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 major Hollywood star. They are the following: Capra's Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), You […]

'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 the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Besides Ladd, Shane, a 1953 Paramount release, also […]

Jean Arthur Movies: 'The More the Merrier'

Joel McCrea, Jean Arthur, 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 Menace (1935), The More the Merrier (1943), and Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936). Directed by George […]

'Mr. Deeds Goes to Town' Review: Frank Capra Classic

Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, Frank Capra There is a tendency among some to think that all the art produced by a great artist is great. This is false, but it gives cover for bad critics who just recycle old blurbs about said artist. Think of the fawning that goes on in discussions of Shakespeare. Although he could be a great writer, all but a dozen […]

From Charles Farrell to Rock Hudson – Non-Nominated Actors: Biggest Oscar Snubs #8e

Paul Henreid, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Humphrey Bogart in Michael Curtiz's Oscar winner Casablanca (1943). Bogart and Rains were nominated for their performances in the film; Bergman was nominated for Sam Wood's For Whom the Bell Tolls; Henreid wasn't nominated for anything. Biggest Oscar Snubs #8d: Catherine O'Hara – FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION In addition to Audrey Hepburn, Cher, Eric Stoltz, Al Pacino, and Catherine O'Hara, […]

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 (1942), The Talk of the Town (1942), and The More the Merrier (1943); and the […]

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 highly enjoyable despite – or perhaps because of – its soap opera elements. Also, Giant […]

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Raquel Welch Present Katharine Hepburn & Humphrey Bogart Movies

Basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will join Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne to present four of his favorite films in TCM's “Guest Programmer” series on Monday, March 22. Most “Guest Programmer” evenings are devoted to the best-known old classics, and Abdul-Jabbar (and Raquel Welch's on April 1) will be no exception. Abdul-Jabbar's tough-guy flicks consist of two of Humphrey Bogart's and two of John Wayne's […]

Jean Arthur & Anne Baxter + Lilli Palmer & Eleanor Parker: Forgotten Actresses

What better way to start the New Year than by remembering the past? No, not war and assorted catastrophes, but beauty and romance. The clip above features a montage of about two dozen actresses from the studio era. See how many you can recognize. Here's some assistance: Anne Baxter, Anne Shirley, Claire Bloom, Constance Bennett, Eleanor Parker, Frances Dee, Gail Russell, Janet Gaynor, Jean Arthur, […]

Jean Arthur Films

Jean Arthur is one of my all-time favorite performers. So, it's great to see her listed as one of Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” stars. Jean Arthur Day will take place on Sunday, Aug. 30. Jean Arthur was Columbia's top star from the mid-1930s to the mid-1940s, when Rita Hayworth became the studio's reigning queen and Arthur semi-retired from films. Her characters were […]

'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' Revisited: U.S. Political Corruption with Happy Ending

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington with Jean Arthur and James Stewart. A newly restored print of Frank Capra's 1939 Best Picture nominee Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, starring Jean Arthur, James Stewart, and Claude Rains, will be screened tonight, July 20, as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' series “Hollywood's Greatest Year: The Best Picture Nominees of 1939.” The screening will […]

'The More the Merrier': Jean Arthur & Joel McCrea Romantic Comedy Classic Screening

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 Merrier, which earned George Stevens (right) his first Oscar nomination, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 20, at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Academy Film Scholar Cari Beauchamp, author of the upcoming book […]

Jean Arthur: Nervous Wreck on Set Exuded Charm & Warmth on Screen

Jean Arthur was Columbia's top star of the 1930s and early 1940s. Jean Arthur starred in numerous classics, including Mr. Deeds Goes to Town and You Can't Take It with You. Jean Arthur died in 1991.