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: 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: 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!

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: CARY GRANT
August 21, 2017

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: RICARDO MONTALBAN
August 16, 2017

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.

JULY ON TCM
July 1, 2017

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

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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).

Mariah’s Picks

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.

Mariah’s Pick’s

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.

JUNE ON TCM
June 12, 2017

STAR OF THE MONTH: AUDREY HEPBURN (MONDAYS IN JUNE)

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Mariah’s Picks

Roman Holiday-here’s her screen test.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (June 12 at 8pm/7c)-her first film after giving birth to son Sean.

The Nun’s Story (June 13 at 1:30am/12:30c)

The Children’s Hour (June 13 at 4:15am/3:15c)

The Lavender Hill Mob (June 20 at 12:15am/11:15pm c)

Funny Face (June 26 at 10pm/9c)


TCM SPOTLIGHT: GAY HOLLYWOOD (THURSDAYS IN JUNE)

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Mariah’s Picks

The Enchanted Cottage (available on WATCH TCM)-a beautiful love story which shows beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Rebel Without a Cause (June 15 at 8pm/7c)-Sal Mineo’s Plato was the true rebel of this picture.

Sincerely Yours (June 16 at 7:45/6:45c)-watch Liberace attempt to make it as a leading man.

Suddenly, Last Summer (June 22 at 12:45am/11:45pm c)-watch for the truly shocking ending.


TCM SPOTLIGHT EXTRA: EUROPEAN VACATIONS (FRIDAYS IN JUNE)

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Twenty-one movies and eight shorts including a repeat of Roman Holiday!


GUEST PROGRAMMER: BILLY BOB THORTON (JUNE 7)

The Oscar-winner’s picks are 1955’s The Man with the Golden Arm, 1956’s Giant, and 1973’s Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid.

FATHER’S DAY (JUNE 18)

Includes 1950’s Father of the Bride and its sequel.


THE ESSENTIALS (SATURDAYS IN JUNE)

David Letterman wraps up his Essentials stint with 1945’s Brief Encounter on June 3 and 1945’s The Lost Weekend on June 10.  Tina Fey starts her run on June 17 with 1946’s The Big Sleep and 1941’s The Lady Eve on June 24.

MAY ON TCM
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)

ALERT: DO NOT MOTHER THIS CHILD. May 14 at 2pm/1c.