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Sally Field picks four for Turner Classic Movies

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 2nd 2008 8:02AM
Sally Field at EmmysSally Field is a two-time Oscar winner, a three-time Emmy winner -- including last year at Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for Brothers and Sisters -- and she's bound to be in the running again this year when the nominations are announced on July 17.

Now she's taking on a new role; she'll be guest programmer at Turner Classic Movies in July, and having gotten a look at her choices, I have to say to Sally, "I like you, I really like you" -- at least your taste in movies.

Sally will be joined by TCM host Robert Osborne introducing and discussing her four films. The Field four are Love With a Proper Stranger, The Awful Truth, All About Eve and The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, and every one of them features great performances by women.

To those of you who aren't movie buffs, here's a bit more information about these films -- why I like them, and I mean, I really like them.



-- Love With a Proper Stranger stars Natalie Wood (in an Oscar-nominated performance) as a girl from a nice Italian family who gets pregnant after a one-night stand with a musician, Steve McQueen. Together they decide she needs to get an abortion. Since the film is set in 1963, that was illegal, expensive and dangerous. Directed by Robert Mulligan, this movie is essentially a two-character piece and Wood and McQueen are fantastic.

-- The Awful Truth is a screwball comedy about marriage starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. It's smart, funny and very grown up about men and women and the trouble with fidelity. Made in 1937, directed by Leo McCarey, it's still one of the funniest movies ever. If you've never had a chance to see Irene Dunne at work, this is the movie to watch. She was the Glenn Close of her era, Oscar nominated five times (including The Awful Truth) and never won.

-- Most everyone knows that the 1950 Best Picture Oscar-winner All About Eve is the quintessential movie about the theater, with brilliant performances especially by the women in the cast, Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Celeste Holm and Thelma Ritter -- and George Sanders, too.

-- The Miracle of Morgan's Creek is a flat-out comic masterpiece by Preston Sturges, starring Betty Hutton. Made in 1944, with American at war, it's the story of Trudy Kockenlocker, a small-town girl who gets married and knocked up after an all-night going away party for a soldier. She can't remember who he is, has no clue, but her disgrace is ameliorated in a most surprising way.

Tune in on July 10 for Sally and Bob and a top-notch movie marathon.

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Linda Cosgrove

Sally Field is a wonderful actress.She convinced me when I saw the movie Sybil and hasn't let me down since.I love her.Not always great choices but always a great actress.

August 11 2008 at 8:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
E. Frank Masingill

I would trust Sally Fields on the subject of acting because her acting in Steel Magnolias in that graveyard scene is the best I have ever seen in any movie, bar none.

July 11 2008 at 2:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
E. Frank Masingill

I would trust Sally Fields on the subject of acting because her acting in Steel Magnolias in that graveyard scene is the best I have ever seen in any movie, bar none.

July 11 2008 at 2:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brent McKee

Anything from Preston Sturges is worth seeing, with the possible exception of the movie he did with Harold Lloyd. Mr. Ratzkiwatzki indeed.

July 03 2008 at 4:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
s credeur

Finally saw "The Awful Truth" a few years ago. Wow! Just wow! Dialogue, dialogue, dialogue. Nobody has delivery like those two (Grant, Dunne). Same with "M@MC", saw it 40 years ago (and several times since), still LOL. Hutton was good but Demarest was in a league of his own.

July 02 2008 at 8:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mj green

Love With a Proper Stranger has always been one of my favorite films. A great combination of drama and humor. Poor Steve McQueen, as a kind of loser, but with a good heart. Loved his family! And Natalie's family! Oy. To compare films like that with some of the stuff out now kind of makes me sad.

July 02 2008 at 8:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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