Five glamorous women of the screen boxed together for the first time. Includes features starring Ava Gardner, Marlene Dietrich, Lucille Ball, Jeanette MacDonald, and Margaret Sullavan.
The Blue Angel (English Version) (1930, B&W): Emil Jannings (The Last Laugh, Faust, Othello), the quintessential German expressionist actor, stars as Professor Rath, the sexually-repressed instructor of a boys' prep school. After learning of the pupils' infatuation with French postcards depicting a local nightclub songstress, he decides to personally investigate the source of such indecency. But as soon as he enters the shadowy Blue Angel nightclub and steals one glimpse of the smoldering Lola-Lola (Marlene Dietrich), commanding the stage in top hat, stockings, and bare thighs, Rath's self-righteous piety is crushed. He finds himself fatefully seduced by the throaty voice of the vulgar siren, singing "Falling In Love Again." Consumed by desire and tormented by his rigid propriety, Professor Rath allows himself to be dragged down a path of personal degradation.
Love Me Tonight (1932, B&W): Love me Tonight is a madcap musical tour de force of infectious melody, effortless vivacity, and ceaseless invention from first frame to last. Building on a foundation of songs by Rodgers and Hart (Babes in Arms, Pal Joey), director Rouben Mamoulian (Applause) shepherds Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald through an exuberant romp that film maven Leslie Halliwell declared, "the most fluently cinematic comedy musical ever made."
The Good Fairy (1935, B&W): From director William Wyler (Wuthering Heights, Counsellor at Law, The Love Trap) comes a buoyant romantic fable laced with clever wordplay and ribald comedy, written by legendary screenwriter Preston Sturges (Sullivan's Travels). When a brash movie theater owner needs usherettes for his Budapest cinema, he recruits young Luisa Ginglebusher (Margaret Sullavan) from a nearby orphanage. Encouraged by her kindly guardian (Beulah Bondi) to "spread your wings," Lu naïvely embarks on her quest to live the life of a fairy tale angel. Quickly encountering the debonair wolves that roam the sidewalks of Hungary, Lu randomly chooses a man to play the role of her husband: Dr. Max Sporum, a humble and idealistic lawyer (Herbert Marshall). As Lu's simple ruse grows hopelessly complicated, the dreamy-eyed girl refuses to abandon the charade, determined to evade one suitor's wily grasp (Frank Morgan), provide Max the prosperity he so deserves, and allow the opportunity for true love to enter her life.
Lured (1947, B&W): Before he revolutionized the women's film with such gleefully melodramatic works as Written On The Wind and Magnificent Obsession, director Douglas Sirk made a series of glossy thrillers flavored with European settings (shortly after his emigration to the U.S. from Germany). Like the films for which he would become famous, Lured revels in the glamour and romance that Hollywood had honed to perfection, and plays every scene, every coy glance, every deadly encounter, to the melodramatic hilt. In Lured, a serial killer terrorizes London, trapping his prey through personal ads in the newspaper and taunting the police with gruesome poems. A Scotland Yard detective (Charles Coburn) enlists the aid of a feisty American redhead (a truly captivating Lucille Ball) to draw the murderer into the dragnet, and leads her across the paths of a variety of peculiar subjects, including a demented clothing designer (Boris Karloff) and an international playboy (George Sanders), all of whom seem to have designs on the Yard's delectable decoy.
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951, B&W): In one of the most sensually rich performances of her career, Ava Gardner stars as Pandora Reynolds, a nightclub singer on vacation in Spain, with whom all men fall hopelessly in love. But Pandora, never having known true love, is indifferent to her suitors' affections. Until, one evening, she swims out to a mysterious yacht and meets its captain, a Dutchman (James Mason) named Hendrick van der Zee.
Ava Gardner, Marlene Dietrich, Lucille Ball, Jeanette MacDonald, and Margaret Sullivan star in these classic Hollywood features: THE BLUE ANGEL, LOVE ME TONIGHT, THE GOOD FAIRY, LURED, and PANDORA AND THE FLYING DUTCHMAN.