Sunday, April 07, 2019

Quick Preview of TCM in July

The July schedule for Turner Classic Movies is now available!

Glenn Ford will be the July Star of the Month. Over three dozen Ford films will be shown spread across Monday evenings in July, running into the early hours each Tuesday.

This is Ford's third time as Star of the Month. Ford was previously the Star of the Month in June 1994, just after TCM began, and he was also honored nearly 18 years ago, in November 2001.

TCM will host two big Spotlight series in July, one on the films of 1939 and another on the history of science fiction. As part of the sci-fi series, TCM will be showing STAR WARS (1977). (I refuse to call it A NEW HOPE!)

July's Noir Alley titles are THE TATTOOED STRANGER (1950), THE PEOPLE AGAINST O'HARA (1951), WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS (1956), and THIEVES' HIGHWAY (1949). George Sanders, Ida Lupino, and Dana Andrews are seen at the right in WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS.

Saturday mornings feature Westerns with Dick Foran, Tim Holt, Tom Keene, and George O'Brien, along with Bowery Boys films, Traveltalk shorts, and the serial LOST CITY OF THE JUNGLE (1946).

As always, there is special programming for the 4th of July, including YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942) and THE MUSIC MAN (1962). Additional July themes include Sherlock Holmes, "Beach Party" movies, Spencer Tracy, priests, and doctors and nurses serving in WWII.

Filmmakers receiving multifilm tributes in July include Leslie Caron, Lucille Ball, Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon, Tab Hunter, Maureen O'Hara, and William Powell.

I'll have more detailed information on the July schedule posted here in late June.

Paul Newman will be the Star of the Month for May, with Jane Powell to be celebrated in June.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glenn Ford was a very natural and underrated actor. He must have been like John Wayne, the Duke said I don't act, I react. Glenn never received an Oscar nomination. He received two or three GOLDEN GLOBE noms , I believe. I know that he won at least one. When Glenn was elderly his son Peter tried to get a special award for his dad. When he couldn't get anyone here to give him one Peter contacted some place in Canada, where Glenn was from, the person said he never heard of Glenn Ford.

12:48 AM  
Blogger Caftan Woman said...

Someday ... well, maybe someday TCM will give a shout out to your friendly neighbours to the north with a July 1st (Canada Day) slate of films set above the 49th parallel (first movie right there). I think it would be fun and easy to program.

6:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a good idea. Two stars that I enjoy watching, RAYMOND BURR and YVONNE DECARLO, are from CANADA. Raymond did the PERRY MASON series for 9 seasons and then after an absence of 19 years came back and did 26 TV-Movies. They were from 1985 to 1993. Yvonne was known for her beauty but she was also a good actress. She was best known for THE MUNSTERS series. She worked with JOHN WAYNE and CLARK GABLE before that.

10:35 AM  
Blogger barrylane said...

Why was he underrated. He was top box office and made a lot of money. That is all. As for whining about awards? No one begs to be honored, and who is Peter Ford anyway. My point is made that this little narrative is public property.

6:02 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Caftan Woman, I love the Canada Day idea!!

Best wishes,
Laura

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Laura, do you think GLENN FORD was a natural actor? Do you think he gave some award-worthy performances? I can understand why his son wanted to get him a special award. Glenn was in show business for over 50 years. Also what do you think of RAYMOND BURR & YVONNE DECARLO? They did movies and TV and they were both Canadians.

9:55 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I had the honour of helping Peter Ford with his nomination for an Order of Canada nearly 20 years ago; while there were a few people who didn't support our quest (mostly because they questioned his Canadian connection, which was well documented) the nomination received endorsements from the likes of Hume Cronyn, Robert Goulet, Monty Hall and Art Linkletter as well as the top Canadian dignitary to Los Angeles at the time. I was privileged enough to be invited to the family home for a BBQ -- although Mr. Ford's health at the time didn't permit a personal visit.
It was a fun project as Peter and I (Peter via phone) were on a national radio broadcast talking to a very engaging host about GF's film career. In the end, the nomination ran out of steam, as did a similar honourary Oscar campaign that Peter had tried to initiate.
As to his acting style, Glenn Ford had a consistency that was both incise and powerful; he could smolder or project bemusement in a variety of roles, reflecting an inner strength or turmoil that made you like him. Some of his choices in films and ways on a film set would end up limiting his options down the road, but his time as a leading man was fairly lengthy. Although it wasn't his swan song, but his turn in Superman was perhaps one of the best in a host of cameo roles by big stars.

9:09 AM  

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