Turner Classic Movies wraps up its 2013 Summer Under the Stars event and returns to its usual Star of the Month highlight for September with a series of films featuring Kim Novak. Best known for her starring role in Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" (1958), Novak will be showcased in 16 films on Thursdays in September. Here is the full list of films to be shown as part of the program.
The lineup begins on Thursday, September 5, with a special presentation of "Kim Novak: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival" at 8 pm Eastern time. At 9 pm, TCM kicks off the feature films with the iconic "Vertigo" (1958), costarring Jimmy Stewart. TCM replays the Novak festival documentary at 11:15 pm before moving on to "The Man with the Golden Arm" (1955) at 12:15 am. Night owls and DVR users can then catch "Pushover" (1954) at 2:30 am and "5 Against the House" (1955) at 4:15 am.
On Thursday, September 12, the schedule begins at 8 pm with "Picnic" (1956), costarring William Holden. "Pal Joey" (1957) airs at 10 pm, followed by "The Eddie Duchin Story" (1956) at midnight. Novak then stars as the title character in "Jeanne Eagels" (1957).
The supernatural comedy, "Bell, Book and Candle" (1958), opens the prime time slot at 8 pm on Thursday, September 19, with Novak reteaming with Jimmy Stewart. At 10 pm, viewers have a third chance to catch the documentary footage from the TCM Classic Film Festival. "Kiss Me, Stupid" (1964) airs at 11 pm, followed by "The Notorious Landlady" (1962) at 1:15 am. "Phffft!" (1954) rounds out the night of Novak films at 3:30 am.
The final evening of Kim Novak pictures will be Thursday, September 26, beginning with "Middle of the Night" (1959) at 8 pm. "Of Human Bondage" (1964) airs at 10:15 pm, and "The Legend of Lylah Clare" (1968) begins at midnight. At 2:15 am, TCM airs "The Great Bank Robbery" (1969), followed by a final presentation of "Kim Novak: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival."
See the video at the top of this article for footage of Kim Novak being honored in April 2012 at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Other highlights of the September schedule include Alfred Hitchcock films on Sundays and the series, "The Story of Film: An Odyssey," on Mondays and Tuesdays. Visit the official TCM website for more information about September's programming.
Jennifer Garlen writes as the Huntsville and National Classic Movies Examiner. Her book, "Beyond Casablanca: 100 Classic Movies Worth Watching," is available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.