Wednesday, June 01, 2022

TCM in June: Highlights

It's time for a look at the June schedule on Turner Classic Movies!

Judy Garland is the June Star of the Month. Garland's centennial will be celebrated with screenings of her films during the day each Friday, beginning on June 3rd, with some of her very best titles airing during prime time on Friday evenings.

I'll have a separate Star of the Month post with the complete Judy Garland movie schedule available here on June 2nd. (Update: Please visit TCM Star of the Month: Judy Garland.)

The June Noir Alley titles are OUT OF THE PAST (1947) on June 4th and 5th, THE GUILTY (1947) on the 11th and 12th, THIEVES' HIGHWAY (1949) on June 18th-19th, and DOWN THREE DARK STREETS (1954) on the 25th and 26th.

THE GUILTY, featuring Bonita Granville as identical twins, is a TCM premiere. I just revisited it earlier this month at the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival and really enjoyed it. It's also just been released on Blu-ray by Flicker Alley, and I expect to review it soon.

The June TCM Spotlight focuses on "Revisionist Westerns." There are also multiple "special themes" in June; I'm most excited about the fashion in film series "Follow the Thread."

Below are a handful of the highlights from TCM's June schedule. Please click on any hyperlinked title to read a full review.

...June 1st is a great day of 1930s screwball mysteries. The fun includes STAR OF MIDNIGHT (1935) with William Powell and Ginger Rogers and TROUBLE FOR TWO (1936) with Robert Montgomery and Rosalind Russell. The latter film has never had a DVD release so be sure to set your DVR!

...Another Ginger Rogers favorite, airing on June 2nd, is FIFTH AVENUE GIRL (1939). It's quite delightful. Ginger is seen here in a scene with Tim Holt.

...I recently revisited Alfred Hitchcock's STAGE FRIGHT (1950) and was glad to be reminded just how enjoyable it is. The great cast includes Jane Wyman, Michael Wilding, Marlene Dietrich, Richard Todd, and Alastair Sim. It's on June 4th.

...One of the most "pre-Code" of all pre-Codes is EMPLOYEES' ENTRANCE (1933), starring Warren William and Loretta Young. It's on Sunday, June 5th.

...It's been over a dozen years since I saw RIPTIDE (1934) with Norma Shearer and Robert Montgomery, as well as Herbert Marshall. I'm due for a revisit! It's on June 6th. Earlier that day be sure to catch a great lineup of films directed by William A. Wellman. I've seen all but one, and they're all good!

...The great Western RIO BRAVO (1959) airs as part of a Dean Martin birthday tribute on June 7th. John Wayne, Ricky Nelson, and Angie Dickinson also star. Here's a piece on it I wrote for Classic Movie Hub.

...Only on TCM will a classic film fan find a day of films featuring actress/gossip columnist Hedda Hopper! The nine films airing on June 8th include the very enjoyable romantic comedy CROSS-COUNTRY ROMANCE (1940) starring Gene Raymond and Wendy Barrie.

...The classic RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY (1962), starring Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott, leads off an evening of "Revisionist Westerns" on June 9th.

...THE ARIZONA RANGER (1948), starring Tim Holt and his father Jack, is being shown on June 11th. It's a particularly good "B" Western which is not available on DVD, so definitely plan to check it out when it airs! Richard Martin, Nan Leslie, and Steve Brodie costar. Filmed in Lone Pine, California.

...The excellent lineup on Sunday, June 12th, includes the lovely fantasy THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR (1947) starring Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison.

...June 14th features a day of several pre-Codes including James Cagney and Joan Blondell in BLONDE CRAZY (1931).

...June 15th is a day of "Selections from 1937." There are some interesting "B" movies on hand including the excellent "B" film FLIGHT FROM GLORY (1937), starring Chester Morris and Van Heflin.

...A day of excellent William Wyler films on June 16th includes the classic MRS. MINIVER (1942), starring Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, and Teresa Wright. It's a marvelous film.

...Silent Sunday Nights on June 19th features Buster Keaton in the classic THE GENERAL (1927). This is a great one for anyone who's not familiar with Keaton's work to catch, one of the really great silent comedies.

...On June 20th I recommend the John Sturges Western ESCAPE FROM FORT BRAVO (1953) starring William Holden and Eleanor Parker. A very good film with an outstanding final action sequence.

...Director William Seiter is honored on June 22nd. The films include a very entertaining silent movie featuring Colleen Moore, WHY BE GOOD? (1929).

...The "Revisionist Westerns" on June 23rd include one of my all-time favorite films, William Wellman's WESTWARD THE WOMEN (1951). Robert Taylor leads an outstanding cast comprised mainly of women. Besides the linked review, I've also posted a Photo Gallery from the film and shared photos of the movie's Utah locations at Classic Movie Hub.

...SADDLE LEGION (1952) is another nice Tim Holt Western which costars Dorothy Malone. It features lovely location shooting on the Jack Garner Ranch in Southern California. It's being shown on June 25th.

...I recently reviewed NATIONAL VELVET (1944), starring a young Elizabeth Taylor, and thoroughly enjoyed it. She's seen here with Mickey Rooney, who is excellent. The movie will be shown June 27th.

...Another director named William will be honored June 28th. The William Keighley films shown that day include the very entertaining Kay Francis film DR. MONICA (1934). Not on DVD!

...The month concludes with a fabulous tribute to director Anthony Mann on June 30th. There are some excellent films being shown; I'll single out THE TALL TARGET (1951), a wonderful "up all night on a train" film starring Dick Powell as an agent trying to prevent the assassination of Abraham 1861.

For more on TCM in June 2022, please visit my Quick Preview of TCM in June and TCM Star of the Month: Judy Garland, along with TCM's online schedule.

Happy June viewing!


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