Happy June! Eleanor Parker is this month’s Star of the Month so her movies will be highlighted every Tuesday night. This month’s edition of Friday Night Spotlight will be hosted by Eddie Muller, the founder of the Film Noir Foundation, and all of his selections are film noir classics that are based on novels.
Happy May, everyone!
Rather than have just one Star of the Month for may, there will actually be several. Every Tuesday night this month, TCM will be spotlighting some of cinema’s greatest tough guys, so that includes people like Bogart, Cagney, McQueen, and Robinson, just to name a few.
Friday Night Spotlight will be back with Illeana Douglas as the guest co-host. Illeana has chosen the theme of “Second Looks.” All of the movies she’s chosen weren’t particularly well-received when they were first released, but she thinks they’re deserving of a second chance. I agree with several of her selections and since I’m all about those hidden gems, I’m really looking forward to seeing some of her other choices.
If you’re a Harold Lloyd fan, mark May 23rd on your calendar because TCM will be playing his feature movies and short films all night long, the vast majority of which have never been shown on TCM before.
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Tagged Bob Hope, Busby Berkeley, Elsa Lanchester, Glenn Ford, Harold Lloyd, James Stewart, Judy Garland, King Vidor, Orson Welles, Priscilla Lane, Rudolph Valentino
Looks like we’re in for another busy month on TCM! TCM has finally broken their long streak of making actresses the Star of the Month by giving the honor to Laurence Olivier in April.
Starting this month, every Friday night will be dedicated to a new series called Friday Night Spotlight. Each month, Robert Osborne and a different guest co-host will introduce films dealing with a particular theme. The first Friday Night Spotlight co-host is Cher, who has selected a number of movies with strong female characters, focusing on themes such as motherhood and women in the workplace each week.
If you’re a fan of TCM Underground, be sure to note that starting this month, it has been moved from Friday to Saturday nights. The 2:00 AM start time remains the same, though.
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Tagged Charlie Chaplin, Cher, Doris Day, Glenn Ford, Joan Bennett, Laurence Olivier, Linda Darnell, Lon Chaney, Marlon Brando, Melvyn Douglas, Richard Carlson
Happy March, everyone! Hopefully you’ve all been enjoying 31 Days of Oscars, I know I have. But we already have just a few days left of that before it’s back to the standard TCM schedule. Greer Garson will be the Star of the Month for March and her movies can be seen every Monday night this month. TCM will also be shining the spotlight on director Roberto Rossellini every Friday night in March. Now, let’s take a look at the rest of the schedule:
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Tagged Ann Sheridan, Bette Davis, Edward Everett Horton, Greer Garson, Joel Grey, John Garfield, Kim Novak, Lionel Rogoson, Martin Ritt, Roberto Rossellini, W.S. Van Dyke, Warner Baxter
We’re already just a few days away from the start of the 2013 edition of 31 Days of Oscar! This year, the theme for 31 Days of Oscar will be movie studios. All of the movies are grouped together based on which studio produced them. A total of twenty-five studios will be showcased throughout 31 Days of Oscar. Some studios like Warner Brothers, MGM, RKO, and Columbia will have several days devoted to their films so you know those days are going to be chock full of first-rate movies.
I’ve reached a point where I’m not seeing many new-to-me movies during 31 Days of Oscar, so I’m mostly looking forward to seeing a lot of old favorites this month. But I’m very happy to see TCM will be showing two movies that have been on my “to see” list for a long time now, The Deer Hunter and the Claudette Colbert Version of Imitation of Life.
Happy new year, everyone! With winter officially underway, it’s very tempting to spend every night at home watching movies with a cup of hot chocolate, and TCM has plenty of reasons to do just that.
Loretta Young is January’s Star of the Month, in honor of her 100th birthday, and will be spotlighted every Wednesday night this month. If you’re a fan of pre-codes, you’re bound to adore the first two Loretta Young nights. I tend to enjoy heist films, so I’m really looking forward to every Tuesday night this month being dedicated to movies about big robberies.
Another star who would be celebrating their 100th birthday this month is Danny Kaye. If you only know him from White Christmas, be sure to tune in on January 20th because TCM will be playing his movies for a full 24 hours, including an episode of The Danny Kaye Show and an interview he did on The Dick Cavett Show.
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Tagged Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, Danny Kaye, Dick Van Dyke, Elvis Presley, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Arnold, James Stewart, Jimmy Van Heusen, Laurel & Hardy, Lee Marvin, Loretta Young, Marion Davies, Paul Lukas, Shirley Temple
It’s hard to believe we’re already down to the final month of 2012, but leave it to TCM to end the year on a high note! There is so much going on that I’m excited for. First and foremost, we get Barbara Stanwyck as Star of the Month! Every Wednesday night in December will kick off a 24-hour block of Stanwyck movies, and since I know a lot of my readers are big Stanwyck fans, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got plenty of room on your DVRs. Every Friday night this month will be a salute to director Ernst Lubitsch, so you know every Friday night is going to be good.
Naturally, you can expect plenty of Christmas movies throughout the month. Also worth noting is Baby Peggy night on December 3rd. Baby Peggy is one of the last surviving stars from the silent era and was recently the subject of the documentary Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room, which will be airing on TCM that night along with some of her movies.
Happy November! Even though this isn’t one of my favorite months on TCM, it’s still a pretty busy month. First of all, Constance Bennett is the Star of the Month, which I’m pretty happy to see. Her movies will be shown every Tuesday night in November.
If you’re a fan of seeing how films compare to the novels they were based on, you are going to love this month. Every Monday and Wednesday night will be full of movies based on books and the adaptations will continue until prime time on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I love the idea of this series, but I would have liked to have seen it done on Mondays and Thursdays instead, just because it’s kind of an avalanche of book adaptations during the first part of the week.
October is upon us and that can only mean one thing — classic horror movies! TCM certainly doesn’t disappoint in that department; every Wednesday night in October will be full of great horror movies to help you get into the Halloween spirit. In addition to the great horror movies, there’s also a great Star of the Month — Spencer Tracy. Every Monday night this month will be all about Spencer, but his movies also carry over into every Tuesday as well.
On Tuesday nights, TCM will be doing a series called “The Projected Image: A History of Disability in Film,” which will examine how people with physical and mental disabilities have been portrayed in film.
One night that certainly sounds intriguing is the night of October 21st, a night full of animation rarities. There will be selections of UPA cartoons as well as many cartoons from the silent film era, dating back as early as 1907! I know I’m certainly looking forward to seeing those!
Happy September, everyone! I hope you all enjoyed this year’s edition of Summer Under the Stars. One good thing may be coming to an end, but fear not, there are some very, very cool things to look forward to in September.
Silent film fans, rejoice! Every Thursday night this month, TCM will be spotlighting movies produced at Mack Sennett studios, which means there will be tons of silent films being played during prime time. 83 short films will be included in this tribute, the vast majority of which have never been shown in TCM before, and will feature stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand, Fatty Arbuckle, and Gloria Swanson. I, for one, am very excited for this!
Lauren Bacall is the Star of the Month and every Wednesday night in September will be full of her movies. September 3rd will be TCM’s annual tribute to the Telluride Film Festival
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Tagged Adolphe Menjou, Cary Grant, Claudette Colbert, Elia Kazan, Gregory La Cava, Greta Garbo, John Garfield, Lauren Bacall, Mack Sennett, Oscar Levant, Sophia Loren