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Frank Loesser's 100th birthday on Turner Classic Movies

Tuesday, June 29 marks the 100th birthday of composer and lyricist Frank Loesser.
Over the course of his career, Loesser wrote over 700 songs and five Broadway musicals
and contributed music and lyrics to dozens of Hollywood films.

On June 29, Turner Classic Movies will honor the centennial with an evening of classic films featuring Loesser songs.

The evening will be co-hosted by TCM's Robert Osborne and Robert Morse.
Mr. Morse starred in both the original Broadway production and the film version of How To Succeed
in Business Without Really Trying
, and is currently featured on Tv's Mad Men.


The evening kicks off with 1967's  How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,

a sharply-drawn send-up of big business starring Robert Morse, Michele Lee and Rudy Vallee.

Next up is Walter Gottlieb's "superb" (San Francisco Chronicle) documentary Heart & Soul: The Life 

and Music of Frank Loesser (2006), which illuminates Loesser's fascinating life and remarkable career.

Romantic charmer Neptune's Daughter (1949) stars Esther Williams, Ricardo Montalban, Betty Garrett

and Red Skelton, and features Loesser's Oscar-winner, "Baby, It's Cold Outside."

Red, Hot and Blue (1949) stars Betty Hutton as an aspiring performer who gets into trouble with the mob.

The film features June Havoc as her beleaguered roommate. The gangster who kidnaps her is played by none

other than Frank Loesser, who turns in a bravura performance as piano-playing mobster Hair-do Lempke.

The evening closes with Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943), an all-star wartime musical featuring Eddie Cantor,

Dinah Shore, Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Olivia De Havilland, Alan Hale, Hattie McDaniel, Spike Jones and His City

Slickers, and many others.


See TCM Calendar: http://www.tcm.com/schedule/index.jsp?startDate=6/29/2010&timezone=EST&cid=N