Recommendations For TCM’s Summer Under the Stars …. August 2020 …. Part 2

Mike's Take On the Movies .......... Rediscovering Cinema's Past

On to the balance of the TCM’s Summer Under the Stars with my suggestions for each “star” being celebrated with a 24 hour salute.

August 16th …. Cary Grant (1904-1986)

The icon who had a style and voice all his own. From the early 30’s to 1966 when he exited the movies on his own terms, Cary Grant, was one of cinema’s most charismatic actors and his star endures to this day. Why not keep it light and tune in to Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House with Cary joined by Myrna Loy.

August 17th …. Maureen O’Hara (1920-2015)

The fiery redhead remains a favorite of mine and that is in large part due to her association with John Wayne and other action movies with tough guy leading men. Not only beautiful, she could hold her own with the boys. If possible check out This Land Is Mine with Maureen…

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Rogue Cop

Riding the High Country

Patterns, connections, trends and interdependence. These are things which draw my attention in general, and in cinema in particular. I’d like to think that visitors to this site have noticed this from time to time, and I’d be even more pleased if I’d managed to pique the interest of some by following up on certain threads that suggest themselves to me. Redemption is the one theme that I guess stands out from the crowd of other ideas, and it’s certainly the driving force behind Rogue Cop (1954), which I want to focus on today. I’d also like to touch on what I feel is a defining feature running thorough 1950s cinema as a whole and maybe then cast an eye over the shape and texture of noir at that time. So yes, it ought to be clear enough that I’m setting myself  a nice uncomplicated and unambitious task with this…

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