Rita Hayworth, the beautiful and talented actress and dancer who was called Hollywood's "Love Goddess" in her heyday, is the subject of a one-hour edition of Cinemax's "Crazy About the Movies" Sunday at 8 p.m. The title: "Rita Hayworth: Dancing Into the Dream."
The retrospective covers her career from her start as a 7-year-old dancer in a family vaudeville act and as a teenager working in a Tijuana, Mexico, club, to film stardom and then to her death in 1987. Revealing interviews include one with her daughter, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, who was Hayworth's legal guardian when she was afflicted with Alzheimer's disease; and with Glenn Ford, Jack Lemmon, Kim Novak and Evelyn Keyes. The interviews are spliced with clips from most of her most memorable films, family photos and some home movies.
Hayworth was married to a car salesman, to Orson Welles, to Prince Aga Khan, singer Dick Haymes and producer James Hill. Despite all the fame, fortune and headlines, Hayworth's story shows a shy, self-conscious and often insecure person ultimately reduced to poverty.
Additional playdates: Thursday, Saturday and Jan. 29. This week, Monday through Friday, Cinemax will show daytime double-features of her films including: "Gilda," "Miss Sadie Thompson," "You Were Never Lovelier," "Salome," "Blood and Sand" and "You'll Never Get Rich."
Sunday on Disney at 7 p.m. Emma Samms, Denis Lawson, Dirk Benedict and Jerry Hall star in the Disney Channel premiere film "Bejewelled," a madcap comedy about a young curator of a small New England museum who is entrusted to transport heirloom jewels. The gems disappear enroute, setting up the comic search. Additional airdates: Friday and Jan. 31, Feb. 6, 16, 22 and 28.
Thursday on Arts and Entertainment at 9 p.m. the premiere of "The Dunera Boys," starring Bob Hoskins and Joseph Spano. The story follows fleeing Jews in early World War II who are mistaken for Nazi spies and shipped from Vienna to a run-down camp in the Australian outback. When the mistake is discovered, they are converted into soldiers of the king. Repeats Sunday, Jan. 27, at 3 p.m.
Friday on Arts and Entertainment at 6 p.m. Honor Blackman returns to U.S. television as Mrs. Catherine Gale, Patrick Macnee's first partner in "The Avengers," as A&E begins airing 42 episodes never seen in America. A&E has also uncovered nine others not shown here, six starring Julie Steve as Venus Smith and three co-starring John Rollason as Dr. Martin King, scheduled for later this season.
Saturday on HBO at 10 p.m. the premiere of an HBO original movie, "Prison Stories: Women on the Inside," looking at the dangerous world inside women's prisons. Stars include Lolita Davidovich ("Blaze"), Rae Dawn Chong, Annabella Sciorra, Talisa Soto and Rachel Ticotin. Repeat: Jan. 30.