Fashions of 1934

The story whisks audiences off to Paris with a fashion sharpie and a designer who hope to bootleg the hottest haute couture and flood New York with knockoffs.


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Fashions of 1934
 
4.6

(based on 9 reviews)

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Pros

  • Engaging characters (7)
  • Entertaining (7)
  • Great cinematography (6)
  • High production value (5)
  • Original (5)

Cons

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  • Adult viewers (3)
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5.0

FASHIONS OF 1934 BY WARNER BROS.

By FAST EDDY

from STONE RIDGE, NY.

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Pros

  • Bette Davis Is Funny
  • Engaging Characters
  • Entertaining
  • Great Cinematography
  • Great Document Of Fashion
  • High Production Value
  • Informative
  • Lively Plot
  • Original
  • The Costumes Beautifull
  • The Sets Are Great
  • William Powell Is So Good
  • Wonderful Film Quality

Cons

  • Great Sound Quality
  • I Dont Agree
  • Ok For Kids To Watch
  • The Movie Is A Laugh
  • Very Good Entertainment

Best Uses

  • Added It To My 30s Colle
  • Adult Viewers
  • At Home
  • Fashion Document 30s
  • Gift For Davis Fans
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  • See Great Characters
  • See Great Stars
  • Special Needs
  • Travel
  • Younger Viewers

Comments about Fashions of 1934:

I WISH SOMEONE WOULD GIVE SUCH GREAT GIFTS. I HAD MOST OF THE BACON/BERKELEY MOVIES FROM WARNER BROS. YEARS AGO IN VHS; AND I HAD WAITED PATIENTLY FOR THE DVD WORLD TO CATCH UP WITH GREAT COLLECTION FILMS LIKE THIS ONE WHICH FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE GOLDDIGGERS SERIES AND MANY OTHERS. THE MOVIE IS FULL OF MOVIE TRIVIA, FOR INSTANCE BETTE DAVIS WAS EMBARRASED THAT HER HAIR WAS DONE UP TO LOOK LIKE GARBO'S HAIR AT MGM. SHE WAS FURIOUS WITH THEM FOR DOING IT. ( NOTED IN AN INTERVIEW ON TV WITH BETTE) SHE IS TONED DOWN AS A CHARACTER AND THE MOVIE IS NOT HER STYLE BUT SHE FITS THE PART AND PLAYS IT WELL EVEN THOUGH SHE WANTED TO BE FREE TO CHOOSE HER OWN SCRIPTS. THE WARNER BROS. DISAGREED AND BETTE TOOK OFF FOR LONDON AND A COURT CASE ENSUED. SO SEEING THIS MOVIE "FASHIONS OF 1934" IS REALLY ENTERTAINING IN SPITE OF BACK STAGE ISSUES. FRANK McHugh IS AS ALWAYS HIS FUNNY CHARACTER. VERREE TEASDALE IS A HOOT AND A VERY ORIGINAL DAME OF THE 30s. HUGH HERBERT ALSO IS IN HIS FAMOUS CHARACTER AS ALWAYS PLAYING A FUDDY DUDDY CONFUSED MAN IN THE WRONG JOB. I WOULD DEFINITELY GIVE THIS FILM AND OTHER RELATED WARNER BROS. FILMS OF THE GENRE OF THE 30s MUSICALS THAT THEY TURNED OUT AS GIFTS.

 
5.0

Terrific Film, Wonderful Print!

By Cowboy Bob W

from Oak Forest, IL 60452

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Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Entertaining
  • Great Cinematography
  • High Production Value
  • Informative
  • Original

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Adult Viewers
    • At Home
    • Perfect Gift

    Comments about Fashions of 1934:

    What a terrific film. It has William Powell and Betty Davis (looking terrific) and a great cast of supporting character actors. And it has a rare Busby Berkeley musical number which has never been available on DVD before. A must for any fan of old time movies!

     
    5.0

    deserving of your time!

    By einparis

    from georgetown, ky

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    Pros

    • Engaging Characters
    • Entertaining
    • Original

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • At Home
      • Perfect Gift
      • Travel

      Comments about Fashions of 1934:

      I loved it. wish I had the wardrobe, and was co-starring w/william powell! the fashions are marvelous! of course bette davis is in a much different role. just have to adjust to it. powell doesn't get any hansomer! the stars of today are not what they used to be!too bad. ;( a grand romp, I say! entertaining!

       
      4.0

      Fun film with William Powell and Bette

      By Danny

      from Green Bay, WI

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      Pros

      • Engaging Characters
      • Entertaining
      • Great Cinematography
      • High Production Value

      Cons

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          Comments about Fashions of 1934:

          Only film starring William Powell and Bette Davis. This is a fun film about the fashion industry.

           
          5.0

          Enjoyable Busby Berkeley

          By MJ

          from SD

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          Pros

          • Engaging Characters
          • Entertaining
          • Great Cinematography

          Cons

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            • At Home
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            Comments about Fashions of 1934:

            Very enjoyable plot with beautiful gowns, girls and art deco backgrounds. The picture & sound quality were very good for a film of this age & the comedy pairing of Davis & Powell was enjoyable indeed. A great addition to our collection.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            good comedy, poor musical

            By DrG

            from Albany, CA

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            Pros

            • Engaging Characters
            • High Production Value

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • At Home

              Comments about Fashions of 1934:

              This is strictly a William Powell film, and he's great in it. Frank McHugh supports Powell well. Bette Davis does little in this film and unless you're a Davis collector/fanatic, don't get this film for her.

              The plot is well written. The let down is the one musical number in the film. It's not Sammy Fain at his best and the Berkeley treatment seems completely out of place. It seems strange to have a bevy of practically naked chorines simply covered by ostrich plumes when part of the plot is to use these feathers to enhance dressing to the hilt. Gypsy Rose Lee used them far more effectively.

              The big annoyance to me was the source of this film may have been a copy tailored for television, as the opening title credit was cut out and a index card saying "Fashions" was injected in its place.

              I also want to point out the similarity of plot to the Kern-Harbach, and subsequently Astaire-Rogers musical "Roberta" which also dealt with a fashion house. The score for that property soared miles above this film.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Last of the Warner Berkeleys

              By Bill

              from Lakewood, CO

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              Pros

              • Good Script
              • William Powell

              Cons

              • Frank McHugh
              • Speckles and Scratches

              Best Uses

                Comments about Fashions of 1934:

                With the release of this title, all of the Warner films featuring big Busby Berkeley production numbers have been made available on DVD. In this film, there is only one song and one production number ("Spin a Little Web of Dreams"), featuring a delightful mix of nearly naked chorus girls and lots of feathers. There is also a fancy fashion show, possibly designed by Berkeley as well. These two sequences are the best reason for buying this DVD.

                The rest of the movie is a fairly witty comedy about a con man who goes to Paris with his secretary and yokel photographer to steal dress designs. Powell plays the con man with charm and fearlessness, despite all the trouble he gets into (he had probably read the script and knew how things would turn out).

                Bette Davis was already feuding with Jack Warner over the roles she was getting, and this was one of her least favorites. She knew better than anyone that she was no "glamourpuss", and she hated being made to look like one. Her performance as the secretary reflects her disinterest, and so there is little chemistry between her and Powell.

                The supporting performers are all very funny, with one glaring exception. Whenever I see Frank McHugh's name in the opening credits, I cringe, because I consider him to be one of the most annoying performers ever to appear in films. I suppose his comedy "stylings" must have been very popular in the 1930s, because he appeared in a lot of movies. But to me, his characters always seem disturbingly retarded, and his silly laugh gives me the shudders. In this film, he plays the girl-chasing photographer. Yuck!

                The print this DVD was made from shows a lot of negative damage, with endless white speckles and scratches, as well as several film tears. However, the underlying B&W image is quite sharp with excellent grey tones. The audio is about par for a 1934 film.

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                *A SHOW PEOPLE WILL TALK ABOUT ALWAYS!*

                By Nick, the "Bette Davis Freak"

                from Selden, NY

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                Pros

                • Engaging Characters
                • Entertaining
                • Great Cinematography
                • Original

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Adult Viewers
                  • At Home
                  • In The Car
                  • Perfect Gift
                  • Travel
                  • Younger Viewers

                  Comments about Fashions of 1934:

                  "Fashions of 1934" (also known as "Fashions") is a humorous story about a man and woman who draw inspiration from fashions in Paris and "borrow" them to sell in America. This film was also a "Pre-Code" film in the Pre-Code era, and some catholic churches forbid their followers from going to the theatre to see this film. While the storyline is great and the fashions are extravagant, the best part of this film is the cast. William Powell as the con man is so funny to watch, and Ms. Bette Davis adds to the hilarity of the situations. I am a huge Bette Davis fan and have been collecting what I consider to be her best work. If you are a true fan of Ms. Davis or just love old films, this is one you MUST add to your collection! 5 STARS! :-D

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Fun Plot

                  By Thomas

                  from St Louis MO

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                  Pros

                  • Entertaining
                  • Great Cinematography
                  • High Production Value
                  • Original

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • At Home

                    Comments about Fashions of 1934:

                    Fun plot with good acting from William Powell.

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