We’re down to the last month of 2011 already! TCM will be closing out the year in top form. December’s star of the month is William Powell, which I am very excited about since I’m a big fan of his. It also means we get two nights of movies featuring him with Myrna Loy, one night being the entire Thin Man series and another night featuring their other collaborations. His movies will be showcased every Thursday night this month. TCM will also be celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens a little early (his birthday isn’t actually until February) by devoting Monday nights to showing various film adaptations of his work. And of course there are Christmas classics galore to look forward to!
It looks like May is going to be a pretty busy month on TCM! Esther Williams is the Star of the Month and since her movies tend to make me want to spend some time in the pool, I’d say she’s a good choice to help get you in the mood for summer. This month you will also get a chance to catch the series Moguls and Movie Stars again. If you missed it when it premiered back in November, it’s very much worth checking out. Near the end of the month will be TCM’s annual Memorial Day weekend marathon of classic war films. There are also a lot of great birthday tributes coming up including Jimmy Stewart, Katharine Hepburn, Bing Crosby, Henry Fonda, Audrey Hepburn, and Rudolph Valentino.
I Hope everyone had fun with Summer Under the Stars 2010! I know I sure did. I saw a lot of great stuff for the first time and I’ve still got lots to catch up on. September feels a little slow in comparison, but there’s still some great stuff coming soon. Vivien Leigh is the star of the month, so you know there will be lots of great movies featuring her this month. In addition to Vivien, fans of Kim Novak and Mickey Rooney will have a lot to look forward to. Thursday nights are dedicated to looking at films with the theme of revenge. Anyone with an interest in Mexico or Mexican films will be interested in TCM’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Mexican revolution. All of this month’s TCM Import selections for this month come from Mexico, plus a night of movies about Pancho Villa, in addition to a few other selections. Now, onto the highlights:
Part 2 of my Ziegfeld in Hollywood series.
Ah, Ziegfeld Girl. Even though it has some flaws, it’s one of my personal favorite movies. Ziegfeld Girl chronicles the lives of three different girls, Sandra Kolter (Hedy Lamarr), Susan Gallagher (Judy Garland), and Sheila Regan (Lana Turner), as they are each plucked from obscurity and become stars in the Ziegfeld Follies.