The Alice Faye Collection

Being a film star in the 1930s and 1940s was a lot different than it is nowadays. In those days you almost always had to be a triple threat – singing, acting, dancing – especially for women. Alice Faye was that type of star as she was easy on the eyes and could do all three of those things well. Many today have not heard of her like they have of other starlets from the era probably due to her short career. But while her star burned it did burn very brightly. During World War II she was one of the bigger Hollywood actresses. Her strongest appeal was her girl-next-door looks and her beautiful singing voice. There was rarely a time in her films that many minutes passed without a song from Faye. Take the time to discover this largely forgotten but talented actress.

Lillian Russell:
Director: Irving Cummings

It is the gay 90s and the biggest star around is Lillian Russell (Alice Faye). Her real name was Helen Leonard and she was discovered by bandleader Tony Pastor (Leo Carrillo – Phantom of the Opera – 1943).

Lillian Russell was dubbed the English Ballad Singer and known for her looks, grace and amazing voice. Wherever she played it was sold out. Behind the scenes she led a fast paced life. She went through four husbands, owned much jewelry, furs, and expensive clothes. Men were always falling in love with her.

This biopic about her life goes from the 1890s until 1912 when she retired in 1912 after her marriage to newspaper mogul, Alexander Moore (Henry Fonda – On Golden Pond, The Grapes of Wrath). Many of the more scandalous or controversial parts of her life are glossed over in the film, but it is still an interesting watch.

Special Features:
-A Woman Like No Other: The Real Lillian Russell
-Restoration comparison
-Still gallery
-Trailer

On The Avenue:
Director: Roy Del Ruth

Gary Blake's (Dick Powell – 42nd Street) new show on Broadway debuts and it raises the ire of the Carraway family, especially daughter Mimi (Madeleine Carroll – My Favorite Blonde, The Dictator). The show, starring Mona Merrick (Alice Faye), pokes fun at the socialite Carraway family and their excessive ways. Mimi's anger soon turns to feelings when she falls for Blake. At the same time Mona has feelings for Blake and she tries to win him over by sabotaging the production. The fight between the two women provides much material for the gossip columns. It goes on until Mimi's Aunt Fritz (Cora Witherspoon – Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise) decides she must do something to save the situation.

Special Features:
-Alice Faye: A Life On Screen
-Deleted scene: The Plumbers – starring the Ritz Brothers
-Restoration comparison
-Still gallery

That Night in Rio:
Director: Irving Cummings

The Baron (Don Ameche – Cocoon, Harry and the Hendersons) and Baroness (Alice Faye) Duarte travel to South America. They arrive and the Baroness believes they are there for business, but really the Baron is trying to avoid his financial problems. The Baron decides to switch places with impersonator Larry Martin (Don Ameche), who could be his twin. Martin begins to have feelings for the Baroness, much to his girlfriend, Carmen's (Carmen Miranda – Copacabana, Weekend in Havana), dismay. The two women begin to catch on that something is up with their men and try to figure out what.

Special Features:
-Alice Faye: A Life Off Screen
-Deleted scene: The Chica Chica Boom Chic with Alice Faye and Don Ameche
-Restoration comparison
-Still gallery
-Trailer

The Gang's All Here:
Director: Busby Berkeley

A chorus girl named Edie Allen (Alice Faye) dreams of becoming a star as she is working in a nightclub in New York. One night she meets Sergeant Andy Mason (James Ellison – The Plainsman) and they fall in love. Mason is shipped off to war soon after and Edie soon finds herself the headliner at the nightclub. When Andy comes home a war hero things are complicated between the two due to the fact that he is unofficially engaged to another woman. It seems as if it will be up to Edie's friend and fellow performer, Dorita (Carmen Miranda), to solve the problem.

Special Features:
-Busby Berkeley: A Journey with A Star
-Alice Faye's Last Film: We Still Are!
-The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show
-Deleted scene: The $64 Question
-Restoration comparison
-Still gallery
-Trailer

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