The great Robert Ryan is the May Star of the Month. This is Ryan's second time as Star of the Month; he was previously the honoree 16 years ago, in February 2000.
Over 30 of Ryan's films will be shown on Fridays; in an unusual move for TCM, some of his films will be shown during the day on Fridays, ahead of the primetime lineup.
Several Ryan war films are being saved for the last Friday of May, leading into TCM's traditional Memorial Day weekend war movie marathon.
I've seen many of the Ryan films on the schedule, and TCM viewers have a real treat in store.
Deanna Durbin fans will be happy to hear that THREE SMART GIRLS (1936) is on the schedule; it's always great when one of her rarely shown Universal films turns up on TCM! She's seen in this publicity photo with Barbara Read and Nan Grey.
May will feature multi-film tributes to Mary Astor, Audrey Hepburn, Bette Davis, Maureen O'Sullivan, Katharine Hepburn, John Wayne, Fred Astaire, Cary Grant, and Richard Widmark.
May themes include brothers and sisters, comedy teams, India, plastic surgery, anthology films, composer biographies, Las Vegas, and cowboys, including films with Tim Holt and George O'Brien.
I'll have a more detailed look at the treasures in store for May close to May 1st.
In the meantime, February is currently the annual 31 Days of Oscar festival, with Merle Oberon scheduled as the March Star of the Month and Judy Garland slated for April.
Update: For more on TCM in May 2016, please visit TCM in May: Highlights and TCM Star of the Month: Robert Ryan.