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Star of the Month-Judy Garland

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What can you say about a legend?  There has been so much written and said about her.  So I’m going to choose some of Garland’s less known films to watch this month (sorry, Wizard of Oz and A Star is Born).

  • Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)-early Judy.  She plays 12-year-old Betsy Booth, a girl who has a massive crush on the title character, played by Mickey Rooney.  She would reprise this role in two more Hardy films.
  • For Me and My Gal (1942)-Garland’s first “adult” role.  Also, Gene Kelly’s film debut.
  • The Clock (1945)-one of Judy’s rare non-singing dramatic roles.  Garland meets, falls in love with, and marries (SPOILER-WHOOPS) soldier Robert Walker while he is on a 48-hour leave before shipping off to fight in WWII.

From Caligari to Hitler:German Cinema in the Weimar Era

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Freaky picture, isn’t it?  Check out a picture of Nosferatu; 90 plus years later, it’s still freaky.  TCM has a number of films built around the 2014 German documentary From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses.  On April 13, 20, and 27, TCM will devote those nights to German filmmaking during the Weimar Republic (1919-1933).  Two of the films will be TCM premieres: 1922’s Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler (note: it’s 271 minutes long!) and 1924’s Faust.


The Best of the Barrymores

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Every Monday night in April, TCM will showcase the most distinguished acting dynasty: The Barrymores.  Everyone knows Drew Barrymore, well to the right is her grandfather, John Barrymore, and the other two are her great-uncle Lionel and great-aunt Ethel.  How popular are the Barrymores?  On 47th Street in New York City is The Barrymore Theater.  A bit of trivia: the Barrymore siblings only acted in one movie together-1932’s Rasputin and the Empress (that’s Lionel as Rasputin, Ethel as the Empress, and John as a prince).


Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival: Sophia Loren

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Sophia Loren was interviewed by her son Eduardo Ponti at the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival.  There is one TCM premiere, 1970’s The Priest’s Wife starring Loren and her frequent collaborator Marcello Mastroianni.

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