By the time I was twelve, I had already memorized all the numbers and large sections of dialogue from the Warner Bros. movie version of the Broadway musical comedy hit, Damn Yankees. The studio purchased that property for Tab. With his All-American good looks, the part of the shy, young baseball phenom fit him like a glove. And Tab Hunter got to perform choreography by Bob Fosse! Damn Yankees, co-starring Gwen Verdon and Ray Walston, was one of my favorite films to show up frequently on local Channel 9's Million Dollar Movie in L.A. when I was a kid. I loved that movie. I still do. It makes me happy. Tab Hunter was so totally cool -- and cute -- as Joe Hardy.
Classic film fans will get a sure-fire kick out of seeing some of the folks who appear and talk about the Tab Hunter they know. You'll see Rona Barrett (before Entertainment Tonight, there was network entertainment reporter Rona Barrett), Robert Wagner, Don Murray (Marilyn Monroe's leading man in Bus Stop), Mother Dolores Hart (the former film actress Dolores Hart of Where The Boys Are who left Hollywood at the height of her popularity to become a nun), Darryl Hickman (Leave Her to Heaven) and Terry Moore (Mighty Joe Young and Peyton Place).
I've liked Tab Hunter for many years. There were quite a few things I didn't know about him that are in this documentary. At the end, Tab Hunter Confidential made me like him a whole lot more. I love that he found a fulfilling life away from the Hollywood spotlight. Tab Hunter Confidential opens October 16th in New York City. Later, it will expand to Los Angeles and other selected cities.