Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Great Films Not on DVD: July

Well, I guess I lied. I didn’t have quite enough time last week to get a second post out. Anyways, I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July weekend. For once, I didn’t have to work at all. My sister and her husband came from out of state and we all had a great time, despite the rain and cold weather.

Our Betters (1933)
Starring Constance Bennett

This movie already aired, but I thought I would still include it. Based on a play by W. Somerset Maugham, the movie tells the story of American heiress Pearl Saunders who marries an English lord only to find him with another woman on their wedding day. They remain married and she becomes friends with other titled heiresses who were married for their money. A great little pre-code.

Fashions of 1934 (1934)
Starring William Powell and Bette Davis
Airs July 29 on TCM

Two former business partners join forces with a young fashion designer to sell cheaper copies of designer dresses. The business takes off until their scheme is figured out by one of the designers being ripped off.

The Swan (1956)
Starring Grace Kelly, Alec Guinness, and Louis Jourdan
Airs July 31 on TCM

In one of her final films, Grace Kelly plays the part of a princess, quite a stretch for her. When her cousin Prince Albert (Guinness) comes to visit, her mother urges her to marry him. However, she secretly has feelings for her brother’s tutor. In the end, she must choose whether to give up her life as she knows it to marry a commoner or do her duty and marry the prince.

I was very surprised to learn that this film isn’t on dvd since the majority of Grace’s films are. Hopefully, this will be corrected very soon. Grace looks absolutely beautiful and regal in it.


Kate Gabrielle said...

Darn! I missed Our Betters. Just another reason why it NEEDS to be on DVD! :)

Nicole said...

Ohh Ours Better does sound like a good film, that stinks that I missed it though.

I can't wait to see The Swan! Grace Kelly looks so beautiful in that photo with Alec.

Lolita said...

Thanks for the tips! I must shamefully admit that I haven't yet seen any of these films, even though I have "Fashions of 1934" on my to-see-very-soon list!

Juliette. said...

I cannot believe The Swan isn't out yet...really surprising to me.

Genevieve said...

Kate: I'm sorry. I didn't give very good notice. Hopefully it will be on again soon!

Nicole: You haven't seen The Swan? You MUST see it because Grace is more stunning than usual in it.

Lolita: No problem : ) You've got some more movie watching to do then!

Juliette: First off, welcome! : )
I know, its so surprising. People love Grace Kelly and one of her films isn't on dvd? Crazy!

Juliette. said...

Thanks! :)

Tom K said...

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