Big Street: Haughty nightclub singer Gloria Lyons (Lucille Ball) doesn't have time for the little people, including Little Pinks (Henry Fonda), the busboy who adores her. Then Gloria is paralyzed when a mobster knocks her down the stairs, and those little people are the only ones who help her.
Critic's Choice: Tossing inspired throwaway lines right and left, Hope is a New York critic who loves writing pointed reviews that close insufferably lousy plays. But there's a new play in town – by his redheaded wife (Ball).
Dance Girl Dance: Bubbles (Lucille Ball) loves to dance. But she also likes to eat. Her friend Judy (Maureen O'Hara) may choose to suffer for her art, but not Bubbles. She swap hers balletshoes for a G-string...and turns patrons' fantasies into dollars as burlesque sensation Tiger Lily White.
Dubarry Was a Lady: Hapless nightclub hat check boy Red Skelton loves glamorous chanteuse Lucille Ball. Handsome hoofer Gene Kelly loves her too. But Lucy only loves money. Then Red mistakenly gulps down a Mickey Finn, dreams he's in 18th-century France and before you can powder your wig, a throng of suitors fall in love with Lucy!
Mame: Lucille Ball brings star sparkle to the title role, a high-living grande dame who's outlandishly eccentric and, when suddenly faced with raising an orphaned nephew, fiercely loving. Veterans of the New York stage original join her: Beatrice Arthur as best friend Vera, Jane Connell as prim governess Agnes, choreographer Onna White and director Gene Saks.
"[Du Barry] ...Del Ruth's direction has a sloppy, burlesque vitality...good, garish fun. Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"[Big] ...a richly devised work...sympathetic when it counts--and the well-paced narrative make the film difficult to resist. Doug Pratt, DVDLaser.com
"[Mame] ...the music's still great. Nell Minow, Movie Mom
"[Dance] ...Ball steals the show with her outlandish personality and entertaining strip tease dances. Reel Classics
Editor's NoteLucille Ball stars in the five films compiled for this collection. The titles included are: THE BIG STREET, CRITICS CHOICE, DANCE GIRL DANCE, DUBARRY WAS A LADY, and MAME.
|Don Weis - [Critic's] Director|
|Dorothy Arzner - [Dance] Director|
|Gene Saks - [Mame] Director|
|Irving Reis - [Big] Director|
|Roy Del Ruth - [Du Barry] Director|
|Golden Globe, Lucille Ball, [Mame] Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy|
|Golden Globe, Beatrice Arthur, [Mame] Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture|