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Guest Programmer: Gene Wilder
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Guest Programmer: Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder, TCM Guest Programmer for June, is one of our most beloved comedy stars, having delighted the world with inspired performances in The Producers (1967), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), Blazing Saddles (1974), Young Frankenstein (1974) and many other films. Wilder has also written and directed several of his own movies including Haunted Honeymoon (1986) and in more recent years has turned to writing books including Something to Remember You By (2013).

He chooses a wide range of movies beginning with the sentimental drama Random Harvest (1942), "the most romantic film I've ever seen." The "funniest" for him is the 1934 version of the operetta The Merry Widow (1934), with comic touches by director Ernst Lubitsch that are "just magic." A fan of Agatha Christie, Wilder tells host Robert Osborne that he "can never get tired" of the film version of her Witness for the Prosecution (1957). He says he never appreciated Bette Davis films until he saw her in the "knockout" drama Dark Victory (1939) and recognized her brilliance.

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