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TCM Greatest Classic Films Legends
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tcm_classic_legends-paul_newman-200.jpgWarner Home Video (WHV) and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) are adding four new collections to their TCM Greatest Classic Films line, which spotlights Hollywood's most legendary actors and actresses in classic cinema. Available June 18, the newest additions are: TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends - Gene Kelly, starring one of the most dominant forces in Hollywood musicals during the mid-1940s; TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends - John Wayne Action, featuring the Academy AwardŽ winner who landed Best Actor in a Leading Role for "True Grit" in 1970 and drew some of the top box offices for decades; TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends - Paul Newman, starring the Academy AwardŽ winner who received the OscarŽ for Best Actor in a Leading Role for "The Color of Money" in 1987; and TCM Greatest Classic Films: Romantic Affairs, featuring some of the silver screen's most sizzling love interests including, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, Carol Lombard, and Cary Grant.

To build further momentum for these titles, Warner Home Video has set the street date for the collections to coincide with the airing of one film from each collection on TCM. Additional promotional support for these titles will include TV programming with on-air promotional spots on Turner Networks and print advertising in the Now Playing guide.


tcm_classic_legends-gene_kelly-200.jpgTCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends - Gene Kelly

ANCHORS AWEIGH (1945) - Kelly and Frank Sinatra play two sailors on leave in Hollywood in this wartime tale. Sinatra's "I Fall in Love Too Easily," the exuberant Kelly/Sinatra "We Hate to Leave" and more highlights helped "Anchors Aweigh" win an OscarŽ for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture (George Stoll) in 1946.

ON THE TOWN (1949) - New York - it's a wonderful town, especially when sailors Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin have a 24-hour shore leave. Co-directed by Kelly and Stanley Donen and written by Adolph Green and Betty Comden, "On the Town" changed the landscape of movie musicals.

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951) - Kelly plays an ex-GI who loves Paris and an alluring (but engaged) perfume-shop clerk (Leslie Caron in her screen debut). Dazzling dance sequences are spun around Gershwin songs, and the closing ballet lifts this Best Picture OscarŽ winner (1952) into the ether of timelessness.

BRIGADOON (1954) - Vincente Minnelli directs Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's musical romance about vacationers (Kelly and Van Johnson) who discover a Scottish village that comes to life every 100 years for one day only. There, Kelly and town lass Cyd Charisse share timeless love.


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 CHISUM (1970) - Wayne stars as John Chisum, a real-life cattle king determined to protect his empire against a land-grabbing developer (Forrest Tucker). Wayne's no-nonsense persona snugly fits this lively reworking of the events of New Mexico's 1878 Lincoln Coun ty War.

THE TRAIN ROBBERS (1973) - Three Civil War veterans (Wayne, Rod Taylor and Ben Johnson) team up with a train robber's widow (Ann-Margret) to recover a half-million in gold. But the dead man's ex-partners want the gold, and they'll kill to get it in this rollicking caper from writer/director Burt Kennedy.

CAHILL: UNITED STATES MARSHAL (1973) - Lawman J.D. Cahill (Wayne) can stand alone against an army of bad guys. But as a widower father, he's on insecure footing raising two sons. Particularly when he suspects they're involved in a bank robbery and two killings in this suspenseful blend of action and heroic sentiment.

McQ (1974) - As Detective Lon McQ, Wayne thunderously enforces the law in a high-velocity thriller that's like a big-city revenge Western on wheels. Directed by action master John Sturges and written by co-producer Lawrence Roman, McQ is a breathless, gritty showcase for the Duke.

tcm_classic_legends-paul_newman-200.jpg TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends - PAUL NEWMAN

SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME (1956) - Newman plays a desperate youth who needs dough. He gives himself the name Rocky Graziano,signs on to spar for $10...and flattens a top boxer. The name sticks. So does the impact of this inspiring tale about Graziano's rise from poverty and rage to the middleweight title.

HARPER (1966) - As a sleuth named Harper, Newman chews gum fast and slips out of jams even faster, unraveling a twisted case of kidnapping and murder. A clever script throws quips and a parade of LA-LA Land characters his way. Each person may possess a clue. Or a bullet for Harper.

COOL HAND LUKE (1967) - His crime: nonconformity. His sentence: the chain gang. Newman plays one of his best-loved roles as Cool Hand Luke, the loner who won't - or can't - bend to the arbitrary rules of his captivity. Fine character actors, including OscarŽ winner George Kennedy, who won Best Actor in a Supporting Role for "Cool Hand Luke" in 1968, provide solid support.

THE MACKINTOSH MAN (1973) - Joseph Rearden (Newman) is British Intelligence's man on the inside. It's his job to infiltrate the enemies and convince them he's one of them. And he must get through it alive in this tense and tricky thriller, directed by John Huston from a screenplay by Walter Hill.

tcm_classic_legends-romantic_affairs_200.jpgTCM GREATEST CLASSIC FILMS: ROMANTIC AFFAIRS

MY FAVORITE WIFE (1940) - A funny thing happens to newlywed Nick Arden (Cary Grant) on the way to the honeymoon suite: he meets the wife (Irene Dunne) who was lost at sea and presumed dead. Nick goes from having one wife to two to none to one in this screwball comedy also starring Randolph Scott and Gail Patrick.

MR. & MRS. SMITH (1941) - Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery are the stars of this breezy comedy, in which a technicality voids the Smiths' three-year marriage and they find themselves asking whether they should do it all over again. Alfred Hitchcock directs from Norman Krasna's script.

WOMAN OF THE YEAR (1942) - Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn show what chemistry is all about as George Stevens directs this witty OscarŽ winner (Best Writing, Original Screenplay for Michael Kanin and Ring Lardner Jr. in 1943) about the bumpy romance of a meat-and-potatoes sportswriter and a world-renowned political pundit, written by Ring Lardner Jr. and Michael Kanin.

INSTANT LOVE (aka PĂO DE AÇÚCAR) (1964) - Rhonda Fleming shines as Pamela, an American film star who falls in love with coffee grower Claudio (Rossano Brazzi) while in Brazil. When the two are hastily married, Pamela finds herself entwined in a clash of cultures in this rarely seen romantic comedy.

Each star-studded collection features four classic films and is affordably priced at $27.92 SRP.




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