Turner Classic Movies celebrates living legend Maureen O'Hara with movies starring the flame-haired leading lady on Tuesdays in July. TCM will air 26 movies featuring O'Hara throughout the month; most will air on Tuesday evenings, but some pictures will run into the Wednesday morning hours. Born in Ireland in 1920, O'Hara is a favorite with classic movie fans for her iconic roles in films like "How Green Was My Valley" (1941), "The Quiet Man" (1952), and "McLintock!" (1963). TCM's July schedule includes many of her best-known roles, especially her films with director John Ford and frequent costar John Wayne.
The showcase of O'Hara films begins Tuesday, July 1, 2014, with "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1939) at 8 pm Eastern. The 1941 Best Picture Winner, "How Green Was My Valley," follows at 10:15 pm. At 12:30 am, O'Hara stars in "Sentimental Journey" (1946), followed by "The Forbidden Street" (1949) at 2:15 am. The O'Hara block continues well into Wednesday morning, with "A Woman's Secret" (1949) at 4 am and "The Fallen Sparrow" (1943) at 5:30 am. At 7:15 am on Wednesday, July 2, TCM rounds out the overnight schedule with "This Land is Mine" (1943).
During the second week of July, viewers can see O'Hara tackle several musical roles. "Dance, Girl, Dance" (1940) opens the night's showcase on Tuesday, July 8, at 8 pm, with Lucille Ball costarring. At 9:45 pm, O'Hara stars in "They Met in Argentina" (1941), followed by "Do You Love Me?" (1946) at 11:15 pm. O'Hara turns to comedy with Clifton Webb in "Sitting Pretty" (1948) at 1 am. At 2:30 am, Alec Guinness, Noel Coward, Ernie Kovacs, and Ralph Richardson join O'Hara for Carol Reed's espionage comedy, "Our Man in Havana" (1959).
Historical action and adventure rule the third week of the month. O'Hara gets an especially memorable costar in the piratical Tyrone Power for "The Black Swan" (1942) on Tuesday, July 15, at 8 pm. More swashbuckling follows at 9:30 pm with "The Spanish Main" (1945) and at 11:15 pm with "Sinbad the Sailor" (1947). At 1:15 am, O'Hara plays the daughter of a Musketeer in "At Sword's Point" (1952).
On Tuesday, July 22, O'Hara stars with Henry Fonda in "Immortal Sergeant" (1943) at 8 pm. "Buffalo Bill" (1944) airs at 9:45 pm, with Joel McCrea in the title role. O'Hara appears with her most iconic leading man, John Wayne, in the Western comedy, "McLintock!" (1963) at 11:30 pm. The Sam Peckinpah Western, "Deadly Companions" (1961), begins at 1:45 am. "The Wings of Eagles" (1957), a John Ford biopic about aviation pioneer Frank Wead, reunites Wayne and O'Hara at 3:30 am, and O'Hara rejoins Tyrone Power for Ford's "The Long Gray Line" (1955) at 5:30 am.
The final night of O'Hara films begins at 8 pm on Tuesday, July 29, with O'Hara and Wayne in Ford's "Rio Grande" (1950). Henry Fonda returns to star with O'Hara in "Spencer's Mountain" (1963) at 10 pm. "The Battle of the Villa Fiorita" (1965) airs at 12:15 am, and the showcase concludes with "Fire Over Africa" (1954) at 2:15 am.
Visit the official TCM website for more information about the programming schedule. Other highlights for the month of July include World War I films on Fridays throughout the month, a Mae West tribute on July 3, and Essentials Jr. programming continuing through the summer.