Carole Lombard and Loretta Young were, at best, casual acquaintances, though both certainly respected each other and showed a wider range of talent than one might expect. In the first week of 2015, you'll get an idea of what Loretta can do when both Turner Classic Movies in the U.S. and getTV show some of her films.
Ten of Young's films will run on TCM next Tuesday, Jan. 6 -- the 102nd anniversary of her birth. All but one are from the pre-Code era, when Loretta worked tirelessly for Warners/First National and gained much of her fame. The schedule (all times Eastern):
* 6:15 a.m. -- The Devil To Pay (1930)
* 7:30 a.m. -- Big Business Girl (1931)
* 8:45 a.m. -- Platinum Blonde (1931)
* 10:15 a.m. -- The Ruling Voice (1931)
* 11:45 a.m. -- Taxi! (1932)
* 1 p.m. -- They Call It Sin (1932)
* 2:15 p.m. -- Week-End Marriage (1932)
* 3:30 p.m. -- Employees' Entrance (1933)
* 5 p.m. -- Heroes For Sale (1933)
* 6:30 p.m. -- The Unguarded Hour (1936)
"Taxi!", as many of you know, initially was planned as a Lombard-James Cagney teaming, but Carole, relatively new at Paramount, perceived a loanout to Warners as a demotion of sorts and turned it down, a decision she came to regret. "Platinum Blonde" is better known as a Jean Harlow vehicle, but Loretta, playing a newspaper reporter (at age 18!), more than holds her own against the platinum princess.
Meanwhile, getTV has a pair of Loretta's early 1940s comedies on tap Jan. 2 -- "Bedtime Story" (1941), with Fredric March, Eve Arden and Robert Benchley, at 1 p.m. (Eastern), while at 8 p.m. and 12:15 a.m., Young teams with Ray Milland and Gail Patrick for the amusing "The Doctor Takes A Wife" (1940). Both were directed by Alexander Hall, director of Lombard's "Sinners In The Sun" and director of "They All Kissed The Bride" (1942, featuring Joan Crawford replacing Carole following her death).
Like Lombard, Loretta is one of classic Hollywood's most ethereal stars...and these 12 movies show she could deliver the goods as an actress, too. Tomorrow's entry will preview another interesting feature TCM plans for January.