Star of the Month for July is a most deserving one: Olivia de
Havilland, who turns 100 years of age on July 1. Born in Tokyo to
English parents, her parents divorced when she was just three years
old. She moved with her mother and sister, Joan, to Saratoga,
California. Bitten by the acting bug while in high school, she
starred in the school’s production of Shakespeare’s A
Midsummer Night’s Dream. Famed theater producer Max Reinhardt
saw her in the play and was so impressed he signed her for his stage
version and later used her in the film version for Warner Brothers.
The studio was also impressed and signed her to a contract and her
first film under that contract was Alibi Ike (1935)
with Joe E. Brown. Later that year she impressed in Captain
Blood with Errol Flynn and a star was born. Her resume is
impeccable; her versatility was such that she was equally adept at
comedy, drama and romance. Nominated five times for an Oscar, she won
twice for Best Actress in To Each His Own (1946)
and The Heiress (1949). More on de Havilland in our
1: We begin a nice little run beginning at 9:15 with her
Oscar-nominated turn as Melanie Wilkes in Gone
With The Wind. Following in order are The
Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), The
Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939), and
her star-making role in 1935’s Captain
2: Begin at 7:30 as Olivia stars with Frederic March in the
great Anthony Adverse (1936)
and continue with The Irish In
Us (1935) with James Cagney and Pat O’Brien,
and Alibi Ike (1935)
with Joe E. Brown.
8: Begin with John Huston’s delightfully weird Southern
drama In This Our Life (1942)
at 8 pm and stick around for the Westerns, They
Died With Their Boots On (1941), Santa
Fe Trail (1940) and Dodge
City (1939), all with co-star Errol Flynn.
Finally, she and Flynn turn back the clock to star in The
Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), at 4:15 am.
9: Three delightful de Havilland comedies begin our morning
at 6:15 am. First up is It’s Love
I’m After (1937), with Bette Davis and Leslie
Howard. At 8 pm, it’s The Great
Garrick (1937) with Brian Aherne, who later
married Olivia’s sister Joan Fontaine. Finally, there’s the minor
and seldom seen comedy Call It a
15: Four great de Havilland films and one programmer make up
tonight’s schedule. Beginning at 8 pm, it’s the riveting
psychotronic classic The Snake
Pit (1948), followed by The
Heiress (1949), To
Each His Own(1946),
and 1946’s Devotion with
Olivia and Ida Lupino as the Bronte sisters. Finally, Olivia is
caught between pilot brothers George Brent and John Payne in
1939’s Wings of the Navy at
TCM Spotlight for July is called TCM Presents Shane (Plus
a Hundred More Great Westerns).Each Tuesday is totally
devoted to Westerns, with the bigger and better known being shown in
the evening hours. Since these are not exactly out of the usual,
we’ll limit our coverage to the B-variety, which will be shown in
the mornings and afternoons.
8: It’s a marathon of Randolph Scott Westerns beginning at
6:15 am with Virginia City (1940),
co-starring Errol Flynn, Miriam Hopkins and Humphrey Bogart as a
Mexican bandit, if you can believe it. Other notable Scott oaters
this day include Return of the
Badmen (1948) at 10:30 am, The
Cariboo Trail (1950) at 3:30 pm, and Budd
Boettischer’s classic Ride
Lonesome (1959) at 6:30. At 8 pm, it’s Sam
Peckinpah’s wonderful Ride the
High Country from 1962.
10: The brilliant English actress is featured in three
films, beginning with the TCM premiere of It
Always Rains on Sunday (1947) at 8 pm. From
Ealing Studios, it’s an intriguing crime drama set in London’s
East End and starring Withers as a harried housewife who is
astonished when she discovers her ex-finance (John McCallum), fresh
from a prison breakout from Dartmoor, hiding in the shed in her
backyard. It’s directed by Robert Hamer, who gave us the wonderful
cynical comedy, Kind Hearts and Coronets. I saw
this on public television years ago and was captivated. I strongly
9:45, Withers appears in the great episodic psychotronic
classic, Dead of Night,
from 1945. And rounding out the evening at 11:15 pm is On
Approval (1944) with Bea Lillie and Withers as
two widows courted by two impoverished British aristocrats (Clive
Brook and Ronald Culver). It’s mannered, malicious, and totally
hilarious, with the leads playing off each other beautifully.
5: An excellent morning beginning with The
Great Train Robbery from 1903 at 6:15 am.
Following, in order, is Cecil DeMille’s silent classic, The
and The Vanishing American from
1925 (8 am).
10 am, it’s Richard Dix and Irene Dunne in the
original Cimarron (1930),
followed by DeMille’s 1931 sound remake of The
Squaw Man with Warner Baxter and Lupe Velez.
13: Joan Crawford and Johnny Mack Brown star in Montana
Moon (1930) at 6:00 am.
AND THE B HIVE
always, there’s a good selection of psychotronic films.
3: At 2 pm, it’s Elvis in a dual role in Kissin’
Cousins (1964). The evening brings a Stanley
Kubrick psychotronic double-feature, beginning at 11:15 pm with 2001:
A Space Odyssey, followed at 2:00 am by Malcolm
McDowell in 1971’s A Clockwork
9: At 2:15 am, stuntman Robert Forster tries to solve the
murder of his brother in Stunts (1977).
It’s followed at 3:45 am by Linda Blair in the ridiculous Roller
Boogie (1979). She falls in love with a guy whose
dream is to make rollerskating an Olympic sport and for him to win a
13: Singing cowboys are the theme of the day, with Tex
Ritter making his debut as a singing cowboy in Song
of the Gringo (1936) at 7:45 am. He’s followed
at 9 am by Warners’ singing cowboy, Dick Foran, in Song
of the Saddle (1936), and at 10 am by Herbert
Jeffrey in The Bronze Buckeroo,
from 1939. At 11 am, it’s Monogram’s answer to Gene Autry and Roy
Rogers, Jimmy Wakely, in Cowboy
Cavalier (1948), with Cannonball Taylor. Penny
Singleton teams with Ann Miller, Glenn Ford, and Bob Wills and His
Texas Playboys in Columbia’s Go
West, Young Lady (1941) at 12:15 pm.
Autry sings while Ken Maynard and his trusty horse, Tarzan, provide
the action in the 1934 oater In Old
Santa Fe(1:30 pm).
At 2:45 pm, Autry returns with sidekick Smiley Burnette in Boots
and Saddles (1937). When Autry left Republic in a
salary dispute (he later returned) the studio plugged in Roy Rogers
and his trusty steed, Trigger, to fill the gap. They can be seen in
two vehicles, beginning with Home in
Oklahoma (1946) at 4 pm, and Springtime
in the Sierras (1947) at 5:15 pm. Finally,
Columbia’s Charles Start stars at 6:45 pm in Cowboy
Canteen, from 1944.
14: It’s a morning and afternoon of beach films, beginning
with a lame comedy, The Catalina
Caper (1967) at 7:00 am. Try the MST
3000 version instead, at least Crow, Joel and Tom Servo are
funny, even if the film isn’t.
8:30, Deborah Walley and Tommy Kirk star in It’s
a Bikini World. Co-written and directed by Roger
Corman protege Stephanie Rothman, it was filmed in 1965, but not
released until 1967 by Transamerica Films as The Girl in
Daddy’s Bikini. American-International picked it up and
released it under it’s current title.
10:15, college coeds Dolores Hart, Yvette Mimieux, Paula Prentiss,
and Connie Francis go looking for love during spring break in Fort
Lauderdale in the 1960 hit, Where
The Boys Are. It’s followed at noon by Sandra Dee
and Dames Darren in the original beach blast, Gidget (1959).
rest of the afternoon is devoted to that first couple of beach
movies, Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. At 2 pm comes Muscle
Beach Party (1963), followed at 4 pm by Beach
Blanket Bingo (1965), and How
to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965) at 6 pm.