Alexander Graham Bell falls in love with deaf girl Mabel Hubbard while teaching the deaf and trying to invent means for telegraphing the human voice. She urges him to put off thoughts of ... See full summary »
Starting in 1913 movie director Connors discovers singer Molly Adair. As she becomes a star she marries an actor, so Connors fires them. She asks for him as director of her next film. Many silent stars shown making the transition to sound.
Out on patrol in the war-time desert a Canadian corporal reminisces about the woman he has left behind in London and ponders whether she will fall for the charms of his rival in love. At ... See full summary »
John M. Stahl
Charming love story set on the Erie Canal in the mid-19th Century. A farmer works on the canal to earn money to buy a farm. He meets a cook on a canal boat, but she can't even consider ... See full summary »
Dwight Dawson, who runs an unsuccessful success school, stages a contest to find the biggest failure in the USA, for publicity value when the "dope" takes his course. But winner Tad Page is... See full summary »
In order to secure the part of Tom Joad in "The Grapes of Wrath," Henry Fonda had to sign a long-term contract with Fox. Except for "The Ox-Bow Incident," Fonda disliked these other films he was forced to do, none more than "Lillian Russell." See more »
A lavish preWWII Alice Faye musical with great stars, songs, costumes
The restored DVD version of this film is a joy to watch. The black and white contrasts are sharp and clear, doing justice to the lavish sets and absolutely gorgeous costumes (certainly would have been nominated for an award in this category, had it existed in 1940). Alice Faye's rich voice is, as always, unmistakable and haunting, and she gets a chance to sing a variety of songs, including "After the Ball" and the beautiful "My Evening Star." She was convincing in a surprisingly nuanced role...and quite moving as the film develops. It's a treat to see her, Don Ameche, Henry Fonda, Edward Arnold and a host of supporting character actors. OK, the plot is not true to Lillian Russell's life, and Alice Faye is not a soprano, as was Russell, but as a piece of nostalgic entertainment, this movie delivers...and is testimony to Alice Faye's talent and appeal.
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