Happy November, everyone! October was a great month with all of those horror movies and I’m sorry to see Halloween season drawing to a close, but TCM has some amazing stuff planned for November.
First and foremost, I am so excited for the Star of the Month spotlight on silent film stars. Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd, Swanson, Brooks, Bow, Gish, Pickford, Fairbanks, so many of the greatest stars of the silent film era can be seen this month. Between this and the 24-hours marathons of pre-codes on Fridays a couple of months ago, TCM has been right up my alley lately.
For November’s Friday Night Spotlight, they’ll be showcasing movies about road trips and there are a lot of excellent ones on the schedule.
Without further ado, let’s get to the schedule:
Happy October, everyone! I don’t know about you, but I am so looking forward to watching a whole lot of classic horror movies this month. The idea of coming home after work and spending a chilly Fall evening at home watching something eerie sounds like a quality night to me. And luckily, TCM will definitely be delivering in that department this month. Every Thursday night this month will be all about ghost stories. Some will be perfectly creepy for Halloween, others are more lighthearted ghost stories like Topper. Either way, I’ll definitely be tuning in for those. Other great days for classic horror fans are October 28th, October 30th starting at 8:00 PM, and of course, October 31.
Janet Leigh will be TCM’s Star of the Month, so we’ll have the chance to see the ultimate slasher film, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, on October 29th at 8:00 PM. Janet Leigh’s films will be shown every Wednesday night this month.
October’s Friday Night Spotlight series will highlight movies set in Africa.
One night that is definitely not to be missed is October 6th. Starting at 8:00 PM, TCM will be showing 28 shorts from animation pioneers Windsor McCay, Bray Studios, and Van Beuren Studios. These are true landmarks of animation, the vast majority of which have never been shown on TCM before. And where else are you going to have the chance to see Gertie the Dinosaur in prime time? This is going to be a real treat.
Now, let’s get on to the rest of the schedule!
Happy September, everyone! Summer Under the Stars is always a tough act to follow, but TCM does an awesome job of doing so. There are two huge things that I am very excited for. The first of which is Melvyn Douglas as Star of the Month. I have always loved Melvyn Douglas and he never seems to quite get as much credit as he deserves. There’s also a ton of his movies I’ve never seen, so I’m really happy to have the chance to see more of his work.
The second thing I am so, so excited to see is that every Friday this month will be a 24-hour marathon of pre-code movies! That’s right, 24 glorious hours of wild, fast-paced, innuendo-laden movies! Friday Night Spotlight isn’t just for prime time this month! With my annual 30 Days of Pre-Codes event, it’s no secret that I adore the pre-code era. If you have yet to explore much of this wild and fascinating era of film making, this is a golden opportunity because you’ll have the chance to see so many of the pre-code essentials (Baby Face, Three on a Match, Red Headed Woman, Design for Living, just to name a few) as well as many other great ones. Don’t miss The Story of Temple Drake on September 12 at 2:30 AM or Call Her Savage September 26 at 2:15 AM. They’re on late at night so it might be easy to overlook those, but they’re a couple of my favorite pre-codes and I don’t see them on TCM very often. If you only know Clara Bow as a silent film star, you’re going to be in for a real treat with Call Her Savage.
Now, onto the rest of the schedule…
Happy August, everyone! Since we’re heading into August, that can only mean one thing — it’s time for TCM’s Summer Under the Stars! As you know, I’m a big fan of Summer Under the Stars and this year’s line-up has a lot for me to look forward to. Of course, there are the crowd-pleaser days dedicated to stars like Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, and Barbara Stawnyck, but there are quite a few names on this year’s schedule I wasn’t expecting to see such as Alexis Smith, Betty Grable, Gladys George, and Arlene Dahl. Betty Grable day is the day I’m most looking forward to this year; I haven’t seen many of her movies, but I’ve liked the ones I’ve seen. I’m also looking forward to Gladys George day. I’ve seen many of the movies being shown on her day, but I don’t have a strong opinion on her as an actress, so it will be cool re-watch those movies in a new way.
14 of the stars being featured this year have never been featured before, including the one and only William Powell. Before we get on to the highlights, let’s take a quick look at the full list of this year’s stars:
- Jane Fonda
- David Niven
- Walter Pidgeon
- Judy Garland
- Barbara Stanwyck
- Paul Muni
- Jimmy Stewart
- Jeanne Moreau
- William Powell
- Carole Lombard
- Marlon Brando
- Alexis Smith
- Cary Grant
- Charlie Chaplin
- Faye Dunaway
- Herbert Marshall
- John Hodiak
- Claudette Colbert
- Paul Newman
- Thelma Ritter
- Lee Tracy
- Audrey Hepburn
- Ernest Borgnine
- Gladys George
- Dick Powell
- Sophia Loren
- Edmond O’Brien
- Arlene Dahl
- Joseph Cotten
- Betty Grable
- Alan Ladd
Happy July, everyone! With summer now in full swing, TCM has plenty of great movies to watch on hot summer nights. Maureen O’Hara is July’s Star of the Month and will be featured every Tuesday night this month. TCM will also be commemorating the hundredth anniversary of World War I every Friday by showing some of the best WWI movies, including The Big Parade, Sergeant York, Grand Illusion, and All Quiet on the Western Front, just to name a few.
The night I am most looking forward to this month is July 10th. TCM will be featuring six classic documentaries such as Salesman, Harlan County USA, and Sans Soleil. I really like documentaries and that night’s movies is a nice mix of things I’m looking forward to re-watching and ones I’ve been wanting to see.
Now, on to the rest of the schedule…
Happy June, everybody! On the TCM front, June looks like it will be a bit of a quiet month, but there’s still plenty of good stuff to set your DVRs for. Rock Hudson is the Star of the Month; his movies will be featured every Thursday night this month. The Essentials, Jr. series will make its return on Sunday nights at 8:00 PM. Actor and comedian Greg Proops is the host for Friday Night Spotlight this month and he will be featuring some of his favorite pirate movies.
If you were at the TCM Classic Film Fest this movie and missed out on seeing Written on the Wind, The Pawnbroker, or The Italian Job, you’re in luck because each of those are on the schedule this month.
Without further ado, let’s get on to the schedule…
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.