Happy new year, everyone! With winter officially underway, it’s very tempting to spend every night at home watching movies with a cup of hot chocolate, and TCM has plenty of reasons to do just that.
Loretta Young is January’s Star of the Month, in honor of her 100th birthday, and will be spotlighted every Wednesday night this month. If you’re a fan of pre-codes, you’re bound to adore the first two Loretta Young nights. I tend to enjoy heist films, so I’m really looking forward to every Tuesday night this month being dedicated to movies about big robberies.
Another star who would be celebrating their 100th birthday this month is Danny Kaye. If you only know him from White Christmas, be sure to tune in on January 20th because TCM will be playing his movies for a full 24 hours, including an episode of The Danny Kaye Show and an interview he did on The Dick Cavett Show.
Happy April, everybody! TCM has a pretty fun schedule this month, but it’s organized a little differently than usual. Usually things like the Star of the Month nights get one night each week. But this month, those nights are all in one week from Monday to Friday. Doris Day is the April Star of the Month so her movies will be on every night from April 2-6. TCM will also be doing a spring break week this month from April 16-20, so every night will be fun, beachy movies like Gidget and Frankie and Annette Beach Party movies. Now, onto the schedule:
If you’re a fan of blonde bombshells, this is the month for you! Rather than having just one star of the month, TCM will be spotlighting two classic blondes every Monday and Wednesday this month. All the classic blondes like Marilyn Monroe, Lana Turner, Jean Harlow, and Jayne Mansfield (just to name a few) will be getting their time to shine. And in preparation for the TCM Classic Film Cruise, they’ll be playing a night of movies set on ships every Thursday. Lots of fun stuff to look forward to, so let’s get to my picks for the month:
I hope everyone enjoyed Summer Under the Stars this year! September is looking like it’s going to be a much quieter month, but there is still plenty to look forward to. Most noteworthy, this month marks the TCM premiere of a couple long-awaited movies, The Constant Nymph and The Story of Temple Drake. Kirk Douglas is September’s star of the month and there are some truly stellar nights of his movies to look forward to. Laurel and Hardy fans will be happy to hear that the duo will be making a few appearances this month. Thursday nights will be dedicated to celebrating fifty years of Merchant Ivory productions, and those nights tend to have too many modern movies for my liking. But there are also TCM’s annual tributes to the Telluride Film Festival and the Library of Congress Film Archive, both of which have some pretty excellent stuff to look forward to.
Welcome to 2011! This is a little bit of a slow month for me, but there’s still plenty of great stuff to be seen. Every Tuesday night and Wednesday daytime is a salute to Hal Roach studios so that means tons of Our Gang and Laurel and Hardy shorts, plus lots of other various short films and some features, too. Peter Sellers is the star of the month, so lots of fun movies come along with that. Even though there are always quite a few birthday tributes on TCM every month, but they’re not usually as notable as Luise Rainer’s. She’ll be turning 101 on January 12 so there’s a whole night of her movies to look forward to. Now, onto my picks for the month: