Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Great Films Not on DVD: June

The White Cliffs of Dover (1944)
Starring Irene Dunne and Alan Marshal
Airs June 15 on TCM

American Susan Dunn travels to England and ends up marrying a dashing English aristocrat. The happy times are cut short however, with the onset of World War I and the departure of her new husband. Twenty five years later, she must watch another man go off to war: her son.

Watch for a young Elizabeth Taylor in a small uncredited role and an incredibly handsome Peter Lawford as Dunne’s son.

Raintree County (1957)
Starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, and Eva Marie Saint
Airs June 22 on TCM

High school sweethearts John Shawnessy (Clift) and Nell Gaither (Saint) seem destined to be married until John drifts away and falls for a beautiful southern debutante (Taylor). The two become trapped in a loveless marriage that crumbles even more when John learns of his wife’s family secrets.

During filming, Clift crashed his car and was saved by co-star Taylor who pulled two teeth from his throat. Although he survived, his face was left partially paralyzed for the rest of his life.

Starring Ginger Rogers, Lana Turner, Walter Pidgeon, and Van Johnson
Airs June 30 on TCM

An updated version of Grand Hotel with an ensemble cast featuring Ginger Rogers as a lonely movie star, Lana Turner as a stenographer, soldier Van Johnson, and war correspondent Walter Pidgeon. It’s not up to the level of the original, but it has Ginger in it so how could I resist putting it on the list!

There are also quite a few films from past posts that I thought I would include, just in case you missed them the first time around.

June 2
Bombshell (1933)
On a final note, I would like to thank Nicole for giving me the Friendly Blogger Award. Once again, I’m late in accepting so it looks like pretty much everybody has already gotten it. If you were somehow left out, I’m passing this on to you!


Robert M. Lindsey said...

I am constantly amazed at what isn't available on DVD. Raintree County? Really? Sometimes you can find old VHS tapes of ones not yet on DVD, but not always. And I know several people who don't have VHS players anymore.


Nicole said...

Ohh The White Cliffs of Dover sounds interesting and I'll watch anything with a young Peter Lawford anyday!

Raintree County is pretty good but I'm quite surprised that it's not available on dvd.

No problem, you certainly deserve the award!

brave girl said...

I love old movies and your site is so fun! Thanks for all of the cool info and keep it coming!

Genevieve said...

Robert: I completely agree. There are so many films not on dvd and many never made to vhs either. I couldn't believe a movie like Raintree County isn't on dvd. So sad.

Nicole: Do check it out. Peter Lawford is to die for in it even though he has a small role. Thanks again for the award : )

brave girl: Thank you so much! I'm always glad to find new classic movie lovers and share my knowledge with them : ) Welcome!

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