Friday, December 11, 2015

TCM Remembers 2015

TCM Remembers 2015 is now available online.

You can view it at TCM's Twitter account.

TCM always does a beautiful job with this tribute, and I have to say this one left me even more teary than usual. So many special favorites passed on this year; the video begins with beloved actress Joan Leslie and concludes with another, Maureen O'Hara; and in the middle there's Coleen Gray. I was so fortunate to see two of those ladies in person and speak at length with Coleen.

Other names which left me particularly misty-eyed in this year's video were Setsuko Hara, Rod Taylor, Louis Jourdan, Lizabeth Scott, Dean Jones, and Kevin Corcoran.

I do wish TCM had included Martin Milner and hope perhaps it's an oversight they'll correct. Although he may have been best known for his TV series, he was in a great many films from a young age, with his finest appearance perhaps having been in the classic SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957).

And this evening comes word that actress Marjorie Lord has left us at the age of 97. Another who was best known for her TV work, Lord also acted in films opposite James Cagney, Tim Holt, and more. She was at one time married to actor John Archer and was the mother of actress Anne Archer. I was fortunate to see her interviewed at UCLA in 2013.

Past TCM tribute posts: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.


Blogger Terence Towles Canote said...

This year I think TCM had two big ommissions. As you mentioned, they left out Martin Milner. They also left out Patrick Macnee. It's true both may now be best known for their work on television (Mr. Milner for Route 66 and Adam 12, Mr. Macnee for The Avengers), but both of them appeared in classic films.

Other than Maureen O'Hara, I think it was Sir Christopher Lee and Lizabeth Scott who got to me the most!

9:38 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks, Terry. I agree, it would have been good to see Patrick Macnee in this year's tribute as well.

It also would have been nice to include Monica Lewis; she didn't have a huge film career but I think her contributions rated a mention, especially compared to someone like, say, Marty Ingels who made the cut.

It's also interesting that they included an actress like Amanda Peterson yet a couple years ago Paul Walker didn't make it in. Would be curious to know the thinking behind the decisions.

Best wishes,

9:49 AM  
Blogger DKoren said...

James Horner got tears from me. Again. But so many of these others are favorites. Maureen O'Hara and Colleen Gray and Omar Sharif among so many others.

I am surprised Martin Milner was not shown and Patrick Macnee. What's up with that?

10:08 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Yes, James Horner too! So many people who have made such indelible contributions and brought us so much enjoyment.

Thanks for adding your thoughts, Deb!

Best wishes,

10:29 AM  
Blogger Elisabeth Grace Foley said...

There were a lot more faces familiar to me personally in this year's than in many other tributes. I was surprised not to see Martin Milner—and I'd forgotten till reading the comments here about Patrick MacNee and George Cole, who I always associate with the 1951 A Christmas Carol.

11:16 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hi Elisabeth,

It seems this year people are feeling those special personal connections with many of the actors who have left us. I hope TCM will update the video, they've done it once or twice in the past, either overlooking an omission or adding someone who dies in December.

Best wishes,

3:48 PM  
Blogger Clay said...

Early on 12 December TCM corrected the only error noted so far with wrong first name of - MOTIVA - for - MOVITA CASTANEDA ...

There is discussion of some additions to come up early this week but we shall believe it when we see it as about 10 names could easily be added.

6:26 PM  
Blogger Tom said...

A performer from one of my all-time favorite movies (1952's Moulin Rouge) was omitted: Colette Marchand who gave an unforgettable performance in that film and was Oscar nominated. She was primarily known for being a dancer and didn't make films past the '50s, so it's not entirely surprising to me that she was left out and/or forgotten entirely.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Will McKinley said...

I don't like to engage in Monday Morning quarterbacking when it comes to something like this, but they included Jonathan Frid in 2012. I'm very glad they did, but Frid was known almost entirely for a single TV show - "Dark Shadows." And two of his three feature film performances were in "Dark Shadows" -related projects. That makes a very strong argument for inclusion of Macnee and Milner.

But I am glad that they reduced the length this year and didn't allow the "concept" to distract from the message. One or two of the recent pieces have a bit too concept-heavy for my taste.

8:46 AM  

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