Blu-ray, DVD Release: Glorifying the American Girl

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 3, 2019
Price: DVD $13.29, Blu-ray $19.99
Studio: Kino Lorber

The 1929 musical Glorifying the American Girl emerged at the dawn of the talkies, when Paramount Pictures poured its resources into a lavish movie intended secure their position in the American musical genre, even as it was evolving.

In the time-honored template of the “show biz tale,” Mary Eaton here stars as an aspiring showgirl who must choose between her on-stage career and the love of a young musician (Edward Crandall).

Having licensed the name of Broadway’s most extravagant showman, producer Monta Bell recruited costume designer John W. Harkrider to stage elaborate musical tableaux worthy of the Ziegfeld name, and filmed them in Technicolor. The filmmakers also inserting musical and comedy numbers featuring the biggest names of the Great White Way: Eddie Cantor, Rudy Vallee (So This Is New York), and Helen Morgan (of “What Wouldn’t I Do for That Man?” fame).

The Blu-ray and DVD, which was sourced from a 2K Master derived from the UCLA Film & Television Archive, contain the following features:

-Audio commentary by Richard Barrios, author of A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film
-Hollywood: City of Celluloid (7 min. travelogue)
-Hearst Metrotone News (2 min. excerpt): backstage footage of Florenz Ziegfeld rehearsing dancers for a new stage production
La Cucaracha (1934 Technicolor musical short)

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.