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    January 2019 Schedule Up!! SOTM Kathryn Grayson

    I've made comments on the ones that are not strictly musicals. THE VAGABOND KING (1956) used to be available for streaming on Amazon Prime. That's where I saw it about three or four years ago. It's well made, has a good cast, is presented in Technicolor and it's fairly entertaining. Musicals were no longer in vogue at that point. Since she didn't do a weekly TV series, her appearances on screen became far and few between after her last movie. She would mostly concentrate on stage work, appearing in things like Madama Butterfly and La Traviata, etc.
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    January 2019 Schedule Up!! SOTM Kathryn Grayson

    I'd really love to see Montalban honored. Such a versatile performer, such a long career on screen. I just looked up the frequency of people who've been Stars of the Month on TCM. Grayson was last honored in 1996, so that was 22+ years ago.
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    January 2019 Schedule Up!! SOTM Kathryn Grayson

    To my knowledge Raft has not been selected (yet). Usually the main thing is if the star has enough films in the Turner library. I sincerely doubt they worry about how many titles are in this genre or in that genre. Despite the fact that all but two of Grayson's films are musicals, she is still a worthy star to recognize. Now if someone complained about her already having been honored, I'd be more on board with that argument. Especially since people like Marlon Brando, George Raft, Joan Bennett, Ricardo Montalban, Robert Preston, Audie Murphy, Yvonne De Carlo, George Murphy, Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney and Alice Faye haven't had a turn.
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    now the left attacks basic human biology

    Ms (Mizz) always sounds like a lazy form of Miss. I remember as a kid, when my family flew somewhere, my airline ticket never said Mister. It always said Master, which meant I was an underage male. It seemed funny.
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    January 2019 Schedule Up!! SOTM Kathryn Grayson

    Well, a large part of Turner's classic film catalogue (the TCM library) consists of MGM musicals. So we'll get other musical performers honored as Star of the Month in the months/years ahead. Some people really love this genre and the stars who excelled in this genre, so I am sure TCM's choice of Kathryn Grayson pleases them a great deal. And yes, there were some people who were defined only by westerns (Roy Rogers comes to mind) or mostly by film noir and gangster pictures (George Raft comes to mind). Not everyone was versatile or able to break out of the pack and defy studio typecasting.
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    What Are You Watching Now?

    I like this film, because it doesn't age well. Does that make sense? It's such a unique time capsule. And I think this "cohort" of character actors works well together. Plus I'm a fan of Jessica Walter. Even though she doesn't have much screen time in this picture, it's still good to see her.
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    Kathryn Grayson as SOTM January 2019

    the 8th of january andy hardy's private secretary (1941) with mickey rooney rio rita (1942) with abbott & costello seven sweethearts (1942) with marsha hunt the vanishing virginian (1942) with frank morgan the 15th of january thousands cheer (1943) with gene kelly anchors aweigh (1945) with gene kelly two sisters from boston (1946) with june allyson it happened in brooklyn (1947) with frank sinatra the 22nd of january the kissing bandit (1949) with frank sinatra that midnight kiss (1949) with jose iturbi grounds for marriage (1950) with van johnson the toast of new orleans (1950) with mario lanza the 29th of january show boat (1951) with howard keel lovely to look at (1952) with red skelton the desert song (1953) with gordon macrae kiss me kate (1953) with howard keel
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    TCM Primetime Themes

    j-a-n-u-a-r-y 2-0-1-9 1 carole landis 100th birthday tribute 2 directed by elia kazan 3 spotlight: sword and sandal 4 jose ferrer 5 gunfights 6 mail call 7 stan and ollie 8 star of the month kathryn grayson 9 directed by elia kazan 10 spotlight: sword and sandal 11 early years biopics 12 the fly 13 women in sports 14 stewart and mitchum 15 star of the month kathryn grayson 16 directed by elia kazan 17 spotlight: sword and sandal 18 tba 19 mayoral elections 20 rock hudson 21 denzel washington 22 star of the month kathryn grayson 23 ernie kovacs 24 spotlight: sword and sandal 25 SAG life achievement award 26 SAG life achievement award 27 l.a. noir 28 governors awards 29 star of the month kathryn grayson 30 maureen o'hara 31 big breaks
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    TCM schedules

    October 23, 2018: 6:00 a.m. Jack and the Beanstalk (1952) 7:30 a.m. Callaway Went Thataway (1951) 9:00 a.m. The Ghost Goes West (1935) 10:30 a.m. Honolulu (1939) 12:00 p.m. Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) 2:15 p.m. Kissin' Cousins (1964) 4:00 p.m. Du Barry Was a Lady (1943) 5:45 p.m. The Great Dictator (1940) STAR OF THE MONTH 8:00 p.m. Separate Tables (1958) 10:00 p.m. The Story on Page One (1959) 12:15 a.m. The Happy Thieves (1962) 2:00 a.m. The Bastard (1968) 4:00 a.m. The Wrath of God (1972)
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    The concept of guest stars in movies

    Here's another example of a well-known star who took a strange part (against type) because he wanted to be able to say he'd done a movie with DeMille: Boris Karloff in UNCONQUERED (1947)
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    ClassiCategories

    Great answers yesterday. Thanks! one thousand one hundred thirty-eighth category Horror stars cast against type Bela Lugosi in the musical comedy GIFT OF GAB Peter Cushing as a colonist in THE HOWARDS OF VIRGINIA Boris Karloff as a native American in UNCONQUERED
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    ONE word titles

    Never heard of this one before. Thanks.
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    ONE word titles

    From 2017
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    The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    DESIRE ME (1947) Next: another film with no credited director
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    *A to Z of Movies*

    THE EXTRA DAY (1956)

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