Lauren Bacall as the September Star of the Month beginning this evening, September 5th.
TCM will show 16 Bacall films on Wednesday evenings this month, as well as a couple of documentaries, BACALL ON BOGART (1988) and PRIVATE SCREENINGS: LAUREN BACALl (2005).
The series kicks off tonight celebrating Bacall's partnership with her husband, Humphrey Bogart, beginning with her very first film, TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT (1944). TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT is probably my favorite of their films together, with the classic mystery THE BIG SLEEP (1946) running a close second.
DARK PASSAGE (1947) and especially KEY LARGO (1948) are also very worthwhile.
Three films will be shown on September 12th: CONFIDENTIAL AGENT (19450 with Charles Boyer, YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN (1950) with Kirk Douglas and Doris Day, and BRIGHT LEAF (1950) with Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal. I haven't seen any of these titles and they all sound interesting, for the casts alone!
On September 19th the lineup is HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE (1953) with Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable, THE COBWEB (1955) with Richard Widmark, BLOOD ALLEY (1955) with John Wayne, WRITTEN ON THE WIND (1956) with Rock Hudson, and DESIGNING WOMAN (1957) with Gregory Peck.
WRITTEN ON THE WIND is probably my favorite Bacall film airing this month. It's a delicious Douglas Sirk soap filmed in striking Technicolor. Robert Stack and Oscar winner Dorothy Malone costar with Bacall and Hudson. It's a very memorable film which is well worth checking out.
It's been a few years since I last saw HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE or DESIGNING WOMAN, but I remember the former film as being fun and the latter movie as somewhat disappointing, given that it was directed by Vincente Minnelli. That said, I don't remember DESIGNING WOMAN well so it would be a good title to give a fresh look.
The final Bacall night, on September 26th, features THE GIFT OF LOVE (1958) with Robert Stack, SEX AND THE SINGLE GIRL (1964) with Natalie Wood, Tony Curtis, and Henry Fonda, HARPER (1966) with Paul Newman and Janet Leigh, and MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (1974), which features an all-star cast.
For more on TCM in September, please visit my post TCM in September: Highlights or review the complete online schedule.