As part of their “Summer of the Stars” series, Turner Classic Movies will focus on the work of one classic Hollywood star every day. Here is some of what’s in store on the classic movie station this week.
On Monday, TCM will highlight the career of Mexican actor, Anthony Quinn, though the day starts off with William Wellman’s dark Western, The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), starring Henry Fonda.
Following that, Quinn is featured in the heartwarming melodrama Black Gold (1947), before playing a washed-up boxer in the underrated sports drama Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962).
The meat and potatoes comes in the afternoon with the great action thriller, Guns of Navarone (1961), co-starring Gregory Peck and David Niven, which is followed by his Best Actor nominated performance in Zorba the Greek (1964) and his Oscar-winning supporting turn as French artist Paul Gaugin in Lust for Life (1956).
Tuesday will feature films from 1930s star, Kay Francis, whose popularity was virtually unparalleled in the decade.
Early in the day be sure to see Francis in William Dieterle’s romantic comedy Jewel Robbery (1932) and the romantic melodrama One Way Passage (1932)
In the afternoon, Francis’ turn opposite William Powell in Michael Curtiz’s spy drama British Agent (1934) is followed by her performance as a glamorous singer who confesses to murder to protect her daughter in Confession (1937).
The evening rounds out with the crime dramas Guilty Hands (1931) and Mandalay (1934), co-starring Ricardo Cortez, and the often overlooked romantic drama Give Me Your Heart (1936).
Viewers are in for a treat on Wednesday when TCM highlights the extraordinary career of Oscar-winning performer Jack Lemmon.
After an airing of John Ford’s brilliant military comedy, Mister Roberts (1955), which earned Lemmon the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, be sure to see him in Good Neighbor Sam (1964), How to Murder Your Wife (1965) and Blake Edwards’ slapstick comedy The Great Race (1965), co-starring Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood.
Of course, no Lemmon retrospective would be complete without a pair of Billy Wilder classics, The Apartment (1960) and The Fortune Cookie (1966), that latter marking his first of many collaborations with friend Walter Matthau.
Lemmon wasn’t always a comedian and delivered a great dramatic performance as an alcoholic adman in Edwards’ Days of Wine and Roses (1962), which night owls and insomniacs will be sure to catch.
On Thursday, TCM spends the day exploring the films of the great Gene Kelly, who innovated the Hollywood musical as an actor, dancer, choreographer and director.
In the morning, see Kelly sing and dance opposite Frank Sinatra in Anchors Aweigh (1945) before he stars as D’Artagnon in a rather energetic version of The Three Musketeers (1948).
Afternoon viewers can see Kelly star alongside Judy Garland in Vincente Minnelli’s romantic musical The Pirate (1948). Later the station will air a pair of the actor’s directing efforts, Invitation to the Dance (1956) and On the Town (1949), and then viewers can see him star opposite Rita Hayworth in Charles Vidor’s Cover Girl (1944) that evening.
TCM would be remiss not to air Kelly’s most famous films, An American in Paris (1951), Singin’ in the Rain (1952) and Inherit the Wind (1960), but perhaps it would have been better to show them during primetime instead of late into the night.
TCM wraps up the week with a retrospective on the career of Irene Dunne.
The first half of the day focuses on several of her lesser-known films like Bachelor Apartment (1931), The Secret of Madame Blanche (1933) and Consolation Marriage (1931).
But things pick up in the afternoon with her Oscar-nominated comedic performance in Theodora Goes Wild (1936), which is followed by My Favorite Wife (1940) co-starring Cary Grant, and another Academy Award-nominated performance in The Awful Truth (1937).
The evening ends with a trio of her best pictures, A Guy Named Joe (1943), Life With Father (1947) co-starring William Powell and Elizabeth Taylor, and James Whale’s classic musical Show Boat (1936).
Anthony Quinn in ‘Zorba the Greek’/20th Century Fox
Kay Francis and William Powell in ‘One Way Passage’/Warner Bros.
Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine in ‘The Apartment’/MGM Home Entertainment
Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra in ‘On the Town’/MGM Home Entertainment
Irene Dunne and Melvyn Douglas in ‘Theodora Goes Wild’/Sony Pictures