What’s On TCM: February 2016

Claudette Colbert Shirley Temple Oscar

Happy February, everyone!

As always, February is TCM’s annual 31 Days of Oscar celebration. In addition to the fact that every movie shown during the month of February (plus a couple days of March) are Oscar nominees and winners, TCM usually has another theme as to how the movies are scheduled. In past years, they’ve had nights of movies dedicated to nominees and winners from specific years, other times, there have been days of movies that all deal with a certain topic or theme. This year, they’re going with a spin on the 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon game. Each movie features a star along with another star, and the other star is also in the movie that follows it, and so on and so on. So, by the time the 31 Days of Oscar, the final movie shown on March 2 will have a star in common with the 1st movie shown on February 1.

I know February isn’t everyone’s favorite month on TCM and I’ve spent so many years glued to 31 Days of Oscars that I don’t tend to discover many new things during this month anymore. But there are always a lot of days on the schedule that make it a pleasure to revisit some old favorites. So, let’s take a closer look at the schedule…


What’s on TCM: January 2016

Fred MacMurray Double Indemnity (1)

Happy new year! Ready to start a new year of movie watching? I know I am.

Coming up in January, TCM will be showing a couple of movies I’m very excited to see included, Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean on January 5th and Don’t Bet on Women on January 12th. Both of these are movies I don’t think enough people know about, but they’re both well worth seeing. If you’re a big fan of pre-codes, you definitely won’t want to miss Don’t Bet on Women. It’s a really delightful movie where Una Merkel completely steals the show.

January’s Star of the Month is the great Fred MacMurray and on Thursday nights, TCM will be doing a spotlight on the work of legendary production designer William Cameron Menzies, both of which should be some fantastic tributes.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at what the first month of 2016 has to offer.


What’s on TCM: December 2015

Frank Sinatra From Here to Eternity

Happy December, everyone! Ready to start watching your favorite classic holiday movies? If you are, you can count on lots of those coming up this month. On almost every Friday night this month, plus on weekends, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day, you’ll have lots of opportunities to watch lots of Christmas classics.

In honor of his 100th birthday, Frank Sinatra will be December’s Star of the Month. Every Tuesday night, TCM will be showing many of his movies, plus classic televised specials. On Monday nights this month, there will be a series of films that deal with various types of friendships between women; some are genuinely close friendships while others are more complicated.

December’s going to be a busy month, so let’s get started with the schedule.


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…