George Stevens: Articles


Comedy Actress Rediscovered: 'She Could Be Chaplin!' Q&A with Film Historian Anthony Slide

Comedy actress Alice Howell on the cover of film historian Anthony Slide's latest book: Pioneering funky-haired performer “could have been Chaplin” – or at the very least another Louise Fazenda. Rediscovering comedy actress Alice Howell: Female performer in movie field dominated by men Early comedy actress Alice Howell is an […]


Katharine Hepburn Movies: Women in Drag, in Love & in Danger

Katharine Hepburn movies. Katharine Hepburn movies: Woman in drag, in love, in danger In case you're suffering from insomnia, you might want to spend your night and early morning watching Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” series. Four-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Katharine Hepburn is TCM's star today, […]


Mother Roles: Teresa Wright Goes from Marlon Brando to 'The Miracle Worker'

Mother roles: Teresa Wright in The Actress, with daughter Jean Simmons and husband Spencer Tracy. Teresa Wright in the 1950s: From Marlon Brando leading lady to spinsters and mother roles in less than five years (See preceding post: “Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out.”) “I'd rather have luck […]


Jean Arthur Films: Three Frank Capra Classics Starring Progressive-Minded Actress

Jean Arthur. Jean Arthur films on TCM includes three Frank Capra classics of the 1930s Five Jean Arthur films will be shown this evening, Monday, Jan. 5, '15, on Turner Classic Movies. Among these are three titles directed by Frank Capra, the man who helped to turn Arthur into a […]


'Shane': Alan Ladd 'Subversive' Western Gets Special Academy Screening

'Shane': Alan Ladd stars in classic Western to be screened at the Academy The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a 60th anniversary screening of George Stevens' classic Western Shane, starring Alan Ladd as a lone and mysterious gunslinger, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 7, at […]


Jean Arthur: Grave Decisions in 'The More the Merrier' & 'The Talk of the Town'

Jean Arthur and Joel McCrea in The More the Merrier. The delightful actress Jean Arthur is Turner Classic Movies' star of the evening tonight. Beginning at 5 p.m. PT, TCM will show five Jean Arthur movies: The Talk of the Town (1942), History Is Made at Night (1937), The Public […]


Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers' 'Swing Time' Academy Screening

Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Swing Time (top); Hermes Pan, Fred Astaire, George Stevens on the set of Swing Time (bottom) The George Stevens-directed Ginger Rogers-Fred Astaire musical Swing Time will be presented as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “George Stevens Lecture on Directing” series on […]


George Stevens Movies: 'The Talk of the Town,' 'Woman of the Year'

Cary Grant, Jean Arthur The Talk of the Town (top); Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn Woman of the Year (bottom) George Stevens' monthlong homage ends this evening on Turner Classic Movies. The screening films are the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musical Swing Time (1936); three early 1940s comedies, Woman of the Year […]


George Stevens Movies: 'Alice Adams,' 'I Remember Mama'

Philip Dorn, Barbara Bel Geddes, Steve Brown, Irene Dunne, I Remember Mama George Stevens' film series on Turner Classic Movies continues tonight with a potpourri of films: the romantic drama Alice Adams (1935), the period comedy Quality Street (1937), the family drama I Remember Mama (1948), the tearjerker Penny Serenade […]


George Stevens Movies: 'Giant,' 'Shane' & 'Annie Oakley'

James Dean Giant. George Stevens will be the star attraction of Turner Classic Movies' Monday evenings in April. The series begins tonight at 5 p.m. PDT with a showing of Giant (1956), one of Stevens' best-known films. Some find this tale of oil, ranching, and greed bloated; I found it […]


'Gunga Din' Movie 1939: Cary Grant & Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Adventure Classic

Gunga Din movie 1939: Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. George Stevens' rousingly politically incorrect – and for the most part much admired – action-adventure tale Gunga Din will have a special screening on Friday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and […]


'The More the Merrier': George Stevens' Romantic Comedy Classic

George Stevens' 'The More the Merrier' screening: Oscar-Nominated romantic comedy stars Jean Arthur & Joel McCrea + Charles Coburn As part of its George Stevens Lecture on Directing series, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a special screening of the 1943 romantic-comedy classic The More the […]