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Screening The 'Homefront': War Musicals On DVD

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Screening The 'Homefront': War Musicals On DVD

Screening The 'Homefront': War Musicals On DVD

Screening The 'Homefront': War Musicals On DVD

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The Homefront Collection, a new DVD set from Warner Home Video, showcases three Hollywood musicals released during World War II.

Included are This Is the Army, in which Irving Berlin sings his famous war song "Oh How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning," plus Thank Your Lucky Stars (starring Eddie Cantor alongside other stars not known for their musical ability) and Hollywood Canteen.

That last movie musical features the only on-screen appearance by the great Hungarian violinist Joseph Szigeti — who plays a duet with Jack Benny.

Fresh Air's classical music critic has a review.

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