TCM Star of the Month for July
Steve McQueen, TCM Star of the Month for July, was known as “The King of Cool” during his heyday in the 1960s and early ’70s, when he was one of the world’s most popular and highly paid actors. Today, knowing how brief and turbulent his life was, audiences are likely to find a touch of pathos in his screen character of the alienated yet plucky outsider facing down hard times with a nonchalant shrug and a tight little smile.
Below is the schedule of his movies being shown Thursdays in July and our must-see picks.
Blob, The (1958)**
A misunderstood teen fights to save his town from a gelatinous monster from outer space.
Dir: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. Cast: Steven McQueen , Aneta Corseaut , Earl Rowe .
C- 83 mins, CC,
Magnificent Seven, The (1960)**
Seven American gunmen hire themselves out to protect a Mexican village from bandits.
C- 128 mins, CC, Letterbox Format
Never So Few (1959)
A U.S. military troop takes command of a band of Burmese guerillas during World War II.
Dir: John Sturges Cast: Frank Sinatra , Gina Lollobrigida , Peter Lawford .
C- 124 mins, CC, Letterbox Format
Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
True story of boxer Rocky Graziano’s rise from juvenile delinquent to world champ.
Dir: Robert Wise Cast: Joseph Buloff , Sal Mineo , Everett Sloane .
BW- 113 mins, CC,
Swarm, The (1978)
Killer bees extend their territory into the U.S., with devastating effect.
Dir: Irwin Allen Cast: Michael Caine , Katharine Ross , Richard Widmark .
C- 116 mins, CC,
Our Must-See Pick
The Blob (1958) Starring Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, and Earl Rowe
A drive-in favorite, this sci-fi classic follows teenagers Steve and his best girl, Jane, as they try to protect their hometown from a gelatinous alien life form that engulfs everything it touches. The first to discover the substance and live to tell about it, Steve and Jane witness the blob destroying an elderly man and grow to a terrifying size. But no one else has seen the goo, and policeman Dave refuses to believe the kids without proof.
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Great Escape, The (1963)**
Thrown together by the Germans, a group of captive Allied troublemakers plot a daring escape.
Dir: John Sturges Cast: Robert Graf , Nigel Stock , Angus Lennie .
C- 172 mins, CC, Letterbox Format
Soldier in the Rain (1963)
A story of friendship between a worldly-wise Army Master Sergeant and his naive worshiper.
Dir: Ralph Nelson Cast: Jackie Gleason , Steve McQueen , Tuesday Weld .
BW- 87 mins, CC, Letterbox Format
Baby, the Rain Must Fall (1965)
A parolee tries to launch a musical career and keep out of trouble.
Dir: Robert Mulligan Cast: Lee Remick , Steve McQueen , Don Murray .
BW- 99 mins, CC,