Pola Negri, Jean Harlow, Jean Arthur: Kenneth Turan's DVD picks
From the silent era, we have Negri, a European-born sensation who predated Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. "Pola Negri: The Iconic Collection 'The Early Films' " presents a quartet of her starring roles, including the celebrated "The Yellow Ticket" and the wonderfully named "Eyes of the Mummy Ma."
Harlow is better known, but many of her films remain unseen. A Warner Archives 100th anniversary boxed set presents seven of them, including the sharp and satiric "Bombshell," one of the classic inside Hollywood productions.
Finally, TCM's "Jean Arthur" vault collection allows us to see the comedies this fine actress was turning out before her films with Frank Capra, like "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."
-- Kenneth Turan