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Press Release WHV Archive Press Release: Footlight Parade (1933) (Blu-ray)

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. Dick

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    I have seen HD masters of the titles above I have highlighted, and they all look really nice. 80 DAYS was a revelation. Possibly just short of Blu-ray quality (which is also probably why WAC won't release it), but all were a great watch. RYAN'S DAUGHTER looked as good as any Blu-ray I could name, so I am puzzled by the long-g delay.
     
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    Just the mesmerising 'Shangai Lil' makes this a compulsory purchase for me.
     
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    Poor Ruby was a product of wood sole tapping (a real thing), so her tapping is heavier and more awkward than Cagney's lighter, breezy touch. It's still a delightful number.
     
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    Somewhere I still have Tom Hatten's interview with Ruby Keeler after a KTLA Los Angeles screening of FOOTLIGHT PARADE sometime in the 1980s. Ruby recorded interviews for several Berkeley films which were showcased that week in prime time. Those were the days!

    She was very self-effacing, saying at one point something to the effect, "I couldn't act, I couldn't sing, and, now, watching these films again, I see I wasn't the greatest dancer in the world either!"

    After FOOTLIGHT PARADE, she said that it was so ludicrous that everyone would be singing and going on about this exotic creature, Shanghai Lil, "and then, out of a barrrel, pops this little nothing!"

    She also made appearances at film screenings around this time. At one point, someone asked her about her leading men.

    She said "Well there was Dick Powell and Al Jolson...".

    "And?"

    "That's it. Dick Powell and Al Jolson." She never referred to Jolson as her former husband.
     
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    Yeah, it's a fantastic sequence (one of a great many from BB). I could never quite get Ruby Keeler either, although she is very likeable. I suppose the fact that she wasn't a great beauty (or dancer or singer) meant that the female audience could identify with her & think, that could be me up there, whereas looking at Ginger Rogers dancing, they'd have to be very confident to think, yeah, I could dance that well.

    …& who would ever have thought that song & dance man Dick Powell, would make the best ever Philip Marlow, In, Murder My Sweet (Farewell My Lovely).
     
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    Odd that she wouldn't remember the tragic Ross Alexander from Ready, Willing, and Able.
     
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    Keeler had an inexplicable charm which doesn't disappoint. Who knows why? You don't think (or most of us don't think)couldn't they have gotten somebody better?
    I saw her in NNN on Broadway when I was very young and barely knew of her but boy she had the audience in a kind of delirium. There was something more than nostalgia. She could hold a huge Broadway audience in her hand. In fact you can see on the NNN clip on youtube that she got the lead out of her feet and was even more graceful as a grandmother.
     
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    And she introduced the Gershwin song Liza in a Ziegfeld produced Broadway musical Show Girl accompanied by Duke Ellington and his orchestra. She was among the elite in a time of show biz giants.
     
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    I also saw NNN and you are correct in how she held the audience. I was totally enthralled by her. Also the great Patsy Kelly had the audience eating out of her hand.
     
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    Quite a few still important Technicolor MGM titles need to be released in bluray and I'm now wondering if it will ever happen.

    Ziegfeld Follies
    Yolanda and the Thief
    Till the Clouds Roll By
    The Pirate
    Good News
    Words and Music
    Kim
    Scaramouche
    Young Bess
    Royal Wedding
    Three Little Words
    Belle of New York
    Rose Marie
    Student Prince
    Easy to Love(with Berkeley's best color finale and a lost 50s Florida looking spectacular)
    The Great Caruso
    Love Me or Leave Me

    And then there are the Doris Day Warner Bros Musical
     
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    Love Me or Leave Me has been released on Blu-ray by Warner Archive.
     
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    Now I see and it also brought up one of her Warner's musicals Calamity Jane. Was surprised they put out Glass Bottom Boat. I like it but I didn't think that many did.
     

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