Lucille Ball Film Collection (Dance Girl Dance, The Big Street, Du Barry Was a Lady, Critic's Choice, Mame)

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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.


Studio Warner
SKU 204297816
UPC 085391134220
UPC 14 00085391134220
Format DVD
Release Date 6/19/2007
Cast & Crew
Agnes Moorehead - [Big] Actor
Barton MacLane - [Big] Actor
Beatrice Arthur - [Mame] Actor
Bob Hope - [Critic's] Actor
Bruce Davison - [Mame] Actor
Don Weis - [Critic's] Director
Dorothy Arzner - [Dance] Director
Gene Kelly - [Du Barry] Actor
Gene Saks - [Mame] Director
Henry Fonda - [Big] Actor
Irving Reis - [Big] Director
Louis Hayward - [Dance] Actor
Lucille Ball - [All] Actor
Marilyn Maxwell - [Critic's] Actor
Maureen O'Hara - [Dance] Actor
Ralph Bellamy - [Dance] Actor
Red Skelton - [Du Barry] Actor
Rip Torn - [Critic's] Actor
Robert Preston - [Mame] Actor
Roy Del Ruth - [Du Barry] Director
Virginia O'Brien - [Du Barry] Actor
Nominee (1975) Golden Globe, Lucille Ball, [Mame] Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy,Golden Globe, Beatrice Arthur, [Mame] Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
ReviewSource Variety
Review [Big] Taken from a Collier mag story [Little Pinks] by Damon Runyon, this is a Cinderella-like fable of a Broadway cafe-singing golddigger who becomes more human long after a fall cripples her for life. Scripter Leonard Spigelgass makes the transition from the grasping, selfish little beauty to a bitter disillusioned girl entirely life-like albeit a prolonged affair. He's done a neat job of transferring the spirit of the piece to the screen, studding it with typical Runyon humor...Lucille Ball, cast at first in an unsympathetic role, comes through with high laurels. Henry Fonda, as the mooning but intensely loyal Little Pinks, is at his best. Eugene Pallette is well teamed with Agnes Moorehead, the food-loving but realistic Violette whom he weds.
ReviewRating 8
Review [Dance] Dorothy Arzner's best-known work, re-released as an early feminist manifesto to the "right ons!" of '70s sisterhood, survives today as one of the more interesting explorations of the elusive "gaze" famously pinned down by Laura Mulvey...O'Hara's purity carries a hint of prissy intransigence just as Ball's brazen gold-digging is infused with offhand generosity, and both are reconciled under the expressive mantle of dancing (with artsy ballet and Gypsy Lee Rose vamping equally valid manifestations of femininity). Dance also serves as metaphor for codification of womanhood for male contemplation, as well as a substitute for cinema and its built-in voyeurism. Without rising out of the cinematically conventional, the movie's self-reflexivity continually questions the gaze of the camera...Of course, the concept of the "maleness" of the gaze is further complicated by Arzner's own queerness, so that the eroticization of bodies becomes less hardened, more richly ambiguous.
Reviewer Fernando F. Croce
ReviewRating 9
DVD, 5 Pack, Rated G, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
A FileThirteen Review [Critic's] ...stars in some early roles...Soupy Sales plays a desk clerk...Rip Torn has a secondary role that is quite amusing.
Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader [Du Barry] ...Del Ruth's direction has a sloppy, burlesque vitality...good, garish fun.
Doug Pratt, [Big] ...a richly devised work...sympathetic when it counts--and the well-paced narrative make the film difficult to resist.
Nell Minow, Movie Mom [Mame] ...the music's still great.
Reel Classics [Dance] ...Ball steals the show with her outlandish personality and entertaining strip tease dances.

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