Hard to believe it’s already almost June! June’s Star(s) of the Month are Teen Idols. Every Thursday will be showcasing movies starring the likes of Elvis, Frankie and Annette, The Monkees, and Troy Donahue. TCM will also be doing a series called The Immigrant Experience every Wednesday night this month. June 10th is a very noteworthy day as it marks what would be Judy Garland’s 90th birthday. TCM will be celebrating by playing her movies for a full 24 hours, all chosen by noted Judy Garland expert John Fricke. The Essentials, Jr. series also makes its return to Sunday nights this month.
Posted in TCM
Tagged Andy Griffith, Basil Rathbone, Billy Wilder, Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda, Ida Lupino, Judy Garland, Louis Jourdan, Natalie Wood, Preston Sturges, Priscilla Lane, Rosalind Russell, Walter Matthau
I don’t really read magazines much these days. I subscribe to Harper’s Bazaar, but otherwise, I don’t really go out of my way to buy anything from the newsstand. But every once in a while, Vanity Fair is pretty irresistible to me and the May 2010 issue is certainly one of those times. As you can see, the lovely Grace Kelly is the subject of the cover article. The Grace Kelly article does a nice job of covering her life and her career as well as discussing her impact as a style icon. The article features quotes from people who personally knew and worked with Kelly such as Jimmy Stewart and Edith Head as well as people like Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant, who truly understands how Grace Kelly’s classic style endures to this day.
Not mentioned on the cover, but also worth reading, is an article on director Preston Sturges. I like the fact that Vanity Fair chose to feature two people who had fairly short but legendary movie careers. Grace Kelly only made 11 films and Preston Sturges only directed 12. The fact that Vanity Fair will include an article about Preston Sturges for no apparent reason at all explains why sometimes I just have to buy a copy. Clearly, Vanity Fair loves classic movies. And the classic film love doesn’t stop there: there’s also a photograph of some of the cast of Glee in a Singin’ in the Rain inspired look and some ads from Fekkai that give tips on how to achieve hairstyles seen in The Graduate, Casablanca, and Singin’ in the Rain.
The May 2010 issue is available on newsstands now, or you can head on over to the Vanity Fair website and check it out there. For more classic film fun, be sure to visit the Classic Hollywood page to check out some of their past articles and features.
Yesterday was most certainly been the most five-star day on TCM this month! Yesterday afternoon, I was able to watch: The More the Merrier, The Devil and Miss Jones, The Lady Eve, and Ball of Fire. And those are only the ones I saw. I skipped Notorious, High Society, and most of A Foreign Affair since those were all on quite early and I’d seen them all before. I also caught Casablanca and The African Queen, but since I don’t have anything particularly unique to say about either one of those, I’m just going to skip writing about them. Plus this entry is going to be long enough as it is without those two movies.
Posted in 1940s, 1950s, Comedies, TCM
Tagged 31 Days of Oscar, Barbara Stanwyck, Charles Coburn, George Stevens, Henry Fonda, Howard Hawks, Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Preston Sturges