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TCM Sets Montalban Tribute Jan. 23

By admin Published: January 15, 2009

As I noted earlier, Ricardo Montalban has died. Here's a lineup for movies with Montalban that TCM is running on Jan. 23,. (Descriptions are all from TCM.)

7:30 a.m. Fiesta (1947) – In his first leading role, Montalban plays a young man whose parents want him to become a toreador, but he is more interested in music. Esther Williams and Cyd Charisse also star in this musical shot on location in Mexico.

9:30 a.m. Neptune’s Daughter (1949) – Once again teaming with Esther Williams, Montalban plays a millionaire playboy trying to win the affections of a bathing suit designer. This colorful musical features the Oscar®-winning song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

11:15 a.m. Latin Lovers (1953) – Montalban vies for the affections of a wealthy heiress played by Lana Turner in this lush, tropical musical directed by Mervyn LeRoy.

1 p.m. Border Incident (1949) – This early look at the issue of illegal immigration features Montalban and George Murphy in a tense story of agents out to stop a ring smuggling Mexicans across the border.

2:30 p.m. Battleground (1949) – Montalban gives an outstanding performance as a Mexican-American soldier fighting in Germany during the Battle of the Bulge. Van Johnson and John Hodiak co-star.

4:30 p.m. Across the Wide Missouri (1951) – This pioneer epic starring Clark Gable, Montalban plays a young Indian war chief out to prevent a band of pioneers from reaching their destination. John Hodiak co-stars.

6 p.m. The Singing Nun (1966) – In this true story, Montalban plays a warm-hearted priest who helps a guitar-strumming Belgian nun spread her music to the world. Debbie Reynolds stars, along with Greer Garson, Agnes Moorehead and Chad Everett.

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