Backlot Fan Programmers - 5/26
Our TCM Backlot is the ultimate fan club for TCM lovers across the country, giving viewers and fans a chance to see behind the scenes of the network and interact with us through our shared love of classic film. One of the perks of being a member is the opportunity to program a film of your choice, and this month we air a quartet of films from our Backlot Fan Programmers.
Our programmers will have a Skype interview with TCM host Ben Mankiewicz and introduce their top picks to air May 26 beginning at 12 p.m. ET. Here are the programmers and their chosen films. Be sure to tune in to hear why each programmer chose their film.
Chris Hawley of East Troy, WI: Flight Command (1940), a salute to the U.S. Navy starring Robert Taylor as a pilot whose cocky attitude gets him in trouble with the elite squadron to which he is assigned. He also runs afoul of his new commander (Walter Pidgeon) because of a misunderstanding involving the commander's wife (Ruth Hussey). The film is credited with being the first produced by Hollywood to celebrate the U.S. military after the beginning of World War II in Europe, a year before America entered the conflict.
Bruce Chesse of Portland, OR: The Horse's Mouth (1958), a highly praised film version of the Joyce Cary novel about a brilliant but difficult London artist and his search for the perfect wall on which to paint his masterpiece. Alec Guinness stars as the artist and also wrote the Oscar-nominated adapted screenplay with Ronald Neame directing. Guinness was named Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival for his performance.
Carla Renata of Lake Balboa, CA: High Society (1956), a musical version of 1940's The Philadelphia Story, with direction by Charles Walters and a score by Cole Porter. Taking on the roles once played by Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart are Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. Porter's "True Love" was Oscar-nominated as Best Original Song.
Sabrina Mikan of Austin, TX: Sabrina (1954), director Billy Wilder's version of the Samuel A. Taylor play about a chauffeur's daughter (Audrey Hepburn) who travels to Paris to attend culinary school and returns a woman of the world. Humphrey Bogart and William Holden costar as the wealthy brothers who take notice, and Edith Head won an Oscar for the chic costumes.