Friday, August 16, 2013

In case you care, I still hate George Zimmerman.

I almost forgot ... it’s time for another update on TCM’s Summer Under the Stars festival! Here are the Howdygram’s top picks for the next few days.
  • WALLACE BEERY, 8/17. You shouldn’t miss: The Champ (1931) with Jackie Cooper; A Date with Judy (1948), a silly semi-musical thing with Jane Powell and Carmen Miranda; Grand Hotel (1932) with Greta Garbo, John Barrymore and Joan Crawford; and Dinner at Eight (1933), one of my all-time favorite movies with Marie Dressler, Jean Harlow, Billie Burke and Lionel Barrymore. No kidding, Dinner at Eight is absolutely unforgettable.
  • NATALIE WOOD, 8/18. West Side Story (1961) with Richard Beymer and Russ Tamblyn; The Searchers (1956) with John Wayne; Splendor in the Grass (1961) with Warren Beatty; and The Great Race (1965), a Blake Edwards masterpiece with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. You should also try to catch Gypsy (1962), but mostly to watch Rosalind Russell. (She steals the show.)
  • RANDOLPH SCOTT, 8/19. I’m not a huge fan of Randolph Scott’s westerns, and that’s pretty much all you get to see on August 19 with the exception of My Favorite Wife (1940) with Irene Dunne and Cary Grant, which is pretty damn adorable.
  • HATTIE McDANIEL, 8/20. Check out Hollywood’s highest-paid maid in the following films: Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) with Eddie Cantor; George Washington Slept Here (1942) with Jack Benny and Ann Sheridan; and Gone with the Wind (1939) with Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh.
  • WILLIAM HOLDEN, 8/21. My favorite actor for sure. Be sure to watch: Executive Suite (1954) with June Allyson; Picnic (1956) with Kim Novak; Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) with Alec Guinness; and Born Yesterday (1950) with Judy Holliday and Broderick Crawford.
  • MAGGIE SMITH, 8/22. The V.I.P.s (1963) with Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Margaret Rutherford; The Honey Pot (1967) with Rex Harrison; Travels with My Aunt (1972); The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) with Robert Stephens and Pamela Franklin; and California Suite (1978) with Michael Caine. FYI, those last two films were Oscar-winning performances.
I guess that’s probably a wrap for today. It’s almost 9 p.m. and I’m feeling a little antsy and bored, craving green olives and wishing Sam was home from work. Tomorrow at noon I’ve got a follow-up appointment with my optometrist to figure out how Costco can fix the mess they made of my new progressive trifocals, and afterwards Sam and I will go out for lunch, most likely to Alfredo’s in Forney because they have really nice cheap food with lots of parking. The map below indicates: A) Howdygram headquarters; B) Dr. Field’s office next door to Costco in Rockwall; and C) Alfredo’s restaurant. This also happens to be the exact same location (State Highway 80 and Pinson Road) where the police stopped George Zimmerman for speeding two weeks ago and found a loaded gun in his car. In case you care, I still hate George Zimmerman. A lot.
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