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Leslie Howard

TCM Star of the Month for June

During the 1930s, Leslie Howard–TCM’s Star of the Month for June–was Hollywood’s quintessential British leading man.

This comprehensive tribute to Howard’s all-too-brief career includes 20 of his movies, ranging from his first American film, 1930’s Outward Bound, to his final movie, Spitfire (1942), released in the U.S. just days after his death in 1943. His life was tragically cut short at age 50, when his plane was shot down during World War II.

Also included in our Howard screenings is Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn (2016, TCM premiere), an intimate documentary about Howard’s life directed by Thomas Hamilton. This film includes once-lost home movies, both color and black and white, from the Howard family.

Learn more about him, review his filmography and more

 June 4

8:00 PM

Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn (2016)


BW- 87 mins, CC,

9:45 PM

Gone with the Wind (1939)


Classic tale of Scarlett O’Hara’s battle to save her beloved Tara and find love during the Civil War.

Dir: Victor Fleming Cast: Thomas Mitchell , Barbara O’Neil , Vivien Leigh .

C- 233 mins, CC,

1:45 AM

Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn ( 2016)


BW- 87 mins, CC,

3:30 AM

Petrified Forest, The (1936)**


An escaped convict holds the customers at a remote desert cantina hostage.

Dir: Archie L. Mayo Cast: Leslie Howard , Bette Davis , Genevieve Tobin .

BW- 82 mins, CC,

Our Must-See Pick

DVR Alert. Unless you are a night owl, You will want to set the DVR so you won’t miss this one.

Gabby lives and works at her dads small diner out in the desert. She can’t stand it and wants to go and live with her mother in France. Along comes Alan, a broke man with no will to live, who is traveling to see the Pacific, and maybe to drown in it. Meanwhile Duke Mantee a notorious killer and his gang is heading towards the diner where Mantee plans on meeting up with his girl.

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June 11

8:00 PM

Pygmalion (1938)


A linguistics professor bets he can turn a flower girl into a lady by teaching her to speak properly.

Dir: Anthony Asquith Cast: Leslie Howard , Wendy Hiller , Wilfrid Lawson .

BW- 96 mins, CC,

9:45 PM

Of Human Bondage (1934)


A medical student falls prey to a sluttish waitress.

Dir: John Cromwell Cast: Leslie Howard , Bette Davis , Frances Dee .

BW- 83 mins, CC,

11:15 PM

Romeo and Juliet (1937)


Shakespeare’s classic tale of young lovers from feuding families.

Dir: George Cukor Cast: Norma Shearer , Leslie Howard , John Barrymore .

BW- 125 mins, CC,

1:30 AM

Scarlet Pimpernel, The (1934)


A British aristocrat’s effete facade masks a swashbuckling hero rescuing victims of the French revolution.

Dir: Harold Young Cast: Leslie Howard , Merle Oberon , Raymond Massey .

BW- 98 mins, CC,

3:15 AM

Free Soul, A (1931)


A hard-drinking lawyer’s daughter falls for one of his underworld clients.

Dir: Clarence Brown Cast: Norma Shearer , Leslie Howard , Lionel Barrymore .

BW- 94 mins, CC,

Our Must-See Pick

Club-footed Philip Carey enrolls in medical school and falls in love with illiterate waitress Mildred Rogers. She rejects him and runs off with a salesman, but returns later pregnant and unmarried. Philip puts her up in an apartment and the pair become engaged, but Mildred has not yet satisfied her wanderlust…

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 June 18

8:00 PM

Berkeley Square (1933)


A young American man is transported back to London in the time of the American Revolution and meets his ancestors.

Dir: Frank Lloyd Cast: Leslie Howard , Heather Angel , Valerie Taylor .

BW- 88 mins, CC,

9:30 PM

Secrets (1933)


A New England society girl braves the West to help her husband build his fortune.

Dir: Frank Borzage Cast: Mary Pickford , Leslie Howard , C. Aubrey Smith .

BW- 84 mins,

11:15 PM

Animal Kingdom, The (1932)


An intellectual publisher can’t choose between his society wife and his free thinking former love.

Dir: Edward H. Griffith Cast: Ann Harding , Leslie Howard , Myrna Loy .

BW- 85 mins, CC,

12:45 AM

It’s Love I’m After (1937)


A squabbling stage couple gets mixed up with an amorous fan and her jealous suitor.

Dir: Archie L. Mayo Cast: Leslie Howard , Bette Davis , Olivia De Havilland .

BW- 90 mins, CC,

2:30 AM

Smilin’ Through (1932)


A young woman falls in love with the son of an old family enemy.

Dir: Sidney Franklin Cast: Norma Shearer , Fredric March , Leslie Howard .

BW- 98 mins, CC,

4:30 AM

Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn (2016)


BW- 87 mins, CC,

Our Must-See Pick

Another DVR alert.

John has lead a solitary life for thirty years since the death of Moonyeen Clare. But now Owens, a close friend, insists that he care for his niece, Kathleen, orphaned when her parents were lost at sea. Kathleen is five, but the years pass and now she is a young woman who is the image of Moonyeen. Willy wants Kathleen for his wife, but Sparks fly when she meets Kenneth Wayne one dark and stormy night. John is horrified for it was Wayne’s father who shot Moonyeen dead on her wedding day and John has never found him or forgiven the family. When Ken goes off to war, John forbids any marriage and Ken agrees, while Kathleen does not. When Ken returns four years later when the war is over, he is crippled. He conceals his condition and makes plans to leave for America.

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June 25

8:00 PM

49th Parallel (1941)


The crew of a stranded German U-boat tries to evade capture in Canada during World War II.

Dir: Michael Powell Cast: Leslie Howard , Raymond Massey , Eric Portman .

BW- 122 mins,

10:15 PM

Spitfire (1942)


An aircraft designer struggles to create a new kind of fighter plane to take on the Nazis.

Dir: Leslie Howard Cast: Leslie Howard , David Niven , Rosamund John .

BW- 119 mins,

12:30 AM

Captured! (1933)


While in a POW camp, a man discovers his best friend was his wife’s lover.

Dir: Roy Del Ruth Cast: Leslie Howard , Douglas Fairbanks , Paul Lukas .

BW- 69 mins,

2:00 AM

British Agent (1934)


An Englishman falls in love with a Russian spy.

Dir: Michael Curtiz Cast: Leslie Howard , Kay Francis , William Gargan .

BW- 80 mins, CC,

3:30 AM

Five And Ten (1931)


A dime-store heiress elopes with a married man.

Dir: Robert Z. Leonard Cast: Marion Davies , Leslie Howard , Richard Bennett .

BW- 89 mins, CC,

Our Must-See Pick

Michael Curtiz directs Kay Francis and Leslie Howard in this tale of romance and revolution in Russia. Touted at the time of its release as most expensive picture yet produced by the studio, Curtiz does not allow the sweep and spectacle to overwhelm the very human drama that lies at the heart of the film. It is 1917 and the Russian Revolution is sweeping the country. Elena (Francis) has dedicated her life to the Cause as personified by Lenin. But during a street riot her life is saved by Stephen Locke (Howard), an unofficial diplomatic agent for England. The two, although dedicated to opposing causes, fall for each other. But Elena learns that Locke is wanted by the secret police for his revolutionary activities and she is ordered to obtain evidence of Locke’s scheming. She does so–although she knows this will condemn him to death. One of Kay Francis’ greatest performances in film, aided by a string of character greats.


You can view the entire schedule with our must-see movie picks here or you can download the complete TCM movie schedule for  USA | Canada

See you next month! Happy Watching.


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