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Steve McQueen

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.

 July 5th

8:00 PM

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,

9:45 PM

Magnificent Seven, The (1960)**

 

Seven American gunmen hire themselves out to protect a Mexican village from bandits.

Dir: John Sturges Cast: Yul Brynner , Eli Wallach , Steve McQueen .

C- 128 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

12:00 AM

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

2:15 AM

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,

4:15 AM

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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 July 12th

8:00 PM

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

11:00 PM

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

12:45 AM

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,

2:45 AM

Honeymoon Machine, The (1961)

 

Two sailors discover a way to beat the roulette tables in a Venice casino.

Dir: Richard Thorpe Cast: Steve McQueen , Brigid Bazlen , Jim Hutton .

C- 87 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

4:30 AM

Horizontal Lieutenant, The (1962)

 

During World War II, an inept intelligence officer falls hard for a military nurse.

Dir: Richard Thorpe Cast: Jim Hutton , Paula Prentiss , Jack Carter .

C- 90 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

Our Must-See Pick

The Great Escape (1963) Starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, and Richard Attenborough

The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocates them to a high-security ‘escape-proof’ camp to sit out the remainder of the war. Undaunted, the prisoners plan one of the most ambitious escape attempts of World War II. Based on a true story.

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 July 19th

8:00 PM

Bullitt (1968)**

 

When mobsters kill the witness he was assigned to protect, a dedicated policeman investigates the case on his own.

Dir: Peter Yates Cast: Steve McQueen , Robert Vaughn , Jacqueline Bisset .

C- 114 mins, CC,

10:00 PM

Sand Pebbles, The (1966)

 

A naval engineer stationed in 1926 China defies local authorities to rescue a group of missionaries.

Dir: Robert Wise Cast: Steve McQueen , Richard Attenborough , Richard Crenna .

C- 179 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

1:30 AM

Cincinnati Kid, The (1965)

 

Card sharps try to deal with personal problems during a big game in New Orleans.

Dir: Norman Jewison Cast: Steve McQueen , Edward G. Robinson , Ann-Margret .

C- 103 mins, CC,

3:30 AM

Nevada Smith (1965)

 

A part-Indian cowboy avenges his parents’ murder.

Dir: Henry Hathaway Cast: Steve McQueen , Karl Malden , Brian Keith .

C- 131 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

Our Must-See Pick

Bullitt (1968) Starring Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn, and Jacqueline Bisset

Senator Walter Chalmers is aiming to take down mob boss Pete Ross with the help of testimony from the criminal’s hothead brother Johnny, who is in protective custody in San Francisco under the watch of police lieutenant Frank Bullitt. When a pair of mob hitmen enter the scene, Bullitt follows their trail through a maze of complications and double-crosses. This thriller includes one of the most famous car chases ever filmed.

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July 26th

8:00 PM

Thomas Crown Affair, The (1968)

 

A bored tycoon turns to bank robbery and courts the insurance investigator assigned to bring him in.

Dir: Norman Jewison Cast: Steve McQueen , Faye Dunaway , Paul Burke .

C- 102 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

10:00 PM

Getaway, The (1972)

 

When a bank robbery goes bad, an ex-con and his wife take it on the lam.

Dir: Sam Peckinpah Cast: Steve McQueen , Ali MacGraw , Ben Johnson .

C- 123 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

12:15 AM

Papillon (1973)**

 

Two Devil’s Island prisoners devote all of their time to hatching escape plans.

Dir: Franklin J. Schaffner Cast: Steve McQueen , Dustin Hoffman , Victor Jory .

C- 151 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

3:00 AM

Enemy of the People, An (1978)

 

A scientist stands against an entire town when he discovers their medicinal spa is polluted.

Dir: George Schaefer Cast: Steve McQueen , Charles Durning , Bibi Andersson .

C- 107 mins, CC,

 

Our Must-See Pick

Papillon (1973) Starring Steve McQueen, and Dustin Hoffman

The Greatest Adventure Of Escape.They called him Papillon, meaning “butterfly.” If only he had wings to go with the name. Unable to fly, Henri Charriere virtually willed himself free. He persisted until he did the impossible: escape Devil’s Island.Based on Charriere’s bestseller and shot in Spain and Jamaica, Franklin J. Schaffner’s film of Papillon united two stars at key career junctures. After a decade of fine work in The Great Escape, The Sand Pebbles, and Bullitt, Steve McQueen foundin Charriere another ideal tough-guy role. Coming off The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy, and Little Big Man, Dustin Hoffman again distinguished himself as Dega, Charriere’s scruffy friend.

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TCM SCHEDULE

You can view the entire schedule here.

Happy Watching.

 

August is Summer Under the Stars. You can see the schedule here.

Star of the Month will return in September with Dean Martin.