by Brett Leveridge
With summer winding down and autumn just around the corner, curling up on the couch to watch a classic film with loved ones becomes all the more appealing. Here are 18 movies airing on Turner Classic Movies throughout September 2020 we think you'll enjoy.
Tuesday, September 1, at 1:45 p.m. ET
TCM is airing seven Alfred Hitchcock movies in a row today. Fans of the "Master of Suspense" will want to catch them all, but we're recommending this perhaps lesser-known effort about a young acting student (Jane Wyman) who goes undercover to try to find her husband's killer. Marlene Dietrich and Michael Wilding costar.
Thursday, September 3, at 7:15 a.m. ET
In this charming romantic comedy, Ginger Rogers plays a New York City office worker who saves up for a two-week vacation at a Catskills resort, but her two weeks away are complicated by a romance with a waiter (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.).
Saturday, September 5, at 8:28 a.m. ET
Here's a bit of trivia: Humphrey Bogart wore a mustache in just two movies, and here's your chance to see one of them. In this tidy one-hour "B" picture, Bogie plays an escaped convict who ends up rescuing the detective (Donald Woods) pursuing him. Margaret Lindsay also stars.
Sunday, September 6, at 12 p.m. ET
In this charming romance with a touch of fantasy, Robert Young portrays a veteran whose face is scarred from war injuries and Dorothy McGuire plays a woman who was not blessed with beauty. Can love transform them? Herbert Marshall also stars.
Thursday, September 10, at 8 p.m. ET
This inspiring picture celebrates the women who served in World War II by caring for the wounded. Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard and Veronica Lake star as inexperienced Army nurses on their way to a safe assignment in Hawaii, when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurs. They are reassigned to Bataan and must quickly learn to serve during wartime.
Friday, September 11, at 6:15 p.m. ET
Silent comedy great Harold Lloyd isn't as well remembered today as Buster Keaton and Charlies Chaplin, but in the 1920s, he was more popular at the box office than either of them. In this very funny movie, one of the few talking pictures Lloyd made, he plays a would-be actor seeking his start in Hollywood.
Sunday, September 13, at 11:30 p.m. ET
In this delightful musical, one of just two feature films in which orchestra leader Glenn Miller starred, ice skater Sonja Henie plays a Norwegian refugee who creates a romantic triangle with Miller's pianist (John Payne) and his girlfriend (Lynn Bari). Milton Berle stars at Miller's manager. Listen for some great big band tunes and watch for performances by the amazing, dancing Nicholas Brothers and TCM's Star of the Month for September, Dorothy Dandridge.
Monday, September 14, at 7:15 a.m. ET
This early '30s film is of the type you just don't see anymore. Set in a big-city train station, it interweaves comedy, drama and romance, while telling the stories of various travelers who pass through the depot on a single night. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Joan Blondell, Alan Hale, Sr., Frank McHugh and Guy Kibbee star.
Tuesday, September 15, at 3:15 p.m. ET
In this classic mystery, Edward Arnold stars as blind detective Duncan Maclain who, while visiting a old friend, stumbles upon an espionage plot involving military secrets. Donna Reed and Ann Harding costar. The movie's sequel, The Hidden Eye (1945) follows at 4:45 p.m. ET.
Friday, September 18, at 6:45 a.m. ET
In this touching and at times gritty drama, Glenn Ford stars as a recent medical school graduate, the son of an eminent surgeon (Charles Coburn), who chooses not to become a partner in his father's lucrative practice, instead setting up his own practice in New York City's Lower East Side to care for the less fortunate people who live there. Gloria DeHaven, Janet Leigh and Bruce Bennett costar.
Monday, September 21, at 2 p.m. ET
In this first cinematic pairing of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, sports writer Sam and political columnist Tess, who at first don't like each other very much, eventually fall in love and get married. But Tess is such a prominent public figure that her busy schedule puts a strain on their relationship. Can their marriage be saved?
Wednesday, September 23, 8 p.m. ET
This beloved film, based on a true story, tells the tale of a priest, Father Edward Flanagan (Spencer Tracy), who is inspired by a conversation with a man on death row to create a home for troubled boys on land 10 miles outside Omaha, Nebraska. Mickey Rooney portrays Whitey Marsh, a Boys Town resident whom Flanagan is especially intent upon helping.
Thursday, September 24, at 2:30 p.m. ET
German-born Douglas Sirk began directing in Hollywood in 1934, but he really found his niche in the 1950s, when he became known as the maestro of the romantic melodrama. In this film, Rock Hudson plays Bob Merrick, a wealthy playboy who accidentally causes the death of a physician and becomes a doctor himself to make amends for the damage he's done. Jane Wyman plays the doctor's widow, with whom Merrick falls in love. Agnes Moorehead and Otto Kruger costar. Two more Sirk-Hudson collaborations, All That Heaven Allows (1955) and Written on the Wind (1957), follow at 4:30 p.m. ET and 6:15 p.m. ET, respectively.
Late Saturday, September 26, at 2 a.m. ET
Here's your chance to show the kids in your life (well, maybe just the older ones) what you found scary back when you were their age. It's the tale of a scientific expedition traveling along the Amazon, and while the scientists are looking for fossils, they find the Gill-Man.
Sunday, September 27, at 6 p.m. ET
This hard-hitting drama tells the story of what happens when a powerful business executive dies unepexpectedly and those on his company's board of directors are left to compete to replace him. The cast is an all-star one: William Holden, Barbara Stanwyck, June Allyson, Fredric March, Walter Pidgeon, Shelly Winters and Nina Foch, just to name a few.
Monday, September 28, at 8 p.m. ET
Frank Capra's classic comedy finds the scion of a conservative banker (James Stewart) falling in love with a girl (Jean Arthur) whose family is anything but conservative. Lionel Barrymore, Edward Arnold, Ann Miller and Spring Byington also star.
Tuesday, September 29, at 5:30 p.m. ET
This inspiring tale of the British homefront during World War II won six Academy Awards and was nominated for six more. Greer Garson won an Oscar for her portrayal of the title character, the matriarch of a middle-class family. The film details the challenges faced by the Miniver family during the early years of the war. Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, Dame May Whitty and Reginald Owen costar. This is perhaps the perfect film to inspire us all in our own troubled times.
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