Friday, July 01, 2022

TCM in July: Highlights

Happy Summer!

It's time for a detailed look at the July schedule for Turner Classic Movies.

Dana Andrews is the July Star of the Month, featured on Tuesday evenings. I'll have a closer look at the July Star of the Month schedule posted here prior to Tuesday, July 5th.  (Update: Please visit TCM Star of the Month: Dana Andrews.)

The July Noir Alley titles are THE STRANGE ONE (1957) on July 2nd and 3rd, HIGH TIDE (1947) on July 9th-10th, SCARLET STREET (1945) on July 16th-17th, 5 AGAINST THE HOUSE (1955) on July 23rd and 24th, and RAW DEAL on July 30th and 31st.

Incidentally, HIGH TIDE has recently been released on Blu-ray in a two-film set with THE GUILTY (1947), which aired on TCM a couple weeks ago.

The July Spotlight theme is "Rock on Film," and a particularly fun summer theme this month will be "Deep Sea Cinema."

Below are some additional July highlights. Please click any hyperlinked title for my extended review.

...You can't do better on a holiday weekend than John Wayne in John Ford's classic SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON (1949). Cast, Monument Valley locations, Oscar-winning cinematography -- everything works. It's on July 2nd.

...Faves Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler star in COLLEEN (1936) on July 3rd.

...Independence Day titles, as usual, include the musicals YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942) and THE MUSIC MAN (1962).

...I first knew the name DeWitt Bodeen as the author of articles in Films in Review, which I first read avidly as a teenage film fan. Thanks to Larry Edmunds Bookshop I was able to collect many back issues. Boden was also the screenwriter of some very fine films, including CAT PEOPLE (1942) and YELLOW CANARY (1943). Check out TCM's excellent Bodeen tribute on July 5th.

...TCM honors my 'birthday twin" Janet Leigh on Wednesday, July 6th, with half a dozen films including a perfect title for "Christmas in July," HOLIDAY AFFAIR (1949).

...I'm very much intrigued by an evening of "RKO Star Vehicles" hosted by Leonard Maltin on July 7th. Titles will include Lupe Velez and Lee Tracy in THE HALF NAKED TRUTH (1933), Katharine Hepburn and Herbert Marshall in A WOMAN REBELS (1936), John Barrymore and Virginia Weidler in THE GREAT MAN VOTES (1939), and Edna May Oliver starring in LADIES OF THE JURY (1932). Hepburn is seen here in A WOMAN REBELS with Elizabeth Allan.

...A day of movies centered around gambling on July 8th including the excellent MGM star vehicle ANY NUMBER CAN PLAY (1949), with Clark Gable leading a top cast including Alexis Smith, Audrey Totter, Barry Sullivan, Mary Astor, and more.

...The Saturday morning lineup on July 9th includes Tim Holt and Marjorie Reynolds in CYCLONE ON HORSEBACK (1941). Good stuff.

...Sunday evening, July 10th, TCM will feature a pair of films starring Cary Grant and Jean Arthur: ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS (1939) and TALK OF THE TOWN (1942).

...July 12th features a lineup of five '50s Westerns. Four out of five I consider absolutely top stuff: STARS IN MY CROWN (1940), THE NAKED SPUR (1953), RIO BRAVO (1959), and RIDE LONESOME (1959); the latter two movies in particular are two of my all-time favorite films. Only THE BIG TREES (1952) failed to impress me.

...A night of "Deep Sea Cinema" on July 14th includes THE SHARKFIGHTERS (1956), starring Victor Mature.

...The recently recorded AFI TRIBUTE TO JULIE ANDREWS (2022) will air on July 15th.

...Judy Holliday and Dean Martin delight in BELLS ARE RINGING (1960) on July 17th.

...Red Skelton's birthday on July 18th will be celebrated with eight MGM films including one of my all-time favorites, NEPTUNE'S DAUGHTER (1949), costarring Esther Williams, Ricardo Montalban, and Betty Garrett. Not to mention the Oscar-winning song "Baby, It's Cold Outside"!

...Irene Dunne and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. star in JOY OF LIVING (1938) on July 20th.

...There are more "Deep Sea Cinema" titles on July 21st, including the marvelous Ray Harryhausen film IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA (1955) starring Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, and Donald Curtis. Lots of fun!

...ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (1934) plays on Sunday, July 24th. Thanks to starring in this film, young actress Dawn O'Day decided to adopt her character's name and was henceforth known as Anne Shirley.

...It's a fun programming day on July 25th with a lineup of films with a color in each title. The movies include Jean Harlow in the title role of the classic pre-Code RED-HEADED WOMAN (1932).

...The theme is "Strangers" on July 26th, with the films including I SEE A DARK STRANGER (1946), starring Deborah Kerr and Trevor Howard.

...There are some good Frank Sinatra films on July 27th including one of the first Sinatra films I ever saw, HIGHER AND HIGHER (1943). It has a great cast and a lovely score and should be better known.

...There's another Saturday morning "B" Western starring Marjorie Reynolds airing on July 28th. This time around she's opposite George O'Brien in TIMBER STAMPEDE (1939).

...I'm really hoping that the Warner Archive Collection will release a Blu-ray of Fred Astaire and Lucille Bremer in YOLANDA AND THE THIEF (945). In the meantime, it's on July 29th. The movie has absolutely sublime Technicolor, art design, costumes, and dancing. It's an oddball yet underrated film which is a longtime personal favorite. Directed by Vincente Minnelli.

...The month concludes on July 31st with THE SECRET GARDEN (1949) starring Margaret O'Brien, Dean Stockwell, and Herbert Marshall. A lovely adaptation of the classic book by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

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

Have a wonderful summer!


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