Welcome to this week’s installment of TMP Recommends, the series where I share five films you should keep an eye out for on TCM over the next seven days. This week I’ll be doing an altered edition of TMP Recommends featuring only three films, because a day-trip travel opportunity popped up and I’ve run out of time to make the post. (Oops!) (TCM also happens to be showing a lot of stuff I’ve never seen this week, which makes it a little more difficult to recommend films.) As usual, all times are listed in EST and come from the US version of the TCM schedule. Happy viewing!
Ever In My Heart (1933)
Airing on TCM: July 15, 11:45 am
Quite a few Stanwyck films are playing on the 15th, so as the scribbler of the Barbara Stanwyck Filmography Project, I recommend tuning into as many as you can! I put forth Ever In My Heart, in particular, as one of her lesser-known films deserving of a lot more attention than it gets. Otto Kruger co-stars in this somber tale of an American woman and her German husband who face discrimination due to his nationality as anti-immigrant and anti-German sentiments rise in America. A heartbreaking and thought-provoking film.
Airing on TCM: July 16, 4:15 am
Dick Powell stars as an insurance agent living a dull suburban life with his wife and son. Tired of the daily routine, his life is spiced up when he falls in love with the girlfriend of an embezzler who is being investigated by the insurance company. The fantastic Lizabeth Scott co-stars in this bleak noir flick.
Too Late for Tears (1949)
Airing on TCM: July 17, 8:00 pm
Surprise, surprise — another Lizabeth Scott film! She’s one of my favorite actresses, especially in the noir genre, so she was bound to pop up in “TMP Recommends” quite a bit during the Summer of Darkness. Too Late for Tears stars Scott as Jane, who is traveling on the highway with her husband (Arthur Kennedy) when a stranger throws a bag full of cash into the back seat of their car. Trouble follows the money, naturally. An excellent exploration of greed told through a quick pace and a lens of dark humor.