this movie which was a manufacturers' error. There is "an echo" for the sound. To say I am disappointed is an understatement. :( The other movies in this set are fine.
If you are a Tyrone Power fan, or just like the nostalgia of viewing obscure classics, then you can't go wrong with this collection of entertaining films.
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In addition, Power's anniversary is due to be celebrated at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles in November, with tributes at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and in his home town of Cincinnati to follow. It's probably not enough for a tremendous star who doesn't benefit from Turner Classic Movies network or books because TCM doesn't own his films, and it's definitely not enough for this highly underrated actor whose breathtaking looks received most of the reviews.
This second collection, the "Matinee Idol" collection consists of Girls Dormitory, in which he has a small role but received most adulation on the preview cards. It's said that Hedda Hopper sat through the film twice to make sure she had his name right. Next is Love is News, a wonderful film showing Power's ability at comedy; Cafe Metropole, a delicious Lubitsch-like comedy; Second Honeymoon, a "Private Lives" takeoff about the beautiful people - Love is News, Cafe Metropole and Second Honeymoon all co-star Loretta Young; Daytime Wife, costarring a very young Linda Darnell, a rather flimsy comedy also starring Warren William (this light film is said to be Power's punishment for defying the studio and marrying his first wife, Annabella). Gangster drama Johnny Apollo rounds out the '40s, Power costarring with the lovely Dorothy Lamour.
This Above All was based on the best-seller by Eric Knight, and although all the hot sex was removed from the film, it still holds up as a war drama and wonderful acting vehicle for Power and Joan Fontaine. Jeanine Basinger, author of "The Star Machine" feels this film could have helped Power turn a corner into more dramatic acting had not World War II intervened. Post-war, a remake of Love is News with Gene Tierney, That Wonderful Urge; Luck of the Irish, a sprightly comedy popular around St. Pat's Day, and I'll Never Forget You, which hasn't been seen in decades due to legal problems. It has been one of the most requested films to be put on DVD for several years.
Features include a career retrospective, a scene cut from Cafe Metropole, Judy Lewis talking about her mother Loretta Young's relationship with Tyrone Power, and a film narrated by two of Power's children.
Discontented with Hollywood, Power went on to distinguish himself in theater in London and on Broadway. He made some of his best films away from 20th Century Fox, particularly Witness for the Prosecution, Abandon Ship, The Eddy Duchin Story and The Long Gray Line. Today, Tyrone Power is still one of the top 100 box office stars of all time, a list that includes stars up to the present time, such as Depp, DeCaprio, and Clooney. It is estimated that Power's films grossed $1 billion during decades when films cost a nickel, a dime, a quarter and at the time of his death, an average price of $.68. That's a lot of people - and a lot of popcorn. He remains today in the top 100 all time box office stars according to Quigley, and that includes modern-day stars such as DiCaprio and Depp.
Luck of the Irish (1948) American Steven Fitzgerald is visiting Ireland when he meets a beautiful Irish girl. However, Steven is ambitious and he has a chance to marry the boss' daughter back in America with all of the priveleges such a union would entail. What will he do?
Johnny Apollo (1940) In the title role Power is the son of a man who is embarrassingly guilty of stealing from his corporation's shareholders. With his father in prison and the money all gone, Power's character is also labeled as untrustworthy because of his father's behavior, and thus he cannot find a job. He takes up with gangsters and eventually ends up in prison next to dad. Will he turn his life around or attempt escape?
Day-Time Wife (1939) Power plays Ken Norton and Linda Darnell plays his wife Jane. Jane finds out that Ken is stepping out with his secretary. Jane is determined to find out what these men see in their secretaries and takes a job as one herself, always making excuses for her daytime absences. Her own boss makes a play for her that ends up with Jane, her boss, her husband, and hubby's secretary all in the same night spot at the same time. Will it be divorce or reconciliation?
Cafe Metropole (1937). So early in Power's career that he isn't even top billed at this point. Power plays a young American in Paris who is in debt to a nightclub owner (Adolphe Menjou). He impersonates a Russian prince so he can woo wealthy Laura Ridgeway (Loretta Young), get his hands on her money, and repay Menjou. A good but rarely seen comedy.
Girls' Dormitory (1936) This movie is so early in Power's career that he is buried in the credits. This really isn't his film at all, but it is still above average. This is a melodrama in which a teacher in a girls' school (Herbert Marshall) is loved both by a colleague (Ruth Chatterton) and by a student (Simone Simon).
I'll Never Forget You (1951) The best film in the set, and previously entangled in a rights issue that prevented its release on DVD. If you've seen "Somewhere in Time" you've seen at least part of this film. Power plays a modern day scientist who wills himself back to the 18th century. He uses his modern scientific knowledge to build models of modern devices such as the steam engine in an effort to move progress forward more quickly than history did. However, in the superstitious past his inventions scare people rather than spark their creativity. He does fall in love with a girl from that century though, but loses her when reality brings him back to the present.
Love is News (1937) - A screwball comedy in which Power plays newspaper man Steve Layton who is hounding heiress Toni Gateson (Loretta Young). Toni turns the tables by announcing that she is engaged to Layton, something that is completely untrue.
That Wonderful Urge (1948) - An attempt to remake the screwball comedy "Love is News" that just didn't work for me. Power did several comedies that were good, but this just wasn't one of them.
This Above All (1942) - Upper-class Englishwoman (Joan Fontaine) enlists in the WAF during WWII. She falls in love with American Clive Briggs (Tyrone Power) whom she learns is a deserter.
Second Honeymoon (1937) - Loretta Young and Tyrone Power are a divorced couple who run into each other after Young's character remarries.
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!
The collection contains 10 films Power made between 1938-1951 as a Fox contract player, and his steady rise to film stardom is more than apparent here. Each film suggests a decided growth in Power's talent, from supporting player in Girls Dormitory to Loretta Young's love interest in three fluffy comedies---Love is News, Cafe Metropole and Second Honeymoon. Following his success with the proto-noir Johnny Apollo, he landed This Above All, an epic wartime romance then Daytime Wife, a flick that teams Power with Linda Darnell, who's stunningly beautiful in her first leading role. In Luck of the Irish, a whimsical leprechaun played by Cecil Kellaway, helps Power woo Anne Baxter. In That Wonderful Urge, Power joins Gene Tierney for romance, and finally, he teams with Ann Blyth for the multi-period costume drama I'll Never Forget You. Power died of a heart attack in 1958, and few performers today could even think of eclipsing---or even equaling---his style, good looks or talent.