The Turner Classic Movies Star of the Month for September is Oscar-winning actor Melvyn Douglas.
35 Melvyn Douglas films will be shown on Wednesday in September, beginning this evening, September 3rd.
I especially enjoy Douglas in the earlier phase of his career, when he was a wonderful leading man in a number of romantic comedies of the '30s and '40s.
The Douglas tribute starts tonight with BEING THERE (1979), one of the two films for which he received a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award.
Another comedy that evening is THREE HEARTS FOR JULIA (1948), a cute film costarring Ann Sothern.
On Wednesday, September 10th, the evening starts off with his classic comedy with Greta Garbo, NINOTCHKA (1939), directed by Ernst Lubitsch. That's followed by the drama CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS (1937), for which his costar Spencer Tracy won the Oscar.
THEODORA GOES WILD (1936) with Irene Dunne and SHE MARRIED HER BOSS (1935) with Claudette Colbert. Both films are great fun, and I love his interplay with that pair of leading ladies.
September 17th starts with BILLY BUDD (1962) with Robert Ryan and Peter Ustinov. Films airing that evening which have been reviewed here in the past include THAT UNCERTAIN FEELING (1941) with Merle Oberon, FAST COMPANY (1938) with Florence Rice, and THE SHINING HOUR (1938) with Joan Crawford.
I really like FAST COMPANY, one of a trio of films about a husband and wife who sell rare books and solve mysteries on the side. Each of the films starred a different leading couple!
The series concludes on September 24th with Douglas's Oscar-nominated role in I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER (1970) and his Oscar-winning part in HUD (1963).
THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY (1964) with James Garner and Julie Andrews, WE WERE DANCING (1942) with Norma Shearer, and MY FORBIDDEN PAST (1951) with Robert Mitchum and Ava Gardner.
For more information on TCM this month, please visit my post TCM in September: Highlights and TCM Friday Spotlight: Pre-Codes.
The complete September schedule may be found on the TCM website.