What’s on TCM: May 2012

Happy May, everyone!  It certainly looks like it’s going to be a busy month on TCM.  Joel McCrea is the star of the month, which is something I know a lot of people have been wanting to see for quite some time.  He’ll be featured every Wednesday night this month.  Every Thursday night will be all about movies based on true crime stories.  Plus there’s the annual 48-hour war movie marathon for Memorial day will run from May 27-28.  So without further ado, let’s get to the schedule:

May 1:  Happy birthday to Glenn Ford!  You can see him in The White Tower at 6:15 AM, Trial at 8:00 AM, Ransom! at 10:00 AM, The Teahouse of the August Moon at 12:00 PM, Don’t Go Near the Water at 2:00 PM, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father at 4:00 PM, and Dear Heart at 6:00 PM.

May 2:  This afternoon has an interesting pairing of movies, I Bury the Living at 3:30 PM followed by My Fair Lady at 5:00 PM.  After that is the first night of Joel McCrea movies and this is a night worth staying up for.  Sullivan’s Travels at 8:00 PM, The Palm Beach Story at 9:45 PM, The More the Merrier at 11:30 PM, The Richest Girl in the World at 1:30 AM, Woman Chases Man at 3:00 AM, Bed of Roses at 4:15 AM, and Kept Husbands at 5:30 AM.

May 3:  A couple more from Joel McCrea start the day, Dynamite at 7:00 AM, One Man’s Journey at 9:15 AM, and Chance at Heaven at 10:30 AM.  If you’re into true crime stories, tonight has In Cold Blood at 8:00 PM, The Boston Strangler at 10:30 PM, 10 Rillington Place at 12:15 AM, The Onion Field at 2:15 AM, and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil at 5:00 AM.

May 4:  Today starts out with a couple from Alec Guinness, The Ladykillers at 7:45 AM and The Lavender Hill Mob at 9:30 AM.  Then it’s a birthday tribute to the lovely Audrey Hepburn with The Nun’s Story at 11:00 AM, Green Mansions at 1:45 PM, Love in the Afternoon at 3:45 PM, Wait Until Dark at 6:00 PM.  After that is a night of Lee J. Cobb with The Three Faces of Eve at 8:00 PM, 12 Angry Men at 9:45 PM, and They Came to Rob Las Vegas at 11:30 PM.

May 5:  Great night of movies in prime time, Camille at 8:00 PM, Waterloo Bridge at 10:00 PM, Written on the Wind at 12:00 AM, and Love is a Many Splendored Thing at 2:00 AM.

May 6:  Tonight’s Silent Sunday Night feature is Norma Shearer in A Lady of Chance at midnight, which I highly recommend checking out.

May 7:  Tonight’s movies are all about gangs, there’s Crime in the Streets at 8:00 PM, West Side Story at 10:00 PM, The Young Savages at 1:00 AM, The Purple Gang at 3:00 AM, and The Angels Wash their Faces at 4:30 AM.

May 8:  A couple of good ones on this afternoon, The Bishop’s Wife at 12:30 PM and An American in Paris at 4:15 PM.  Tonight features the premiere of the next installment in the AFI Master Class – The Art of Collaboration series with David O. Russell and Mark Wahlberg, which premieres at 10:00 PM.  At 8:00 PM is The Roaring Twenties and Man of a Thousand Faces at 11:00 PM.

May 9:  Joel McCrea is the man of the night again, with The Most Dangerous Game at 8:00 PM, Foreign Correspondent at 9:30 PM, Shoot First at 11:45 PM, Espionage Agent at 1:15 AM, The Lost Squadron at 2:45 AM, Born to Love at 4:15 AM, and Bird of Paradise at 5:45 AM.

May 10:  Joel McCrea continues into the morning with Woman Wanted at 7:15 AM and Adventure in Manhattan at 8:30 AM.  Then it’s on to true crime stories with The Phenix City Story at 8:00 PM, The Case Against Brooklyn at 10:00 PM, I Want to Live! at 11:30 PM, Madeline at 1:45 AM, and Boxcar Bertha at 4:00 AM.

May 12:  Happy birthday to Katharine Hepburn!  TCM doesn’t typically do birthday tributes on weekends, so this is a surprise.  Bringing Up Baby at 1:15 PM, the documentary Katharine Hepburn: All About Me at 3:00 PM, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at 4:15 PM, and Adam’s Rib at 6:15 PM.  Tonight’s Essentials feature is 1955’s Diabolique at 8:00 PM.

May 13:  Happy Mother’s Day!  Of course there are lots of mother-centric movies on today like The Catered Affair at 6:45 AM, Mrs. Miniver at 3:00 PM, I Remember Mama at 5:30 PM, Stella Dallas at 8:00 PM, Mildred Pierce at 10:00 PM.  Then there’s a Garbo silent, The Torrent, on at midnight for Silent Sunday Nights.

May 15: Lots of good stuff on today.  First there’s Niagara at 5:45 PM, then it’s on to a night of Robert Osborne’s picks.  Gun Crazy at 8:00 PM, Remember the Night at 9:45 PM, The Moonlighter at 11:45 PM (another Stanwyck/MacMurray pairing and TCM premiere), and The Ox-Bow Incident at 1:15 AM.

May 16:  Happy birthday, Henry Fonda!  You can see him in The Male Animal at 7:30 AM, The Long Night at 9:15 AM, Fort Apache at 11:00 AM, Mister Roberts at 1:15 PM, Stage Struck at 3:30 PM, and Advise and Consent at 5:15 PM.  Then it’s on to Joel McCrea again with Dead End at 8:00 PM, The Great Man’s Lady at 9:45 PM, Rockabye at 11:30 PM, Stars in my Crown at 12:45 AM, These Three at 2:30 AM, and Come and Get It at 4:15 AM.

May 17:  A few more from Joel McCrea in the morning, They Shall Have Music at 6:00 AM, Barbary Coast at 7:45 AM, and The Common Law at 9:30 AM.  Then it’s another night of true crime with Boomerang at 8:00 PM, Call Northside 777 at 10:00 PM, The Wrong Man at 12:00 AM, Anatomy of a Murder at 2:00 AM, and Dr. Crippen at 4:45 AM.

May 18:  Happy birthday, Frank Capra!  It goes without saying that today’s got lots of excellent films on during the day like The Miracle Woman at 6:30 AM, The Bitter Tea of General Yen at 8:15 AM, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington at 9:45 AM, It Happened One Night at 12:00 PM, You Can’t Take it With You at 2:00 PM, Lady for a Day at 4:15 PM, and Mr. Deeds Goes to Town at 6:00 PM.  Then it’s on to a night of DJ-related movies like American Graffiti at 8:00 PM, Rock Around the Clock at 10:00 PM, Go Johnny Go at 11:30 PM, and Jamboree at 1:00 AM.

May 19:  If you’re a fan of cinematographer Gregg Toland, you can look forward to a night of his movies, starting with Wuthering Heights at 8:00 PM, The Long Voyage Home at 10:00 PM, The Outlaw at 12:00 AM, The Grapes of Wrath at 2:00 AM, and of course, Citizen Kane at 4:15 AM.

May 20:  A couple of fun movies to enjoy on a Sunday afternoon, The Seven Year Itch at 11:30 AM and Bell, Book, and Candle at 1:30 PM.

May 21:  Happy birthday to Robert Montgomery!  TCM will be showing Faithless at 6:45 AM, Another Language at 8:15 AM, When Ladies Meet at 9:45 AM, Trouble for Two at 11:15 AM, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith at 12:45 PM.  Tonight is a night of Sally Field movies, Norma Rae at 8:00 PM, Places in the Heart at 10:00 PM, Absence of Malice at 12:00 AM, Murphy’s Romance at 2:15 AM, and The End at 4:15 AM.

May 22:  Happy birthday, Laurence Olivier!  You can see him in The Beggar’s Opera at 9:00 AM, Term of Trial at 10:45 AM, Battle of Britain at 12:45 PM, and Clash of the Titans at 3:00 PM.  Tonight’s guest programmer is Debra Winger, who has chosen The Night of the Iguana at 8:00 PM, Wings of Desire at 10:15 PM, Rififi at 12:45 AM, and Gilda at 3:00 AM.  Also worth seeing is the documentary Rita at 5:00 AM.

May 23:  I’m not sure what the theme is for today, but there are quite a few good ones on during the day.  San Francisco at 7:30 AM; All This, and Heaven Too at 9:30 AM; Neptune’s Daughter at 12:00 PM, and The V.I.P.s at 5:45 PM.  Then it’s on to more Joel McCrea starting with The Virginian at 8:00 PM, Union Pacific at 10:00 PM, Cattle Drive at 12:30 AM, The Silver Horde at 2:00 AM, The Outriders at 3:30 AM, and Primrose Path at 5:15 AM.

May 24:  Two more from Joel McCrea, Gambling Lady at 7:00 AM and The Sport Parade at 8:15 AM.  Then it’s Ladies’ day on TCM with Du Barry Was a Lady at 10:00 AM, Lady in the Lake at 12:00 PM, The Lady from Shanghai at 2:00 PM, The Lady Eve at 3:45 PM, and Funny Lady at 5:30 PM.  It’s another night of true crime stories starting with Dillinger at 8:00 PM, Al Capone at 9:30 PM, Mad Dog Coll at 11:30 PM, The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond at 1:15 AM, The Valachi Papers at 3:00 AM, and King of the Roaring 20s: The Story of Arnold Rothsteina t 5:15 AM.

May 25:  Director Frank Borzage gets the spotlight tonight with Three Comrades at 8:00 PM, The Mortal Storm at 10:00 PM, and Strange Cargo at 12:00 AM.

May 26:  A very fun night of movies tonight, Dinner at Eight at, appropriately, 8:00 PM, Topper at 10:00 PM, Father of the Bride at 12:00 AM, Merrily We Live at 2:00 AM, and The Barkleys of Broadway at 4:00 AM.

May 27 and 28:  Today starts TCM’s annual 48-hour Memorial Day marathon of war movies.  Consult the TCM website for the full schedule, but the ones I’m most looking forward to seeing are Sergeant York at 8:00 PM and West Point at 1:00 AM on the 27th and The Dirty Dozen at 5:15 PM, Bridge on the River Kwai at 8:00 PM, and The Great Escape at 11:00 PM on the 28th.

May 29:  Lots of Barbara Stanwyck on today, So Big at 6:00 AM, Baby Face at 7:30 AM, Ever in my Heart at 9:00 AM, Ladies they Talk About at 10:15 AM, Annie Oakley at 11:30 AM, Secret Bride at 1:15 PM, The Woman in Red at 2:30 PM, His Brother’s Wife at 3:45 PM, and Breakfast for Two at 6:45 PM.  Then the focus turns to Dorothy Dandridge with Carmen Jones at 8:00 PM, Bright Road at 10:00 PM, The Harlem Globetrotters at 11:30 PM, The Decks Ran Red at 1:00 AM, and Tarzan’s Peril at 2:30 AM.

May 30:  Happy birthday to Irving Thalberg!  The Barretts of Wimpole Street at 6:00 AM, Outcast Lady at 8:00 AM, The Merry Widow (1934) at 9:30 AM, What Every Woman Knows at 11:15 AM, No More Ladies at 1:00 PM, Riffraff at 2:30 PM, Maytime at 4:15 PM, and the documentary Irving Thalberg: Prince of Hollywood at 6:30 PM.  Then it’s on to one last night of Joel McCrea with Ride the High Country at 8:00 PM, The Tall Stranger at 9:45 PM, Wells Fargo at 11:15 PM, Fort Massacre at 1:00 AM, Frenchie at 2:45 AM, and Trooper Hook at 4:00 AM.

May 31:  May comes to a close with one more night of true crime stories with Badlands at 8:00 PM, Bonnie and Clyde at 10:00 PM, Dog Day Afternoon at 12:00 AM, The Night Holds Terror at 2:15 AM, and Inside the Mafia at 3:45 AM.


  1. You could say that “The Lavender Hill Mob” is part of the Audrey Hepburn tribute day, since she has a tiny part in it.

    1. Sullivan’s Travels is excellent! It’s been quite some time since I last watched it, so I’m really looking forward to seeing it again.

      1. Even George Clooney cites it as one of his favorite films (and I hate to admit that I like the guy simply because he knows old movies), therefore if Clooney supports it, it must be worth seeing!

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