When you least expect it—The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ sneaks its upcoming (and tentative) July schedule onto the Internets for devoted fans to peruse—and dutifully, Thrilling Days of Yesteryear is there to comment on some of the month’s highlights (all times EDT):
Thursday, July 1 – Actresses Leslie Caron and Olivia de Havilland have birthdays today (and both are still with us!) so TCM will fete Leslie with showings of Glory Alley (1952; 6am), The Glass Slipper (1955; 7:30am) and Lili (1953; 10:30am)—not to mention a repeat of the Bobby Osbo interview with La Caron on Private Screenings (9:30am). Then it’s Livvy’s turn at with Devotion (1946), followed by Dodge City (1939; 2pm), To Each His Own (1946; ) and The Heiress (1949; 6pm).
In prime time: it’s a salute to the juvenile delinquent as the channel rolls out Rebel Without a Cause (1955) at . This will be followed by Blackboard Jungle (1955; 10pm), The Delinquents (1957; 12mid), Crime in the Streets (1956; ), Hot Rods to Hell (1967; ) and The Wild One (1953; 5am).
Friday, July 2 – I’ve seen the Ford Sterling version (1926) and the Red Skelton version (1946)—and now I’ll get the opportunity to see Spencer Tracy’s take on The Show-Off (1934), which TCM will show at 6:30am. The channel will also show the best of the films in R-K-O’s The Great Gildersleeve series, Gildersleeve on Broadway (1943), at .
Come the evening, TCM has The Wizard of Oz (1939) scheduled for a showing at 8:00 pm, supplemented by The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic (1990) at 7 and Memories of Oz (2001) at 10. (In case you’re one of the few individuals who’s never seen the picture.)
Saturday, July 3 – TCM’s Saturday Bowery Boys matinee continues at with Blonde Dynamite (1950). On June 10th, it’s Lucky Losers (1950), and that will be followed by Triple Trouble (1950) on the 17th, Blues Busters on the 24th, and Bowery Battalion on July 31st. If you weren’t fortunate enough to start your Leo Gorcey-Huntz Hall library from the beginning (like me, for instance—I missed a couple during my convalescence), TCM will give you an opportunity to play catch-up with a day of Bowery Boys flicks on July 23rd: Live Wires (1946; 7:15am), In Fast Company (1946; 8:30am), Bowery Bombshell (1946; 9:45am), Spook Busters (1946; 11am), Mr. Hex (1946; 12:15pm), Hard Boiled Mahoney (1947; 1:30pm), News Hounds (1947; 2:45pm), Bowery Buckaroos (1947; 4pm), Angels' Alley (1948; 5:15pm) and Jinx Money (1948; 6:30pm).
TCM Essentials will show Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) at later that evening, and then St. Louis’ Marjorie Main will be the “Main” attraction (oh, I slay myself sometimes) with a festival of her films: Ma and Pa Kettle (1949; 10pm), The Long, Long Trailer (1954; 11:30pm), The Women (1939; 1:30am) and Tish (1942; 4am).
Sunday, July 4 – It’s Independence Day!
6:00 AM The Flag (1927)
In this silent film, George Washington appeals to Betsy Ross to help create a flag for the new
. Cast: Francis X. Bushman, Doris Kenyon, Enid Bennett. Dir: Arthur Maude. C-20 mins, TV-G United States
6:30 AM Mr. Smith Goes to
An idealistic Senate replacement takes on political corruption. Cast: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains. Dir: Frank Capra. BW-130 mins, TV-G, CC
9:00 AM The Devil's Disciple (1959)
A preacher and a rebel leader change places during the Revolution. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier. Dir: Guy Hamilton. BW-83 mins, TV-PG
10:30 AM The Howards of
A young Virginian joins the American Revolution despite his love for a beautiful Royalist. Cast:
Grant, Martha Scott, Cedric Hardwicke. Dir: Frank Lloyd. BW-116 mins, TV-G, CC Cary
The Scarlet Coat (1955)
An American officer goes undercover to unmask a Revolutionary War traitor. Cast: Cornel Wilde, Michael Wilding, Anne Francis. Dir: John Sturges. C-101 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format
The founding fathers struggle to draft the Declaration of Independence. Cast: William Daniels, Ken Howard, Blythe Danner. Dir: Peter H. Hunt. C-165 mins, TV-G, CC, Letterbox Format
5:30 PM Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
Spirited musical biography of the song-and-dance man who kept
humming through two world wars. Cast: James Cagney, Walter Huston, Joan Leslie. Dir: Michael Curtiz. BW-126 mins, TV-G, CC, DVS America
8:00 PM Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
A rock star's personal appearance turns a small town into a disaster area. Cast: Janet Leigh, Dick Van Dyke, Ann-Margret. Dir: George Sidney. C-112 mins, TV-G, CC, Letterbox Format
Pride and a lecherous ranch hand stand between an amorous cowboy and his farm girl sweetheart. Cast: Shirley Jones, Gordon MacRae, Rod Steiger. Dir: Fred Zinnemann. C-140 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format
The General (1927)
In this silent film, a Confederate engineer fights to save his train and his girlfriend from the Union army. Cast: Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender. Dir: Buster Keaton,
Clyde Bruckman. BW-75 mins, TV-G
Monday, July 5 – TCM will kick off its Star of the Month salute at ; this July finds Gregory Peck the chosen one. Here’s the lineup of Peck features:
Moby Dick (1956)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
The Keys of the Kingdom (1945)
The Yearling (1946)
The Paradine Case (1947)
Monday, July 12
Roman Holiday (1953)
The Valley of Decision (1945)
The Great Sinner (1949)
04:00am The Million Pound Note (1954; aka Man With a Million)
I Walk the Line (1970)
Tuesday, July 13
Designing Woman (1957)
Monday, July 19
Captain Newman, M.D. (1963)
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
The Purple Plain (1954)
On the Beach (1959)
Tuesday, July 20
Days of Glory (1944)
Behold a Pale Horse (1964)
Monday, July 26
How the West Was Won (1962)
Duel in the Sun (1946)
Mackenna's Gold (1969)
The Big Country (1958)
Tuesday, July 6 – Janet Leigh’s natal anniversary. Celebrate at with Fearless Fagan (1952), and then stick around for My Sister Eileen (1955; ), Safari (1956; ), The Vikings (1958; ), Who Was That Lady? (1960; ), An American Dream (1966; ) and Three on a Couch (1966; 6pm)
Wednesday, July 7 – TCM pays homage to director Sir Carol Reed in prime time, beginning with Trapeze (1956) at . This will be followed by Bank Holiday (1938; 10pm), Odd Man Out (1947; ), The Man Between (1953; ), The Third Man (1949; )…and a documentary I’ll have to take a gander at, Shadowing the Third Man (2004; ).
Thursday, July 8 – Another day, another noir. No, it’s not meant to imply that’s a bad thing: the lineup consists of Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956; 6:30am), Nora Prentiss (1947; 8am), The Locket (1946; 10am), The Strip (1951; 11:30am), The Narrow Margin (1952; 1pm), Born to Kill (1947; 2:15pm), The Unsuspected (1947; 4pm) and Dark Passage (1947; 6pm). (Regarding Prentiss—Vince Keenan asks if this movie is Noir … Or Not? in the latest
Sentinel…but it would appear TCM has already made that call for us.) Noir City
Come prime time, wax down your boogie board and gas up the woody as TCM heads for the beach with a festival that includes Gidget (1959; 8pm), Beach Blanket Bingo (1965; 10pm), Bikini Beach (1964; 12mid), Where the Boys Are (1960; 2am) and Girl Happy (1965; 4am).
Saturday, July 10 – I haven’t seen programmed on TCM The Big Sky (1952) in quite a while, so if you’re curious to see a Howard Hawks western in which the principals (Kirk Douglas, Dewey Martin) provide an interesting gay subtext, check this out at . The channel is also showing a real TDOY favorite in Quatermass and the Pit (1967; aka Five Million Years to Earth) at 6:15pm, and since TCM Essentials has My Darling Clementine (1946) scheduled at 8:00, a slew of John Ford westerns is sure to follow: Sergeant Rutledge (1960; 10pm), The Searchers (1956; 12mid), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949; 2:15am) and Stagecoach (1939; 4:15am).
Monday, July 12 – Okay, I don’t know why they’ve got a tribute to James Dunn planned today—it isn’t even his birthday—but if you’re curious to see what he did outside of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945), then stick around for Have a Heart (1934; 8am), The Payoff (1935; 9:30am), Living on Love (1937; 10:45am), The Living Ghost (1942; 12noon), Government Girl (1943; 1:15pm), Leave It to the Irish (1944; 3:00pm) and Killer McCoy (1947; 4:15pm).
Wednesday, July 14 – Now here’s something you don’t see everyday: a prime time TCM tribute to TDOY director fave Joseph H. Lewis. On tap are So Dark the Night (1946; 8pm), Deadly Is the Female (1949; aka Gun Crazy, ), My Name Is Julia Ross (1945; ), Cry of the Hunted (1953; 12mid), Desperate Search (1952; ), Terror in a Texas Town (1958; 3am) and The Halliday Brand (1957; ).
Thursday, July 15 – Light the candles for director William Dieterle—it’s his birthday today! Party favors will include Juarez (1939; 6am), The Life of Emile Zola (1937; 8:15am), The Story of Louis Pasteur (1935; 10:15am), Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940; 11:45am), All That Money Can Buy (1941; aka The Devil and Daniel Webster; 1:30pm), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935; 3:30pm) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939; 6pm).
Having satisfied throngs of Dieterle fans, TCM will then cater to the lowest teenage denominator with a night of youth-oriented fodder: Better Off Dead... (1985; 8pm), Sixteen Candles (1984; 10pm), Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986; 12mid), Risky Business (1983; 2am) and Fame (1980; 4am). (If anyone came up to me five years ago and told me I’d one day be able to see Better Off Dead on TCM, I would have had them committed.)
Friday, July 16 – Birthday with Babs! Ms. Stanwyck and TCM celebrate another one with showings of Hollywood Canteen (1944; 6am), The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946; 8:15am), Cry Wolf (1947; 10:15am), The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947; 11:45am), B.F.'s Daughter (1948; 1:30pm), To Please a Lady (1950; 3:30pm), The Man with a Cloak (1951; 5:15pm) and Jeopardy (1953; 6:45pm).
Tuesday, July 20 – Again…TCM isn’t celebrating a birthday but with a lineup of Myrna Loy movies that begins at 10:45am with The Truth About Youth (1930) and finishes up with 1991’s Hollywood Remembers: Myrna Loy - So Nice to Come Home to (7pm), why quibble? Consolation Marriage (1931; 12noon) Thirteen Women (1932; ) When Ladies Meet (1933; ) Evelyn Prentice (1934; ) and Man-Proof (1938; ) round out the day’s festivities.
Wednesday, July 21 – Here’s a birthday I’ll bet you don’t celebrate too often—that of the quintessential English gentleman, C. Aubrey Smith. You’ll no doubt want to play hooky from work in order to see Son of India (1931; 6:15am), -But the Flesh Is Weak (1932; 7:45am), Polly of the Circus (1932; 9:15am), The Firebird (1934; 10:30am), The Florentine Dagger (1935; 11:45am), Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936; 1pm), Five Came Back (1939; 3pm) and Beyond Tomorrow (1940; 4:30pm).
By evening, however, you’re bound to be a little bummed because you’ve been summoned for jury duty—but try to keep a stiff upper with showings of 12 Angry Men (1957; 8pm), Perfect Strangers (1950; 10pm), Murder Most Foul (1964; 11:45pm), Ladies of the Jury (1932; 1:30am), We're on the Jury (1937; 2:45am) and The Dock Brief (1962; aka Trial and Error, 4am)
Thursday, July 22 – TCM shows its audience the “Dickens” of a good time (there I go again) with A Tale of Two Cities (1935; ), A Christmas Carol (1938; ), Great Expectations (1946; ), The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1947; ), Oliver Twist (1948; ) and A Tale of Two Cities (1958; ) today.
Sunday, July 25 – TCM is running a mini-marathon of Abbott & Costello features beginning at with one of their most popular vehicles, Buck Privates (1941). Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942) and The Noose Hangs High (1948) follow at and , respectively.
Monday, July 26 – Here’s an interesting oddity: TCM has Forty Little Mothers (1940) scheduled at 12 noon; it’s an Eddie Cantor picture that finds Banjo Eyes in possession of an abandoned infant. I note this only because the movie was at one time used as joke fodder on Cantor’s radio show (much in the same manner as The Horn Blows at Midnight  was on The Jack Benny Program) until someone wrote in to say that Mothers wasn’t all that bad a picture. Cantor then told his writers to cease and desist with the jokes. Oh, TCM is also going to show one of my favorite Joan Crawford films, Above Suspicion (1943—Joan vs. Nazis!), at …so I can eliminate that title from my Warner Archive wish list.
Tuesday, July 27 – A prime time Doris Day salute is scheduled, with five Dodo films in the mix: The West Point Story (1950; 8pm), The Winning Team (1952; 10pm), By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953; 12mid), With Six You Get Eggroll (1968; 2am) and The Tunnel of Love (1958; 4am).
Wednesday, July 28 – I’m pretty full, but I think I can make room for another slice of birthday cake to celebrate one of my favorite movie clowns, Joe E. Brown. Great lineup of his films, beginning with Maybe It's Love (1930; aka Eleven Men And A Girl) at 6am—then followed by Sally (1929; 7:15am), Top Speed (1930; 9am), Broadminded (1931; 10:15am), Going Wild (1930; 11:30am), Local Boy Makes Good (1931; 12:45pm), Sit Tight (1931; 2pm), 6 Day Bike Rider (1934; 3:30pm), Bright Lights (1935; 4:45pm) and Earthworm Tractors (1936; 6:15pm).
Thursday, July 29 – Sorry…but I’ll have to take home my slice of William Powell birthday cake, while you sit down and enjoy One Way Passage (1932; 6am), The Kennel Murder Case (1933; 7:15am), Manhattan Melodrama (1934; 8:30am), Reckless (1935; 10:15am), Love Crazy (1941; 12noon), I Love You Again (1940; 2pm), After the Thin Man (1936; 4pm) and Life with Father (1947; 6pm).
I will, however, be ready by 8:00 pm for the big rock ‘n’ roll movie festival that kicks off with Rock, Rock, Rock (1956). That’s followed by Rock Around the Clock (1956; ), Bye Bye Birdie (1963; 11pm), Jailhouse Rock (1957; 1am), Go, Johnny, Go! (1959; ) and Don't Knock the Twist (1962; ).
Friday, July 30 – The only episode of Murder, She Wrote that I have ever watched all the way through was an entry called “The Days Dwindle Down” (
04/19/87)—only because it was a sequel to the 1949 film noir Strange Bargain with Martha Scott, Jeffrey Lynn and Harry “Dragnet” Morgan. You can see Bargain at , but “Days” will have to be hunted down on the third season Murder DVD box set.
Saturday, July 31 – TCM has Convicts 4 (1962) scheduled at . (I can cross this one off my Archive wish list, too.)