Songs, dances and rapturous romances in refreshing 1080p high definition kick off a scintillating Summer, courtesy of Twilight Time’s new-to-Blu June quartet. At the forefront are legendarily lovable ladies like Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, Janet Leigh, Betty Garrett and Hayley Mills, squired by such gentlemanly gallants as Yves Montand, Victor Mature, Jack Lemmon, Oliver Reed and Noel Harrison. They’re all made light on their feet by choreographic powerhouses Jack Cole, Bob Fosse and Hermes Pan, and mark a gala return to the TT fold of fabled directors George Cukor (the sold-out Born Yesterday) and Richard Quine (the sold-out Bell, Book and Candle) and a first-time welcome to two revered helmers, Hollywood veteran Irving Cummings and the erudite British theatrical-opera world wizard and Beyond the Fringe co-creator Jonathan Miller. The stories they depict colorfully cover show business, career business and – especially – the business of the awkwardly amorous relationships that develop when opposites inevitably attract. And when magnificent Monroe, heaven-sent Hayworth and dazzling dancers Fosse and Tommy Rall take center stage, it’s magic time too.
Debuting June 19 are: Let’s Make Love (1960), starring Marilyn Monroe, Yves Montand, Tony Randall and Frankie Vaughan, directed by George Cukor, song score by Jimmy Van Heusen (music), Sammy Cahn (lyrics) and others, musical direction by Lionel Newman and Earle Hagen; My Gal Sal (1942), starring Rita Hayworth, Victor Mature, John Sutton and Carole Landis, directed by Irving Cummings, song score by Paul Dresser (music/lyrics), Ralph Rainger (music) and Leo Robin (lyrics), musical direction by Alfred Newman; My Sister Eileen (1955), starring Janet Leigh, Jack Lemmon and Betty Garrett, directed by Richard Quine, song score by Jule Styne (music) and Leo Robin (lyrics), musical adaption/direction by George Duning and Morris Stoloff; and Take a Girl like You (1970), starring Hayley Mills, Oliver Reed and Noel Harrison, directed by Jonathan Miller, score by Stanley Myers. Details of each will follow in May.