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Angela Lansbury, Illeana Douglas, Guy Hamilton, Jerry Mathers, Rose McGowan, Ron Perlman, Barbara Rush, Allison Anders and Nancy and Tina Sinatra among Latest Additions to the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival
Updated Roster Features Introductions by Close Relatives of
Cary Grant, Groucho Marx, Roy Rogers, Otto Preminger and Bernard Herrmann
Added Screenings Include The Mummy (1932), A Night at the Opera (1935), Gaslight (1944), The Third Man (1949),
A Place in the Sun (1951), The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), Goldfinger (1964) and Manhattan (1979),
Plus Poolside Presentation of Elvis Presley Musical Girl Happy (1965)
Three-time Oscar® nominee and 18-time Emmy® nominee Angela Lansbury will join actress-writer-producer Illeana Douglas, director Guy Hamilton, actor Jerry Mathers, actress Rose McGowan, actor Ron Perlman, actress Barbara Rush, director Allison Anders and Nancy and Tina Sinatra at the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival. They are the latest additions to the star-studded roster for this year’s festival, which takes place April 28 – May 1 in Hollywood.
In other news, a special poolside screening of the Elvis Presley musical Girl Happy (1965) will take place on the opening night of the TCM Classic Film Festival. TCM will also honor Elizabeth Taylor with a special 60th anniversary presentation of George Stevens’ romantic drama A Place in the Sun (1951), starring Taylor, Montgomery Clift and Shelley Winters. The film will be introduced by actress Rose McGowan, who co-hosted The Essentials on TCM in 2008.
Angela Lansbury will take the stage to introduce the classic Ingrid Bergman-Charles Boyer thriller Gaslight (1944), which earned an 18-year-old Lansbury the first of her three Oscar nominations. Illeana Douglas, whose credits include such films as Goodfellas (1990) and Ghost World (2001), will introduce two films: Pennies from Heaven (1981), writer Dennis Potter’s nostalgic musical marking its 30th anniversary, and the romantic classic Now, Voyager (1942), with Bette Davis, Paul Henreid and Claude Rains. Ron Perlman, star of the Hellboy movies and the hit television series, will kick off a screening of the Universal Studios monster classic The Mummy (1932), starring Boris Karloff.
Director Guy Hamilton will be on hand for two screenings, including the James Bond classic Goldfinger (1964), which he directed. He’ll be joined by longtime script supervisor Angela Allen to talk about their experience working on Carol Reed’s suspenseful thriller The Third Man (1949), which marked Allen’s first film as script supervisor and Hamilton’s fifth outing as assistant director. Barbara Rush will set the stage for a screening of Nicholas Ray’s powerful drama Bigger Than Life (1956), in which she co-stars with James Mason. Nancy and Tina Sinatra will be on-hand to celebrate one of their father’s most powerful performances as they introduce a screening of Otto Preminger’s The Man with the Golden Arm (1955). Preminger’s daughter, Victoria Preminger, will also take part in the introduction. And director Allison Anders (Gas Food Lodging) will introduce a world-premiere restoration of Shirley Clarke’s envelope-pushing drama The Connection (1961).
TCM has added a number of screenings to its multi-faceted celebration of music in the movies. Hayley Mills, previously announced to host 50th anniversary screenings of The Parent Trap (1961) and Whistle Down the Wind (1961), will introduce the Disney family musical Summer Magic (1963), part of an overall Disney tribute. Jerry Mathers will introduce the film that gave him his first major screen role, Alfred Hitchcock’s The Trouble with Harry (1955), as part of the festival’s 100th anniversary salute to composer Bernard Herrmann. In addition, Herrmann’s daughter Dorothy Herrmann will introduce screenings of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) and The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). Taking part in the festival’s tribute to Roy Rogers will be his daughter, Cheryl Rogers-Barnett, who will introduce Under Western Stars (1938) and Cowboy and the Senorita (1944). She will also introduce Casanova in Burlesque (1944), starring her mother, Dale Evans. In addition, a special presentation of Woody Allen’s valentine to New York, Manhattan (1979), will be included as part of the festival’s tribute to songwriters George and Ira Gershwin.
Several film historians, authors and archivists have joined the festival as expert guest hosts, joining previously announced guest hosts Leonard Maltin, Donald Bogle and Kevin Brownlow. Cari Beauchamp, the award-winning author of Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and The Powerful Women of Early Hollywood, will introduce several films throughout the festival. Robert S. Bader, film historian and producer of The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk (2007), will interview Andy Marx, grandson of the legendary Groucho Marx, leading into a screening of the Marx Brothers classic A Night at the Opera (1935). Katie Trainor, film collection manager for the Museum of Modern Art, will introduce Josef von Sternberg’s The Devil is a Woman (1935), starring Marlene Dietrich. Trainor will be joined by film historian David Stenn, author of Clara Bow: Runnin’ Wild, to unspool the pre-Code Clara Bow drama Hoop-La (1933). Author Foster Hirsch, whose books include Acting Hollywood Style and Film Noir: The Dark Side of the Screen, will introduce a screening of the Joseph Cotten-Marilyn Monroe thriller Niagara (1953). He will also interview Jennifer Grant, Cary Grant’s daughter, prior to a screening of the actor’s first film role, the pre-Code comedy This is the Night (1932).
Also added to the festival roster are the Oscar-winning 1950 backstage drama All About Eve (1950), starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter and George Sanders, and a 50th anniversary screening of the outrageous Billy Wilder comedy One, Two, Three (1961), starring James Cagney in his last feature film role before a 15-year hiatus.
About the TCM Classic Film Festival
The multi-faceted TCM Classic Film Festival – which runs from April 28 – May 1, 2011, in Hollywood – will be packed with more than 70 screenings, as well as special introductions, guest appearances, panel discussions and more. Time Warner Cable joins as an official partner, and Vanity Fair once again joins TCM as a festival partner. The magazine will produce the exclusive, opening-night after-party that will follow the red-carpet gala screening of An American in Paris. Delta is the official airline partner for the festival.
TCM host and film historian Robert Osborne will serve as official host of the festival. Peter O’Toole, Kirk Douglas, Leslie Caron, Mickey Rooney, Debbie Reynolds, Jane Powell, Warren Beatty, Alec Baldwin, Angela Lansbury, Hayley Mills, Richard Roundtree and Roger Corman are just a few of the notables slated to appear during the festival. Throughout the festival, TCM will celebrate movie music, with multi-film tributes to George and Ira Gershwin, composer Bernard Herrmann and singing cowboy Roy Rogers. In collaboration with D23, The Official Disney Fan Club, the festival will also celebrate the musical legacy of Walt Disney, including his Silly Symphonies and Laugh-O-Gram shorts.
Among the numerous films slated for the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival are Reds (1981), Becket (1964), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), West Side Story (1961), The Parent Trap (1961), Whistle Down the Wind (1961), The Guns of Navarone (1961), Spartacus (1960), The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), La Dolce Vita (1960), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Cabin in the Sky (1943), Went the Day Well? (1942), Citizen Kane (1941), Fantasia (1940), Dodsworth (1936), Hoop-La (1933), The Cameraman (1928) and The Merry Widow (1925), to name a few. TCM is dedicated to showcasing the best possible projection, including digital, 35mm and 70mm prints. Most of the films presented during the TCM Classic Film Festival have been digitally restored and remastered.
Additional information, including a list of programming and events slated for the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival, is available at http://news.turner.com/press_kit_index.cfm?aff_id=2595§ion_id=1112.
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, which has a longstanding role in movie history and was the site of the first Academy Awards® ceremony, will once again serve as the official hotel for the festival, as well as home to Club TCM, a central gathering point for attendees. The Hollywood Roosevelt will also offer special rates for festival goers. Screenings and events will be held at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Multiplex and the Egyptian Theatre. The latest venue added to the TCM Classic Film Festival is the historic Music Box Theatre, which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2011.
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2011 TCM Classic Film Festival
Thursday, April 28 – Sunday, May 1, 2011, in Hollywood
The following are the newly announced events and screenings added to the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival. A complete list of all previously announced events and screenings can be found at http://news.turner.com/press_kits_detail.cfm?presskit_id=235&press_section_id=2586.
On the opening night of the TCM Classic Film Festival, TCM will make a big splash at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with a poolside screening of the rocking Elvis Presley musical Girl Happy (1965).
Girl Happy (1965) – Poolside at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Elvis Presley’s last big blockbuster features the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll as a singer assigned to keep an eye on a young woman during Spring Break in Ft. Lauderdale. Shelley Fabares co-stars, along with Harold Stone and Gary Crosby. The soundtrack album, featuring the title song, along with “Spring Fever,” “Do the Clam” and “You’ll Be Gone,” climbed to #8 on the charts. This special screening will take place poolside at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the host hotel for the TCM Classic Film Festival.
Anniversaries, Restorations and Discoveries
The festival will be packed with a number of outstanding films that are primed to be rediscovered by film fans. Each film has been painstakingly restored and features work by well-known film personalities.
Gaslight (1944) – Introduced by Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury earned the first of three Oscar nominations for her performance as Nancy, a young maid whose employer may be trying to drive his wife insane. Lansbury made a strong impression at the age of only 18, holding her own against the film’s powerhouse stars, Charles Boyer and Oscar winner Ingrid Bergman. George Cukor directed the film, which is the second adaptation of a popular Patrick Hamilton play that first came to screens in 1941.
A Place in the Sun (1951) – 60th anniversary screening introduced by Rose McGowan
Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift star in this adult drama of a young man who falls in love with a society girl while trying to make his way in his uncle’s company. Shelley Winters co-stars as the girl he leaves behind. Michael Wilson and Harry Brown wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay, which is based on Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy. The film also earned Oscars for director George Stevens, composer Franz Waxman, costume designer Edith Head, cinematographer William C. Mellor and editor William Hornbeck.
Now, Voyager (1942) – Introduced by Illeana Douglas
A young unmarried woman living with her mother finds new life with the help of a psychiatrist and a new lover in this classic drama starring Bette Davis, Claude Rains and Paul Henreid. Casey Robinson adapted Olive Higgins Prouty’s best-selling novel, which is given lush treatment and a memorable Max Steiner score.
Pennies from Heaven (1981) – 30th anniversary screening of new print introduced by Illeana Douglas
This unique musical, adapted from Dennis Potter’s popular British television series, stars Steve Martin as a married Depression-era sheet-music salesman who falls for another woman. Bernadette Peters, Christopher Walken and Jessica Harper co-star under the direction of Herbert Ross. Danny Daniels’ choreography faithfully recreates the style of such legendary Hollywood choreographers as Busby Berkeley and Hermes Pan. The songs are taken from vintage musicals of the period, with the stars cleverly lip-syncing to the recordings.
The Mummy (1932) – Introduced by Ron Perlman
Boris Karloff plays the title role in this atmospheric chiller from first-time director Karl Freund. After being buried thousands of years, he rises from his tomb to be with the woman he believes to be his reincarnated lover. This film marked another triumph for Universal Studios and Boris Karloff after such memorable tales as Frankenstein (1931) and The Old Dark (1932). Prosthetic pioneer Jack Pierce spent eight hours each day preparing Karloff’s exceptional make-up.
Goldfinger (1964) – Introduced by director Guy Hamilton
Considered by many to be the greatest James Bond film ever, this exciting outing features 007 as he tries to prevent the robbery of Fort Knox’s gold supply. Sean Connery stars, with Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore and Gert Frobe as the title villain. This marked the first of four Bond films directed by Guy Hamilton and the first of three to feature Shirley Bassey’s powerful voice over the opening credits.
The Third Man (1949) – Introduced by director Guy Hamilton and script supervisor Angela Allen
Postwar Vienna serves as the setting for this classic thriller about a writer trying to track down an old friend, only to hear that the friend has been killed. But all is not as it seems. Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles and Trevor Howard star, with a screenplay by novelist Graham Greene and an enormously popular zither score by Anton Karas. Legendary director Carol Reed helmed the film, which earned the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival and the British Academy Award for Best Film. Prior to the screening, director Guy Hamilton and script supervisor Angela Allen will discuss their experience working the film, which marked Hamilton’s fifth outing as assistant director and Allen’s first film as script supervisor.
Bigger Than Life (1956) – Introduced by Barbara Rush
James Mason headlines this powerful and daring drama from director Nicholas Ray about a teacher who becomes a drug addict. Barbara Rush, who plays Mason’s devoted wife, will introduce the film. Bigger Than Life co-stars Walter Matthau and is based on an article in The New Yorker. Although a financial flop when it was originally released, the film has since been hailed as a masterpiece. In 1963, French director Jean-Luc Godard named it once of the 10 best American sound films.
The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) – Introduced by Nancy and Tina Sinatra, daughters of Frank Sinatra, and Victoria Preminger, daughter of director Otto Preminger
Two of Frank Sinatra’s well-known children, pop-star Nancy Sinatra and actress Tina Sinatra, will take the stage to pay tribute to their father while they introduce one of his most powerful performances. Otto Preminger directed this stark look at a musician who becomes addicted to heroin. Eleanor Parker, Kim Novak and Darren McGavin co-star, with a fine jazz score by Elmer Bernstein.
The Connection (1961) – World premiere restoration introduced by director Allison Anders
Experimental filmmaker Shirley Clarke made her feature directorial debut with this searing drama about a group of junkies waiting for the arrival of their latest fix and the documentary filmmaker who wants to chronicle their behavior. Based on a play by Jack Gleber, this groundbreaking independent film was banned in New York until a lawsuit led the New York State Court of Appeals to clear the way for its exhibition.
A Night at the Opera (1935) – Introduced by film historian and producer Robert S. Bader and Andy Marx, grandson of Groucho Marx
Robert S. Bader (The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk) and Groucho Marx’s grandson Andy Marx will introduce this hilarious Marx Brothers romp about a pair of lovers trying to make it in the opera world. Kitty Carlisle, Allen Jones and Margaret Dumont co-star in the film, which was cut down for subsequent releases until much of the lost footage was restored after the discovery of a more complete print in Hungary.
The Devil is a Woman (1935) – World premiere of restoration presented in partnership with the Museum of Modern Art and introduced by MoMA film collection manager Katie Trainor
This drama set in Spain stars Marlene Dietrich as a woman who belongs to nobody and is the obsession of many. Lionel Atwill and Cesar Romero co-star. This marked the last of seven collaborations between Dietrich and filmmaker Josef von Sternberg.
Hoop-La (1933) – World premiere of new restoration presented in partnership with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and introduced by MoMA film collection manager Katie Trainor and Clara Bow biographer David Stenn
This pre-Code romantic drama marks the final feature film of the “It” girl, Clara Bow, as she plays a carnival hula dancer out to seduce the carnival owner’s son. Although Bow was originally unenthusiastic about making the film and was only doing it so she could finish her studio contract and retire, her excellent performance lifts the material above the ordinary. Preston Foster and Richard Cromwell co-star under the direction of Frank Lloyd.
This is the Night (1932) – UCLA restoration introduced by film historian and author Foster Hirsch and Jennifer Grant, daughter of Cary Grant
Thelma Todd plays a woman caught between two men in this pre-Code comedy full of risqué elements. Cary Grant scores in his first feature film role as Todd’s javelin-throwing husband, while Roland Young plays her paramour. Frank Tuttle directed the film, which is based on a play by Henry Falk.
Niagara (1953) – Introduced by film historian and author Foster Hirsch
This intriguing thriller from writer-producer Charles Brackett and director Henry Hathaway stars Joseph Cotten and Marilyn Monroe as George and Rose Loomis, a married couple vacationing at Niagara Falls. As their relationship unravels, she plots to have her husband killed, but not everything goes as it should. The cinematography by Joe MacDonald and art direction by Maurice Ransford and Lyle Wheeler put a unique, colorful spin on the film noir genre. The film was an enormous box-office hit, joining the same year’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire in making Monroe a superstar.
Casanova in Burlesque (1944) – Introduced by Cheryl Rogers-Barnett, daughter of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
Joe E. Brown stars in this comedy about a man leading a double life: burlesque comedian during the summer and Shakespeare professor during the winter. June Havoc and a young Dale Evans co-star. Among the movie’s memorable songs are “Who Took Me Home Last Night?” and “Taming of the Shrew.”
All About Eve (1950)
Few movies cut as sharp and as deep as Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s cynical backstage drama starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Oscar-winner George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlow, Thelma Ritter and Marilyn Monroe. The story follows an aging Broadway actress whose admiring fan is quickly turning out to be her professional and romantic rival. With 14 Academy Award nominations, All About Eve is the most nominated film of all time. In addition to Sanders’ trophy for Best Supporting Actor, Mankiewicz took home prizes for Best Director and Best Screenplay, Edith Head and Charles Le Maire earned honors for Best Costume Design, and the film itself beat out such fellow classics as Sunset Blvd., King Solomon’s Mines and Father of the Bride to win Best Picture.
One, Two, Three (1961) – 50th anniversary screening
James Cagney headlines his uproarious Billy Wilder comedy about a soda executive trying to overcome in West Berlin when his boss’ visiting daughter falls for a communist. The outstanding cast includes Arlene Francis, Horst Buchholz, Pamela Tiffin and Red Buttons. Wilder and frequent collaborator I.A.L. Diamond wrote the screenplay based on a Ferenc Molnar play. This marked Cagney’s last big-screen appearance before his 20-year-hiatus from the screen.
Disney’s Musical Legacy
Presented in collaboration with D23, The Official Disney Fan Club, this multi-faceted collection of screenings will celebrate Disney’s history of bringing music and film together. As part of the celebration, TCM will include several live-action Disney musicals, including Summer Magic (1963).
Summer Magic (1963) – Introduced by Hayley Mills
Hayley Mills earned a Golden Globe® nomination for her performance in this Disney family classic about a family growing up in Maine on a shoestring budget. Dorothy McGuire plays the widowed matriarch of the clan. The screenplay was adapted from the book Mother Carey’s Chickens by Kate Douglas Wiggin. Burl Ives co-stars and sings the memorable ditty “The Ugly Bug Ball.”
A Celebration of Bernard Herrmann
From Alfred Hitchcock to Orson Welles, composer Bernard Herrmann collaborated with some of Hollywood’s greatest film artists. His innovative and evocative scores continue to influence composers today. The festival will commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth with several screenings, including a 70th anniversary presentation of Citizen Kane (1941), a 35th anniversary presentation of the recently restored Taxi Driver (1976) and the fantasy classic The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958). In addition, Jerry Mathers will introduce the Hitchcock comedy-thriller The Trouble with Harry (1955), in which he co-starred. And Herrmann’s daughter, Dorothy Herrmann, will introduce films featuring two of the composer’s best scores.
The Trouble with Harry (1955) – Introduced by Jerry Mathers
This delightful tongue-in-cheek thriller from director Alfred Hitchcock stars John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine, Edmund Gwenn, Mildred Natwick and, in his first major film role, Jerry Mathers. The story involves a dead body, the various people who may have murdered him and the hilarious attempts to cover up the crime. Bernard Herrmann’s delightful score was considered by the composer to be a tribute to Hitchcock’s macabre sense of humor.
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) – Introduced by Dorothy Herrmann, composer Bernard Herrmann’s daughter
Bernard Herrmann’s lovely score – reportedly the composer’s personal favorite – is just one of this romantic classic’s many attributes. Gene Tierney stars as a young widow whose new home is haunted by a dead sea captain, played by Rex Harrison. George Sanders and Natalie Wood co-star, with Joseph L. Mankiewicz directing.
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) – 60th anniversary presentation introduced by Dorothy Herrmann, composer Bernard Herrman’s daughter
Robert Wise’s sci-fi drama stars Michael Rennie as a visitor from outer space who comes with a warning for the people of Earth. Patricia Neal co-stars as the woman who helps him. Robert Wise’s pacifist drama has been hailed as one of the genre’s finest works. Bernard Herrmann’s score features several electronic instruments not commonly used in 1951, including the eerie-sounding Theremin, which later became a staple of science-fiction films.
Happy Trails: Roy Rogers
The TCM Classic Film Festival will salute Roy Rogers, the “King of the Singing Cowboys,” with five music-filled westerns, all restored in time for the 100th anniversary of Rogers’ birth. In addition to screenings of My Pal Trigger (1946) and Trigger, Jr. (1950), Rogers’ daughter, actress Cheryl Rogers-Barnett will be on hand to introduce two other films starring her father.
Under Western Stars (1938) – Introduced by Cheryl Rogers-Barnett, daughter of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
Roy Rogers landed his first starring role for Republic Pictures with this tuneful western. The story follows the cowboy as he seeks election to public office in order to bring water to the ranchers in his district. Songs include “Dust,” “Send My Mail to the Country Jail,” “Back to the Backwoods,” “Rogers for Congressman” and “When a Cowboy Sings a Song.”
Cowboy and the Senorita (1944) – World premiere of new restoration introduced by Cheryl Rogers-Barnett, daughter of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
Roy comes to the rescue when a villain tries to steal a gold mine from the young woman who inherited it from her dead father. Mary Lee and Rogers’ wife, Dale Evans, co-star. In addition to the title song, the film features such Phil Ohman-Ned Washington tunes as “The Enchilada Man” and “What’ll I Use for Money?”
Nice Work if You Can Get It: The Film Music of George and Ira Gershwin
Throughout the festival, TCM will celebrate the work of George and Ira Gershwin with a collection of films featuring their most memorable songs, including the opening-night gala screening of An American in Paris (1951). Woody Allen’s Manhattan (1979) marks the latest film included in the Gershwin celebration.
Woody Allen’s slice-of-life valentine to New York features the actor-director-writer alongside Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy, Mariel Hemingway and Meryl Streep. The gorgeous black-and-white photography is provided by Gordon Willis, all set to a collection of memorable Gershwin tunes.