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  • Cat Number: WHV1000037126DVD
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A Four DVD Boxed Set of Busby Berkeley one of the greatest motion picture choreographers of all time. Gold Diggers in Paris - 1933. Starring Rudy Vallee Rosemary Lane Hugh Herbert Allen Jenkins and Gloria Dickson.

The last and least of Warner Bros.' Gold Digger musicals Gold Diggers in Paris at least has the novelty of a Gallic setting. The stars this time are Rudy Vallee Rosemary Lane and Warners musical perennial Hugh Herbert. There aren't really any "gold diggers" (i.e. young ladies on the prowl for rich husbands) merely a troupe of stranded nightclub chorines whom Vallee passes off as a ballet troupe in order to win an international prize. Busby Berkeley's choreography is far from his best especially since he's dealing with real dancers this time instead of geometrically arranged nonmoving bodies. The one song of note is "The Latin Quarter" later put to excellent use in countless Bugs Bunny and Pepe Le Pew cartoons. ~ Hal Erickson All Movie Guide

Gold Diggers of 1937 - 1936 Starring Dick Powell Joan Blondell Victor Moore Glenda Farrell Lee Dixon.

Those beautiful Busby Berkeley babes are back at work seeking financial backing for a Broadway show. Salvation comes from a meek hypochondriac (Victor Moore) who'd rather the girls get his insurance money than his murderous business partners. Dick Powell isn't the male star of the show but does show up as a glib insurance agent. A lesser but still enjoyable entry in Warners' Gold Diggers musical series Gold Diggers of 1937 is very much a mixed bag. For every topnotch number like "With Plenty of Money and You" there's an excruciating experience like the "military" finale "All's Fair in Love and War." ~ Hal Erickson All Movie Guide

Hollywood Hotel - 1937 Starring Dick Powell Rosemary Lane Lola Lane Ted Healy Johnnie Davis.

In this lighthearted musical comedy from legendary director Busby Berkeley Henry Bowers (Dick Powell) is a saxophonist in a jazz band who wins a talent contest. His prize is a ten-week contract with a movie studio Miracle Pictures (whose slogan is "If it's a good picture it's a Miracle"). One of his first "assignments" is to escort lovely starlet Virginia Stanton (Rosemary Lane) to a movie premiere but while Henry is looking forward to his date with a movie star he's disappointed to discover that Virginia has opted not to go at the last minute instead sending her lookalike stand-in Mona Marshall (Lola Lane). Henry is more than a bit miffed at this but when he appears on Louella Parsons' radio show he's a big hit and rockets to stardom. Ronald Reagan has a bit part as a radio announcer (which he did full time before acting and politics began paying the rent for him) and keep an eye peeled for Susan Hayward and Carole Landis in minor roles. By the way Rosemary Lane and Lola Lane look a great deal alike for a good reason -- they're sisters. ~ Mark Deming All Movie Guide

Varsity Show - 1937 Starring Dick Powell Fred Waring Priscilla Lane Walter Catlett Ted Healy.

If you're wondering which Warners musical featured the songs "Old King Cole" and "Have You Got Any Castles?" we refer you to Varsity Show. Dick Powell stars as a musical producer called back to his alma mater to stage the annual college variety show. Uptight dean Walter Catlett is dead set against Powell's "scandalous" form of entertainment. The college kids conspire with Powell to stage their show in an empty Broadway theatre during the off-season. Turns out that Powell has Busby Berkeley under contract well he doesn't really but it is Berkeley who stages the "big show" finale in a spectacular fashion that would be impossible for any stage college or professional. Among the costars of Varsity Show are Rosemary Lane as the ingenue Ted Healy (in his last screen appearance) as comic relief and Our Gang's "Spanky" here billed more formally under his real name George McFarland. ~ Hal Erickson All Movie Guide

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