Forbidden Hollywood Collection V01

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not the "Waterloo Bridge" described

on 8/3/2008

I'm posting this to point out that the "Waterloo Bridge" in this set is not the Leigh/Taylor version, but the 1931 Mae Clark version directed by James Whale. Viewers should be warned that these are early sound films with writing, acting, and direction that weren't up to the level Hollywood would reach just a few years later. It's interesting to see what Hollywood produced before the Code was strictly enforced, but these films are not of a quality to encourage repeated viewing.

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A woman uses powerful men to get what she wants in life; a soldier falls in love with a woman during World War I; an amoral woman sleeps her way to the top floor of an office. Artist: Jack Conway James Whale Jean Harlow Vivien Leigh Barbara Stanwyck. Aspect Ratio: 1.33: 1. Attribute: Black and White Black and White Closed Captioned Digipak Remastered Soundtrack English Standard Screen. Format: DVD. General Subject: Feature Film Drama. Language: English. Library Subject: (Robert Emmet) 1896-1955 1902-1952 Brush Katharine Detective and mystery films Drama Drama. Film Film and video adaptations Man-woman relationships Motion picture film collections Romance films Sherwood Robert E Triangles (Interpersonal relations). Rating: UN (Unrated). Region Code: 1. Release Date: 12/5/2006.


Studio Warner
SKU 202990160
UPC 012569679641
UPC 14 00012569679641
Format DVD
Release Date 12/5/2006
Editors Note
Note BABY FACE: Get a glimpse of Hollywood at the height of its pre-Production Code licentiousness in BABY FACE. Barbara Stanwyck takes the easy way from the speakeasy on the bottom floor to the penthouse executive suite of a New York office building, leaving behind a trail of discarded men in her wake.^WATERLOO BRIDGE: Based on the play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert E. Sherwood, WATERLOO BRIDGE stars Vivien Leigh as Myra, a shy ballerina whose life is irrevocably altered in war-torn London. It's love at first sight when Myra meets handsome, aristocratic British officer Roy Cronin (Robert Taylor) in the midst of an air raid. The couple soon plans to wed, but Cronin is called to the front, and shortly thereafter a newspaper reports his death. Forced out of ballet school, alone and destitute, Myra turns to prostitution. When she discovers that the newspaper report was inaccurate, Myra is unable to tell Cronin about her secret life, and tragedy ensues. This 10-handkerchief weeper was directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Joseph Ruttenberg's photography is beautiful, as is the inspired soundtrack by Herbert Stothart (THE WIZARD OF OZ), but what makes WATERLOO BRIDGE is Leigh's stunning performance and the very real chemistry between her and Robert Taylor.^RED HEADED WOMAN: Jean Harlow stars as Lil, a red-headed temptress who forces Bill (Chester Morris) to leave his wife for her in this shocker from 1932. But Lil isn't satisfied with seducing Bill away from his marital bliss, and embarks on a string of affairs that must have made for unsettling viewing back in the day.
Premiere 4 stars out of 4 -- "The highlight of the collection is the long unseen 1933 BABY FACE..." 01/01/2007 p.112
Jack Conway
James Whale
Jean Harlow
Vivien Leigh
Barbara Stanwyck
Cast & Crew
Alfred E. Green - [Baby] Director
Barbara Stanwyck - [Baby] Actor
Bette Davis - [Waterloo] Actor
Chester Morris - [Red-Headed] Actor
Douglass Montgomery - [Waterloo] Actor
Frederick Kerr - [Waterloo] Actor
George Brent - [Baby] Actor
Jack Conway - [Red-Headed] Director
James Whale - [Waterloo] Director
Jean Harlow - [Red-Headed] Actor
John Wayne - [Baby] Actor
Leila Hyams - [Red-Headed] Actor
Lewis Stone - [Red-Headed] Actor
Mae Clarke - [Waterloo] Actor
Margaret Lindsay - [Baby] Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1931
Catalog ID 67964
UPC 00012569679641
Number of Discs 2
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle [Waterloo] outstanding film from an important director...
Variety [Red-Headed] ...a thoroughly provocative subject...[Harlow] gives an electric performance.

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