Unsinkable Molly Brown

Unsinkable Molly Brown

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Director: Charles Walters

Cast: Charles Walters, Debbie Reynolds, Harve Presnell, Ed Begley Sr.

     
 

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The charming 1964 musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown arrives on DVD with a nice transfer, good sound, and some intriguing extras. The image is framed at the original widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and it is anamorphic. There is an English soundtrack recorded in Dolby Digital 5.1 as well as a French soundtrack in Dolby Digital Stereo. Subtitles are availableSee more details below

Overview

The charming 1964 musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown arrives on DVD with a nice transfer, good sound, and some intriguing extras. The image is framed at the original widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and it is anamorphic. There is an English soundtrack recorded in Dolby Digital 5.1 as well as a French soundtrack in Dolby Digital Stereo. Subtitles are available in English and French. In addition to a pair of trailers and a behind-the-scenes documentary, this disc features screen tests for leads Debbie Reynolds and Harve Presnell. Presnell would gain fame 30 years later as the father-in-law in Fargo.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A career highpoint for Debbie Reynolds, The Unsinkable Molly Brown is essentially a showcase for the diminutive star's singing, dancing and acting. Not that she's the only thing in the movie. Harve Presnell is very definitely a big presence -- and his luscious, booming baritone with its sweet, light upper register is very definitely a tremendous asset. Presnell shows his voice off to good advantage in "Colorado, My Home" and "I'll Never Say No," two of the more attractive offerings from Meredith Willson's good-but-not-great score. The leading man is also a decent actor, much looser and more engaging than other such singers in the Howard Keel mode, and he partners Reynolds well. Reynolds gives the part her energetic all, plunging into the raucous aspects of her character with wild abandon, and making the transformation to elegant swan believable. At times she does try too hard, and the push is evident in vocal strain in her two big numbers, the anthemic "I Ain't Down Yet" and the boisterous "Belly up to the Bar, Boys." And even with all her commitment and enthusiasm, Reynolds can disguise neither the fact that Molly's singleminded social climbing has an unpleasant aspect to it nor that the plot is often thin and unconvincing. Charles Walters has shot the film beautifully, and the physical production is impressive. While Peter Gennaro's choreography is of variable quality, the ensemble -- including stellar dance talents such as Grover Dale and Maria Karnilova -- is first rate.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/19/2000
UPC:
0012569520127
Original Release:
1964
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
2:15:00

Special Features

Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Behind-the-scenes documentary "The Story of a Dress"; Interactive menus; Two theatrical trailers; Scene access; Languages & subtitles: English & Français

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Debbie Reynolds Molly Brown
Harve Presnell Johnny Brown
Ed Begley Shamus Tobin
Jack Kruschen Christmas Morgan
Hermione Baddeley Mrs. Grogan
Martita Hunt Grand Duchess Elise Lupovinova
Vassili Lambrinos Prince Louis de Laniere
Fred Essler Baron Karl Ludwig von Ettenburg
Harvey Lembeck Polak
Lauren Gilbert Mr. Fitzgerald
Kathryn Card Mrs. Wadlington
Hayden Rorke Broderick
Harry Holcombe Mr. Wadlington
Amy Douglass Mrs. Fitzgerald
George Mitchell Monsignor Ryan
Vaughn Taylor Mr. Cartwright
Anthony Eustrel Roberts
Audrey Christie Mrs. McGraw
Grover Dale Jam
Brendan Dillon Murphy
Maria Karnilova Daphne
Gus Trikonis Joe
Eleanor Audley Mrs. Cartwright
Ramsay Hill Lord Simon Primdale
Anna Lee Passenger
Moyna MacGill Lady Primdale
Pat Moran Vicar
George Jay Nicholson Hotchkiss
Minta Durfee Actor
Herb Vigran Spieler

Technical Credits
Charles Walters Director
Preston Ames Art Director
Robert Armbruster Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Leo Arnaud Score Composer
George W. Davis Art Director
Helen Deutsch Screenwriter
Roger Edens Associate Producer
Jack Elliott Score Composer
Daniel L. Fapp Cinematographer
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Morton Haack Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Hayes Score Composer
Robert R. Hoag Special Effects
Hugh Hunt Set Decoration/Design
Calvin Jackson Score Composer
J. McMillan Johnson Special Effects
Hank Moonjean Asst. Director
Leo Shuken Score Composer
Frederic Steinkamp Editor
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Lawrence Weingarten Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Overture. [4:03]
2. Credits. [3:29]
3. Molly and Family. [2:21]
4. "I Ain't Down Yet." [5:35]
5. The Man I Marry. [4:05]
6. "Colorado, My Home." [3:52]
7. At the River. [2:17]
8. Cabin Fever. [3:27]
9. Leadville. [2:13]
10. "Belly Up to the Bar, Boys." [7:35]
11. Reading and Writing. [3:39]
12. "I'll Never Say No." [4:14]
13. "I'll Never Say No" Reprise. [2:03]
14. Just for Molly. [3:34]
15. Bamboozled Bride. [3:35]
16. Hiding Place. [5:26]
17. Up in Smoke. [4:00]
18. Lucky Strike. [2:26]
19. The Idle Rich. [4:32]
20. Surprise Guests. [5:48]
21. Grogan's Advice. [2:20]
22. Ryan's Advice. [2:49]
23. "I'll Never Say No" and "I Ain't Down Yet." [2:38]
24. New Circle of Friends. [3:25]
25. "A Belly Up" Birthday. [2:29]
26. Bound for "Colorado, My Home." [2:58]
27. The Receiving Line. [5:33]
28. "He's My Friend." [7:01]
29. Brawl at the Browns'. [3:54]
30. Saying No at Last. [2:04]
31. "Leadville Johnny Brown." [4:01]
32. Queen of the World. [2:41]
33. Down. [3:49]
34. "I'm Unsinkable!" [2:12]
35. Quite a Woman. [2:41]
36. Finale. [2:47]
37. Cast List. [:28]
38. Exit Music. [3:07]

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