Burgess Meredith Collection DVD


Titles comprise: Man On The Eiffel Tower (1949): A criminal genius orchestrates a complex game of murder ensnaring everyone around him in his web of deceit. After a wealthy American is murdered a poor street vendor found with blood on his hands is the obvious suspect. Inspector Maigret discerns that there is more to the story and begins to decipher hidden clues buried beneath the surface. When the detective and the mastermind come face to face they engage in a thrilling battle of wills. The killer leads the police on a furious chase through the streets and rooftops... of Paris lashing out as the noose grows tighter around him. Winterset (1936): A young man returns to New York City 15 years after his father was tried and executed for a murder he did not commit. His search to find the real killers brings him to the slums of the city where he falls in love with a young girl Marianne and uncovers the truth he's been searching for his entire life. Adapted from the Broadway play by Maxwell Anderson and nominated for two Academy Award Winterset is a moody journey into the dark arms of malice murder and retribution. A rain-drenched testament to the tortured human condition. Second Chorus (1941): A marvelously delightful 1930's style song and dance spectacular the likes of which would be wiped away by the December bombing of Pearl Harbor Second Chorus finds Fred Astaire as a struggling bandleader chased by a collection agent (Paulette Goddard). She serves the papers he chases her. She wangles him an audition with Artie Shaw which Burgess Meredith hilariously sabotages. A rich sugar daddy (the marvelous Charles Butterworth) smoothes things over with Artie and through it all Fred and Paulette dance and sing. For what more could you ask? [show more]

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14 April 2008
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Burgess Meredith would achieve lasting fame in support roles in both Batman and Rocky, yet as the films in this collection prove, he was an extremely talented performer in his own right. Whilst many will instantly recognise him as either The Penguin in the television series Batman, or as trainer Mickey Goldmill in Rocky, he made virtually every role he played his own, and was also a more than capable director in his own. This collection includes Winterset, his film debut, The Man On The Eiffel Tower (his directorial debut) and Second Chorus, which also stars his one time wife Paulette Goddard. Actors: Jean Wallace, Maurice Moscovitch, Fred Astaire, Burgess Meredith, Eduardo Ciannelli Directors: Burgess Meredith, Alfred Santell, H.C. Potter Language: English Number of discs: 3