Friday, October 01, 2010

TCM Schedules Tony Curtis Tribute

Turner Classic Movies has scheduled a tribute to Tony Curtis, who passed away earlier this week at the age of 85.

Curtis is receiving an extra-special tribute from TCM, with a full 24 hours of Curtis films airing Sunday, October 10th.

Robert Osborne said "Tony Curtis has been one of TCM's most supportive and best friends from the time he joined us for Private Screenings to his participation in our TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood this past April."

TCM VP Tom Brown said of Curtis, "Through his many contributions to the network, he became a beloved member of the TCM family. He always treated everyone at the network like a friend and had a great sense of humor. Tony once joked that TCM stands for Tony Curtis Movies. Today, we feel like it really does."

A dozen Curtis films will be screened: BEACHHEAD (1954), KINGS GO FORTH (1958), THE VIKINGS (1958), OPERATION PETTICOAT (1959), WHO WAS THAT LADY? (1960), SEX AND THE SINGLE GIRL (1964), YOU CAN'T WIN 'EM ALL (1970), SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957), THE DEFIANT ONES (1958), TRAPEZE (1956), THE GREAT RACE (1965), and DON'T MAKE WAVES (1967).

As I mentioned yesterday, OPERATION PETTICOAT is a particular favorite of mine. It also stars Cary Grant in the very funny tale of a pink submarine during WWII.

Three of the films costar Natalie Wood: KINGS GO FORTH, SEX AND THE SINGLE GIRL, and THE GREAT RACE.

I plan to record SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS, which I've never seen. Looks like it should be a very nice day to remember Curtis's contributions to film history.

Update: A lovely tribute by Moira Finnie at TCM's Movie Morlocks blog. I'll have to record THE VIKINGS, too!


Blogger VP81955 said...

You will love "Sweet Smell Of Success." Great performances all around -- Curtis, Burt Lancaster, Barbara Nichols -- and the film does a splendid job of capturing the feel of Manhattan in the mid-fifties. Wonderful movie, arguably Tony's best work on film.

And for those who miss it, it will air later this month when TCM presents it as part of its "Critic's Choice" series; I believe it was selected by Roger Ebert, who will be on hand with Robert Osborne to introduce the film.

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