August 1, 2017

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.



May 1, 2017

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)