Father Goose (1964)- Playing against type, this is Cary Grant's penultimate feature before retirement. He is unshaven, messy Walter Eckland, monitoring Japanese air activity for the Australian navy during WWII. When a pretty French schoolmistress (Leslie Caron) and her seven all girls students invade Eckland's raunchy isolation, the fun really begins.
Suspicion (1941) - A Hitchcock mystery with plenty of suspense and a lighthearted touch. A wealthy woman (Joan Fontaine) marries a charming wastrel (Cary Grant), but soon discovers some unsettling things about him. When his business partner turns up dead, she suspects him of murder and fears she may be next...
That Touch Of Mink (1962) - Cary Grant and Doris Day, sparkle in this stylish romantic comedy. Love arrives with a splash when a handsome eligible tycoon and a beautiful working woman meet. He’s enchanted by her small town ways; she's captivated by his romantic, debonair manner. What ensues is a game of cat-and-mouse with hilarious and heartwarming results.
Notorious (1946) - Hitchcock thriller featuring a cast to kill for: Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, and Claude Rains. Bergman plays the daughter of a disgraced father, recruited by American agent Grant to infiltrate a post-WWII spy ring in Brazil. Danger, deceit, betrayal, and romance - all come together in a perfect blend as the film builds to a terrific (and surprising) climax. Grant and Bergman are just perfect.
The Philadelphia Story (1940) - Katharine Hepburn is the spoiled and snobby socialite, who is about to marry a stuffy executive when her congenial ex-husband (Cary Grant), arrives to protect his former father-in-law from a potentially scandalous tabloid exposé. In an Oscar-winning role, James Stewart is the scandal reporter who falls for Tracy as her wedding day arrives, throwing her into a dizzying state of premarital jitters. Classic!
Cary Grant: A Class Apart Documentary - This PBS documentary gives a thorough and unflinching look at the inimitable British-born actor, from his unhappy childhood in Bristol, to his journey to America in 1920, his rise from vaudevillian to Hollywood leading man. With interviews and footage from many of Grant's now-classic films.
Fridays Apr 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, Jun 1
Bette Davis & Joan Crawford : Blind Ambition
Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? (1962)- In a gothic tale of sibling rivalry, faded actresses Blanche (Crawford) and 'Baby' Jane (Davis) live together. Jane was by far the most famous but as they got older, it was Blanche who became the finer actress, which Jane still resents. Blanche is now confined to a wheelchair and Jane is firmly in control. As Jane slowly loses her mind, she torments her sister to ever greater extremes. Unsettling...
The Women (1939) - George Cukor, Hollywood's legendary "woman's director," had his hands full with the all-female cast of this film adaptation of Clare Boothe's play. The story finds a group of catty, competitive friends destroying reputations at social gatherings. Joan Crawford's performance as a husband stealer is still a classic.
Of Human Bondage (1934) - Bette Davis appeared in twenty-two unremarkable films, before getting her first big critical success in Of Human Bondage. Her role as the cruel and manipulative Mildred Rogers made her, but could've just as easily broken her; this is the sort of unflattering part that most actresses of her day would've turned down immediately. Davis is definitely the reason this movie is still watched and enjoyed today.
Mildred Pierce (1945) - Mildred Pierce won Joan Crawford the Oscar she desperately coveted and still endures as her most popular picture. While the film launched her on a new phase as an icon of pulp torment, it is distinct from the rest because it is a superbly nasty noir that plays havoc with the era's American ideals of women, home, mom and her apple pie. An unforgettable classic and a major acting tour-de-force from Crawford.
The Whales Of August (1987) - Libby (Bette Davis) and Sarah (Lillian Gish) are widowed siblings who have vacationed for half a century at a seaside cottage in Maine. Now both in their eighties, Sarah embraces change and the possibility of romance with a courtly Russian suitor. But the stubbornly bitter Libby rages at the inevitability of death. Can Libby and Sarah rediscover the powerful bonds of memory, family and love?
Three Documentary Profiles : Bette and Joan: Blind Ambitionis a great overview of the iconic actresses' legendary careers as well as the rivalry that colored their collaboration in Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?All About Bette is a great TCM special focusing on Davis, featuring lots of film clips and good interview segments. Hosted and narrated by Jodie Foster. 3. Film Profile: Joan Crawford does similar service for Crawford, albeit in a British production that features long snippets of what looks like a late sixties interview hosted by the kind of funnily snarky Philip Jenkinson.
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