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TCM to honor Tab Hunter with a movie marathon

Tab Hunter at a Los Angeles dinner reception with actress Tuesday Weld in 1959.AP/file

Tab Hunter was in more than 40 movies before he died on July 8 at 86. He had an unusual career. He sang a No. 1 pop hit, “Young Love,” in 1957, he worked with John Waters and Divine in “Polyester,” and he wrote about being in the closet as a gay man during his career as a blue-eyed blond-haired Hollywood heartthrob. He had affairs with Rudolf Nureyev and Anthony Perkins, and he had fake public dates with Natalie Wood and Debbie Reynolds.

The 2015 documentary about his life, “Tab Hunter Confidential,” based on his 2005 autobiography, is available on Netflix. And TCM is honoring the late star with a Hunter movie marathon on July 20. Here’s the schedule:


6 a.m.: “The Steel Lady” (1953)

7:30 a.m.: “Return to Treasure Island” (1954)

9 a.m.: “Lafayette Escadrille” (1958)

10:45 a.m.: “Operation Bikini” (1963)

12:15 p.m.: “The Golden Arrow” (1964)

2 p.m.: “The Girl He Left Behind” (1956)

4 p.m.: “The Burning Hills” (1956)

5:45 p.m.: “The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean” (1972)