Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Stewart Granger: The Star of the Month on TCM

Stewart Granger is the Star of the Month for July on TCM. To kick things off there is a very entertaining 1981 interview with the actor by our friend Peter Bosch (aka Filmlover on the TCM Message Boards and a recent Guest Programmer on TCM) published today on the TCM Movie Morlocks site. I think that you might find this encounter with Granger a welcome invitation to enjoy this often overlooked actor's work again. There are some real pips in his filmography that are being shown this month. You can see all of the SOTM info about him and the movies being shown here. I would like to publicly thank Peter for allowing me the chance to present this piece as part of my weekly contribution to the Morlocks blog.

The Last Swashbuckler by Peter Bosch
(presented by you-know-who) begins below:

A Note from Moira:
When I heard the news that Stewart Granger was to be July's Star of the Month on TCM, I was delighted for two reasons. As regular readers might have guessed, part of my happiness stemmed from my lifelong enjoyment of the adventure films touched on appreciatively in last week's nod to Errol Flynn in this blog. Such movies also were animated with renewed zest during Stewart Granger's high time in British and Hollywood films.

My second reason for joy was the offer by my friend, Peter Bosch, a writer and a recent TCM Fan Guest Programmer to have an interview he'd conducted with Mr. Granger published here. I think Peter, (fondly known to many of us on the TCM Message Boards as Filmlover), does an excellent job of capturing Granger's acerbic wit and honesty in this glimpse of the man as he launched his well done autobiography in here to read the rest of the story, please
Happy Canada Day

I adore our neighbors to the North. Having grown up near their border and visited many times, I sometimes wonder if the world takes them for granted? I find myself wanting to buttonhole Canadians and explaining to them what is probably obvious to their most perceptive citizens: they have a surfeit of natural and civilized beauty in their country. I also love the fact that there is something that seems a bit more laid back about them than us, thank God.

O Canada, indeed.

Here's a beautiful montage of Canadian images that used to be run on the CBC sign-off:

Here's one for those French-Canadians who hold their Québécois roots dear to their hearts:


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