Saturday, February 5, 2011

This week on N and CF.

Happy Birthday: Jack Lemmon (February 8, 1925 – June 27, 2001). He starred in more than 60 films including Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, Mister Roberts (for which he won the 1955 Best Supporting Actor Academy Award), Days of Wine and Roses, The Great Race, Irma la Douce, The Odd Couple, Save the Tiger (for which he won the 1973 Best Actor Academy Award), The Out-of-Towners, The China Syndrome, Missing (for which he won 'Best Actor' at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival), Glengarry Glen Ross, Grumpy Old Men and Grumpier Old Men.

Happy Birthday: Lana Turner (February 8, 1921 – June 29, 1995). Discovered and signed to a film contract by MGM at the age of sixteen, Turner first performance was in the film, They Won't Forget (1937). She also played in film, Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938). During the early 1940s she was the leading actress in films: Johnny Eager (1941), Ziegfeld Girl (1941) and Somewhere I'll Find You (1942) and a wonderful performance in the film noir, The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946). Her popularity continued through the 1950s, in films, The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) and Peyton Place (1957), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.

On TCM: Feb. 9, 2011. Ball of Fire (1941). Also known as The Professor and the Burlesque Queen. Comedy film about a group of professors working on encyclopedia and their meeting with a nightclub performer who shows them a different side of life.. A really fun film that stars: Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck, with a supporting cast that includes Oskar Homolka, S.Z. Sakall, Henry Travers, Richard Haydn, Dana Andrews, Dan Duryea and Elisha Cook, Jr. Please click picture to read review.

Happy Birthday: Kim Novak (born February 13, 1933) (pictured above) She is best known for her performance in the film, Vertigo(1958). Novak retired from acting in 1991 and has become a talented artist of oil paintings.

ON TCM: Feb. 13, 2011. Coney island(1943) Cast: Betty Grable in one of her biggest hits. A "gay nineties" musical (set in that time period) it also featured George Montgomery, Cesar Romero, and Phil Silvers, and was directed by Walter Lang. Betty Grable also starred in the 1950 remake of Coney Island, named Wabash Avenue. Please click picture to read review.

On TCM: Feb. 13, 2011. Mother Wore Tights(1947). Betty Grable and Dan Dailey as married vaudeville performers. This was Grable and Dailey's first film together, based on a book of the same name by Miriam Young.

ON TCM: Feb.13, 2011. The Cowboy and the Lady(1938). Please click picture to read review. The Cowboy and the Lady is a 1938 western comedy/romance film starring Gary Cooper and Merle Oberon. It was directed by H.C. Potter and written by S.N. Behrman and Sonya Levien based on a story by Frank R. Adams and veteran film director Leo McCarey.

Please continue to join Monty and I for: The "Great On Screen Couples", marathon ....

Happy Valentines Day!!

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