Mike’s Picks: ‘Glorifying the American Girl’ and ‘Great Day in the Morning’

Glorifying the American Girl

Kino Lorber, Musical, $19.95 DVD, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Mary Eaton, Eddie Cantor, Helen Morgan, Rudy Vallee.
1929.
The Stock Market crash further jinxed a movie whose production woes and revolving scripts-of-the week were known by those even beyond industry insiders and junkies — at a time when backstage musicals had flooded the market. Yet the picture — seen here via UCLA’s Film & Television Archives’s 35mm — is a somewhat surprising mix of the inevitably clunky and, yes, innovative.
Extras: The Blu-ray has a slow, halting but rather effective commentary by Richard Barrios, a short featurette giving us a brief outdoor glance at movie star homes, a Hearst Metrotone News excerpt of impresario Flo Ziegfeld in rehearsal, and 1934’s Oscar-winning short La Cucuracha.
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Great Day in the Morning

Available via Warner Archive
Warner, Western, $21.99 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Virginia Mayo, Robert Stack, Ruth Roman, Raymond Burr, Alex Nicol.
1956. As an assignment for director Jacques Tourneur, who rarely was given break-the-bank budgets, this pre-Civil War love triangle merits the “mid sleeper” accolade if you can get over the once de rigueur Indian shoot-out that opens the action and then a Confederate point of view.
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