Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Quick Preview of TCM in May

Time for a preview of the May schedule on Turner Classic Movies!

The May Star of the Month is unusual for TCM, "Movie Roberts." The series will begin with a 2014 PRIVATE SCREENINGS with the late TCM host Robert Osborne and then feature CROSSFIRE (1947), which stars three different actors named Robert -- Mitchum, Young, and Ryan.

The Star of the Month series continues with films featuring a wide variety of actors named Robert, including Montgomery, Taylor, Armstrong, Donat, Walker, Wagner, Preston, Cummings, and more.

There will be no Noir Alley films the first two Saturdays of May. The three Noir Alley movies screening in May will be TOUCH OF EVIL (1958), THE BROTHERS RICO (1957), and ACT OF VIOLENCE (1949), which is being shown in conjunction with the annual Memorial Day weekend military films marathon.

The marathon will begin the evening of Friday, May 28th, and run through Memorial Day.

The TCM Spotlight, "Order in the Court," focuses on films about trials.

There's also a pandemic-related "I Miss..." special theme, focusing on films about travel, theatre, parties, and concerts. May will also have series on "Body Images" and "Dream State: California in the Movies."

Other May themes include "How to Get Rid of a Body," desert islands, aliens, and film noir "road trips."

TCM Guest Programmer Frank Langella has chosen a nice assortment of films including classic MGM Americana, OUR VINES HAVE TENDER GRAPES (1945).  A still with stars Margaret O'Brien, Jackie "Butch" Jenkins, Edward G. Robinson, and Agnes Moorehead is seen here.  It's wonderful to see Langella drawing attention to that movie.

May will also feature a 24-hour centennial birthday tribute to director Satyajit Ray. Other filmmakers receiving multifilm tributes in May include Esther Williams, Fred Astaire, Tab Hunter, Katharine Hepburn, Walter Matthau, Glenn Ford, and Elizabeth Taylor.

A tribute to director James Whale will include THE KISS BEFORE THE MIRROR (1933), which recently had a Blu-ray release from Kino Lorber.

I'll have a more detailed look at the May schedule posted here around the end of April.

In the meantime, Doris Day is currently the March Star of the Month, with 31 Days of Oscar coming in April.

Update: TCM has now announced details regarding its online festival, to be held from May 6th through 9th, 2021.


Blogger Caftan Woman said...

An odd mix of films with gems sprinkled throughout.

I keep hoping one of these months of May, they will bring Bing Crosby the Star of the Month podium. I understand he was once back in 2006 or so, when we didn't get the channel.

I also keep hoping some programmer will look at July 1st and present a tribute to Canada - films set or filmed in, or Canadians that made good in Hollywood. It would be easy to fill up the day.

3:55 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I love both of your ideas! Celebrating Bing Crosby and Canada Day would be most enjoyable. They could program a full week with a Canadian celebration!

Best wishes,

10:26 AM  
Blogger Silver Screenings said...

Hear, hear, Caftan Woman! I hope a July 1st tribute to Canada is in the works.

As for the Movie Roberts "festival", what a terrific idea. A lot of variety, to be sure.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Silver Screenings, I enjoy the idea of "Movie Roberts" as well. So many good Roberts to choose from!

Best wishes,

10:41 AM  

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