11/17/08

Leading Couples

Tomorrow night kicks off TCM's Leading Couples Film Festival -- two Tuesday nights of movies featuring some of Hollywood's most famous couples. This is timed to go along with the release of TCM's book, Leading Couples, which I first heard about through Raquelle's review of it on her blog, Out of the Past.

The book has many of the classic movie couples you'd expect (like Bogart/Bacall and Tracy/Hepburn) as well as some more obscure pairings and one really bizarre one. (Fay Wray and King King? Really?) Two types of couples are featured: those that made several films together and those that made a big impression together just one time on film. While I understand that they were trying to make things fair and not feature one person too many times, the rules of the book do mean that some great pairings (like Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn) are missing.

It's a great book for flipping through and reading a little at a time. I've enjoyed learning some useless but fun trivia, like how during filming on Gone With the Wind, Clark Gable taught Vivian Leigh to play backgammon and she in turn introduced him to battleship. I'm also getting some ideas for more movies to add to my watch list. One thing that does make me a little sad about the book: in the facts about each person, spouses are listed, and so many of these stars had several (often brief) marriages. I just think it's a shame that the people who made up some of the most romantic pairs on screen often had troubles in their personal romantic lives. Although I guess their movie love stories didn't always end happily, either.

Anyway, it's a good book for a classic movie fan. For a limited time, you can enter to win your own copy here.

What's your favorite film couple, classic or otherwise?

5 comments:

Cesia said...

I guess I'd have to say Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan ... only because I've seen them together the most.

- Cesia.
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David Bishop said...

Um. Astaire/Rogers better be in there.

Wendymoon said...

Astaire and Rogers are most definitely in the book. Along with this behind the scenes story: for the movie Swing Time, it took 47 takes to get Ginger's pirouette down a flight of stairs. Then they had to stop filming because her feet were bleeding. Yikes!

David Bishop said...

I know that story. Fred Astaire's such a perfectionist. Swing Time is my favorite of their films together. I love that his nickname is Lucky and her nickname is Penny because together they're a Lucky Penny.

You know those stairs are referenced in a deleted scene for the movie Moulin Rouge?

Raquelle said...

I thought I had posted a comment but it must not have gone thorugh.

I'm glad you decided to pick up this book! Isn't it great? I agree about Fay Wray and King Kong. I can think of so many other couples they could have put in that last section.

Maybe the whole divorce thing is the nature of the business. Too little time and too much temptation.

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