TCM is posting its schedules at a fast clip these days! April, May, and now June have all been posted in just slightly over a month's time.
The June star of the month will be Jean Simmons, who passed away in January 2010.
Over two dozen Simmons films will be shown on Tuesday evenings. Many classics will be screened, including GREAT EXPECTATIONS (1946), BLACK NARCISSUS (1947), HAMLET (1948), YOUNG BESS (1953), and THE BIG COUNTRY (1958).
Among the lesser-known but very enjoyable films being shown are ADAM AND EVELYNE (1949), a romantic comedy she made with husband Stewart Granger, and UNTIL THEY SAIL (1957), an excellent WWII drama about the New Zealand home front, costarring Paul Newman, Joan Fontaine, and Sandra Dee. ANGEL FACE (1952), the film noir Simmons made with Robert Mitchum, is also on the list, as is the musical GUYS AND DOLLS (1955).
I do wish TCM had been able to get ahold of Simmons' original version of THE BLUE LAGOON (1949), directed by Frank Launder, which I've seen most of thanks to YouTube, but otherwise it's a wonderful lineup!
Beyond the Simmons films, June is an exciting month on TCM! The titles I'm especially looking forward to seeing include STATION WEST (1948) with Dick Powell and Jane Greer (now I don't have to buy a Region 2 DVD!), THE LAST OF MRS. CHEYNEY (1929) with Norma Shearer, and PICADILLY JIM (1936) with Robert Montgomery.
Fans of British films need to be sure to check out the excellent WWII spy thriller YELLOW CANARY (1943), starring Anna Neagle and Richard Greene, and I KNOW WHERE I'M GOING! (1945), a film which is just about perfect.
The month includes multi-film tributes to Tony Curtis, Anthony Mann, Alexis Smith, Audie Murphy, Eleanor Parker, Dorothy McGuire, Cary Grant, Jane Greer, and Errol Flynn.
By coincidence, an eight-film birthday tribute for the late Jane Russell was previously scheduled for June 21st.
I'll be sharing more thoughts on the June schedule around Memorial Day Weekend. Meanwhile, we can look forward to Ray Milland in April and Esther Williams in May.