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please explain to me someone out there, why has Lucille Ball been a sotm several times and i do not see cary grant that often, stanwyck, crawford, tracey, holden, jean harlow, john wayne, etc., being so honored, and it has been 5 years i might add, since we have seen Garbo as Star of the Month! Add some spice to our lives, TCM and give us the great classical ones!

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*please explain to me someone out there, why has Lucille Ball been a sotm several times and i do not see cary grant that often, stanwyck, crawford, tracey, holden, jean harlow, john wayne, etc., being so honored, and it has been 5 years i might add, since we have seen Garbo as Star of the Month! Add some spice to our lives, TCM and give us the great classical ones!*

 

 

 

Johnbabe,

 

Have you missed the various threads where my list of SOTM are posted including the fact that it has it's own thread?

 

For the record, Lucille Ball has been SOTM twice. Once in 1998 and 2006.

 

Cary Grant was SOTM in August of 1997 and June of 2004.

 

Barbara Stanwyck was SOTM in September of 1994.

 

Spencer Tracy was SOTM in April of 2000.

 

William Holden was SOTM in September of 2006.

 

Jean Harlow was SOTM May of 2001 and is rumored to be SOTM in March of 2011.

 

John Wayne has been SOTM in September of 1998 and in May of 2007 (along with Kate Hepburn)

 

Garbo has been SOTM in May of 1994, June of 2002 and September of 2005.

 

She has been SOTM more than anyone else.

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List posted by lzcutter:

 

Stars of the Month:

 

STAR OF THE MONTH:

 

May 1994: Greta Garbo

June 1994: Glenn Ford

July 1994: Greer Garson

Aug.1994: Edward G. Robinson

Sept.1994: Barbara Stanwyck

Oct.1994: Angela Lansbury

Nov.1994 John Garfield

Dec.1994:

 

Jan.1995: Esther Williams

Feb.1995: Ronald Reagan

Mar.1995:

Apr.1995: Doris Day

May 1995: Myrna Loy

June 1995: Errol Flynn

July 1995: G. Kelly (Gene or Grace?)

Aug.1995: Paul Muni

Sept.1995: Jane Powell

Oct.1995: Clark Gable

Nov.1995: Barrymores

Dec.1995: Bing Crosby

 

Jan.1996: Deborah Kerr

Feb.1996: Robert Young

Mar.1996

April 1996: Irene Dunne

May 1996: James Stewart

June 1996: Rosalind Russell

July 1996: Fred Astaire

Aug.1996: Ann Sheridan

Sept.1996: Van Johnson

Oct.1996: Kathryn Grayson

Nov.1996: Robert Mitchum

Dec.1996: Gary Cooper

 

Jan.97: Jean Arthur

Feb.97: Eleanor Parker

Mar.97: 31 Days of Oscar

Apr.97: Ava Gardner

May 97: George Brent

June 97: June Allyson

July 97: John and Walter Huston (also Director of the Month)

Aug.97: Cary Grant

Sept.97: Ida Lupino

Oct.97: Walter Pidgeon

Nov.97: Katharine Hepburn

Dec.97: Best of ?97

 

Jan.1998: Lana Turner

Feb.1998: Charlton Heston

Mar.1998:31 Days of Oscar

April 1998: Red Skelton

May 1998: Olivia de Havilland

June 1998: James Cagney

July 1998: Lucille Ball

August 1998: Joan Crawford

Sept.1998: John Wayne

Oct.1998: Cyd Charisse

Nov.1998: Claude Rains

Dec.1998: Best of ?98

 

Jan.1999: Elizabeth Taylor

Feb.1999: William Powell

March 1999: 31 Days of Oscar

April 1999: Dennis Morgan

May 1999: Bette Davis

June 1999: Mickey Rooney

July1999: Natalie Wood

August 1999: Peter Sellers

Sept.1999: Norma Shearer

Oct. 1999: Gregory Peck

Nov. 1999: Ginger Rogers

Dec. 1999: Burt Lancaster

 

Jan. 2000: Debbie Reynolds

Feb. 2000: Robert Ryan

March 2000: 31 Days of Oscars

April 2000: Spencer Tracy

May 2000: Alexis Smith

June 2000:Wallace Beery

July 2000: Judy Garland

August 2000: film debuts

Sept 2000: Jane Wyman

October 2000: Dick Powell

Nov 2000: Frank Sinatra

Dec. 2000: Lauren Bacall

 

Jan. 2001: Elvis Presley

Feb.2001: Jean Hagen

March 2001: 31 Days of Oscar

Apr.2001: Knighted Actors

May 2001: Jean Harlow

June 2001: W.C. Fields

July 2001: Ann Sothern

Aug.2001: James Garner

Sept. 2001: Robert Taylor

Oct. 2001: Lana Turner

Nov.2001: Glenn Ford

Dec.2001: The Marx Brothers

 

Jan. 2002: Marlene Dietrich

Feb. 2002: Kirk Douglas

March 2002: 31 Days of Oscar

April 2002: Barbara Stanwyck

May 2002: Edward G. Robinson

June 2002: Greta Garbo

July 2002: Sidney Poitier

Aug. 2002: Joan Crawford

Sept. 2002: Van Heflin

Oct. 2002: Final films

Nov. 2002: Shelly Winters

Dec. 2002: Montgomery Clift

 

Jan. 2003: Doris Day

Feb. 2003: John Garfield

Mar. 2003: 31 Days of Oscar

Apr. 2003: Harold Lloyd

May 2003: Olivia de Havilland

June 2003: TV Actors in Films

July 2003: Lee Marvin

Aug. 2003: 1st Summer Under the Stars (see below)

Sept. 2003: James Mason

Oct. 2003: Boris Karloff

Nov. 2003: Shirley MacLaine

Dec. 2003: David Niven

 

Jan. 2004: Katherine Hepburn

Feb.2004: 31 Days of Oscar

Mar.2004: Charles Chaplin

Apr. 2004: Judy Garland

May 2004: Greer Garson

June 2004: Cary Grant

July 2004: Stars That Died Before Their Time

Aug.2004: 2nd Summer Under the Stars (see below)

Sept.2004: Myrna Loy

Oct. 2004: Peter Lorre

Nov.2004: Clark Gable

Dec. 2004: James Stewart

 

Jan.2005: Canadian Actors

Feb. 2005: 31 Days of Oscar

Mar. 2005: Claudette Colbert

Apr. 2005: Errol Flynn

May 2005: Orson Welles

June 2005: Ingrid Bergman

July 2005: Audrey Hepburn

Aug. 2005: 3rd Summer Under the Stars (see below)

Sept.2005: Greta Garbo

Oct.2005: Robert Mitchum

Nov.2005: Joan Fontaine

Dec. 2005: Bing Crosby

 

Jan. 2006: Robert Montgomery

Feb.2006: 31 Days of Oscar

Mar.2006: Nelson Eddy & Jeanette MacDonald

Apr.2006: Deborah Kerr

May 2006: Bette Davis

June 2006: Anthony Quinn

July 2006: Elizabeth Taylor

Aug.2006: 4th Summer Under the Stars (see below)

Sept.2006: William Holden

Oct.2006: Child Stars

Nov.2006: Lucille Ball

Dec. 2006: Gary Cooper

 

Jan.2007: Jean Arthur

Feb.2007: 31 Days of Oscar

Mar.2007: Gene Kelly

Apr.2007: Rita Hayworth

May 2007: John Wayne and Katherine Hepburn

June 2007: Ida Lupino

July 2007: Randolph Scott

Aug.2007: 5th Summer Under the Stars (see below)

Sept.2007: A Star is Born (starmaking/breakthrough performances)

Oct.2007: Henry Fonda

Nov.2007: Guest Programmer Month

Dec.2007: Irene Dunne

Jan.2008: James Cagney

Feb.2008: 31 Days of Oscar

Mar.2008: Acting Dynasties

Apr.2008: Hedy Lamarr

May 2008: Frank Sinatra

June 2008: Sophia Loren

July 2008: Rosalind Russell

Aug.2008: 6th annual Summer Under the Stars (see below)

Sept.2008: Kay Francis

Oct.2008: Carole Lombard

Nov.2008: Charles Laughton

Dec. 2008: Joseph Cotton

 

Jan. 2009: Jack Lemmon

Feb. 2009: 31 Days of Oscar

Mar. 2009: Ronald Reagan

April 2009: Funny Ladies and 15th Anniversary

May 2009: Sean Connery

June 2009: Great Directors

July 2009: Stewart Granger

August 2009: Summer Under the Stars

Sept. 2009: Claude Rains

Oct. 2009: Leslie Caron

Nov. 2009: Grace Kelly

Dec. 2009: Humphrey Bogart

 

Jan. 2010: ?The Method?

Feb. 2010: 31 Days of Oscar

March 2010: Ginger Rogers

April 2010: Robert Taylor

May 2010: Donna Reed

June 2010: Natalie Wood

July 2010: Gregory Peck

August 2010: SUTS

Sept. 2010: Vivien Leigh

Oct. 2010: Fredric March

Nov. 2010: Ava Gardner

Dec. 2010: Mickey Rooney

 

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I got tired of seeing the gaps in this Star of the Month listing, so I went and dug out my old TCM schedules so I could fill in the missing names. But -- it looks like some corrections are needed too! Some of these are incorrect.

 

First, to fill in the gaps:

December 1994: No star. It says "Best of '94" - "A special tribute to some of the legendary stars who have been featured on TCM in 1994." Including 7 movies starring Barbara Stanwyck, 10 movies starring Greta Garbo, 17 movies starring Edward G. Robinson, and 14 movies starring Bette Davis." (Yes, Bette Davis was Star in July 1994 along with Greer Garson. Bette even got the cover picture. Billed as "Bette Davis: The Early Years" she had 20 films shown to Garson's only 19.)

 

March 1995: "TCM Salutes the Oscars". No one star of the Month. Norma Shearer gets the cover shot, holding her statuette.

 

July 1995: Gene Kelly, not Grace Kelly. Gene's on the cover in a serious dramatic pose. 28 of his movies were shown.

 

March 1996: "TCM Presents 31 Days of Oscar". No one star. Grace Kelly is on the cover holding her Oscar.

 

So, that fills in the gaps.

Note: They did not use the term "Star of the Month" until January 1997 with the first issue of the "Now Playing" magazine. From April 1994 through November 1996 the tribute to the star of the month was called "Star Tribute".

 

Corrections:

As noted, both Bette Davis and Greer Garson were Stars of the Month in July 1994. And Bette could perhaps be considered first, as she had more films shown, and she got the cover shot.

 

December 1995: Bing Crosby was NOT the Star that month. In fact only ONE Bing movie was shown during the entire month: HIGH SOCIETY on Dec. 12 and that was part of a five-movie birthday salute to Frank Sinatra. THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT 1 & 2 were also shown that month, but of course Bing is not the star of those and we can definitely see that he was not getting the "Star Tribute" that month. Dec. 1995 was another "no star" - It was "The Best of TCM 1995".

 

December 1996: Once again somebody goofed in reporting the Star. Gary Cooper was NOT it. Only two Cooper films were run that month: THE FOUNTAINHEAD on the 19th and MEET JOHN DOE on the 21st and again on the 24th. Surely not enough for anyone to regard him as The Star that month! Instead they again presented "The Best of TCM's 1996 Programming" as stated on the cover below a nice handsome shot of Robert Osborne (in fact the very same shot as on the cover of the Dec. 1995 guide).

 

January 1997: First issue of "Now Playing" as we still know it, and first use of the term "Star of the Month". Again, the listing of Jean Arthur as Star of the Month is totally crazy! Not one Jean Arthur film was shown that month! How did these incorrect names get listed? Humphrey Bogart was the first "Star of the Month" and they presented his movies in a unique way: as a week-long marathon! From Monday morning, Jan. 6 through Sunday night, Jan. 12 it was ALL Bogie! A total of 52 movies were shown, with some repeats during the week.

 

Also, in addition to the "Star Tributes" and "Star of the Month" salutes, TCM paid similar tribute to a Director each month, in the series "Director Salute".

Here are the "Directors Salutes" each month:

May 1994: George Cukor.

June 1994: Mervyn Leroy.

July 1994: Frank Capra - 11 films.

August 1994: Edward Dmytryk - 12 films.

September 1994: Busby Berkeley - 43 films.

October 1994: Lloyd Bacon - 55 films.

November 1994: Clarence Brown - 36 films.

December 1994: "Best of '94" - Cukor - 5 films, Leroy - 10 films, Capra - 9 films, Dmytryk - 7 films, Berkeley - 7 films.

January 1995: Victor Sherman - 16 films.

February 1995: Frank Borzage - 19 films.

March 1995: Oscar month.

April 1995: Michael Curtiz - 40 films.

May 1995: Curtis Bernhardt - 15 films.

June 1995: George Sidney - 17 films.

July 1995: William Dieterle - 27 films.

August 1995: W.S. Van Dyke - 40 films.

September 1995: "Kings of the B's" - Edward Cahn, Phil Karlson, William Beaudine, etc.

October 1995: William Wellman - 24 films.

November 1995: John Ford - 12 films.

December 1995: no director salute. "The Best of TCM 1995".

January 1996: "The Continental Touch" - Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder, Ernst Lubitsch, Jean Negulesco.

February 1996: John Sturges - 19 films.

March 1996: Oscar month.

April 1996: Stanley Donen - "more than ten" films, it says.

May 1996: Robert Wise - 20 films.

June 1996: Archie Mayo - 22 films.

July 1996: Sam Wood - 22 films.

August 1996: King Vidor - 14 films.

September 1996: Richard Thorpe - 52 films.

October 1996: Raoul Walsh - 27 films.

November 1996: Stars as Directors: Lionel Barrymore, Ray Milland, Woody Allen, Ida Lupino, Peter Fonda, Orson Welles, Charles Laughton, Marlon Brando, Jerry Lewis, etc.

December 1996: "Best of TCM 1996".

January 1997: S. Sylvan Simon - "more than 19 films". it says.

 

That's it so far...

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Musicalnovelty,

 

I copied the original list from a thread dating back to 2007 or so. I've kept it updated (with help from other posters) since then.

 

I've made note of your research and updated my records so that the next time it gets posted it will reflect your findings.

 

Thank you for taking the time to go back to the "Now Playing" Guides and bringing us up to date.

 

:)

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> {quote:title=lzcutter wrote:}{quote}

> *please explain to me someone out there, why has Lucille Ball been a sotm several times and i do not see cary grant that often, stanwyck, crawford, tracey, holden, jean harlow, john wayne, etc., being so honored, and it has been 5 years i might add, since we have seen Garbo as Star of the Month! Add some spice to our lives, TCM and give us the great classical ones!*

>

>

>

> Johnbabe,

>

> Have you missed the various threads where my list of SOTM are posted including the fact that it has it's own thread?

>

> For the record, Lucille Ball has been SOTM twice. Once in 1998 and 2006.

>

> Cary Grant was SOTM in August of 1997 and June of 2004.

>

> Barbara Stanwyck was SOTM in September of 1994.

>

> Spencer Tracy was SOTM in April of 2000.

>

> William Holden was SOTM in September of 2006.

>

> Jean Harlow was SOTM May of 2001 and is rumored to be SOTM in March of 2011.

>

> John Wayne has been SOTM in September of 1998 and in May of 2007 (along with Kate Hepburn)

>

> *Garbo has been SOTM in May of 1994, June of 2002 and September of 2005. She has been SOTM more than anyone else.*

 

As this proves, Garbo has had more than her time in the sun. Definitely time to retire her from being SOTM again. Time for someone else to get it.

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> {quote:title=johnbabe wrote:}{quote}

> please explain to me someone out there, why has Lucille Ball been a sotm several times and i do not see cary grant that often, stanwyck, crawford, tracey, holden, jean harlow, john wayne, etc., being so honored, and it has been 5 years i might add, since we have seen Garbo as Star of the Month! Add some spice to our lives, TCM and give us the great classical ones!

Stars pass on but the stalkers live on.

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Why does SOTM have to be a SUPER STAR? Why not a B MOVIE STAR, CHARACTER ACTOR or a COMEDY TEAM?

 

Why not have FRANK MORGAN as SOTM or HATTIE MCDANIEL?

Why not JOHN CARADINE, JACKIE COOPER, or LAUREL and HARDY?

 

I would like to see other stars get their just due on TCM, not just the usual suspects.

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Looking at the list from the past several years of "Star of Month" for TCM...I'm surprised Marlon Brando has never been "Star of the Month". He's always been hailed as the "greatest actor", so why not showcase him as "Star of the Month"? Long overdue.

 

Secondly, I'd love to see another terrific actor get some recognition - and that is Vic Morrow. His films are hardly ever shown on TCM except for "Blackboard Jungle". He has made a handful of films - so of which are not on DVD and never shown on TCM. Films of Morrow's that would make excellent viewing are: Blackboard Jungle, God's Little Acre, Men in War, Cimarron, Portrait of a Mobster, The Glass House, Bad News Bears, King Creole, Hell's Five Hours, Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry, California Kid to name a few. At least TCM should have him as a "Summer Under The Stars" showcase for one day in August. Vic Morrow is one of the most underated actors - he was one of the best actors I've ever seen - too bad he never had the appreciation and opportunities he deserved.

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i agree, there are many films that are not accessible, but remember years ago, when i was a child and growing with TV, we only saw the old RKO films, so i never was exposed the the TCM library, only RKO, so these films were new to me and my age group, when i first saw Queen Christina 5 years ago, i was mesmerized, and i have been a Garbo fan ever since then- it is just like all these films have been given a new life as it were, they are as new to me as they were to my mom- whose favorite film was Camille, she is now gone, for a long time in fact and would have loved to see Camille on DVD with me, these films, hold a special meaning for me, especially Garbo and Crawford films, as i grew up hearing so much about those ladies from my long deceased mom. hope you understand.,

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