What’s on TCM: November 2015

Norma Shearer

Happy November, everyone! Hope everyone had their fix of horror movies in Halloween and is ready for a new month of movies to look forward to.

Before we take a look at November’s TCM schedule, a little bit of site news! If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I traditionally spend every November writing about the fabulous pre-code era on a daily basis as part of National Blog Posting Month. But after five years, I feel like I’ve written about most of the most significant pre-code movies and at this point, the pre-codes I have access to (and haven’t previously written about) would make for a pretty lackluster month of posts. So for the sake of quality, I have decided to go in a different direction this year. I’ve decided to shift my attention to another era of filmmaking that I adore, but have long felt I don’t give nearly enough attention on here — the silent era. Stay tuned every day in November for a review of a different classic from the silent era.

Now, back to TCM’s schedule. I’m thrilled to see that Norma Shearer is November’s Star of the Month. She’s one of my favorite actresses, so even though I’ve seen most of the movies they’re showing for her this month aren’t new to me, it will be a pleasure to revisit some of them and catch up on the few I haven’t seen. On Wednesday nights, there will be a spotlight on movies based on the works of southern authors. And in between, there are plenty of delightful days in between.

With no further ado, let’s take a closer look!


What’s on TCM: October 2015

Ida Lupino

Happy October, everyone! Get yourself a cup of coffee (or other caffeinated beverage of your choice) and free up some space on your DVR because October is going to be one amazing month on TCM.

First of all, every Tuesday and Thursday night in October, TCM will be spotlighting trailblazing women filmmakers ranging from the days of Alice Guy-Blaché through Ava DuVernay. Speaking of Alice Guy-Blaché, October is going to be a good month for silent movie lovers because not only is there a night of silent films all directed by women, on the 18th, there’s going to be a night of silent movies that were thought to be lost but have been rediscovered, including Harry Houdini’s The Grim Game from 1919. There are also birthday tributes to Lillian Gish and Jackie Coogan, so there are plenty of silent films on during the daytime this month, too.

David Niven is October’s star of the month and his movies will be shown every Monday night this month. Lastly, no October line-up would be complete without horror movies. Lots and lots of horror movies. Stay tuned on Friday nights, plus all day long on October 30th and 31st, for plenty of classic horror films.


What’s on TCM: September 2015

Susan Hayward

Happy September, everyone! Hope everyone had fun with Summer Under the Stars this year, I know I did. That’s always a hard programming line-up to top, but there’s a lot of very interesting things coming up on TCM in September.

Susan Hayward is September’s Star of the Month and her films will be shown every Thursday night. On Tuesdays, TCM will be running a series called Five Came Back, spotlighting five major American film directors who were involved with World War II by working to create documentaries and other films for the government. The series will include some of these films, as well as their movies that directly deal with the war and show how their wartime experiences changed their styles. This should be an absolutely fascinating series; I’m really looking forward to it.

On September 25, there will be a spotlight on the television career of James Dean. This should definitely be interesting, since these appearances are rarely seen. If you’ve only seen his major Hollywood films and always wanted to see more of his work, this is a golden opportunity.

Without further ado, let’s get on to the rest of the schedule…


What’s on TCM: August 2015

Gene Tierney

Time to clear out your DVRs, it’s almost time for this year’s round of TCM Summer Under the Stars!

Every year, TCM does a good job of balancing days of crowdpleasing stars (Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford, and John Wayne are all no strangers to Summer Under the Stars viewers) with some lesser known stars and I’m pretty excited about this year’s schedule. There are quite a few stars this year I wasn’t expecting to see! Although I’m disappointed to see there isn’t day dedicated to a star mostly known for foreign films this year, I’m very happy to see Mae Clarke, Virginia Bruce, Monty Woolley, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. included! Mae Clarke day is the day I’m most looking forward to this month, which is on August 20. I’ve always thought she was vastly under appreciated so I’m hoping her day will help introduce her to some people who weren’t familiar with her or only know her for getting the grapefruit in the face from James Cagney. If you only know her from The Public Enemy, see how great she could really be in Waterloo Bridge.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the schedule…


Shirley Temple

What’s on TCM: July 2015

Happy July, everyone! Looking forward to a whole new month of movies to check out on TCM? Well, there’s a lot of cool stuff going on in July.

First of all, if you’ve been enjoying TCM’s Summer of Darkness series, the good news is there’s still another month of it to look forward to. Just like last month, every Friday this month will be nothing but noir, noir, noir for 24 glorious dark, shadowy hours.

Shirley Temple is July’s Star of the Month and her films will be featured every Monday night.

On July 7 and 8, TCM will be doing a showcase celebrating the 100th anniversary of Technicolor, which spans from 1922’s The Toll of the Sea to 2004’s The Aviator. Since I have a soft spot for the look of early Technicolor, I’m really looking forward to this.

Without further ado, let’s get to the schedule!


Rita Hayworth GIlda

What’s on TCM: June 2015

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…


What’s on TCM: May 2015

Dr. Strangelove Poster

Happy May, everyone! Ready for a new month of movies to look forward to?

Sterling Hayden is the Star of the Month for May and his movies can be seen every Wednesday night this month. In addition to Sterling, there’s also a lot of Orson Welles on the schedule this month because he’ll be the subject of this month’s Friday Night Spotlight.

TCM will also be doing a spotlight on disaster films on May 7, 14, and 21. On May 23, 24, and 25, TCM will be doing their annual Memorial Day war movie marathon.

May’s celebrity Guest Programmer is Tony Bennett and Gary Sargent, whose selections I really love.  But I’d say the highlight of the month is the night of May 2, which will give me the chance to indulge my love of both Garbo movies and bad disco movies.

Without further ado, let’s take a better look at the schedule.