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Joan Dearest

20 Oct, 2007 By: Billy Gil


Joan Crawford


Before she was the subject of spoof for such fare as the campy What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and Mommie Dearest, which told of her abuse toward her adopted daughter, Joan Crawford was a screen queen, starring in one blockbuster after another.

Following its Joan Crawford Collection in 2005, Warner Home Video is releasing the Joan Crawford Collection Vol. 2 Feb. 12 (prebook Jan. 8) at $42.92.

The set features five films making their DVD debuts. It includes Sadie McKee (1934), a rags-to-riches story from her hit-making years at MGM that is notable for being the film Crawford's Blanche Hudson character watches on television from her wheelchair in 1962's What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Other films on the set are Strange Cargo (1940), which co-starred Clark Gable; A Woman's Face (1941), about a disfigured woman with a twisted soul (typical of Crawford's characters); Flamingo Road (1949), which paired her with director Michael Curtiz (who directed her Oscar-winning turn in Mildred Pierce); and Torch Song (1953), which marked her return to MGM from Warner Bros. and was her first film in Technicolor. All of the DVDs in the set carry special features such as vintage shorts and cartoons.

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