Eddie Cantor 4-Film Collection: Samuel Goldwyn Classics [4 Discs] [DVD]

Radio and screen star Eddie "Banjo Eyes" Cantor delighted jazz age audiences with his antics and songs, and this collection brings four of his most rollicking movies together in a four-disc set. Includes the classics Palmy Days, with Cantor as a bogus psychic's assistant put in charge of a doughnut bakery, The Kid From Spain, where Cantor the accused thief impersonates a bullfighter to escape the law, Cantor's classic hick-meets-Ancient Rome farce Roman Scandals, and Strike Me Pink co-starring Ethel Merman.
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Synopsis

The Kid From Spain
In director Leo McCarey's film The Kid From Spain, actor Eddie Cantor plays mischievious college boy Eddie Williams, who, with his buddy Ricardo (Robert Young), is kicked out of college for sneaking into the women's dormitory. Ricardo (Young), on his way back to Mexico, suggests Eddie (Cantor) come along. First, however, Ricardo must stop at the local bank for some cash. Unfortunately, the bank is robbed as the two boys are leaving, and the fleeing thieves mistake Eddie for their getaway driver. In a panic, Eddie races off towards the Mexican border in hopes of getting way from them. Realizing that the bank robbers will go after him--Eddie, after all, is the only one who saw their faces--he convinces a skeptical border guard that he, too, is a Mexican. Once in Mexico, he's mistaken for a renowed bullfighter, and plays along with his newly assigned identity in order to avoid the American detective on his trail. Mayhem ensues, and Eddie eventually falls in love with Rosalie (Lyda Roberti), a young Mexican woman with an over-protective father. The musical numbers in The Kid From Spain were staged by a young Busby Berkeley and feature the Goldwyn Girls, whose ranks in this film include Betty Grable, Paulette Goddard, and Jane Wyman. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

Palmy Days
Eddie Cantor plays Eddie Simpson, a shy and jumpy young fellow who spontaneously bursts into song whenever he gets nervous. He works with the sly Yolando, a phony but successful psychic. The trouble in this lively musical farce begins when Yolando attempts to swindle the owner of the local bakery. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Roman Scandals
Strike Me Pink
Musical comedy star Eddie Cantor stars in this story, well suited to his talents, as Eddie Pink, a meek gentleman who works as a tailor and has a terrible crush on Joyce (Ethel Merman), a nightclub singer. Eddie buys a book (through the mail, of course) called Man or Mouse: What Are You?. Taking its advice, he tries to become more confident and assertive, and his new, outgoing personality helps him get a job running an amusement park called Dreamland. But when racketeers move in for a piece of the action on the park's slot machines, he wonders if he's gotten himself in deeper waters than he can safely navigate. Cantor sings four songs in Strike Me Pink, three of them with co-star Merman. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Eddie Cantor
    Eddie Cantor - Eddie Williams
  • Lyda Roberti
    Lyda Roberti - Rosalie
  • Robert Young
    Robert Young - Ricardo
  • Ruth Hall
    Ruth Hall - Anita Gomez
  • John Miljan
    John Miljan - Pancho
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