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No More Orchids (1932)         Brief Moment (1933)           Lady by Choice (1934)

 

No More Orchids (1932)
Lombard plays a spoiled heiress who falls in love with a struggling lawyer despite her arranged marriage to a European prince. What begins as a screwball comedy soon segues into drama tinged with tragedy and Lombard’s refreshingly natural acting style confirms her promise as a rising star. Variety called the film, “A smart, polished production replete with good acting, smooth direction and clever lines.” Directed by Walter Lang (The King and I, 1956).

Brief Moment (1933)
The class conscious formula is reversed in Brief Moment (1933) in which Lombard stars as a nightclub singer trying to convince her rich playboy fiancÚ (Gene Raymond) to abandon his party-going lifestyle in favor of a respectable livelihood. Based on a play by S.N. Behrman (Waterloo Bridge, 1940), this romantic drama set against the backdrop of the Great Depression is immensely appealing and, in the words of the New York Times reviewer, “is definitely a tribute to the talents of Carole Lombard and Gene Raymond.”

Lady by Choice (1934)
With Lady by Choice (1934), the actress gets to shine in one of her best early roles as a fan dancer who adopts a feisty elderly woman (May Robson) with a police record. Inspired by the success of Frank Capra’s Lady for a Day (1933, which also starred Robson), this raucous farce is both an unexpected female buddy movie and a lively portrait of street-smart urbanites trying to survive tough times. The tart dialogue is courtesy of screenwriter Jo Swerling (The Whole Town’s Talking, 1935).

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Carole Lombard is an underrated actress now, mostly remembered for her screwball comedies, like Howard Hawks' Twentieth Century, Gregory La Cava's My Man Godfrey, William A. Wellman's Nothing Sacred, Alfred Hitchcock's Mr. & Mrs. Smith and her final swan song, Ernst Lubitsch's To Be or Not To Be. Universal already released six of her films in Carole Lombard: The Glamour Collection back in 2006 and now comes a welcome collection from Sony Pictures of a trio of her Columbia films - Carole Lombard in the Thirties. Sony with TCM already released her 1932 film Virtue as part of Columbia Pictures Pre-Code Collection, so this trio completes her movies on DVD made for Columbia. Two of the films in this collection can be considered pre-codes as well, Walter Lang's No More Orchids (1932) and David Burton's Brief Moment (1933). David Burton and Lombard would reunite for Lady by Choice (1934), co-starring May Robson where she plays kind of the same role as in Frank Capra's Lady for a Day (1933).
 

The single-layered pressed discs feature progressive transfers and all three films in this collection look excellent, with very little print damage and good contrasts. The sound is good as well, with no distortions. The usual for TCM releases extras complete the package - an introduction by Ben Mankiewicz, a TCMDb Article and number of galleries for each film, making this collection an easy recommendation.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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DVD Review: Sony Pictures / TCM (Carole Lombard in the Thirties) - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Sony Pictures / TCM

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:07:56
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.56 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures / TCM

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Ben Mankiewicz Introduction (2:04)
• Galleries (stills, photos, posters, lobby cards)
• TCMDb Article

DVD Release Date: January 21st, 2013
3 discs in a digipack

Chapters 9

 

 

 

directed by Walter Lang
USA 1932

Theatrical Release: 25 November 1932 (USA)

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directed by David Burton
USA 1933

Theatrical Release: 8 September 1933 (premiere)

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DVD Review: Sony Pictures / TCM (Carole Lombard in the Thirties) - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

Distribution

Sony Pictures / TCM

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:08:39
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.55 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures / TCM

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Galleries (Stills, Posters)

DVD Release Date:
3 discs in a digipack

Chapters 8

 


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directed by David Burton
USA 1933

Theatrical Release: 15 October 1934 (USA)

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DVD Review: Sony Pictures / TCM (Carole Lombard in the Thirties) - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

Distribution

Sony Pictures / TCM

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:15:57
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.55 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures / TCM

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Galleries (Stills, Posters, Lobby Cards)

DVD Release Date:
3 discs in a digipack

Chapters 8

 


Screen Captures

 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 


DVD Box Cover

CLICK to order from:

 

Distribution

Sony Pictures / TCM

Region 1 - NTSC

 




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