Icons of Screwball Comedy, Volume 2 (2-DVD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 6 hours, 14 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: August 4, 2009
- Originally Released: 1940
- Label: Sony Pictures
- 2-Disc Set
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Mono - English
- Subtitles - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Bonus Footage:
- A Color Rhapsody Cartoon: Mad Hatter
- Feature - Theodora Goes Wild
- Feature - Together Again
- Feature - The Doctor Takes A Wife
- Feature - A Night To Remember - 1943
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Irene Dunne, Brian Aherne, Melvyn Douglas, Loretta Young, Charles Boyer & Ray Milland|
|Directed by||Richard Boleslawski, Charles Vidor, Richard Wallace & Alexander Hall|
This collection presents four vintage screwball comedies from the golden age of cinema. In THEODORA GOES WILD (1936), a small-town girl (Irene Dunne) pseudonymously writes a scandalous bestseller and falls for the artist (Melvyn Douglas) hired to illustrate her novel. In TOGETHER AGAIN (1944), a Vermont widow (Irene Dunne) becomes involved with a New York City sculptor (Charles Boyer). In A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (1943), a young wife (Loretta Young) and her mystery-writer husband (Brian Aherne) find a dead body in their apartment building. And in THE DOCTOR TAKES A WIFE (1940), an independent-minded writer (Loretta Young) must pretend to be married to a domineering medical professor (Ray Milland) due to a publicity mix-up.
Crazy situations, fast and sophisticated dialogue, and conflict arising from the roles of men and women in modern society' these are the essential elements of the Screwball Comedy. The Awful Truth, Twentieth Century, Holiday, His Girl Friday and The More the Merrier are prime examples of what would become a hallmark for Columbia Screwball Comedies. With superb production values, top directors (Capra, Hawks, Cukor, Stevens) and major stars, these classic films are some of the best known screwballs. For the second volume of Columbia's Screw Ball Comedies form the '30s and '40s, we return to the vaults to rediscover more classics of the beloved genre featuring two of its most glamorous leading ladies.
The Legendary Irene Dunne plays a small-town author whose racy bestsellers, written under a pseudonym, bring her notoriety when a New Yorker (Melvyn Douglas) discovers her secret, in THEODORA GOES WILD. In TOGETHER AGAIN, Dunne plays the mayor's widow who falls for a sculptor (Charles Boyer) as he works on a statue of her late husband. Beautiful Loretta Young plays a feminist writer forced to pretend she's married to Ray Milland (whom she loathes) in THE DOCTOR RAKES A WIFE. In A NIGHT TO REMEMBER, Loretta Young and her mystery writer husband (Brian Aherne) take an apartment in Greenwich Village and almost immediately find themselves in the middle of a genuine murder case.
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