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A Few Words About A few words about...™ Footlight Parade - in Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, Jul 3, 2019.

  1. Robert Harris

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    Together again, for the first time, with Patsy Kelly
     
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    Give credit to Keeler. She was actually humble about her talents. And yes, Footlight Parade is a masterpiece.
     
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    Yes, they were fabulous together!
     
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    Would the usages of sign language be permissible?:rolleyes:
     
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    Robert Harris

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    Sorry, no.

    Merely suggesting that readers hold a few bucks aside for future releases.

    Warner Archive is on a roll this season.
     
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    Ordered, appreciate the heads up.
     
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    Just ordered it, love love love this film! And we get to see John Wayne in a picture within a picture
     
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    And that surely means, at long last, Show Boat. Rolling down the great Mississippi at last. I won't take no for an answer.
     
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    Just depends on whether or not that has been licensed out to Criterion (we're fairly sure they have at least the 1936 film, since the WAC DVD has been out of print for nearly a year).
     
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    :emoji_musical_score:"He's been looking high, and he's been looking low, looking for his Shanghai Lil":emoji_musical_score:

    Warner Archive has posted a clip of most of the number on YouTube in - wait for it! - full 1080 - and it looks amazing. The close-ups of Keeler are diffused.



    Includes many lurid Pre-Code scenes, including a browse through some scantily-clad opium smokers!

    I too saw Keeler live in the 1970s when she was touring in "No, No, Nanette", and yes her dancing was clunky but charming, and endearingly earth-bound. A nice Catholic girl who got her start around age 14 in NYC as a dancer in one of Texas Guinan's many popular speakeasies. A few years later at age 19 she married 42-year-old superstar Al Jolson. They appeared together once in the rarely-seen "Go Into Your Dance" (1935 Warner) which includes the amazing "Latin From Manhattan" number.

    I've seen all the Berkely films many times years ago in theaters in 35mm prints, which was big fun at the time.
     
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    More fun with Pre-Code scenes -





    And - acres and acres of Keeler!! Ruby meets M. C. Escher - from Dames (1934 Warner) -

     
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    Ha, you just have to love the lovely Joan Blondell. Betty Boop made flesh. I hope to see here singing, Remember My Forgotten Man in HD before too long.:)
     
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    The surprises have been great thus far.
    As it is, WAC's newly released titles have been so satisfying that even my own Wish-Lists have gone on summer break.
     
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    I have to laugh a bit, to hear my own thoughts about Keeler echoed by so many here. That is, I've always thought that she can't really sing, can't really dance, and isn't much of an actress either. So how did she manage to be such a big musical star in the thirties? As everyone else has said---she had that special quality; she was so darn likable when seen on screen. The audience identified with her and was rooting for her character, in all of her films. I don't know much about her personal life, but from what I've heard she was quite a pleasant person in real life also, which is nice to know.... At any rate, this will be a must-buy disc for me; glad to hear it looks so good.
     
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    Apparently had a very interesting early history, pre-Jolson. Worth your while to research
     
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    People are getting rough on this site. But the comments about Al Jolson are hilarious.
     
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    I went to a Women in FIlm event with a friend in the 1980's and to our surprise, Ruby Keeler was there! I am glad for those of you who are happy about this release, but for reasons I've never dwelled on, Footlight Parade is my least favorite of the Busby Berkeley films. I've seen my two favorites in a theatre, which was a big treat, Dames and The Gang's All Here which I've seen twice in a theatre (the second time two weeks ago) and which I have on Blu-Ray from Twilight TIme!

    By the way, people feel Ruby's dancing is clunky...I think Cagney's style is, maybe not clunky, but odd as well.
     
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    I believe Cagney specialized in what was called eccentric dancing.
     
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    He was imitating George M Cohan’s style in Yankee Doodle Dandy.
     
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    I just received my copy of Footlight Parade and must say I'm a little disappointed. Whilst the print quality is better than I've seen it before, it's a bit soft and a little grainy. Fortunately it has a nice grey scale. But it's not a patch on the quality of the Criterion Harold Lloyd releases of Speedy and Safety Last. Also, the sound is rather piercing due to a peak in the response at around 3KHz. I was lucky to be able to correct this by treble cut and a little bass boost which improved the quality no end.
     

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