Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Quick Preview of TCM in October

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

The schedule isn't complete yet, with a number of spots yet to be filled in and other question marks, but thanks to Turner Classic Movies, the Movie Collector Ohio site, and other sources I have enough information to provide a preview at this juncture. Please keep in mind that the schedule is currently incomplete and subject to change.

The October Star of the Month will be Lucille Ball. Over 40 of Ball's films will be shown on Thursday evenings in October, running overnight and through Friday mornings.

October's Noir Alley films are especially interesting, as they're films not seen that often on TCM, plus a TCM premiere. The first four titles listed on the Noir Alley website are THE GLASS WALL (1953), BRIGHTON ROCK (1948), THE DARK PAST (1949), and THE BEAST MUST DIE (LA BESTIA DEBE MORIR) (1952).

THE BEAST MUST DIE, which is the TCM premiere, was the opening night film at the truncated 2020 Noir City Film Festival in Hollywood. It will be released by Flicker Alley in a Blu-ray/DVD combination set this November.

There's currently conflicting information regarding the Halloween weekend Noir Alley film; the Noir Alley website lists STRANGE FASCINATION (1952) but the main TCM website says it will be CAT PEOPLE (1942).

The TCM Spotlight theme in October will be "New Waves Around the World," including Italian Neo-Realism and the French New Wave.

I'm looking forward to an evening of classics from 20th Century-Fox in conjunction with Scott Eyman's new book on the studio.

As usual, there's plenty of horror on the October schedule, including a weekend of horror films on October 30th and 31st. Also featured in October: Country singers, '50s films by Vincente Minnelli and Nicholas Ray, and Fleischer animation.

Additional October themes include robots, "murder on the menu," insurance mysteries, pirates, and circus movies.

Filmmakers receiving multifilm tributes in October include June Allyson, Val Lewton, Clint Eastwood, Miriam Hopkins, and Jack Carson.

I'll have a more complete look at TCM's October schedule posted here around the end of September.

Update: For more on TCM in October 2021, please visit TCM in October: Highlights and TCM Star of the Month: Lucille Ball.


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