Posted: 06/04/2011


NEWS - TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES - July - September 2011

by Elaine Hegwood Bowen

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RACE AND HOLLYWOOD: ARAB IMAGES IN FILM – Tuesday and Thursday nights in July
This July, Turner Classic Movies will present the latest installment of its ongoing exploration of how different racial and cultural groups are portrayed on screen. TCM host Robert Osborne will be joined by internationally acclaimed professor, author and Middle East media consultant Dr. Jack G. Shaheen each Tuesday and Thursday night in July to introduce a wide range of films and provide extensive insight into Hollywood’s ever-changing attitude toward the Arab people. There will be different topics, including early films, epic stories, depictions of Arab sheiks and Arab women, Arabs portrayed as villains or the subject of ridicule and movies that provide an even-handed look at Arab culture. As part of the month-long event, 14 movies will be making their TCM debut, including Three Kings (1999), Jewel of the Nile (1985), Lion of the Desert (1981), The Black Tent (1956), Tarzan the Fearless (1933) and The Sheik (1921). In addition, viewers will be able to watch classic films like Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Caesar and Cleopatra (1945), Kismet (1944) and The Thief of Bagdad (1924) through a different perspective provided by Dr. Shaheen’s insight. This extraordinary programming event is the sixth installment of TCM’s far-reaching and culturally significant Race & Hollywood project.

Friday nights in July, TCM invites viewers to pull up to the campfire and enjoy music-filled fun with Hollywood’s greatest singing cowboys. “King of the Singing Cowboys” Roy Rogers will take center stage on July 1 with five beautifully restored films, three of which were screened at the TCM Classic Film Festival in April. Gene Autry will be featured on July 8, with TCM premieres of five restored and uncut films. On July 15, TCM will honor Tex Ritter and Jimmy Wakely with a night of TCM premieres. July 22 will feature singing cowboys Dick Foran and Monte Hale. And on July 29, TCM will present films starring Rex Allen, Herb Jeffries and Ken Maynard.

GUEST PROGRAMMER: CONAN O’BRIEN – Monday, July 4, beginning at 8 p.m.
Conan O’Brien is set to present some movie fireworks on Independence Day as TCM’s Guest Programmer for July. The host of TBS’s late-night hit CONAN will join Robert Osborne to present four great movies, including the musical biography Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) and the Prohibition-era drama The Roaring Twenties (1939), both starring James Cagney. The night will also include the television news satire Network (1976) and the Marx Brothers comedy Duck Soup (1933).

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TAB HUNTER – Monday, July 11, beginning at 8 p.m.
With his dreamy eyes, blonde-tanned look and boy-next-door charm, Tab Hunter was one of the top teen idols of the 1950s, marking the beginning of a long career that has included everything from westerns to musicals to cult movies. As the beloved actor and good friend of TCM turns 80, the network will celebrate with a five-film marathon. The lineup opens with the TCM premiere of Gunman’s Walk (1958) and includes his breakout movie, Battle Cry (1955), along with the beach flick Ride the Wild Surf (1964), the adventure Return to Treasure Island (1954) and the fantasy The Golden Arrow (1964).

THE ESSENTIALS – Hosted by Alec Baldwin and Robert Osborne – Saturdays at 8 p.m.
• July 2 – City Lights (1931)
• July 9 – Fail-Safe (1964)
• July 16 – The Misfits (1961)
• July23 – Cool Hand Luke (1967)
• July 30 – All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

ESSENTIALS JR. – Hosted by Bill Hader – Sundays at 8 p.m. (ET)
• July 3 – King Kong (1933)
• July 10 – Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
• July 17 – Horse Feathers (1932)
• July 24 – The Thing from Another World (1951)
• July 31 – Road to Utopia (1945)

TCM UNDERGROUND – Friday late-night cult classics
• July 1 at 2:45 a.m. – Frankenstein 1970 (1958)
• July 8 at 2:15 a.m. – The Super Cops (1974)
• July 15 at 2 a.m. – Bloody Birthday (1980)
• July 22 at 2:45 a.m. – Carnival Magic (1982)
• July 29 at 2 a.m. – Symbiopsychotaxiplasm (1968)


TCM’s ultimate movie star showcase is back for its ninth year, as the network sets aside an entire day to pay tribute to each of 31 different stars. This year, more than half the roster is made up of stars featured in the showcase for the very first time. Among the newcomers are such extraordinary talents as Paulette Godard (Aug. 2), Orson Welles (Aug. 8), Ben Johnson (Aug. 11), Charles Laughton (Aug. 14), Lon Chaney (Aug. 15), Joanne Woodward (Aug. 16), Peter Lawford (Aug. 26) , Anne Francis (Aug. 29) and Howard Keel (Aug. 30). The lineup also includes cinematic giants like Marlon Brando (Aug. 1), Bette Davis (Aug. 3), Shirley MacLaine (Aug. 10), Claudette Colbert (Aug. 12), James Stewart (Aug. 13), Humphrey Bogart (Aug. 17), Cary Grant (Aug. 21), Joan Crawford (Aug. 22), Marlene Dietrich (Aug. 31) and, on what would have been her 100th birthday, Lucille Ball (Aug. 6). With a collection like this, TCM is the perfect summer destination for movie lovers.


Turner Classic Movies will honor 50 years of Merchant/Ivory Productions, a production company whose name has become synonymous with great filmmaking. Founded in 1961 by producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory, the company has crafted a treasure trove of acclaimed and award-winning films, from its India-set dramas of the 1960s to its Oscar-winning literary adaptations of the ‘80s and ‘90s. TCM will set aside each Thursday night in September to celebrating Merchant/Ivory, beginning on Sept. 1 with their earliest works. The Sept. 8 lineup will include The Europeans (1979) and The Bostonians (1984), both of which grew the company’s reputation to new levels. On Sept. 15, TCM presents what have become Merchant/Ivory’s most celebrated films, including The Remains of the Day (1993), Howards End (1993), A Room with a View (1985) and Maurice (1987). Sept. 22 will include movies produced by Merchant, and Sept. 29 will feature a night of Merchant/Ivory films made for television.

STAR OF THE MONTH: KIRK DOUGLAS – Tuesdays in September
This September, TCM will salute one of Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas, who delighted fans in April with his appearance at the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival. TCM’s celebration of Douglas’ career will begin Sept. 6 with some of his earliest hits, including The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946), Mourning Becomes Electra (1947), Out of the Past (1947) and the TCM premiere of I Walk Alone (1948). On Sept. 13, TCM presents some of his best work from the 1950s, including Young Man with a Horn (1950), Ace in the Hole (1951), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) and The Big Sky (1952). Douglas’ impeccable performances in Lust for Life (1957) and Paths of Glory (1957) kick off the Sept. 20 lineup. And on Sept. 27, TCM will open the night with the extraordinary epic Spartacus (1960).

TCM SALUTES THE TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL – Monday, Sept. 5, beginning at 6 a.m.
As the 38th Annual Telluride Film Festival wraps up in Colorado, TCM will salute the annual gathering with a 24-hour marathon of films that have been featured at the event over the years. Headlining the celebration is a complete marathon telecast of TCM’s seven-part documentary series Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood (2010), which premiered at Telluride last year. The marathon’s highlights also include TCM premieres of Alexander Payne’s satirical Election (1999), Peter Weir’s offbeat thriller The Plumber (1979) and Barbara Loden’s sensitive drama Wanda (1970).

TCM GUEST PROGRAMMER: CHER – Wednesday, Sept. 7, beginning at 8 p.m.
Oscar-winning actress Cher, a tremendous TCM devotee, will join Robert Osborne as September’s Guest Programmer. She has chosen four memorable films to present, including the Ginger Rogers-Fred Astaire musical Follow the Fleet (1936), David Lean’s delightful comedy Hobson’s Choice (1954), the Damon Runyon tale The Big Street (1942) and the comedy-mystery Lady of Burlesque (1943).

CARRY ON TCM – Friday, Sept. 16, beginning at 8 p.m.
In 1958, British film producer Peter Rogers introduced audiences to a silly British farce about life in the military called Carry on Sergeant, beginning a movie franchise that would last through 30 more films. On Sept. 16, TCM will premiere four hilarious Carry On comedies, including Carry On Nurse (1960), Carry On Teacher (1962) and Carry On Constable (1960). The spoofs feature a vaudevillian style, racy humor and an anything-for-a-laugh mentality, all performed by core group of stars that included Kenneth Connor, Charles Hawtrey and Sid James. Although rarely critical favorites, the Carry On films consistently packed movie houses, setting the stage for The Naked Gun, Scary Movie and many other spoof franchises.

LOST & FOUND: DR. COPELIUS – Monday, Sept. 19, beginning at 8 p.m.
After uncovering the delightful ballet fantasy The Mysterious House of Dr. C. (1966) in April, TCM is now the original version of the film before it was edited and reworked by producer Samuel Bronston at the request of the filmmakers. Originally intended as an art film, Dr. Copelius was first released as a ballet-and-pantomime performance of the 19th century story Coppelia, lovingly choreographed by JoAnna Kneeland and directed by her husband Ted Kneeland, with Dame Alicia Markova serving as artistic consultant. Walter Slezak stars as the title character, a daffy inventor who creates a clockwork girl. The original film was pulled from public view over legal problems. When the legal hurdles were finally cleared, the Kneelands asked producer Samuel L. Bronston to oversee a complete re-edited version, which removed some of the more mind-bending elements and added includes voice-over narration. TCM’s presentation of the Dr. Copelius marks a rare and wonderful opportunity to see the Kneeland’s original vision. It will be followed by a night of ballet film that will include The Red Shoes (1948) and Invitation to the Dance (1956).

TCM SALUTES THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS FILM ARCHIVE – Wednesday, Sept. 28, beginning at 8 p.m.
As part of its ongoing commitment to supporting the preservation and restoration efforts of the top film archives, TCM will celebrate the extraordinary work of the Library of Congress Film Archive with a wide-ranging 24-hour marathon. Robert Osborne will be joined by Patrick Loughney, Ph.D., chief archivist of the Library of Congress Film Archive, to introduce the diverse collection. The lineup will include the TCM premiere of the rarely screened The Constant Nymph (1943), one of TCM’s most-requested titles. Also included will be the premiere of the silent version of All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), four shorts featuring legendary humorist Will Rogers, the intriguing ‘50s sci-fi film The Man from Planet X (1951) and the gritty crime drama The Killers (1946), to name a few.

THE ESSENTIALS – Hosted by Alec Baldwin and Robert Osborne – Saturdays at 8 p.m.
• Sept. 3 – Sunset Blvd. (1950)
• Sept. 10 – The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)
• Sept. 17 – Mildred Pierce (1945)
• Sept. 24 – Love Me Tonight (1932)

All times Eastern. Please note programming is subject to change. Schedule for TCM in Canada may differ slightly.

Elaine Hegwood Bowen is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago.

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