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Kenneth Turan's DVD pick of the week

Carole Lombard, Joan Crawford as you've rarely seen them before

January 17, 2013|By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
  • Carole Lombard.
Carole Lombard. (LACMA )

Everyone knows (or should) Carole Lombard in "To Be or Not to Be," but what did she do before? Similarly, what did "Mildred Pierce's" Joan Crawford do in the years after?

Two new DVD sets from the TCM Vault Collection answer those questions.

"Carole Lombard in the Thirties" presents three of the comedies in which the actress had smaller roles: "Brief Moment," "Lady by Choice" and "No More Orchids."

Similarly, "Joan Crawford in the Fifties" presents four of the juicy melodramas she starred in: "Queen Bee," "Harriet Craig," "The Story of Esther Costello" and "Autumn Leaves."

Two very different actresses, two satisfying choices.

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