Happy June, everyone! As we’re heading into the summertime, TCM is moving into high gear with lots of great programming. There’s a lot of stuff going on this month that I’m really excited about. First of all, TCM will be kicking off their Summer of Darkness festival where every Friday in June and July will be completely dedicated to film noir. Not only do I love the idea of having several days of all-noir programming to look forward to, I’m excited about the free online course about film noir being offered through Ball State University. I’ll be seeing a lot of movies I haven’t seen before and learning some new things, too.
Instead of having one Star of the Month, there will be several stars. Every Wednesday night this month will be all about legendary pin-up girls such as Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Jayne Mansfield, and more!
Coming up on June 18th is a night of movies about giant insects, which I’m really looking forward to because it reminds me of when they had their TCM Drive-In series several years ago, which was a lot of fun.
If you were a fan of TCM’s Essentials, Jr. series, that returns this month, but re-invented as TCM Summer Camp with hosts William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg. But it’s still on Sunday nights at 8:00 PM and still focused on classic films the whole family can enjoy.
Now, let’s take a closer look at the schedule…
June 1: June starts off with a night of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward movies. The Long, Hot Summer at 8:00 PM; Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys! at 10:15 PM; From the Terrace at 12:15 AM; Rachel, Rachel at 3:00 AM; and The Drowning Pool at 4:45 AM.
June 2: Lots of good storm-themed movies on today, including The Wind at 6:45 AM, Rain at 12:00 PM, and Key Largo at 4:00 PM.
June 3: The pin-up girls take the stage tonight with Betty Grable in Pin-Up Girl at 8:00 PM, Rita Hayworth in Gilda at 9:30 PM, Lana Turner at Ziegfeld Girl at 11:30 PM, Ava Gardner in The Killers at 2:00 AM, and Veronica Lake in The Glass Key at 4:00 AM.
June 5: It’s the first day of the Summer of Darkness, with M at 6:00 AM, La Bete Humaine at 8:00 AM, The Letter at 9:45 AM, Stranger on the Third Floor at 11:30 AM, High Sierra at 12:45 PM, The Maltese Falcon at 2:30 PM, Journey into Fear at 4:15 PM, Johnny Eager at 5:45 PM, Nora Prentiss at 8:00 PM, Woman on the Run at 10:15 PM, Dark Passage at 11:45 PM, Born to Kill at 1:45 AM, and L.A. Confidential at 3:30 AM.
June 7: For the first installment in TCM Movie Camp, we have Close Encounters of the Third Kind at 8:00 PM, which is followed up by The Thing From Another World at 10:30 PM.
June 9: Take a trip back to New York City in the 1970s tonight with Going In Style at 8:00 PM, Annie Hall at 10:00 PM, Dog Day Afternoon at 11:45 PM, Mean Streets at 2:00 AM, and Shaft at 4:00 AM.
June 10: The pin up girls are back tonight with Esther Williams in Bathing Beauty at 8:00 PM, Dorothy Lamour in Road to Singapore at 10:00 PM, Marie McDonald in Getting Gertie’s Garter at 11:45 PM, Jane Russell in The Outlaw at 1:15 AM,Ann Sheridan in Torrid Zone at 3:30 AM, and Hedy Lamarr in White Cargo at 5:15 AM.
June 12: The Summer of Darkness continues with The Glass Key at 6:00 AM, Laura at 7:30, Ministry of Fear at 9:00 AM, Murder My Sweet at 10:30 AM, Danger Signal at 12:15 PM, Detour at 1:45 PM, Mildred Pierce at 3:00 PM, Deadline at Dawn at 5:00 PM, Johnny Angel at 6:30 PM, The Gangster at 8:00 PM, Gun Crazy at 9:45 PM, Tomorrow is Another Day at 11:30 PM, Nightmare Alley at 1:15 AM, Night Moves at 3:30 AM.
June 14: Lots of fun stuff on today! Hot Saturday at 6:30 AM, Ruggles of Red Gap at 8:00 AM, The Barkleys of Broadway at 10:00 AM, A Kiss Before Dying at 2:15 PM, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town at 9:30 PM, and Greed at 12:00 AM.
June 16: It’s a night of movies selected by Robert Osborne tonight with Souls at Sea at 8:00 PM, Ladies in Retirement at 9:45 PM, Desperate Journey at 11:30 PM, Where Eagles Dare at 1:30 AM.
June 17: I love today’s schedule. There’s Trouble in Paradise at 8:15 AM, The More the Merrier at 10:00 AM, and The Awful Truth at 2:00 PM during the day. Then there’s more pin-up girls tonight with Jayne Mansfield in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter at 8:00 PM, Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at 10:00 PM, Mamie Van Doren in Untamed Youth at 11:45 AM, Diana Dors in I Married a Woman at 1:15 AM, Cleo Moore in Bait at 2:45 AM, and Brigitte Bardot in And God Created Woman at 4:15 AM.
June 18: Tonight we have a bunch of movies about giant insects with The Fly at 8:00 PM, Mothra at 9:45 PM, Them!! at 11:45 PM, The Wasp Woman at 1:30 AM, and The Swarm at 2:45 AM.
June 19: All noir, all day with Cornered at 6:00 AM, Crack-Up at 7:45 AM, Gilda at 9:30 AM, The Big Sleep at 11:30 AM, The Killers at 1:30 PM, Nobody Lives Forever at 3:15 PM, Nocturne at 5:00 PM, Crossfire at 6:30 PM, Hollow Triumph at 8:00 PM, Mystery Street at 9:45 PM, Border Incident at 11:30 PM, The People Against O’Hara at 1:15 AM, Get Carter at 3:15 AM.
June 21: Happy father’s day! It’s a day of father-themed movies today with The Yearling at 6:00 AM, The Impossible Years at 8:15 AM, Life Begins for Andy Hardy at 10:15 AM, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father at 12:00 PM, Father of the Bride at 2:15 PM, Father’s Little Dividend at 4:00 PM, Life With Father at 5:45 PM, Steamboat Bill Jr. at 10:00 PM.
June 22: During the day, there’s Watch on the Rhine at 8:00 AM, To Have and Have Not at 10:00 AM.
June 23: Lots of Monty Clift on today, including A Place in the Sun at 10:45 AM, From Here to Eternity at 1:00 PM, and I Confess at 3:00 PM. Tonight, guest programmer Edgar Wright takes over with Dames at 8:00 PM, The Last of Sheila at 9:45 PM, The Super Cops at 12:00 AM, and O Lucky Man at 1:45 AM.
June 24: Lots of Esther Williams on today with Bathing Beauty at 6:00 AM, Thrill of a Romance at 7:45 AM, Neptune’s Daughter at 9:30 AM, Pagan Love Song at 11:15 AM, Dangerous When Wet at 12:45 PM, Million Dollar Mermaid at 2:30 PM, Easy to Love at 4:30 PM, and Jupiter’s Darling at 6:15 PM. And then it’s one last night of pin-up girls with Raquel Welch in One Million Years B.C. at 8:00 PM, Ursula Andress in She at 10:00 PM, Farrah Fawcett in Logan’s Run at 12:00 AM, Jane Fonda in Barbarella at 2:15 AM, and Bo Derek in 10 at 4:00 AM.
June 26: The Summer of Darkness continues with The Postman Always Rings Twice at 6:00 AM, They Won’t Believe Me at 8:00 AM, The Woman on the Beach at 9:45 AM, Lady in the Lake at 11:00 AM, Out of the Past at 1:00 PM, Possessed at 2:45 PM, Act of Violence at 4:45 PM, The Set-Up at 6:30 PM, The Mask of Dimitrios at 8:00 PM, Berlin Express at 9:45 PM, The Stranger at 11:30 PM, The Third Man at 1:15 AM.
June 30: For the last night of June, you can see movies based on a play, followed by musical versions of that play. There’s Auntie Mame at 8:00 PM and Mame at 10:30 PM and The Philadelphia Story at 1:00 AM followed by High Society at 3:00 AM.