Starring Deborah Kerr

Starring Deborah Kerr

19 Episodes

Whether playing a repressed nun or an adulterous army wife engaged in a passionate beachside tussle with Burt Lancaster, the Scottish-born Deborah Kerr—whose one-hundredth birthday we’re celebrating this September—exuded both a refined elegance and an undeniable inner strength and fire. Displaying preternatural poise in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s British classics THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP and BLACK NARCISSUS, Kerr soon captured the attention of Hollywood, where she proved her versatility with her boldly sensual turn in FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, sensitive portrayal of an unfulfilled faculty wife in Vincente Minnelli’s TEA AND SYMPATHY, and heartfelt performance in Leo McCarey’s classic romance AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER. To each of these roles, she brought an intelligence and equanimity that made her the epitome of dignified grace.

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Starring Deborah Kerr
  • Starring Deborah Kerr Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Major Barbara

    Episode 2

    Directed by Gabriel Pascal • 1941 • United Kingdom

    Filmed in London in 1941, during the Blitz, Major Barbara emerged from a troubled production to become a major success for George Bernard Shaw and producer-director Gabriel Pascal. Pygmalion's Wendy Hiller returns, this time as one of Shaw's m...

  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    Episode 3

    Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger • 1943 • United Kingdom
    Starring Roger Livesey, Anton Walbrook, Deborah Kerr

    Considered by many to be the finest British film ever made, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP, by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is a stirring masterpiece like...

  • Vacation from Marriage

    Episode 4

    Directed by Alexander Korda • 1945 • United Kingdom
    Starring Robert Donat, Deborah Kerr, Glynis Johns

    Robert (Robert Donat) and Cathy Wilson (Deborah Kerr), possibly the dullest married couple in England, bid each other a tepid farewell when World War II separates them. Robert joins the Navy, ge...

  • I See a Dark Stranger

    Episode 5

    Directed by Frank Launder • 1946 • United Kingdom
    Starring Deborah Kerr, Trevor Howard, Raymond Huntley

    Scripted by the celebrated writing team of Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder (THE LADY VANISHES, NIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH), this crackling World War II espionage thriller casts Deborah Kerr as Bri...

  • Black Narcissus

    Episode 6

    Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger • 1947 • United Kingdom
    Starring Deborah Kerr, Sabu, David Farrar

    This explosive work about the conflict between the spirit and the flesh is the epitome of the sensuous style of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. A group of nuns—played by som...

  • The Hucksters

    Episode 7

    Directed by Jack Conway • 1947 • United States
    Starring Clark Gable, Deborah Kerr, Sydney Greenstreet

    When Victor Albee Norman (Clark Gable) returns from World War II, he takes a job with Kimberly Advertising Agency, working alongside Mr. Kimberly (Adolphe Menjou) himself. But to win the account...

  • Edward, My Son

    Episode 8

    Directed by George Cukor • 1949 • United States, United Kingdom
    Starring Spencer Tracy, Deborah Kerr, Ian Hunter

    George Cukor and a top-flight cast powerfully bring Noel Langley and Robert Morley’s play about a father’s obsessive, destructive love for his son to the screen. Determined to give hi...

  • The Prisoner of Zenda

    Episode 9

    Directed by Richard Thorpe • 1952 • United States
    Starring Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, James Mason

    Hollywood’s third adaptation of the classic adventure novel by Anthony Hope (following a 1922 silent version and the 1937 Ronald Colman vehicle) ups the ante with spectacular Technicolor, sumptu...

  • From Here to Eternity

    Episode 10

    Directed by Fred Zinnemann • 1953 • United States
    Starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr

    Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr make waves in this landmark blockbuster about raging passions and stormy personal dramas on a Hawaiian military base in the lead-up to the attack on Pearl Har...

  • The End of the Affair

    Episode 11

    Directed by Edward Dmytryk • 1955 • United States, United Kingdom
    Starring Deborah Kerr, Van Johnson, John Mills

    Adapted from the Graham Greene novel, this story of star-crossed lovers centers on a short affair that begins and ends as tumultuously as the war that provides its backdrop. In World ...

  • Tea and Sympathy

    Episode 12

    Directed by Vincente Minnelli • 1956 • United States
    Starring Deborah Kerr, John Kerr, Leif Erickson

    Vincente Minnelli’s masterful direction gives stirring expression to the ache of outsiderhood in this taboo-shattering adaptation of Robert Anderson’s play, one of the first major films to deal e...

  • Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

    Episode 13

    Directed by John Huston • 1957 • United States
    Starring Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum

    John Huston reworks the ingredients of THE AFRICAN QUEEN in another tale of wartime adventure and odd-couple romance. Robert Mitchum is the American marine who finds himself marooned on a Japanese-occupied islan...

  • An Affair to Remember

    Episode 14

    Directed by Leo McCarey • 1957 • United States
    Starring Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Richard Denning

    Leo McCarey’s sublimely romantic update of his own hit 1939 tearjerker LOVE AFFAIR is the rare remake to have become a beloved classic in its own right. When Nickie Ferrante (Cary Grant) and Terry M...

  • Bonjour tristesse

    Episode 15

    Directed by Otto Preminger • 1958 • United Kingdom
    Starring Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Jean Seberg

    Otto Preminger’s second collaboration with the singular Jean Seberg casts her as Cecile, a hedonistic teenager living on the French Riviera with her similarly decadent father Raymond (David Niven),...

  • The Sundowners

    Episode 16

    Directed by Fred Zinnemann • 1960 • United Kingdom, Australia
    Starring Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum, Peter Ustinov

    Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr star in a heartwarming romance as big as the Australian outback. Ida Carmody (Kerr) loves her husband, Paddy (Mitchum), and Paddy loves the wandering...

  • The Innocents

    Episode 17

    Directed by Jack Clayton • 1961 • United States
    Starring Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave, Megs Jenkins

    This genuinely frightening, exquisitely made supernatural gothic stars Deborah Kerr as an emotionally fragile governess who comes to suspect that there is something very, very wrong with her pre...

  • The Night of the Iguana

    Episode 18

    Directed by John Huston • 1964 • United States
    Starring Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr

    Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, and Deborah Kerr lead a powerhouse cast in John Huston’s feverish adaptation of the acclaimed play by Tennessee Williams. Defrocked, alcoholic former priest T. Lawrence ...

  • Eye of the Devil

    Episode 19

    Directed by J. Lee Thompson • 1966 • United Kingdom
    Starring Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Donald Pleasence

    A forbidding French château and its surrounding vineyards are the setting for gothic thrills in this haunting excursion into the occult. Deborah Kerr and David Niven lead an exceptional cast ...