Tuesday, July 05, 2022

TCM Star of the Month: Dana Andrews

Classic film favorite Dana Andrews is the July Star of the Month on Turner Classic Movies.

Andrews' films will be shown on Tuesday evenings beginning on July 5th.

This is Andrews' first time to be honored as Star of the Month, which is understandable when one considers that a majority of his best films were made for 20th Century-Fox; those films cost a premium for TCM to license.

TCM has put together a very nice overview of Andrews' career, including several of his films for 20th Century-Fox along with movies for RKO and other studios.

The complete schedule is below. Please click any hyperlinked title to read my extended review.


July 5th

THE WESTERNER (1940)

LAURA (1944)

STATE FAIR (1945)

BALL OF FIRE (1941)

TOBACCO ROAD (1941)

DECEMBER 7TH: THE MOVIE (1943)

THE NORTH STAR (1943)

UP IN ARMS (1944)


July 12th

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)

ELEPHANT WALK (1954)

BOOMERANG! (1947)

DAISY KENYON (1947)

NIGHT SONG (1947)

MY FOOLISH HEART (1950)

SWORD IN THE DESERT (1949)

I WANT YOU (1951)

SEALED CARGO (1951)

ASSIGNMENT - PARIS (1952)


July 19th

WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS (1950)

WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS (1956)

CURSE OF THE DEMON (1957)

ZERO HOUR! (1957)

THREE HOURS TO KILL (1956)

STRANGE LADY IN TOWN (1955)

BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT (1956)

ENCHANTED ISLAND (1958)

COMANCHE (1955)

SPRING REUNION (1956)

THE FEARMAKERS (1958)


July 26th

IN HARM'S WAY (1965)

BATTLE OF THE BULGE (1965)

THE CROWDED SKY (1960)

BRAINSTORM (1965)

THE LOVED ONE (1965)

THE SATAN BUG (1965)

THE FROZEN DEAD (1966)

THE DEVIL'S BRIGADE (1968)


There are a number of films I would have loved to see included in this series, but understanding the licensing complications, this is a good lineup.

Andrews fans may want to supplement TCM's schedule with additional viewing. Two of my favorite Andrews films are CANYON PASSAGE (1946), a Universal Pictures film which gets better on every viewing, and DEEP WATERS (1948), an underrated slice of Americana from 20th Century-Fox.  CANYON PASSAGE is available on Blu-ray, DVD, or VHS, while DEEP WATERS is available on DVD from the Fox Cinema Archives.

Other recommended titles include CRASH DIVE (1943), WING AND A PRAYER (1944), FALLEN ANGEL (1945), THE IRON CURTAIN (1948), and THE FROGMEN (1951), all for 20th Century-Fox and all available on DVD.

Highly regarded Andrews films not on the schedule which I've not reviewed here include THE OX-BOW INCIDENT (1942), THE PURPLE HEART (1944), and A WALK IN THE SUN (1945).

For more on TCM in July 2022, please visit my posts TCM in July: Highlights and Quick Preview of TCM in July, along with the official TCM schedule.

Related Post: A Birthday Tribute to Dana Andrews.

5 Comments:

Blogger Jerry Entract said...

Dana Andrews films are plentiful in my collection, simply because he made some excellent films and was such a compelling actor to watch.

2:28 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Agreed! "Compelling" is an excellent description of Dana Andrews' work.

Best wishes,
Laura

2:57 PM  
Blogger Eva said...

Man! I wish I had TCM. Dana is one of my top ten favorite actors. <3

3:56 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

He's definitely up there for me too, Eva! Perhaps you can find an alternate way to enjoy some Andrews movies this month. :)

Best wishes,
Laura

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree I love canyon passage and wish they had shown it.

6:17 PM  

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