Warner Bros. Romance Classics Collection

Warner Bros. Romance Classics Collection



Now this is a treat from Warner Home Video -- four good early 1960's genre films that couldn't possibly stand on their own for DVD release, assembled in a neat, no-frills package. Susan Slade (1961), Parrish (1961), and Rome Adventure (1962) were all the work of producer/director Delmer Daves, a popular filmmaker of the 1940's and 1950's whose pictures are just beginning, as of 2009, to get the critical attention that they deserve -- grouped along with Palm Springs Weekend (1963) (the work of Norman Taurog, they're all linked by the presence of Troy Donahue as the young male lead, and they comprise an immersion into an early 1960's film environment in which the major studios were struggling to come to grips with a changing world. The old Production Code, which restricted what one could show or even hint at loudly on screen, was collapsing amid a wave of rock 'n' roll and multiple social upheavals, spearheaded by teenagers turning twenty-somethings. Delmer Daves, in his work as represented here (and on the earlier A Summer Place, did his best to ease the subjects of sex and post-teen hedonism onto the screen tastefully but honestly. And audiences ate it up at the time, even if none of these pictures is especially marketable today on its own terms. Together, however, they comprise an unexpectedly pointed and finely nuanced body of films, each a snapshot of a society finally getting wise to itself, in reality and in its entertainment. They're offered here in basic DVD editions, each letterboxed (1.85-to-1) to the standard non-anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of the period, in clean, crisp transfers, with original trailers and basic, two-layer menus. The images are all of demonstration quality, and the sound is crisp and bright as well.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/27/2009
UPC: 0883929039456
Original Release: 0000
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 7:52:00

Special Features

Theatrical trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Troy Donahue Don Porter,Hoyt Brecker,Jim Munroe,Parrish McLean
Angie Dickinson Lyda
Claudette Colbert Ellen McLean
Connie Stevens Gail Lewis,Susan Slade,Lucy
Dorothy McGuire Leah Slade
Karl Malden Judd Raike
Rossano Brazzi Roberto Orlandi
Ty Hardin Stretch Fortune
Dean Jagger Sala Post
Lloyd Nolan Roger Slade
Stefanie Powers Bunny Dixon
Suzanne Pleshette Prudence Bell
Bert Convy Wells Corbett
Constance Ford Daisy
Robert Conrad Eric Dean

Technical Credits
Delmer Daves Director
Norman Taurog Director

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Warner Bros. Romance Classics Collection 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After waiting & checking forever for these movies to be released, the moment is almost here. Connie Stevens is so good. Add Troy Donahue..
that's all you need. I loved Susan Slade,Palm Springs Weekend, Parish,
Rome Adventure as a teenager. Can't wait to purchase.

The 60's movies are great. From the serious to comedy, they can't be beat. When they are remade, they don't measure up.
MAGGIEHOLT More than 1 year ago
Have waited for so many years to get these movies on DVD, I do have some of them on VHS but nothing like the quality of the DVD. Please keep them coming, I want more, more, more. Love all four movies and will watch then again and again. A BIG thank you..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the old teen movies, A Summer Place, Palm Springs Weekend, Where the Boys are, they are so "stupid" they are wonderful. Life was so much more innocent back then.
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