Note: This is a regular monthly feature, highlighting, well, the highlights on Turner Classics' schedule. Why? Simple. Because Turner Classics remains a veritible college education in film. Say no more.
July 1: “Lili.” Charles Walters’ one-song musical was “The Sound of Music” of its day, only less toxic and much more charming.
July 2: Roz Russell’s “Never Wave at a WAC,” about a society dame who misguidedly joins the Army, was clearly the template for Goldie Hawn’s “Private Benjamin.” Plus, “The Incredible Shrinking Man,” Jack Arnold’s allegory about the utter insignificance of man in the atomic age.
July 4: “Come Blow Your Horn,” Neil Simon by way of Sinatra. Plus, the hugely underrated musical “1776,” Jack Warner’s last film – made for Columbia.
July 5: “David and Lisa,” the weirdo indie film that put The Perrys (Frank and Eleanor) on the map. Plus, “By Love Possessed,” which teams the odd couple of director John Struges and star Lana Turner.
July 6: “Living it Up,” the Martin-&-Lewis version of the Broadway musical, “Hazel Flagg.” Terrific fun. With that great team player, Janet Leigh.
July 7: “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” Philip Kaufman’s effective 1978 remake of the Don Seigel cautionary classic.
July 8: Oh, just stay in all day: “Lord Love a Duck,” “Marty,” “The Best Man” and “Lover Come Back.”
July 9: “I Know Where I’m Going,” arguably the first feminist classic with the sublime Wendy Hiller. Plus, “Goodbye, Again” with Bergman, Montand and Perkins, and the definitive summer blockbuster, “Jaws.”
July 11: “The Loved One,” in which Tony Richardson directs Robert Morse, Jonathan Winters and the wonderfully named Anjanette Comer.
July 12: Meyer’s “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!,” Bogdanovich’s “The Last Picture Show” and David Swift’s “Under the Yum-Yum Tree,” in which Jack Lemmon takes over the role created on stage by Gig Young.
July 13: “The Hospital,” in which dialogue by Paddy Chayefsky is shouted for 103 minutes.
July 16: “Rashomon.” Say no more.
July 17: “Clash by Night.” Fritz Lang directs Stanwyck and Monroe. Plus, “Julie,” in which Doris Day goes dramatic.
July 18: Ida Lupino directs Roz Russell in the affable “The Trouble with Angels.” Plus Jane Fonda as “Cat Ballou.”
July 19: Cary Grant and Irene Dunne team up to perfection in “My Favorite Wife.”
July 20: “Exodus,” Otto Preminger’s sprawling film version of the Leon Uris novel.
July 21: “The Importance of Being Ernest.” Irresistible.
July 23: “Cruel Story of Youth,” Japanese teen classic. Plus a repeat of “Living It Up.”
July 24: “The Story of Three Loves.” Three times the fun. Eclectic cast. Minnelli is one of the directors.
July 25: “Godspell,” David Swift’s nimble musical which makes great use of the Twin Towers in the “All for the Best” number.” Plus, Scorsese’s flawed but fascinating “New York, New York.”
July 26: “The Man from the Diners' Club.” Frank Tashlin directs Danny Kaye. I love it! Plus two with Anne Bancroft, “The Pumpkin Eater” and “Seven Women.”
July 27: Frankenheimer’s “The Extraordinary Seaman,” followed by a trio of lecherous comedies - “Under the Yum-Yum Tree,” “Come Blow Your Horn” and “Boys’ Night Out.”
July 28: “The Member of the Wedding.” With a perfect Julie Harris, Ethel Waters and Brandon DeWilde. Fred Zinnemann directs.
July 29: “The Wackiest Ship in the Army.” Jack Lemmon, Ricky Nelson and a lot of Aussie actors in a serious comedy. Don’t be fooled by the title.
July 30: “The Diary of Anne Frank,” George Stevens’ directed the affecting Millie Perkins in a hugh but humbling version of the Broadway hit.
July 31: “Kapo.” Susan Strasberg in a Gilo Pontecorvo film.
(Artwork: Wendy Hiller in Powell-Pressburger's "I Know Where I'm Going" and poster art for the Broadway production of "Under The Yum-Yum Tree")
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