A date with Great Kate


August 30, 2008|By CHRIS KALTENBACH | CHRIS KALTENBACH,chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

Turner Classic Movies' "Summer Under the Stars" ends this weekend with two days dedicated to that most storied of Hollywood couples who never made it to the altar, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Tracy gets his turn tomorrow (don't miss Captains Courageous at 8 p.m.), but today it's the Great Kate's turn. For a look at what made Hepburn such an endlessly intriguing personality (as well as a role model to a whole generation of women), check out a 1973 appearance she made on The Dick Cavett Show (11:15 a.m.).

One of her best films, not to mention one of the great screwball comedies of all time, is 1940's hilarious The Philadelphia Story (4:15 p.m.), where, as spoiled socialite Tracy Lord, she gets to share the screen with Cary Grant (as her ex-husband) and Jimmy Stewart (as a tabloid reporter looking for a story). From 1942, Woman of the Year (8 p.m.) pairs Hepburn and Tracy as reporters who couldn't be more different ... or more right for one another. The scene where Tracy takes Hepburn to her first baseball game is perfection.

The African Queen (10 p.m.), but he couldn't have done it without the support of Hepburn, whose persnickety Rose Sayer made his exasperated Charlie Allnut possible. The all-Kate marathon ends with 1936's Sylvia Scarlett (4:15 a.m. - set your DVRs), where Hepburn gets to disguise herself as a boy.

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