TCM’s Summer Under the Stars – TMP’s recommended viewing, from John Wayne to Sidney Poitier

Throughout the month of August, I’ll be sharing recommended films from TCM’s Summer Under the Stars programming every Tuesday. It isn’t August just yet, but I wanted to get a list up that included the first week of the month. Feel free to share your own recommendations for me in the comments below, as they’re running a ton of films I haven’t seen this year!

The following recommendations cover TCM’s scheduled programming from August 1st through 7th. All times are Eastern.

John Wayne (and more than a few friends) star in Stagecoach (1939)

August 1 – John Wayne

  • 9:15 AM – Stagecoach (1939)
    Dir. John Ford
    Also starring Claire Trevor and Andy Devine
    Western, Walter Wanger Productions

August 2 – Myrna Loy

  • 1:00 PM – Libeled Lady (1936)
    Dir. Jack Conway
    Also starring Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy and William Powell
    Romantic comedy, MGM
  • 2:45 PM – Wife vs. Secretary (1936)
    Dir. Clarence Brown
    Also starring Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and Jimmy Stewart
    Romantic drama/comedy, MGM
  • 6:00 PM – Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)
    Dir. H.C. Potter
    Also starring Cary Grant and Melvyn Douglas
    Comedy, RKO
  • 12:45 AM – The Thin Man (1934)
    Dir. W.S. Van Dyke
    Also starring William Powell and Maureen O’Sullivan
    Comedy/mystery, MGM
William Powell and Myrna Loy for The Thin Man (1934)

August 3 – Johnny Weissmuller

  • 8:48 AM – How to Hold Your Husband – BACK (1941)
    Dir. Johnny Hines
    Comedic short, MGM

August 4 – Marilyn Monroe

  • 10:00 AM – Niagara (1953)
    Dir. Henry Hathaway
    Also starring Joseph Cotten and Jean Peters
    Thriller, Twentieth Century Fox
  • 6:00 PM – The Seven Year Itch (1955)
    Dir. Billy Wilder
    Also starring Tom Ewell
    Comedy, Twentieth Century Fox
  • 12:00 AM – How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
    Dir. Jean Negulesco
    Also starring Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall
    Comedy/drama, Twentieth Century Fox
Bette Davis for Now, Voyager (1942)

August 5 – Claude Rains

  • 4:45 PM – Now, Voyager (1942)
    Dir. Irving Rapper
    Also starring Bette Davis and Paul Henreid
    Drama, Warner Bros.
  • 8:00 PM – The Invisible Man (1933)
    Dir. James Whale
    Also starring Gloria Stuart
    Horror/drama, Universal Pictures
  • 12:15 Am – The Unsuspected (1947)
    Dir. Michael Curtiz
    Also starring Joan Caulfield and Audrey Totter
    Drama/mystery, Warner Bros.

August 6 – Van Heflin

  • 9:15 AM – Tennessee Johnson (1942)
    Dir. William Dieterle
    Also starring Lionel Barrymore and Ruth Hussey
    Biographical drama, MGM
  • 11:45 PM – The Prowler (1951)
    Dir. Joseph Losey
    Also starring Evelyn Keyes and John Maxwell
    Drama/thriller, Horizon Pictures
Sidney Poitier teaches a class full of tough kids in To Sir, With Love (1967) – Image via

August 7 – Sidney Poitier

  • 8:00 AM – Blackboard Jungle (1955)
    Dir. Richard Brooks
    Also starring Glenn Ford, Anne Francis and Louis Calhern
    Drama, MGM
  • 4:00 PM – The Bedford Incident (1965)
    Dir. James B. Harris
    Also starring Richard Widmark
    Drama/wartime thriller, Columbia Pictures
  • 10:15 PM – To Sir, With Love (1967)
    Dir. James Clavell
    Also starring Judy Geeson and Christian Roberts
    Drama, Columbia Pictures

All images are credited to Doctor Macro’s High Quality Movie Scans unless otherwise stated.

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