I suppose it might seem odd that a photographer is keeping her readers updated on goings-on in the world of classic Hollywood. Then again, if you take a look at my work, all of the classic cars, neon signs and theatre marquees, and general photos of Americana and fun American kitsch, it’s easy to see that I have a deep affection for all things older than I am. Indeed, it’s probably likely that I was born many years too late. Included in this affinity for older things is an equally deep affection for movies from Hollywood’s Golden Age, and, of course, that era’s actors as a result.
Therefore, I like to share that predilection with you, dear reader!
As you know, we have lost two fine actors and one superb actress from the Golden age since the beginning of the month: Andy Griffith, Ernest Borgnine, and Celeste Holm. TCM never fails to pay tribute to such talent when they are lost, and this month is no exception. I thought I’d let you know when these tributes aired, so you could watch and/or set your DVR.
TCM will pay tribute to Andy Griffith this Wednesday, July 18, in prime time—beginning with what is likely the man’s best film, Elia Kazan’s A Face In The Crowd. A more remarkable and blood-boiling performance on film than Griffith’s as “Lonesome” Rhodes will prove very difficult to find. No Time For Sergeants is one I’ve not yet seen, but am certainly looking forward to! Several channels, notably TV Land, have been running “Andy Griffith Show” episodes (much to my delight, they’ll be doing so every Saturday & Sunday through the end of this month), but his films deserve viewing as well. Click the link to see the rest of the lineup.
A bit more than a week later, on Thursday, July 26, TCM airs their tribute to Ernest Borgnine all day long—from 6AM ’till 5AM the following morning! Borgnine did far more films than TV mainstay Griffith did, and TCM has certainly picked up the cream of the crop for us, including Marty at 9PM Thursday night followed by From Here To Eternity at 10:45 and The Wild Bunch at 1AM. (In other words, just set the DVR.) I’ve not seen The Catered Affair (6AM), but as Borgnine stars with Bette Davis, Debbie Reynolds, and Barry Fitzgerald, it should be quite the riot indeed! I’ve seen Torpedo Run and Ice Station Zebra thanks to Dad and both grandfathers, but it’s been a while for both films—though if I recall, Ice Station Zebra is a pretty good movie—a bit of a thriller, really, and with a great cast, too.
Unfortunately, TCM will be unable to have a day or evening scheduled (at this point) to dedicate to Celeste Holm; apparently, they have too few of her films licensed to do so, which is a real shame. They do have a lovely remembrance of the actress on their site, and I’m sure they’ll be airing a short video tribute to her amongst the films being screened on the network daily.
I hope you find this helpful if you, two, are a classic film fan and wish to enjoy the TCM tributes to these now-lost stars.