Friday, July 29, 2011

For The Love of Lucy: TCM Schedules a Movie Marathon For Ball's Birthday...

Lucille Ball was one of my first entertainment industry idols. I found her comedic talents unmatched, and though I never quite aspired to be her from an acting perspective, I wanted to influence change the way she did. Actually, in many ways, I still do. But she was so much more than "just" a comedienne anyway; she was a singer; she was a producer; she was a pioneer. And in just a few days TCM will celebrate the incomparable talent and the woman behind it with a marathon of some of her greatest films.

Every day I sit in my living room watching new television and movies. From the comfort of my couch I review, and at times conduct interviews with those behind, the latest projects and products. And just over my eye line when typing on my laptop is my Charles Fazzino "For The Love of Lucy" pop art hanging, reminding me, in many ways, why I got into this business, what I love most about it, and what it can be when it is truly unique.

August 6th would have been Ball's one hundredth birthday, and what better way to ring in a little celebration than with a "Summer Under the Stars" night of programming to celebrate the life of the ground-breaking star? Admittedly I have never seen many of these titles; the most of my frame of reference was always I Love Lucy. But whether you're tuning in for the first time or the fifth-- or the fifteenth!-- it's a chance to take a walk down memory lane with the best of Ball.

Here is the full schedule for the movie marathon on the sixth:

6 a.m. Du Barry Was a Lady (1943) – with Red Skelton
8 a.m. Panama Lady (1939) – with Allan Lane
9:30 a.m. Without Love (1945) – with Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy and Keenan Wynn
11:30 a.m. Miss Grant Takes Richmond (1949) – with William Holden
1 p.m. The Fuller Brush Girl (1950) – with Eddie Albert
2:30 p.m. The Long, Long Trailer (1954) – with Desi Arnaz
4:30 p.m. Best Foot Forward (1943) – with William Gaxton
6:15 p.m. Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) – with Maureen O’Hara
8 p.m. Stage Door (1937) – with Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers and Adolph Menjou, presented as part of The Essentials
9:45 p.m. The Big Street (1942) – with Henry Fonda
11:30 p.m. Easy to Wed (1946) – with Van Johnson and Esther Williams
1:30 a.m. Lured (1947) – with George Sanders
3:15 a.m. The Affairs of Annabel (1938) – with Jack Oakie
4:30 a.m. Annabel Takes a Tour (1938) – with Jack Oakie

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