On August 30 TCM salutes a star we don’t often get to highlight – singer, dancer, actress and WWII’s most popular pin-up girl, Betty Grable. Grable spent most of her career at 20th Century-Fox (a studio not included in TCM’s library). There, she was one of the top box office earners of the 1940s and the studio, famously, took out a million dollar insurance policy on her legs. Grable’s popularity peaked during wartime, when she appeared in a series of hit Technicolor musicals that kept moviegoers’ toes tapping (and G.I.s’ hearts beating) through the dark days. Read More
Charles Chaplin can still claim many fans today with films like City Lights (1931), Modern Times(1936) and The Great Dictator (1940), and no classic film clip package is complete without the scene of the Tramp dining on his shoe in The Gold Rush (1925). But this August 14 will give film fans an opportunity to see some deeper cuts. Read More
Smooth, debonair, very British and very underrated are just some of the words that come to my mind when I think of Herbert Marshall. You, on the other hand, might not even know who I’m talking about. But I’m 100% positive you’d recognize the man once you saw him. Read More
ROBERT OSBORNE ON SUMMER UNDER THE STARS
Imagine our chagrin!– surprise!…confusion!–when we recently realized that in the past 11 years, as we’ve been devoting every day of every August saluting a single, favorite classic film star for 24 solid hours, not once during that time have we saluted the debonair and delightful William Powell. Huh? During those years from 2003-2013, we’ve honored his favorite screen partner Myrna Loy three times (in 2003, 2007, 2012), as well as a large percentage of his other costars.
It’s interesting to look back now on the career of Joseph Cotten and realize just how unusual an actor he was. Cotten came from the theater. He began as a critic and started acting in the early ’30s. He met Orson Welles, 10 years his junior, when they were both doing radio work and he became a key member of Welles’ Mercury Theatre company.