The Alice Faye Collection in February
Fox Home Entertainment have announced the Region 1 DVD release of The Alice Faye Collection for 20th February 2007. Her girl-next-door looks combined with a sultry singing voice made Alice Faye one of Hollywood’s biggest stars in the Golden Age of Cinema, and now Fox are releasing four films starring Alice Faye as part of their Marquee Musicals series of releases. Lillian Russell, That Night In Rio and The Gang’s All Here will be available individually ($19.98 SRP each) or as part of a 4-disc collection ($49.98 SRP) which boasts an exclusive fourth film On The Avenue.
Details on the individual titles and box-set exclusive On The Avenue follow...
Lillian Russell (1940) - It’s the gay 90’s and headliner Lillian Russell (Alice Faye) is unstoppable! Called, “The English Ballad Singer” her beauty, charm and unforgettable voice packed playhouses everywhere. Offstage, she was equally amazing with an extravagant lifestyle that included four husbands, a jewel-studded bicycle and a wardrobe filled with furs, jewels, gowns and diamond-decorated corsets. As Russell, Faye breathes life into this glamorous icon singing old standards such as, “After the Ball” and new songs including, “Blue Love Bird.” One of Faye’s best dramatic roles; she stars with actors Don Ameche, Henry Fonda and Edward Arnold.
The DVD features a full screen presentation, with English Stereo and Mono sound, as well as Spanish subtitles. Bonus material includes a Lillian Russell biography and a restoration comparison.
That Night In Rio (1941) - Don Am eche and Alice Faye pair up as husband and wife, Baron and Baroness Duarte and head to South America in this musical classic. In order to avoid some financial problems, the Baron switches places with impersonator Larry Martin “Direto da Broadway” (also Ameche). When Martin’s affections for the Baroness are too kind and romantic, both the Baroness and Martin’s girlfriend Carmen (Carmen Miranda) realize their men are up to something. Filmed in brilliant Technicolor®, That Night in Rio is a delightful comedy filled with rousing musical numbers including Faye’s passionate and romantic, “They Met in Rio.”
The DVD features a full screen presentation, with English Stereo and Mono sound, as well as Spanish subtitles and is also dubbed in Spanish and French. Bonus material includes an “Alice Faye – A Life off Screen” segment and a restoration comparison.
The Gang’s All Here (1944) - Ea die Allen (Alice Faye) is a chorus girl who dreams of becoming a star. While working at a New York nightclub, she meets Sergeant Andy Mason (James Ellison); they fall in love but he is shipped off to war. As Eadie becomes the headliner at the nightclub, Andy comes home a war hero. But complications arise when Eadie finds out Andy is unofficially engaged to another woman. It’s up to Eadie’s friend and nightclub co-star Dorita (Carmen Miranda) to set things straight. The Gang’s All Here is filled with leggy chorus dancers and lavish musical production numbers including Faye’s flashy neon finale “The Polka Dot Polka.”
The DVD features a full screen presentation, with English Stereo sound. Bonus material includes commentary by film historian Darwin Porter, an appearance by Carmen Miranda on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” Johnny Carson’s Bananas musical number, five Chiquita Banana commercials, as well as the original theatrical trailer, a pin-up girl trailer and a photo gallery.
On The Avenue is a romantic musical that pits a New York socialite family against a Broadway producer. When Gary Blake’s (Dick Powell) new show starring Mona Merrick (Alice Faye) premiere’s, it angers socialite Mimi Carraway (Madeleine Carroll). But Mimi’s bitterness turns to affection when she falls for Gary. Meanwhile, Mona makes a play for Gary by sabotaging the production. A feud erupts and the gossip columns are a-buzz until Mimi’s Aunt Fritz (Cora Witherspoon) steps in to help make things right again. On the Avenue features the velvety-voiced Faye singing Irving Berlin’s “This Year’s Kisses.”
The DVD features a full screen presentation, with English Stereo and Mono sound, as well as French and Spanish subtitles. Bonus material includes commentary by Miles Kreuger, President of the Institute of the American Musical, “Alice Faye – A Life on Screen” segment, a Deleted Scene: The Plumbers - starring the Ritz Brothers and a restoration comparison.