Happy January and happy 2015! I hope you had a nice holiday season. After all of the chaos of December, it’s time to relax with some TCM.
Overall, it’s a pretty calm month, but still has a lot to offer. January’s Star of the Month is Robert Redford, whose movies will be featured every Tuesday night this month. The theme for this month’s Friday Night Spotlight is movies based on the works of Neil Simon. On January 22nd, TCM will show a night of Debbie Reynolds movies in recognition of her receiving the Life Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild.
Times were tough for just about everyone during the 1930’s, including Paramount Studios. In the early 1930’s, Paramount was on the brink of financial disaster and with the Great Depression, audiences needed darn good reasons to spend what money they had on movie tickets. Paramount was facing some pretty tough competition, too. MGM had Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, and Joan Crawford; Warner Brothers had their gangster flicks and Busby Berkley musicals. But Paramount rose to the challenge and created some of the most definitive movies of the decade with some of the best talent in town.
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!
December can only mean one thing: Christmas movies galore! Up this month are plenty of traditional Christmas classics along with a few off-beat ones that will certainly please fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000. In addition to that, every Thursday in December, TCM will be saluting living legend Mickey Rooney by playing 24 hours of his movies, including every Andy Hardy movie and all his pairings with Judy Garland. Speaking of living legends, a new episode of Private Screenings will be premiering this month featuring Liza Minnelli. To celebrate, TCM will be taking two nights to showcase some of the best movies by Liza, Judy, and Vincente. This month’s guest programmer is Eli Wallach, who has made some very stellar choices. Fans of John Wayne will be glad to hear that on December 22, there will be 24 hours of nothing but John Wayne. When New Year’s Eve rolls around, why not bid 2010 adieu with Cary Grant movies all day and Marx Brothers movies all night? And to top it all off, the final two installments of the Moguls and Movie Stars series air this month on the first two Mondays and Wednesdays.