My TCM Picks for This Week
It’s pretty much always a good week at TCM, but this one is looking more than good. Here are my TCM picks for the week of June 4 to June 10. Note, these picks do not include Silent Sunday Nights screenings ’cause, duh, you’re already watching those.
Monday June 4
8 am EST We start things off right with George Kukor’s 1939 classic The Women. Based on the play by Clare Booth Luce and written by Anita Loos, this one has a power house cast, including Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Godard, and Joan Fontaine. As a matter fact each one of the 138 speaking roles are delivered by chicks – not a single man in sight.
3:30 pm EST With a description like “A handsome drifter ignites passions at a small-town Labor Day picnic,” how could you possibly resist Picnic (1955) starring William Holden and Kim Novak.
Wednesday June 6
12:45 am EST At first glance, I confused Union Depot (1932) with Union Station (1950). A closer look revealed some of my favorite words – chiefly pre-code, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and Joan Blondell. I’m in.
Then starting at 6:00 am EST, things take a decidedly creepy turn with James Whale’s Frankenstein (1931), followed by Doctor X (1932) at 7:15 am EST, Frederic March in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932) at 8:45 am EST. Then things go from bad to worse with Tod Browning’s Freaks at 10:30 am EST, followed by Island of Lost Souls (1932) at 2:15 pm EST, Mad Love (1935) at 3:30 pm EST, and Mark of the Vampire (1935) at 4:45 pm EST.
Thursday June 7
Relax a bit on Thursday with the King of Rock and Roll and catch Elvis Presley in all his cheesy, kitschy glory in Jail House Rock (1957) at 8 pm EST.
Friday June 8
Start your Friday right at 12:00 am EST with Rebel Without a Cause (1955).
Catch some classic Bad Bogey at 1:00 pm EST in Conflict (1945). It comes with a side of Sydney Greenstreet, to boot!
I’ve never had the privlege of watching The Black Cat (1934) starring both Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, so you can bet your blue booties I’ll be tuning in for this one at 11:15 pm EST.
Saturday June 9
Saturday opens with the other, non-Cotten Gaslight (1940) at 12:30 am EST.
At 8:00 pm EST we’ve got Bette Davis as a tempestuous Southern belle in Jezebel (1938). Being a tempestuous Southern belle myself, I can’t recommend this one highly enough.
It wouldn’t be Saturday night without a little John Ford. Catch Drums Along on the Mohawk (1939) at 10:00 pm EST and keep your eyes peeled for possible Pennick sightings.
Sunday June 10