Rediscover some favorite stars
For anyone who loves to watch great movie stars on screen, check out the films showing on broadcast and cable television this weekend. You can re-discover some of your favorite stars starring in some classic Hollywood movies. Check out these titles.
Pat and Mike (1952)
For some 25 years, Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn shared the screen nine times, from Woman of the Year in 1942 to Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner in 1967. They also shared each other’s lives. On screen, they let us peak into their private world as they brought a real couple’s sensibility to the portrayal of reel couples in a series of comedies and dramas. Pat and Mike, a crowd pleaser from 1952, presents the pair playing the types of roles we love. Tracy is a stubborn sports promoter who finds himself smitten by an outspoken professional golfer, played by Hepburn. Together, they celebrate the joy that couples experience when they discover the unexpected about each other. For Tracy and Hepburn, while the specifics change from film to film, the fundamentals of their relationship stay constant. And they remain our favorite opposites who continue to attract.
Sunday, Nov. 2, 6 p.m., Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
High Society (1956)
For a few years in the mid 1950s, Grace Kelly was the brightest star in the movies. She knew how to make an entrance — winning an Oscar for The Country Girl — and how to make an exit when, at the peak of her career, she left movies to marry the Prince of Monaco. Before starring in her own royal wedding, Kelly played a bride preparing to walk down the aisle in this delightful musical treatment of the classic Katherine Hepburn comedy, The Philadelphia Story. This time around, with songs by Cole Porter, the action shifts to Newport, R.I., where Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Celeste Holm sing and smile their way through a delightful tale of a woman who can’t make up her mind. Kelly is beautiful, engaging and credible as a lady with more on her mind than everyday romance. Sadly, after this final performance, she left films forever, making us always wonder how many more performances we could have savored.
Sunday, Nov. 2, 12 noon, Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
The Caine Mutiny (1954)
The recent death of Lauren Bacall reminded us of the magic that Humphrey Bogart would create each time he stepped in front of the camera. As a young actor, he scored as a private eye with an edge, made a natural transition to leading man with an attitude, and capped his career as a rich character actor who displayed layers of emotional depth. In this bravura performance — for which he was nominated for a second Best Actor Oscar — Bogart shines as a military professional who valiantly tries to cover up his weaknesses. As Captain Queeg — complete with his clicking steel ball bearings and shifting eyes — the actor perfectly captures the stress that deception and disappointment can cause. No matter how tough Bogart can appear on screen, he willingly steps away from stardom to reveal his fears. And, in this adaptation of the Broadway play, he reminds us that following the star is less memorable than savoring the actor who plays the role.
Saturday, Nov. 1, 9 p.m., WNET (13)
The Proposal (2009)
Sandra Bullock is a marvelous actress who makes it look so simple to shine that she can be easy to take for granted. Since she grabbed our attention in Speed and While You Were Sleeping she has made popular comedies and dramas (including Crash and Miss Congeniality) and a few disappointments (such as The Lake House and Miss Congeniality 2). When she struck gold twice in 2009 — with this popular comedy and her Oscar-winning The Blind Side — audiences and critics gave her a well-deserved second look. In this warm comedy, she perfectly captures the ambition of an aggressive career woman who realizes, perhaps too late, that she wants other things in life besides her work. Her fresh performance reminds us how much we love watching her on screen and easy she makes it all look. Perhaps she has always done better work than her critics willingly acknowledge.
Saturday, Nov. 1, 9 p.m., ABC Family
The Glass Bottom Boat (1966)
For movie fans today, the name Doris Day may be easy to forget. After all, she hasn’t made a movie since With Six You Get Eggroll in 1968 and chose, after leaving films, to live a quiet life with her pets in Carmel, Calif. Still she was — from the 1940s through the 1960s — a major star who could shine at comedy, musicals and the occasional drama. After winning her only Oscar nomination for Pillow Talk in 1959, she focused on comedies for the rest of her career. No matter how familiar the plots could feel, she brought fresh spontaneity to every portrayal of a woman intent on protecting her reputation from such stars Rock Hudson, Cary Grant and James Garner. In this comedy, Rod Taylor suspects she may be a spy as he experiences her radiant charm. As predictable as the film may feel today, it’s a lot of fun, and Day is the real deal.
Saturday, Nov. 1, 12 noon, Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
Sharing nutritional movies can be as easy as turning on the television or going online. And, when you watch as a family, take the time to chat about what you’re seeing. That makes it even more fun.