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Peggy Cummins' greatest hits

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Turner Classic Movies shines the spotlight on Welsh-born actress Peggy Cummins tonight, Saturday September 28th, with three of her best-known films. At 7 p.m. Central Time, the triple feature leads off with1947's crime classic "Gun Crazy," directed by Joseph L.Lewis, cast Cummins as Laurie Starr, "The Lethal Blonde" who embarks on a crime spree with her boyfriend, played by John Dahl, in a variation on the tale of Bonnie and Clyde. It was remade with Drew Barrymore in the '90s, but the less said about that one, the better.

At 8:45, Cummins co-stars as Lucy in 1957's "Hell Drivers" opposite Stanley Baker, Herbert Lom, and a young Sean Connery. The film was directed by American ex-pat (and onetime protégé of Orson Welles) Cy Endfield, who directed a couple of excellent examples of film noir as social commentary, The Underworld Story and The Sound of Fury (a/k/a "Try and Get Me!"), before fleeing to England one step ahead of the Hollywood Blacklist.

The Peggy Cummins tripleheader winds up at 10:45 p.m. with Jacques Tourneur's "Curse of the Demon," also from 1957, a classic creepshow from the director of "The Cat People." Dana Andrews co-stars as a paranormal researcher out to expose an evil cult leader (Niall MacGinnis).

"Both Sides of the Law"
"Both Sides of the Law" J. Arthur Rank

"Both Sides of the Law"

1953's "Both Sides of the  Law" a/k/a "Street Corner," cast Cummins as a teenage shoplifter. With Anne Crawford, Terence Morgan.

"The Late George Apley"
"The Late George Apley" 20th Century Fox

"The Late George Apley"

Peggy was cast in the ingenue role as the winsome daughter of Ronald Colman and Edna Best in 1947's "The Late Geoge Apley," adapted from George S. Kaufman's and John P. Marquand's play and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.

"Escape"
"Escape" 20th Century Fox

"Escape"

Cummins finds love with escaped convict Rex Harrison in the cleverly titled 1948 melodrama "Escape." Also directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, from John Galsworthy's play.

"Green Grass of Wyoming"
"Green Grass of Wyoming" 20th Century Fox

"Green Grass of Wyoming"

Cummins is quite beautiful in this technicolor sequel to "My Friend Flicka" and "Thunderhead," again adapted from a novel by Mary O'Hara. Co-starring Charles Coburn, Robert Arthur, Lloyd Nolan, and Burl Ives.

"Gun Crazy"
"Gun Crazy" TCM.com

"Gun Crazy"

Peggy Cummins is Laurie Starr, "The Lethal Blonde" who embarks on a crime spree with her boyfriend, played by John Dahl, in a variation on the tale of Bonnie and Clyde. Directed by Joseph L. Lewis. An American classic.

"If This Be Sin"
"If This Be Sin" TCM.com

"If This Be Sin"

Cummins plays Myrna Loy's daughter, who ends up stealing her mother's boyfriend (Richard Greene) in the 1949 drama "If This Be Sin" a/k/a "That Dangerous Age." With Roger Livesey.

"Curse of the Demon"
"Curse of the Demon" Columbia Pictures

"Curse of the Demon"

In 1957's "Curse of the Demon," Cummins is cast opposite Dana Andrews in a memorable creepshow concerning an evil cult leader and various macabre goings-on. Directed by Jacques Tourneur.

"Hell Drivers"
"Hell Drivers" J. Arthur Rank

"Hell Drivers"

Cummins co-stars as Lucy in 1957's "Hell Drivers" opposite Stanley Baker, Herbert Lom, and a young Sean Connery. The film was directed by American ex-pat (and onetime protégé of Orson Welles) Cy Endfield, who directed a couple of excellent examples of film noir as social commentary, The Underworld Story and The Sound of Fury (a/k/a "Try and Get Me!"), before fleeing to England one step ahead of the Hollywood Blacklist.

"The Captain's Table"
"The Captain's Table" 20th Century Fox

"The Captain's Table"

Sex comedy at seas with Cummins as the female lead, and number one object of desire. With John Gregson, Donald Sinden, and Nadia Gray. Screenplay by Bryan Forbes.

"In the Doghouse"
"In the Doghouse" J. Arthur Rank

"In the Doghouse"

Peggy Cummins' final big-screen role came in the forgettable 1962 comedy "In the Doghouse," co-starring Leslie Phillips and Hattie Jacques (of "Carry On" fame).

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