Valley of the Kings (1954)

At the turn of the 20th century, a young American woman named Ann Mercedes (Eleanor Parker) has arrived in Cairo for a bit of archaeological exploration. Her father, a famed archaeologist, had previously searched for a tomb that could provide proof of the Old Testament’s text. Desperate to get to the bottom of the mystery,…

Exclusive Story (1936)

Ace Acello (Joseph Calleia) is working for gangster Martin Werther (Robert Barrat), operating a numbers racket — an illegal lottery which never has an honest winner. Acello approaches grocer Michael Devlin (J. Farrell MacDonald) in hopes to sell numbers to his store’s customers. When Devlin isn’t crazy about the idea, Acello tries to intimidate him…

Julie (1956)

Julie (Doris Day) and Lyle (Louis Jourdan) are newlyweds, but their honeymoon hasn’t exactly been happy. Lyle has been acting jealous and strange. Julie was married once before, the marriage only ending due to her husband’s unexpected death. As Lyle’s behavior becomes more erratic, Julie starts to believe her friend Cliff (Barry Sullivan) may be…

Chance at Heaven (1933)

Blacky Gorman (Joel McCrea) and Marje Harris (Ginger Rogers) are young and in love. They’ve been casually dating for a couple of years, and Blacky is finally ready to propose, having found success as a gas station owner. Their future is set. One day, though, Glory Franklyn (Marian Nixon) comes veering into Blacky’s life. She…

Favorite things about… Cat People (1942)

What better to celebrate as October’s “Favorite Things” film than a genuine horror classic? Today also happens to be my wonderful sister’s birthday, and since there’s nothing in the world she loves more than her cats, I’ve chosen a special feline-centric film in her honor: 1942’s Cat People! The favorite film: Cat People, a 1942…

The File on Thelma Jordon (1950)

“I’d like to say I didn’t intend to kill her, but when you have a gun, you always intend if you have to.” Cleve Marshall (Wendell Corey) doesn’t know what’s coming to him when the mysterious Thelma Jordon (Barbara Stanwyck) visits his office late one night. She’s there to report an attempted burglary at her…

M’liss (1936)

Melissa Smith (Anne Shirley), known as “M’liss” for short, is the daughter of gold miner Washoe Smith (Guy Kibbee). A whole town has built up around Washoe’s claim — Smith’s Pocket. But Washoe has become unwelcome in his own town. His luck with gold has run out, and he’s being forced out of his home,…

The Little Hut (1957)

Susan (Ava Gardner) doesn’t have the ideal marriage. Wed to Sir Philip Ashlowe (Stewart Granger), a British noble, she feels neglected as he spends his time fulfilling stately duties. Desperate to reconnect, Susan convinces Philip that they should take a vacation on their yacht. Several friends are invited along, including Henry Brittingham-Brett (David Niven), with…

Blowing Wild (1953)

Jeff Dawson (Gary Cooper) and Dutch Peterson (Ward Bond) are down on their luck, stuck somewhere in South America until they can scrounge together the money to get back to the States. When Dutch is shot during one dangerous transport job, and then both men are cheated out of the money they were supposed to…

SUTS 2017: Week 2 (Aug. 8 – 14)

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…