Classic Comedies
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Classic Comedies

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Director: George Cukor, Gregory La Cava

Cast: Ernst Lubitsch, George Cukor, Gregory La Cava, Howard Hawks

     
 
Six hilarious and sophisticated comedies from Hollywood's golden era are collected in this special DVD collectors set. Classic Comedies features the films Bringing Up Baby, featuring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn as they search for a missing dinosaur bone; The Philadelphia Story, in which Grant and Hepburn are teamed with James Stewart for a comic

Overview

Six hilarious and sophisticated comedies from Hollywood's golden era are collected in this special DVD collectors set. Classic Comedies features the films Bringing Up Baby, featuring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn as they search for a missing dinosaur bone; The Philadelphia Story, in which Grant and Hepburn are teamed with James Stewart for a comic tale of a divorced couple brought back together when the former wife decides to remarry; To Be or Not to Be, Ernst Lubitsch's barbed comedy starring Jack Benny and Carole Lombard as actors in a Polish theater troupe during World War II; Dinner at Eight, a frothy story of clashing egos at an upscale dinner party featuring Jean Harlow and John Barrymore; Stage Door, a witty look at backstage life on Broadway starring Katharine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers; and Libeled Lady, a screwball comedy in which a wealthy heiress (Myrna Loy) sues a newspaper editor (Spencer Tracy) and the editor hatches a complicated scheme of false marriage to get even. The collection features special edition two-disc sets of both Bringing Up Baby and The Philadelphia Story.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Fans of vintage Hollywood movies, your prayers have been answered! This deluxe box set collects six of the best comedies released during the ‘30s and ‘40s. It will be a particular boon to Katharine Hepburn devotees, as she is represented in three of the films. Stage Door, the rollicking 1937 film version of the George S. Kaufman-Edna Ferber play about aspiring actresses living in a theatrical boardinghouse, teams Hepburn with Ginger Rogers and several stars-to-be: Lucille Ball, Ann Miller, and Eve Arden. Bringing Up Baby (1938), to some historians the definitive screwball comedy, pairs Kate with Cary Grant under the direction of Howard Hawks. The Philadelphia Story (1940) reunites Grant and Hepburn -- here playing spoiled heiress Tracy Lord -- and tosses in Jimmy Stewart for good measure; George Cukor directs. Dinner at Eight (1933), another Kaufman-Ferber adaptation, benefits from superb scripting and features a slew of M-G-M’s top stars, including John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, and the screen’s original “blonde bombshell,” Jean Harlow. She also costars in Libeled Lady (1936), a delightfully daffy romp, with Spencer Tracy as a scheming newspaperman who uses ex-reporter William Powell to double-cross hot-tempered heiress Myrna Loy. Rounding out the set is To Be or Not to Be (1942), a black comedy that rather surprisingly set in Nazi-occupied Poland, with Jack Benny utterly hilarious as an egotistical actor recruited by the Polish underground. Each one of these movies is a knockout, guaranteed to provide laughs no matter how many times it's viewed.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2005
UPC:
0012569697362
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
10:13:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Carole Lombard Maria Tura
Cary Grant C.K. Dexter Haven,Actor,David Huxley
Jean Harlow Gladys Benton,Kitty Packard
Katharine Hepburn Susan Vance,Terry Randall,Tracy Lord,Actor
Marie Dressler Carlotta Vance
Ginger Rogers Jean Maitland
Jack Benny Joseph Tura
John Barrymore Larry Renault
William Powell Bill Chandler
Adolphe Menjou Anthony Powell
Charlie Ruggles Maj. Horace Applegate
James Stewart Macauley Connor
Myrna Loy Connie Allenbury
Robert Stack Lt. Stanislav Sobinski
Wallace Beery Dan Packard
Barry Fitzgerald Mr. Gogarty
Felix Bressart Greenberg
Gail Patrick Linda Shaw
Ruth Hussey Liz Imbrie
Spencer Tracy Warren Haggerty
Constance Collier Catherine Luther
John Howard George Kittredge
Lionel Atwill Rawitch
Lionel Barrymore Oliver Jordan
May Robson Aunt Elizabeth
Walter Connolly James B. Allenbury
Billie Burke Mrs. Oliver Jordan

Technical Credits
Ernst Lubitsch Director
George Cukor Director
Gregory La Cava Director
Howard Hawks Director
Jack Conway Director

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Bringing Up Baby, Disc 1
1. Credits [1:13]
2. No Bones About Marriage [2:50]
3. She Has His Things [4:48]
4. Olives and the Love Impulse [5:52]
5. Rear Views [2:17]
6. Man of Some Dignity [4:01]
7. Want a Leopard? [3:20]
8. Meeting Baby [3:58]
9. Poultry Dinner [2:26]
10. Lawbreakers [2:52]
11. Shortage of Clothes [2:09]
12. Gay All of a Sudden [1:54]
13. Bone Dry [3:08]
14. Hunting With George [4:19]
15. The Major and Mr. Bone [3:33]
16. Dinner on the Move [3:36]
17. Leopard Calling [2:40]
18. Pear-Shaped Mating Cry [4:34]
19. Wet in the Woods [5:00]
20. Leopard #2 [3:48]
21. Here, Kitty [4:16]
22. Please, David [2:23]
23. Moonlight Quartet [2:40]
24. Jailbirds [2:45]
25. Who's in Charge Here? [3:56]
26. The Leopard Gang [2:43]
27. "Name Anything and I've Done It." [4:38]
28. Her Hero [2:02]
29. A Mess of Everything [3:37]
30. Cast List [4:03]
Side #2 -- Bringing Up Baby, Disc 2
1. The Grant Persona [2:45]
2. The Pender Troupe [3:49]
3. A Future in Film [5:27]
4. Breakthroughs and Reunions [6:58]
5. Bringing Up Baby, Holiday [5:08]
6. Male Bonding [5:24]
7. His Girl Friday [2:21]
8. The Philadelphia Story [4:12]
9. Penny Serenade, Suspicion [5:34]
10. Cash and Cary [2:35]
11. None But the Lonely Heart [2:01]
12. Notorious [2:59]
13. A Commodity [5:20]
14. Betsy Drake; Time Off [4:10]
15. A Thief and an Affair [3:32]
16. Sophia Loren [3:01]
17. North By Northwest [5:31]
18. Hell of a Wrench [1:45]
19. Charade [2:32]
20. Time to Quit [2:39]
21. Getting it Right [4:49]
22. Full Circle [3:42]
23. End Credits [:34]
1. Introduction [2:25]
2. The Dawn Patrol, The Crowd Roars [3:01]
3. Scarface [2:19]
4. Twentieth Century [2:03]
5. Bringing Up Baby [4:01]
6. His Girl Friday [6:47]
7. Only Angels Have Wings [3:45]
8. Sergeant York [1:44]
9. Air Force [4:19]
10. To Have and Have Not [3:40]
11. The Big Sleep [4:02]
12. I Was a Male War Bride [3:51]
13. Monkey Business [2:05]
14. Red River [4:11]
15. Rio Bravo [5:59]
16. End Credits [:41]
Side #3 -- Dinner at Eight
1. Credits [2:00]
2. The Jordans [4:54]
3. Carlotta's Woes [4:26]
4. Bygone Days [4:28]
5. Down to Business [4:30]
6. Kitty Packard [4:51]
7. Go Lay an Egg [3:59]
8. Doctor Darling [2:19]
9. Extra Man [2:43]
10. Larry Renault [5:13]
11. The Loves of Larry [4:00]
12. Pushover Part [7:06]
13. Short of Cash [3:13]
14. Dr. and Mrs. Talbot [:06]
15. Jordan's Condition [5:46]
16. Servant Trouble [3:23]
17. Fateful Transactions [1:42]
18. Half Out of Her Mind [5:29]
19. Gasbag vs. Alley Cat [2:31]
20. Bitter Truth [7:53]
21. Down and Out [6:50]
22. Final Curtain [2:56]
23. Guests Arrive [3:30]
24. Terribly Final News [5:12]
25. We'll Economize [3:47]
26. Not Every Profession [5:04]
1. Introduction and Credits [3:22]
2. Pushed Into Movies [3:12]
3. Hell's Angels [5:23]
4. The Beast of the City [2:05]
5. Red-Headed Woman [4:33]
6. Paul Bern Scandal [4:50]
7. Reckless [3:05]
8. Red Dust [2:06]
9. Dinner at Eight, Bombshell [4:19]
10. Changing Image [4:45]
11. Libeled Lady [2:08]
12. Saratoga...and Tragedy [4:10]
13. Forever Young [2:00]
14. End Credits [:56]
Side #4 -- Libeled Lady
1. Credits [1:34]
2. Reprieved [2:46]
3. Wronged Women [4:58]
4. Chandler's Trail [3:26]
5. The Plan [4:32]
6. Scrappily Married [4:38]
7. Not-So-Fond Farewell [1:56]
8. Boning Up on Angling [3:27]
9. So Nice to See You [3:59]
10. Quite an Angler [3:25]
11. Invitations [2:58]
12. Easily Damaged [1:40]
13. The Chandlers at Home [4:29]
14. Underhand Stroke [2:42]
15. Real Outdoor Man [4:44]
16. Hooking Walleye [3:53]
17. Lights Out [5:04]
18. Dancing Partners [5:03]
19. His Wife = My Fiancée [3:49]
20. Surprise and Pleasure [6:07]
21. Bill Knows Best [3:55]
22. Beauty Shoppe Scoop [1:30]
23. Connie's Problem [4:11]
24. Connie's Proposal [2:12]
25. Off to the Races [2:45]
26. Gladys Speaks Up [5:16]
27. Quiet, Please [2:57]
Side #5 -- Stage Door
1. Credits [1:38]
2. Footlights Club [3:47]
3. Enter Terry Randall [3:52]
4. Roommate Banter [2:36]
5. Kaye: No Casting Today [4:02]
6. Taking Things Seriously [4:57]
7. Sleepy-Time Gals [3:31]
8. Catching Powell's Eye [2:24]
9. What Makes an Actress [4:37]
10. Favorite Daughter [1:44]
11. Powell's New Number [4:04]
12. Crashing Powell's Office [5:13]
13. Dressed for a Date [4:58]
14. How the Other Half Lives [2:28]
15. Pygmalion and Galatea [6:36]
16. Using Her Brain [2:47]
17. Understanding Between Fakers [2:51]
18. Birthday Heartache [2:59]
19. Rank Amateur [3:50]
20. Opening Night [2:52]
21. Kaye's Night Too [2:48]
22. Final Curtain [2:26]
23. Backstage News [2:29]
24. Calla Lilies [2:38]
25. Curtain Speech [3:15]
26. Unbreakable Engagement [1:49]
27. Here Goes the Bride [3:38]
28. Cast List [:37]
Side #6 -- The Philadelphia Story, Disc 1
1. Credits [1:35]
2. Uncoupling [:42]
3. Bride's High Standards [3:56]
4. George Saddles Up [3:21]
5. The Philadelphia Story [4:07]
6. Spies Invade the Manor [4:12]
7. Dexter's Small Blackmail [5:38]
8. Lydia the Tattooed Lady [3:13]
9. Tracy Meets the Press [3:29]
10. The Family for Lunch [5:39]
11. Library Research [3:25]
12. Patron Lady [2:55]
13. Virgin Goddess [5:19]
14. "My, She Was Yar." [4:14]
15. Right Kind of Daughter [3:48]
16. Exposed and Pinched [2:05]
17. Drinks for Everyone [4:47]
18. Talkative Visitor [5:28]
19. Class System [:33]
20. Hearthfires and Holocausts [5:57]
21. Advice to Liz [3:03]
22. The Mighty Fallen [1:58]
23. Eye Openers [4:41]
24. Dinah's Dream [4:13]
25. Missing Memory and Watch [2:45]
26. Not Very Yar [3:35]
27. George's Letter [5:20]
28. There Goes the Groom [3:48]
29. Tracy's Announcement [2:44]
30. Cast List [4:45]
Side #7 -- The Philadelphia Story, Disc 2
1. Introduction; Early Life [3:08]
2. Showoff (Little Women) [2:45]
3. Beginnings of an Actress [3:25]
4. Early Films [3:25]
5. Morning Glory [2:22]
6. The Price [3:24]
7. Alice Adams, Mary of Scotland [3:41]
8. Sylvia Scarlett, Stage Door [3:39]
9. Bringing Up Baby; Fenwick [3:02]
10. The Philadelphia Story [2:42]
11. Spencer Tracy [5:38]
12. Adam's Rib; Pat and Mike [3:15]
13. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner [4:50]
14. Thank You, Spencer [1:24]
15. The African Queen [2:59]
16. Summertime; the Classics [5:48]
17. The Lion in Winter [2:13]
18. Two Legends [3:53]
19. Up to Your Potential [2:44]
20. On Golden Pond; What Counts [4:27]
21. End Credits [1:04]
1. Introduction; Handling Actors [3:42]
2. What Price Hollywood? [4:06]
3. David Cooperfield [3:42]
4. Camille [6:27]
5. Dinner at Eight [6:17]
6. A Bill of Divorcement [2:03]
7. Sylvia Scarlett [2:33]
8. Holiday [1:59]
9. The Philadelphia Story [5:35]
10. Adam's Rib [5:17]
11. Pat and Mike [3:28]
12. The Actress [2:50]
13. A Star Is Born [6:17]
14. End Credits [:36]
Side #8 -- To Be or Not to Be
1. Credits [1:50]
2. Heil Myself [2:59]
3. Attention Grabbers [3:01]
4. Maria's Admirer [4:37]
5. Lt. Sobinski [4:06]
6. From Walkout to War [5:13]
7. Fighting Back [2:50]
8. Suspicious of Siletsky [6:25]
9. On the Run [3:01]
10. Hidden Items [3:56]
11. The Right Side [4:42]
12. Explaining Things [3:47]
13. Date With Espionage [5:03]
14. Concentration Camp Ehrhardt [5:00]
15. Secret Love Code [3:25]
16. Death Scene [3:34]
17. Great Actor's Steadfast Wife [3:54]
18. What He Did to Shakespeare [6:13]
19. Dead Man Talking [2:48]
20. Real Imposter [6:04]
21. Overacted Commotion [3:19]
22. Great Entrances [4:40]
23. Monumental Getaway [1:59]
24. Rival for Her Affection [3:05]
25. Again the Question [2:45]
26. Cast List [:39]

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