Year of Ann Dvorak: Day 28
Today I am returning home from a week long family road trip through Arizona which included a visit to the Grand Canyon, the best B&B in Downtown Tucson, Amazing Arizona Comic Con, and a lot of DVDless Dvorak movies. I now present the tenth and (mercifully) last in this series.
I am not a huge fan of Sweet Music, which (in my humble opinion) drags and is not as funny as it thinks it is. Plus, Ann’s character leans too much on the bitchy side for my taste, though this is an unusual change for her. However, despite the many shortcomings the film has, there are a few reasons why I think Sweet Music deems an official DVD release.
First off is the amount of talent. Rudy Vallee I can take or leave (though I do love him in Palm Beach Story), but Ned Sparks, Allen Jenkins, and Alice White are a lot of fun, and don’t forget appearances by Al Sheen (uncle to the Marx Brothers) and torch singer Helen Morgan. This 1935 feature is one of the higher budget films of Ann’s career which she lobbied hard for, and subsequently was one of her favorites. Possibly the biggest reason I endorse a release of Sweet Music is the presence of the ridiculous bird outfit, which rivals the Midnight Court fish dress for sheer hideousness.
Likelihood of an Official DVD Release: If Warner Bros. still has the rights to this, I think we may be seeing it from the Warner Archive sometime down the line.