JUNE ON TCM

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STAR OF THE MONTH: AUDREY HEPBURN (MONDAYS IN JUNE)

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Mariah’s Picks

Roman Holiday-here’s her screen test.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (June 12 at 8pm/7c)-her first film after giving birth to son Sean.

The Nun’s Story (June 13 at 1:30am/12:30c)

The Children’s Hour (June 13 at 4:15am/3:15c)

The Lavender Hill Mob (June 20 at 12:15am/11:15pm c)

Funny Face (June 26 at 10pm/9c)


TCM SPOTLIGHT: GAY HOLLYWOOD (THURSDAYS IN JUNE)

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Mariah’s Picks

The Enchanted Cottage (available on WATCH TCM)-a beautiful love story which shows beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Rebel Without a Cause (June 15 at 8pm/7c)-Sal Mineo’s Plato was the true rebel of this picture.

Sincerely Yours (June 16 at 7:45/6:45c)-watch Liberace attempt to make it as a leading man.

Suddenly, Last Summer (June 22 at 12:45am/11:45pm c)-watch for the truly shocking ending.


TCM SPOTLIGHT EXTRA: EUROPEAN VACATIONS (FRIDAYS IN JUNE)

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Twenty-one movies and eight shorts including a repeat of Roman Holiday!


GUEST PROGRAMMER: BILLY BOB THORTON (JUNE 7)

The Oscar-winner’s picks are 1955’s The Man with the Golden Arm, 1956’s Giant, and 1973’s Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid.

FATHER’S DAY (JUNE 18)

Includes 1950’s Father of the Bride and its sequel.


THE ESSENTIALS (SATURDAYS IN JUNE)

David Letterman wraps up his Essentials stint with 1945’s Brief Encounter on June 3 and 1945’s The Lost Weekend on June 10.  Tina Fey starts her run on June 17 with 1946’s The Big Sleep and 1941’s The Lady Eve on June 24.

MAY ON TCM

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Star of the Month: Clark Gable (Tuesdays in May)

TCM salutes the King of Hollywood with 57 films and 39 of them featuring his mustache!

Mariah’s Picks

It Happened One Night (1934)-Clark Gable takes off his shirt and sales of undershirts plummet.  Oh, he also won a Best Actor Oscar.  May 2 at 8 pm/7c.

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)-one of Gable’s films where he doesn’t have a mustache.  May 2 at 11:30 pm/10:30c.

Dance, Fools, Dance (1931)-Gable and Joan Crawford star in the first of their eight films together.  They also started an on-again-off-again affair that nearly burned down Hollywood. May 9 at 11:30pm/10:30c.

Idiot’s Delight (1939)-Gable sings and dances!  May 10 at 11:45 am/10:45c.

Gone with the Wind (1939)-the public’s only choice for the role of Rhett Butler.  May 23 at 8pm/7c.

The Misfits (1961)-Gable and Marilyn Monroe’s final film.  May 30 at 12:15 am/11:15 pm c.


TCM Spotlight: Creature Features (Thursdays in May)

TCM pays homage to the creatures that gave us nightmares with 24 films, 5 of them are TCM premieres.

Mariah’s Picks

King Kong (1933)-the first Kong is always the best Kong. May 4 at 11:15 pm/10:15c.

Them! (1954)-giant ants attack in New Mexico!  May 18 at 8pm/7c.

Gojira aka Godzilla (1954)-the film that started it all. May 18 at 9:45pm/8:45c.


Happy 50th Anniversary: 1967 (May 12 and May 19)

TCM celebrates one of the most important years in film history with 11 films airing on two consecutive Friday nights.

Mariah’s Picks

The Graduate-would you believe they tried to get Doris Day to play Mrs. Robinson?! May 12 at 8pm/7c.

In the Heat of the Night-Rod Stieger and Sidney Poitier try to solve a murder in Mississippi. May 12 at 10pm/9c.

Cool Hand Luke-Paul Newman eats a ton of eggs. May 19 at 8pm/7c.

Wait Until Dark-this is why Alan Arkin didn’t win any awards. You don’t terrorize Audrey Hepburn, especially a blind Audrey Hepburn. May 20 at 4am/3c.


Mother’s Day (May 14)

ALERT: DO NOT MOTHER THIS CHILD. May 14 at 2pm/1c.

MARCH ON TCM

March 4, 2017 - Leave a Response

We are finally upon a new season at TCM.  A little background on this-like most TV shows runs their seasons from September to May.  TCM sort of unofficially has a season that runs from March to January.  Then the channel has a month-long “season finale” with their 31 Days of Oscar festival.  Until recently, new seasons of The Essentials started in early March.  The 31 Days of Oscar festival seeps into the first two or three days in March, depending on Leap Year, since the Oscars moved back their ceremony into February.

Now, let’s get on with the show!

Noir Alley (Every Sunday morning)

The “Czar of Noir” Eddie Muller hosts a new series featuring some of the best film noirs  Hollywood ever produced.  Noir Alley is probably a spin-off of TCM successful festival Summer of Darkness which Muller hosted in the summer of 2015. Here’s a link to the schedule.  Every movie will start at 10am/9 central on Sundays.  Sunday, March 5 will start with what film fans consider the first true noir, 1941’s The Maltese Falcon.


Star of the Month Richard Burton (March 6-March 10)

This month’s SOTM festival lasts only a week, which happens once every few years.  Watch 21 of the British actor’s films including 2 TCM premieres.


The Nitrate Picture Show (March 13)

The Nitrate Picture Show is a film festival of film conservation.  Find more at the link.  Two of the conservationists, Jared Case and Deborah Stoiber will present five films including the only film Carole Lombard made in color.


Guest Programmer: Michael Connelly (March 14)

The crime author presents four films which inspired him to choose this profession.


Treasures from the Disney Vault (March 16)

This installment of the series hosted by Leonard Maltin contains shorts and films which are all TCM premieres.  They include 1966’s Follow Me Boys! and 1972’s Napoleon and Samantha.


St. Patrick’s Day (March 17-duh!)

TCM airs 24 hours of Irish-themed stories including The Quiet Man.


TCM Spotlight: March Malice!! (March 20-March 25)

TCM airs a 64-film festival (like a March Madness bracket) featuring some of the greatest villains of all time.  Who’s the worst of them all?

 

 

MARCH CENTENNIAL BIRTHDAYS

March 3, 2017 - Leave a Response

Desi Arnaz

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Born: March 2

Died: December 2, 1986

Birth Name: Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III (if you think that’s a long name, check out Pablo Picasso’s name aka Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso)

Notable Films: Too Many Girls; Bataan, The Long, Long Trailer


Googie Withers

Born: March 12

Died: July 15, 2011

Birth Name: Georgette Lizette Withers

Notable Films: The Lady Vanishes; Dead of Night; Night and the City


Virginia Grey

Born: March 22

Died: July 31, 2004

Notable Films: Another Thin Man; Whistling in the Dark; The Rose Tattoo; Airport


Kenneth Tobey

Born: March 23

Died: December 22, 2002

Notable Films: The Stratton Story; The Thing from Another World; Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

31 DAYS OF OSCAR: THE BEST OF THE Y’S AND Z-THE MOVIE

March 3, 2017 - Leave a Response

Young Frankenstein (1974)

It’s not Fronkensteen.


Z (1969)

 

So this what Greece was like in the 1960s.

31 DAYS OF OSCAR: THE BEST OF THE W’S

March 2, 2017 - Leave a Response

Wait Until Dark (1967)

Who would terrorize poor, blind, Audrey Hepburn?


Waterloo Bridge (1940)

The personal favorite film of leads Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor.


West Side Story (1961)

One of the few films to have two Best Directors.


What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Watch this movie before FX’s Feud premieres on Sunday night.


White Heat (1949)

If you only can see a little bit of this movie, watch this scene.

31 DAYS OF OSCAR: THE BEST OF THE V’S

March 2, 2017 - Leave a Response

Vertigo (1958)

Watch Jimmy Stewart get really creepy toward Kim Novak in Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece.


Victor/Victoria (1982)

Watch starving actress Julie Andrews disguise herself as a female impersonator and confuse the heck out of James Garner.


Vivacious Lady (1938)

Jimmy Stewart and Ginger Rogers marry after a whirlwind romance.  Now, all Jimmy has to do is tell his parents and fiancée.

31 DAYS OF OSCAR: THE BEST OF THE U’S

March 2, 2017 - Leave a Response

Note: I haven’t seen either of these movies.  In fact, they’re the only “U” movies on the docket!

Ugetsu (1953)

A masterpiece of Japanese cinema.


Umberto D. (1952)

The favorite of director Vittorio De Sica’s films.

31 DAYS OF OSCAR: THE BEST OF THE T’S

March 1, 2017 - Leave a Response

Before we start with the S’s, what the hell happened at the Oscars Sunday night?!!!

 

The Thin Man (1934)

Drink some martinis with Nick and Nora Charles while watching the first of the six film series.


The Third Man (1949)

 

Watch Orson Welles steal the film with less than 20 minutes of screentime.


To Be or Not to Be (1942)

 

Carole Lombard’s final role.   What could have been.


Top Hat (1935)

One of the best of the Astaire-Rogers musicals.


The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1942)

Watch Bogie go mad with greed.


12 Angry Men (1957)

Henry Fonda’s only production credit.

31 DAYS OF OSCAR: THE BEST OF THE S’S

February 27, 2017 - Leave a Response

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Gene Kelly dances in the rain.  Saw it on the big screen in January.  Love!


Some Like it Hot (1959)

Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon dress as women because they are on the run from mobsters.


Spartacus (1960)

Would you believe Kirk Douglas was 44 when he did this?


Stage Door(1937)

A great chick flick.


Stagecoach (1939)

John Wayne’s big break.


A Star is Born (1937)

Watch the first version of this movie before you see the newest version with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga hits theaters.


Strangers on a Train (1951)

Two guys meet on a train and discuss swapping murders.  Only one is kidding.


A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

The film that put Brando on the map.