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I know there are other threads about SUTS and which stars some of you would like to see honored.

 

But what I want to know (since I did a search and could not find it): is there a list of all the honorees from each of the past years? It began in 2003. So this summer will be the tenth year.

 

I would like to see who has been spotlighted most often, and if someone has been used more than once, if there was a change in the lineup of the films.

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Here's the list:

 

*August 2003*

James Stewart, Clint Eastwood, Peter O'Toole, Joan Crawford, Fred Astaire, Robert Mitchum, James Cagney, Elizabeth Taylor, Cary Grant, Jack Lemmon, Frank Sinatra, Greta Garbo, Gary Cooper, Charlton Heston, Katherine Hepburn, Steve McQueen, Gene Kelly, Marlene Dietrich, Gregory Peck, Humphrey Bogart, Judy Garland, Clark Gable, John Wayne, Myrna Loy, Kirk Douglas, Lana Turner, Bette Davis, Spencer Tracy, Paul Newman, Doris Day, William Holden

 

*August 2004*

John Wayne, Barbara Stanwyck, Bob Hope, Debbie Reynolds, Sidney Poitier, Lucille Ball, Katherine Hepburn, Clint Eastwood, Ava Gardner, Henry Fonda, Jean Harlow, Laurence Olivier, Doris Day, Humphrey Bogart, Burt Lancaster, Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, Peter Sellers, James Stewart, Olivia de Havilland, Ginger Rogers, Charles Chaplin, Shirley MacLaine, Claudette Colbert, Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, Gregory Peck, Esther Williams, Kirk Douglas

 

*August 2005*

Lauren Bacall, James Cagney, Joel McCrea, Alec Guinness, Katharine Hepburn, John Wayne, Judy Garland, Shelley Winters, Ray Milland, Lena Horne, Kirk Douglas, Jane Wyman, Cary Grant, Glenn Ford, Fred Astaire, Donna Reed, James Garner, Irene Dunne, Marlon Brando, James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, Joan Crawford, Basil Rathbone, Sophia Loren, Norma Shearer, Randolph Scott, Spencer Tracy, William Holden, Constance Bennett, Deborah Kerr, Humphrey Bogart

 

*August 2006*

Angela Lansbury, Groucho Marx, Susan Hayward, Gregory Peck, Humphrey Bogart, Doris Day, Burt Lancaster, Claire Trevor, Jane Powell, John Garfield, Katherine Hepburn, Rock Hudson, Walter Matthau, Lana Turner, Richard Dix, Joseph Cotten, Carole Lombard, Bela Lugosi, Audrey Hepburn, Lee Marvin, David Niven, Rita Hayworth, Van Johnson, Ann Sothern, James Stewart, Cary Grant, John Wayne, Hedy Lamarr, Ingrid Bergman, Sidney Poitier, Barbara Stanwyck

 

*August 2007*

Elizabeth Taylor, Peter O’Toole, Joan Crawford, William Holden, James Stewart, Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Dana Andrews, Myrna Loy, Vincent Price, Doris Day, Alan Ladd, June Allyson, Ernest Borgnine, Joan Bennett, Elvis Presley, Maureen O’Hara, Spencer Tracy, Errol Flynn, Rosalind Russell, Gary Cooper, Ann Miller, Jane Fonda, Ronald Reagan, Broderick Crawford, Kirk Douglas, Loretta Young, Roy Rogers, Mary Astor, Buster Keaton, Sean Connery

 

*August 2008*

Michael Caine, Charlie Chaplin, Gregory Peck, Marie Dressler, Claude Rains, Anne Bancroft, Greta Garbo, James Garner, Fred MacMurray, Doris Day, Richard Widmark, Kim Novak, Peter Lorre, Greer Garson, Rita Hayworth, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Jack Palance, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Ava Gardner, Trevor Howard, Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, Henry Fonda, Ingrid Bergman, Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis, Charlton Heston, Marlon Brando, Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy

 

*August 2009*

Henry Fonda, James Mason, Marion Davies, James Coburn, Harold Lloyd, Judy Garland, Glenn Ford, Bette Davis, Cary Grant, Dirk Bogarde, Audrey Hepburn, Clark Gable, Gloria Grahame, Sidney Poitier, Deborah Kerr, Elvis Presley, Jennifer Jones, John Wayne, Red Skelton, Miriam Hopkins, Gene Hackman, Sterling Hayden, Angela Lansbury, Fredric March, Merle Oberon, Yul Brynner, Ida Lupino, Frank Sinatra, Peter Sellers, Jean Arthur, Claire Bloom

 

*August 2010*

Basil Rathbone, Julie Christie, Steve McQueen, Ethel Barrymore,. Woody Strode, Ingrid Bergman, Errol Flynn, Bob Hope, Warren Beatty, Kathryn Grayson, Walter Matthau, Norma Shearer, Robert Ryan, Gene Tierney, Margaret O'Brien, Robert Stack, Maureen O'Hara, Ann Sheridan, Walter Pidgeon, Katharine Hepburn, Paul Newman, John Mills, Elizabeth Taylor, John Gilbert, Lauren Bacall, Lee Remick, Olivia de Havilland, Peter O'Toole, Henry Fonda, Thelma Todd, Clint Eastwood

 

*August 2011*

Marlon Brando, Paulette Goddard, Bette Davis, Ronald Colman, John Garfield, Lucille Ball, Charles Laughton, Orson Welles, Ann Dvorak, Shirley MacLaine, Ben Johnson, Claudette Colbert, James Stewart, Ralph Bellamy, Lon Chaney, Joanne Woodward, Humphrey Bogart, Jean Gabin, Debbie Reynolds, Montgomery Clift, Cary Grant, Joan Crawford, Conrad Veidt, Joan Blondell, Burt Lancaster, Peter Lawford, Linda Darnell, Carole Lombard, Anne Francis, Howard Keel, Marlene Dietrich

 

Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart tie for most SUTS appearances with six; John Wayne has received the honor five times.

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Here's how often the top 25 actors and actresses in the American Film Institute's rankings have appeared:

 

*Actors*

1. Humphrey Bogart, 4 (03, 04, 05, 11)

2. Cary Grant, 6 (03, 04, 05, 06, 09, 11)

3. James Stewart, 6 (03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 11)

4. Marlon Brando, 3 (05, 08, 11)

5. Fred Astaire, 3 (03, 05, 08)

6. Henry Fonda, 4 (04, 08, 09, 10)

7. Clark Gable, 2 (03, 09)

8. James Cagney, 2 (03, 05)

9. Spencer Tracy, 4 (03, 05, 07, 08)

10. Charlie Chaplin, 2 (04, 08)

11. Gary Cooper, 3 (03, 04, 07)

12. Gregory Peck, 3 (03, 06, 08)

13. John Wayne, 5 (03, 04, 05, 06, 09)

14. Laurence Olivier, 1 (04)

15. Gene Kelly, 2 (03, 08)

16. Orson Welles, 1 (11)

17. Kirk Douglas, 4 (03, 04, 05, 07)

18. James Dean, 0

19. Burt Lancaster, 3 (04, 06, 11)

20. The Marx Brothers, 1 (04 for Groucho)

21. Buster Keaton, 1 (07)

22. Sidney Poitier, 3 (04, 06, 09)

23. Robert Mitchum, 2 (03, 07)

24. Edward G. Robinson, 2 (04, 08)

25. William Holden, 2 (03, 07)

 

*Actresses*

1. Katharine Hepburn, 6 (03, 04, 05, 06, 08, 10)

2. Bette Davis, 4 (03, 04, 09, 11)

3. Audrey Hepburn, 2 (06, 09)

4. Ingrid Bergman, 3 (06, 08, 10)

5. Greta Garbo, 2 (03, 08)

6. Marilyn Monroe, 0

7. Elizabeth Taylor, 4 (03, 04, 07, 10)

8. Judy Garland, 3 (03, 05, 09)

9. Marlene Dietrich, 2 (03, 11)

10. Joan Crawford, 4 (03, 05, 07, 11)

11. Barbara Stanwyck, 3 (04, 06, 08)

12. Claudette Colbert, 2 (04, 11)

13. Grace Kelly, 0

14. Ginger Rogers, 1 (04)

15. Mae West, 0

16. Vivien Leigh, 0

17. Lillian Gish, 0

18. Shirley Temple, 0

19. Rita Hayworth, 2 (06, 08)

20. Lauren Bacall, 2 (05, 10)

21. Sophia Loren, 1 (05)

22. Jean Harlow, 1 (04)

23. Carole Lombard, 2 (06, 11)

24. Mary Pickford, 0

25. Ava Gardner, 2 (04, 08)

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It looks like James Stewart appeared five times in a row. That's a bit much (and I'm being polite). It's not like these actors' films are never seen and have never been Star of the Month before.

 

I notice that in the beginning they did not feature any foreign film stars (Garbo and Dietrich don't count since it's their Hollywood output that is usually shown). Also, they did not have their one Fox star spotlighted. And in recent years they have had the occasional star from the 60s & 70s, like Julie Christie. It has been gradually evolving.

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I am looking more at the list from the AFI.

 

*James Dean* would be impossible to do, unless they acquired kinescopes of his live TV dramas.

 

*Vivien Leigh* and *Grace Kelly* have at least been SOTM.

 

*Mary Pickford* is a huge oversight. If they did Chaplin, they should've at least done Pickford. Pickford has never been SOTM.

 

*Lillian Gish* has never been a SUTS honoree and has never been SOTM either. Why? She has an impressive filmography in both silent and sound eras and most of her titles survive.

 

*Mae West* is another oversight, but it would mean dipping into the bank and licensing Paramount classics from Universal. They should do it.

 

I am guessing that *Marilyn Monroe* will finally get her due this summer, especially since we know that SOME LIKE IT HOT will be an essential one Saturday this August.

 

*Shirley Temple* could easily be featured. All they need to do is license one or two big titles from Fox, then mix in her later films at MGM and Selznick Studios. They could also show one or two of her TV specials from Shirley Temple Storybook. Plus, she made countless short films that they could insert between the bigger titles.

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Several stars are overdue for another appearance -- Jean Harlow, Ginger Rogers, Sophia Loren, James Cagney, Laurence Olivier. And I don't think either William Powell or Myrna Loy has been featured in a few years.

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> {quote:title=TopBilled wrote:}{quote}I am looking more at the list from the AFI.

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> *James Dean* would be impossible to do, unless they acquired kinescopes of his live TV dramas.

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> *Vivien Leigh* and *Grace Kelly* have at least been SOTM.

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> *Mary Pickford* is a huge oversight. If they did Chaplin, they should've at least done Pickford. Pickford has never been SOTM.

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> *Lillian Gish* has never been a SUTS honoree and has never been SOTM either. Why? She has an impressive filmography in both silent and sound eras and most of her titles survive.

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> *Mae West* is another oversight, but it would mean dipping into the bank and licensing Paramount classics from Universal. They should do it.

>

> I am guessing that *Marilyn Monroe* will finally get her due this summer, especially since we know that SOME LIKE IT HOT will be an essential one Saturday this August.

>

> *Shirley Temple* could easily be featured. All they need to do is license one or two big titles from Fox, then mix in her later films at MGM and Selznick Studios. They could also show one or two of her TV specials from Shirley Temple Storybook. Plus, she made countless short films that they could insert between the bigger titles.

 

 

The problem of including primarily foreign language & silent films is that the average TCM viewer (not the hardcore fans who post here) do not like "reading" films. For example, when TCM had Kurosawa's 100th Birthday Anniversary month, many posted here on the day that they showed 24 hours of his films of too many foreign language films. Now, Gish made lots of sound movies so not a problem, but with Pickford she only made a couple of sound pictures so most of her day would be her silent films.

 

However, Jean Gabin day went by without complaint so maybe that would open the door for more foreign language stars.

 

James Dean might have a meager output, but that could be remedied by featuring a day where film careers were cut short and include him with other stars and maybe feature him in prime time.

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The problem of including primarily foreign language & silent films is that the average TCM viewer (not the hardcore fans who post here) do not like "reading" films. For example, when TCM had Kurosawa's 100th Birthday Anniversary month, many posted here on the day that they showed 24 hours of his films of too many foreign language films. Now, Gish made lots of sound movies so not a problem, but with Pickford she only made a couple of sound pictures so most of her day would be her silent films.

 

However, Jean Gabin day went by without complaint so maybe that would open the door for more foreign language stars.

 

I'd surely hope so. Toshiro Mifune is worthy of a SOTM, and a SUTS day would be the least they could do. Quiet as it's kept, he's an actor every bit as worthy of the honor as any American star.

 

I know this isn't a popular opinion, but although I recognize the need to balance the wants of the buffs with the wants of the "casual" classic film fan, it doesn't seem that TCM is exactly drowning in films that need to be "read". I seriously doubt that the combined percentage of subtitled films on our favorite network exceeds 10% in the average month, that one Kurosawa blowout aside. Not to mention that a disproportionate number of the silents seem to be either Chaplin, Lloyd or Keaton, many or most of which have been widely shown for decades.

 

Meanwhile, in April we've got *50* Doris Day or "Spring Break" movies alone. At what point is enough enough? Why don't they just buy the Double Bubble factory while they're at it?

 

(/rant, and yes, I know that May will be a huge improvement. I'm just blowing off steam after being bookended by 31 days of Oscar repeats and Doris Day.)

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> {quote:title=AndyM108 wrote:}{quote}I'd surely hope so. Toshiro Mifune is worthy of a SOTM, and a SUTS day would be the least they could do. Quiet as it's kept, he's an actor every bit as worthy of the honor as any American star.

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> I know this isn't a popular opinion, but although I recognize the need to balance the wants of the buffs with the wants of the "casual" classic film fan, it doesn't seem that TCM is exactly drowning in films that need to be "read". I seriously doubt that the combined percentage of subtitled films on our favorite network exceeds 10% in the average month, that one Kurosawa blowout aside. Not to mention that a disproportionate number of the silents seem to be either Chaplin, Lloyd or Keaton, many or most of which have been widely shown for decades.

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> Meanwhile, in April we've got *50* Doris Day or "Spring Break" movies alone. At what point is enough enough? Why don't they just buy the Double Bubble factory while they're at it?

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> (/rant, and yes, I know that May will be a huge improvement. I'm just blowing off steam after being bookended by 31 days of Oscar repeats and Doris Day.)

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I'm not one of those people who object to silent or foreign language films. In fact, having only seen Rashomon, I was delighted to discover more of Kurosawa & agree that Mifune would be an excellent choice for either SOTM and/or SUTS. There are a lot of European & Asian stars I'd like to see honored. I might have been one of the few that enjoyed the Bollywood month a few years ago (the main complaint was that a lot of the films were newer movies, not necessarily that they were Indian films.) I found a star in there I like, Aamir Khan, and subsequently rented every film Netflix had where he starred.

 

I'm also a fan of silent films, not only American but from other countries. I wasn't necessarily speaking about my own preferences re: silent & foreign films; mainly I was referring to some disgruntled viewers who posted here during these film presentations.

 

I'm in agreement about April--it's basically a bust, although I do have a soft spot for the AIP films from the early 1960's. Doris Day, I can take or leave but all her films are going to be shown in one week so it will be painless. I'm watching less TCM these days anyway because my social life has improved immensely. I'll leave it at that. I still DVR stuff I don't want to miss.

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I love your idea for James Dean and his fans. He also had bit parts in some films like Fox's FIXED BAYONETS and Universal's HAS ANYBODY SEEN MY GAL?, so those could be included (even though his screen time is negligible in them). Plus, they could feature one or two documentaries that have been made about him. And who says they can't do an encore showing of REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE on the same day...?

 

As for the foreign films, I loved Kurosawa's tribute on the centenary of his birth. I made quite a few mentions about it on my Facebook page at the time, reminding my friends to watch those films. It was a rare treat.

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The problem of including primarily foreign language & silent films is that the average TCM viewer (not the hardcore fans who post here) do not like "reading" films. For example, when TCM had Kurosawa's 100th Birthday Anniversary month, many posted here on the day that they showed 24 hours of his films of too many foreign language films. Now, Gish made lots of sound movies so not a problem, but with Pickford she only made a couple of sound pictures so most of her day would be her silent films.

 

John Gilbert was featured on SUTS a few years back, and most of his films were silent. I don't recall many complaints. Pickford is among the most important stars in film history, and also arguably among the most misunderstood today (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/488815.html), so this would be a chance to set the record straight.

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I notice that Robert Montgomery has never had a day in SUTS. Considering how much of his catalog TCM's parent company owns, that surprises me. They could mix in what TCM already has access to with a rarity such as "The Saxon Charm" or "Ride the Pink Horse" and make quite a day of it.

 

I'm also surprised that James Cagney hasn't had a day in so many years.

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I notice that Robert Montgomery has never had a day in SUTS.

 

You're not the only one, and he'd be an excellent choice. But after watching Girl Missing and realizing just how great she is, my # 1 Hollywood candidate for a SUTS day has got to be *Glenda Farrell* . Joan Blondell got her well-deserved day last year, and Farrell would be the natural complement.

 

And once they're finished with whatever Saturday morning series succeeds Boston **** (which is itself a total winner), why not run the seven Farrell episodes of Torchy Blaine ?

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I too endorse Glenda Farrell, and while we're at it, how about a second go-round for Loretta Young (SUTS, 2007)? I'm not sure what kind of schedule TCM ran that day, but given the loads of pre-Codes she made, plus the 20th Century-Fox films that presumably are now available to the channel, it could probably run 24 hours of Young without repeating any of the '07 fare (aside from some of the more obvious ones for primetime).

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I love Loretta's pre-codes, but since I started recording in late 2009, I've noticed that she seems to get the first 14 hours of the day on her Jan. 6th birthday each year, a practice I hope they continue. I'd love to see 24 hours of her pre-code films (and a select few of her later ones), but compared to some of the other neglected stars, she's not as underrepresented as her lack of a SUTS day might indicate.

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> {quote:title=Swithin wrote:}{quote}Forgive my abysmal ignorance -- what exactly is SUTS? I assume it's Summer Under the Stars, or something like that, but what does that mean exactly?

 

I was hoping that someone else would answer, but...

Yes, SUTS stands for Summer Under the Stars. Each day is dedicated to the work of one actor. Even though I am never a fan of all the actors represented, I do like it, because there are always several that I like very much, and see too little of.

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My understanding or definition of SUTS is like this:

 

I think it's best not to feature stars that are normally in heavy rotation. But maybe it should be used for actors who were at one time household names but who are now a bit more forgotten.

 

For example, Dorothy Malone would fit my definition. I don't think she's as well remembered as other actresses of her generation and would not be a programming draw as SOTM, but she deserves more than a primetime tribute. She should have a 24-hour marathon in August. She earned an Oscar and she successfully transitioned to television and was rather famous in her time.

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