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1 hour ago, sagebrush said:

Yes again! I think it was last month that TCM had a daytime salute to Val Lewton? Again, when I was watching the biography, I was thinking this was enough material to stretch into a month long salute, and the wrap arounds would be very interesting.

Do you mean a month long salute to directors or just Val Lewton;  if you meant the latter,  I don't see were Lewton has enough output as director or producer for a 'month long' (which is really like 4 - 5 days during a month) unless limited to only "prime-time"  (e.g. 3 films over 4 days = 12 films plus documentary would still be a streach).

  

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8 minutes ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

Do you mean a month long salute to directors or just Val Lewton;  if you meant the latter,  I don't see were Lewton has enough output as director or producer for a 'month long' (which is really like 4 - 5 days during a month) unless limited to only "prime-time"  (e.g. 3 films over 4 days = 12 films plus documentary would still be a streach).  

If they ever pick a director or producer to be a Star of the Month (which doesn't seem likely) it will be a big household name like Alfred Hitchcock or John Ford.

Not counting the documentary, Lewton had a hand in 14 features. Eleven were at RKO and one was at MGM, and those 12 are in the TCM library. I don't think the other two have aired on TCM.

MY OWN TRUE LOVE a Paramount melodrama from 1949 seems to have fallen off the face of the earth. APACHE DRUMS, a Universal western from 1951, was available for streaming on Starz earlier this year and probably also was broadcast on the Encore Westerns channel. There are some moments of true horror in APACHE DRUMS, making it easy to identify as a Lewton picture.

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55 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

If they ever pick a director or producer to be a Star of the Month (which doesn't seem likely) it will be a big household name like Alfred Hitchcock or John Ford. 

Not counting the documentary, Lewton had a hand in 14 features. Eleven were at RKO and one was at MGM, and those 12 are in the TCM library. I don't think the other two have aired on TCM.

MY OWN TRUE LOVE a Paramount melodrama from 1949 seems to have fallen off the face of the earth. APACHE DRUMS, a Universal western from 1951, was available for streaming on Starz earlier this year and probably also was broadcast on the Encore Westerns channel. There are some moments of true horror in APACHE DRUMS, making it easy to identify as a Lewton picture.

When Orson Welles was SOTM a few years ago the list included virtually all of his directorial work, though not all of his acting work (e.g., I don't recall "The VIPs" or "A Man for All Seasons" in the schedule at that time.) But, directors taking roles or cameos in movies would be a clever approach to the SOTM formula, as has been done with other thematic groupings. 

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For some reason I thought Director of the Month was a regular thing for many years on TCM, up until the last several years when it seemed to be phased out. Maybe I'm just remembering it incorrectly, but I seemed to recall one weekday's primetime lineup being Star of the Month, another night being Director of the Month, another being some theme, etc. 

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22 minutes ago, Brrrcold said:

When Orson Welles was SOTM a few years ago the list included virtually all of his directorial work, though not all of his acting work (e.g., I don't recall "The VIPs" or "A Man for All Seasons" in the schedule at that time.) But, directors taking roles or cameos in movies would be a clever approach to the SOTM formula, as has been done with other thematic groupings. 

He wasn't Star of the Month at that time. You're thinking of the schedule from May 2015 when TCM chose to celebrate his 100th birthday by doing a month-long spotlight of his films as director. The Star of the Month in May 2015 was actually Sterling Hayden.

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13 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

For some reason I thought Director of the Month was a regular thing for many years on TCM, up until the several years when it seemed to be phased out. Maybe I'm just remembering it incorrectly, but I seemed to recall one weekday's primetime lineup being Star of the Month, another night being Director of the Month, another being some theme, etc. 

Yes, they used to feature a Director of the Month. That's when people like Roberto Rossellini or Akira Kurosawa were given tributes.

It basically led into the Friday Night Spotlight. The majority of the early Friday Night Spotlights focused on directors but then gradually expanded to include others, like writer Neil Simon for instance. Or else they examined films in a particular genre such as screwball comedy or roadshow musicals.

Eventually it just became the Monthly Spotlight which was no longer necessarily scheduled on Fridays. 

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35 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

He wasn't Star of the Month at that time. You're thinking of the schedule from May 2015 when TCM chose to celebrate his 100th birthday by doing a month-long spotlight of his films as director. The Star of the Month in May 2015 was actually Sterling Hayden.

Note that when Paul Henreid was SOTM TCM showed films he was only the director of (e.g. Dead Ringer with Bette Davis),   to 'fill out' the tribute.    To me that is a good idea especially when an actor's film legacy is 'light'.  

I can see showing films where a director is an actor in a film (but not also the director) with a 'healthy' part but not just a cameo. 

E.g. John Huston had some solid acting roles (e.g. Chinatown),   so if he was given a SOTM tribute the line-up could include a mix of films he directed (and sometimes had a cameo role in as well like Treasures of the Sierra Madre),  and films were he was an actor.         

But it is my understanding directors that also have significant acting roles are rare and what is more common is actors that later on become directors and \ or producers (E.g. Newman and Redford come to mind).

  

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Just now, jamesjazzguitar said:

Note that when Paul Henreid was SOTM TCM showed films he was only the director of (e.g. Dead Ringer with Bette Davis),   to 'fill out' the tribute.    To me that is a good idea especially when an actor's film legacy is 'light'.  

I can see showing films where a director is an actor in a film (but not also the director) with a 'healthy' part but not just a cameo. 

E.g. John Huston had some solid acting roles (e.g. Chinatown),   so if he was given a SOTM tribute the line-up could include a mix of films he directed (and sometimes had a cameo role in as well like Treasures of the Sierra Madre),  and films were he was an actor.          

Huston would be an interesting choice, but I don't think TCM sees him as an actor or else he would have been included in the month devoted to character actors and actresses. TCM seems to program him as a director. Though your idea would certainly work and draw attention to his on-camera work.

In the case of Henreid, I think they put DEAD RINGER on the schedule the same night they showed NOW VOYAGER and DECEPTION to make a mini-theme of his work with Davis. There were other films he made they could have shown. He was in 38 English-language films produced in Hollywood and England, plus he did ten foreign films in other languages. Instead of DEAD RINGER they could easily have premiered the great Paramount adventure film ROPE OF SAND (1949) he starred in with Burt Lancaster and Peter Lorre. I chatted with his daughter Monika on Facebook about ROPE OF SAND. She agreed it's one of his best.

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2 hours ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

Do you mean a month long salute to directors or just Val Lewton;  if you meant the latter,  I don't see were Lewton has enough output as director or producer for a 'month long' (which is really like 4 - 5 days during a month) unless limited to only "prime-time"  (e.g. 3 films over 4 days = 12 films plus documentary would still be a streach).

  

Yes, I meant more of a prime time spotlight; either one director for an extended block of their films in one week, or a month long spotlight like the usual SOTM but with a different director every week.

When Richard Burton was SOTM earlier this year, I thought the concept of SOTM all in one week was interesting. This might work well for the directors with less material, as they could limit the films to as little as 2 per night for an entire week to stretch it out.

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8 minutes ago, sagebrush said:

Yes, I meant more of a prime time spotlight; either one director for an extended block of their films in one week, or a month long spotlight like the usual SOTM but with a different director every week.

When Richard Burton was SOTM earlier this year, I thought the concept of SOTM all in one week was interesting. This might work well for the directors with less material, as they could limit the films to as little as 2 per night for an entire week to stretch it out.

It's certainly different when they put the Star of the Month all in the same week. They've also done that when they honored Doris Day and when they honored John Wayne last time.

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Update time:

2019:

January: Kathryn Grayson

February: 31 Days of Oscar

March: Fredric March

April: Greta Garbo

May: Paul Newman

June: Jane Powell

July: Glenn Ford

August: Summer Under the Stars

September: Sidney Poitier

October: Paul Muni

November: Bette Davis

December: Joan Blondell (TCM Backlot selection)

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On 6/7/2019 at 11:11 PM, TopBilled said:

Update time:

2019:

January: Kathryn Grayson

February: 31 Days of Oscar

March: Fredric March

April: Greta Garbo

May: Paul Newman

June: Jane Powell

July: Glenn Ford

August: Summer Under the Stars

September: Sidney Poitier

October: 

November: 

December: 

With the knowledge that Paul Muni is the October SOTM (a good choice, I think), and that December's SOTM will be Joan Blondell or Joan Bennett - I can once again fearlessly predict that the November SOTM will be a woman, because five months have already had men as SOTM' and that she will represent more recent decades (1950s-80s), in line with the choices of Newman and Poiter.

So ...random speculations may begin (alphabetically here):
Carroll Baker
Linda Darnell
Faye Dunaway
Jane Fonda
Diane Keaton
Shirley Maclaine
Marilyn Monroe
Debbie Reynolds
Geraldine Page
Jean Seberg
Barbra Streisand
Gene Tierney
Joanne Woodward
...



 

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14 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

Yes, we know that there will be a woman honored in December. So it'll be interesting to see who they select for November. Perhaps they'll chose someone like Julie Andrews.

Julie Andrews would be a good choice and would give a boost to ratings too, I think. And I thought about adding her to the list, not least because I saw that THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE and THAT'S LIFE are on the October schedule. But, I doubt they'd be able to schedule MARY POPPINS and/or THE SOUND OF MUSIC - and I wonder what a SOTM tribute would be like without her two signature roles.
This does not make me right, of course. She has a long list of titles and many have shown on TCM in the past, so it would be a good selection.

In regard to that list, Monroe and Reynolds would be repeats, I believe. I don't think Reynolds would get the choice this year, with Katherine Grayson and Jane Powell so recently named.

I think Fonda, Maclaine, and Streisand are certain to have SOTM treatment eventually... Fonda very soon, I suspect.

I think Tierney, Seberg and Darnell deserve the selection but may not draw ratings.

I think Baker, Page, and Woodward are more likely to get SUTS treatment.

And I cannot decide about Keaton. THE GODFATHERs probably would not be possible, but here other work in the 70s and 80s probably would be available.

And, I don't think Dunaway has enough roles to make a monthlong tribute.

There surely are other names to be considered.

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58 minutes ago, Brrrcold said:

Julie Andrews would be a good choice and would give a boost to ratings too, I think. And I thought about adding her to the list, not least because I saw that THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE and THAT'S LIFE are on the October schedule. But, I doubt they'd be able to schedule MARY POPPINS and/or THE SOUND OF MUSIC - and I wonder what a SOTM tribute would be like without her two signature roles.
This does not make me right, of course. She has a long list of titles and many have shown on TCM in the past, so it would be a good selection.

In regard to that list, Monroe and Reynolds would be repeats, I believe. 

Monroe's never been Star of the Month on TCM. She has had a Summer Under the Stars day, however.

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1 hour ago, TopBilled said:

Monroe's never been Star of the Month on TCM. She has had a Summer Under the Stars day, however.

Surprised by this. I realize a lot of her credits are outside the TCM archive, but I feel like I've seen all her films on the channel.

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2 minutes ago, Brrrcold said:

Surprised by this. I realize a lot of her credits are outside the TCM archive, but I feel like I've seen all her films on the channel.

She doesn't have a lengthy filmography. Many of her films aired when she had a Summer Under the Stars tribute.

Probably the ones TCM broadcasts most often are the non-Fox titles-- THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (MGM); CLASH BY NIGHT (RKO); THE PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL (WB); and SOME LIKE IT HOT (UA).

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So they didn't do a "themed" SOTM this year. They didn't last year, either, although it was done most years previously. I miss those.

Previously used "theme" SOTM choices:

  • April, 2017 - Character Actors
  • June, 2015 - Pin-Up Girls
  • November, 2014 - Silent Stars
  • May, 2013 - Tough Guys
  • June, 2012 - Teen Idols
  • November, 2011 - Battle of the Blondes
  • July, 2011 - Singing Cowboys
  • January, 2010 - Method Acting
  • June, 2009 - Great Directors
  • April, 2009 - Funny Ladies
  • March, 2008 - Acting Dynasties
  • November, 2007 - Guest Programmers
  • September, 2007 - A Star is Born
  • October, 2006 - Child Stars
  • January, 2005 - Canadian Actors
  • July, 2004 - Stars That Died Before Their Time
  • June, 2003 - TV Actors in Film
  • October, 2002 - Final Films
  • April, 2001 - Knighted Actors
  • August, 2000 - Film Debuts

 

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Update time:

2020:

January: Patricia Neal

February: 31 Days of Oscar

March: Joe E. Brown

April: Jane Russell

May: Edward G. Robinson 

June: Ann Sheridan

July: Tony Curtis

August: Summer Under the Stars

September: Dorothy Dandridge

October: Peter Cushing

November: Shelley Winters

December: Laurel & Hardy

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8 hours ago, skimpole said:

Kind of weird that Kathryn Grayson got a month before Astaire, Grant or Wayne.

Sometimes it's about who is a "friend" of TCM instead of who is the bigger household name.

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Q: I have made several requests regarding Dana Andrews to become a Star of The Month. I have a funny feeling he may finally be on his way, seeing that Ann Sheridan and Tony Curtis are June and July of 2020.  He was underrated, especially if he were seen in movies like “The Ox-Bow Incident”. He stole the picture. The Best Years of Our Lives: William Wyler personally told him the picture would not have been the same without him. 

 

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Update time:

2021:

January: Miriam Hopkins

February: John Garfield

March: Doris Day

April: 31 Days of Oscar

May: Movie Roberts (group)

June: Cyd Charisse

July: Elvis Presley

August: Summer Under the Stars

September: Paul Robeson

October: Lucille Ball

November: Sydney Greenstreet

December: Ingrid Bergman

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