Without Bret Maverick, there’s a decent chance we would never have had Han Solo. James Garner’s reluctant hero/antihero changed the game forever – but Garner was no mere television star. In an era when moving between film and television was unheard of, he did it with seeming impunity – always playing characters that more than the usual going on behind their eyes.
He could woo Doris Day, fight Bruce Lee or duck behind the bar with the same ease – though his characters never quite seemed to be as at ease as he was. He co-starred with some greats – Marlon Brando, William Holden, Randolph Scott, Julie Andrews and Lee Remick to name a few.
Besides Maverick and The Rockford Files, he starred in movies like The Great Escape, Mister Buddwing, The Children’s Hour and Victor/Victoria – the last three of which will be included in the TCM Remembers James Garner marathon scheduled for Monday, July 28th.
TCM Remembers James Garner with All-Day Marathon on July 28
"TCM Remembers: James Garner" Tribute Video: www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/1018927/James-Garner-TCM-Remembers.html
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will remember award-winning actor James Garner on Monday, July 28, with an all-day marathon featuring 12 of his films. The lineup features Garner’s performances in such movies as Toward the Unknown (1956), which marked his film debut; the racing drama Grand Prix (1966); the popular romantic comedy The Thrill of It All (1963); the Paddy Cheyefsky-penned The Americanization of Emily (1964); the groundbreaking drama The Children’s Hour (1961); and the gender-bending Victor/Victoria (1982).
The following is the complete schedule for TCM’s tribute to James Garner.
TCM Remembers James Garner – Monday, July 28
6 a.m. – Toward the Unknown (1956) – starring William Holden, Lloyd Nolan, Virginia Leith and James Garner
8 a.m. – Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend (1957) – starring Randolph Scott, James Craig, Angie Dickinson and James Garner
9:30 a.m. – Grand Prix (1966) – starring James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Brian Bedford and Yves Montand
12:30 p.m. – Cash McCall (1960) – James Garner, Natalie Wood, Nina Foch and Dean Jagger
2:15 p.m. – The Wheeler Dealers (1963) – starring James Garner, Lee Remick, Phil Harris and Chill Wills
4 p.m. – Darby’s Rangers (1958) – starring James Garner, Etchika Choureau and Jack Warden
6:15 p.m. – Mister Buddwing (1966) – starring James Garner, Jean Simmons, Angela Lansbury and Suzanne Pleshette
8 p.m. – The Thrill of It All (1963) – starring Doris Day, James Garner and Arlene Francis
10 p.m. – The Americanization of Emily (1964) – starring Julie Andrews, James Garner, Melvyn Douglas and James Coburn
Midnight – The Children’s Hour (1961) – starring Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner and Miriam Hopkins
2 a.m. – Victor/Victoria (1982) – starring Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston and Lesley-Ann Warren
4:30 a.m. – Marlowe (1969) – starring James Garner, Rita Moreno, Sharon Farrell and Bruce Lee
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