What’s on TCM: August 2013

Doris Day Swimming

Happy August, everybody!  Who’s ready for another round of Summer Under the Stars?  I know I am!  I can’t wait to get started with this year’s round of Blogging Under the Stars and see what new-to-me movies I’ve been missing out on.  I’m a big fan of a lot of the stars being featured this year so I know I’ll be having lots of fun this month.

My top ten days I’m most looking forward to: Humphrey Bogart, Doris Day, Ramon Novarro, Lana Turner, Catherine Deneuve, Bette Davis, Natalie Wood, Charles Coburn, Clark Gable, Glenda Farrell.

Now, let’s take a look at the rest of the schedule…

Full schedule of this year’s stars:

August 1: Humphrey Bogart
August 2: Doris Day
August 3: Alec Guinness
August 4: Mary Boland
August 5: Charlton Heston
August 6: Joan Fontaine
August 7: Fred MacMurray
August 8: Ramon Novarro
August 9: Steve McQueen
August 10: Lana Turner
August 11: Henry Fonda
August 12: Catherine Deneuve
August 13: Mickey Rooney
August 14: Bette Davis
August 15: Gregory Peck
August 16: Ann Blyth
August 17: Wallace Beery
August 18: Natalie Wood
August 19: Randolph Scott
August 20: Hattie McDaniel
August 21: William Holden
August 22: Maggie Smith
August 23: Elizabeth Taylor
August 24: Charles Coburn
August 25: Clark Gable
August 26: Jeanne Crain
August 27: Martin Balsam
August 28: Shirley Jones
August 29: Glenda Farrell
August 30: Kirk Douglas
August 31: Rex Harrison

August 1:  Humphrey Bogart is always a crowd pleaser, so definitely a good way to kick off this year’s Summer Under the Stars. Of course you can count on lots of must-sees like High Sierra at 7:00 AM, The Maltese Falcon at 9:00 AM, To Have and Have Not at 10:45 AM, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre at 12:30 PM, In a Lonely Place at 6:00 PM, The Big Sleep at 8:00 PM, and Key Largo at 10:00 PM.

August 2:  If you like lighthearted entertainment, it’s hard to go wrong with a Doris Day day.  Romance on the High Seas at 6:00 AM, My Dream is Yours at 7:45 AM, It’s a Great Feeling at 9:30 AM, The Lullaby of Broadway at 11:00 AM, On Moonlight Bay at 12:45 PM, By the Light of the Silvery Moon at 2:30 PM, Lucky Me at 4:15 PM, It Happened to Jane at 6:00 PM, her 1976 interview with Johnny Carson at 7:45 PM, Calamity Jane at 8:00 PM, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies at 10:00 PM, The Glass bottom Boat at 12:00 AM, Tea for Two at 2:00 AM, and Love Me or Leave Me at 3:45 AM.

August 4: I haven’t seen many movies from Mary Boland day, but I am really looking forward to seeing Ruggles of Red Gap for the first time at 8:00 PM.  And The Women (11:30 PM) is always a good choice.

August 6:  Joan Fontaine day gives us a very nice streak of movies.  Gunga Din at 4:00 PM, Suspicion at 6:00 PM, Rebecca at 8:00 PM, and Letter From an Unknown Woman at 10:30 PM.

August 8:  This year’s (mostly) silent film star is Ramon Novarro.  Today we get The Prisoner of Zenda at 6:00 AM, Scaramouche at 8:00 AM, The Red Lily at 10:00 AM, Across to Singapore at 11:30 AM, The Pagan at 1:15 PM, Devil May Care at 2:45 PM, The Son-Daughter at 4:30 PM, The Cat and the Fiddle at 6:15 PM, Ben-Hur at 8:00 PM, The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg at 10:30 PM, Mata Hari at 12:30 AM, The Night is Young at 2:15 AM, and Crisis at 4:00 AM.

August 9:  With Steve McQueen day, we get Somebody Up There Likes Me at 6:00 AM, The Magnificent Seven at 11:45 AM, Bullitt at 4:00 PM, and The Blob at 4:30 AM.

August 10:  I love Lana Turner so I am definitely looking forward to this day.  They Won’t Forget at 6:00 AM, Rich Man, Poor Man at 7:45 AM, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at 9:00 AM, Johnny Eager at 11:00 AM, The Postman Always Rings Twice at 1:00 PM, Green Dolphin Street at 3:00 PM, Ziegfeld Girl at 5:30 PM, The Bad and the Beautiful at 8:00 PM, Imitation of Life at 10:15 PM, Peyton Place at 12:30 AM, and The Three Musketeers at 3:30 AM.

August 11:  Prime time has some real Henry Fonda essentials — The Grapes of Wrath at 8:00 PM, Fail-Safe at 10:30 PM, and Mister Roberts at 12:30 AM.

August 12:  Just like every Summer Under the Stars showcases one silent film star, they also feature a foreign star every year and this year’s foreign star is the lovely Catherine Deneuve.  Le Petit Poucet at 6:00 AM, Repulsion at 7:45 AM, Mississippi Mermaid at 9:45 AM, Un Flic at 12:00 PM, Le Sauvage at 2:00 PM, The Last Metro at 4:00 PM, I’m Going Home at 6:15 PM, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg at 8:00 PM, Tristana at 10:00 PM, Ma Saison Préférée at 12:00 AM, Belle de Jour at 2:15 AM, and The Hunger at 4:15 AM.

August 13:  I’m happy to see several of my favorite Mickey Rooney movies will be on today — Boys Town at 11:00 AM, Strike Up the Band at 1:00 PM, Girl Crazy at 8:00 PM, The Human Comedy at 10:00 PM, and Requiem for a Heavyweight at 12:15 AM.

August 14:  I’m always up for a Bette Davis day!  Today we get Parachute Jumper at 6:00 AM (which I’ve always wanted to see just because Bette has said so often what a terrible movie it is), The Girl from Tenth Avenue at 7:30 AM, Dangerous at 9:00 AM, Stardust: The Bette Davis Story at 10:30 AM, Jezebel at 12:00 PM, The Letter at 2:00 PM, Now Voyager at 3:45 PM, Watch on the Rhine at 5:45 PM, Bette’s interview with Johnny Carson at 7:45 PM, Ex-Lady at 8:00 PM, Dark Victory at 9:15 PM, The Man Who Came to Dinner at 11:15 PM, Bette on the Dick Cavett show at 1:15 AM, Payment on Demand at 2:30 AM, and The Nanny at 4:15 AM.

August 15:  Plenty of great stuff on for Gregory Peck day.  Spellbound at 11:15 AM, Designing Woman at 1:15 PM, and I’m interested in checking out the TCM premiere of The Macomber Affair at 8:00 PM.

August 16:  Happy 85th birthday to Ann Blyth!  If you’ve never seen it, you must see her unforgettable performance opposite Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce at 8:00 PM.

August 17:  For Wallace Beery day, we get two of the ultimate all-star movies — Grand Hotel at 8:00 PM and Dinner at Eight at 10:00 PM.  I’m looking forward to seeing Min and Bill for the first time at 12:00 AM.  Also worth staying up for (or setting the DVR for) is China Seas at 3:15 AM.

August 18:  It’s Natalie Wood day!  The Star at 6:00 AM, A Cry in the Night at 7:30 AM, West Side Story at 9:00 AM, The Searchers at 11:45 AM, Rebel Without a Cause at 1:45 PM, Splendor in the Grass at 3:45 PM, Sex and the Single Girl at 6:00 PM, The Great Race at 8:00 PM, Gypsy at 11:00 PM, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice at 1:30 AM, and Inside Daisy Clover at 3:30 AM,

August 20:  See Hattie McDaniel in The Mad Miss Manton at 1:00 PM, The Great Lie at 2:30 PM, Gone With the Wind at 8:00 PM, Show Boat at 12:00 AM, Alice Adams at 2:00 AM, and In This Our Life at 4:00 AM.

August 21:  Don’t miss William Holden in Picnic at 3:30 PM, The Bridge on the River Kwai at 8:00 PM, Born Yesterday at 11:00 PM, and The Wild Bunch at 1:00 AM.

August 23:  Lots of good stuff on for Elizabeth Taylor day.  Elizabeth Taylor: An Intimate Portrait at 6:00 AM, National Velvet at 8:45 AM, Life With Father at 11:00 AM, Father of the Bride at 1:00 PM, Father’s Little Dividend at 2:45 PM, Giant at 4:15 PM, Elizabeth Taylor’s Johnny Carson interview at 7:45 PM, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at 8:00 PM, Suddenly Last Summer at 10:00 PM, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? at 12:00 AM.

August 24:  Charles Coburn day is here, bringing us Vivacious Lady at 6:00 AM, H.M. Pulham Esq. at 7:45 AM, the TCM premiere of Ernst Lubitsch’s Heaven Can Wait at 6:00 PM, The Lady Eve at 8:00 PM, The More the Merrier at 10:00 PM, and Lured at 2:00 AM.

August 25:  Good thing Clark Gable day falls on a Sunday, otherwise I’d be tempted to take the day off of work.  Dance, Fools, Dance at 6:00 AM; Laughing Sinners at 7:30 AM; Possessed at 8:45 AM; Chained at 10:15 AM; Cain and Mabel at 11:45 AM; Test Pilot at 1:15 PM; Mutiny on the Bounty at 3:30 PM; Mogambo at 6:00 PM; It Happened One Night at 8:00 PM; Too Hot to Handle at 10:00 PM; Strange Cargo at 12:00 AM; The Hucksters at 2:00 AM; and Betrayed at 4:00 AM.

August 26:  I haven’t seen many of the movies featured on Jeanne Crain day, but I’m looking forward to seeing Margie at 11:15 AM, Apartment for Peggy at 2:45 PM; and The Model and the Marriage Broker at 4:30 PM.

August 28:  You can count on seeing some Shirley Jones essentials like Elmer Gantry at 3:00 PM, The Music Man at 8:00 PM, and Carousel at 11:00 PM.

August 29:  Glenda Farrell day should be lots of fun!  Little Caesar at 6:00 AM, I’ve Got Your Number at 7:30 AM, The Personality Kid at 9:00 AM, Kansas City Princess at 10:15 AM, Snowed Under at 11:30 AM, Fly Away Baby at 12:45 PM, The Adventurous Blonde at 2:00 PM, Blondes at Work at 3:15 PM, Torchy Gets Her Man at 4:30 PM, Torchy Blane in Chinatown at 5:45 PM, Torchy Runs for Mayor at 6:45 PM, Smart Blonde at 8:00 PM, Mystery of the Wax Museum at 9:15 PM, I am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang at 10:45 PM, Gold Diggers of 1935 at 12:30 AM, Gold Diggers of 1937 at 2:15 AM, and The Talk of the Town at 4:00 AM.

August 30:  Summer Under the Stars starts to wind down with Kirk Douglas.  Today we’ve got Out of the Past at 6:00 AM, Young Man With a Horn at 8:00 AM, his interview with Johnny Carson at 7:45 PM, and Paths of Glory at 8:00 PM.

August 31:  Rex Harrison gets to be the final star featured in 2013’s Summer Under the Stars line-up.  The Citadel at 9:30 AM, My Fair Lady at 5:00 PM, and Anna and the King of Siam at 8:00 PM.


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