Tuesday, December 15, 2015

TCM Remembers 2015

Turner Classic Movies released their "TCM Remembers" segment this past Friday, December 11 2015. As usual they did a wonderful job of paying tribute to those who have died in the past year. Sadly, 2015 has seen many of the greats die, among which were many of my favourites. Rod Taylor, Lizabeth Scott, Leonard Nimoy, Joan Leslie, Omar Sharif, Louis Jourdan, Sir Christopher Lee, and the great Maureen O'Hara.

While TCM always does a fairly good job of including the stars who have died over the year, sadly I did notice a few omissions this year. The most glaring for me was Patrick Macnee, whose death had the most impact for me of any celebrity who died this year. While there can be no doubt that he is best known for his role as John Steed on The Avengers on television, he did appear in films, including A Christmas Carol (1951--also known as Scrooge), in which he played young Jacob Marley, Les Girls (1957), and  A View to a Kill (1985). They also omitted another one of my favourites, Martin Milner. While Mr. Milner was also best known for his work in television (Route 66 and Adam-12), he made some very notable appearances on film, including Sweet Smell of Success (1957), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), and Marjorie Morningstar (1958). I was also surprised that they left out songbird Monica Lewis. While Miss Lewis did not make that many movies, she made an impression in those films in which she appeared. I might also add that I know of no classic film buff who wasn't a little bit in love with her.

Regardless, Turner Classic Movies has once more done a fine job.

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