Tab Hunter was on top of the world in the 1950s. He beat out James Dean for the star-making part of a young Marine who marries the girl next door in Warner Bros.' tearjerker war film Battle Cry
and then conquered the music charts with the song "Young Love," an early rock & roll hit that took the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for six consecutive weeks. But while the Tinseltown dream machine was busy cementing Tab's popularity with the bobby-soxer crowd, he was living a deeply closeted gay life. In Jeffrey Schwarz's Tab Hunter Confidential
, the star, now in his 80s, jovially recounts his adventures in Hollywood, where he went from teen heartthrob to B-list actor to dinner-theater performer before being rediscovered when cast as Divine's beau in John Waters' cult hit Polyester
. Tab Hunter Confidential
screens as part of Cinema St. Louis' QFest.
7 p.m. Mon., Apr. 27. Landmark Tivoli Theatre (6350 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-7271 or www.cinemastlouis.org). $12..
Mon., April 27, 7 p.m., 2015