SEPTEMBER ON TCM

September 3, 2017 - Leave a Response

 

Star of the Month: Jennifer Jones (Tuesdays in September)

The brunette beauty who could play a saint and a sinner has her SOTM debut with 17 films, including one TCM premiere, 1962’s Tender is the Night.

Mariah’s Picks

The Song of Bernadette (1943-September 5 @ 8pm/7pm central)

Jen won an Oscar in her debut film as “Jennifer Jones.”  She made a few films under her real name, Phylis Isley.  I might check this one out for reevaluation.  You see, this movie was my second-grade teacher’s favorite film and she would show it every time we had a movie day.

Cluny Brown (1945-September 6 @ 1am/midnight central)

Jennifer shows her rarely seen comedic side as a girl who knows all about plumbing, but not much about men.

Duel in the Sun (1946-September 6 @ 3am/2am central)

Jen really goes against-type and so does Gregory Peck, he’s the bad guy!

Portrait of Jennie (1948-September 12 @ 8pm/7pm central)

Jennifer is a mysterious woman who inspires painter Joseph Cotten to paint his masterpiece.

Ruby Gentry (1952-September 13 @ 2am/1am central)

Jen has a love/hate relationship with beau Charlton Heston.

Love is a Many Splendored Thing (1955-September 19 @ 10pm/9pm central)

Jen received her fifth and final Oscar nomination as a Eurasian doctor in love with a married man.  A short-lived soap opera was based off this film.


TCM Spotlight: The Motion Picture & Television Fund (Wednesdays in September)

TCM celebrates the legacy of the Motion Picture & Television Fund which has been in operation since 1942.  It has housed anyone who has worked in the movie and TV industry where they live in comfortable retirement.  Some of the MPTF’s residents will co-host with host Ben Mankiewicz, including the nearly 105-year-old Connie Sawyer, who may be the oldest living member of the Screen Actors Guild!

Mariah’s Picks

Little Annie Rooney (1926-September 6 @ 8pm/7pm central)

Mary Pickford works to save her crush from a murder rap.

 

My Fair Lady (1964-September 14 @ 12:15am/September 13 @ 11:15pm central)

One of Audrey Hepburn’s most famous films.  Sadly, she didn’t get to do her own singing.

In the Heat of the Night (1967-September 20 @ 8pm/7pm central)

One of three movies in Sidney Poitier’s biggest year in his career.

A Star is Born (1937-September 21 @ 2am/1am central)

If you miss this movie you can catch it on September 29 and compare it with the 1954 and the 1976 versions.


TCM Special Presentation: Counter-Culture (September 14, 21, and 28)

It’s been  50 years since the start of the Counterculture movement?!  TCM has three nights of programming, to celebrate this milestone which is separated into three categories: Turn On (politics/sexual liberation); Tune In (music/concert films); Drop Out (drugs).  Tune In and Drop Out each feature two TCM premieres including Bob Dylan: Don’t Look Back.


Treasures from the Disney Vaults (September 11)

Leonard Maltin returns to host this semi-annual series; this time with one short and six films, two of which are TCM premieres, 1960’s Kidnapped and 1968’s Blackbeard’s Ghost.


90th Anniversary of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (September 18)

The iconic movie theater celebrates its 90th-anniversary with three films that have a special place in its history.  The first film to play at the theater, the first MGM feature to be released with a pre-recorded soundtrack of music and sound effects, and the first Best-Picture winner to premiere at the theater.

They are (in order):

  • The King of Kings (1927)
  • White Shadows in the South Seas (1928)
  • The Broadway Melody (1929)

The Essentials (Saturdays)

Host Alec Baldwin continues presenting essential films with special guest William Friedkin for next four Saturday evenings in September.  On September 30,  special guest David Letterman takes over.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Bullitt (1968)

The Band Wagon (1953)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)


Noir Alley (Sunday mornings)

The film noir series returns with four new films.  For anyone who missed Framed during Glenn Ford’s SUTS day, it airs September 3.

Framed (1947)

711 Ocean Drive (1950)

In a Lonely Place (1950)

Scandal Sheet (1952)


TCM Remembers Jerry Lewis (Labor Day evening)

TCM pays tribute to the legendary comedian who passed away on August 20.  Fittingly, TCM will show his films on Labor Day, when he used to host his famous telethons.

The movies scheduled are:

  • The Nutty Professor (1963)
  • The King of Comedy (1983)
  • The Stooge (1952)
  • The Bellboy (1960)
  • The Disorderly Orderly (1964)

Directed by Werner Herzog (September 7)

The scary-looking, intense director has 4 films scheduled, all of which are TCM premieres.

The films are:

  • Fitzcarraldo (1982)
  • Stroszek (1977)
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
  • Cobra Verde (1987)
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SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: ELIZABETH TAYLOR

August 31, 2017 - Leave a Response

Here we are, the final SUTS day.  To close the festival out is Elizabeth Taylor with 11 films and one documentary.  One of her films, 1973’s Night Watch, is a TCM premiere.

Mariah’s Picks

National Velvet (1944)

Taylor’s breakthrough role.  She got to keep the horse!


Father of the Bride (1950)

Elizabeth is the bride to Spencer Tracy’s father.


Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958-10 pm/9 pm c)

Liz throws herself onto husband Paul Newman, but he won’t go for it.

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: GEORGE SANDERS

August 30, 2017 - Leave a Response

The voice of Shere Khan from the animated version of The Jungle Book has his SUTS day with 13 films, two of which are TCM premieres, Bluebeard’s Ten Honeymoons and A Touch of Larceny; both were released in 1960.

Mariah’s Picks

Village of the Damned (1960)

George has a rare starring role as one of the parents of a group of evil children.


The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945-2 pm/1 pm c)

George is a painter who creates the portrait of Dorian Gray.


Foreign Correspondent (1940-4 pm/3 pm c)

Poor George has to cancel his rumba lessons to hunt down Nazi spies.


A Shot in the Dark (1964-6:15 pm/5:15 pm c)

George is one of the suspects in Peter Sellers’ second movie as Inspector Clouseau.

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: MARION DAVIES

August 29, 2017 - Leave a Response

The silent film star has 13 films on tap today plus a world premiere restoration of 1922’s When Knighthood was in Flower.

Mariah’s Picks

The Patsy (1928-6:30 pm/5:30 pm c)

Marion is the “unfavorite” child in this sorta-Cinderella story.


Show People (1928-10:15 pm/9:15 pm c)

Marion’s Peggy Pepper makes it big in Hollywood as Patricia Pepoire in this send-up of the movie industry.

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: SLIM PICKENS

August 28, 2017 - Leave a Response

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The character actor is known only for this scene.

Mariah’s Pick

Blazing Saddles (1974-10 pm/9 pm c)

Slim is the henchman of Harvey Korman’s Hedley (not Hedy) Lamarr who tries to take out sheriff Cleavon Little and gunslinger Gene Wilder.

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: LESLIE CARON

August 28, 2017 - Leave a Response

The still-working French actress has 11 films on tap plus the premiere of a new documentary Leslie Caron: The Reluctant Star.

Mariah’s Picks

An American in Paris (1951)

Caron’s movie debut.


Gigi (1958)

Caron is a young woman who is being trained to become a courtesan aka prostitute.


Fanny (1961)

Caron plays a young woman who, after becoming pregnant by her childhood sweetheart, marries an older man who gives her child a name.

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: JAMES CAGNEY

August 28, 2017 - Leave a Response

The man associated with the gangster film is the SUTS star of the day.  All films I recommend are on TCM on Demand or the WATCH TCM app.

Mariah’s Picks

White Heat (1949)

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SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: SIMONE SIGNORET

August 25, 2017 - Leave a Response

The first woman to receive the Best Actress Oscar for a foreign film makes her SUTS debut with 11 films, 2 of which are TCM premieres, 1952’s Casque d’Or and 1948’s Against the Wind.

Mariah’s Pick

Diabolique (1955-10:15 pm/9:15 pm c)

The wife and mistress (Signoret) of a cruel man plot to kill to him.

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: DENNIS MORGAN

August 24, 2017 - Leave a Response

The seemingly Irish singer (actually of Swedish stock) makes his SUTS debut with 13 films one is a TCM premiere, 1943’s The Desert Song.

Mariah’s Picks

Christmas in Connecticut (playing on the East Coast as I write this post, not on the West Coast yet)

Morgan is a WWII soldier, who after surviving his naval ship being destroyed and nearly a month stranded at sea, wants to have a big Christmas dinner cooked by America’s best cook, writer Elizabeth Lane.  However, Lane (played by Barbara Stanwyck) is a complete phony.  She can’t boil an egg and gets her recipes from friend Felix, a restauranteur.  What’s she going to do?


It’s a Great Feeling (1949-4:30 pm/3:30 pm c)

Morgan plays “himself” in this spoof about Hollywood.  Gary Cooper is just one of the many cameos by Warner Bros. stars or stars who were working on the Warner Bros. lot while the movie was filming.


The Hard Way (1943-10 pm/9 pm c)

Morgan is the leading man in Ida Lupino’s showcase.

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: GREER GARSON

August 24, 2017 - Leave a Response

The lady who has a rose named after her most famous character is the SUTS star on the 24th.  Both films I have selected are available on TCM on Demand and the WATCH TCM app.

Mariah’s Picks

Mrs. Miniver (1942)

Garson won her only Oscar out of seven nominations for her portrayal of a woman holding her family together during the early days of WWII.  Garson later married the man who played her oldest son in the film.


Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Greer played Elizabeth Bennett with Laurence Olivier as Mr. Darcy.