SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: ELIZABETH TAYLOR
August 31, 2017

Here we are, the final SUTS day.  To close the festival out is Elizabeth Taylor with 11 films and one documentary.  One of her films, 1973’s Night Watch, is a TCM premiere.

Mariah’s Picks

National Velvet (1944)

Taylor’s breakthrough role.  She got to keep the horse!


Father of the Bride (1950)

Elizabeth is the bride to Spencer Tracy’s father.


Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958-10 pm/9 pm c)

Liz throws herself onto husband Paul Newman, but he won’t go for it.

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SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: GEORGE SANDERS
August 30, 2017

The voice of Shere Khan from the animated version of The Jungle Book has his SUTS day with 13 films, two of which are TCM premieres, Bluebeard’s Ten Honeymoons and A Touch of Larceny; both were released in 1960.

Mariah’s Picks

Village of the Damned (1960)

George has a rare starring role as one of the parents of a group of evil children.


The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945-2 pm/1 pm c)

George is a painter who creates the portrait of Dorian Gray.


Foreign Correspondent (1940-4 pm/3 pm c)

Poor George has to cancel his rumba lessons to hunt down Nazi spies.


A Shot in the Dark (1964-6:15 pm/5:15 pm c)

George is one of the suspects in Peter Sellers’ second movie as Inspector Clouseau.

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: MARION DAVIES
August 29, 2017

The silent film star has 13 films on tap today plus a world premiere restoration of 1922’s When Knighthood was in Flower.

Mariah’s Picks

The Patsy (1928-6:30 pm/5:30 pm c)

Marion is the “unfavorite” child in this sorta-Cinderella story.


Show People (1928-10:15 pm/9:15 pm c)

Marion’s Peggy Pepper makes it big in Hollywood as Patricia Pepoire in this send-up of the movie industry.

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: SLIM PICKENS
August 28, 2017

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The character actor is known only for this scene.

Mariah’s Pick

Blazing Saddles (1974-10 pm/9 pm c)

Slim is the henchman of Harvey Korman’s Hedley (not Hedy) Lamarr who tries to take out sheriff Cleavon Little and gunslinger Gene Wilder.

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: LESLIE CARON
August 28, 2017

The still-working French actress has 11 films on tap plus the premiere of a new documentary Leslie Caron: The Reluctant Star.

Mariah’s Picks

An American in Paris (1951)

Caron’s movie debut.


Gigi (1958)

Caron is a young woman who is being trained to become a courtesan aka prostitute.


Fanny (1961)

Caron plays a young woman who, after becoming pregnant by her childhood sweetheart, marries an older man who gives her child a name.

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: JAMES CAGNEY
August 28, 2017

The man associated with the gangster film is the SUTS star of the day.  All films I recommend are on TCM on Demand or the WATCH TCM app.

Mariah’s Picks

White Heat (1949)

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SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: SIMONE SIGNORET
August 25, 2017

The first woman to receive the Best Actress Oscar for a foreign film makes her SUTS debut with 11 films, 2 of which are TCM premieres, 1952’s Casque d’Or and 1948’s Against the Wind.

Mariah’s Pick

Diabolique (1955-10:15 pm/9:15 pm c)

The wife and mistress (Signoret) of a cruel man plot to kill to him.

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: DENNIS MORGAN
August 24, 2017

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.

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: GREER GARSON
August 24, 2017

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

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!