YouTube). And lucky for us, it will be on TCM June 21st at 1:15am EST. So, set your DVRs for an odd but sweet romance called "Love with the Proper Stranger."
Released on Christmas Day in 1963, it stars two icons of the time, Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen. Wood plays Angie, a Catholic shop girl who finds out she's pregnant from a one-night stand with Rocky (McQueen), a fun-loving musician. When Angie finds Rocky and asks him to help her arrange an abortion, they spend a day together trying to raise the money, and hiding from Angie's overly protective brothers. Yet, when it comes down to the line, Rocky finally grows up and love blossoms. But is that enough for marriage?
To Kill a Mockingbird" the year before. So they had some pressure to follow up with a winner. It was not as big a success as "Mockingbird" by a long shot, but they still achieved their goal. "Proper Stranger" received five Oscar nominations including Natalie Wood for Best Actress. And both Wood and McQueen received Golden Globe nominations. This was the last Oscar nomination for Wood though (her first two were for "Rebel Without a Cause" and "Splendor in the Grass"). And even though he received great reviews for "Proper Stranger," McQueen had to wait three more years for his one and only Oscar nomination, for "The Sand Pebbles."
Call Me Bwana," "Under the Yum Yum Tree," and the huge comedy "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" - and she received rave reviews for them all, including "Proper Stranger." As for Bosley, this was his film debut, and what a good debut it is. Of course it would be over a decade before he had his big success in "Happy Days."
So, be sure to tune in to TCM on June 21st at 1:15am EST, and watch a romantic comedy you wouldn't expect to find. (Or you can click here to watch it on YouTube.) You won't be disappointed, especially if you like romance. Until Friday, everyone! Have a wonderful week!
(Post-tidbit: Be sure to watch out for another familiar face in a bit part, director Mulligan's little brother Richard, of future "Soap" and "Empty Nest" fame.)
UPDATE: I just noticed that TCM's scheduled time of June 21st at 1:15am EST is confusing and actually means 1:15am the morning of June 22nd for EST or 10:15pm on June 21st for PST. Just an FYI so you don't miss this great picture.