TCM Greatest Classic Legends: Debbie Reynolds DVD

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Singin' In The Rain
1927 Hollywood. Monumental Pictures' biggest stars, glamorous on-screen couple Lina Lamont and Don Lockwood, are also an off-screen couple if the trade papers and gossip columns are to be believed. Both perpetuate the public perception if only to please their adoring fans and bring people into the movie theaters. In reality, Don barely tolerates her, while Lina, despite thinking Don beneath her, simplemindedly believes what she sees on screen in order to bolster her own stardom and sense of self-importance. R.F. Simpson, Monumental's head, dismisses what he thinks is a flash in the pan: talking pictures. It isn't until The Jazz Singer (1927) becomes a bona fide hit which results in all the movie theaters installing sound equipment that R.F. knows Monumental, most specifically in the form of Don and Lina, have to jump on the talking picture bandwagon, despite no one at the studio knowing anything about the technology. Musician Cosmo Brown, Don's best friend, gets hired as Monumental's ideas man and musical director. And by this time, Don has secretly started dating Kathy Selden, a chorus girl who is trying to make in big in pictures herself. Don and Kathy's relationship is despite their less than friendly initial meeting. Cosmo and Kathy help Don, who had worked his way up through the movie ranks to stardom, try make the leap to talking picture stardom, with Kathy following along the way. However, they have to overcome the technological issues. But the bigger problem is Lina, who will do anything to ensure she also makes the successful leap into talking pictures, despite her own inabilities and at anyone and everyone else's expense if they get in her way, especially Kathy as Don's off screen girlfriend and possibly his new talking picture leading lady.

How The West Was Won
Sprawling epic which follows the Prescotts, an emigrant family through four generations, from the Erie Canal in the 1830's to their settled home in the West a half a century later. On the way they encounter river pirates, and escape with the help of fur trapper Linus Rawlings, who subsequently marries one of their daughters, Eve. The parents are drowned on a foundering raft, and the other daughter Lilith becomes a riverboat singer and catches the eye of a genteel adventurer Cleve Van Valen. They cross the plains together in a wagon train and make and lose a fortune in California; meanwhile Linus has turned farmer and, comes the Civil War, joins the Union Army and is killed at the Battle of Shiloh. One of his sons Zeb also joins the army and stays after the war as a cavalry officer and is sent to Colorado to help guard the pioneering railroad against the Indians, whose land they are crossing. By this time Lilith is the elderly lady of the family, having survived long enough to see the dream of settlement realized, but not, mercifully, the aerial shots of the Los Angeles freeway traffic with which the film ends.

The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Majestic mountains are in the background and a waterfall in the foreground. Is that a canoe on the river? No it's a cradle with a baby. The buoyant Molly Brown has survived the first crisis of her life -- a flood. Sixteen years later she sets out to make her way in the world. Can she sing and play the piano? She assures the Leadville saloon keeper that she can and learns quickly. Soon she is the bride of Johnny Brown, who in a few years will be able to replace the original cigar wrapper wedding ring with a replica in gold and gemstones. But it takes more than a few million dollars to be accepted by Denver society. The Browns head for Europe and bring a few crowned heads back to Denver for a party that turns into a ballroom brawl. Molly goes to Europe alone, returning on the Titanic. She didn't survive a flood as a baby for the story to end here.

The Singing Nun
Young and inexperienced Sister Ann has just arrived at her next posting at Samaritan House, a Dominican order located in a disreputable neighborhood of Ghent, Belgium. Sister Ann is enthusiastic, progressive but naive, all which irks one of the senior sisters, Sister Cluny, especially the fact that Sister Ann has a prized material possession, a guitar she's named Adele. Sister Ann considers Adele and her music to be her friends. Contrary to Sister Cluny, the Mother Prioress believes Sister Ann will be a welcome addition to their order. This posting is to be the training ground for Sister Ann and others to become missionaries in Africa. Sister Ann's path takes a detour when the order's Father Clementi hears Sister Ann sing. He believes Sister Ann should record her music and as a favor asks Robert Gerarde of Primavera Records for recording time. Unknown at the time the request is made, Robert and Sister Ann are old friends who attended the Paris Conservatory of Music together five years earlier before she became a nun. Robert believes Sister Ann could be a recording sensation, keeping true to her style of music of religious based folk songs. As Sister Ann becomes more famous, which includes an appearance on the The Ed Sullivan Show (1948), Sister Ann increasingly wonders if she truly is doing the work of God, as she admits she enjoys the adulation of being a celebrity and despite the financial gain to the church. This question, which was important previously in dealing with a precocious local boy named Dominic Arlien (after who she named one of her songs) and his troubled family, becomes all the more important after a specific incident which threatens Dominic's life.
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  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Run Time: 492 Minutes
  • Region: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Studio: Turner Classic Movie
  • DVD Release Date: April 7, 2015
  • Director: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly, John Ford, Henry Hathaway, Charles Walters, Henry Koster
  • Cast: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, James Stewart, John Wayne, Gregory Peck, Harve Presnell, Ed Begley, Ricardo Montalban, Greer Garson
  • Genre: Drama
  • Color: Color
  • Release Date: 1952, 1962, 1964, 1966

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2.0

look at your dvdsright away one of mine was damaged!!!

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love the movies just damaged dvd but was too late to return !

 
5.0

Great Collection of Debbie Reynolds Movies!!!

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  • Action Adventure
  • Engaging Characters
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  • Historical
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    This collection has some of my favorite Debbie Reynolds movies. How The West Was Won, is an all time favorite and has great historical value on how our country grew to become what it is today. It has an ALL STAR cast of some of Hollywood's greatest! The Singing Nun is a true story. I remember when the real life singing nun appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. I loved the Unsinkable Molly Brown. I sat through it twice at the theater! However, it does not follow the real life of the real Molly Brown too closely. I have toured Molly Brown's house in Denver. The movie also showed no children. But, you can't dislike the spunk and spirit that Debbie Reynolds shows in this movie. Singing in the Rain is one of the most well known musicals in movie history, and is fun and entertaining.

     
    5.0

    Debbie Reynolds

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    from Colorado

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      Husband loves Debbie Reynolds movies. Was perfect X-Mas gift. Thank you!!

       
      5.0

      Top five musical

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      from Lakeville, MN

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        The dancing is superior.

         
        5.0

        Classics are ... CLASSIC!

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        from Greenville, SC

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          Debbie Reynolds was a great musical artist in her youth,and these movies are the very best examples of her talent. Her co-stars are more than excellent as well.

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          5.0

          Enjoy the Classic Legend Series

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          from Phoenix, AZ

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            Enjoyed the Debbie Reynolds Classic Legend Series. I had never seen The Singing Nun. Very good. My favorite was The Unsinkable Molly Brown. The price is excellent for these great movies. Enjoyed watching How The West Was Won and Singing In The Rain. All in All great entertainment by a talented actress.

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