Fun with some stellar leading ladies

What’s on your family’s movie menu this weekend?

As the new month begins, with memories of Halloween fun still fresh, take a look at a range of comedies featuring fun leading ladies over the next few days. Take a look.

 

Send Me No Flowers

Doris Day reinvented herself many times during her memorable career as she journeyed from musical star to dramatic actress to comedienne. She found her greatest success in a series of light films in the late 1950s and early 1960s opposite a collection of popular costars including Rock Hudson, Cary Grant and James Garner. In Send Me No Flowers from 1964, Hudson plays a hypochondriac who, convinced he will soon die, takes it upon himself to find his wife (Day) a new husband. This sets up a series of silly situations that bring out the best in Day’s refreshing approach to comedy. And Tony Randall supports the star just as effectively as in the earlier Pillow Talk and Lover Come Back. This movie is a lot of fun. Sunday, November 2, 3:45 p.m., Turner Classic Movies.

 

Morning Glory

Diane Keaton has demonstrated her range over the years, easily moving between drama (including Reds, Interiors and Marvin’s Room) and comedy (such as her Oscar-winning Annie Hall, Manhattan and Something’s Gotta Give). In the recent comedy Morning Glory, Keaton is at her comedic best as a television anchor with an ego who loves to battle with her costar on a network morning program, essayed by Harrison Ford. Leave it to the delightful Rachel McAdams who tries to balance the personalities and keep the show afloat. And Keaton delivers a master class in comedy timing. Sunday, 3 p.m., Lifetime.

 

Foul Play

Goldie Hawn’s film career has included a long list of comedy hits since she won an Oscar in 1969 for her supporting role in Cactus Flower. In Foul Play, from 1978, Hawn delights as a librarian in San Francisco who finds herself caught up in a mysterious criminal connection with shades of Alfred Hitchcock. Dudley Moore, who later scored in the comedies 10 and Arthur, chews scenery as an eccentric orchestra conductor, while Chevy Chase transfers his bumbling comedy persona from his Saturday Night Live television appearances. Hawn keeps the whole thing moving with her delightful screen persona. Friday, November 1, 4:30 p.m., Sundance.

 

It Happened One Night

Claudette Colbert was a delightful actress who created a collection of screen memories from the 1930s to 1950s primarily playing sophisticated, witty women who find themselves in all kinds of situations. She won an Oscar in 1934 for playing an heiress on the run in the delightful It Happened One Night, one of the few comedies to win the Academy Award as Best Picture. With Clark Gable as her costar, and the legendary Frank Capra behind the camera, Colbert brings an easy, carefree spontaneity to a role that, in lesser hands, could have appeared somewhat silly. She was a subtle performer who never lost her edge. Friday, 8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies.

 

Serving worthwhile movies can be as easy as turning on the television. And, as you watch together, you can share what you observe, question and consider. Watching movies together can prompt meaningful family conversations. Enjoy!