TCM Preview and Recommendations for May 2015

Helen Mack in Sweepings

TCM’s Star of the Month for May is Sterling Hayden and the Friday Night Spotlight is on Orson Welles. Strong picks, I like them both a lot, but most of their films are slightly outside our typical period of coverage. Highlights here include “Secretary Stories” on May 1, “Written by Lester Cohen” on May 5, […]

TCM Recommendations April 2015; Site News

Walter Huston

I know, why bother at all, right? I mean it’s April 6, why not just do the May preview? Because it’s Walter Huston’s birthday today and TCM is playing his movies throughout Monday morning and afternoon, that’s why! That said, this is going to be a short version of the preview. I really mean it […]

TCM Preview & Recommendations for January 2015

Loretta Young 1934 Godfrey Phillips Shots from the Films

Happy New Year! Time to preview a deceptively decent month of programming from Turner Classic Movies. TCM’s Star of the Month for January is Robert Redford. The Friday Night Spotlight is on the films of Neil Simon. What do you think, too recent? My first thought was that this felt more like mid-1980s HBO than […]

TCM Preview December 2014 – A Look Inside My Now Playing Guide

Cary Grant 1935 R95 8x10 linen textured premium photo

TCM loads up on the usual Christmas movies for December and keeps it family friendly with their choice for Star of the Month, Cary Grant. Each of those groups of movies is made up of tried and true classics. Same old, same old. But practically every title under each of those banners remains solidly entertaining, […]

TCM Preview November 2014 – A Look Inside My Now Playing Guide

Pola Negri 1924 Godfrey Phillips

While Turner Classic Movies is playing a few items of interest in November, the month feels a little light overall. It seems like a good month to try out a new format on my preview post. Hopefully this zeroes in a little better on the actual highlights. The Star of the Month for November isn’t […]

TCM Preview October 2014 – A Look Inside My Now Playing Guide

Janet Leigh 1950s Florita Screen Artists

It didn’t have to be, but October was primed to be a letdown after August’s Summer Under the Stars and September’s Pre-Code Fridays on TCM. On the plus side, there are several early talkies playing that I have yet to see and am anxious to get on my DVR, including many 1929-30 rarities. While the […]

TCM Preview September 2014 – A Look Inside My Now Playing Guide

Melvyn Douglas 1930s Fan Photo

I hope you enjoyed TCM’s Summer Under the Stars in August. After my general preview, I ended up posting ten new articles to the site including biographies of Walter Pidgeon and Herbert Marshall and reviews of Black Fury (1935), Lady by Choice (1934), Hot Saturday (1932), Blessed Event (1932), and Madame X (1937). Plus a […]

Charlie Chaplin Picto-Sked for TCM Summer Under the Stars 2014

City Lights 1931 newspaper ad

I wasn’t sure I’d be able to cobble together a Picto-Sked for Charlie Chaplin day. I thought some of the early movies that TCM is playing on Thursday might be hard to find ads to represent them. Piece of cake. A King in New York (1957) turned out to the toughest find since it wasn’t […]

William Powell Picto-Sked for TCM Summer Under the Stars 2014

The Thin Man 1934 newspaper ad

Picto-Sked returns! This is a feature that I will usually run at least a couple of times during TCM’s Summer Under the Stars schedule. The Picto-Sked below gathers the entire August 9, 2014 schedule of William Powell movies playing on TCM and illustrates each with an actual period newspaper advertisement to give a little extra […]