Courage Conquers Death

Katharine Hepburn in Christopher Strong (1933)

On Friday, August 20th, TCM is devoting the day to the celebrated actress Katharine Hepburn as part of their ongoing Summer Under the Stars event. I really enjoy Summer Under the Stars and this year some of my favorite actors and actresses have been featured. I thought it would be fun to highlight one of my favorite Katherine Hepburn films this week, Dorothy Arzner’s action filled melodrama Christopher Strong (1933). It’s a wonderful early talkie featuring Hepburn in one of her most interesting roles. The cast is excellent and I love Roy Webb’s uncredited but impressive score. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see Christopher Strong yet you can catch it on August 20th when it plays on TCM. It’s well worth a look just to see young Katherine Hepburn strut around in the amazing costumes that were designed for her by Howard Greer and Walter Plunkett. The movie is full of wonderful eye-candy and also features some notable horror film actors such as the talented Colin Clive (Frankenstein; 1931, Bride of Frankenstein; 1935 and Mad Love; 1935) and young Helen Chandler (Dracula; 1931). It plays in the early morning hours so you may have to record it if you want to see it but I think it’s well worth the effort. You can find my piece about Christopher Strong over at TCM’s Movie Morlocks Blog.