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Pola Negri, Jean Harlow, Jean Arthur: Kenneth Turan's DVD picks

March 14, 2012 |  5:15 pm

New boxed sets look at the careers of Pola Negri, Jean Harlow and Jean Arthur -- three actresses who deserve to be better known.

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."

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-- Kenneth Turan


 
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