Tuesday, May 27, 2014

TCM Guest Programmer May 2014: Dolores Hart

I haven't seen much in the way of promos on TCM, but they're finally getting to this month's Guest Programmer tonight: Dolores Hart. Dolores is the actress who famously gave up her glamorous movie career to become a Catholic nun, serving at a convent somewhere in Connecticut to this day; as you can see she's wearing the habit when she sat down with Robert Osborne to discuss four of her favorite mvoies. (I didn't think they had to wear the habit at all times any more, but I guess it depends on the order. She's well past the age where she could choose to retire.) Anyhow, the night kicks off with what I think is a TCM premiere: Lisa at 8:00 PM. Hart is slightly miscast as a Holocaust survivor trying to get to Israel, but she does a pretty good job in a movie that's good but not great. I'm really glad to see it showing up on TCM.

Hart's other three selections don't star her:

Laura, at 10:00 PM, has Dana Andrews investigating who killed Gene Tierney until there's a twist in the plot;
The Song of Bernadette (11:45 PM) romanticizes the story of Bernadette (Jennifer Jones), an adolescent French girl who believes she had a vision of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes; and
The Rose Tattoo overnight at 2:30 AM, with Anna Magnani winning an Oscar for playing a widow who develops a new outlook on life.

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