Happy May, everyone! April was a rather unusual month for TCM, but it’s back to the usual schedule for May. June Allyson is May’s Star of the Month and will be featured every Wednesday night. Friday Night Spotlight returns with a look at Australian cinema hosted by Jacki Weaver. Since I haven’t seen many Australian films, I look forward to having the chance to see more. For Memorial Day weekend, TCM will be having their annual 72-hour marathon of war films. May’s Guest Programmer is none other than Rev. Mother Dolores Hart, who will be showcasing a few of her favorite movies on May 27th.
May 1: TCM takes a look at some memorable mothers in film with Imitation of Life (1959) at 8:00 PM, White Heat at 10:15 PM, Bachelor Mother at 12:15 AM, The Catered Affair at 2:00 AM.
May 2: Happy birthday to Bing Crosby! Going Hollywood at 7:45 AM, Pennies from Heaven at 9:15 AM, Road to Bali at 10:45 AM, High Society at 12:30 AM, and Man on Fire at 2:30 PM. Then it’s on to Friday Night Spotlight with Breaker Morant at 8:00 PM, Gallipoli at 10:00 PM, Tim at 12:00 AM, and Mad Max at 2:00 AM.
May 4: Queen Christina at 8:00 AM, Ball of Fire at 12:00 PM, Wait Until Dark at 6:00 PM. This week’s Silent Sunday Night feature is Sparrows starring Mary Pickford at 12:00 AM.
May 5: Shirley Jones gets some time in the spotlight tonight with The Music Man at 8:00 PM, Carousel at 10:45 PM, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father at 1:00 AM, and Elmer Gantry at 3:15 AM.
May 6: It’s all about gossip tonight with The Children’s Hour at 8:00 PM, The Women at 10:00 PM, and My Reputation at 12:15 AM.
May 7: Happy birthday to Gary Cooper! A Farewell to Arms at 6:15 AM, One Sunday Afternoon at 7:45 AM, Today We Live at 9:15 AM, The Westerner at 11:15 AM, Meet John Doe at 1:00 PM, Sergeant York at 3:15 AM, The Pride of the Yankees at 5:45 PM. Then June Allyson has her first turn as Star of the Month with The Glenn Miller Story at 8:00 PM, The Stratton Story at 10:15 PM, The Secret Heart at 12:15 AM, The Three Musketeers at 2:00 AM, Right Cross at 4:15 AM, The Sailor Takes a Wife 5:45 AM.
May 8: More June Allyson with Girl Crazy at 7:30 AM and Words and Music at 9:15 AM.
May 9: Friday Night Spotlight returns with Picnic at Hanging Rock at 8:00 PM, The Last Wave at 10:00 PM, The Cars That Ate Paris 12:00 AM, and Walkabout at 1:45 AM.
May 10: It’s a night of Anne Shirley with Stella Dallas at 8:00 PM, Anne of Green Gables at 10:00 AM, and Murder My Sweet at 11:30 AM. And for some very…interesting late night movies, there’s Blue Sunshine at 2:00 AM and Hausu at 3:45 AM.
May 11: Happy Mother’s Day! Lady for a Day at 6:00 AM, The Catered Affair at 7:45 AM, Now Voyager at 9:30 AM, Gypsy at 11:30 AM, Mildred Pierce at 2:00 PM, Marty at 4:00 PM, Imitation of Life (1959) at 5:45 PM, I Remember Mama at 8:00 PM, and The Mating Season at 10:30 PM.
May 12: Happy birthday to Katharine Hepburn! Little Women at 6:00 AM, Stage Door at 8:00 AM, Mary of Scotland at 9:45 AM, Alice Adams at 12:00 PM, Bringing Up Baby at 2:00 PM, Woman of the Year at 4:00 PM, Pat and Mike at 6:00 PM.
May 13: If you like documentaries, you’ll want to either set the DVR or stay up late for the Maysles Brothers double feature of Grey Gardens at 2:00 AM and Salesman at 3:45 AM.
May 14: The Postman Always Rings Twice at 6:00 AM, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers at 8:00 AM, and Dark Passage at 10:00 AM. June Allyson returns tonight with Little Women at 8:00 PM, The McConnell Story at 10:15 PM, Meet the People at 12:15 AM, The Reformer and the Redhead at 2:00 AM, The Girl in White at 3:45 AM, and Her Highness and the Bellboy at 5:30 AM.
May 16: Another installment of Friday Night Spotlight with My Brilliant Career at 8:00 PM, Starstruck at 10:00 PM, An Angel at my Table at 12:00 AM, and Sweetie at 2:45 AM.
May 19: Tonight is the first night of a two-night tribute to Brooksfilms with Fatso at 8:00 PM, 84 Charing Cross Road at 10:00 PM, and The Doctor and the Devils at 12:00 AM.
May 20: More from Brooksfilms tonight with The Elephant Man at 8:00 PM, My Favorite Year at 10:15 PM, and To Be or Not to Be at 12:00 AM.
May 21: More June Allyson tonight with Two Girls and a Sailor at 8:00 PM, Best Foot Forward at 10:15 PM, Good News at 12:00 AM, Too Young to Kiss at 1:45 AM, The Bride Goes Wild 3:30 AM, and High Barbaree at 5:15 AM.
May 22: Tonight Robert Osborne presents his selections for the month. The House on 92nd Street at 8:00 PM, The House on 56th Street at 9:45 AM, Hobson’s Choice at 11:00 PM, The Belle of New York at 1:00 AM, and Mrs. O’Malley and Mr. Malone at 2:30 AM.
May 23: For tonight’s Friday Night Spotlight, there’s The Year of Living Dangerously at 8:00 PM, The Plumber at 10:00 PM, The Adventures of Barry McKenzie 11:30 PM, and Don’t Party at 1:30 AM.
May 24-26: It’s TCM’s annual Memorial Day war movie marathon. Consult the TCM website for the full schedule, but my highlights are The Shopworn Angel at 7:30 AM and The Dirty Dozen at 8:00 PM on the 24th, Mister Roberts at 12:00 PM and No Time for Sergeants at 8:00 PM on the 25th, and Sergeant York at 7:30 AM and The Best Years of Our Lives at 10:30 PM on the 26th.
May 27: This month’s guest programmer is Rev. Mother Dolores Hart who has selected Lisa at 8:00 PM, Laura at 10:00 PM, The Song of Bernadette at 11:45 PM, and The Rose Tattoo at 2:30 AM.
May 28: June Allyson has her final turn as Star of the Month with My Man Godfrey at 8:00 PM, The Opposite Sex at 10:00 PM, Music For Millions at 12:00 AM, Battle Circus at 2:00 AM, They Only Kill their Masters at 3:45 AM, and Executive Suite at 5:30 AM.
May 29: Two movies by Orson Welles, Citizen Kane at 8:00 PM and F for Fake at 10:15 PM, followed by two movies from Welles’ friend director Henry Jaglom, Someone to Love at 12:00 AM and Eating at 2:00 AM.
May 30: I am always here for a day full of Fritz Lang movies. Metropolis at 6:00 AM, M at 7:30 AM, Fury at 9:15 AM, Scarlet Street at 11:00 AM, Clash By Night at 1:00 AM, and The Blue Gardenia at 3:00 PM. Then it’s one last night of Australian cinema in the Friday Night Spotlight with Newsfront at 8:00 PM, Sunday Too Far Away at 10:00 PM, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith at 11:45 PM, and The Devil’s Playground at 2:00 AM.