Thursday, February 2, 2023

TCM Star of the Month February 2023: Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno and Treat Williams in The Ritz (Feb. 23, 8:00 PM)

We're into a new month on TCM, and this is another of those years where the Academy Awards aren't in February, which means we have a new set of spotlights instead of Oscar-nominated movies. That includes a new Star of the Month, and following Marion Davies in that role is Rita Moreno. Her movies will be airing every Thursday in prime time. To be honest, I didn't realize Moreno was in that many movies to let her be a Star of the Month, but there you are.

Moreno's best-known role, and the one that won her the Oscar, is in West Side Story, which you can see at 8:00 PM on Feb. 16. Another of her musical roles was in yellowface as Tuptim, part of the king's harem, in The King and I (8:00 PM, Feb. 9). But I think the movie that I really enjoy is The Ritz, which surprisingly shows up at 8:00 PM on February 23. Once again, this is the sort of movie I would have thought TCM would want to put in an overnight slot because of its fairly open comedic discussion of sex. Imagine all those families out on the west coast sitting down to dinner while this comes on....

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