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…

Warren Oates

“There were forty western series, and I went from one to the other. I started out playing the third bad guy on a horse and worked my way up to the No. 1 bad guy,” Oates once quipped. Most know for the films/tv by director Peckinpah (Ride the High Country, Major Dundee, The Rifleman) Warren…

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 ~ 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-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…