It's hard for me to believe that April is gone already! Time for a peek at the May schedule on Turner Classic Movies.
Sterling Hayden is the Star of the Month every Wednesday evening in May. I'll be posting more about the Star of the Month lineup sometime next week. (Update: Please visit TCM Star of the Month: Sterling Hayden.)
Orson Welles is the focus of the May Friday Night Spotlight, hosted by David Edelstein. There's also a special schedule of disaster movies the first three Thursday evenings of May.
Below are just a few of this month's highlights; click on any hyperlinked title for the related review.
...May launches on the 1st with a lineup of "secretary" movies. I'll be recording Jean Muir in HER HUSBAND'S SECRETARY (1937) which I've never seen. Other titles including the mind-bending pre-Code SHE HAD TO SAY YES (1933) starring Loretta Young; the delightful comedy THE RICHEST GIRL IN THE WORLD (1934) with Miriam Hopkins and Joel McCrea, not to mention sparkling support from Fay Wray and Reginald Denny; EVER SINCE EVE (1937) with Marion Davies and Robert Montgomery; and SHE'S GOT EVERYTHING (1938), an RKO charmer with Ann Sothern and Gene Raymond. A most enjoyable lineup!
QUEEN CHRISTINA (1933), which I saw at the TCM Classic Film Festival. It's on this Saturday evening, May 2nd, as part of a Garbo tribute.
...Don't miss Alan Ladd, Olivia de Havilland, and David Ladd in THE PROUD REBEL (1958) on Sunday, May 3rd. It's another film I saw at the recent TCM Classic Film Festival, and I hope to write about it in the near future.
...Fans of Susan Peters will want to check out THREE SONS O' GUNS (1941) on the 5th, costarring Wayne Morris.
...May 6th pays tribute to nurses with eight titles including Bebe Daniels as a REGISTERED NURSE (1934), costarring Lyle Talbot. Modern viewers may want to note the insane amount of smoking engaged in by the hospital medical staff!
AIRPORT (1970), followed by some favorite air disaster films including THE CROWDED SKY (1960), FIVE CAME BACK (1939), and the terrifically fun SKYJACKED (1972). The shot of Charlton Heston piloting the plane during takeoff with a pipe clenched in his teeth is classic. Would he be fired for that in today's world?!
...Charlton Heston also stars in TOUCH OF EVIL (1958), which is part of the evening of Orson Welles films on May 8th. I can't say I really "got" TOUCH OF EVIL when I saw it at least year's TCM Festival, but the long uninterrupted opening shot is something every film fan should see.
National Film Registry last year.
...The Mother's Day films on May 10th include Lana Turner in IMITATION OF LIFE (1959), another film I saw at this year's TCM Classic Film Festival. It's an enjoyable melodrama directed by Douglas Sirk.
...May 13th is my favorite day on the schedule, an eight-film tribute to actress-singer Anne Jeffreys. Jeffreys, the widow of Robert Sterling, turned 92 in January. The titles include some interesting-looking obscurities such as SING YOUR WAY HOME (1945) and DING DONG WILLIAMS (1946) along with two films which have been reviewed here in the past, THOSE ENDEARING YOUNG CHARMS (1945) and TRAIL STREET (1947).
...More disaster films on the 14th! The titles include Charlton Heston in EARTHQUAKE (1974), which I found unfortunately bad, and SAN FRANCISCO (1936) with Clark Gable and Jeanette MacDonald, which is terrific. Also on the schedule: Tyrone Power in IN OLD CHICAGO (1938).
...A tribute to James Mason on the 15th includes a film I adore, THE RECKLESS MOMENT (1948) costarring Joan Bennett. Death and blackmail in suburban Balboa Island, California. Bennett in particular was never better. This is a film which would also have been a great Mother's Day pick!
...This seems to be a month for TCM to show a number of the films from the TCM Fest! Another I loved seeing at the festival was CALAMITY JANE (1953), an old favorite with Doris Day and Howard Keel. It's on May 17th.
...A day of early James Stewart films on May 20th includes a pair of films reviewed here quite recently, THE MURDER MAN (1935) and SPEED (1936).
...Eight Doris Day films air on May 21st. Sit down and enjoy!!
THE LAST VOYAGE (1960) with Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, George Sanders, Edmond O'Brien, and Woody Strode. It has its flaws, including the casting of a child actress who was twice the age of her character, but it's a movie you won't forget.
...The annual Memorial Day Weekend marathon begins on Saturday, May 23rd, and continues through Monday the 25th. My pick of the weekend is the impressive THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO (1944), with Spencer Tracy leading a huge cast including Van Johnson, Robert Mitchum, and Robert Walker. It's the very first war film airing on the 23rd.
...BELLE OF THE YUKON (1944) has a rather unusual cast: Randolph Scott, Gypsy Rose Lee and Dinah Shore. It's on May 26th.
MYSTERY STREET (1950), airing on May 31st. Police detective Ricardo Montalban and Harvard scientist Bruce Bennett try to solve a murder.
For much more on TCM in May, please visit the schedule.