Thrilling Days of Yesteryear for dropping me a line this weekend letting me know that the online preview of TCM's May schedule is now available!
Instead of a more traditional Star of the Month, the May theme at Turner Classic Movies will be "Tough Guys." Tuesday evenings will be devoted to film noir and gangster films starring the likes of Sterling Hayden, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, John Garfield, Victor Mature, Dana Andrews, Richard Widmark, Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, and Burt Lancaster, with the final evening devoted to post-1968 films with actors such as Steve McQueen, James Coburn, and Clint Eastwood.
As for the rest of the month, it's a great schedule. I'm particularly delighted that Priscilla Lane will be receiving a six-film primetime tribute on May 1st.
There will also be multi-film tributes to Glenn Ford, Bing Crosby, Busby Berkeley, Stewart Granger, Judy Garland, Edna Ferber, Joseph Cotten, Robert Montgomery, Anne Baxter, James Stewart, and Ronald Colman. There's also a night of disaster movies, a documentary on the late producer Richard D. Zanuck, and much, much more. As always, Memorial Day Weekend will be devoted to war films.
Of particular note is an evening devoted to the films of Harold Lloyd, starting with SAFETY LAST! (1923) and including some relatively early titles which I'm told are rarely seen.
I'm also especially happy that TCM is showing a film from my "wish list," COAST GUARD (1938) starring Randolph Scott and Frances Dee.
There are a significant number of lesser-known personal favorites airing in May, including THE MYSTERY OF MR. X (1934) starring Robert Montgomery, DOUBLE DANGER (1938) with Preston Foster, THE RECKLESS MOMENT (1949) with Joan Bennett and James Mason, SPRING MADNESS (1938) with Maureen O'Sullivan, and HIDE-OUT (1934) with O'Sullivan and Montgomery.
I'll be sharing more detailed information about TCM in May as May 1st nears.
The current Star of the Month is Greer Garson, and the April Star of the Month will be Laurence Olivier.