Olivia de Havilland’s Movies on TCM

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As a part of TCM’s “Summer Under the Stars” series, twelve Olivia de Havilland movies are going to present on Turner Classic Movies on Friday, August 27. A British American film and stage actress, Olivia Mary de Havilland is one of the last surviving female stars from 1930s Hollywood. She had played a sympathetic character in a semi-popular (at least in classic film) type of film where a woman endures a mental institution in some way.

Olivia de Havilland

De Havilland isn’t at her best, but she won a well-deserved Best Actress Oscar for her role as the ugly duckling seduced and abandoned by handsome crook Montgomery Clift. The supporting cast includes former Paramount/Goldwyn/RKO/Warner star Miriam Hopkins, Ralph Richardson at his unmannered best, Vanessa Brown, and Mona Freeman.

De Havilland was a Warner Bros. contract player for most of her career as a Hollywood star. Since the cable channel was born over a decade ago, Olivia de Havilland movies have been a TCM fixture. Time Warner, which owns TCM, also owns the Warner Bros. library. The de Havilland-Warners split was both highly acrimonious and highly influential. Her film, the Heiress (1949) is one of the relatively few pre-1950 Paramount productions that widely available on cable/home video.

Bosley Crowther wrote in the New York Times, “Not many film producers are able to do the sort of thing that William Wyler has done with The Heiress, the mordant stage play of two seasons back. For Mr. Wyler has taken this drama, which is essentially of the drawing-room and particularly of an era of stilted manners and rigid attitudes, and has made it into a motion picture that crackles with allusive life and fire in its tender and agonized telling of an extraordinarily characterful tale.”

Olivia de Havilland’s Movie list on TCM:

3:00 AM Charge Of The Light Brigade, The (1936):

  • Two brothers love the same woman at a perilous Indian outpost.
  • Cast: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, David Niven.
  • Dir: Michael Curtiz.
  • BW-116 mins.

5:00 AM Dodge City (1939):

  • A soldier of fortune takes on the corrupt boss of a Western town.
  • Cast: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Ann Sheridan.
  • Dir: Michael Curtiz.
  • C-104 mins.

7:00 AM Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, The (1939)

  • Elizabeth I’s love for the Earl of Essex threatens to destroy her kingdom.
  • Cast: Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland.
  • Dir: Michael Curtiz.
  • BW-106 mins.

9:00 AM Male Animal, The (1942)

  • A college professor fights censorship and an amorous football player who’s after his wife.
  • Cast: Henry Fonda, Olivia de Havilland, Jack Carson.
  • Dir: Elliott Nugent.
  • BW-101 mins.

11:00 AM Princess O’Rourke (1943)

  • A flying ace’s romance with a princess creates diplomatic problems.
  • Cast: Olivia de Havilland, Robert Cummings, Jane Wyman.
  • Dir: Norman Krasna.
  • BW-94 mins.

1:00 PM Libel (1959)

  • A former POW is accused of being an impostor.
  • Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Olivia de Havilland, Wilfrid Hyde-White.
  • Dir: Anthony Asquith.
  • BW-100 mins.

3:00 PM Light In The Piazza (1962)

  • A woman’s efforts to marry off her daughter are hindered by a family secret.
  • Cast: Olivia de Havilland, Yvette Mimieux, George Hamilton.
  • Dir: Guy Green.
  • C-102 mins.

5:00 PM Heiress, The (1949)

  • A plain young woman’s money makes her prey to fortune hunters.
  • Cast: Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson.
  • Dir: William Wyler.
  • BW-115 mins.

7:00 PM To Each His Own (1946)

  • A single mother gives up her son, then fights to remain a part of his life.
  • Cast: Olivia de Havilland, John Lund, Roland Culver.
  • Dir: Mitchell Leisen.
  • BW-122 mins.

9:15 PM Snake Pit, The (1948)

  • A young woman tries to recover her sanity in a corrupt mental institution.
  • Cast: Olivia de Havilland, Mark Stevens, Leo Genn.
  • Dir: Anatole Litvak.
  • BW-108 mins.

11:15 PM Not As a Stranger (1955)

  • A medical student will stop at nothing to become a top surgeon.
  • Cast: Robert Mitchum, Olivia de Havilland, Frank Sinatra.
  • Dir: Stanley Kramer.
  • BW-137 mins.

1:45 AM Alibi Ike (1935)

  • A brash baseball star gets mixed up with gamblers and a pretty young girl.
  • Cast: Joe E. Brown, Olivia de Havilland, Ruth Donnelly.
  • Dir: Ray Enright.
  • BW-72 mins.

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