What’s on TCM: June 2012

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.

June 1:  Happy birthday to Walter Matthau and Andy Griffith!  Walter starts the day off with Cactus Flower at 6:00 AM, Casey’s Shadow at 8:00 AM, Island of Love at 10:00 AM.  Then Andy joins the party with A Face in the Crowd at 11:45 AM,  Onionhead at 2:00 PM, No Time for Sergeants at 4:00 PM, and Hearts of the West at 6:15.  After that is a night of movies based on Esrkine Caldwell with God’s Little Acre at 8:00 PM, Tobacco Road at 10:15 PM, and Claudelle Inglish at 12:00 AM.

June 3:  There’s a rather interesting assortment of movies on today that range from Kiss Me Kate (8:00 AM), The Three Faces of Eve (2:15 PM), and 12 Angry Men (8:00 PM, also the first installment of this year’s Essentials, Jr. series).

June 4:  Happy birthday to one of my favorites, Rosalind Russell!  See her in The Citadel at 6:00 AM, The Women at 8:00 AM, Sister Kenny at 10:30 AM, Mourning Becomes Electra at 12:45 PM, Picnic at 3:30 PM, Auntie Mame at 5:30 PM.  Tonight is a night of Robert Osborne’s picks including The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex at 8:00 PM, The Virgin Queen at 10:00 PM, The Sting at 12:00 AM, and The Young Philadelphians at 2:15 AM.

June 5:  Tonight’s movies are all movies that involve train stations starting with Since You Went Away at 8:00 PM, The Clock at 11:00 PM, Union Depot at 12:45 AM, In the Heat of the Night at 2:00 AM, and The Harvey Girls at 4:00 PM.

June 6:  Lots of 1930s horror films on today including Frankenstein at 6:00 AM, Doctor X at 7:15 AM, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at 8:45 AM, Freaks at 10:30 AM, The Mask of Fu Manchu at 11:45 AM, Murders in the Rue Morgue at 1:00 PM, Island of Lost Souls at 2:15 PM, Mad Love at 3:30 PM, Mark of the Vampire at 4:45 PM.

June 7:  Tonight is the first night of the Teen Idols movie series starting with Jailhouse Rock at 8:00 PM, All Hands on Deck at 10:00 PM, Rebel Without a Cause at 12:00 AM, and The Girl He Left Behind at 2:00 AM.

June 8:  All of tonight’s movies are set in creepy mansions.  First there’s The Spiral Staircase at 8:00 PM, The Innocents at 9:30 PM, The Black Cat at 11:15 PM, and Gaslight at 12:30 AM (note that this is the 1940 version, not the Ingrid Bergman version).

June 9:  Henry Fonda is the man of the night!  See him in Jezebel at 8:00 PM,  Drums Along the Mohawk at 10:00 PM, The Mad Miss Manton at 12:00 AM, Wings of the Morning at 1:30 AM, Slim at 3:15 AM, and Let Us Live at 4:45 AM.

June 10:  Today TCM celebrates what would be Judy Garland’s 90th birthday!  Her movies will be played all day long starting with Everybody Sing at 6:00 AM, Love Finds Andy Hardy at 7:45 AM, Strike up the Band at 9:30 AM, For Me and My Gal at 12:00 PM, Girl Crazy at 2:00 PM, A Star is Born at 3:45 PM, the documentary The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic at 7:00 PM, The Wizard of Oz at 8:00 PM, Meet me in St. Louisat 10:00 PM, Easter Parade at 12:00 AM, Summer Stock at 2:00 AM, and I Could Go on Singing at 4:00 AM.

June 12:  Happy birthday to Priscilla Lane!  She stars in Varsity Show at 7:00 AM; Brother Rat at 9:00 AM; Brother Rat and a Baby at 10:30 AM; Cowboy from Brooklyn at 12:00 PM; Four Daughters at 1:30 PM; Daughters Courageous at 3:15 PM; Love, Honor, and Behave at 5:15 PM; and Men are Such Fools at 6:30 PM.  Also worth seeing tonight at 8:00 PM is Joan Crawford in Possessed (1947 version).

June 13:  Happy birthday to Basil Rathbone!  See him in The Flirting Widow at 6:15 AM, The Lady of Scandal at 7:30 AM, Sin Takes a Holiday at 9:00 AM, Anna Karenina at 10:30 AM, A Feather in Her Hat at 12:15 PM, Kind Lady at 1:30 PM, Confession at 3:00 PM, The Dawn Patrol at 4:30 PM, and Fingers at the Window at 6:30 PM.  Tonight’s Immigrant Experience movies are all movies that deal with discrimination.  West Side Story starts things off at 8:00 PM, then Black Legion at 10:45 PM, And the Pursuit of Happiness at 12:15 AM, It’s a Big Country at 2:00 AM, His Family Tree at 3:45 AM, and Romance in Manhattan at 5:00 AM.

June 14:  The Teen Idol movies don’t really start until 8:00 PM, but there is one one earlier in the day, Susan Slade at 7:00 AM.  At 8:00 PM is The Young Don’t Cry, followed by A Summer Place at 9:45 PM, Love in a Goldfish Bowl at 12:15 AM, and Bye Bye Birdie at 2:00 AM.

June 15:  If you like drive-in type movies, you’re going to like tonight.  First there’s Gojira at 8:00 PM, Rodan at 9:30 PM, Mothra at 11:00 PM, and The H-Man at 1:00 AM.  And if you’re up for something completely insane, you’ve got to see Hausu at 2:30 AM.

June 17:  Happy Father’s Day!  Plenty of father-centric movies on today including Bonjour Tristesse at 10:00 AM, Life With Father at 4:00 PM, Father of the Bride at 6:15 PM, and Rio Bravo at 8:00 PM.

June 18:  Ellen Barkin is this month’s guest programmer and she has chosen Fat City at 8:00 PM, Nights of Cabiria at 10:00 PM, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at 12:15 AM, and The Last Picture Show at 2:45 AM.

June 19:  Happy birthday to Louis Jourdan!  His birthday tribute includes Madame Bovary at 7:00 AM, The Happy Time at 9:00 AM, The Swan at 10:45 AM, Gigi at 12:45 AM, Dangerous Exile at 2:45 PM, Amazons of Rome at 4:30 PM, and Made in Pris at 6:15 PM.

June 20:  The Immigrant Experience series puts the spotlight on movies featuring families of immigrants with I Remember Mama at 8:00 PM, Our Vines Have Tender Grapes at 10:30 PM, Strangers in the City at 12:30 AM, I Am An American at 2:00 AM, All Mine to Give at 2:15 AM, and The Big City at 4:15 AM.

June 21:  Several from Ida Lupino on today, Pillow to Post at 8:15 AM, The Man I Love at 10:00 AM, Deep Valley at 11:45 AM, Escape me Never at 1:30 PM, On Dangerous Ground at 3:15 PM, The Bigamist at 4:45 PM, and While the City Sleeps at 6:15 PM.  Tonight’s Teen Idol movies are Ride the Wild Surf at 8:00 PM, Beach Blanket Bingo at 10:00 PM, That Funny Feeling at 12:00 AM, and The Wackiest Ship in the Army at 2:00 AM

June 22:  Happy birthday to Billy Wilder!  You know that Billy Wilder birthday tribute is going to be worth watching.  Ninotchka at 6:00 AM, The Seven Year Itch at 8:00 AM, Love in the Afternoon at 10:00 AM, The Spirit of St. Louis at 12:15 PM, Some Like it Hot at 2:45 PM, and The Apartment at 5:00 PM.

June 23:  It’s a night of Natalie Wood movies tonight with Rebel Without a Cause at 8:00 PM, Sex and the Single Girl at 10:00 PM, Cash McCall at 12:00 AM, Splendor in the Grass at 2:00 AM, and Kings Go Forth at 4:15 AM.

June 24:  Lots of good stuff on today.  Keeper of the Flame at 6:15 AM, Daddy Long Legs at 12:00 PM, Born Yesterday at 3:00 PM, Picnic at 6:00 PM, Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus at 8:00 PM.  Tonight’s Silent Sunday Night selection is Laugh, Clown, Laugh at 12:45 AM and that’s followed by Fellini’s La Strada at 2:15 AM.

June 25:  One of the few Garbo movies I haven’t already seen, Romance, is on at 7:30 AM.

June 26:  This is one of those days where I don’t really know if there’s a theme, but I don’t really care either because it’s a good schedule.  It starts off with Strange Interlude at 6:30 AM, followed by Stella Dallas at 8:30 AM, Shadow of the Thin Man at 10:30 AM, On Moonlight Bay at 4:15 PM, and East of Eden at 6:00 PM.  Then during prime time is a night of Gregory Peck’s war films: MacArthur at 8:00 PM, The Purple Plain at 10:30 PM, The Guns of Navarone at 12:30 AM, and Days of Glory at 3:15 AM.

June 27:  Tonight’s line-up of movies about immigrants are all a bit more lighthearted than the rest.  There’s Delicious at 8:00 PM, Chaplin’s The Immigrant at 10:00 PM, Anything Can Happen at 10:30 PM, Come Live with Me at 12:30 AM, Paddy O’Day at 2:15 AM, and Three Cheers for the Irish at 3:45 AM.

June 28:  The teen idols are back tonight with Finian’s Rainbow at 8:00 PM; Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter at 10:30 PM, Head at 12:30 AM, and Look in Any Window at 2:15 AM.

June 29:  Another day with lots of great stuff on during the day.  The Letter at 6:00 AM, High Sierra at 7:45 AM, Deception at 12:45 PM, and The Postman Always Rings Twice at 2:45 PM.

June 30:  June comes to an end with a night of Preston Sturges films.  Sullivan’s Travels starts things off at 8:00 PM, followed by Christmas in July at 9:45 PM, The Great McGinty at 11:00 PM, The Lady Eve at 12:30 AM, Hail the Conquering Hero at 2:15 AM, and The Palm Beach Story at 4:00 AM.

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