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Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Legend, George Cukor, born today, July 7 in 1899!

Woman’s Director. That is the title Hollywood bequeathed upon George Cukor, a title he of course resented. And, to be perfectly honest, I almost resent it, too. To call Cukor a “woman’s director” is to insult his craft because it wasn’t just women who benefited from his skillful coaxing.  All of his actors, both men and woman, had something to learn and something to gain (like, say an Oscar) from this man’s talent. And if you look at the numbers, he directed three men to Academy Award winning performances and only two women. Granted, he did direct 12 best actress nominations and only 8 for best actor. But who’s counting?  So, let us celebrate this so-called “woman’s director,” by paying attention to the before mentioned Oscar winning men.

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james stewart and katharine Hepburn, the Philadelphia story, classic movie actress, george cukor

George Cukor directing Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart (in his award winning role) in The Philadelphia Story. (1940, George Cukor Director)

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George Cukor (left) with Ronald Colman (right); Colman who would go on to win an Oscar for A Double Life. (1947, George Cukor, director)

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George Cukor on set with Rex Harrison, winner of the Best Actor Oscar for the film My Fair Lady (1964, George Cukor director)

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Minoo Allen for Classic Movie Hub

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If you’ve been to, oh say, any store in the last couple of weeks, you are well aware of what time of year it is — Father’s Day. And of course all the stores are telling you, in brightly colored signs, what your father needs to make that day complete — things like a new tie, a fancy touch screen watch or perhaps a tri-speed, 9 gauge wireless razor of the future. Well, what if instead of listening to all those advertisers, you listened to little ole me. Rather than buying your pops a gift that will be over-priced and under-used, why don’t you plop down and watch one of these three father-centric classic films with him instead. Trust me, time with you is worth all the new ties in the world!

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Spencer Tracy, Father of the bride, classic film, vincente minnelli

Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor and Joan Bennet star in Father of the Bride (1950, Vincente Minnelli director)

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spencer tracy, guess whos coming to dinner, classic film, stanley kramer

Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn and Katharine Houghton star in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967, Stanley Kramer director)

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Gregory Peck, classic film, the yearling, Clarence Brown

Gregory Peck and Jane Wyman star in The Yearling (1947, Clarence Brown director)

Enjoy!

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