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Raquel Welch on TCM

Spencer Tracy, Judy Holliday, Katharine Hepburn Adam's Rib
Spencer Tracy, Judy Holliday, Katharine Hepburn in George Cukor’s Adam’s Rib

Raquel Welch is the guest programmer tonight on Turner Classic Movies. Welch and Robert Osborne will be introducing and discussing four Hollywood classics: Adam’s Rib (1949), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), and To Have and Have Not (1945).

One thing those movies have in common is strong roles for women, even though Jean Arthur’s and Lauren Bacall’s are subordinate to those of James Stewart and Humphrey Bogart.

Audrey Hepburn was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Katharine Hepburn wasn’t for Adam’s Rib, though she should have been.

Too bad Welch won’t be discussing Myra Breckinridge, which also had a couple of strong roles for women. One of those women was Welch herself; the other one was Mae West.

Schedule and synopses from the TCM website:

5:00pm Adam’s Rib (1949)
Husband-and-wife lawyers argue opposite sides in a sensational women’s rights case.
Cast: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday, Tom Ewell Dir: George Cukor BW-101 min.

7:00pm Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
An idealistic Senate replacement takes on political corruption.
Cast: Jean Arthur, James Stewart, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold Dir: Frank Capra BW-130 min.

9:15pm Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961)
A young writer gets caught up in a party girl’s carefree existence.
Cast: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen Dir: Blake Edwards BW-115 min.

11:15pm To Have And Have Not (1944)
A skipper-for-hire’s romance with a beautiful drifter is complicated by his growing involvement with the French resistance.
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan, Lauren Bacall, Dolores Moran Dir: Howard Hawks BW-100 min.

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