As the summer rolls on here is some of what is worth looking into on TCM, as well as what I am excited to see!
The Star of the Month is Shirley Temple and you can catch some of her best films every Monday night. To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Technicolor TCM will be showing 25 movies over July 7th and 8th including THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (a personal favorite of mine), THE THIEF OF BAGDAD, GENTLEMAN PREFER BLONDES, and THE LEOPARD. The Summer of Darkness continues with a total of 68 great film noirs this month which you can catch every Friday. July 15th will feature six films for the UCLA Archive Tribute and July 30th will honor the AFI Life Achievement Awardee Steve Martin with two films, a special, and an interview. Joan Collins is the guest programmer for the month and she will introduce her four films on July 22nd which include BOOM TOWN, THE OPPOSITE SEX, and THE WOMEN. July 28th will feature the documentaries of Les Blank and will show eleven of his films.
This month The Essentials will feature YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER, THE CANDIDATE, and SWING TIME. The Movie Camp continues with DUCK SOUP, ODDBALL MOVIE SHORTS, METROPOLIS, and THE THIEF OF BAGDAD. TCM Underground presents CLEOPATRA JONES, CLEOPATRA JONES AND THE CASINO OF GOLD, BAYOU, ALICE SWEET ALICE, VANISHING POINT, and GREASED LIGHTNING. Silent Sunday Nights returns with THE THANHOUSER STUDIO AND THE BIRTH OF AMERICAN CINEMA, THE CRY OF THE CHILDREN, PETTICOAT CAMP, THE EVIDENCE OF THE FILM, GRANDMA’S BOY, FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE, SPIONE, and THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE. Finally, TCM Imports will show DONKEY SKIN, THE UNIVERSE OF JACQUES DEMY, IVAN’S CHILDHOOD, YOUNG TORLESS, and CRIA CUERVOS.
Here are some daily themes that look interesting for July!
July 5th – Anti-War Comedies
July 11th – Going Hungary
July 12th – Good Things Come In Small Packages
July 14th – Mail-Order Brides
July 15th – Barbara Stanwyck In The 30’s (!!!!)
July 19th – Frtiz Lang
July 22nd – Spencer Tracy
July 25th – Cold Feet
July 27th – Magicians and Hypnotists
July 29th – TCM Birthday Tribute William Powell
Here are some films that I am looking forward to seeing for the first time!
July 3rd – THE WINDOW (9:45PM EST)
July 7th – DOCTOR X (8:30AM EST)
July 9th – MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA (1:30PM EST)
July 10th – A WOMAN’S SECRET (7:30PM EST)
July 14th – THE PURCHASE PRICE (9:30PM EST), WESTWARD THE WOMEN (12:45AM EST)
July 15th – SO BIG (8:45AM EST), EVER IN MY HEART (11:45AM), LADIES THEY TALK ABOUT (1PM EST), THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (12:30AM EST)
Clearly I need to just stay home and watch TCM from July 14th-15th…
July 17th – TOO LATE FOR TEARS (8PM EST), THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS (10PM EST)
July 21st – STAR OF MIDNIGHT (1935)
July 23rd – WITHOUT RESERVATIONS (11:30AM EST), TOMORROW IS FOREVER (1:30PM EST)
July 25th – PICNIC (6PM EST)
July 29th – ONE WAY PASSAGE (7:15AM EST)
July 30th – FORSAKING ALL OTHERS (9:30AM EST)
Now a new feature that I am trying out this month! Here are five picks for films that I strongly suggest you check out!
5.) THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, July 5th at 12PM EST – Simply one of the best films about soldiers returning home from war ever made
4.) THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, July 7th at 8:30AM EST – This film was the first classic film that I remember watching and getting swept away in, a personal favorite
3.) CLASH BY NIGHT, July 24th at 11:15 AM EST – Love this Fritz Lang film, Barbara Stanwyck is amazing
2.) NIGHT NURSE, July 15th at 7:30AM EST – Barbara Stanwyck at her pre-code best in this William Wellman film
1.) BALL OF FIRE, July 12th at 4PM EST – Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper directed by Howard Hawks in this terrific film about a nightclub singer who teaches a bunch of professors about music while hiding out from the law to protect her gangster boyfriend
Can you tell I am excited about all the Barbara Stanwyck on TCM this month?
Be sure to check out Kristina’s monthly guide over at Speakeasy!