Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Summer Under the Stars 2017: A Brief Preview

It is my immense pleasure to note that I will once again participate in Journey In Classic Film Summer Under the Stars Blogathon.

Every August on Turner Classic Movies, the network devotes each day to a particular star, some legendary, some sadly not well-remembered.  They tend to have a few performers who are still living at the time among the actor/actresses: last year or the year before that, they had Debbie Reynolds and Ann-Margret, and this year it's Vanessa Redgrave, Sidney Poitier, Leslie Caron and Angela Lansbury.

Four living people.  I think that's a record for TCM's Summer Under the Stars.

There is almost always a silent film star as well: last year if memory serves correct it was Ramon Novarro, this year it's Lon Chaney and Marion Davies.

Finally, there is at least one foreign-language performer: last year again if memory serves correct, there was Brigitte Bardot, and this year it's Simone Signoret.

Wonder if we'll ever get Toshiro Mifune to have his own day.

I'm honored to have been asked to participate, and this year I'm upping my contributions.  Here is a list of stars that I will be writing about.

Day 2: Ray Milland
Day 4: Claire Trevor
Day 8: Franchot Tone
Day 9: Sandra Dee
Day 10: Sidney Poitier
Day 12: John Wayne
Day 17: Rosalind Russell
Day 23: Greer Garson
Day 27: Leslie Caron
Day 29: Marion Davies
Day 31: Elizabeth Taylor

I urge everyone to look at the contributions of others for the Journeys In Classic Film Summer Under the Stars Blogathon, and enjoy these great stars all month long.

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