July has shaped up to be a big month for Ann Dvorak over at Turner Classic movies where they will be airing not one, not two, not three, not four – but FIVE of her films. It’s not often that we’re treated to such a nice dose of Dvorak, so squeeze these in if you can!
A Life of Her Own – Monday, July 7, 5:15am PST
Ann’s screen time may be limited in this one, but she tears it up as a washed-up fashion model trying to come to terms with aging – and failing miserably.
Midnight Court – Tuesday, July 8, 4:45am PST
Ann doesn’t have to much to do as a court reporter/ex-wife of lawyer John Litel, but she does get to wear the fabulous Fish Dress, which I never get tired of talking about.
Scarface – Thursday, July 17, 9:00pm PST
If you’ve never seen Ann’s credited screen debut, then do yourself a favor and make time for this one. Not only is Ann positively riveting as the doomed Cesca Camonte, but the film as a whole is pretty damn good! I kind of love that TCM is following this screening with one of the 1983 remake with Al Pacino. It’s the first time I’m aware of a Scarface double feature.
Stronger Than Desire, Thursday, July 24, 3:30pm PST
Husband Leslie Fenton received the chance to direct Ann in this MGM drama starring Walter Pidgeon and Virginia Bruce. Ann’s role is small, but she never looked more beautiful and her courtroom breakdown is worth the price of admission.
Bright Lights, Monday, July 28, 1:00pm PST
Ann and co-star Joe E. Brown make a believable husband and wife in this light comedy directed by Busby Berkeley.
Whew! That’s a lot of Dvorak (which is not a bad thing), so enjoy!