Saturday, June 18, 2011

Quick Preview of TCM in September

Earlier this week a somewhat incomplete schedule for September appeared on the Turner Classic Movies website.

The schedule has since disappeared -- along with the previously posted schedules for July and August! I've been holding off posting the September preview in hopes the schedule would reappear, but since it's been a few days now I'm going to go ahead and share the information I have based on what was previously posted, with the caveat that titles are subject to change.

September's Star of the Month is Kirk Douglas. Over two dozen Douglas films will be shown on Tuesday evenings in September.

Titles shown will include OUT OF THE PAST (1947), A LETTER TO THREE WIVES (1949), ACE IN THE HOLE (1951), THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1952), LUST FOR LIFE (1956), SPARTACUS (1960), and SEVEN DAYS IN MAY (1964), along with many others.

Particular highlights for me on the September schedule are YOUNG AND WILLING (1943), a hard-to-come-by Paramount film starring William Holden and Susan Hayward; UNION DEPOT (1932), a pre-Code starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Joan Blondell; and LOVE, HONOR AND BEHAVE (1938), one of the last films I need to complete my Priscilla Lane collection. After September the only Lane films I need to track down are SILVER QUEEN (1942) with George Brent and THE MEANEST MAN IN THE WORLD (1943) with Jack Benny.

The long-sought THE CONSTANT NYMPH (1943) is said to be showing on September 28th, though it's not on the calendar I printed.

THE STORY OF TEMPLE DRAKE (1933), a somewhat infamous pre-Code starring Miriam Hopkins, is slated for September 14th.

Also coming to TCM in September: tributes to William Holden, Ann Blyth, Robert Benchley, Walter Pidgeon, Deborah Kerr, and Merchant-Ivory films. There will be an evening of mermaid movies, including MIRANDA (1948) and MR. PEABODY AND THE MERMAID (1948), and another evening focusing on ballet films such as THE UNFINISHED DANCE (1947) and INVITATION TO THE DANCE (1956).

Over at Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Ivan also took a gander at the September schedule while he could, and he's posted his thoughts.

I'll have more comments on TCM in September somewhere around September 1st!

Meanwhile, coming to TCM this summer: Singing Cowboys in July and Summer Under the Stars in August.


Blogger SimpleGifts said...

Hi, Laura - On another subject, have you been following the Debbie Reynolds Hollywood memorabilia auction? There are so many iconic items such as Chaplin's Little Tramp bowler, Garland's Dorothy dress, Monroe's white halter dress and Audrey Hepburn's Ascot gown. The colorful catalog is an amazing history of Hollywood with background information on all the items and stills showing them in use. But it's a shame Reynolds was unable to fulfill her dream to build a museum and keep this invaluable collection together for the enjoyment of all. Here's the link to the site with the catalog PDF: -- Jane

6:24 PM  
Blogger mel said...

Found a pretty good TCM September schedule here:

I'll have to ask one of my American friends to record Young And Willing for me - I've been hunting for it for years.

9:06 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hi Jane! Thanks much for sharing the catalogue link. My husband was watching some of the auction yesterday online, but I have to admit I found it too painful -- as you say, so sad that the collection won't end up in a museum.

It will be a treat to see the young Holden & Hayward in YOUNG AND WILLING, Mel! Here's hoping that when TCM posts the final schedule we discover even more good stuff is on the way. :)

Best wishes,

10:23 AM  

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