Thursday, February 23, 2012

Speak of the Devil

Or, at least, speak of Australia and the movies, the subject of yesterday's blog post. It wasn't intentional, but I just noticed that TCM's Oscar Around the World format will be going to Oscar-nominated movies set in Australia tomorrow morning, with a trio of films:

First, at 7:15 AM, is Captain Fury, about a prison escape back in the days when Australia was the place for Britain to send its worst convicts.
That's followed at 9:00 AM by Sister Kenny, in which Rosalind Russell plays an Australian nurse who comes up with an unorthodox treatment for polio.
Finally, at 11:00 AM you can see The Sundowners, starring Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr as Irish sheepherders in 1920s Australia.

I suppose that when I say "Speak of the devil", I could have made a Tasmanian Devil joke, although the Tasmanian Devil character only appeared in five Looney Tunes shorts in the 1950s and 1960s. And though it's unrelated to the movies, what's happening to the real-life Tasmanian devil is no laughing matter either: a facial tumor is threatening the species. Really.

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