Olivia de Havilland Turns 104

(Above source: Needpix)

The Film Detective, which streams classic movies and TV shows, celebrates Olivia de Havilland’s 104th birthday today, July 1, with two of her films — Santa Fe Trail (1940) and The Proud Rebel (1958). 

Olivia de Havilland Gone with the Wind
(Above: With Leslie Howard. Source: WIkimedia)

De Havilland, who retired more than three decades ago (her last film, The Woman He Loved, was a 1988 TV movie), was born in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents on July 1, 1916. She arrived in Hollywood in the 1930s and is probably best known for her Oscar-nominated portrayal of sweet Melanie Hamilton in the controversial 1938 epic, Gone with the Wind (you can find that film on HBO Max, with an introduction that attempts to contextualize its racial depictions).

As if continuing a Civil War theme, both of today’s films on The Film Detective use that conflict as a backdrop.

Santa Fe Trail, which airs at 3:50 pm ET, is set in 1854, with Jeb Stuart (Errol Flynn), George Custer (Ronald Reagan) and other West Point graduates assigned to pacify Kansas so construction on the Santa Fe railroad can proceed. De Havilland plays Kit Carson Holliday, with Raymond Massey as abolitionist John Brown.

If you miss today’s showing, you can also watch Santa Fe Trail on YouTube and right here:

The Proud Rebel, which follows at 5:42 pm, stars Alan Ladd as a former Confederate soldier whose son goes mute after witnessing the death of his mother in the Civil War. De Havilland is Linnett Moore, a frontier woman who cares for the boy and falls in love with Ladd.

You can also watch The Proud Rebel on YouTube and right here:

The Film Detective channel is free with ads online and via iOSRokuApple TVFire TVSling TVStirr and DistroTV.

The streamer also offers an extensive library of movies and shows on-demand, commercial-free, for $3.99 per month or $34.99 per year. For more information, visit The Film Detective.

Oscar-Winning Olivia De Havilland

De Havilland won Best Actress Oscars for To Each His Own (1946) and The Heiress (1949).

In To Each his Own, De Havilland plays an unwed mother who is forced to give up her infant son and then watch him prosper from afar as an adult. (Currently this film is available only on VHS tape!)

In The Heiress, directed by William Wyler, De Havilland falls for a young man (Montgomery Clift) whom her father (Ralph Richardson) suspects is after her money. (Again, no streaming options although you can get it on Blu-Ray or DVD).

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