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The Boys from Syracuse (1940)

 -  Comedy | Musical  -  9 August 1940 (USA)
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The action takes place in Ephesus in ancient Asia Minor, and the story concerns the efforts of two boys from Syracuse, Anthipholus and his servant Dromio, to find their long-lost twins who,... See full summary »

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The action takes place in Ephesus in ancient Asia Minor, and the story concerns the efforts of two boys from Syracuse, Anthipholus and his servant Dromio, to find their long-lost twins who, for reason of plot confusion, are also named Anthipholus and Dromio. Complications arise when the wife of the Ephesians, Adriana and her servant Luce, mistake the two strangers for their husband, though the couples eventually get sorted out after Adriana's sister Luciana and the Syracuse Antipholus admit their love. Written by Alessandro Martini <alemartini@geocities.com>

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The Boys From Syracuse (1940 Universal) starring Alan Jones and Martha Raye Is Wonderful But Unavailable Cheap On DVD
18 February 2011 | by (Columbia (Lancaster County) Pennsylvania, USA) – See all my reviews

The Boys From Syracuse (1940 Universal) starring Alan Jones and Martha Raye is a great classic black and white musical comedy movie, but it disappeared. Why?

The only copy of this movie presently (February 2011) available for sale by WWW.Amazon.Com on DVD costs $134, and that's too much for any sensible (and impoverished) person to pay.

The movie is currently (February 2011) sold through Amazon.Com by "Suzie Quik" of California.

Too bad.

I saw this wonderful movie on television when I was a little boy in the 1950's, and remember every great moment of it. The music (Rodgers and Hart) and the acting are all breathtaking.

But the movie "slipped between the cracks," and is largely forgotten in the present age when "classics" are listed many places, but never include this classic.

That is also true of Wake Up And Live (1937 Fox) starring Alice Faye, Jack Hailey, and Walter Winchell, another great movie almost never listed and discussed when "great movies" are ranked and publicized.

The movie is currently (February 2011) sold through Amazon.Com by "Suzie Quik" of California. It is presently for sale at the whopping price of $135.99, two bucks more than The Boys From Syracuse (1940 Universal) starring Alan Jones and Martha Raye.

It may be that people operating the "Suzie Quik" movie sales service specialize in hard to get movies sold at huge prices. By any measure, $134. and $136 are huge prices, even for rich people.

Hopefully this will change.

The days of "cheap good movies" may be coming to an end, and all this could be a signal about that.

It is well to remember that the history of movies includes a vast number of creations, some of which were and are dazzling, but unknown and largely unavailable to the general public, and even to those few who do know about the "unavailable, unpublicized classic movies."

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