Turner Classic Movies celebrates the life and films of leading man Rock Hudson with 21 movies starring the handsome actor throughout the month of June. The selected films from Hudson's career will air on TCM on Thursday nights and early Friday mornings, beginning on Thursday, June 2, 2014, and running through Friday, June 27.
The programming kicks off with "The Last Sunset" (1961) at 8 pm Eastern time on Thursday, June 2, followed by "The Tarnished Angels" (1957) at 10 pm. Hudson then appears in two Anthony Mann Westerns starring Jimmy Stewart: "Bend of the River" (1952) airs at 11:45 pm, and "Winchester '73" (1950) begins at 1:30 am. At 3:15 am, Hudson makes his uncredited screen debut in "Fighter Squadron" (1948).
"Magnificent Obsession" (1954) takes the prime time slot at 8 pm on Thursday, June 12. At 10 pm, Hudson stars with Jane Wyman in the romantic drama, "All That Heaven Allows" (1955), and at 11:45 pm he headlines with Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean in "Giant" (1956). Sidney Poitier appears with Hudson in "Something of Value" (1957) at 3:15 am. The programming block continues into Friday morning with the 1957 version of "A Farewell to Arms" at 5:15 am and "Written on the Wind" (1956) at 8 am. "Sea Devils" (1953), costarring Yvonne De Carlo, rounds out the schedule at 9:45 am.
On Thursday, June 19, Hudson appears at 8 pm in one of his most memorable roles in "Pillow Talk" (1959), costarring Doris Day and Tony Randall. Hudson and Day also team up with Randall for "Lover Come Back" (1961) at 10 pm and "Send Me No Flowers" (1964) at midnight. Hudson then stars with Gina Lollobrigida in "Come September" (1961) at 1:45 am and with Paula Prentiss in "Man's Favorite Sport?" (1964) at 3:45 am.
The Hudson schedule for Thursday, June 26, opens at 8 pm with "A Fine Pair" (1968). Hudson then stars in the action thriller, "Ice Station Zebra" (1968), at 9:45 pm, followed by "Pretty Maids All in a Row" (1971) at 12:30 am. The lineup of films honoring the star concludes at 2:15 am on Friday, June 27, with John Frankenheimer's "Seconds" (1966).
Learn more about Rock Hudson's personal life and his legacy as a gay actor in Hollywood by watching the video at the top of this article. For more information about the June TCM schedule, visit the channel's official website. Other highlights for the month include pirate movies on Friday nights, silent films on Sunday nights, and the return of TCM's Essentials Jr. programming.