Friday, July 29, 2011

My Picks: TCM's Summer Under the Stars 2011

As most of you probably know, TCM's annual Summer Under the Stars begins this Monday, August 1st. SUts is my personal favorite feature on TCM (along with 31 Days of Oscar), so, naturally, I'm very excited. I'm also quite excited that some of my favorite actors and actresses are being honored this year. Here are some of the highlights I recommend viewing throughout the month of August. I won't be including everyday, but most of them, at least,

August 1- Marlon Brando
I'm really not much of a Brando fan, but he's in a few of my favorites that are definitely worth watching:

Guys and Dolls (1955)- 5:15PM EST
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)- 9:30PM EST
On the Waterfront (1954)- 12:00AM EST

August 3- Bette Davis
Davis is one of my favorite actresses- I'm so glad she's been included this year!

Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2005)- 7:30AM EST
Now, Voyager (1942)- 9:00AM EST My all time favorite of hers- a must see.
20,000 Years In Sing Sing (1932)- 12:45:PM EST
The Letter (1940)- 4:30PM EST
The Petrified Forest (1936)- 6:30PM EST
Jezebel (1938)- 10:00PM EST

August 5- John Garfield

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)- 8:00PM EST
Destination Tokyo (1943)- 3:30AM EST

August 6- Lucille Ball
Happy 100th, Lucy! This is also the day of the Loving Lucy blogathon at True Classics.

Without Love (1945)- 9:30AM EST (One of Tracy and Hepburn's best- very underrated.)
The Long, Long Trailer (1954)- 2:30PM EST
Stage Door (1937)- 8:00PM EST
The Big Street (1942)- 9:45PM EST

August 9- Ann Dvorak

Scarface (1932)- 8:00PM EST

August 10- Shirley MacLaine

The Children's Hour (1961)- 12:00PM EST
The Apartment (1960)- 8:00PM EST
Some Came Running (1958)- 10:30PM EST
Ocean's Eleven (1960) 1:00AM EST

August 12- Claudette Colbert

Without Reservations (1946)- 4:15PM EST
It Happened One Night (1934)- 11:30PM EST
Since You Went Away (1944)- 1:30 AM EST

August 13 (birthday of yours truly:)- James Stewart
I'll admit I'm disappointed that they're not airing any of his Hitchcock films (as it's Hitchcock's birthday as well).

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)- 9:00AM EST
Wife vs. Secretary (1936)- 11:15AM EST
The Shop Around the Corner (1940) 2:30PM EST
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)- 12:00AM EST

August 14- Ralph Bellamy

The Wolf Man (1941)- 6:45PM EST
His Girl Friday (1940)- 8:00PM EST

August 17- Humphrey Bogart
Honestly, I'm more excited for this than I am my birthday, even though I've seen all but five of the films featured. Although I wish they were showing The African Queen, several other of my all time favorites  are coming on that I'll definitely be sitting down to watch again.

To Have and Have Not (1944)- 11:00AM EST
The Big Sleep (1946)- 12:45PM EST
High Sierra (1941)- 2:45PM EST
In a Lonely Place (1950)- 6:15PM EST
The Maltese Falcon (1941)- 8:00PM EST
Sahara (1943)- 10:00PM EST
Beat the Devil (1954)- 12:00AM EST
The Caine Mutiny (1954)- 2:00AM EST
Tokyo Joe (1949)- 4:15 PM EST

August 19- Debbie Reynolds

Singin' In the Rain (1952)- 2:15AM EST (I need to see more of her films...)

August 20- Montgomery Clift

Lonelyhearts (1958)- 9:00AM EST
From Here to Eternity (1953)- 3:30AM EST
The Misfits (1961)- 5:45PM EST
A Place In the Sun (1951)- 8:00PM EST (Every classic film fan has to watch this at least once.)
The Heiress (1949)- 10:15PM EST
The Search (1948)- 12:15AM EST
I Confess (1953)- 2:15AM EST

August 21-Cary Grant

The Philadelphia Story (1940)- 3:30PM EST
North by Northwest (1959)- 5:30PM EST
Only Angels Have Wings (1939)- 10:15PM EST
The Bishop's Wife (1947)- 2:15AM
Bringing Up Baby (1938)- 4:15AM

August 22- Joan Crawford

Mildred Pierce (1945)- 11:00PM EST

August 23- Conrad Veidt

All Through the Night (1942)- 9:30AM EST (Very underrated film, and one of Bogie's best.)
A Woman's Face (1941)- 6:00PM EST
Casablanca (1942)- 12:00AM EST (Best. Movie. Ever.)

August 25- Burt Lancaster

Sweet Smell of Success (1957)- 12:00PM EST
Brute Force (1947)- 4:00PM EST
The Killers (1946)- 11:30PM EST

August 28- Carole Lombard

To Be or Not to Be (1942)- 6:15PM EST
My Man Godfrey (1936)- 8:00PM EST

August 31- Marlene Dietrich

Stage Fright (1950)- 1:15PM EST
Shanghai Express (1932)- 6:30PM EST


  1. Some line-up!!! Not a loser in the bunch!

    On your comment on Brando...I rarely mention his name when someone asks who my favorite actors are. But then I watch him in On the Waterfront or A Streetcar Named Desire and am blown away each and every time! His acting choices were impeccable. Truth in every move, nuance and tone!

    Thanks for posting this list of upcoming treasures on TCM! Wish I could quit my job - even if just for the month of August.

  2. This list was so informative. I love TCM they have the best movies. Not to mention no commercials ^_^

    I am looking forward to the Bette Davis marathon on Wednesday.

    I love this blog. I'll be reading it from time to time.

    Have a fabulous Day,
    Nikell (Mod.S.T Fashions, a reader from Polyvore)