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A Damsel In Distress [VHS] [UK Import]
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First UK DVD release of this 1937 musical comedy from RKO Pictures. Nice work if you can get it! Fred Astaire glides through this effervescent comedy of confused courtship, written by master humorist PG Wodehouse. Fred stars as Jerry Halliday, an American in England who's lured to Tottleigh castle by a love letter from lovely Lady Alyce Marshmorton (Joan Fontaine). But it wasn't actually Lady Alyce who wrote the letter and what's more she's set her heart on someone else! Determined to win her hand, Jerry goes a-wooing if only his helpful staff didn't keep making his life so difficult. Featuring some of George Gershwin's finest songs (I Can't Be Bothered Now, Things are Looking Up), A Damsel In Distress is one of Fred Astaire's funniest and very best loved films. Oscar winner in 1938 and Oscar nominated. Extras include: Photo Gallery
Astaire without Rogers but the style is the same * --Halliwells Film Guide -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
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The movie itself is of middling quality, really only of interest due to the people who happened to be involved. Burns and Allen have a few great lines, and it's a particular joy to see them dancing alongside Astaire. It's just a shame that you have to sit through stretches of tedium to get to these moments. Considering the Wodehouse novel this is based on is very amusing, it's surprising that the entertaining parts of the movie were not in the novel at all, but that's how it turned out.
The menu screen has only one selection- 'play'; no scene selection, bonus material or subtitles.
The film itself looks great, if a little uneven- some scenes are very sharp and rich, and a few scenes are grainy and scratched. This may be due to the source material, but in any case, it still looks far better than any previous edition I've seen.
The soundtrack is crystal clear; Ray Noble's band and Fred's (and Gracie's!) singing sounds incredible.
There are a few scenes where the audio seems a hair out of sync with the picture; but again, that may be due to the source material.
This is a charming film, and well worth the price to see Burns and Allen dance (twice!) with Fred Astaire, the debut of some Gershwin songs, and Fred's incredible drum/tap solo in the finale. The picture looks better than I've ever seen it, and the audio is beautifully clear. Thank you, Warner Brothers, for making this film available again!