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Fans were waiting anxiously as they watched celebrities like Barbara Bain and Tom Bergeron arrive prior to the festivities...







On Friday, April 7, at 10 a.m., history was made in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre, as comedian and writer Carl Reiner and his son, producer and director Rob Reiner, were immortalized in cement at the annual Hand & Footprint ceremony held during the TCMFF 2017. The Reiners have the honor of being the first father-and-son duo to be honored at the same ceremony. If you were a passholder this year, you were lucky enough to be a part of this star-studded excitement!


Ben Mankiewicz opened the ceremony and introduced Tom Bergeron....






Then Billy Crystal spoke about Carl and Rob's accomplishments, and his experiences making "The Princess Bride"....




Then Carl and Rob spoke to the audience. I thought it was so sweet how Carl had his arm around Rob.





They're all just looking too tickled about all this attention. But I adore this photo of Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, Billy Crystal, Ben Mankiewicz, and Norman Lear, courtesy of TCM.



Then everybody had to get into the act!


(L-R) President of Turner Network Sales Coleman Breland, general manager of TCM Jennifer Dorian, TV personality Tom Bergeron (Dancing With The Stars), honorees Carl Reiner and Rob Reiner, actor Billy Crystal, TCM host Ben Mankiewicz, producer Norman Lear, vice president, brand activations/partnerships, TCM Genevieve McGillicuddy and SVP of Programming for TCM Charles Tabesh (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for TCM)




I've been covering festival activities since the first festival in 2010 and this event was one of the most enjoyable gatherings I've attended. Billy Crystal remarked during his introduction honoring Carl Reiner and Rob Reiner, that Carl Reiner was "psychic. He had been saying 'The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming' way back in the 1960s."

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Script Continuity expert Angela Allen graced the theatres of the #TCMFF with her presence again. She first came in 2010 and introduced Pandora and The Flying Dutchman starring Ava Garder and James Mason, discussing the mesmerizing cinematography of Jack Cardiff and the exploits of Ava on the set. In Lee Server's excellent bio of Ava Gardner, "Love Is Nothing," it was revealed that Allen did some of the stuntwork as Ava was seen swimming to the ship of 'The Flying Dutchman.'


This year Allen was interviewed by Cari Beauchamp before a screening of 1953's "Beat The Devil" with Jennifer Jones and Humphrey Bogart, directed by John Huston. Allen was Huston's go-to-script-girl (before the more profesional term 'script continuity expert' and 'script supervisor' came in vogue) and worked on "The African Queen" and many of Huston's other projects. The popularity of "Beat The Devil" at this year's fest ensured another screening as a TBA on Sunday with both Allen and Beauchamp in attendance.



Beauchamp, a writer and historian, is a popular presenter at every festival because of her lively, in-depth, well-informed presentations before screenings she introduces. Learn more about Beauchamp's credentials, books, and appearances here: http://caribeauchamp.com



Beauchamp on the #TCMFF Red Carpet with handsome son Jake...



Here Allen, who flew in from London to present at the festival, has a tete-a-tete in the lobby of the Hollywood Roosevelt during the closing night fiesta with credentialed media gal Kim Luperi, who works in LA.


Pass holders are grateful that TCM always brings the best for festival fans!


Allen also worked with Sir Carol Reed on "The Third Man." Be impressed by Angela Allen's other credentials: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0020265/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

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Ronald Colman is Star of the Month for July! He's never even been featured in Summer Under The Stars!


'Tis a far, far better thing that they did!



Was it a random shut-out? Or was he a prisoner of his own kismet? It was the talk of the town that he was the man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo. He wasn't from Dallas or Paris, but he was dedicated to his work. You might even say he was a bulldog for authenticity, not a masquerader like many from his hometown of Richmond, Surrey, England. Far be it from me to tarnish his image, but his daughter of Eve was the lovely Benita, two lovers who were lucky partners leading a double life under two flags. If he were king, there would be champagne for everyone. Thank goodness TCM came to its senses or there would have been devil to pay!

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It's almost time for a Hitchcock MOOC!*





Coming this Summer, sign up for the newest online film course from TCM and Ball State!

We invite movie lovers and online learners from around the world to join us for a free, flexible online course, TCM Presents The Master of Suspense: 50 Years of Hitchcock (#Hitchcock50).


This is the third free online course to be offered by TCM and Ball State, following Film Noir (2015) and Slapstick Comedy (2016).


In this Hitchcock course, enjoy multimedia course materials, daily in-app messaging with movie clips, mini-games, and ongoing interactions with fellow film fans on the TCM message boards or at #Hitchcock50.

We will explore 40+ Hitchcock films from his first film in the silent era, The Lodger (1927) to his final film five decades later, Family Plot (1977). In all, the course will reflect on Hitchcock's unparalleled 50-year career as one of cinema's most successful and unique filmmakers. The course will run concurrently with TCM's programming festival, "50 Years of Hitchcock," which will screen Hitchcock films Wednesdays and Fridays during the month of July 2017.


Both the course and the associated films are designed to enrich your understanding of Alfred Hitchcock, Hollywood filmmaking, and the shifts in popular culture and film production contexts that Hitchcock used to his advantage throughout his illustrious career. You will be able to share your own thoughts about Hitchcock and cinema history with a worldwide community of students, fans, and film lovers.


WHEN? Course Dates: Jun 26, 2017 - Aug 7, 2017


WHERE? Here: https://www.canvas.net/browse/bsu/tcm3/courses/hitchcock50/





Dr. Richard L. Edwards received his Ph.D. in Critical Studies from USC's School of Cinematic Arts. He is the co-author, with Shannon Clute of TCM, of The Maltese Touch of Evil: Film Noir and Potential Criticism (University Press of New England, 2011), as well as numerous articles on film topics. He is the co-host of the long running podcast series, Out of the Past: Investigating Film Noir. Dr. Edwards previously taught 2015's TCM Presents Into the Darkness: Investigating Film Noir and 2016's TCM Presents Painfully Funny: Exploring Slapstick in the Movies. This is his third course collaboration with TCM and Canvas Network. As Executive Director of Ball State's iLearn Research, Edwards specializes in teaching and learning innovations for online and blended education.



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Sue Sue, Day by Day...
My photo archive of this year's #TCMFF 2017
Monday, APRIL 3, 2017
As credentialed media for the festival, I again felt lucky to be included with journalists and photographers who chronicle all the fun...
I had arrived in Hollywood at little earlier than usual to do research for my upcoming book about Thelma Ritter, one of our favorite character actresses here on the TCM Message Boards, and I spent several days at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Margaret Herrick Library in the Hills of Beverly.

Of course, I couldn't afford to stay in Beverly Hills, but I did bunk with a buddy who kindly shared a spare room. :-)
So one of the first acts of incorrigible hooliganism that I engaged in was to sneak into the yet unopened Club TCM to see how our favorite meeting place space was shaping up....
I thoroughly enjoyed this lovely mural as a backdrop for our #TCMFF shenanigans...
Then I hopped over to Miceli's Italian restaurant, where in years past I've run into film stars and directors, and plenty of #TCMFF fans...for a little Italian din-din and dish with fellow social media fans...
Doreen, Kellee, Christy, Karin, Sara, Lara, Ruth, Aimee, Pa. Heather, the top of  Wendy's head, Aurora, and Annemarie...I love how the light illuminates our feast!
Heather and Wendy...
Karin, Sara, Lara, Aimee, and Pam....



Yes, I know what you've been thinking! How pretentious of me to think that my fun was better than anyone else's fun! But the pass holders I met at the festival all seemed happy and joyful to be sharing their love of classic film with other friends who enjoy the same movies. So share your photos, too!


​Up next in the Sue Sue Day by Day files...


​Who is this feathered friend and why is he running away from me?

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Sue Sue Day by Day at The TCM Film Festival 2017....

This multi-hued harbinger welcomes me and my friends as we strolled through the peaceful, verdant paths lining our walking tour specially designed for #TCMFF pass holders landing in LA for our annual celebration....

(Countess DeLave, Karie Bible, Sue Sue, El Paso's Plaza Classic Film Festival rep Jack Fields, and Knoxville, Tennessee's Kaci Kielmar, all pass holders for the #TCMFF 2017.)

Sunshine, blue skies, and a group of like-minded, adventure-seeking travelers all gathered together at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5, at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery to follow author and adorable historeian Karie Bible reveal some of the backstories of the beautiful people finding final repose in eternal peace.....

What are some of the special sights a visitor might see? Take a peek....





Oh, the places you'll go and the stories you'll hear from Karie Bible! I don't want to share some of her fabuous tales, treasures, and secrets because you can experience them all yourself if you take one of her tours...




Can you spot the turtle?

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Sue Sue, Day by Day...
My photo archive of this year's #TCMFF 2017
Monday, APRIL 3, 2017
As credentialed media for the festival, I again felt lucky to be included with journalists and photographers who chronicle all the fun...
I had arrived in Hollywood at little earlier than usual to do research for my upcoming book about Thelma Ritter, one of our favorite character actresses here on the TCM Message Boards, and I spent several days at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Margaret Herrick Library in the Hills of Beverly.



Let us know when it comes out.  I love Thelma and you so you'll sell at least one copy.  Glad you enjoyed yourself at the Festival.

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Thank you so much, wouldbestar! I hope all is well in Tampa. I know you've had plenty of rain lately....



Aren't you enjoying Audrey Hepburn as TCM's Star of the Month? I know I am!



Here's a nice article in Vogue about Christie's upcoming auction of some of her personal items that will benefit some of her favorite causes: http://www.vogue.com/article/audrey-hepburn-christies-auction-sale-2017-sean-ferrer

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Thank you so much, wouldbestar! I hope all is well in Tampa. I know you've had plenty of rain lately....



Aren't you enjoying Audrey Hepburn as TCM's Star of the Month? I know I am!



Here's a nice article in Vogue about Christie's upcoming auction of some of her personal items that will benefit some of her favorite causes: http://www.vogue.com/article/audrey-hepburn-christies-auction-sale-2017-sean-ferrer


I'm also really enjoying Audrey Hepburn as SOTM.    But like Vivien Leigh,  I wish Audrey had been in more films.


Oh well,  we need to be happy with what is available.

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I agree, jamesjazzguitar! I wish they'd been involved in a few more films for us to enjoy, but I'm grateful for the legacies we do have. Audrey seems to always give us hope about tomorrow, and Vivien Leigh seems to help us understand and embrace our pasts.

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Mary Mallory is a film historian, photograph archivist, and researcher, focusing on Los Angeles and early film history. She writes theatre reviews for "The Tolucan Times" and blogs for the "LA Daily Mirror." Mallory served on Hollywood Heritage, Inc.'s Board of Directors, and acts as a docent for the Hollywood Heritage Museum. As a member of the Studio City Neighborhood Council, she produced the events, "Mack Sennett and the Birth of Studio City," "80th Anniversary of Republic Pictures," and "50th Anniversary Celebration of CBS Radford Studios," and helped produce the 75th Anniversary Celebration of Republic Pictures. She has given presentations on a variety of historical topics at Hollywood Heritage Museum, Pasadena Museum of History, Conference of California Historical Societies, Egyptian Theatre, Book Soup, Pasadena First United Methodist Church, Will & Ariel Durant Library, and the Studio City Library. "Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays" has been named one of the best film books of 2015 by both Huffington Post and Ain't It Cool News.


Stephen X. Sylvester is also co-author of MGM: Hollywood's Greatest Backlot with Stephen Bingen and Michael Troyan, and is also co-author of the upcoming 20th Century Fox: A Century of Entertainment with Jeffrey Thompson. He is also the former Executive Director of the Wattles Mansion and Gardens, Hollywood’s last remaining original intact estate. In addition, he has lectured on the Hollywood studio system for the Los Angeles Club, the Art Directors Guild of America, and the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.


From Stage 32 about Stephen X. Sylvester:


"Alone among our trio of authors, Stephen was lucky enough to have explored MGM’s legendary backlots in 1968 and 1975. That experience was the genesis for this book and sparked a decades-long obsession which would ultimately lead to a collection of studio artifacts and to the accumulation of dozens of hours of oral histories and interviews with studio “survivors.” He is currently working on a documentary based on their shared backlot reminiscences. His other film projects include (as director-producer) “Robert Kinoshita: Dreams, Designs and Robots,” “Richard Anderson: An Actor’s Journey,” and “Gurdon W. Wattles: The Man and the Mansion.”



From Lyons Press about the book:


"Fans from around the world continue to be fascinated by classic-era Hollywood (1925-1960) and its larger-than-life stars. Nostalgia for this simpler, more glamorous time offers a safe and temporary escape from our complex lives. The authors capture this era with in Hollywood at Play, featuring unique and rarely seen images of such legendary stars as Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Judy Garland, W.C. Fields, and Tyrone Power enjoying fun and relaxation outside of their studios.


Hollywood at Play presents iconic images of the classic stars taking time out from the demands of celebrity to enjoy dancing, bike-riding, roller skating, bowling, and playing tennis; diversions offering a chance to relax and be themselves. This delightful and unique book will appeal to classic movie fans, and enthusiasts of celebrity, fashion, and Hollywood history.


The photos contained in Hollywood at Play come from the collection of Eddie Brandt’s Saturday Matinee, Hollywood’s first and oldest family-owned photo archive. From the 800,000 images available in their collection the authors have chosen over 200 fascinating and rare photos to include in this book. Among the photos are eight rare photos of a young Marilyn Monroe at play; Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland frolicking at a pool party; Steve McQueen and James Garner astride McQueen’s iconic motorcycle between takes of The Great Escape;Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee out on the town; Sammy Davis Jr. hamming it up with Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra; and many others."


Register with your email to join the Q & A here: http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=3


Visit the Guest Star thread here: http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewtopic.php?f=127&t=6995

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Tonight, Tina Fey and Essentials host Alec Baldwin discuss Hitchock's "Rear Window!"


Tina Fey says "Thelma Ritter is gold!' in the promo for tonight's Essentials with Alec Baldwin...





TCM is also celebrating Hitchcock with a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in conjunction with Ball State and Dr. Richard Edwards from June 26-August 7.


It's free! If you love Alfred Hitchcock films, this in-depth course might be for you.




WEEK 1: Beginnings and British Silent Film Years: Hitchcock in the 1920s


Hitchcock's Early Life and his Start in Silent Films

Early Genre Influences on Hitchcock

Hitch's Constant: Alma Reville

The Importance of Stars in Hitchcock's Films

Early Developments of the Hitchcock Touch in Silent Films



WEEK 2: The British Sound Film Years: Hitchcock in the 1930s


Hitchcock's Development in his British Sound Films

The Spy Thriller in Hitchcock's British Films

Hitchcock and Writers: 50 Years of Classic Collaborations

The Stars of the British Sound Period

Technique and Style in the British Sound Thrillers



WEEK 3: The Selznick Years: Hitchcock in the 1940s


The Other Side of the Atlantic: Hitchcock Comes to Hollywood

Hitchcock and Film Noir

Hitchcock and Visual Designers: 50 Years of Classic Collaborations

Hitchcock and Hollywood Stars

Technique and Style in Hitchcock's First Hollywood Films



WEEK 4: The Peak Years: Hitchcock in the 1950s


Hitting the High Notes at Warner Bros. and Paramount

Hitchcock and the Psychological Thriller

Hitchcock and Title Design: Focus on Saul Bass

Hitchcock and his Most Archetypal Stars

Hitchcock's Golden Touch in the 1950s



WEEK 5: The Universal Years: Hitchcock in the 1960s and 1970s


Hitchcock's Later Years at Universal Studios

Hitchcock and the Horror Film

Hitchcock and Music: Focus on Bernard Herrmann

Hitchcock's Newest Stars

Hitchcock's Finishing Touches on a Masterful Career



WEEK 6: The Legacy: Hitchcock's Impact on Film and Television


Hitchcock Lives! A Legacy of Influence

Hitchcockian Thrillers: The Thriller Genre After Hitchcock

Inspired by Hitchcock: A New Generation of Creators and Artists

More than a Cameo: Hitchcock as Star and Cultural Icon

Why Hitchcock Still Matters Today





Each week will feature weekly lecture videos, content pages, quizzes, discussion forums, mini-games, live tweeting events, optional readings, and the Daily Doses of Suspense. The Daily Doses are brief, five minute learning modules involving a short video clip that will unlock inside of your Canvas course on Mondays through Thursdays during the length of the course.


Sign up here: https://www.canvas.net/browse/bsu/tcm3/courses/hitchcock50

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Unfortunately, the hosting service for my photo images has disabled third party sharing. The "service" is now charging $399.00 a year for this service, and gave no warning of the change in its platform.


In the meantime, Sue Sue is open to suggestions. :-)


Latest article:


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In Kendra Bean & Anthony Uzarowski's new take on the life of movie icon, "Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies" (Running Press), the co-authors shift the focus from the publicity writers' descriptions of her as"the world's most beautiful animal" to her real life as a person who was an imperfect but vibrant human being and working actress. If you would like to learn more about Ava Gardner, the individual, please join us at The Silver Screen Oasis on Sat., July 29th & Sun., July 30th for an online Q & A about the actress' life and career.




She was an astonishing beauty when young (and a more interesting one when older). as well as a movie star, and a wife to three dynamic but rather wearying men. As Anthony Usarowksi explains, beyond all that, Ava Gardner “was a real person, and she was an actor as well. There is a legacy there that needs to be looked at. It’s not just image.” The pair have fashioned a beautiful coffee table book that celebrates Gardner's humor, friendships, and vulnerability as well as making a thoughtful inquiry into the contrast between how a woman looks and how she feels in society.




Described by critics as "a compelling, photograph-rich portrait of a complex, talented actress," the book can be found at the links below, as can a link to the Silver Screen Oasis Guest Authors Index where you are welcome to post a question (simple registration is required to post queries). All are invited on July 29 & 30. :Please join us in this celebration of all things Ava!


To Purchase a Copy of "Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies":



The Silver Screen Oasis Guest Authors Series:



The Authors:


Kendra Bean, who visited the Silver Screen Oasis in 2013 to discuss her book, "Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait," is a historian and curator. She runs the popular classic film blog VivAndLarry.com. Her writing has also been published by the British Film Institute and Bright Lights Film Journal, and she has lectured on cinema at the National Portrait Gallery (London), Victoria and Albert Museum, the BFI, the San Francisco Presidio Officers' Club, and the Walt Disney Family Museum. She lives in London.


Anthony Uzarowski has an MA in Film Studies from University College London. He has written articles and essays on different aspects of classic and contemporary cinema, with his work published in The Guardian, Film International, and Queerty. He lives in London, where he works at the British Library.


A podcast with the authors can be heard here:



Thanks to Moira for compiling this announcement for Sue Sue!

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The Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies Q & A event happens today at The Silver Screen Oasis!


Authors Kendra Bean and Anthony Uzarowski are now answering questions here: http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewtopic.php?f=128&t=6998&sid=094c50a4ad23c2b321d44affcfa52f44


Kendra has also attended a few of the TCM Film Festivals.


Come join the fun!

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0xX7Coz.jpgMy, my, my...


It's about that time of year to begin commiserating over the dates of the Turner Classic Film Festival for 2018. When will it happen ? In April? In March? In May?




When will the announcement about the exact dates be made?


Right now the odds seem to be on April 26-29 because those are dates "unavailable" for reservations on the HRH website, but we can't make reservations yet because no official announcement has been made.


Remember that last year, if pass holders were making a reservation at the Hollywood Roosevelt, they had to pay for at least one night of their stay the moment their reservation was made. (Some pass holders were required to pay for the first and last night of their stay.)




Stay tuned and be vigilant!  :-)




In other festival news, Richard Dreyfuss appears at the Plaza Classic this weekend in El Paso: http://www.tcm.com/this-month/movie-news.html?id=1339915&name=Richard-Dreyfuss-Scheduled-for-Plaza-Classic-Film-Festival-in-El-Paso


Also, its National Book Lovers' Day. Check out these new titles if you haven't already: http://www.tcm.com/this-month/movie-news-new-books.html


And Lynn Zook's in depth Gambling on a Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip, 1930-1955, about the early years of Las Vegas: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MAYJVSS/?tag=mh0b-20&hvadid=77653020351494&hvqmt=e&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_6gjl6a7g02_e


Plus the new book about Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies by Kendra Bean and Anthony Uzarowski: https://www.amazon.com/Ava-Gardner-Movies-Kendra-Bean-ebook/dp/B01HZFB0VK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1502302709&sr=1-1&keywords=ava+gardner+a+life+in+movies


(The Silver Screen Oasis Q & A with these authors is here : http://www.silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewtopic.php?f=128&t=6998 )

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And more teasers for today....




TCMFF 2013 special guest and TCL Chinese Hand & Footprint Ceremony recipient Jane Fonda with (L) Vice President of Talent Darcy Hettrick and (R ) Shirlee Fonda, Henry Fonda's widow.


Redford's back and Fonda's got him. Read about the new Netflix Nocturne here: http://deadline.com/2017/08/our-souls-at-night-trailer-jane-fonda-robert-redford-netflix-video-1202145561/

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William Friedkin's appearance on last weeks' The Essentials reveals how he admires many classic films. I enjoy hearing about his interpretations of the importance of "The Quiet Man," and Alec Baldwin's reverence and deference to Friedkin's opinions gave the director the opportunity to share his emotional connections to John Ford's "greatest film."



Friedkin returns to The Essentials again this Saturday with his comments to Alec for "The Manchurian Candidate." Enjoy Angela Lansbury's Word of Mouth segment about working with Laurence Harvey if you can catch it. These wonderful comments from the actors, directors, and entertainment industry professionals on the TCM Word of Mouth segments enhances viewer enjoyment of upcoming film screenings, and I enjoy when they are added to the schedule before a relevant movie showing.


Be on alert, potential TCMFF 2018 pass holders! It won't be long before an announcement about the fest dates! Last year, we were informed on August 25. See you soon!

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Rod Taylor's long anticipated Summer Under The Stars is currently underway. Up next?

1960's "The Time Machine!" The film that launched him into the future and helped to secure his stardom.




TCMFF UPDATE: Be on alert! Last year's announcement came on Thursday, August 25.....

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