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TCM Remembers Lauren Bacall with 24-Hour Marathon

TCM Remembers Lauren Bacall with 24-Hour Marathon

Inevitably, Turner Classic Movies is offering up a tribute to screen icon Lauren Bacall, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 89. TCM’s 24-hour marathon will air Monday, Sept. 15, beginning at 8 p.m. (ET), and will conclude Tuesday, Sept. 16, her 90th birthday. The tribute will include all four Bacall-Bogart pairings: Howard Hawks classic “To Have and Have Not” (1944), during which she fell in love with her future husband, “The Big Sleep” (1946), “Dark Passage” (1947) and “Key Largo” (1948).

TCM will open its remembrance of Bacall’s life and career “Private Screenings: Lauren Bacall” (2005), a conversation with Robert Osborne, who said: “Lauren Bacall was a wonderful and generous friend of ours at TCM, and a great connection to the ‘golden age of cinema. Personally, I have to admit that she never failed to make my heart beat faster and my voice to stammer when we spoke. Talk about true star quality – that was Bacall.”

The “TCM Remembers: Lauren Bacall Tribute Video” is here

TCM’s tribute to Bacall includes “Young Man with a Horn” (1950), with her old Academy of Dramatic Arts schoolmate Kirk Douglas and Doris Day, in which Bacall delivers perhaps her best dramatic performance. Bacall shows her comic chops in “How to Marry a Millionaire” (1953), starring Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe; “Designing Woman” (1957), with Gregory Peck; and “Sex and the Single Girl” (1964), starring Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood and Henry Fonda. Bacall costars with Gary Cooper in “Bright Leaf” (1950), John Wayne in “Blood Alley” (1955) and Paul Newman in “Harper” (1966).

Here’s the complete schedule for TCM’s tribute to Lauren Bacall:

Monday, Sept. 15

8 p.m. – Private Screenings: Lauren Bacall (2005)
9 p.m. – To Have and Have Not (1944)
11 p.m. – The Big Sleep (1946)
1 a.m. – How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
2:45 a.m. – Private Screenings: Lauren Bacall (2005)
3:45 a.m. – Harper (1966)

Tuesday, Sept. 16
6 a.m. – Bright Leaf (1950)
8 a.m. – Young Man with a Horn (1950)
10 a.m. – Dark Passage (1947)
Noon – Key Largo (1948)
2 p.m. – Blood Alley (1955)
4 p.m. – Sex and the Single Girl (1964)
6 p.m. – Designing Woman (1953)

(All times Eastern)

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Tom Brueggemann

That's a bit unfair – TCM can only to tributes when they have the licenses to show films of actors. They are topheavy in MGM, WB and RKO, with access to s0me Columbia titles. They almost certainly couldn't have put on a viable tribute to Ruby Dee. For the same reason they almost certainly won't do one for Robin Williams.

People seem to think (and TCM would like them to think) that they are comprehensive. They aren't. They might not have access except for making expensive one time deals (and even then only if not prohibited by existing licenses with other outlets) to more than 15% of the US films made between 1930-1970.


I loved the tribute they did for Ruby Dee, wait……wrong network.

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