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…
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…
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!
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…
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.
Happy April, everyone! Ready for a new line-up of movies to look forward to?
Anthony Quinn will be TCM’s Star of the Month for April and his movies will be featured every Wednesday night this month. The theme for this month’s Friday Night Spotlight is A. Arnold Gillespie, MGM’s top visual effects artist. He helped bring some of MGM’s most famed movies to life, including The Wizard of Oz, San Francisco, and Forbidden Planet, just to name a few.
One thing that will definitely be worth setting your DVR for is on April 14. TCM will be airing an all-star tribute to Robert Osborne, which was taped at the 2014 TCM Film Festival. I didn’t get to see it in person, but I heard it was one heck of an event, so I’m excited to finally see it for myself.
Now, let’s get on to the schedule!
Happy March, everyone! I hope you’ve been enjoying 31 Days of Oscar, which extends into March for a few days. But then it’s back to TCM’s usual schedule. March’s Star of the Month is Ann Sothern, which I’m excited about since I like her, but haven’t really seen many of her movies. The Friday Night Spotlight theme will be roadshow musicals and I have a hard time resisting a good musical.
What I’m most excited about this month is coming up on March 24th, an evening all about Alan Arkin. TCM will be premiering the Live from the TCM Film Festival interview Arkin did with Robert Osborne at last year’s TCM Film Fest. I didn’t attend the taping of that, but I did get to see Arkin speak with Ben Mankiewicz before a screening of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. I found the discussion with Arkin so fascinating that it made me very eager to see what the longer interview had in store. This should be a real treat.
Now, on to the rest of the schedule…