SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: ROSALIND RUSSELL

August 17, 2017 - Leave a Response

The divine Roz Russell is today’s SUTS star.  I’m a little biased for she is one of my faves.  Roz has 12 films on tap today.

Mariah’s Picks

The Women (1939-9:15 am/8:15 am c)

Roz steals the show as the gossipy, drama-creating cousin of Norma Shearer.  Her character Sylvia gets a taste of her own medicine later in the film.


Auntie Mame (1958-5:30 pm/4:30 pm c)

Remember “Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!”


My Sister Eileen (1942-10 pm/9 pm c)

Roz received her first Oscar nomination for her portrayal of an aspiring writer who moves into a basement apartment in New York City with her sister Eileen, a boy-crazy aspiring actress.  Watch for a hilarious cameo at the end.


His Girl Friday (1940-midnight/11 pm c)

Roz is an awesome reporter who is torn between remaining in her career or retiring and marrying insurance salesman Ralph Bellamy.  Cary Grant is her editor and ex-husband.

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: ELVIS PRESLEY

August 16, 2017 - Leave a Response

Today is the 40th anniversary of The King’s death and TCM has 9 films plus 2 concert films and a documentary.  I confess that I haven’t seen any of Elvis’ films, so no recommendations today.  I’ll have plenty tomorrow because one of my favorite actresses is having her day tomorrow.

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: RICARDO MONTALBAN

August 16, 2017 - Leave a Response

Sorry I’m late!

Montalban makes his SUTS debut with 12 films.

Mariah’s Picks

Border Incident (1949-TCM on Demand)

Ricardo is a Mexican policeman who goes undercover to crack down on an illegal immigration racket.  Brutal and fascinating film.


Mystery Street (1950-midnight/11 pm c)

Montalban is a Boston police detective trying to solve the murder of a woman found on the beach.  Film predates CSI.


Battleground (1949-2 am/1 am c)

Ricardo is a WWII soldier from Los Angeles who fights at the Battle of the Bulge.

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: VANESSA REDGRAVE

August 14, 2017 - Leave a Response

One member of the acting dynasty The Redgraves makes her SUTS debut with 10 films including 2 TCM premieres 1991’s Young Catherine and 1990’s Orpheus Descending.  I don’t have any picks for today because I haven’t seen any of these films!

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: BARBARA STANWYCK

August 13, 2017 - Leave a Response

The divine Miss Stanwyck has 14 films this Sunday including one TCM premiere 1953’s All I Desire.

Mariah’s Picks

The Lady Eve (1941-noon/11 am c)

This is just one of four pratfalls Henry Fonda has in less than 30 minutes of screen time.


 

Ball of Fire (1941-2 pm/1 pm c)

Stanwyck was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar (in reality, she had three iconic performances in 1941, including earlier pick The Lady Eve.  The other film, Meet John Doe is not on the schedule, but you can view it online.)  for her portrayal of a stripper who hides out in the home of eight professors, one of whom is Gary Cooper.


Baby Face (1933-1:30 am/12:30 am c)

For anyone who thinks that old movies are dull and boring, show them this film which features Barbara as a woman who literally sleeps her way to the top.  Do not think that she is a victim, her character Lily Powers is firmly in control.

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: JOHN WAYNE

August 12, 2017 - Leave a Response

It’s the Duke’s day with 11 films.

Mariah’s Picks

Stagecoach (1939-12:15 pm/11:15 am c)

The film that started it all.


The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962-5:45 pm/4:45 pm c)

“When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”


The Quiet Man (1952-8 pm/7 pm c)

This week’s Essential with host Alec Baldwin and special guest William Friedkin, the Oscar-winning director of The French Connection.  Shot entirely in Ireland.


The Searchers (1956-10:30 pm/9:30 pm c)

How many directors would have their magnum opus with their 115th film!  The Duke named his youngest son after the character he played in this film.

 

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: GINGER ROGERS

August 11, 2017 - Leave a Response

Ginger is our SUTS star today with 13 films one of which is a TCM premiere, 1952’s Dreamboat.

Mariah’s Picks

Bachelor Mother (1939-6:15 pm/5:15 pm c)

Ginger cannot convince anyone that the baby she stopped from rolling down the steps at the orphanage is not hers.  The baby in the movie real name was Elbert…Junior.


Kitty Foyle (1940-8 pm/7 pm c)

Ginger won an Oscar for her portrayal of a working-class girl who falls for a blue blood.


Top Hat (1935-10 pm/9 pm c)

One of Fred and Ginger’s best.

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: SIDNEY POITIER

August 10, 2017 - Leave a Response

TCM is finally celebrating Poitier’s 90th birthday (his birthday is in February when 31 Days of Oscar airs) with 12 films including one TCM premiere, 1971’s A Warm December.

Mariah’s Picks

The Defiant Ones (1958-10 pm/9 pm c)

Sidney and Tony Curtis are chained together and on the run.  Both men received Best Actor nominations losing to David Niven for Separate Tables.


In the Heat of the Night (1967-midnight/11 pm c)

Just watch for this scene.

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: SANDRA DEE

August 9, 2017 - Leave a Response

Today on my mom’s birthday, “Look at Me!  I’m Sandra Dee!” has her SUTS debut with 12 films including 2 TCM premieres, 1959’s The Wild and the Innocent and 1958’s The Restless Years.

Mariah’s Picks

A Summer Place (1959-1:45 pm/12:45 pm c)

A movie where two unhappily married people rekindle their long-ago summer romance.  Their respective kids hook up too.  What a tangled family tree.

Also known for its score.


Imitation of Life (1959-5:45 pm/4:45 pm c)

Dee stars as the teenage daughter of Lana Turner who is given everything, except her mother’s time.

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: FRANCHOT TONE

August 8, 2017 - Leave a Response

Tone has his first SUTS day with 13 movies, 2 of which are TCM premieres: 1942’s The Lady Takes a Flyer and 1958’s Uncle Vanya.  I only have two picks today because I haven’t seen many of Tone’s films.  His personal life is much more interesting.  He was the second of Joan Crawford’s four husbands and in the early 1950s, Tone was involved in a love triangle with actress Barbara Payton and actor Tom Neal which culminated in Neal beating the crap out of Tone, resulting in him getting plastic surgery to fix his broken nose.

Anyway, on with today’s picks!

Mariah’s Picks

Five Graves to Cairo (1943-3:30 pm/2:30 pm c)

The great Billy Wilder’s second directorial effort where British corporal Tone goes undercover to infiltrate Erwin Rommel’s command.  Rommel is played by former director Erich von Stroheim.


Mutiny on the Bounty (1935-5:30 pm/4:30 pm c)

Tone earned his only Oscar nomination in this adaptation of 1932 novel.  Clark Gable had to shave off his famous mustache for the role of Mr. Christian.