Don't miss a single Bette flick this month on TCM! A total of 9 films including:
JEZEBEL (1938 ACADEMY AWARD), THE VIRGIN QUEEN, THE PRIVATE LIVES OF ELIZABETH AND ESSEX, THE LETTER, THE CORN IS GREEN, PAYMENT ON DEMAND, THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS, HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN, AND DECEPTION.
Of my personal "must see" picks, I have chosen 4. If you haven't seen "The Corn is Green" (1945), please do so. It airs June 15 8:15am/mt. Bette plays a more solid figure in her role of Miss Moffat, a middle-aged school teacher, allowing the young John Dall (Morgan) to shine in his dramatic scenes. We have seen Bette step back slightly to allow other actors to stand out in her films like in "The Great Lie" with Mary Astor and "All This and Heaven Too" with Barbara O'Neil. I believe this quality of Bette's is one of the most endearing. As great and a powerhouse as she was, she humbled herself in these films to allow a lesser actor be shown for the skills she admired in them. "The Corn is Green" is one of these films. You will walk away with a new admiration for our favorite lady in film.
"Deception" (1946) is in contrast to the above mentioned, in that Bette plays her famously, terribly evil self. Paired with Claude Rains, (one of my favorite leading "Bette men"), the 2 are fascinating to watch - bad on bad - with Bette winning the end game. A great villainess film.
"Thank Your Luck Stars" (1943) is a must see for those who haven't seen or heard Bette sing yet. Perhaps I need to see this again too, as I fast forwarded through the movie just to see her part(s). Small, but worth it to see her sing! Ha.
"Hollywood Canteen" (1944) This film will mean something big to servicemen/women out there. In 1942, Bette founded the real Hollywood Canteen in Hollywood, CA. It was a place where World War II servicemen could come and relax, eat, drink, dance and be served and entertained by Hollywood's greatest stars. This film follows the life of a serviceman who meets a sweetheart at the Hollywood Canteen. You'll see Bette several times throughout the movie playing her real self as she was back in the days of the real canteen. Very cool!
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