More Elizabeth Taylor movies and TV this weekend:
Friday March 25
12:00pm Here’s Lucy. “Lucy Meets The Burtons”
8:30pm Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Mississippi plantation owner Big Daddy Pollitt, unaware that he is dying of cancer is disturbed by the strained and childless marriage of his favoured son Brick, an alcoholic ex-footballer. Brick drinks all day and resists the affections of his beautiful and desirable wife Maggie. A reunion with Brick and Big Daddy triggers a host of memories and revelations for both father and son. Written by Tennessee Williams and starring Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman and Burl Ives, this film was nominated for 6 Academy Awards.
10:50pm Butterfield 8
Elizabeth Taylor won a Best Actress Oscar as Gloria Wandrous, a stylish call girl who yearns to go straight, especially after she thinks she’s found Mr. Right. But self-loathing socialite Weston proves he’s not up to the task. As she sorts out her feelings, her only real friend is Steve, whose fiancée suspects their connection is more than platonic. Also stars Laurence Harvey, Eddie Fisher, Dina Merrill
Saturday March 26:
8:40am The Last Time I Saw Paris
An American WWII veteran relives his memories of the romance and hard times of post war Paris. When Charles Willis, a war writer meets Helen, a beautiful young socialite in Paris, so begins a journey of love and dreams both lost and found in the City of Lights. This epic romance captures the joys and tragedies of expats in cafe society Paris and features Academy Award winner Elizabeth Taylor at her luminous best. Also stars Van Johnson and Donna Reed.
1:30pm Raintree County
Dashing midwestern lad John Shawnessy is lured away from his hometown sweetheart and Raintree County by intriguing Southern Belle Susanna. Marrying her against the advice of the locals, the newlyweds head South and spend the years making each other royally miserable. Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift, Eva Marie Saint, Agnes Moorehead.
1:30pm Here’s Lucy. “Lucy Meets The Burtons”
8:30pm The Taming of the Shrew
In the 16th century, a poverty stricken gentleman from Verona, Petruchio seeks a wealthy wife in Padua named Katharina the shrewish daughter of Baptista. Kate leads Petruchio on a merry chase before he can catch and woo her (and get her dowry!). Annoucing their immediate marriage, Petruchio smothers Kate’s prompt denial with an immediate and lusty kiss. Alone, Kate’s anger changes to a grim determination to ‘show’ the presumptuous Petruchio. Despite Kate’s refusal to admit it, the would – be groom always seems to gain the upper hand. After the wedding, he abruptly rides off with his servant, Grumio, leaving Kate to follow on mule back, tired and hungry. Their honeymoon is a major battle of wit and wits, with Kate as determined to maintain her independence as Petruchio is to tame her. When the embattled newlyweds return to Padua for the wedding of Kate’s younger sister, the lovely Bianca to the student Lucentio, Petruchio wins a wager that Kate now is the most obedient of wives. Kate helps Petruchio win the wager, but she shows she has found a less tempestuous and more effective way of dominating their relationship. Not only is it more effective, but both Petruchio and his Kate enjoy it.
10:30pm Suddenly, Last Summer
After witnessing the violent death of her cousin, Catherine is committed to a mental institution where her aunt wants Catherine lobotomized. CAST: Elizabeth Taylor, Katherine Hepburn