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This Week on TCM
June 19, 2010

Some notes about what’s showing this week on Turner Classic Movies.

Andy Hardy’s Double Life (Sunday, 6/20, 6 AM ET) — I’m surprised at how much I’m enjoying the Andy Hardy movies, which I began watching a week or two ago. (TCM runs one or two most weekends.) They’re neat little portraits of teen life and concerns during the 40s. In this one, Andy’s in college, where he has to balance school and romance, provided here by Esther Williams.

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Adam’s Rib
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The rest of the day is a bunch of father-centered classic films for Father’s Day, including Spencer Tracy in Father of the Bride, William Powell in Life With Father, and my favorite, Gregory Peck as everyone’s dream dad in To Kill a Mockingbird.

Monday brings several little-known Jane Russell films, followed by three of Judy Holliday’s best, starting with Adam’s Rib, in which she’s accused of attempted murder for trying to shoot her straying husband.

Much of the rest this week, I’m not interested in. Tuesday covers movies directed by Billy Wilder, while Wednesday starts with movies set in China starring non-Asians. Thursday brings a 24-hour tribute to the Korean War. So not much to recommend this week — good time to catch up on DVDs.

3 Responses  
Johnny Bacardi writes:  

As the biggest Priscilla Lane fan on the Web (well, I’m in the discussion anyway), I must note that there will be two Pat-centric flicks on TCM Thursday the 24th: DAUGHTERS COURAGEOUS at 10:15 AM (EST?); and FOUR WIVES (12:15 PM EST?).

 
Johanna writes:  

Four Wives sounds like quite the soap opera!

 
Johnny Bacardi writes:  

Oh, it is, big-time. Pat spends a significant part of the film pining for John Garfield, whose character died tragically in its predecessor FOUR DAUGHTERS.

 

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