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TCM Spotlight: Doris Day Collection (R1) in April

Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of TCM Spotlight: Doris Day Collection on 7th April 2009 priced at $49.92 SRP. Focusing on her golden years at Warner Bros., this collection features five new-to-R1 DVD titles that have been meticulously remastered using all new digital transfers. The films will be available in Digi-Pak packaging as a collection only.

All films feature English and French subtitles.

The Films

April in Paris (1952)
The State Department wants Ethel Barrymore to represent the American theater at an arts exposition in Paris. But Miss Barrymore’s invitation is sent by mistake to Miss Ethel “Dynamite” Jackson, a very blonde, very brassy chorus girl.

Doris Day and Ray Bolger star in this musical bonbon highlighted by the Vernon Duke/E.Y. Harburg title tune and a high-kicking, bell-ringing rendition of the Jule Styne/Sammy Cahn I’m Gonna Ring the Bell Tonight. Day is pure TNT as Dynamite Jackson and Bolger’s rubbery comic artistry ideally complements her. He’s the stuffy bureaucrat who mismailed the Barrymore missive – and now has a stateroom full of explosives on his hands for a Paris-bound ocean voyage.

DVD Special Features:
  • Vintage short So You Want To Wear The Pants
  • Classic cartoon Terrier Stricken
  • Theatrical trailer

It’s a Great Feeling (1949)
No director? No leading lady? No problem! If no one will work with actor Jack Carson (who plays himself), he’ll just pull his own movie together. Good buddy Dennis Morgan can be hoodwinked into co-starring. And there’s a talented kid in the studio commissary (Day) eager for her big break.

In her third film (and third with Carson), Doris Day plays that up-and-comer in a bright filmmaking spoof featuring melodic toe-tappers, real Hollywood and Warner Bros. back lot locales, star cameos (Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Edward G. Robinson, among others) and a surprise comedy finale.

Starlift (1951)
The charming tale of a serviceman with a crush on a movie ingénue is the backdrop for this spirited flag-waver featuring screen greats such as Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, James Cagney, Gary Cooper, Ruth Roman, Gene Nelson, Virginia Mayo, Jane Wyman, Randolph Scott and more Hollywood celebrities performing for – or just shooting the breeze with – star-struck flyboys in uniform. Songs by the Gershwins, Cole Porter and more legendary composers plus a hilarious Western production number with Cooper whoopin’ it up as a steely Texas Ranger add to the patriotic fun.

DVD Special Features:
  • Vintage short Musical Memories
  • Classic cartoon Sleepy Time Possum
  • Theatrical trailer

Tea for Two (1950)
Wealthy, stagestruck Nan Carter strikes a bet that she can say “no” to everything for 48 hours. If she wins, she gets the $25,000 to back a Broadway musical vehicle for herself. She’s determined, even if it means saying “no” when the guy she loves pops the question. Nan doesn’t know it yet, but her fortune has been wiped out in the Crash of ’29.

Doris Day is a sunny sensation in this flapper-era musical romp, with co-stars Gordon MacRae and Gene Nelson on hand to help provide songs, dance and romance. Eve Arden, Billy DeWolfe and S.Z “Cuddles” Sakall deliver lots of laughs, and the Gershwins, Vincent Youmans, Harry Warren and other Tin Pan Alley greats supply wonderful melodies, including the title tune, Do, Do, Do, I Only Have Eyes for You, I Want to Be Happy and lots more.

DVD Special Features:
  • Vintage short So You Want to Hold Your Husband
  • Classic cartoon Tee for Two
  • No, No Nanette Radio Show - From the 1949 "Railroad Hour" series, with Doris Day and Gordon MacRae
  • No, No Nanette Overture - From the surviving Vitaphone disc from lost 1930 Warner Bros. film
  • Theatrical trailer

The Tunnel of Love (1958)
Isolde (Doris Day) and Augie (Richard Widmark) Poole are trying to adopt a baby. Dick (Gig Young), the Poole’s neighbor, has advice for Augie during these challenging times: have an affair. (Of course, that’s Dick’s solution for everything). No way, says Augie. Then he wakes up in a motel room with no memory of the night before – and finds a thank-you note from the curvy caseworker who’s handling the Poole adoption! Gene Kelly’s lively direction, the stars’ comedy chops and the popular title tune highlight this sexy romp of the kind that made Day one of the world’s biggest movie stars of the ’50s and ’60s.

DVD special features include:
  • Classic cartoon Tot Watchers
  • Theatrical trailer

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