Item description for Ford At Fox Collection: John Ford's American Comedies (Steamboat Around the Bend / Judge Priest / Doctor Bull / When Willie Comes Marching Home / Up the River / What Price Glory) by Dan Dailey, Corinne Calvet, Colleen Townsend, William Demarest & Jimmy Lydon...
No Description Available. Genre: Feature Film-Comedy Rating: NR Release Date: 4-DEC-2007 Media Type: DVD
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Actors: Dan Dailey, Corinne Calvet, Colleen Townsend, William Demarest, Jimmy Lydon
Format: Box set, Color, DVD, NTSC
Region Code: 1 (USA & Canada Only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Running Time: 525.00 minutes
Record Label 20th Century Fox
Format Box set / Color / DVD / NTSC
Dimensions: Length: 7.7" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.3" Weight: 0.731875 lbs.
Binding DVD Video
Publisher 20th Century Fox
ISBN13 0024543483182 UPC 024543483182
Availability 0 units.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Ford At Fox Collection: John Ford's American Comedies (Steamboat Around the Bend / Judge Priest / Doctor Bull / When Willie Comes Marching Home / Up the River / What Price Glory)?
Will Rogers DVD's Dec 30, 2009
I was amazed at the quality of these videos. They came packaged in individual DVD's. I would recommend this collection to anyone, well worth the money and many hours of old time fun. You will not be disappointed in these videos, makes a great gift.
Overlooked performances Sep 22, 2009
I skipped this when it came out, not realizing that it contained two of Lincoln Perry's performances, as Stepin Fetchit. Perry was one of the most brilliant comics of his time, and has been unfairly maligned because of a cultural misinterpretation of his great creation, Stepin Fetchit. Perry was thoughtful and articulate, but his Fetchit character, based on someone Perry judged to be the world's laziest man, was a comic exaggeration taken to surreal levels. Basically, Perry, billed as Stepin Fetchit, played the same character in every film. It's a knife-edge gag, however, because it can be taken as a demeaning stereotype of African-Americans or, as Perry intended, a lovable comic foil he could mine for surprising and clever comic bits. It made him an inveterate scene-stealer, acknowledged as such by some of Hollywood's leading actors, and it is remarkable to watch him interact with Will Rogers. Perry said he and Rogers would just get a sense of the script and then cut loose during the take. There are some cringe-inducing moments when that comedy teeters onto the wrong side of the knife (due mostly to the scripts), but Black audiences of the 30s understood the gag and rejected the idea of a stereotype. They could appreciate the comic genius of Perry's exaggerations; the more popular his movies, the more popular he became with live audiences on the Black theater circuit. It's nice to be able to see Perry's performances intact, especially in Judge Priest, one of his most extended roles. Interestingly, Perry was under studio contract, not a rogue comic hired for specific roles, and had mid-level billing (in the cast card, the leads were in large letters, the studio regulars in medium letters, and, lastly, the minor characters in small letters). However, he and Hattie McDaniel, in medium letters, were listed at the end of the cast card - the back of the bus, you might say. It helps a lot to read Mel Watkins biography of Perry, titled STEPIN FETCHIT, to put Perry's work into perspective.
Ford at Fox Collection Oct 24, 2008
Ford At Fox - The Collection The Box is quite a bargain. Even though some of the films are a bit dated they are still fun to watch. The picture quality of the older films is surpraisingly good. John Ford wasn't just a director of western. Recomanded not only to John Ford-Fans.
A Good Oldie: Up the River Sep 5, 2008
This video was colorized by Ted Turner, apparently as the colors are subdued and bland. The music was like that in "Guys and Dolls" with a prison band and at the ballgame. Clare Luce was a gangster's moll, with hair like mine. The entertainment in prison (Up the River) was black face, one played a bozoo like those two crazies. A long horn was used in vaudeville.
Tempers flare backstage. In the prison, the majority of inmates was white, and mean like those we know as internet bullies. "My Buddy" was on the old time victrola. M O T H E R was sung by a tenor. "Be Kind to your Feathered Friends" was funny. On the hayride with four horses, there was singing and meriment. Those men in white pants and dark tops are on old fashioned radio.
DOCTOR BULL: Will Rogers in an entertaining tale of a small town doctor in the 1930s Aug 16, 2008
This early John Ford film starring Will Rogers in the title role is agreeable, satisfying, and entertaining. "Doc Bull" is the only physician in a small Connecticut town, on call at all times, beginning to feel his age, and trying hard to keep up with progress in medicine. He is a widower whose friendship with a local widow provides grist for town gossips. A typhoid outbreak tests him and the town.
The first reason to watch the film is to see the fine performance by Rogers, amusing at some times, poignant in others.
The second reason is to glimpse life in America in the 1930s. Doctors made house calls. Mail came by train. Telephone operators connected every call by hand, and from listening to the conversations knew everything that went on. (In one scene, Rogers has a fine rant against the telephone. It sounds just like our generation cursing the blackberry.)
There's a social issue in the film. In the 1930s many Americans still put a great emphasis on a family's "stock" (its origins), and the older generation wanted to match young adults only with proper and approved mates of the same religion and class. Dr. Bull has a more liberal view. Perhaps this was one of the movies that helped move America toward its socially more democratic future.
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