Welcome to Week 2 of Summer Under the Stars! I’ll be sharing one recommendation for each day of TCM’s programming, usually of a lesser-known or underappreciated title, as well as one new-to-me film I plan to tune in for. Here are the recommendations and watchlist for August 8th through 14th!
DAY 8: FRANCHOT TONE
Star of the day Franchot Tone shares the screen with Bette Davis in Dangerous (1935), directed by Alfred E. Green. Davis took home an Oscar for her performance as an alcoholic stage actress, and Tone also does well in his role of the fan trying to help her. You can catch the drama at 8:00 am EST on August 8th. I’ll be tuning in for The Unguarded Hour (1936), a story of blackmail co-starring Loretta Young. That one airs at 9:45 pm EST.
DAY 9: SANDRA DEE
For Sandra Dee day I’m not going with an underrated title, but the perfect summer watch, Gidget (1959). Dee plays the titular character, a young woman who desperately wants to become a surfer. You can catch it at 4:00 pm EST on August 9th. My new-to-me pick for Dee day is The Reluctant Debutante (1958), airing at noon. Dee plays an American girl visiting her father in London, where she learns that her stepmother wants to make her a debutante.
DAY 10: SIDNEY POITIER
For Poitier Day, I have to recommend To Sir, With Love (1967), airing at 8:00 pm EST on August 10th. Poitier is Mark Thackeray, an out-of-work engineer who takes a job as a teacher in London’s East End. I’ll be tuning in for a film that’s been on my to-be-watched list for a while, a Cold War drama, The Bedford Incident (1965). That one airs at 2:00 am EST on August 11th.
DAY 11: GINGER ROGERS
Ginger Rogers is the “Cinderella Girl,” a radio singer, in the lighthearted musical-comedy Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934). You can catch that delightful Hollywood fluff at 10:45 am EST. My new-to-me Ginger pick is Star of Midnight (1935), airing at 12:30 pm EST. William Powell co-stars as Ginger’s sleuthing partner in this mystery-comedy of a missing dancer.
DAY 12: JOHN WAYNE
For John Wayne day, I recommend not one of his famous Westerns, but a war film: They Were Expendable (1945). Named one of the ten best films of 1945 by The New York Times, this torpedo boat drama was directed by the great John Ford. You can catch it (or record it, if you’re not the type to pull all-nighters) at 3:15 am EST. My new-to-me pick is The Long Voyage Home (1940), airing at 6:00 am.
DAY 13: BARBARA STANWYCK
Hooray for Stanwyck day! Anyone who follows this blog will know that I’ve spent years slowly tracking down and watching/reviewing every single Stanwyck film. Though I haven’t quite finished the project (ten reviews to go!), I’ve actually seen all of the films airing this day, and have no new-to-me pick to tune in for! My recommendation for you is The Mad Miss Manton (1938), airing at 10:30 am EST. Stanwyck plays a crime-solving socialite in this delightful mystery-comedy, co-starring Henry Fonda.
DAY 14: VANESSA REDGRAVE
In a situation opposite of Stanwyck day, I can’t give you a recommendation for Vanessa Redgrave — I haven’t seen any of the films airing this day! For a new-to-me discovery, I’ll be recording Young Catherine (1991), airing at 6 am EST, but let me know if there’s anything else I should be adding to my watchlist.