Heads-up re: TCM, 8/6

“Summer Under the Stars” continues today with 24 hours of films starring Judy Garland, the former Mrs. Vincente Minnelli and generally iconic actress/singer. This, of course, means that TCM is going to be showing many musicals today, 10 in total. Personally, I’m against musicals, but if you happen to be for ’em, Strike Up the Band (1940; 120 minutes) at 9:45AM and For Me and My Gal (1942; 104 minutes) at 1:30PM are probably worth checking out; both films are early collaborations between Garland and Busby Berkeley, he of the extravagant sets and complex choreography.

Tonight TCM will hit us with three musicals directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Garland: The Clock (1945; 90 minutes) at 9:00PM, Meet Me in St. Louis (1944; 113 minutes) at 11:00PM, and The Pirate (1948; 102 minutes) at 1:00AM. It’s fascinating to watch any film in which a director directs his present or future wife. Those marriages always seem to work out so well.

And for those of you with the luxury of having a DVR or a TiVo (or insomnia), one of the few non-musicals being shown on TCM over the next 24 hours will be the John Cassavetes-directed A Child Is Waiting (1963; 104 minutes), a film I’d never heard of until consulting the schedule this morning. In addition to Garland it’s got Gena Rowlands (after all, it’s a Cassavetes film) and Burt Lancaster, so if you’ve got the technology, by all means, go right ahead. And seriously, can we get a hallelujah for the lack of The Wizard of Oz?

The rest of the schedule is here.

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