Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Quick Preview of TCM in August: Summer Under the Stars

The complete list for the actors to be celebrated in the annual Summer Under the Stars festival on TCM this August is now available!

Here are the actors to be celebrated this August, in date order:

Humphrey Bogart

Doris Day

Alec Guinness

Mary Boland

Charlton Heston

Joan Fontaine

Fred MacMurray

Ramon Navarro

Steve McQueen

Lana Turner

Henry Fonda

Catherine Deneuve

Mickey Rooney

Bette Davis

Gregory Peck

Ann Blyth

Wallace Beery

Natalie Wood

Randolph Scott

Hattie McDaniel

William Holden

Maggie Smith

Elizabeth Taylor

Charles Coburn

Clark Gable

Jeanne Crain

Martin Balsam

Shirley Jones

Glenda Farrell

Kirk Douglas

Rex Harrison

This is a terrific list, with many personal favorites including MacMurray, Fontaine, Blyth, Scott, and Crain.

I'm especially happy that TCM is honoring Crain as TCM has to make extra efforts to obtain many of her films, given that she spent the majority of her career at 20th Century-Fox. I'm excited about GUNS OF THE TIMBERLAND (1960), a movie she made with Alan Ladd which I've never seen; it was released by Warner Bros.

I'm also glad to see an early Joan Fontaine film I've never seen on her list, MUSIC FOR MADAME (1937). And ESCAPE (1948), with Rex Harrison and Peggy Cummins, looks interesting too.

Gregory Peck's day will include the rarely seen THE MACOMBER AFFAIR (1947)! It's a very interesting movie costarring Joan Bennett and Robert Preston.

The complete official schedule isn't available yet, but many of the titles are now listed at the TCM discussion forum.

For anyone who's curious about which actors have been part of Summer Under the Stars in recent years, here are the lists for 2010, 2011, and 2012.

I'll be posting more details on the August schedule at the end of July. In the meantime, Eleanor Parker is the Star of the Month for June and Paul Henreid will be celebrated in July.

June 1st Update: A link is now available for the tentative complete online schedule for August.

August 1st Update: For more details on the August schedule, please visit TCM in August: Summer Under the Stars Highlights.


Blogger john knight said...

I too am excited about GUNS OF THE TIMBERLAND.I have seen it,but that was when it was first released.
I enjoyed it very much at the time.
What is really interesting is that it is one of Alan Ladds Jaguar productions,that Warners until recently at least do not hold the rights to.
I have an idea this may have been resolved,perhaps someone can ask on the Warner Archive Facebook page.It has been annoying to see some of these Jaguar films turn up in p.d. hell.Other much sought after Jaguar films are
HELL ON FRISCO BAY (lots of people are after this one) THE BIG LAND,DRUM BEAT and THE DEEP SIX.
The fact that TCM are showing GUNS OF THE TIMBERLAND means that a DVD release should follow soon.
There are a couple of Jaguar Productions that Ladd did not star in that sound interesting too:

4:44 AM  
Blogger john knight said...

Wow! so much great news today!
I am really excited about ESCAPE which I understood
to be a "lost" film.
I do have a really bad transfer from 16mm and would love
an upgrade. ESCAPE is a British film with an American
producer,director and screenwriter.
Wonderful Fifties England rural vibe,Rex Harrison and Peggy
Cummins make a most engaging twosome.
Only complaint I really wanted this film to be longer than it is.Harrison really excellent in an offbeat role.

5:11 AM  
Blogger barrylane said...

The Macomber Affair is particularly effective. At the time of its release was not considered successful...sure has a chance on DVD to make up for that.

7:32 AM  
Blogger Blake Lucas said...

The three films mentioned in the comments so far have long been on my list and really jumped out in your overview.

I have never seen any of these three films, which seem to have long been missing, so will make a point of GUNS OF THE TIMBERLAND, ESCAPE and THE MACOMBER AFFAIR.

ESCAPE has the lowest reputation of any film directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz but it is the ONLY movie of his I've never seen, so will be nice to be complete with this major filmmaker.

John Knight, you should know that TCM has shown THE BIG LAND and DRUM BEAT and THE DEEP SIX is on this weekend. They've also shown A CRY IN THE NIGHT. So maybe hopefully the Jaguar issue is resolved. I've never seen HELL ON FRISCO BAY.

THE MACOMBER AFFAIR does have a very strong reputation and I've always very much wanted to see it. Hemingway's story "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" was one of his best, which is saying a lot.

For those with a taste for really strong modern films, I highly recommend MA SAISON PREFEREE with Catherine Deneuve, one of the her best performances ever and one of the best movies of brilliant French director Andre Techine.

9:52 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Your comments are all greatly appreciated!

John, I'd love to see more Jaguar films too. Saw A CRY IN THE NIGHT a few weeks ago and found it interesting. I'm very anxious to see ESCAPE, having enjoyed Peggy Cummins so much in GUN CRAZY and HELL DRIVERS in the past year. I'd also love to see her in MOSS ROSE. Blake, that's pretty amazing you only have one Mankiewicz film left to see!

I found THE MACOMBER AFFAIR to be an interesting film and am glad it's going to be more widely seen thanks to TCM. The '40s Joan Bennett pretty much can't do wrong for me as a viewer. :)

Best wishes,

12:15 AM  
Blogger john knight said...

Peggy Cummins had some really interesting credits;
two of her films are bona-fide "cult classics"
Another great film with Peggy is STREET CORNER; 1953
(aka Both Sides Of The Law)
She is aces as a bored young mother who gets mixed
up with gangsters.
A very sharp London based crime thriller with a
brilliant cast. Yet another "lost" film awaiting

5:06 AM  

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