News, notes, May 1 birthdays, and a brief look at May 2016 on Turner Classic Movies follows ...
Born on this date, May 1: Ian Maclaren in 1875; Tom Moore in 1883; Anna Appel in 1888; Patsy De Forest in 1894*; Julanne Johnston in 1900; Robert Lord in 1900; Leila Hyams in 1905; Rose Hobart in 1906; Josephine Dunn in 1906; Kate Smith in 1907; Glenn Ford in 1916; and Danielle Darrieux in 1917.
All links lead to each actor's IMDb page, set to open in a new tab.
* Patsy De Forest's date of birth seems to have disappeared from the IMDb since the time I originally created my May 1 birthday list, but the information provided by user "cmdep" in this thread is confirmed as they had suggested with a look at Patsie De Forest's 1923 passport application (born Helen Lanagan, 1894. Current occupation: actress). A trading card picturing Patsy De Forest is included at the bottom of this page.
May 2016 on TCM
Following is a list of movies scheduled on Turner Classic Movies during the month of May that I've either reviewed or covered in some other way.
Among the rarer titles that you won't want to miss in May are The Sin Ship (May 3); Stranger in Town (May 9); Woman Wanted (May 17); The Voice of Bugle Ann (May 17); and The Solitaire Man (May 27).
As always these titles have been culled from TCM's US schedule, all times are Eastern, and days begin and end at 6 am (thus The Big Parade technically airs very early May 30).
- May 1, 6:30 am - Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever (1939)
- May 2, 4:00 pm (also May 12, 6:00 am) - Little Women (1933)
- May 3, 2:45 pm - The Sin Ship (1931)
- May 4, 10:00 pm - The Killers (1946)
- May 6, 3:15 pm - The Racket (1951), here's coverage of the 1928 silent version instead
- May 7, 4:30 pm - Them! (1954)
- May 8, 2:00 pm - Imitation of Life (1934) is touched upon in my Louise Beavers biography
- May 9, 6:30 am - The Bat Whispers (1930), of relevance: my Chester Morris biography
- May 9, 9:30 am - Stranger in Town (1932)
- May 13, 6:00 am - Shooting Straight (1930), should get a mention in my Richard Dix biography
- May 17, 6:00 am - Skyscraper Souls (1932) - Covered at WarrenWilliam.com
- May 17, 1:30 pm - Woman Wanted (1935)
- May 17, 4:30 pm - The Voice of Bugle Ann (1936)
- May 25, 4:15 pm - That Forsyte Woman (1949)
- May 25, 11:30 pm - Illegal (1955), as compared to The Mouthpiece (1932) at WarrenWilliam.com
- May 27, 3:00 pm - The Solitaire Man (1933)
- May 29, 3:30 am - The Big Parade (1925)
- May 31, 8:00 pm - The Doorway to Hell (1930)
Many thanks to those who've sent along kind words and wishes since the last time I sent out this type of update. Everything continues to be on the upswing, and I should be back to my old routine very soon.
For those of you who've been living it up at the TCM Film Festival, well, first of all, lucky you—hope you're having a blast! Next, I wanted to remind you about my previous post covering one of the pre-Code obscurities that TCM played at the big festival this week, 6 Hours to Live (1932) — You can also dig a little further back into my archives for a post about A House Divided (1931), which also played at TCMFF.
Now this was totally unplanned, but if you're an email subscriber this issue also features a handful of images from another movie that played at the TCM Film Fest this week, The Pride of the Yankees (1942). Truth be told, I didn't even know it was on the schedule until I saw it mentioned on one of the social sites, but I would have been sharing these recently acquired photos anyway. The plan was to point you over to the sales pages, but all but one of them sold within the first few hours I listed them, so there's not much point to that anymore!
I'm planning to be in touch more often in May than I have been each of the past few months. Got to work off some writing rust. I'm getting back to work on the next pre-Code eBook, so expect more bits of research residue such as today's Anti Red-Head League feature.
A long of images marking several of the May 1 birthdays listed up top will follow below my signature.
With thanks, talk to you soon,
Born on this date, collector images:
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