Turner Classic Movies had selected an amazing line-up of movies for Miss Hepburn's day on Summer Under the Stars this year. As the self-proclaimed KH aficionado in the blogosphere, I'm going to rate Friday's movie selection to help the plebes decide which Hepburn films to DVR. You're welcome!
1.) ADAM'S RIB (1949)
If you haven't seen this film yet, it's time you did - this is definitely an essential. Arguably the best Spencer Tracy/Katharine Hepburn film, Adam and Amanda Bonner are lawyers who take opposing sides in a court case in which a woman tried to shoot her unfaithful husband. Hepburn and Tracy are romantic and flirtatious and very funny. The best thing about this film, historically, is that Hepburn is shown as a successful career woman, and at no point does the film try to argue that she should be in the kitchen raising children. She's allowed to be really good at her job, yet she is just as female and sexy as ever.
2.) LITTLE WOMEN (1933)
3.) THE LION IN WINTER (1968)
Hepburn, a former history major of Bryn Mawr College, did her research for playing the indomitable Eleanor of Aquitaine. This film about Queen Eleanor's relationship with England's King Henry II and their three sons is full of wit, with verbal quips flying like arrows in this historically dysfunctional royal family. The film won three Oscars, for best music, best screenplay, and leading actress (Hepburn's third of four well-deserved Oscar wins).
4.) BRINGING UP BABY (1938)
My personal favorite, this screwball comedy directed by Howard Hawks and co-starring Cary Grant has me in stitches every time I watch it. When happy-go-lucky Susan (Hepburn) and professorial David (Grant) continue to run into each other, she falls in love and goes out of her way to keep him near her, even if it means getting arrested while chasing a pet leopard across the Connecticut countryside.
5.) PAT AND MIKE (1952)
|Hepburn pushes Tracy around in PAT AND MIKE|
6.) GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER (1967)
7.) WOMAN OF THE YEAR (1942)
8.) MORNING GLORY (1933)
9.) CHRISTOPHER STRONG (1933)
10.) MARY OF SCOTLAND (1936)
11.) SONG OF LOVE (1947)
Music majors love this biopic about Robert and Clara Schumann and their friend Johannes Brahams. Although Hepburn does an adequate job as the famous classical pianist, she is less credible as the mother of seven.
12.) THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT (1969)
Fail. Co-stars Edith Evans, Yul Brenner, and Danny Kaye. Triple weird. And Hepburn might be able to do eccentric, but no one will ever believe she's mad. She's just not that good of an actress. And everyone knows she's really with it mentally. Of course I've seen this movie, but I don't even know what it's actually supposed to be about. TCM did right to schedule this gasser at 3:45 am. Only hard-core Hep, Brenner, Evans, and Kaye fans will stay up for this one.
I really hope you enjoy Katharine Hepburn's day of glory on TCM. Can't wait to hear what everybody watches! Please don't forget to complete the survey near the top of the right sidebar of this blog. I REALLY value your feedback!