Follow Your Heart at the TCM Film Festival 2019

The annual TCM Film Festival runs this year from April 11-14, 2019 in sunny Hollywood, California. If you haven’t gotten your passes yet, grab them here… that is, if they aren’t sold out. Believe it or not this festival draws crowds, featuring a side of sold-out hotel rooms and impossible-to-get flights.This years theme, however, may…

TCM Summer Under the Stars

Elizabeth Taylor: What better star to honor on the last day of TCM’s Summer Under the Stars 2017 than Elizabeth Taylor. My goal this past August on TCM was to find and watch movies I had never seen before. Looking for some I would consider as a keeper (meaning I’d buy them to watch over…

JEAN HARLOW ~ TCM Summer Under the Stars

Rochellemariah and I are suckers for Jean Harlow movies. My favorite Jean Harlow movies are Red Dust with Clark Gable and naturally Dinner at Eight with that MGM big guns ensemble cast. Rochellemariah, well she love, love, loves Personal Property with Robert Taylor and Libeled Lady with William Powell. Jean Harlow had that rare chemistry…

LUCILLE BALL-TCM Summer Under the Stars

Lucille Ball used to be a favorite entertainer of mine. A former RKO/MGM Girl and President of Desilu Television Productions it was in this capacity that Lucy disappointed me. Allegedly ‘dumping’ RKO movies into Santa Monica Bay after purchasing RKO Studio’s in 1957. (Re: These Amazing Shadows-Special Features: Lost Forever). I’ve decided my favorite Lucille…

Summer Under the Stars ~ Robert Mitchum

Robert Mitchum is undeniably the epitome of Film Noir leading man. Never gets ruffled, has a slow easy manner can take a punch as well as give them and can spar witty dialogue with the best of the best femme fatale’s. I’m working my way through fifteen of his noir films and so far RKO’s…

Summer Under the Stars ~ Rex Ingram

As a kid I was deeply moved by Rex Ingram’s sympathetic portrayal of Jim the runaway slave in the 1939 MGM production of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn starring Mickey Rooney. As an adult I was impressed by his portrayal of the unbending father Joe Lucasta in the United Artists 1958 film Anna Lucasta starring…

Summer Under the Stars ~ Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford TCM’s star for the day acted in eleven Noir movies between 1945 and 1956. She received the Best Actress Oscar for her performance as Mildred Pierce in 1945. Joan was nominated for Best Actress in the Film Noir thriller about ‘who was going to kill whom’ Sudden Fear in 1952. However the Oscar…

Summer Under the Stars ~ Teresa Wright

Theresa Wright a five time Film Noir Girl: Shadow of a Doubt ~ 1948 Universal Pursued ~ 1947 Warner Brothers The Capture ~ 1950 RKO The Steel Trap ~ 1952, 20th Century Fox Count the Hours ~ 1953 RKO

Summer Under the Stars-Adolphe Menjou

Sometimes he was the good guy but mostly the bad. I always picture him as playing the dapper ‘snidely whiplash’ parts in movies. Can you imagine in 1947 a 26 year old Deanna Durbin’s surprise when the man who played her father in 1937’s 100 Men and a Girl was now at age 57 going…

Summer Under the Stars – Olivia De Havilland

Ninety-nine year old Olivia De Havilland was also a Film Noir Girl, starring in two famous noir films. The 1946 Dark Mirror a Nunnally Johnson Production, directed by Robert Siodmak (if you had attended the Summer of Darkness Noir Course you would know Robert is a big deal in the Noir world). Vladimir Pozner was…

Summer Under the Stars: Gene Tierney

Gene Tierney was unquestionably the “most beautiful woman in movie history”, stated Darryl F. Zanuck, founder of 20th Century Fox, though even the most beautiful have their insecurities. Gene brought an exotic quality to the screen that many latched onto from the start, especially in a very blonde Hollywood in the 40’s. With an overbite,…

Summer Under The Stars 2015 TCM

Turner Classic Movies is once again highlighting a Star each day of August, with a lineup of films. The Stars and Day highlighted are below!  Enjoy! 1. Gene Tierney 2. Olivia de Havilland 3. Adolphe Menjou 4.Teresa Wright 5. Fred Astaire 6. Michael Caine 7. Katharine Hepburn 8. Raymond Massey 9. Robert Walker 10. Joan…

Summer Under the Stars ~ Dick Powell

Dick Powell crooned his way through the 1930’s in Busby Burkely musicals like Gold Diggers of 1933. Strong armed his way through the 1940’s as the hard boiled bad boy in noir’s like Murder My Sweet. Founded Four Star Production in the 1950’s with David Niven, Ida Lupino and Charles Boyer and directed his wife…

Summer Under the Stars ~ Thelma Ritter

Thelma Ritter six times nominated for Oscar’s Best Supporting Actress: All About Eve (1950),The Mating Season (1951),With a Song in My Heart (1952),Pickup on South Street (1953), Pillow Talk (1959), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

Summer Under the Stars ~ Paul Newman

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), Exodus (1960), Towering Inferno (1974) Absence of Malice(1981), Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990), Road to Perdition (2002).

Summer Under the Stars ~ Herbert Marshall

Herbert Marshall, WWI Veteran lost a leg during the Great War for King and country then came home to hold his own, playing leading man opposite some of Classic Hollywood’s greatest actresses. He duked it out with Barbara Stanwyck in Breakfast for Two (1937). Appeared as Deanna Durbin’s pretend father in the multi-nominated (4) film…