Liberace's melodramatic 'Sincerely Yours' on DVD

With HBO's "Behind the Candelabra," the Steven Soderbergh-directed film about the relationship between pianist Liberace (Michael Douglas) and his young boyfriend Scott Thorson (Matt Damon), premiering Sunday, Warner Archive has just released the campy 1955 melodrama "Sincerely Yours," starring Liberace. A remake of the 1932 George Arliss drama, "The Man Who Played God," this flick finds Liberace playing a successful pianist with a blond fiancée (Dorothy Malone) and a secretary (Joanne Dru) who secretly loves him. But his perfect life goes topsy-turvy when he starts to go deaf. Liberace had a two-picture deal at Warner Bros., but "Sincerely Yours" performed so poorly at the box office, the studio paid off his contract rather than making the second pic.
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