Friday, July 9, 2010

Abraham Lincoln vs. Jenny Jones

That's the lineup on TCM vs. FMC tonight. TCM gives us three movies about President Lincoln, although the first two are set before he was inaugurated:

Raymond Massey plays what many consider to be the definitive Lincoln, in Abe Lincoln in Illinois, at 8:00 PM ET.
That's followed by Henry Fonda, in his days at Fox, playing the lawyerly Young Mr. Lincoln at 10:00 PM; and
one I've blogged about before, D.W. Griffith's Abraham Lincoln, starring Walter Huston in the title role, at midnight.

The competition over on FMC is from the weekly Fox Legacy series, which shows some of the "important" movies from the Fox library. This week that features Jenny Jones, albeit not in Portrait of Jennie, from which the photo is taken. (I'm too darn lazy to look for an appropriate photo, especially with the hot weather we've been having.) Besides, Portrait of Jennie wasn't even made at Fox. Instead, we get the chick flick Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, in which Jones' Chinese/English doctor character falls in love with journalist William Holden, who's trapped in a marriage to a woman who won't give him a divorce; the movie is set in Hong Kong against the backdrop first of the Communist Revolution of 1949, followed by the Korean War. It's not one of my favorites, but then, there are people who like chick flicks instead of Lincoln biopics.

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