Sunday, July 1, 2012

Salute To Ann Rutherford

Finally! Turner Classic Movies is getting all set to salute one of my best Hollywood friends, the late, great Canadian born star Ann Rutherford.
It all happens on Tuesday June June 3 with an all 18-hour marathon revving up at 6 a.m. and going through the morning and afternoon.
And then at 8 p.m. there's Ann in her best ever movie Gone With The Wind which also happens to be part of a package of films saluting another GWTW alumnus, Leslie Howard.
At 6 a.m. it's Ann in a tiny bit in Of Human Hearts (1938) opposite Jimmy Stewart. At 7:45 Anne can be seen in one of 13 Andy Hardy movies she made as Polly Benedict, Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938). At 9:30 Rutherford is in Four Girls In White (1939). And at 10:45 there's her favorite film Pride And Prejudice (1940) with Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier.
At 12:45 Ann is in Rosalind Russell territory in Washington Melodrama (1941). And then she's a dewey bride in This Time For Keeps (1942).
Whistling In Dixie (1942) was one of three comedies she made with Red Skelton. At 4:45 there's the little seen Two O'Clock Courage and at 6 comes a late entry opposite Errol Flynn The Adventures Of Don Juan (1948).
I had several lunches with Annat her gorgeous Beverly Hills mansion and there was also a lunch at the Universal Hilton.
Sometimes she'd tell me she was born in Toronto, other times she claimed Vancouver. But the lack of Canadian recognition hurt.
"Tell your readers there was a Canadian girl living at Tara along with Scarlett and Rhett," she laughed.
I think she'd be tickled by this TCM salute. But why no similar salute from CBC?

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