What’s on TCM: June 2011

How is it already June?  But anyway, it’s shaping up to be a fun month on TCM.  Every Thursday this month, TCM will be showing a night full of classic drive-in movies.  So if you’re like me and love cheesy monster movies, you’re going to love this month.  There’s also the return of Essentials, Jr. on Sunday nights at 8:00 PM, hosted this year by Bill Hader.  The Star of the Month is the lovely Jean Simmons, who I’ve always found to be a bit on the under-appreciated side.  With no further ado, let’s go on to my TCM picks for the month…

June 1:  Tonight’s theme is movies about spying on Nazis, including a couple I’m really looking forward to seeing: Night Train to Munich at 9:45 PM and Above Suspicion at 11:30 PM.

June 2:  Starting at 8:00 PM is the first night of TCM’s drive-in double features.  First up at 8 is Godzilla, King of the Monsters followed by Rodan at 9:45 PM.  Then at 11:15 PM is Ghidorah: The Three Headed Monster and Godzilla vs. Monster Zero at 1:00 AM, Dinosaurs! at 2:45 AM and The Valley of Gwangi at 4:15 AM.

June 3:  Happy birthday to Tony Curtis!  Starting at 6:00 AM is Don’t Make Waves, The Great Race at 7:45 AM, Sex and the Single Girl at 10:30 AM, The Defiant Ones at 12:30 PM, Sweet Smell of Success at 2:15 PM, Trapeze at 4:00 PM, and Beachhead at 6:00 PM.  Prime time is a night of comedies about weddings, including Father of the Bride at 8:00 PM and High Society at 12:00 AM.

June 4:  King Kong is on at 1:30 PM and Dodsworth is on at 8:00 PM

June 5:  Some fun ones on in the afternoon, Take Me Out to the Ball Game at 12:00 PM and Arsenic and Old Lace at 1:45 PM.  TCM’s Essentials, Jr. makes its return tonight with The Adventures of Robin Hood at 8:00 PM.  Tonight’s Silent Sunday Night feature is Abel Gance’s J’accuse.  If you’ve never seen it, be sure to record it this time because it’s been a few years since they last played that one.  At 3:00 AM is Kameradschaft, followed by All Quiet on the Western Front at 4:45 AM.

June 6:  It’s not Cary Grant’s birthday, but I never complain about a day of Cary Grant movies!  My Favorite Wife is on at 7:00 AM, His Girl Friday at 8:30 AM, Once Upon a Time at 10:15, Every Girl Should Be Married at 11:45 AM, Room for One More at 1:30 PM, The Pride and the Passion at 3:15 PM, and North By Northwest at 5:30 PM.  Starting at 8:00 PM is a night of movies with Ernie Kovacs.  First up is North to Alaska, followed by Operation Mad Ball at 10:15 PM, Five Golden Hours at 12:15 AM, It Happened to Jane at 2:00 AM, and Bell,Book, and Candle at 4:00 AM.

June 7:  Happy birthday to Dean Martin!  Marriage on the Rocks is up at 6:30 AM, Bells Are Ringing at 8:30 AM, Some Came Running at 10:45 AM, Ocean’s Eleven at 1:15 PM, 4 for Texas at 3:30 PM, Robin and the Seven Hoods at 5:45 PM.  Tonight is the first night of Jean Simmons movies, starting with Great Expectations at 8:00 PM, Black Narcissus at 10:15 PM, Hungry Hill at 12:15 AM, Uncle Silas at 2:15 AM, and The Way to the Stars at 4:00 AM.

June 9:  We’ve got a day of movies directed by William Wellman!  Night Nurse at 6:00 AM, Other Men’s Women at 7:15 AM, Safe in Hell at 8:30 AM, The Conquerors at 9:45 AM, Love is a Racket at 11:15 AM, So Big at 12:30 PM, Small Town Girl at 2:00 PM, The Story of G.I. Joe at 4:00 PM, and Battleground at 6:00 PM.  Then it’s another night of drive in movies with Them! on at 8:00, The Cosmic Monsters at 9:45 PM, Tarantula at 11:15 PM, The Black Scorpion at 12:45 AM, The Giant Claw at 2:30 AM, and The Wasp Woman at 4:00 AM.

June 10:  Happy birthday to Judy Garland!  The day starts off with Everybody Sing at 6:00 AM, followed by Girl Crazy at 7:45 AM, The Clock at 9:30 AM, The Pirate at 11:15 AM, Summer Stock at 1:15 PM, A Star is Born at 3:15 PM, and I Could Go On Singing at 6:15 PM.

June 12:  Designing Woman at 8:00 AM, For Pete’s Sake at 12:15 PM, and Gigi at 2:00 PM.  Tonight’s Essentials, Jr. selection is Buster Keaton’s The General at 8:00 PM, which is followed by Laurel and Hardy’s The Music Box at 9:30 PM and Merton of the Movies at 10:15 PM.  Tonight’s Silent Sunday Night features are Max Linder’s Seven Years Bad Luck at 12:00 AM and Harold Lloyd’s An Eastern Westerner at 1:15 AM, followed by Mr. Hulot’s Holiday at 2:00 AM.

June 13:  Happy birthday to Basil Rathbone!  The day starts off with The Last of Mrs. Cheyney at 6:45 AM, The Bishop Murder Case at 8:30 AM, A Tale of Two Cities at 10:00 AM, A Feather in her Hat at 12:15 PM, Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon at 1:30 PM, Sherlock Homes and the Woman in Green at 2:45 PM, Sherlock Holmes in Terror By Night at 4:00 PM, Sherlock Holmes in Dressed to Kill at 5:15 PM, and The Black Sleep at 6:30 PM.  After that, it turns over to Freddie Bartholomew with David Copperfield at 8:00 PM, Captains Courageous at 12:15 AM, and Listen Darling at 2:30 AM.

June 14:  If you like really ridiculous melodramas, there’s the perfect double feature of A Summer Place at 1:00 PM and Susan Slade at 3:15 PM.  Then it’s another night of Jean Simmons with Trio at 8:00 PM, So Long at the Fair at 9:45 PM, Adam and Evelyne at 11:30 PM, Hamlet at 1:15 AM and Caesar and Cleopatra at 4:00 AM.

June 15:  There’s some fun stuff on today.  Without Love at 10:15 AM, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer at 2:15 PM, and Kind Hearts and Coronets at 6:00 PM.  Tonight’s line-up is chosen by guest programmer Chris Isaak with Night of the Hunter on at 8:00 PM, God’s Little Acre at 10:00 PM, A Face in the Crowd at 12:15 AM, and Touch of Evil at 2:30 AM.

June 16:  It’s back to the drive in with Attack of the 50 Foot Woman at 8:00 PM, Village of the Giants at 9:30 PM, Queen of Outer Space at 11:00 PM, Mars Needs Women at 12:30 AM, The Cyclops at 2:00 AM, The Manster at 3:30, and The Killer Shrews at 4:45 AM.

June 18:  Tonight’s line-up is absolutely delightful!  Bringing Up Baby starts the night off at 8:00 PM, followed by Twentieth Century at 10:00 PM, Nothing Sacred at 12:00 AM, Merrily We Live at 1:30 AM, Theodora Goes Wild at 3:15 AM, and The Awful Truth at 5:00 AM.

June 19:  Happy Father’s Day!  Of course there will be lots of father-centric movies on today including The Champ at 6:45 AM, Father of the Bride at 1:30 PM, and Life With Father at 5:45 PM.  Tonight’s Silent Sunday Night feature is The Phantom Carriage.  Later at 4:00 AM is Frankenstein, which is followed by the 1931 version of Waterloo Bridge at 5:15 AM.

June 20:  Happy birthday to Errol Flynn!  Footsteps in the Dark is up at 6:45 AM, Cry Wolf at 8:30 AM, The Dawn Patrol at 10:00 AM, Mara Maru at 11:45 AM, The Died With Their Boots On at 1:30 AM, The Private Lives of Elizabeth of Essex at 4:00 PM, and Adventures of Don Juan at 6:00 PM.  The theme for tonight is movies set in hotels, including Grand Hotel at 10:15 PM and Room Service at 12:15 AM.

June 21:  Happy birthday to Jane Russell!  Underwater! at 6:00 AM, The Las Vegas Story at 7:45 AM, Macao at 9:15 AM, Double Dynamite at 10:45 AM, His Kind of Woman at 12:15 PM, The Paleface at 2:30 PM, Young Widow at 4:15 PM, and The Outlaw at 6:00 PM.  Then it’s back to Jean Simmons with The Actress at 8:00 PM, Angel Face at 9:45 PM, Young Bess at 11:30 PM, Guys and Dolls at 1:30 AM, A Bullet is Waiting at 4:15 AM, and Affair With a Stranger at 5:45 AM.

June 22:  The Jean Simmons movies continue into today with She Couldn’t Say No at 7:15 AM, Footsteps in the Fog at 8:45 AM, and This Could be the Night at 10:15 AM.  Then it turns into a birthday tribute to Billy Wilder with Ball of Fire at 12:15 PM, The Major and the Minor at 2:15 PM, The Spirit of St. Louis at 4:00 PM, and the documentary Billy Wilder Speaks at 6:30 PM.

June 23:  It’s another night of drive-in movies, starting with It Came From Beneath the Sea at 8:00 PM, The Monster That Challenged the World at 9:30 PM, The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms at 11:00 PM, The Giant Behemoth at 12:30 AM, The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues at 2:00 AM, Creature from the Haunted Sea at 3:30 AM.  Then at 5:00 AM is the documentary Hidden Values: The Movies of the 50s.

June 24:  Today has a pretty interesting assortment of movies.  There’s It Happened One Night at 8:00 AM, Greta Garbo in Camille at 10:00 AM, Knight Without Armour at 12:00 PM, and Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? at 8:00 PM.

June 25:  Another interesting assortment of movies on today, The Wolf Man at 9:30 AM, Mister Roberts at 5:45 PM, and Out of the Past at 8:00 PM.

June 26:  I love this day.  The day starts out with The Pirate at 6:00 AM and Gaslight at 8:00 AM.  Then at 4:00 PM is Bell, Book and Candle and Picnic at 6:00 PM.  Then starting at 8:00 PM is a Cyd Charisse double feature starting with Singin’ in the Rain and followed by The Band Wagon at 10:00 PM.  Tonight’s Silent Sunday Night feature is Lilian Gish’s The Scarlett Letter at 12:00 AM, which is followed by Wild Strawberries at 2:00 AM.

June 27:  Today you get the chance to see two versions of Gigi, starting with the French 1948 version at 9:15 AM and followed by the Leslie Caron version at 10:45 AM.  And if you’ve ever wanted to see a completely baffling scene of Joan Crawford singing in blackface, you might want to check out Torch Song at 12:45 PM.  Then it’s a night of 1950s Alfred Hitchcock movies, starting with Stage Fright at 8:00 PM, I Confess at 10:00 PM, Dial M For Murder at 12:00 AM, The Wrong Man at 2:00 AM, and Strangers on a Train at 4:00 AM.

June 28:  Wow, this is a real five-star day!  Grand Illusion at 6:00 AM, A Woman’s Face at 8:00 AM, The Big Sleep at 10:00 AM, The Killers at 12:00 PM, The Postman Always Rings Twice at 2:00 PM, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers at 4:00 PM, and Kiss Me Deadly at 6:00 PM.  Then it’s the final night of Jean Simmons movies, starting with Home Before Dark at 8:00 PM, Elmer Gantry at 10:30 PM, Life at the Top at 1:00 AM, The Happy Ending at 3:00 AM, and Mister Buddwing at 5:00 AM.

June 29:  There’s a few Jeanette MacDonald/Nelson Eddy movies on this afternoon, Naughty Marietta at 2:15 PM, New Moon at 4:15 PM, and Sweethearts at 6:00 PM.

June 30:  The month of June draws to a close with a final night of drive-in movies.  There’s The Blob at 8:00 PM, The H-Man at 9:30 PM, The Magnetic Monster at 11:00 PM, X: The Unknown at 12:30 AM, The Thing From Another World at 2:00 AM, It! The Terror From Beyond Space at 3:30 AM.  Lastly, there’s the documentary Watch the Skies at 4:45 AM.