I wasn’t sure if I had the energy to do the regular TDOY feature “Coming Distractions” this month but since there’s nothing worth watching on the tube as of this posting I figured I’d give it the old college try. TCM’s tentative June 2010 schedule is also up; I’ll tackle some of those highlights in a future post…weather permitting.
Saturday, May 1 – TCM continues their Bowery Boys festival with the 1948 Leo Gorcey-Huntz Hall romp Angels' Alley. Jinx Money (1948) is on tap for the week after, and then it’s Smugglers' Cove (1948; May 15) and Trouble Makers (1948; May 22). (Slip, Sach and the rest of the gang take a break on the 29th for a slew of Memorial Day films.)
Sunday, May 2 – TCM Silent Sunday Nights’ feature is Captain Salvation (1927; ), described as “a divinity student risks his future to help a prostitute.” Sounds like it’s worth a look-see. Following Salvation is a rare treat: the German version of Anna Christie (1931) with Greta Garbo…which some say is even better than the English one.
Monday, May 3 – Happy birthday Mary Astor! Celebrate the 104th natal anniversary of the woman who would be Brigid O’Shaughnessy with a festival that kicks off with the 1924 silent Beau Brummel at . The Runaway Bride (1930; 8:30am), The Sin Ship (1931; 9:45am), Smart Woman (1931; 11am), Dinky (1935; 12:15pm), Woman Against Woman (1938; 1:30pm), There's Always a Woman (1938; 2:45pm), Midnight (1939; 4:15pm) and The Great Lie (1941; 6pm) follow.
Wednesday, May 5 – It’s the inaugural night of films for TCM’s Star of the Month, Donna Reed—the frivolity starts at 8pm with Shadow of the Thin Man (1941), followed by The Courtship of Andy Hardy (1942; 9:45pm), Calling Dr. Gillespie (1942; 11:30pm), Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case (1943; 1am), Babes on Broadway (1941; 2:45am) and The Human Comedy (1943; 5am). The schedule for the rest of May is as follows:
May 6 – Thursday
07:00am The Bugle Sounds (1942)
Apache Trail (1942)
10:00am Gentle Annie (1944)
May 12 – Wednesday
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)
12:00am Green Dolphin Street (1947)
02:30am The Man from Down Under (1943)
04:30am Mokey (1942)
May 13 – Thursday
06:00am Raiders of the Seven Seas (1953)
07:30am Gun Fury (1953)
They Rode West (1954)
10:30am Three Hours to Kill (1954)
May 19 – Wednesday
Trouble Along the Way (1953)
10:00pm Saturday's Hero (1951)
12:00am Ransom! (1956)
02:00am Scandal Sheet (1952)
03:30am The Whole Truth (1958)
05:00am Eyes in the Night (1942)
May 20 – Thursday
06:30am The Get-Away (1941)
May 26 – Wednesday
From Here to Eternity (1953)
They Were Expendable (1945)
See Here, Private Hargrove (1944)
02:30am Faithful in My Fashion (1946)
Thousands Cheer (1943)
Friday, May 7 – Is TCM going to celebrate Gary Cooper’s birthday today? Yup—with It's a Big Country (1951; ), Man of the West (1958; 9am), Meet John Doe (1941; ), Sergeant York (1941; 1pm), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936; 3:30pm) and The Fountainhead (1949; 5:30pm).
Tuesday, May 11 – TCM starts off the morning with a mini-birthday tribute to the grande dame of British film comedy, Margaret Rutherford with The Runaway Bus (1954) at 7am and then follows that with three of the entries in the “Miss Marple” series: Murder at the Gallop (1963; 8:30am), Murder Ahoy (1964; 10am) and Murder Most Foul (1964; 11:45am). After Foul, the channel keeps up the “murder” motif with Murder in the Air (1940; …Brass Bancroft!), Murder in the Clouds (1934; ), Murder in the Fleet (1935; ), Murder in the Private Car (1934; 5pm) and Murder, My Sweet (1944; ).
Saturday, May 15 – TCM is going to show one of my favorite movies: The Swimmer (1968), starring Burt Lancaster and Janice Rule, based on the short story by John Cheever. This one doesn’t turn up on cable too often, so you might want to fire up the DVR/TiVo/Or whatever recording device strikes your fancy.
Sunday, May 16 – If you’re a fan of Jack, Doc and Reggie…well, you’ll be disappointed that Reggie isn’t in I Love a Mystery (1945; 6:30an).
really didn’t do right by their adaptations of the popular radio mystery series…but this one, the first of three, is probably the best. (And besides, Barton Yarborough plays Doc and that’s too good to pass up.) Later, on TCM Silent Sunday Nights, Charlie Chaplin’s brother Columbia is showcased in the WW2 comedy The Better 'Ole (1926; 12 mid)—a comedy curio that’s worth a look if you’re interested in seeing the lesser-known Chaplin’s work. Sydney
Monday, May 17 – A pair of films that feature stars from the Golden Age of Radio: Seven Days' Leave (1942; 7:30am) is basically about a serviceman (Victor Mature) who has just one week to marry an heiress and inherit $100,000, but one of the supporting characters is none other than Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve—played by Harold Peary hizzownself. Afterward, Gildy’s old Wistful Vista neighbors—Fibber McGee & Molly (Jim & Marian Jordan)—headline Heavenly Days (1944), a B-quickie that finds the couple on the loose in the nation’s capital.
Tuesday, May 18 – There’s gold in them thar hills! Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration…but it’s no exaggeration that TCM is going to feature a mini-festival of “Gold Digger” films: Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933; 6am), Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935; 8am), Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936; 10am) and Gold Diggers in Paris (1938; 12 ).
Wednesday, May 19 – Noir day! Armored Car Robbery (1950; 6:30am), Destination Murder (1950; 7:45am), The People Against O'Hara (1951; 9am), The Unknown Man (1951; 11am), Clash by Night (1952; 12:30pm), Beware, My Lovely (1952; 2:30pm), Angel Face (1952; 4pm) and Code Two (1953; 5:45pm). (I’m not sure if that last one qualifies.)
Thursday, May 20 – Is it just me, or does he have a birthday every year? Celebrate James Stewart’s 102nd natal anniversary at with Navy Blue and Gold (1937), followed by Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939; 10am), The Mortal Storm (1940, 12:15pm), Bell Book and Candle (1958; 2pm), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962; 4pm) and The Man from Laramie (1955; 6pm).
Friday, May 21 – It’s Robert Montgomery’s turn as the birthday boy, with a lineup that kicks off at and The Big House (1930). The Divorcee (1930; 8am), Private Lives (1931; ), Faithless (1932; 11am), Hide-Out (1934; ), Night Must Fall (1937; 2pm), The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937; 4pm) and Lady in the Lake (1947; 5:45pm) follow.
Monday, May 24 – A couple of Columbia B-movies that are definitely worth your time; first, immigrant Peter Lorre embarks on a life of crime when his face is hideously disfigured in The Face Behind the Mask (1941; 8:15am). Then, at 12:30m, detective William Demarest tries to solve a sorority house murder in the TDOY fave Nine Girls (1944); Ann Harding, Evelyn Keyes, Jinx Falkenburg, Anita Louise, Jeff Donnell, Nina Foch and Marcia Mae Jones portray some of the sisters.
Tuesday, May 25 – Think about it: when was the last time you celebrated Fay Bainter’s birthday? Well, mark the 25th on your calendar because TCM is going to show This Side of Heaven (1934; 6am), The Soldier and the Lady (1937; 7:30am), Mother Carey's Chickens (1938; 9am), The Shining Hour (1938; 10:30am), Yes, My Darling Daughter (1939; 12noon), Young Tom Edison (1940; 1:30pm), The War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942; 3:15pm) and The Heavenly Body (1944; 4:45pm).
Monday, May 31 – TCM closes out the month with a big birthday cake for the Man With No Name, Clint Eastwood himself. The all-day festival kicks off at 6am with The First Traveling Saleslady (1956), followed by A Fistful of Dollars (1964; 8am), For a Few Dollars More (1965; 9:45am), The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly (1966; 12noon), Hang 'Em High (1968; 3pm), Where Eagles Dare (1969; 5pm), Kelly's Heroes (1970; 8pm), Dirty Harry (1971; 12:15am) and Magnum Force (1973; 2am). TCM will also debut a documentary, The Eastwood Factor, which will be shown at and .
In addition to the films noted above, TCM will also dedicate Tuesdays and Thursdays in April to commemorate Race and Hollywood: Native American Images on Film, a collection of features centering on Native Americans. The channel has some dandy movies in store: The Exiles (1961), Incident at Oglala (1992), Broken Rainbow (1985), Smoke Signals (1998) and Thunderheart (1992), just to name a few of the many to be featured.