June 3, Monday
Busses Roar (1942)
The Very Thought of You (1944)
Between Two Worlds (1944)
03:15am Crime by Night (1944)
04:30am The Last Ride (1944)
05:30am The Mysterious Doctor (1943)
June 4, Tuesday
Hollywood Canteen (1944)
June 10, Monday
Chain Lightning (1950)
Of Human Bondage (1946)
Never Say Goodbye (1946)
03:15am Pride of the Marines (1945)
Escape Me Never (1947)
June 11, Tuesday
07:30am One for the Book (1947)
09:30am The Woman in White (1948)
It’s a Great Feeling (1949)
June 17, Monday
Interrupted Melody (1955)
12:00am Home from the Hill (1960)
02:45am Lizzie (1957)
04:15am How to Steal the World (1968)
June 18, Tuesday
06:00am The Seventh Sin (1957)
Many Rivers to Cross (1955)
Above and Beyond (1952)
June 24, Monday
Detective Story (1951)
A Millionaire for Christy (1951)
01:45am The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
04:00am The King and Four
A Hole in the Head (1959)
June 25, Tuesday
07:45am An American Dream (1966)
09:45am The Oscar (1966)
If the movie How to Steal the World doesn’t look like a familiar entry on Parker’s movie resume, that’s because it’s the feature film version of a two-part episode from The Man from U.N.C.L.E., “The Seven Wonders of the World Affair,” originally telecast in January of that same year. (Personally, I’d jump at the chance to see 1969’s Eye of the Cat again—I haven’t seen it since it was on TBS many, many moons ago.)
June 7, Friday (Dashiell Hammett)
The Maltese Falcon (1931)
City Streets (1931)
After the Thin Man (1936)
01:00am The Glass Key (1942)
02:30am The Maltese Falcon (1941)
04:30am Satan Met a Lady (1936)
June 14, Friday (David Goodis)
Dark Passage (1947)
The Burglar (1956)
Shoot the Piano Player (1962)
02:45am The Burglars (1971)
05:00am The Unfaithful (1947)
June 21, Friday (Jonathan Latimer/James M. Cain)
They Won’t Believe Me (1947)
Double Indemnity (1944)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
03:15am Serenade (1956)
June 28, Friday (Cornell Woolrich/Raymond Chandler)
The Leopard Man (1943)
Deadline at Dawn (1946)
Murder, My Sweet (1944)
01:00am The Big Sleep (1946)
03:00am Lady in the
05:00am Strangers on a Train (1951)
Okay, okay…I know what you’re thinking. (And it’s kind of weirding me out…I’m afraid I’ll turn into a geek like Tyrone Power in Nightmare Alley…) June is a short month, and you can’t help but feel shortchanged when it comes to classic movies. Au contraire, mes amis—there are scads of wonderful features in store for us and I thought I’d take a quick glance at the highlights…but as always, titles are subject to change and all times listed are
June 1, Saturday – Tee Cee Em continues to go through the catalog of classics from the RKO Falcon series every Saturday at . Kicking off the month is The Falcon in Danger (1943), followed by The Falcon and the Co-Eds (1944; 6/8), The Falcon Out West (1944; 6/15), The Falcon in Mexico (1944; 6/22) and The Falcon in Hollywood (1944; 6/29).
Come nightfall, it’s another edition of
as my Twitter compadre Kristen jokingly refers to it, “The Drewssentials”—as TCM
Oracle Robert Osborne and his protégé Drew Barrymore rhapsodize over Libeled Lady at 8pm…which ushers in a
night of “Libel Suits” movies, namely Libel
(1959) at 9:45pm, followed by The Life
of Emile Zola (1937; 11:30pm) and Sued
for Libel (1940) at 1:30am.
June 2, Sunday –
TCM has a
double feature scheduled featuring one of TDOY’s
favorite thespians, the incomparable Basil Rathbone. The
Court Jester (1956) is unspooled at ,
followed by more of Bas’ signature villainy in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) at 10.
June 3, Monday – Happy birthday, Paulette Goddard! Ms. Goddard celebrates what would have been her 103rd natal anniversary with a hat doff of
films that starts at 6am with Modern
Times (1936), then it’s Dramatic
School (1938; 7:30am), The Women
(1939; 9am), The Great Dictator
(1940; 11:15am), Second Chorus (1940;
1:30pm), Pot O’Gold (1941; 3pm), An Ideal Husband (1947; 4:30pm) and Paris Model (1953; 6:15pm).
At eight o’clock, Uncle Bobby Osbo fights off the urge to show several hours of footage he shot with his IPhone at the
Film Festival and instead schedules a quartet of his famous “picks”: The Rains Came (1939; 8pm), Billy the Kid (1941; 10pm), That’s Entertainment! III (1994; 12mid) and TDOY fave The Mask of
Dimitrios (1944; ).
June 5, Wednesday – Spangler Arlington Brugh’s natal anniversary is
August 5, 1911…but
since TCM throws its huge Summer Under the Stars bash in the month
of August, they’ve decided to move Mr. Brugh’s—better known as Robert
Taylor—b-day up a month and schedule it this morning, scheduling Camille (1936) at 6am, then Three Comrades (1938; 8am), Waterloo Bridge (1940; 10am), Flight Command (1940; 12noon), When Ladies Meet (1941; 2pm), High Wall (1947; 4pm) and Westward the Women (1951; 6pm).
June 6, Thursday –
observes the sixty-ninth anniversary of D-Day with like-minded war film
features that begin with Attack on the
Iron Coast (1968) at 6am, followed by Fighter
Squadron (1948; 7:45am), I See a
Dark Stranger (1946; 9:30am), The
Americanization of Emily (1964; 11:30am), 36 Hours (1965; 1:30pm), Resisting
Enemy Interrogation (1944; 3:30pm), Screaming
Eagles (1956; 4:45pm) and Breakthrough
June 8, Saturday – The elusive Ted Tetzlaff-directed Riffraff (1947) will be shown this morning at …I’ve been trying to record this one for some time now, so maybe today could be the day, as they sing in the ads for the Georgia Lottery.
Osborne and Barrymore will unspool Breathless (1959) at 8pm on The Essentials, and follow that up with two more films starring Jean-Paul Belmondo: The Thief of Paris (1967; 9:45am) and Two Women (1960; 12mid). Then on
Underground, a showing of the cult documentary Crumb (1994; )—for
those of us too cheap to buy the Criterion disc.
June 10, Monday – The 1934 Charley Chase short The Chases of Pimple Street is scheduled at . (Woo hoo!)
June 11, Tuesday – The channel features a few noir goodies in the afternoon after Eleanor Parker flicks in the morning: They Drive By Night (1940; 1pm), Detour (1945; ), Homicide (1949; 4pm) and The Hitch-Hiker (1953; ).
June 12, Wednesday – The only color feature film Bela Lugosi ever made, Scared to Death (1947), gets a showing at …if you’re brave enough. (It also features corpse narration, three years before the better known Sunset Blvd.) If I can swing it, I’ll try to catch Let’s Make Music (1941) at only because I’m curious about a movie featuring Bing Crosby’s brother Bob that was written by Nathaniel West.
At , a scheduling of Imitation of Life (1959) introduces the theme “Lana Turner in the 50s” (well, it was either that or “Lana Turner in Her 50s”); Life is followed by The Rains of Ranchipur (1955; ), The Sea Chase (1955; ), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952; ) and Latin Lovers (1953; ).
June 14, Friday – What Every Woman Knows (1934) gets a showing at . If you’ve never watched this one, you should.
June 15, Saturday – The last time
showed The Palm Beach Story (1942) I
made the observation that I knew Preston Sturges was a great director because
he accomplished the impossible: he made Rudy Vallee funny. Since Story
is the subject of TCM’s Essentials, the channel
will follow that up with a pair of Vallee vehicles that can’t quite match his
peerless performance in the Sturges film…but if you’re game, they’re Gold Diggers in Paris (1938; 9:45pm)
and Sweet Music (1935; 11:30pm).
06:00am Bonjour Tristesse (1957)
08:00am The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (1963)
10:00am Father of the Bride (1950)
11:45am Citizen Kane (1941)
02:00pm All the King’s Men (1949)
The Last Hurrah (1958)
Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Life with Father (1947)
12:30am The Kid (1921)
01:30am Chaplin Today: The Kid (2003)
02:00am Close-Up (1990)
04:00am 12 Angry Men (1957)
June 17, Monday –
celebrates actor Ralph Bellamy’s 109th birthday with a lineup of his movies: Ever in My Heart (1933; 6am), Flying Devils (1933; 7:15am), Headline Shooter (1933; 8:30am), Picture Snatcher (1933; 9:45am), Spitfire (1934; 11:15am), This Land is Mine (1943; 12:45pm), The Awful Truth (1937; 2:30pm), Boy Meets Girl (1938; 4pm) and Sunrise at Campobello (1960; 5:30pm)
June 18, Tuesday – Back in January of this year, Tee Cee Em set aside a couple of nights to honor tunesmith James Van Heusen…and several of the movies scheduled featured collaborations with his partner Sammy Cahn. So because Mr. Cahn will be in the spotlight this evening (“Sammy Cahn in Hollywood”), you’ll probably experience a slight bit of déjà vu with the scheduling of Three Coins in the Fountain (1954; 8pm), Tonight and Every Night (1945; 10pm), Anchors Aweigh (1945; 11:45pm), Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964; 2:15am) and Romance on the High Seas (1948; 4:30am).
When evening shadows fall, the schedule gives way to a celebration of films written by playwright-screenwriter Donald Ogden Stewart. My favorite of the Cary Grant-Katharine Hepburn collaborations,
Holiday (1938), kicks things off at and that’s followed by Keeper of the Flame (1942; 10pm), No More Ladies (1935; 12mid), A
Woman’s Face (1941; ) and The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934; ).
June 21, Friday – Because
is splitting up the day to celebrate both the birthdays of Judy Holliday and Jane
Russell…this means I don’t get to make the “Every day’s a Holliday” joke, which
is sort of tradition. Be that as it may,
Judy’s got the morning with Adam’s Rib
(1949; ), Born Yesterday (1950; )
and Bells are Ringing (1960;
10am)—then the afternoon is turned over to Jane with The Outlaw (1943; ),
Young Widow (1946; ), The
French Line (1954; 4pm) and Underwater!
(1955; 6pm). (No doubt about it—Judy
made better movies.)
June 22, Saturday – The hosting of the John Ford-John Wayne western classic The Searchers (1956) on the Essentials at 8pm will be followed by two more movies dealing with obsession: Moby Dick (1956) at 10:15pm and TDOY fave Les Misérables (1935) at 12:15am.
June 24, Monday – It’s Doppelgänger Day on the channel, featuring films about look-a-likes: Callaway Went Thataway (1951; 7am), Kissin’ Cousins (1964; ), The Scapegoat (1959; ), The Prince and the Pauper (1937; 12noon), The Prisoner of Zenda (1952; 2pm), The Big Mouth (1967; 4pm) and The Whole Town’s Talking (1935; 6pm)
June 26, Wednesday – A cornucopia of films from the year 1950 are in the spotlight today: Outrage (), Double Deal (), Born to Be Bad (), Quicksand (), Destination Murder (), Dial 1119 (), Armored Car Robbery (), Black Hand () and The Asphalt Jungle ().
June 27, Thursday –
starts off the morning with a salute to one of my favorite B-movie
directors…and one of my favorites of his films, the 1949 Charles McGraw crime
drama The Threat (1949) at . This
will be followed by The Big Trees
(1952; ), Donovan’s Brain (1953; 10am) and Pirates of Tripoli (1950; ). The afternoon finds the channel paying
tribute to the late Patricia Medina (who passed away on April 28 at the age of
92) with showings of The Beast of Hollow
Mountain (1956; ), Miami Expose (1956; ), Drums of
Tahiti (1954; ), The Black Knight (1954; 5pm) and The Lady and the Bandit (1951; ).
Primetime features a festival of Sean Connery films—the venerable Scot will celebrate his 83rd birthday in August (knock wood). A Bridge Too Far (1977) kicks things off at 8pm, followed by Robin and Marian (1976; 11pm), The Anderson Tapes (1971; 1am), A Fine Madness (1966; 3am) and The Wind and the Lion (1975; 5am).
June 29, Saturday – Mad Monster Party (1967) at 9am. A representative from Lions Gate promised to send me a freebie of this when they released it in Blu-ray/
DVD combo form last
September but she lied…she lied a lot.
So I close the iron door on her.