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Warner Home Video presents
Lullaby of Broadway (1951)

"I suppose I should be grateful for offering to make an honest girl of me. But I'm not grateful. I'm just disgusted."
- Melinda Howard (Doris Day)

Review By: Mark Zimmer  
Published: April 25, 2005

Stars: Doris Day, Gene Nelson, S.Z. Sakall
Other Stars: Billy De Wolfe, Gladys George, Florence Bates, Anne Triola
Director: David Butler

Manufacturer: WAMO
MPAA Rating: Not Rated for (nothing objectionable)
Run Time: 01h:32m:11s
Release Date: April 26, 2005
UPC: 012569683471
Genre: musical


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
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A- B+A-A- D+

DVD Review

Naïveté and innocence were Doris Day's stock in trade for much of her career, and she puts them to excellent use in this 1951 musical romantic comedy. That naïveté and innocence are contrasted with the worldliness and sleaze of the realm of Broadway in a memorable way, and an A-list of tunes and a superb roster of supporting character actors make this a absolute favorite.

Singer/actress Melinda Howard (Day) is returning via ship to New York from England to visit her mother, Jessica Howard (Gladys George), whom she believes to be a star on Broadway. But drink and dissipation have taken their toll on mom, who has been reduced to singing in clip joints in between sessions of drying out. Lefty Mack (Billy De Wolfe), a friend of Jessica's, helps to conspire to hide the truth from Melinda. Lefty, an actor between shows, is currently working as a butler for brewer Adolph Hubbell (S.Z. Sakall), and pretends that Hubbell's house is actually Jessica's home, rented out to Hubbell while she's out on tour. Hubbell plays along, but he begins to be romantically interested in Melinda himself, despite the suspicions of his battleaxe wife, Anna (Florence Bates). Things come to a head when Melinda is cast in a show that Hubbell is funding and Anna files for divorce.

Day is as usual engaging, with tons of charm and a wide range, especially in her reactions after the newspapers get wind of the possible scandal in her situation. The juxtaposition of her wounded pride and trusting character against the crowd of reporters ready to believe the worst is very effective. Her singing is typically dazzling and seemingly effortless. She also more than holds her own tapdancing with co-star Gene Nelson, her romantic interest. He's fairly dull and uninteresting (when he's not being slightly creepy), but otherwise the supporting cast is terrific. Sakall had appeared with Day before in Romance on the High Seas (1948), and his befuddled German character is a fun combination of cluelessness and deviousness. The always-entertaining Billy De Wolfe doesn't disappoint here, with the perfect combination of smarminess and heart-felt affection. Gladys George's pathetic turn as Jessica, full of both pride and shame at once, is quite memorable and affords another effective contrast to Day's character. Florence Bates (Rebecca) turns in another fine performance in a fairly limited role.

The setting of show business affords the opportunity to have the songs naturally fit into the story for the most part without feeling too forced. They're generally classics, with the title tune in particular a highlight: during the finale the song opens with a spot solely on Day's face, giving her an eerie disembodied appearance before evolving into a full production number. Another highlight is a tap number with Nelson that involves using swinging glass doors as a prop. The one song that doesn't seem to fit is Cole Porter's Just One of Those Things, with its rather casual attitude to romance. It isn't entirely convincing when performed by Day, who can't quite summon the necessary venom for the subtext of the tune. But that's a pretty small failing in an otherwise very enjoyable musical.

The songs (each with their own chapters on the DVD) are as follows:

Lullaby of Broadway
In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town
Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
Somebody Loves Me
You're Dependable
You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me
Just One of Those Things
Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart
I Love the Way You Say Good Night
Lullaby of Broadway (reprise)


Rating for Style: A-
Rating for Substance: B+

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1.33:1 - Full Frame
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicno


Image Transfer Review: The original full-frame Technicolor picture looks terrific. There's plenty of sharpness and detail, without significant edge enhancement. Colors are rather subdued, giving the film a picture-postcard appearance. On occasion skin tones are a wee bit unstable, but black levels are excellent and the source print exhibits hardly any wear or damage. There's really little to complain about. though De Wolfe's patterned vest in one scene is a startling mess of moiré patterns in an otherwise clean transfer.

Image Transfer Grade: A-

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
MonoEnglishno


Audio Transfer Review: The 1.0 mono English track sounds fine, with a decent range for the period, without shrillness or significant hiss or noise. Bass isn't any worse than one would expect for a film of this vintage, and the vocals on the songs sound excellent, with the timbres of Day's voice coming through marvelously. On the title song she literally induces shivers and that feeling comes across very well indeed.

Audio Transfer Grade: A-

 

Disc Extras

Animated menu with music
Scene Access with 26 cues and remote access
Music/Song Access with 10 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in Engliish, French, Spanish with remote access
1 Original Trailer(s)
5 Other Trailer(s) featuring Romance on the High Seas, It's a Great Feeling, April in Paris, By the Light of the Silvery Moon, Lucky Me
Packaging: Amaray
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: dual

Extras Review: The sole extra is a set of trailers from Day musicals from Warner Bros. spanning the period 1948-1954, most of which have yet to make it to DVD. Hopefully a second boxset will remedy these omissions. Oddly enough, the dual-layer disc has the movie entirely on one layer and only the trailers on the second one. This seems like an odd mastering decision, but since artifacting is minimal there seems to be no harm done.

Extras Grade: D+

 

Final Comments

A very entertaining musical, with a great supporting cast and some topnotch songs, and a first-rate transfer. No significant extras, however.

 


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