SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: ELEANOR PARKER

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The “Woman of a Thousand Faces” has I believe her first SUTS day with 12 films.

Mariah’s Picks

Interrupted Melody (1955-2 pm/1 pm c)

Parker received her third and final Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Australian opera star Marjorie Lawrence who was felled by polio during the height of her career.   Glenn Ford co-stars as her devoted husband.


Caged (1950-4 pm/3 pm c)

Eleanor received her first Oscar nomination in a jam-packed year for her portrayal as a naive young woman who slowly transforms into a hardened criminal after being thrown in jail as an accessory to a robbery.


The Naked Jungle (1954-8 pm/7 pm c)

Parker is Charlton Heston’s mail-order bride who butts heads with him while battling a huge swarm of fire ants that threaten to destroy his plantation.


Scaramouche (1952-10 pm/9 pm c)

Eleanor is a fiery actress who has a passionate relationship with the man known as Scaramouche, Stewart Granger.  She has competition for Granger’s heart with Janet Leigh.

 

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: ROBERT MITCHUM

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Not only is August 6 Mitchum’s SUTS day, it is also the 100th anniversary of his birth.  The New York Film Festival and others will have retrospectives and tributes to this underrated actor.  TCM has 13 films on the docket with one premiere: 1944’s When Strangers Marry.

Mariah’s Picks

The Locket (1946-6 am/5 am c)

This film noir is intriguing because it has a flashback within a flashback within a flashback.  They decided not to go with a fourth one.


Crossfire (1947-9 am/8 am c)

Bob stars with two other Bob’s in this film noir classic.  One Bob (not Mitchum) received a Best Supporting Actor nomination.


Holiday Affair (1949-10:30 am/9:30 am c)

The lighter side of Mitch.


The Story of G.I. Joe (1945-4 pm/ 3 pm c)

Bob received his only Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a world-weary soldier.


The Night of the Hunter (1955-8 pm/7 pm c)

Mitchum’s greatest role, featuring the famous “love/hate” scene.


Out of the Past (1947-10 pm/9 pm c)

Mitch doesn’t care that this girl will lead him to his doom.

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: GENE KELLY

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One of film’s greatest dancers has his day with 12 films, several of which will feature his athletic dancing style.

 

Mariah’s Picks

The Pirate (1948-9:30 am/8:30 am c)

I’m just here for the short shorts.


The Three Musketeers (1948-5:30 pm/4:30 pm c)

Gene is D’Artagnan in one of the most famous adaptations of Alexander Dumas’s classic.


Singin’ in the Rain (1952-8 pm/7 pm c)

This week’s TCM Essential and the final film special guest Tina Fey selected.  Director William Friedkin will take over starting next Saturday.


Cover Girl (1944-4 am/3 am c)

Kelly’s breakthrough role.  The movie where he dances with himself.

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: CLAIRE TREVOR

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The Queen of film noir makes her SUTS debut (I think) with 14 films.  Here are some of my picks.

Mariah’s Picks

Dead End (1937-6 am/5 am c)

Claire plays a prostitute who contracts syphilis (which the film could not identify by name) and earns her first Best Supporting Actress nomination.


Raw Deal (1948-5 pm/4pm c)

Trevor is a woman who helps her lover break out of jail.


Born to Kill (1947-8 pm/7 pm c)

Claire has an affair with her sister’s gold-digging, murderous husband.


Murder, My Sweet (1944-10 pm/9 pm c)

Trevor is the femme fatale who tries to do away with Phillip Marlowe, aka Dick Powell.


Key Largo (1948-2 am/1 am c)

Trevor won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of an alcoholic singer and mistress to mob boss Edward G. Robinson.

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: LON CHANEY

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The Man of a Thousand Faces has 15 films on tap, only one is a sound film.

Mariah’s Picks

The Unknown (1927-2 pm/1 pm c)

Chaney plays a guy who, when he discovers that the woman he loves doesn’t like to be touched, he has his arms amputated.  Seriously, I’m not kidding.  Joan Crawford is the woman.


The Phantom of the Opera (1925-8 pm/7 pm c)

Chaney in his most remembered role.


Tell it to the Marines (1926-11:15 pm/10:15 pm c)

Gasp!  Chaney without makeup!


West of Zanzibar (1928-1:15 am/12:15 am c)

Chaney is a bitter, crippled man who enacts revenge to those who wronged him. I don’t want to say anymore, just watch.  It is effed up.

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: RAY MILLAND

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Day 2 of SUTS belongs to Ray Milland, who has one of the worst IMDB profile pictures ever.  Seriously, you couldn’t find a better one?

The former Reginald Alfred Truscott-Jones has 13 films on the docket including one TCM premiere-1949’s Alias Nick Beal (which is one my picks).

Mariah’s Picks

The Major and the Minor (1942-6 pm/5 pm c)

Ray plays a colonel who somehow cannot figure out that Ginger Rogers is not a 12-year-old.


The Big Clock (1948-8 pm/7 pm c)

Milland is the editor of a crime magazine who is chosen to solve a murder and he discovers that he is about to be framed for the crime.


Dial M for Murder (1954-10 pm/ 9 pm c)

Ray wants to do away with his unfaithful wife Grace Kelly.


Alias Nick Beal (1949-midnight/ 11 pm c)

Milland is the devil, really.


The Lost Weekend (1945-2 am/1 am c)

Ray’s Oscar-winning role.  It was his first (and last) nomination.

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: MARILYN MONROE

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It’s that time again!  TCM presents their 14th(!) annual Summer Under the Stars festival. Every day this August, a single star’s will be featured with some of their best-known films, plus a few lesser-known.  First up, the one and only Marilyn Monroe.

TCM will show 12 of her films including one TCM premiere, 1951’s Love Nest.  She did more than stand on a subway grate and sing to JFK!

Now to my picks.

Mariah’s Picks

The Asphalt Jungle (9:30 am/8:30 c)

Marilyn has a small role as the mistress of a corrupt lawyer who finances an elaborate jewel heist.


Some Like It Hot (11:30 am/10:30 c)

Yes, I believe you can see part of Marilyn’s boobs.  Alas, you can’t see two men dressed as women in the background.


Bus Stop (6 pm/5 pm c)

Marilyn is a small-time singer/dancer who is kidnapped by a love-struck rodeo cowboy.


The Seven Year-Itch (8 pm/7 pm c)

This is the movie where her famous white dress is blown up by standing on a subway grate.  The leading man, Tom Ewell is from my hometown of Owensboro, KY.


How to Marry a Millionaire (2 am/1 am c)

Marilyn is one of three models (the other two played by Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable) who are on the hunt for rich husbands.

 

JULY ON TCM

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STAR OF THE MONTH: RONALD COLMAN (THURSDAYS IN JULY)

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The man with the golden voice, (seriously, listen starts at :17) is a first-timer to the SOTM club.  TCM also will premiere three of Colman’s films all during the early hours of July 14.  Premiering are 1935’s Clive of India (with Loretta Young), 1939’s The Light that Failed (with Ida Lupino), and 1935’s The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo (with Joan Bennett).

Mariah’s Picks

Lost Horizon (1937) July 13 at 8pm/7pm c-Colman leads an expedition to Shangri-La, a paradise hidden from the world.  During the film’s first run, it was a box-office disappointment, now it is regarded as a classic, culminating in 2016 when the film was added to the National Film Registry.

A Tale of Two Cities (1935) July 20 at 8pm/7pm c-Colman wanted to play Sydney Carton so bad he shaved off his famous mustache.

The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) July 20 at 10:30 pm/9:30 pm c-Colman plays a dual role as a tourist and his distant relative, the king of an unnamed European country.  Douglas Fairbanks Jr. steals the show as the villain Rupert of Hentzau.

A Double Life (1947) July 27 at 8pm/7pm c-Colman won the Best Actor Oscar on his fourth try.  He plays a very Method actor who just got the starring role in Shakespeare’s Othello.  All hell breaks loose.

Random Harvest (1942) July 27 at 10pm/9pm c-this is the story of a guy who gets amnesia, meets and falls in love with a showgirl, marries her and starts a family, gets conked on the head and remembers his previous life, but not his current life.  This movie shouldn’t be that good with a convoluted plot like this, but somehow it really works.

The Talk of the Town (1942) July 28 at 12:15 am/July 27 at 11:15 pm c-Potential Supreme Court judge Colman battles fugitive Cary Grant for Jean Arthur’s heart.  They shot two endings.


50 YEARS OF HITCHCOCK (WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS IN JULY)

The Master of Suspense’s work is the third collaboration between TCM, Ball State University, and Canvas Networks.  Dr. Richard Edwards returns to guide film fans through this free and fun online course.  Enroll today at 50 Years of Hitchcock.

Mariah’s Pick’s

The Lodger (1927) July 6 at 1:15 am/12:15 am c-the first true “Hitchcock movie.”  A mysterious man takes a room at an inn.  He may be a serial killer.

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) July 7 at 9:30 pm/8:30 pm c-according to Hitchcock, this movie was the work of a talented ameteur and the 1956 remake was done by a professional.

The 39 Steps (1935) July 7 at 11pm/10pm c-the first time Hitchcock had a blonde as his leading lady.

The Lady Vanishes (1938) July 8 at 12:45 am/July 7 at 11:45 pm c-featuring one of the most kick-ass old ladies of all time.

Rebecca (1940) July 12 at 8pm/7pm c-Hitchcock’s American film debut.  Still features a British cast.

Foreign Correspondent (1940) July 12 at 10:30 pm/9:30 pm c-Hitchcock’s first film with an American cast.  I believe he wanted Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck.  He got Joel McCrea and Laraine Day.  I might have gotten this movie mixed up with Sabetour.

Shadow of a Doubt (1943) July 14 at 8pm/7pm c-Hitchcock consider this his favorite film.  It was shot on location in Santa Rosa, CA.

Notorious (1946) July 15 at 2:15 am/1:15 am c-here old Hitch is able to make us feel sorry for a Nazi spy.

Strangers on a Train (1951) July 19 at 11:30 pm/10:30 pm c-the classic tale of two men who swap murders so the other won’t be implicated.

Rear Window (1954) July 21 at 8pm/7pm c-poor Jeff.  He’s stuck in his walk-up apartment with a broken leg.  Then he sees his neighbor murder his wife.

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) July 22 at 12:15 am/July 21 11:15 pm c-the big changes from the 1934 film is the girl is now a boy and the mother is now a singer instead of a skeet shooter.

Vertigo (1958) July 26 at 8pm/7pm c-this is the film that replaced Citizen Kane as the best film ever made, according to the Sight & Sounds critic’s poll.

North by Northwest (1959) July 26 at 10:30 pm/9:30 pm c-lets run around Mount Rushmore!

Psycho (1960) July 27 at 1am/midnight c-you know the music (starts at :10).

The Birds (1963) July 27 at 3am/2am c-I’ve just recommended the entire night.  Oh well, here’s another Simpsons parody.

Frenzy (1972) July 29 at 3:30 am/2:30 am c-one of Hitchcock’s most violent films.


THE ESSENTIALS (SATURDAYS IN JULY)

Note: I messed up June’s Essentials schedule.  David Letterman ended his run with 1946’s The Big Sleep.  Tina Fey started her run with 1954’s Rear Window, which you can catch on the WATCH TCM app and TCM ON DEMAND until tomorrow night.  Now with the correct schedule.

July 1: The Lady Eve (1941) starring Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, and Charles Coburn.  Scene stealers include Eugene Pallette (as Fonda’s father) and William Demarest (as Fonda’s bodyguard).

July 8: Bride of Frankenstein (1935) starring Boris Karloff and Elsa Lancaster.

July 15: Woman of the Year (1942) starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.

July 22: All About Eve (1950) starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Gary Merrill, Celeste Holm, Hugh Marlowe, George Sanders.  Featuring a scene-stealing performance by Thelma Ritter (as Davis’ maid).

July 29: Some Like it Hot (1959) starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon.  Featuring a scene-stealing turn by comic Joe E. Brown (as Osgood Fielding III).


AFI TRIBUTE TO DIANE KEATON (JULY 31)

The actress is 2017’s recipient of the American Film Institute’s (AFI) Lifetime Achievement Award.  TCM will air the tribute which was held earlier this month and two of her films, 1981’s Reds and 1993’s Manhattan Murder Mystery.

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.