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JOAN CRAWFORD "SUDSER" W/ CLIFF ROBERTSON. WEDNESDAY 6:00 P.M. EASTERN TCM

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6:00 p.m. Wednesday--   "Autumn Leaves".   Joan Crawford, Cliff Robertson, Vera Miles, Lorne Greene, Ruth Donnelly, Shepperd Strudwick, Maxine Cooper

 

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Perfect "fall" escapism!   As Joan said herself, this is one of the best "older woman / younger man" movies around.   (Hmm-  I wonder if she got involved with Cliff during filming-- apparently she liked chasing down romancing her leading man of the moment....)

 

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Self-employed stenographer Milly ( J.C.) meets hunky young man who seems to distract her from her thoughts about her humdrum life...   soon, they are in love, and revelations about her handsome suitor come thick and fast....

 

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Movie is also interesting for casting Lorne Greene ( of "Bonanza" fame) and the usually amiable Vera Miles in very different parts than they were used to!

 

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Another thing that's good about this, is that, even though it's satisfyingly soapy and entertainingly overwrought, it doesn't descend into the graphic grotesqueries that some other "late-career" films of Joan and other maturing stars did.

 

And who can resist the title song, crooned nostalgically by none other than Nat King Cole--

 

"The falling leaves, drift by the window
The autumn leaves of red and gold
I see your lips, the summer kisses
The sun-burned hands I used to hold...."

 

   

 

 

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Re: JOAN CRAWFORD "SUDSER" W/ CLIFF ROBERTSON. WEDNESDAY 6:00 P.M. EASTERN TCM

Thanks  @Oznell   It's a good movie I intend to watch !

I do like the song ,  it's beautiful, but also very melancholy.

it's a sad song 😞 

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Re: JOAN CRAWFORD "SUDSER" W/ CLIFF ROBERTSON. WEDNESDAY 6:00 P.M. EASTERN TCM

 My favorite scene is the one pictured above, where she tells off Lorne Green and Vera Miles, "Where's your decency, Mr. Hansen - in what garbage dump?"

 

 Love it

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Re: JOAN CRAWFORD "SUDSER" W/ CLIFF ROBERTSON. WEDNESDAY 6:00 P.M. EASTERN TCM

Seen Autumn Leaves many times, good story. 

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Re: JOAN CRAWFORD "SUDSER" W/ CLIFF ROBERTSON. WEDNESDAY 6:00 P.M. EASTERN TCM

Oh Thank You for letting us know this great movie is on Wednesday!

I was just thinking about this movie, haven't seen it for ages, I'm going to enjoy this!!Cat Happy

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Re: JOAN CRAWFORD "SUDSER" W/ CLIFF ROBERTSON. WEDNESDAY 6:00 P.M. EASTERN TCM

Ha, ha, that's quite the line of dialog, @BoopOMatic !   I hadn't remembered that.  Deserves to be one of the classics, justifiably quoted and remembered...

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Re: JOAN CRAWFORD "SUDSER" W/ CLIFF ROBERTSON. WEDNESDAY 6:00 P.M. EASTERN TCM

Great movie and I haven't seen it in a while.  Will set my DVR.

 

Thanks for the alert!

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Re: JOAN CRAWFORD "SUDSER" W/ CLIFF ROBERTSON. WEDNESDAY 6:00 P.M. EASTERN TCM

I did a little digging but found no suggestion that JC and CR had a hookup. If they did, I'm sure JC, with her experience, would have handled him tenderly. At least that's what my fantasy looks like.

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Re: JOAN CRAWFORD "SUDSER" W/ CLIFF ROBERTSON. WEDNESDAY 6:00 P.M. EASTERN TCM

She had the worst hair dressers. Harsh hair and make up.