The May Star of the Month on Turner Classic Movies is Robert Ryan.
Over three dozen Ryan films will be shown every Friday in May. In an unusual move for TCM, some of Ryan's films will be shown during the day on Fridays, preceding the primetime lineup.
Several of Ryan's war films will be shown the last Friday of May, segueing into TCM's traditional Memorial Day Weekend war movie marathon.
The month kicks off with over a dozen of Ryan's film noir classics on Friday, May 6th. Titles previously reviewed here being shown on the 6th include CLASH BY NIGHT (1952), THE RACKET (1951), BERLIN EXPRESS (1948), BORN TO BE BAD (1950), BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK (1955), CROSSFIRE (1947), ON DANGEROUS GROUND (1951), and BEWARE, MY LOVELY (1952). (Click any hyperlinked title for the related review.)
I particularly recommend ON DANGEROUS GROUND, costarring Ida Lupino, which has one of Ryan's most searing and heartbreaking performances.
Dramas shown on May 13th range from early Ryan movies, in which he played small roles, to more substantial leading parts in a variety of films. The titles on the 13th are THE IRON MAJOR (1943), GANGWAY FOR TOMORROW (1943), TENDER COMRADE (1943), BILLY BUDD (1962), ABOUT MRS. LESLIE (1954), THE BOY WITH GREEN HAIR (1948), GOD'S LITTLE ACRE (1958), HER TWELVE MEN (1954), and BACK FROM ETERNITY (1956).
TRAIL STREET (1947), RETURN OF THE BAD MEN (1948), THE NAKED SPUR (1953), and BEST OF THE BADMEN (1951).
Those movies are followed by five late-career Ryan films, LOLLY-MADONNA XXX (1973), THE OUTFIT (1973), THE WILD BUNCH (1969), CAPTAIN NEMO AND THE UNDERWATER CITY (1969), and EXECUTIVE ACTION (1973).
Ryan war films being shown on May 27th are BATTLE OF THE BULGE (1965), THE LONGEST DAY (1962), THE DIRTY DOZEN (1967), MEN IN WAR (1957), BOMBARDIER (1943), BEHIND THE RISING SUN (1943), MARINE RAIDERS (1944), and FLYING LEATHERNECKS (1951). You can't do better than the D-Day epic THE LONGEST DAY, with a large all-star cast all managing to create memorable characters, sometimes in limited screen time.
I've written more about Ryan's personal life and career for ClassicFlix. The article includes more detailed discussion of several of the films which will be shown on TCM this month.
For more on TCM in May 2016, please visit TCM in May: Highlights.
Update: For more on Robert Ryan, please visit my review of the excellent biography on the actor by J.R. Jones.