Saturday, June 28, 2014

TCM Remembers Ruby Dee

I probably should have posted this last night, but TCM pre-empted a bit of their lineup in order to honor actress Ruby Dee, who died a few weeks back at the age of 91. They're going to be showing two of Dee's movies this afternoon, presumably with an intro and outro from Ben Mankiewicz:

First, at 4:15 PM, is Edge of the City, in whcih Dee has a smaller role as Sidney Poitier's wife as Poitier tries to help a troubled John Cassavetes. Note that TCM lists the running time for this as 86 minutes, so with the pieces from Ban Mankiewicz booking this, it's going to come up close to the 90-minute timeslot.

Then, at 5:45 PM, is A Raisin in the Sun, again with Ruby Dee as Sidney Poitier's wife. This time, they're part of a family in the projects of Chicago that gets an insurance check after the late patriarch dies and then has to make the serious, life-changing decision of what to do with that money.

(TCM has also announced its programming change to mark the late Eli Wallach, but more on that in a future post.)

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