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TCM and Warner Launching New Classic Film Collections: Rooney, Garland, Astaire, Rogers, Thin Man

by Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
July 28, 2011 5:50 AM
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As Hollywood threatens to remake The Thin Man, Turner Classic Movies and Warner Home Entertainment are releasing a Thin Man collection as one of three new classic film collections being added to their Greatest Classic Films and Legends lines (The Thin Man, After the Thin Man, Another Thin Man, Shadow of the Thin Man), all starring the iconic screen couple William Powell and Myrna Loy as happily tipsy sleuths Nick and Nora Charles.

The other two collections also feature Golden Age screen couples, but of the singer-dancer variety: young MGM-era Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland (Girl Crazy, Strike Up the Band, Babes in Arms, Babes on Broadway) and the second-tier Astaire and Rogers Volume Two (Flying Down to Rio [pictured], Follow the Fleet, The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle, Roberta). Actually Follow the Fleet boasts some of my fave Irving Berlin numbers, including "I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket," and "Let's Face the Music and Dance." Each will be available November 1. Complete collection details below:

ABOUT THE COLLECTIONS

TCM GREATEST CLASSIC LEGENDS: MICKEY ROONEY AND JUDY GARLAND
Academy Award®-winning child actors Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland dance and sing their way through four classic films.

GIRL CRAZY (1943): With Judy makin’ Bidin’ My Time a cowboy hoedown, Mickey mimicking a boxing announcer in a knockout comedy bit and Tommy Dorsey providin’ Fascinatin’ Rhythm, this Gershwin tunefest is a swell bidin’ of everyone’s time, including a joyous Busby Berkeley-staged I Got Rhythm finale.

INCLUDES:
Commentary by Historian John Fricke
Comedy Short Hollywood Daredevils
Cartoon The Early Bird Dood It
I Got Rhythm Stereo Remix Version
Audio-Only Bonus: Bronco Busters Outtake

STRIKE UP THE BAND (1940): Mickey and Judy lead the effort to enter their school band in a swing-music contest hosted by Paul Whiteman. Judy solos Nobody, Rooney dances and drums with volcanic energy and director Busby Berkeley brings his famed angles, precision dance and cutting to Do the La Conga and the rousing title finale.

INCLUDES:
Pete Smith Specialty Comedy Short Wedding Bills
Cartoon Romeo in Rhythm
Do the La Conga Stereo Remix Version
Audio-Only Bonuses: Leo Is on the Air Radio Promo, Millions for Defense excerpt, 1940 Lux Radio Theater Broadcast

BABES IN ARMS (1939): With Rodgers and Hart songs and Busby Berkeley direction, this tale of kids rescuing their cash-strapped vaudevillian parents by putting on a show is Mickey and Judy’s first musical together, Arthur Freed’s first producer credit and Rooney’s first Oscar® nomination.

INCLUDES:
Commentary by Historian John Fricke
Our Gang Short Duel Personalities
Cartoon The Mad Maestro
1939 Newsreel
Audio-Only Bonuses: Leo Is on the Air Radio Promo and three radio shows with Rooney and Garland

BABES ON BROADWAY (1941): This time the babes aid inner-city kids by puttin’ on a show. Mickey hoofs, clowns and shakes his fruit basket as Carmen Miranda. Judy sings and emotes (in French!) as Sarah Bernhardt. And both bring down the house with How About You, Hoe Down and a minstrel-show stopping finale.

INCLUDES:
Pete Smith Specialty Comedy Short How to Hold Your Husband – Back
Cartoon Dance of the Weed
Audio-Only Bonuses: Two Leo Is on the Air Radio Promos, Merton of the Movies Radio Adaptation with Rooney and Garland and Chin Up! Cheerio! Carry On! Song Demo Performed by Burton Lane.

ALL MOVIES IN THE COLLECTION INCLUDE:
Introduction by Mickey Rooney
Theatrical Trailer
Subtitles: English (Main Feature. Bonus Material/Trailer May Not Be Subtitled)

TCM GREATEST CLASSIC FILMS: THE THIN MAN

THE THIN MAN (1934): The start of it all! Nick and Nora Charles invite you to bring your own alibi to Dashiell Hammett’s jaunty whodunit about a missing inventor that made William Powell and Myrna Loy the champagne elite of sleuthing.

INCLUDES:
The Thin Man Trailer Gallery
Languages: English & Français
Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Main Feature. Bonus Material/Trailer May Not Be Subtitled)

AFTER THE THIN MAN (1936): New Year’s Eve and new mystery surrounding the philandering husband of Nora’s cousin. Round up the unusual suspects, including James Stewart in an early screen role.

INCLUDES:
Robert Benchley Comedy Short How to Be a Detective
Cartoon The Early Bird and the Worm
Audio-Only Bonuses: Leo Is on the Air Radio Promo and Radio Show with Powell and Loy
Theatrical Trailer
Languages: English & Français
Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Main Feature. Bonus Material/Trailer May Not Be Subtitled)

ANOTHER THIN MAN (1939): And baby makes three. Meet Nick Jr. (and join the birthday bash thrown by some of da boys) in this breezy outing that takes the Charleses to the Long Island estate of an industrialist who turns out to be a murder target.

INCLUDES:
Musical Short Love on Tap
Cartoon The Bookworm
Theatrical Trailer
Languages: English & Français
Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Main Feature. Bonus Material/Trailer May Not Be Subtitled)

SHADOW OF THE THIN MAN (1941): Off to the races! The racetrack murder of a jockey and dinner at Mario’s Grotto (try the sea bass!) highlight the fourth screen outing for William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles.

INCLUDES:
Dramatic Short The Tell-Tale Heart
Cartoon The Goose Goes South
Theatrical Trailer
Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Main Feature. Bonus Material/Trailer May Not Be Subtitled)

TCM GREATEST CLASSIC FILMS: ASTAIRE AND ROGERS VOLUME TWO

FLYING DOWN TO RIO (1933): Their first film together! Chorines soar on airplane wings, Vincent Youmans’ bright score lifts spirits even higher and Fred and Ginger steal the show with The Carioca.

INCLUDES:
o Comedy Short Beer and Pretzels
o Cartoon I Like Mountain Music
o Theatrical Trailer

FOLLOW THE FLEET (1936): All hands on deck! Irving Berlin’s songs include Let Yourself Go, the high-stepping I’m Putting All My Eggs in One Basket and the elegant Let’s Face the Music and Dance.

INCLUDES:
o Featurette Follow the Fleet: The Origins of Those Dancing Feet
o Musical Short Melody Master: Jimmie Lunceford and His Dance Orchestra
o Cartoon Let It Be Me
o Theatrical Trailer

THE STORY OF VERNON AND IRENE CASTLE (1939): The Fox Trot. Castle Walk. Texas Tommy. Maxie. They’re steps to stardom as Fred and Ginger portray the early-1900s icons who were King and Queen of the Ballroom.

INCLUDES:
o Musical Short Happily Buried
o Cartoon Puss Gets the Boot

ROBERTA (1935): Fred and Ginger sing I Won’t Dance, but their feet prove otherwise in a tale of Parisian high fashion and hijinks. The largely Jerome Kern score also includes Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. Irene Dunne and Randolph Scott costar.

INCLUDES:
o Musical Short Starlit Days at the Lido
o Cartoon The Calico Dragon
o Audio-Only Bonus: Hollywood on the Air Radio Promo
o Theatrical Trailer

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