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Magnificent Doll Blu-ray
Drama



Magnificent Doll

Following her Best Actress Oscar win in 1940 for Kitty Foyle, Ginger Rogers was able to spend the next decade and beyond balancing dramatic roles with the lighter musical and comedy performances for which she had become known. The RKO films with Fred Astaire behind her, Rogers found herself in a position where she could appear in Tender Comrade, a black-and-white film about wives living on the home front, one year, and lavish Technicolor musical Lady in the Dark, the next. In 1946, she was cast by Frank Borzage (7th Heaven, Street Angel) as one of America’s most beloved First Ladies, Dolley Payne Madison, in Magnificent Doll

Written by Irving Stone, whose popular biographical novels would inspire such films as Vincente Minnelli’s Lust for Life and Carol Reed’s The Agony and Ecstasy, Magnificent Doll traces Madison’s journey to the White House from her youth in Virginia at the end of the Revolutionary War to the famed episode in which, during the Battle of Bladensburg, she refused the leave her exalted residence without a portrait of George Washington. In between she is wooed by two great men of American politics, Senator Aaron Burr (David Niven) and his colleague, James Madison (Burgess Meredith). 

Lavishly designed, Magnificent Doll boasts cinematography by five-time Academy Award nominee Joseph A. Valentine (Shadow of a Doubt), striking outfits by legendary costume designers Travis Banton (best known for his work on a number of Josef von Sternberg’s pictures with Marlene Dietrich) and Vera West (whose credits include Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula and other classic Universal horror pictures), and hats by the celebrated milliner and fashion designer Lilly Daché.

Production Year: 1946
Region Code: B
UK Rating: PG
Running Time: 95 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Language: English
Subtitles: English SDH
Audio: 1.0 Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Colour: B&W
TITLE NAME
Director Frank Borzage
Cast Ginger Rogers
Cast David Niven
Cast Burgess Meredith
Cast Peggy Wood

 SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

• Original mono audio (uncompressed LPCM)

• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

• Brand new audio commentary by writers and film historians David Del Valle and Sloan De Forest

Ginger Rogers: Following Her Own Lead, a brand new visual essay by film critic and novelist Farran Smith Nehme on the actor’s dramatic roles

• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jennifer Dionisio

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Nathalie Morris

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