Friday, November 4, 2016

TCM Star of the Month November 2016: Natalie Wood

We're in the first full week of a new month, which means we get a new Star of the Month on TCM. This time, it's Natalie Wood, who drowned in a boating accident 35 years ago. It's hard to believe it's been that long, but it has. TCM is showing 27 of her movies on Fridays, which is about half the number of films she made.

The salute starts tonight in prime time with a bunch of the movies she made as a child actress. Well, technically it starts just before, as TCM is showing The Candidate at 6:00 PM and again later in the month. Wood has a cameo in that one as a favor she did to star Robert Redford since they were good friends.

Looking through tonight's movies, it's unsurprising that they didn't get Miracle on 34th Street; I think I've seen that one show up (butchered with commercials) on one of the broadcast networks at Christmastime. There also doesn't seem to be The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, which is a shame since that's a darn good movie in its own right, and not just for the presence of Natalie Wood. I suppose it would have been nice if TCM could have prised Father Was a Fullback from Fox, but apparently they couldn't.

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