Monday, January 11, 2016

TCM Guest Programmer January 2016: Dick Guttman

Today we reach that time of the month where another person sits down with Robert Osborne to present four favorite movies and discuss them with Robert. This month, that person is Dick Guttman, a name that I have to admit I've never heard of before. It turns out that he's a Hollywood PR person, which would explain why I'd never heard of him. That having been said, a long career in Hollywood might be part of what's led him to make the eclectic selection of movies that he's presenting tonight.

First up at 8:00 PM is Love in the Afternoon, which has Gary Cooper in Paris pursuing Audrey Hepburn romantically, while her father (Maurice Chevalier) investigates.
That's followed at 10:30 PM by Bonnie and Clyde, the ultraviolent (at least by 1967 standards) story of the early 1930s bank robbers and lovers, played by Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty.
Then at 12:30 AM comes The Bad and the Beautiful, with Kirk Douglas playing a ruthless Hollywood producer who has ticked off everybody who has worked with him (Barry Sullivan, Lana Turner, and Dick Powell) and, now that he's fallen on hard times, wants them to work with him again.
Finally, there's Sullivan's Travels at 2:45 AM, starring Joel McCrea as a director who wants to make a "serious" picture, and gets a hell of a lot more than he bargained for in the process.

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