TCM’s Summer Under the Stars 2019

Every year, TCM devotes the month of August to “Summer Under the Stars,” which features entire days devoted to a single actor or actress. I have loved old movies (30’s-60s in particular) since a young age, with memories of watching Audrey Hepburn movies with my mother late into the night. In college, I left my TV tuned to either TCM or the Golden Girls 90% of the time, and quickly developed a love for Carey Grant and Greta Garbo, and many others. So come August, I look forward to when TCM devotes entire days to certain stars, as I usually am able to discover new movies with some of my favorite stars, or actors and actresses in supporting roles who I then can seek out in following years. 

Actually, I’m 99% certain my love for Greta Garbo started when she had a day devoted to her in August of 2008, when my mother, my aunt who was visiting from England, and I chanced upon it and spent the evening drinking tea and watching Ninotchka and Camille.

Below, is the list of the stars that each day will be devoted too, and movies I am either interested in seeing or already love (or both). For reference, I’m partial to comedies, romances, dramas, and mysteries/crime. I find that Old Hollywood executed psychological thrillers and mysteries more masterfully, and the tone can be quite a bit more creepy, in contrast to today’s films which largely go for shock factor and gore. I also enjoy Adventure movies, though I typically don’t seek them out, but rather just chance upon them. I have tried to include some here. Genres you likely won’t see well represented, or at least represented in a very limited capacity – Westerns, Silent films, Musicals, and what may be classified as a “Gangster movie’ (unless the plot appears to have more depth).

August 1 – Henry Fonda
The Mad Miss Manton – 7:45AM EST

“When the murdered body discovered by beautiful, vivacious socialite Melsa Manton disappears, police and press label her a prankster until she proves them wrong.”

I haven’t seen this but love the pairing with Barbara Stanwyck, and am curious to see how “daffy” pairs with a murder investigation.

The Lady Eve – 8:00PM EST

“A trio of classy card sharks targets the socially awkward heir to brewery millions for his money, until one of them falls in love with him.”

Again, love Barbara Stanwyck as a card sharp. This one is a classic, and I’ve seen it a handful of times but it has been a while so I will likely record it. 

August 2 – Ruth Hussey
The Philadelphia Story – 8:00PM EST

“When a rich woman’s ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.”

Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, and James Stewart – all powerhouse actors and it’s a comedy. I have heard of this but actually haven’t seen it, so I’d like to take the opportunity to watch it.

The Uninvited – 10:00PM EST

“A composer and his sister discover that the reason they are able to purchase a beautiful gothic seacoast mansion very cheaply is the house’s unsavory past.”

Honestly, this looks creepy (just click on the link). I’m intrigued.

August 3 – Marlon Brando
Mutiny on the Bounty – 2:30PM EST

“In 1787, British ship Bounty leaves Portsmouth to bring a cargo of bread-fruit from Tahiti but the savage on-board conditions imposed by Captain Bligh trigger a mutiny led by officer Fletcher Christian.”

Adventure films have a way of sucking me in. Plus, this one has character actor Hugh Griffith, who is immensely entertaining.

On the Waterfront – 8:00PM EST

“An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.”

This isn’t my normal cup of tea, and I haven’t seen it. But it is ranked on the imdb top 250, so should be worth watching.

August 4 – Shirley Temple
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer – 6:00PM EST

“A high school girl falls for a playboy artist, with screwball results.”

I haven’t really watched any Shirley Temple movies that she made as a child, but have seen her in teenage and adult roles. Of course, since this features Cary Grant, this is a personal favorite. Myrna Loy is also the epitome of 1940’s glamour in everything she touches (even as the mother of 12 in Cheaper by the Dozen).

August 5 – Melvyn Douglas
There’s Always a Woman – 10:30AM EST

“An investigator for the district attorney and his amateur-sleuth wife compete to solve a murder mystery.”

If you can’t tell, I love romance and I love comedy, but I also really love mysteries.

Ninotchka – 8:00PM EST

“A stern Russian woman sent to Paris on official business finds herself attracted to a man who represents everything she is supposed to detest.”

I *LOVE* Greta Garbo. She is incredible, and she, Melvyn Douglas, and her hat are the second best threesome after Razinin, Iranoff, and Buljanoff.

August 6 – Lena Horne
Cabin in the Sky – 11:00PM EST

“A compulsive gambler dies during a shooting, but he’ll receive a second chance to reform himself and to make up with his worried wife.” I appreciate when Old Hollywood plays this trope. Not quite It’s a Wonderful Life, but A Matter of Life and Death is a personal favorite.

August 7 – James Stewart
The Mortal Storm – 4:00PM EST

“The Roth family leads a quiet life in a small village in the German Alps during the early 1930s. When the Nazis come to power, the family is divided and Martin Brietner, a family friend is caught up in the turmoil.”

I have seen part of this movie years ago, and made a mental note I needed to watch this all the way through (I recall snow and skiing as a part of an escape/hiding). Looks like this is my chance!

The Shop Around the Corner – 6:00PM EST

“Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand each other, without realizing that they are falling in love through the post as each other’s anonymous pen pal.”

The original You’ve Got Mail, but with a Christmas theme. Ernst Lubitsch had a way with comedies. This one is certainly adorable, though probably better to watch at Christmas.

Anatomy of a Murder – 10:00PM EST

“In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after the victim raped his wife. What is the truth, and will he win his case?”

I’ve watched this recently, and while there are some dated ideas around rape and women, it was still quite ahead of its time in discussing such matters so explicitly. James Stewart, per usual, is excellent. The dialog between the attorneys is clever and witty, and I *love* the judge.

The Spirit of St. Louis – 1:00AM EST (August 8th)

“Charles ‘Slim’ Lindbergh struggles to finance and design an airplane that will make his New York to Paris flight the first solo transatlantic crossing.”

I first saw this movie when I was much younger, the stretch when Jimmy Stewart, as Lindbergh flies across the Atlantic for the first time, is particularly memorable. Jimmy Stewart is a masterful actor, and as such, he is able to carry such scenes completely alone.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington – 3:30AM EST (August 8th)

“A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn’t back down.”

I first saw this movie in my high school government class, and it was helpful in understanding how our government functions. I’ve seen it many times since then (including a few weeks ago), and it always seems appropriate and timely.

August 8 – Ava Gardner
The Killers – 9:15PM EST

“Hit men kill an unresisting victim, and investigator Reardon uncovers his past involvement with beautiful, deadly Kitty Collins.”

I’m not well versed in Film-Noir, but this one is highly rated.

August 9 – Red Skelton
A Southern Yankee – 11:30AM EST

“A hapless bellboy in a St. Louis hotel near the end of the Civil War is recruited by the Union secret service to impersonate a notorious Confederate spy.”

I’m not terribly familiar with Red Skelton’s work, but I’m into spy movies and shows.

Du Barry Was a Lady – 2:15AM EST (August 10th)

“A night club’s coatroom attendant who’s in-love with the club’s singer accidentally sips a drugged drink that makes him dream he’s French King Louis XV courting the infamous Madame Du Barry.”

I believe that I have only ever watched Red Skelton when he was paired with Lucille Ball. And goodness, do I love Lucy. She is positively stunning in Du Barry Was a Lady

August 10 – Rita Moreno
Singin’ In the Rain – 8:00AM EST

“A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.”

In addition to watching Audrey Hepburn movies with my mom, I very clearly cherish memories of my dad rewinding over and over and guffawing at the Diction Lesson scene in Singing’ in the Rain. This movie is a classic for a reason.

Summer and Smoke – 5:45PM EST

“Plain, repressed spinster falls for a dashing young medical student, but he prefers the wilder life, until it’s too late.”

Based on a play by Tennessee Williams, and appears to be full of drama. I have already set this to record.

August 11 – Humphrey Bogart
The Petrified Forest – 6:00AM EST

“A waitress, a hobo and a bank robber get mixed up at a lonely diner in the desert.”

As famous as Humphrey Bogart is, I have only seen 2-3 films of his. I would like to use this opportunity to see more of his work. The Petrified Forest also stars Bette Davis, whom I adore, so she is reason enough for me to see this!

The Big Sleep – 2:00PM EST

“Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he’s seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.”

Humphrey Bogart is probably the ultimate Film Noir star. Lauren Bacall was also stunning, I’m interested to see how they paired onscreen given their reputation.

Treasure of the Sierra Madre – 4:00PM EST

“Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains.”

This is one of the few Bogart movies I have seen, and it has been ages. There is a scene that is burned in my brain – different incarnations of Humphry Bogart’s character end up asking the same guy for some money.

August 12 – Ann Sothern

Shadow on the Wall – 5:00PM EST

“A woman kills her beautiful sister in a rage after finding out she has an affair with her fiancé, and later plans on killing the little girl who may have witnessed the murder.”

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

The Whales of August – 12:00AM EST (August 13th)

“Two aged sisters reflect on life and the past during a late summer day in Maine.”

Have I mentioned that I love Bette Davis? Really I do, and I’m interested to see her at this stage of her career. Also features Vincent Price.

August 13 – Brian Donlevy

Impact – 3:00PM EST

“An unfaithful wife plots with her lover to kill her husband, but the lover is accidentally killed instead. The husband stays in hiding, and lets his wife be charged with conspiracy.”

I’m not familiar with Brian Donlevy, but his work is apparently quite impressive. Of course, I find mysteries and crime entertaining, so Impact has piqued my interest.

The Great McGinty – 8:00PM EST

“Dan McGinty has great success in his chosen field of crooked politics, but he endangers it all in one crazy moment of honesty.”

This sounds like the perfect opportunity for a comedy of manners.

Beau Geste – 9:30PM EST

“Three adopted English brothers join the French Foreign Legion in North Africa, after one of them steals their adoptive family’s famous heirloom sapphire.”

I’m also a big Gary Cooper fan, so I’ll happily watch him and Brian Donlevy fight over a Sapphire.

Hangmen Also Die – 1:30AM EST (August 14th)

“After the Nazi administrator of Czechoslovakia is shot, his assassin tries to elude the Gestapo and struggles with his impulse to give himself up as hostages are executed.”

I do find WWII movies to be fascinating as well, so this movie is up my alley. This interest is always heightened in the summer, likely do to my spending summers in France with a grandfather who fought in WWII.

August 14 – Liv Ullmann Liv Ullmann is a Swedish actress, so if subtitles/foreign films aren’t your cup of tea, best to skip to the 15th

Emigrants – 2:00PM EST / The New Land – 4:30PM EST

From Criterion: “This monumental mid-nineteenth-century epic from Jan Troell charts, over the course of two films, a Swedish farming family’s voyage to America and their efforts to put down roots in this beautiful but forbidding new world. Movie legends Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann give remarkably authentic performances as Karl Oskar and Kristina, a couple who meet with one physical and emotional trial after another on their arduous journey. The precise, minute detail with which Troell depicts the couple’s story—which is also that of countless other people who sought better lives across the Atlantic—is a wonder to behold. Engrossing at every step of the way, the duo of The Emigrants and The New Land makes for perhaps the greatest screen drama about the settling of America.”

It took me much more head scratching than I’d like to admit to determine that these were in fact 2 separate movies. I know foreign films can be quite the investment, but Criterion tends to be a good judge of character film, so I’m prepared to power through.

Autumn Sonata – 9:45PM EST

“After having neglected her children for many years, world famous pianist Charlotte visits her daughter Eva in her home. To her surprise she finds her other daughter, Helena, there as well. Helena is mentally disabled, and Eva has taken Helena out of the institution where their mother had placed her. The tension between Charlotte and Eva only builds up slowly, until a nightly conversation releases all the things they have wanted to tell each other.”

Probably best not to watch this immediately following aforementioned epic, as this film is also subtitled, but the trailer is very artistic, and I’m a fan of Ingrid Bergman’s work, so I’ll likely save this for a rainy Sunday afternoon.

Persona – 1:15AM EST (August 15th)

“A nurse is put in charge of a mute actress and finds that their personae are melding together.”

This gives me strong The Americans season 6 vibes. And I *love* The Americans.

Scenes From a Marriage – 3:00AM EST (August 15th)

“Scenes from a Marriage chronicles the many years of love and turmoil that bind Marianne (Liv Ullmann) and Johan (Erland Josephson) through matrimony, infidelity, divorce, and subsequent partners.”

August 15 – Rod Steiger

The Loved One – 9:45AM EST

“An unfaithful wife plots with her lover to kill her husband, but the lover is accidentally killed instead. The husband stays in hiding, and lets his wife be charged with conspiracy.”

Rod Steiger is another actor that is “new to me,” and I haven’t seen either movie I’m listing here. But this sounds like a dark comedy, so I’m interested.

In the Heat of the Night – 8:00PM EST

“An African-American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.”

My mother has been a long time fan of Sidney Poitier, which I admit that I didn’t quite ‘get’ until I saw Lilies of the Field a few weeks ago. He, and the film, were spectacular. As such, I’d like to see more of his films.

August 16 – Irene Dunne

Love Affair – 4:00PM EST

“A French playboy and an American former nightclub singer fall in love aboard a ship. They arrange to reunite six months later, after he has had a chance to earn a decent living.”

The precursor to An Affair to Remember. And Irene Dunne is a dream in everything she does.

Penny Serenade – 5:45PM EST

“A couple’s big dreams give way to a life full of unexpected sadness and unexpected joy.”

I love Irene Dunne and Cary Grant together (My Favorite Wife is one of my favorite movies of all time), and while I don’t believe I’ve seen Penny Serenade, I’m planning on watching it.

The Awful Truth – 8:00PM EST

“Unfounded suspicions lead a married couple to begin divorce proceedings, whereupon they start undermining each other’s attempts to find new romance.”

It isn’t quite as good as My Favorite Wife in my book, but still very enjoyable.

I Remember Mama – 9:45PM EST

“The life of a Norwegian immigrant family in 1910 San Francisco centers around Mama and her detailed, pennywise household budget. We follow the Hansens’ small joys, sorrows, and aspirations, with the boisterous antics of Uncle Chris as counterpoint.”

This has been at the top of my “to watch” list for years. Hopefully this will be my chance.

August 17 – Errol Flynn

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex – 4:00PM EST

“A depiction of the love/hate relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Devereux, the Earl of Essex.”

Do you really need a reason to watch that gorgeous specimen pictured above? Alright, Bette Davis plays Queen Elizabeth, and while I have never seen this movie in its entirety, I did see a piece of it years ago, and the strong performances are burned into my memory.

The Dawn Patrol 12:15AM EST (August 18th)

“British flying aces in World War I contend with the harsh realities of war.”

In addition to Errol Flynn, David Niven has a starring role and he is another favorite of mine.

August 18 – Audrey Hepburn
Just go ahead and clear your whole day…

The Children’s Hour – 12:30PM EST

“A troublemaking student at a girls’ school accuses two teachers of being lesbians.”

Audrey Hepburn, Shirley McClain, and James Garner all give strong performances. Audrey Hepburn had such range from light to dark, and this is certainly on the dark side.

Love in the Afternoon – 2:30PM EST

“A middle-aged playboy becomes fascinated by the daughter of a private detective who has been hired to entrap him with the wife of a client.”

Arguably, this is one of Audrey Hepburn’s less popular films as a lot of people struggle with a much older Gary Cooper playing her love interest. Specifically, people said he should have turned it down as Cary Grant had (hah, see:Charade). Personally, I really enjoy this film, and Audrey is as adorable as ever.

Funny Face – 10:00PM EST

“An impromptu fashion shoot at a book store brings about a new fashion model discovery in the shop clerk.”

I suppose film execs liked pairing Audrey Hepburn with older love interests. In Funny Face, it was Fred Astaire. This might have been the first Audrey Hepburn movie that I saw. Perhaps that maintains a special place for Funny Face in my heart, but it is truly a visual feast of 1950’s Fashion and Paris. It inspired a famous Gap commercial, and probably some Mean Girls.

Charade – 12:00AM EST (August 19th)

“Romance and suspense ensue in Paris as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Whom can she trust?”

This has been coined “The Best Hitchcok Film Hitchcock Never Made.” It’s true. Wonderful mystery and suspense, and the film itself has lots of beautiful details. Audrey is stunning, as she spends the film wearing exclusively Givenchy designs. And I love Cary Grant, so it is only natural I so enjoy watching my 2 favorite Old Hollywood actor and actress together. Even though Cary Grant had initially turned down the opportunity to work with Audrey, on both Love in the Afternoon and Charade, the producers of Charade won him over by changing all the lines his character was supposed to say to charm Audrey’s character to lines that Audrey’s character would speak to charm him.

August 19th – Buster Keaton

Parlor, Bedroom, and Bath – 12:00PM EST

“A man tries passing off a socially awkward fellow as a Casanova in the hopes of marrying off his would be sister-in-law.”

As I don’t generally watch silent films, I haven’t seen much featuring Buster Keaton (mostly shorts). But, who among us can’t relate to the in-law struggle?

In the Good Old Summertime – 4:00PM EST

In the interest of completeness, another precursor to You’ve Got Mail. This version stars Judy Garland, so if you like musicals, this might be your preferred iteration.

August 20th – Dorothy Mcguire

The Enchanted Cottage – 12:00PM EST

“A homely maid and a scarred ex-GI meet at the cottage where she works and where he was to spend his honeymoon prior to his accident. The two develop a bond and agree to marry, more out of loneliness than love. The romantic spirit of the cottage, however, overtakes them. They soon begin to look beautiful to each other, but no one else.”

I’m fairly certain that the only time I have seen Dorothy Mcguire act is as the mother in Old Yeller. Still, when I looked at the schedule for August 20th, it seems like she has had an interesting career. Mind you, Hollywood seems to have an odd definition of “homely” (see: Audrey Hepburn pre-makeover in Funny Face).

Gentleman’s Agreement – 2:00PM EST

“A reporter pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism, and personally discovers the true depths of bigotry and hatred.”

Post WWII Hollywood is quite interesting, capturing on film the event itself, as well as stories of the price of war. I’m also a fan of Gregory Peck, so I’m keen to see him in this story.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – 10:30PM EST

“Encouraged by her idealistic if luckless father, a bright and imaginative young woman comes of age in a Brooklyn tenement during the early 1900s.”

I’ve heard of this in name only, and reading reviews and descriptions, I’d really like to see it.

Friendly Persuasion – 12:45AM EST (August 21st)

“The story of a family of Quakers in Indiana in 1862. Their religous sect is strongly opposed to violence and war. It’s not easy for them to meet the rules of their religion in everyday life but when Southern troops pass the area they are in real trouble. Should they fight, despite their peaceful attitide?”

Historical movie centered around the Civil War starring Gary Cooper? Sign me up.

August 21 – Joel McCrea

The Most Dangerous Game – 6:00AM EST

I don’t want to spoil this if you haven’t seen the movie, or read the story.

The Palm Beach Story – 12:00PM EST

“An inventor needs cash to develop his big idea. His wife, who loves him, decides to raise it for him by divorcing him and marrying a millionaire.”

Generally speaking, Claudette Colbert is very likable and mesmerizing on film. I can only guess how this turns out.

Sullivan’s Travels – 8:00PM EST

“A director of escapist films goes on the road as a hobo to learn about life, which gives him a rude awakening.”

The focus is on the Depression-era, which isn’t a time that I personally see frequently depicted in film (and reading some articles about this, I believe there is some insight revealed regarding that in Sullivan’s Travels).

The More the Merrier – 9:45PM EST

“During the World War II housing shortage in Washington, two men and a woman share a single apartment and the older man plays Cupid to the other two.”

I caught the last bit of this romantic comedy years ago, and I always intended on watching it in its entirety.

August 22 – Leila Hyams

The Bishop Murder Case – 7:30AM EST

“When the body of a man nicknamed “Cock Robin” is found with an arrow in the heart on an archery range along with a chess bishop as a clue, Philo Vance investigates.”

Fingers crossed this murder mystery delivers.

The Phantom of Paris – 12:00PM EST

“Cheri-Bibi is an escape artist wrongly imprisoned for murdering the wealthy father of his admirer Cecile. The real murderer is Cecile’s fiancé, so how will Bibi escape his death sentence and win back Cecile?”

Apparently early talkies had a difficult transition because they struggled to find their bearings regarding character development (my concerns with the Bishop Murder Case), but it seems that The Phantom of Paris does show depth in its characters.

August 23 – Fred Astaire

You Were Never Lovelier – 10:00AM EST

“In Buenos Aires, a man who has decreed that his daughters must marry in order of age allows an American dancer to perform at his club under the condition that he play suitor to his second-oldest daughter.”

Honestly, yes it’s old fashioned, but I still think it will be enjoyable.

Roberta – 4:00AM EST (August 24th)

“In Paris, a man clueless about fashion suddenly inherits his aunt’s dress shop, while his bandleader friend reunites with his old flame.”

Fashion and Paris, sounds right up my alley.

August 24 – Shirley MacLaine

Gambit – 6:00PM EST

“An English cat burglar needs a Eurasian dancer’s help to pull off the perfect heist, but even the most foolproof schemes have a way of backfiring.”

1960’s Michael Caine is my favorite Michael Caine. Another movie I saw part of years ago that I made a mental note to watch in its entirety.

Steel Magnolias – 10:30PM EST

“A young beautician, newly arrived in a small Louisiana town, finds work at the local salon, where a small group of women share a close bond of friendship, and welcome her into the fold.”

I just saw this movie for the first time on a plane a few weeks ago. All of the actresses give incredibly powerful performances – I laughed, and then I cried. Really cried. On the plane, next to a total stranger. Watch this with tissues and some chocolate.

The Yellow Rolls-Royce – 3:30AM EST (August 25th)

“Anthology film about three owners of a yellow Rolls-Royce. A British diplomat buys the car for his French wife. A mobster’s girlfriend has an affair in Italy. An American woman drives a Yugoslavian partisan to Ljubljana on the eve of the Nazi invasion.”

I caught this during Shirley MacLaine’s vignette on aforementioned plane ride, and watched it through the end. Apparently, Shirley MacLaine had an epiphany circa the completion of this movie that a solid stretch of her films had featured her as a victim. She apparently was tired of playing the victim, and took different kinds of roles (like in Steel Magnolias). It’s still worth a watch if you can get past watching a French actor (with very thick accent) playing an Italian.

August 25 – Dustin Hoffman
Tootsie – 5:30PM EST

“Michael Dorsey, an unsuccessful actor, disguises himself as a woman in order to get a role on a trashy hospital soap.”

I have seen the beginning of this movie, but quickly realized that the humor is subtle and required more attention that I was able to give it at the time. Spoiler alert: Dustin Hoffman in a wig, simply looks like Dustin Hoffman in a wig.

Agatha – 4:15AM EST (August 26th)

“A fictional account of the real life, eleven day, never explained 1926 disappearance of famed murder mystery writer Agatha Christie is presented. On a cold winter day, her damaged car with her expensive fur coat is found abandoned at the side of a country road. While the authorities initially suspect that she could have committed suicide, her pompous husband, Col. Archibald Christie, who is less than cooperative with the authorities, is adamant that she is still alive.”

I’m not sure this is recommendable, but I love Agatha Christie’s stories, and I’m hopeful that Timothy Dalton and Vanessa Redgrave make this entertaining enough.

August 26 – Mary Astor
Red Dust – 2:00PM EST

“The owner of a rubber plantation becomes involved with the new wife of one of his employees.”

Stars Jean Harlow and Clark Gable, so my expectations are fairly high.

Dodsworth – 10:00PM EST

“A retired auto manufacturer and his wife take a long-planned European vacation only to find that they want very different things from life.”

Marriage fascinates me. People…individuals, grow and develop so much. Seeing how they may or may not develop together is an interesting reality to deal with.

August 27 – Walter Brennan
Come and Get it – 7:30AM EST

“An ambitious lumberjack abandons his saloon girl lover so that he can marry into wealth, but years later becomes infatuated with the woman’s daughter.”

Disturbing, but clearly interesting subject matter.

Good-Bye, My Lady – 3:30PM EST

“An old man and a young boy who live in the southeastern Mississippi swamps are brought together by the love of a dog.”

I’m not sure that I can actually watch this. Dogs don’t tend to fare well when they are center stage in a dramatic movie.

August 28 – June Allyson
Little Women – 8:15AM EST

“A group of sisters experience life’s difficulties and its pleasures while growing up in nineteenth-century America.”

I am personally partial to the 1994 version starring Winona Ryder, as I saw it in theaters with my own mother and sister. But the version starring June Allyson is conventionally thought to be the ultimate, also starring Elizabeth Taylor, Margaret O’Brien, and Janet Leigh.

Executive Suite – 4:00PM EST

“When the head of a large manufacturing firm dies suddenly from a stroke, his vice presidents vie to see who will replace him.”

Stars Barbara Stanwyck (love), William Holden, and Frederic March in addition to June Allyson – all incredible actors. Blame it on the day job, but i find films and tv shows about “business” to be interesting.

August 29 – Paul Lukas
Confessions of a Nazi Spy – 2:30PM EST

“FBI agent Ed Renard investigates the pre-War espionage activities of the German-American Bund.”

Interesting to see American perception of Nazis the same year that Time Magazine named Hitler “Man of the Year.”

Watch on the Rhine – 8:00PM EST

“A German-born engineer, his American wife and their children travel from Mexico to the United States to visit her family but their plans are complicated by a Romanian count.”

Have I mentioned that I love Bette Davis? Because I love Bette Davis.

The Lady Vanishes – 10:00PM EST

“While travelling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train.”

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, this film tells the story surrounding a lady vanishing from a train.

August 30 – Susan Hayward
The Honey Pot – 8:00AM EST

“In Venice, a millionaire hires an actor to help him prank three greedy ex-girlfriends into thinking he’s dying and leaving his fortune to one of them.”

Full disclosure: I want to see this, because “Honey Pot” was a frequent reference (and trope) on The Americans.

August 31 – Kirk Douglas

Lust for Life – 4:00PM EST

“The life of brilliant but tortured artist Vincent van Gogh”

Like many people, I love impressionist art and I love Vincent van Gogh. I do feel like Loving Vincent may have touched upon Van Gogh having been more mentally stable (at least at the time of his death) than has been conventionally thought. Still, I will gladly watch highly esteemed depictions of one of my favorite artists.

Spartacus – 8:00PM EST

“The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic.”

I did see this in school – it is an epic, akin to Braveheart in some ways. Kirk Douglas is an excellent actor, and quite incredible as Spartacus.

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