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Tomorrow, have some Hopkins



Turner Classic Movies in the U.S. continues its splendid "Summer Under The Stars" series until the end of August, and tomorrow, the 20th, a fine actress who's sometimes overlooked -- though it has little to do with the high caliber of hier acting -- will get her due. We are referring to Miriam Hopkins, whose career may have intersected more with Carole Lombard's than any other actress of the time. That's Miriam, above, in "Fast And Loose," a film she made with Lombard in 1930. Unfortunately, it's not on TCM's schedule, but a lot of other good films are.

And three of the highlights are slated for prime time, as we'll see a tripleheader of Hopkins with arguably her favorite director, the great Ernst Lubitsch.

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At 9:45, Hopkins teams with Herbert Marshall and Kay Francis in the stylish "Trouble In Paradise" from 1932, and at 11:15 is the delightful 1933 gem "Design For Living" with Fredric March and Gary Cooper.

Beyond that are Kipkins fioms in all sorts of settings, from romantic comedy (1934's "The Richest Girl In The World" at 8:15 a.m.) to drama ("These Three" from 1936 at 2:45 a.m.(, even a western (1940's "Virginia City" at 4 p.m.). Hopkins ws an intelligent woman who could be difficult to work with at times but was nevertheless respected for her skills.

There are even two films Hopkins made with Bette Davis (who ended up taking Hopkins' husband from her, triggering a feaud that would last for years), "The Old Maid" (1939( at 12:15 p.m. and "Old Acquaintance" (1943) at 2.

For the entire schedule, go to http://www.tcm.com/schedule/index.jsp?startDate=8/20/2009&timezone=EST&cid=N.
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