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September 2015 TCM Spotlight: Five Came Back


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This spotlight takes its theme and title from Mark Harris' Five Came Back, which chronicles the experiences during WWII of Frank Capra, John Huston, John Ford, William Wyler and George Stevens. Harris also illuminates how each man's filmmaking styles changed as a result of the war.

 

It's a fascinating book from the author of the highly acclaimed Pictures at a Revolution, in which Harris places his focus on films made during the pivotal year of 1967.

 

Five Came Back is available for purchase over at the TCM Shop, here: http://shop.tcm.com/five-came-back-a-story-of-hollywood-and-the-second-world-war-hardcover-book/detail.php?p=555942.

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This spotlight takes its theme and title from Mark Harris' Five Came Back, which chronicles the experiences during WWII of Frank Capra, John Huston, John Ford, William Wyler and George Stevens. Harris also illuminates how each man's filmmaking styles changed as a result of the war.

 

It's a fascinating book from the author of the highly acclaimed Pictures at a Revolution, in which Harris places his focus on films made during the pivotal year of 1967.

 

Five Came Back is available for purchase over at the TCM Shop, here: http://shop.tcm.com/five-came-back-a-story-of-hollywood-and-the-second-world-war-hardcover-book/detail.php?p=555942.

Surprised they didn't wait to do this series in December, and kick it off on December 7th, Pearl Harbor Day. But I am glad they're doing it.

 

I assume we can expect author Mark Harris to be the host of the Friday Night Spotlight in September...

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As this spotlight will actually be airing on Tuesdays throughout the month, I would expect Mark Harris to be co-hosting with Robert Osborne or Ben Mankiewicz.

Does the day of the week matter in this case? And does this mean the Friday Night Spotlight is becoming the Tuesday Night Spotlight?

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This series will be co-hosted by TCM's Ben Mankiewicz and Entertainment Weekly columnist Mark Harris.

 

Here is the schedule:

 

September 1 -- Frank Capra

MEET JOHN DOE (1941)

PRELUDE TO WAR (1943)

THE BATTLE OF RUSSIA (1943)

THE NEGRO SOLDIER (1944)

TUNISSIAN VICTORY (1944)

KNOW YOUR ALLY: BRITAIN (1944)

WAR COMES TO AMERICA (1945)

 

September 8 -- John Huston

ACROSS THE PACIFIC (1942)

REPORT FROM THE ALEUTIANS (1943)

SAN PIETRO (1944)

LET THERE BE LIGHT (1946)

THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE (1951)

THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948)

THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING (1975)

 

September 15 -- John Ford

THE LONG VOYAGE HOME (1940)

THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY (1942)

HOW TO OPERATE BEHIND ENEMY LINES (1943)

DECEMBER 7TH (1943)

THEY WERE EXPENDABLE (1945)

MISTER ROBERTS (1955)

 

September 22 -- William Wyler

MRS. MINIVER (1942)

THE MEMPHIS BELLE: A STORY OF THE FLYING FORTRESS (1944)

THUNDERBOLT (1947)

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)

 

September 29 -- George Stevens

THE MORE THE MERRIER (1943)

THAT JUSTICE BE DONE (1945)

THE NAZI PLAN (1945)

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (1959)

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This series will be co-hosted by TCM's Ben Mankiewicz and Entertainment Weekly columnist Mark Harris.

 

Here is the schedule:

 

September 1 -- Frank Capra

MEET JOHN DOE (1941)

PRELUDE TO WAR (1943)

THE BATTLE OF RUSSIA (1943)

THE NEGRO SOLDIER (1944)

TUNISSIAN VICTORY (1944)

KNOW YOUR ALLY: BRITAIN (1944)

WAR COMES TO AMERICA (1945)

 

September 8 -- John Huston

ACROSS THE PACIFIC (1942)

REPORT FROM THE ALEUTIANS (1943)

SAN PIETRO (1944)

LET THERE BE LIGHT (1946)

THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE (1951)

THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948)

THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING (1975)

 

September 15 -- John Ford

THE LONG VOYAGE HOME (1940)

THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY (1942)

HOW TO OPERATE BEHIND ENEMY LINES (1943)

DECEMBER 7TH (1943)

THEY WERE EXPENDABLE (1945)

MISTER ROBERTS (1955)

 

September 22 -- William Wyler

MRS. MINIVER (1942)

THE MEMPHIS BELLE: A STORY OF THE FLYING FORTRESS (1944)

THUNDERBOLT (1947)

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)

 

September 29 -- George Stevens

THE MORE THE MERRIER (1943)

THAT JUSTICE BE DONE (1945)

THE NAZI PLAN (1945)

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (1959)

Thanks Barton! Didn't realize we hadn't listed the films yet for this series.

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