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TCM spotlights non-music versions of musicals tonight in mini-marathon

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Some of Broadway’s and silver screen musicals were preceded by nonmusical movies (and books). Beginning at 8 tonight Turner Classic Movies offers five of them. A few might surprise.

8 p.m., Anna and the King of Siam (1946)

10:30 p.m., Kismet (1944)

12:30 a.m., Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

2 a.m., Auntie Mame (1958)

4:45 a.m., Gigi (1948)

Anna Leonowens, c. 1905.
Anna Leonowens, c. 1905.

Obviously, Rex Harrison making his Hollywood debut as the King of Siam is casting that wouldn’t happen now. But it was 1946. Better yet, read the memoirs written by Anna Leonowens, the  Anglo-Indian,  British-born travel writer, educator and social activist (on whom the films and musical were based) whose achievements include co-founding the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

 

 

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TCM turns spotlight on Fred Astaire for 24 hours

Millions of Americans flocked to movie theaters in the 1930s and '40s to see Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance.
Millions of Americans flocked to movie theaters in the 1930s and ’40s to see Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance.

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is featuring a different star each day during August as part of its Summer Under the Stars program and today belongs to Frederick Austerlitz, otherwise know as Fred Astaire, a Broadway star who made the leap to the silver screen.

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