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Robert Mitchum Movies: 'The Yakuza' Surprising Casting, 'Ryan's Daughter' Cast Against Type

Robert Mitchum ca. late 1940s. Robert Mitchum movies 'The Yakuza,' 'Ryan's Daughter' on TCM Today, Aug. 12, '15, Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” series is highlighting the career of Robert Mitchum. Two of the films being shown this evening are The Yakuza and Ryan's Daughter. The former is one of the disappointingly few TCM premieres this month. (See TCM's Robert Mitchum movie schedule further below.) Despite his film noir background, Robert Mitchum was a somewhat unusual choice to star in The Yakuza (1975), a crime thriller set in the Japanese underworld. Ryan's Daughter or no, Mitchum hadn't been a box office draw in quite some time; in the mid-'70s, one would have expected a Warner Bros. release directed […]


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Robert Mitchum Movies: 'The Yakuza' Surprising Casting, 'Ryan's Daughter' Cast Against Type



John Mills Movies: 'Ryan's Daughter' Oscar Winner

John Mills. Unfortunately, nine of the ten John Mills films to be shown on Turner Classic Movies as part of their month-long “Summer Under the Stars” series on Sunday, Aug. 22, '10, are reruns. The one exception is I Was Monty's Double, a 1958 John Guillermin-directed World War II drama. (See John Mills movie schedule below.) I Was Monty's Double sounds like a particularly curious effort because it's based on a sensational but true story as told in a book by M.E. Clifton-James, a stock actor/Royal Army Pays Corps junior officer hired to impersonate Gen. Montgomery (that's “Monty”) so as to mislead the Germans about the site of the planned Allied invasion. Even more curious is that in I Was […]


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John Mills Movies: 'Ryan's Daughter' Oscar Winner



Louis Jourdan & Joan Fontaine Romance Classic Tonight

Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan Letter from an Unknown Woman Louis Jourdan is Turner Classic Movies' star of the evening, which has just kicked off with a showing of Vincente Minnelli's 1958 multiple Oscar-winning musical Gigi, co-starring Leslie Caron and Maurice Chevalier. But the highlight of the Louis Jourdan evening comes later, with the 7:15 p.m. (Pacific Time) TCM premiere of Max Ophüls' haunting Letter from an Unknown Woman, a 1948 romantic drama that ranks among not only the greatest movie romances ever, but also among the greatest motion pictures ever made, period. The only reason I don't call Letter from an Unknown Woman Max Ophüls' masterpiece is because Ophüls also directed the sublime Madame De (1952) and the revered Lola […]


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Louis Jourdan & Joan Fontaine Romance Classic Tonight