It Happened to Jane by Richard Quine |Doris Day, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs | 43396075450 | DVD | Barnes & Noble
It Happened to Jane

It Happened to Jane

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Director: Richard Quine

Cast: Doris Day, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs

     
 
The DVD release of Richard Quine's It Happened to Jane has given the movie a visual luster that far outshines its stylistic merits. The letterboxed non-anamorphic image (1.85:1) in high-definition looks stunning; even on a non-high-definition DVD playback, it could fool viewers into thinking they were watching a film print; it's so clean and crisp that you can

Overview

The DVD release of Richard Quine's It Happened to Jane has given the movie a visual luster that far outshines its stylistic merits. The letterboxed non-anamorphic image (1.85:1) in high-definition looks stunning; even on a non-high-definition DVD playback, it could fool viewers into thinking they were watching a film print; it's so clean and crisp that you can easily make out the back-projection shots from those that are actual location shots. Otherwise, the disc is fairly undistinguished -- a dozen chapters for the 97-minute movie, which relies a little too much on Doris Day's cuteness and not enough on Jack Lemmon's gift for comedy to be considered a classic (though it builds to a rewarding climax that parodies movie thrillers). There are no significant bonus features unique to this movie, though a pair of trailers for two much better movies -- Gilda and It Should Happen to You -- plus a middling musical (You Were Never Lovelier) add significantly to the entertainment content of the disc itself. The DVD opens automatically to a simple, easy-to-use menu.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
It Happened to Jane is a fairly enjoyable little romantic comedy (with a misleading title, by the way, as Jane is hardly so impassive as to wait and let things happen to her). Jane has a real desire to be a Frank Capra-style comedy, and on the surface it succeeds: it's a "little man (or woman) takes on the system and wins against all odds, aided by the reg'lar folks who take up her cause" story, alright. But Jane lacks the magic that Capra could bring to these tales. He believed in such stories in his gut, and that belief casts a glow over his best films that can't be duplicated. Jane's director, Richard Quine, may very well share that belief, but if he does, he lacks Capra's ability to turn that belief into cinematic magic. His work is perfunctory; it gets the job done, but it doesn't bring anything new or special to the film. Without that, the many flaws in the screenplay become all too apparent. Fortunately, Jane has a lovely cast. Doris Day is in excellent form, spunky and perky and entirely believable as the little woman who refuses to say die. Jack Lemmon is in equally good form as her more cautious counterpart, and the chemistry between the two is excellent. And Ernie Kovacs practically steals the whole show as the cigar-chomping villain of the piece. Throw in dependable Mary Wickes and some cameos from an array of TV names of the period, and the result is a minor but diverting little piece of fluff.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2005
UPC:
0043396075450
Original Release:
1959
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
8,935

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Doris Day Jane Osgood
Jack Lemmon George Denham
Ernie Kovacs Harry Foster Malone
Steve Forrest Larry Hall
Teddy Rooney Billy Osgood
Russ Brown Uncle Otis
Parker Fennelly Homer Bean
Mary Wickes Matilda Runyon
Philip Coolidge Wilbur Peterson
Casey Adams Selwyn Harris
John Cecil Holm Aaron Caldwell
Gina Gillespie Betty Osgood
Dick Crockett Clarence Runyon
Napoleon Whiting Porter
Bill Cullen Actor
Dave Garroway Actor
Walter Greaza Crawford Sloan
Jayne Meadows Actor
Garry Moore Actor
Henry Morgan Actor
Bess Myerson Actor
Betsy Palmer Actor

Technical Credits
Richard Quine Director,Producer
Louis Diage Set Decoration/Design
George Duning Score Composer
Norman Katkov Screenwriter
Charles Lawton Cinematographer
Martin Melcher Executive Producer
Harry D. Mills Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Nelson Editor
Cary O'Dell Art Director
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start
2. Lawyers
3. The Hearing
4. "Levied Execution"
5. The Boyd's
6. Rent
7. Going Public
8. A Small Town Feel
9. Elected
10. All Aboard
11. Marriage
12. A Special Gift

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