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.




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)