Welcome to Week 4 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 film I plan to tune in for.
Here are the recommendations and watchlist for the remainder of SUTS, August 22nd through 31st!
DAY 22: GLENN FORD
Glenn Ford day brings two films full of terror. My recommendation for the day is Terror on a Train (1953), a tense British thriller in which an explosives specialist with an alcohol problem must stop a train from being blown up. You can catch it at 10:45 am EST. I’ll be tuning in for Experiment in Terror (1962) at 8:00 pm EST. In this film, Ford plays an FBI agent trying to foil a bank robbery plot.
DAY 23: GREER GARSON
Greer Garson shares the screen with Lew Ayres and Robert Taylor in a delightful romantic comedy, Remember? (1939), becoming engaged to one man only to fall in love with his best friend soon after. That one airs at 4:30 am on August 24th. My new-to-me choice for the day is Strange Lady in Town (1955), a Western co-starring Dana Andrews. It airs just before Remember?, at 2:30 am EST on August 24th.
DAY 24: DENNIS MORGAN
Who needs “Christmas in July” when you can celebrate it with Dennis Morgan and Barbara Stanwyck in August? Christmas in Connecticut (1945), one of my very favorite holiday films, airs at 12:30 pm EST on Morgan day. For a new-to-me discovery, I’ve chosen The Hard Way (1943), a romantic drama in which Morgan plays a bandleader opposite Ida Lupino and Joan Leslie. It airs at 10 pm EST.
DAY 25: SIMONE SIGNORET
I haven’t seen any of the films airing this day, so can’t offer any recommendations, but I’m very excited to tune in for Diabolique (1955)! I’ve heard many good things about this drama of murderous conspiracies, and it’s been on my to-be-watched list for a long time. It airs at 10:15 pm EST!
DAY 26: JAMES CAGNEY
You really can’t go wrong with Cagney, so there are plenty of great films to choose from on this day. My recommendation, since I can only choose one, goes to The Roaring Twenties (1939). You can catch it at 10:00 pm EST. I’ll be tuning in for a film released later in Cagney’s career — Shake Hands with the Devil (1959). Set in Ireland in the 1920s, its a historical drama… but with Cagney holding a gun on the poster, I’m sure there’ll be shades of the gangster roles he’s best known for! That one airs at 6:00 pm EST.
DAY 27: LESLIE CARON
I recently discovered and fell in love with a Leslie Caron film, so I have to recommend it here: The Glass Slipper (1955), a wonderful retelling of Cinderella. It airs at 11:45 am EST. For my new-to-me watch, I’m finally going to see Gigi (1958)! That one airs at 3:30 pm EST.
DAY 28: SLIM PICKENS
For Slim Pickens day, the only film I’ve seen is Blazing Saddles, which is incredibly well known. You’ve probably seen it already, too! So, no recommendations from me, but for my own watchlist, I’ll be tuning in for Gun Brothers (1956) at 9:45 am EST. A Western tale of sibling rivalry.
DAY 29: MARION DAVIES
TCM is airing one of my favorite Davies films for her day, Blondie of the Follies (1932). It’s a story of romantic and career-based competition between two young Broadway up-and-comings, who were once the best of friends. Set the DVR for this one: it airs at 2:00 am EST on August 30th. My new-to-me Marion pick is The Red Mill (1926), airing at noon on August 29th. A romantic comedy featuring Marion as a barmaid in love.
DAY 30: GEORGE SANDERS
I recently reviewed Bluebeard’s Ten Honeymoons (1960) for a blogathon. Sanders stars as a serial killer who becomes engaged to or marries all of his victims before killing them. A lot of TMP readers expressed interest in the film, having never seen or in some cases never heard of it before… so if you have TCM, here’s your chance to watch! It airs at 8:00 am EST on Sanders day! My new-to-me pick for the day is Journey to Italy (1954), airing at 10:15 pm EST.
DAY 31: ELIZABETH TAYLOR
TCM ends this year’s Summer Under the Stars in style with Elizabeth Taylor day. My recommendation is Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), airing at 10:00 pm. It’s a well-known film that a lot of classic fans have seen, but if you haven’t, it’s worth tuning in for. My new-to-me pick for the day is Night Watch (1973), a thriller about a woman who witnesses a murder… but when she tries to report it, no one believes her. It’s one of the last films of the festival, airing at 3:00 am EST on September 1.