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.

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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.

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: GLENN FORD

August 24, 2017 - Leave a Response

All of my picks are on TCM on Demand and WATCH TCM app.

Mariah’s Picks

Blackboard Jungle (1955)

Glenn is a high school teacher who tries to tame his wayward students.  Sidney Poitier’s breakthrough role.


Gilda (1946)

Ford’s breakthrough role as a gambler who runs into his ex in Buenos Aires.  The dress has it’s own Wikipedia page!

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: ANN HARDING

August 21, 2017 - Leave a Response

The Pre-Code star makes her SUTS debut today.  Sorry for the late notice, but I watched the eclipse instead.  I don’t have any picks today but I didn’t realize her hair was that long!

P.S. I get to see another eclipse in my area seven years from now!

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: CARY GRANT

August 21, 2017 - Leave a Response

TCM Backlot chose Cary Grant as the SUTS star for the 20th.  He has 12 films, all of which are available on TCM on Demand and WATCH TCM app.

Mariah’s Picks

Penny Serenade (1941)

Cary received his first nomination as a struggling news editor who adopts a baby girl with wife Irene Dunne.


Suspicion (1941)

Will Cary murder bride Joan Fontaine?


I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

Just watch the film for the scene when Cary is interviewed to be let in the United States


The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Cary is one three suitors vying for Katharine Hepburn’s heart.


Holiday (1938)

Cary is engaged to Katharine Hepburn’s sister, but Hepburn is the better match.


An Affair to Remember (1957)

Cary and Deborah Kerr wait 6 months to see if their shipboard romance is true love.

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: ANGELA LANSBURY

August 19, 2017 - Leave a Response

The still-working legendary actress (I’m serious-she has a part in the new Mary Poppins movie) has 12 films today with one being a TCM premiere 1947’s The Private Affairs of Bel Ami.

Mariah’s Picks

The Manchurian Candidate (1962-8 pm/7 pm c)

Angie is the mother from hell who was only three years older than the man playing her son!


Gaslight (1944-10:30 pm/9:30 pm c)

18-year-old Lansbury makes her film debut and becomes one of the rare actors who were Oscar-nominated for their first movie.

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: ROD TAYLOR

August 19, 2017 - Leave a Response

The Australian actor makes his SUTS debut with 12 films, 2 of which are TCM premieres, 1970’s The Man Who Had Power Over Women and 1973’s The Deadly Trackers.

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.