Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Quick Preview of TCM in June

TCM is posting its schedules at a fast clip these days! April, May, and now June have all been posted in just slightly over a month's time.

The June star of the month will be Jean Simmons, who passed away in January 2010.

Over two dozen Simmons films will be shown on Tuesday evenings. Many classics will be screened, including GREAT EXPECTATIONS (1946), BLACK NARCISSUS (1947), HAMLET (1948), YOUNG BESS (1953), and THE BIG COUNTRY (1958).

Among the lesser-known but very enjoyable films being shown are ADAM AND EVELYNE (1949), a romantic comedy she made with husband Stewart Granger, and UNTIL THEY SAIL (1957), an excellent WWII drama about the New Zealand home front, costarring Paul Newman, Joan Fontaine, and Sandra Dee. ANGEL FACE (1952), the film noir Simmons made with Robert Mitchum, is also on the list, as is the musical GUYS AND DOLLS (1955).

I do wish TCM had been able to get ahold of Simmons' original version of THE BLUE LAGOON (1949), directed by Frank Launder, which I've seen most of thanks to YouTube, but otherwise it's a wonderful lineup!

Beyond the Simmons films, June is an exciting month on TCM! The titles I'm especially looking forward to seeing include STATION WEST (1948) with Dick Powell and Jane Greer (now I don't have to buy a Region 2 DVD!), THE LAST OF MRS. CHEYNEY (1929) with Norma Shearer, and PICADILLY JIM (1936) with Robert Montgomery.

Fans of British films need to be sure to check out the excellent WWII spy thriller YELLOW CANARY (1943), starring Anna Neagle and Richard Greene, and I KNOW WHERE I'M GOING! (1945), a film which is just about perfect.

The month includes multi-film tributes to Tony Curtis, Anthony Mann, Alexis Smith, Audie Murphy, Eleanor Parker, Dorothy McGuire, Cary Grant, Jane Greer, and Errol Flynn.

By coincidence, an eight-film birthday tribute for the late Jane Russell was previously scheduled for June 21st.

I'll be sharing more thoughts on the June schedule around Memorial Day Weekend. Meanwhile, we can look forward to Ray Milland in April and Esther Williams in May.


Blogger mel said...

Thanks as always for your June TCM schedule. Although it doesn't affect me (unless I request a friend in the US to record something for me), I find it a bit strange that in the past TCM always indicated "All Times Eastern", then recently switched to "All Times Pacific" and now I see it's "All Times Mountain".

Think of the confusion...

10:29 PM  
Blogger monty said...

I always thought Jean Simmons was a great actress who didn't get the full attention she deserved. That's great news she is June's star of the month. And she is competing in my march madness tournament and her week is coming up in 3 weeks. Who knows Jean might win the whole thing. Thanks once again for sharing Laura. Your preview posts are very helpful.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Jean was honored with a Tribute at the Telluride Film Festival in 2009. When we first went t her home to invite her, the response was, "Why would anyone want to honor me?"
I told "For many reasons..." and named off a log list of movies. She came and had an amazing time, telling wonderful stories and loving the attention.
What a shame the Academy never gave her an Oscar. They even screwed it up during the "In Memoriam" segment at the 2010 Oscar ceremony by posting a photo of Jennifer Jones in The Song of Bernadette above Jean's name?

1:18 AM  

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