Monday, May 29, 2023

TCM in June: Highlights

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

The June Star of the Month is Katharine Hepburn. This is the actress's fourth time to be so honored; the last time was in May 2007, when TCM honored her centennial alongside that of John Wayne.

Over two dozen Hepburn films will be shown on Thursday evenings over the course of the month. Please note there will not be a separate Star of the Month post for June.

The June Noir Alley titles will be BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND DAWN (1950) on June 3rd and 4th, THE VERDICT (1946) on the 10th and 11th, FLAXY MARTIN (1949) on June 17th-18th, and STORM WARNING (1951) on the 24th and 25th.

The TCM Spotlight on Tuesday is called "Hollywoodland" and will offer a mix of documentaries and feature films focused on filmmaking.

Below are just a few highlights from TCM's June schedule. Please click on any hyperlinked title to read my full review.

...A day of Robert Mitchum films on June 2nd includes BLOOD ON THE MOON (1948), which I was fortunate to revisit on a big screen at the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in mid May.

...There's a two-film Tony Curtis tribute on Saturday evening, June 3rd, which includes the TCM premiere of a childhood favorite, THE BLACK SHIELD OF FALWORTH (1954). Janet Leigh, Herbert Marshall, Barbara Rush, and David Farrar costar.

...ALONG CAME JONES (1945), a genial Western comedy starring Gary Cooper, Loretta Young, and Dan Duryea, gets a primetime showing on June 4th.

..."June Brides" is the theme on June 5th, with titles including the musical ROYAL WEDDING (1951) and the romantic comedy JUNE BRIDE (1948).

...I love a good submarine movie, and TCM is showing several submarine films on June 7th, including Glenn Ford in TORPEDO RUN (1958).

...Alexis Smith's birthday celebration on June 8th includes the atomic-era thriller SPLIT SECOND (1953).

...A day of "Beach" movies on June 9th includes the murder mystery THE LAST OF SHEILA (1973) which I recently saw for the first time.

...The Musical Matinee on Saturday, June 10th, is the sublime THE MERRY WIDOW (1934), starring Jeanette MacDonald and Maurice Chevalier, directed by Ernst Lubitsch. When I last saw it at the TCM Classic Film Festival in 2018, I smiled through the entire film and then teared up at the end out of pure happiness. Highly recommended.

...Judy Holliday is celebrated on June 12. The lineup includes the outstanding FULL OF LIFE (1956), in which she and Richard Conte are expecting a baby.

...One of my favorite discoveries of the last decade, REPEAT PERFORMANCE (1947), will be shown on the 17th. Joan Leslie heads an excellent cast in this time traveling crime film.

...Father's Day on June 18th will include a pair of MGM classics, OUR VINES HAVE TENDER GRAPES (1945) and FATHER OF THE BRIDE (1950).

...On June 20th Loretta Young stars in the pre-Code drama PLAY-GIRL (1932). Her leading man was her future brother-in-law, future director Norman Foster, who married her sister Sally Blane in 1935.

...London is the daytime theme on June 21st, with titles including MGM's memorable film of the London Blitz in World War II, JOURNEY FOR MARGARET (1942).  Robert Young, Laraine Day, and Margaret O'Brien star.

...Stewart Granger is celebrated on June 22nd. The lineup includes KING SOLOMON'S MINES (1950), which incidentally will soon be out on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection.

...I loved revisiting THE NAKED CITY (1948) at the recent Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival! This crime procedural is highly recommended; its attributes include outstanding location photography. It will be shown June 23rd.

...The fun musical ATHENA (1954), starring Jane Powell and Debbie Reynolds, will be shown on Saturday morning, June 25th. It's goofy but colorful and quite entertaining.

...A wonderful birthday tribute to Eleanor Parker is scheduled on June 26th. The eight films include the marvelous World War II romance THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU (1944).

...Robert Montgomery stars as Lord Peter Wimsey in the mystery HAUNTED HONEYMOON (1940) on June 27th.

...In 2020 I was almost surprised just how much I enjoyed seeing Tracy and Hepburn in PAT AND MIKE (1952) for the first time in many years. It's a very good film about a gifted female athlete and a sports promoter, directed by George Cukor. The air date is June 29th.

...The month wraps up on the 30th with a day of "beach" films including the excellent WHERE THE BOYS ARE (1960). Dolores Hart, George Hamilton, Paula Prentiss, and Jim Hutton lead a great cast in the ultimate spring break movie.

For more on TCM in June 2023, please visit my Quick Preview of TCM in June, along with TCM's online schedule.


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