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I have to admit I like this Movie Roberts idea for Star of the Month. It gives them a chance to feature people like Robert Donat, Robert Vaughn and Robert Wagner, who are typically overlooked.

It's nice they're leading off with Robert Osborne's Private Screenings.

I do think that after Osborne's piece, they could have shown ROBERTA (1935) and MISTER ROBERTS (1955), just to thematically kick off the classic movies part of it.

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I like the "Movie Roberts" theme.  That'll bring an interesting mix of films.

It looks like there's a monthly spotlight on "Body Images" which is all over the place, movie wise.  I laughed at the "How to Get Rid of a Body" theme. I'm loving the spotlight on courtroom films.  I like the "I Miss...Concerts," "I Miss...Travels," "I Miss...Parties," "I Miss...The Theatre" spotlights.

Noir Alley

5/16 Touch of Evil

5/23 The Brothers Rico

5/30 Act of Violence

 

5/5

Shag: The Movie.  I recommend this movie to anyone who missed it the last time. I loved it.

5/9 Apparently the entire day is TBA

5/10

Fred Astaire birthday theme.  I'm interested in The Sky's the Limit movie.  I haven't seen this one. 

The Belle of New York. I've seen this one before, I'd like to see it again.

5/12

Looking for Mr. Goodbar.  Ugh. This movie. I watched this movie the last time it was on.  It was good, but I never want to see this film again. I've never felt like I needed a shower after a movie until I saw this one.  I am laughing at the fact that The Enchanted Cottage follows this film.

5/19 I'm intrigued by the "Film Noir Road Trip" theme.

5/20 I'm excited that Operation Mad Ball is repeating.  I loved that movie when it aired during the Ernie Kovacs tribute a few years ago.

5/22 I'm here for the Underground pick: Earth Girls are Easy.

5/23 The spotlight on James Whale films 

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I think it's a decent schedule, lots of variety...films across different decades.

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Star of the Month: Movie Roberts (group)
Special Theme: Body Images
Spotlight: Order in the Court
Directors Highlighted: Satyajit Ray, James Whale
Actors Highlighted: Walter Matthau, Glenn Ford, Tony Randall
Guest Programmer: Frank Langella
Also: Memorial Day Weekend Marathon

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1 hour ago, TopBilled said:

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I have to admit I like this Movie Roberts idea for Star of the Month. It gives them a chance to feature people like Robert Donat, Robert Vaughn and Robert Wagner, who are typically overlooked.

It's nice they're leading off with Robert Osborne's Private Screenings.

I do think that after Osborne's piece, they could have shown ROBERTA (1935) and MISTER ROBERTS (1955), just to thematically kick off the classic movies part of it.

I hope that Robert Young gets included.  Seems as though he seldom gets a special nod.

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6 minutes ago, lydecker said:

I hope that Robert Young gets included.  Seems as though he seldom gets a special nod.

Yes, they've included two of his movies-- CROSSFIRE and H.M. PULHAM ESQ.

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primetime themes

1    oscars a-z
2    100th birthday tribute: satyajit ray
3    star of the month movie roberts
4    special theme: body images
5    spotlight: order in the court
6    tba
7    tba
8    tba
9    tba
10  star of the month movie roberts
11   special theme: body images
12  spotlight: order in the court
13  dream state: california in the movies
14  walter matthau
15  glenn ford
16  east side stories
17  star of the month movie roberts
18  special theme: body images
19  spotlight: order in the court
20  dream state: california in the movies
21  historical epics
22  tony randall
23  directed by james whale
24  star of the month movie roberts
25  special theme: body images
26  spotlight: order in the court
27  guest programmer frank langella
28  memorial day weekend marathon
29  memorial day weekend marathon
30  memorial day weekend marathon
31  memorial day

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1 hour ago, TopBilled said:

Yes, they've included two of his movies-- CROSSFIRE and H.M. PULHAM ESQ.

Well . . . Crossfire is kind of a cheat since it has 2 "Other Roberts" but at least H.M. Pulham, Esq is a starring role for him. 

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MOVIE ROBERTS

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monday the 3rd of may

private screenings: robert osborne (2014)
crossfire (1947) with robert young, robert mitchum & robert ryan
the night of the hunter (1955) with robert mitchum

tuesday the 4th of may

king kong (1933) with robert armstrong
the 39 steps (1935) with robert donat
strangers on a train (1951) with robert walker
night must fall (1937) with robert montgomery
a kiss before dying (1956) with robert wagner

monday the 10th of may

waterloo bridge (1940) with robert taylor
marie antoinette (1938) with robert morley

tuesday the 11th of may

h.m. pulham esq. (1941) with robert young
the music man (1962) with robert preston
princess o'rourke (1943) with robert cummings
i married a witch (1942) with robert benchley
sunday in new york (1963) with robert culp

monday the 17th of may

bullitt (1968) with robert vaughn
the candidate (1972) with robert redford

tuesday the 18th of may

hollywood shuffle (1987) with robert townsend
how to succeed in business without really trying (1967) with robert morse
a man for all seasons (1966) with robert shaw
the last voyage (1960) with robert stack
cattle king (1963) with robert taylor

monday the 24th of may

chaplin (1992) with robert downey jr.
the great santini (1979) with robert duvall

tuesday the 25th of may

the long riders (1980) with robert carradine
mean streets (1973) with robert de niro
in cold blood (1967) with robert blake
reflections in a golden eye (1967) with robert forster
the thing from another world (1961) with robert cornthwaite

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Thank you so much for the May 2021 schedule. Love the Star of the Month Roberts.

They also highlight female stars - Esther Williams on May 4

Katherine Hepburn on May 12

Elizabeth Taylor on May 17

They celebrate Fred Astaire’s Birthday on May 10

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I'm skipping May 1, because it's the last day of 31 Days of Oscar.

Daytime May 2 has no theme listed. It's a Sunday, so that makes sense. Looks like it's essentially a bonus 12 hours of 31 Days, although the alphabetical theme is over.

The Smiling Lieutenant (Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert) (Paramount, 1931)
Mrs. Miniver (Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon) (MGM, 1942)
Woman of the Year (Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn) (MGM, 1942)
Gigi (Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan) (MGM, 1958)
Dear Heart (Geraldine Page, Glenn Ford) (Warner Bros, 1964)
Oliver! (Ron Moody, Oliver Reed) (Columbia, 1968)
The Year of Living Dangerously (Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver) (MGM, 1982)

Primetime begins a 24-hour salute to Satyajit Ray on his 100th birthday that takes all the daytime programming of May 3 as well. Three Daughters at full-length is comprised of four short films, each about 30 minutes, but it has been repackaged in smaller segments over the years, it appears. Looks like TCM is showing all four short films in order of the original presentation but as four  separate short films. Presumably with Wine Club commercials or whatever in between each one. I'm just listing it as one film. Interestingly, An Enemy of the People is an adaptation of the Isben play just like the Steve McQueen movie, but transplanted to India.

Pather Panchali (Kanu Bannerjee, Karuna Banerjee) (Dist. in the US by Edward Harrison, 1958)
Aparajito (Pinaki Sengupta, Samran Ghosal) (Dist. in the US by Edward Harrison, 1959)
The World of Apu (Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore) (Dist. in the US by Edward Harrison, 1960)
Devi (Sharmila Tagore, Soumitra Chatterjee) (No company credits listed, 1960)
The Music Room (Chhabi Biswas, Sardar Akhtar) (Dist. in the US by Edward Harrison, 1963)
Three Daughters (Anil Chatterjee, Chandana Banerjee) (Dist. in the US by Janus, 1963)
The Big City (Anil Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukerjee) (Dist. in the US by Edward Harrison, 1967)
Charulata (Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukerjee) (Dist. in the US by Sony Pictures Classics, 1995)
The Stranger (Utpal Dutt, Dipankar Dey) (Dist. in the US by Filmhaus, 1995)
The Coward (Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukerjee) (Dist. in the US by Gala Entertainment Corp., 2004)
The Holy Man (Charuprakash Ghosh, Rabi Ghosh) (Dist. in the US by Gala Entertainment Corp. 2004)
An Enemy of the People (Soumitra Chatterjee, Dhritiman Chatterjee) (Dist. in the US by the Criterion Collection, 2014)

 

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Primetime May 3 begins the "Movie Roberts" Star of the Month theme, starting with Alec Baldwin's interview of Robert Osborne for TCM's 20th anniversary. You couldn't kick off the movies any more appropriately than with Crossfire, I guess, with all three leading roles being played by Roberts. TCM never being able to resist over-theming its SOTM programming by night, appears to have sub-themed this first night as all suspenseful films as well.

King Kong (Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong) (RKO, 1933)
The 39 Steps (Robert Donat, Madeline Carroll) (Dist. in the US by British Gaumont Pictures Corp. of America, 1935)
Night Must Fall (Robert Montgomery, Rosalind Russell) (MGM, 1937)
Crossfire (Robert Young, Robert Mitchum) (RKO, 1947)
Strangers on a Train (Farley Granger, Robert Walker) (Warner Bros., 1951)
Night of the Hunter (Robert Mitchum, Shelly Winters (United Artists, 1955)
A Kiss Before Dying (United Artists, 1956)

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The 24-hour salute to Satyajit Ray on his 100th birthday recalls the similar tribute to Akira Kurosawa on his 100th birthday. I hope to record some of the ones I haven't seen.

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