So after bashing Melanie Griffith’s annoying tribute to Jean Harlow, I thought I would ask the Brain Trust: What’s your favorite?
As far as I can tell, there is no complete list of TCM tributes (not even on Wikipedia!), so here’s my catalog, which I’m sure is incomplete. I’m not talking about the “What a Character” features (sorry, Edna May Oliver and William Frawley) or Film Fanatics (sorry, noir fans) or brief comments (sorry, Jane Wyman or Gloria De Haven about getting your hair washed by Marlene Dietrich).
This is strictly one actor or actress talking at length about another actor or actress.
Ernest Borgnine on Robert Ryan.
Michael Caine on Cary Grant.
Keith Carradine on Greer Garson.
Richard Chamberlain on Claude Rains
Tony Curtis on Cary Grant.
Michael Feinstein on Fred Astaire.
Peter and Jane Fonda on Henry Fonda.
Melanie Griffith on Jean Harlow.
Martin Landau on Bela Lugosi. Update: I see this is a “Word of Mouth” (aka “Damn Good Actress”/”Loved Every Minute of It”) and shouldn’t be in this category.
Jack Lemmon on Billy Wilder.
Paul Newman on Elizabeth Taylor.
Chazz Palminteri on Edward G. Robinson.
Robert Redford on Natalie Wood.
Burt Reynolds on Spencer Tracy.
George C. Scott on James Cagney.
Elizabeth Taylor on Montgomery Clift.
Marlo Thomas on Loretta Young.
John Waters on Vincent Price.
Have I missed your favorite? Let me know!