Belle of the Nineties

Belle of the Nineties

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Belle of the Nineties

Unless Universal decides to re-release Belle Of The Nineties itself, fans of this delightfully loopy period romance/musical/drama will have to seek out Image Entertainment's late 1990's DVD edition. The transfer is decent but no better -- the source material looks to be a clean but not perfect 35mm print, with a few flaws such as damaged frames, rough splices, and dirt in spots, but nothing that would do violence to the movie, just very little that would make it seem better than it better did on television. When Universal does get around to doing its own DVD release, one can expect a sharper, cleaner transfer. The 16 chapters on this disc are more than adequate in a movie as episodic as this one, and all of the songs are marked off. Anyone seeking this movie out because of the presence of Duke Ellington and his orchestra, however, may be disappointed -- they take a distinctly subordinate role, and there is no featured spot for the band by itself. There are no special features, and the movie begins playing automatically on start-up.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/1998
UPC: 0014381428025
Original Release: 1934
Rating: NR
Source: Image Entertainment
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [stereo]
Time: 1:13:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mae West Ruby Carter
Roger Pryor Tiger Kid
Johnny Mack Brown Brooks Claybourne
Katherine de Mille Molly Brant
John Miljan Ace Lamont
James Donlan Kirby
Tom Herbert Gilbert
Stuart Holmes Dirk
Harry Woods Slade
Edward Gargan Stogie
Libby Taylor Jasmine
Frederick Burton Col. Claybourne
Duke Ellington Actor
Edward Hearn Actor
Mike Mazurki Actor
Walter Walker Actor
Augusta Anderson Mrs. Claybourne
Gene Austin Crooner
Ben Baker Blackie
Eddie Borden Comedian
Wade Boteler Editor
Tyler Brooke Comedian
Morrie Cohan Butch
Kay Deslys Beef Trust Chorus Girl
Sam Flint Fire Chief
Warren Hymer St. Louis Fighter
Fuzzy Knight Comedian
Sam McDaniel Brother Eben
James Pierce Actor
Frank Rice Best Man
George Walsh Leading Man

Technical Credits
Leo McCarey Director
Travis Banton Costumes/Costume Designer
William Le Baron Producer
Sam Coslow Songwriter
Hans Dreier Art Director
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
Arthur Johnston Songwriter
LeRoy Stone Editor
Karl Struss Cinematographer
Mae West Screenwriter

Scene Index

Chapter Listings
0. Chapter Listings
1. Main Title; An Evening's Entertainment. [3:46]
2. My American Beauty. [2:31]
3. Ruby and Tiger. [5:17]
4. Training. [6:05]
5. Ruby in New Orleans. [4:36]
6. When a St. Louis Woman Comes Down to New Orleans. [7:27]
7. My Old Flame. [7:24]
8. Setting up Ruby. [5:08]
9. The Memphis Blues. [5:59]
10. The Prayer Meeting. [2:22]
11. Troubled Waters. [7:09]
12. The Championship Fight. [4:39]
13. Financial Desperation. [2:43]
14. Double Cross. [6:41]
15. Chapter 15 [:24]
16. End Credits. [:44]

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