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