Regis Philbin, the television icon who has hosted such shows as “Live with Regis and Kelly” and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?,” will offer four of his favorite films as TCM’s Guest Programmer on Tuesday, Sept. 4, beginning at 8 p.m. (ET).
He is set to join TCM host Robert Osborne in presenting the hilarious domestic comedy Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948), the Cole Porter musical High Society (1956), the Rocky Graziano boxing biography Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) and George Stevens’ rousing action-adventure Gunga Din (1939). Surprising, three of the four are also on our favorite movies list (Somebody not on our list).
The following is the complete schedule for TCM’s Sept. 4 Guest Programmer lineup, featuring Regis Philbin:
8 p.m. (ET) – Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) – Philbin finds much to emulate in Cary Grant, citing “his style, his charm, his grace.” Grant stars with Myrna Loy in this delightful domestic comedy about a couple whose new home-building project is fraught with complications. Melvyn Douglas co-stars.
10 p.m. (ET) – High Society (1956) – Another major influence on Philbin has been Bing Crosby, who stars in this musical-comedy version of The Philadelphia Story. Grace Kelly, in her final film, stars as a socialite about to get married to her new beau, played by John Lund. Everything goes nuts, however, when her ex-husband (Crosby) arrives on the scene with a pair of reporters played by Frank Sinatra and Celeste Holm.
Midnight (ET) – Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) – Philbin admires both Paul Newman and the boxer he plays in this drama, Rocky Graziano. This top-notch biography follows Graziano as he goes from the New York streets to the boxing ring. Pier Angeli, Everett Sloane, Eileen Heckart and Sal Mineo co-star under the direction of Robert Wise. Ernest Lehman’s script and Joseph Ruttenberg’s cinematography both won Oscars®.
2 a.m. (ET) – Gunga Din (1939) – George Stevens’ lively adventure expands on Rudyard Kipling’s famous poem with a story about three fortune-hunting British soldiers who face off against a deadly cult in India. Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. star as the soldiers, with Sam Jaffe as the title character, who plays a crucial role in the film’s rip-roaring climax. Joan Fontaine also stars.
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What four would you pick?