Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Interesting scheduling for fans of remakes

Tonight's theme on TCM is "June Brides", which is really movies about weddings; I don't know that all of the movies claim to be set in June. But that's beside the oint of the night's lineup or the subject of this post. The night kicks off at 8:00 PM with the 1940 movie The Philadelphia Story, a wonderful comedy that I'd highly recommend if you haven't seen it.

THe Philadelphia Story would be remade in 1956 as High Society, starring Bing Crosby in the Cary Grant role of first husband; Grace Kelly as the bride; and Frank Sinatra as the journalist. If you've watched enough TCM, you'll probably have seen the "Word of Mouth" piece with Celeste Holm (taking the Ruth Hussey role) talking about the diamond ring Grace Kelly came in with that was the engagement ring from Prince Rainier of Monaco. Anyhow, High Society will be on tomorrow at 1:30 PM as part of TCM's "Mad About Musicals" spotlight, which by this point has reached the 1950s.

But wait, there's more! Tomorrow's look at 1950s musicals also includes the Judy Garland version of A Star Is Born, at 10:00 PM Thursday. I'm not a fan of Judy Garland's singing, but I mention the movie since, as you are probably aware, this is a remake of an earlier version of A Star Is Born, released in 1937 and starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. (There's also the obligatory mention of What Price Hollywood? from five years earlier, in 1932.) And wouldn't you know it, the 1937 A Star is Born is on the schedule for 6:00 AM Sunday.

Oh, there's also an upcoming remake that I might have mentioned briefly once before. No, not the Barbra Streisand version; but yet another remake staring Lady Gaga as the singer and Bradley Cooper as the alcoholic boyfriend. IMDb says that's scheduled to be released to theaters in October.

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