THE GREATEST MUSICALS TOURNAMENT
August 29th - October 2nd
Hosted by Monty.
TCM, is finishing up "Summer Under The Stars" this week with:
Anne Francis- August 29th. Best known for her role in the science fiction film classic Forbidden Planet (1956), and as the female private detective in the television series Honey West (1965–1966). She won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Emmy award for her role in Honey West. Francis holds the distinction of starring in the first TV series with a female detective character's name in the title.
Howard Keel - August 30th. He starred in many film musicals of the 1950s. He is best known to modern audiences for his starring role in the CBS television series Dallas from 1981 to 1991, as Clayton Farlow, opposite Barbara Bel Geddes's character, but to an earlier generation, he was known as the star of some of the most famous MGM film musicals ever made, with a rich baritone singing voice.
Marlene Dietrich - August 31th. Dietrich remained popular throughout her long career by continually re-inventing herself, professionally and characteristically. In the Berlin of the 1920s, she acted on the stage and in silent films. Her performance as Lola-Lola in The Blue Angel, directed by Josef von Sternberg, brought her international fame and provided her a contract with Paramount Pictures in the US. Hollywood films such as Shanghai Express and Desire capitalised on her glamour and exotic looks, cementing her stardom and making her one of the highest paid actresses of the era.
Coming in September:
TCM's September's Star of the Month: Kirk Douglas. His popular films include Out of the Past (1947), Champion (1949), Ace in the Hole (1951), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), Lust for Life (1956), Paths of Glory (1957), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), Spartacus (1960), and Lonely Are the Brave (1962).
On TCM: Sept. 2nd. Miranda (1948). A light comedy, the film is about a beautiful and playful mermaid played by Glynis Johns and her effect on Griffith Jones. Googie Withers and Margaret Rutherford are also featured in the film. Please click picture on side bar to read film review.
Happy Birthday: Alan Ladd Sept. 3rd, began by appearing in dozens of films in small roles, including Citizen Kane in which he played one of the "faceless" reporters who are always shown in silhouette. He first gained some recognition with a featured role in the wartime thriller Joan of Paris, 1942 . Please click picture on side bar for Alan Ladd Birthday Tribute.
On TCM: Sept. 3rd. Sunset Blvd. (1950). The film stars William Holden as an unsuccessful screenwriter, Gloria Swanson as a faded silent movie star who draws him into her fantasy world, in which she dreams of making a triumphant return to the screen and Erich von Stroheim as her butler. Nancy Olson, Fred Clark, Lloyd Gough and Jack Webb play supporting roles. Director Cecil B. DeMille and gossip columnist Hedda Hopper play themselves, and the film includes cameo appearances by leading silent film actors Buster Keaton, H. B. Warner and Anna Q. Nilsson. Please click picture on side bar to read reviews.
Article of the week: Carole and Co. Your guide to Lombard 'SUTS' day. This wonderful blog is all about, Carole Lombard.
Carole Lombard Date Shake.
1/2 cup seeded and chopped dates
3 scoops of ice cream or frozen yogurt
Combine MILK and DATES in a blender and puree.
Add ICE CREAM or FROZEN YOGURT, mix until smooth.
I will also continue "N and CF at the Movies" on the side bar. After Sept 1st. Beginning with: Too Late For Tears(1949). Starring Lizabeth Scott and Dan Duryea. The screenplay was written by Roy Huggins, drawn from a serial he wrote for the Saturday Evening Post. Please click picture on side bar to view movie.
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