July 2022 is upon us and with it comes a slate of Lee Marvin films and a couple of Lee Marvin related entries airing on TCM. The timing caught me off guard so this is coming a little later than usual. So, without wasting any more time, here is what’s worth watching this July 2022. All times are Pacific standard time:
The Caine Mutiny (1954): Saturday, July 2nd !2:45pm.
Humphrey Bogart gave one of his best and last performances in this well done drama on the high seas with able support from Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray, Jose Ferrer, Claude Akins and of course, Lee Marvin.
Under the Volcano (1984): Sunday, July 3rd, 7:15pm. Albert Finney & Jacqueline Bisset star in this adaption of Malcolm Lowry’s novel, directed by John Huston. I’ve always wanted to see this but never have, until now. Because of what I’ve read about it, I can easily see Lee Marvin in the role but that aside, Albert Finney is one of my favorite actors so it’s all good.
Billy Budd (1962) Tuesday: July 5th, 2:45pm.
Herman Melville’s classic tale of good & evil was brought to the screen by writer/director Peter Ustinov who also enacts the role of the ship’s captain. Lee Marvin was in the original Broadway production as Hallam but desperately wanted to play the role of Claggart. He claimed to be mouthing the dialog of Claggart while on stage in the role of Hallam. Robert Ryan gives one of his best performances as Claggart but it’s not much of a stretch to envision Marvin in the role.
Pete Kelly’s Blues (1955): Wednesday, July 6th, 9am.
Jack Webb’s tribute to his beloved Jazz is given the full treatment in the mythic tale of the Roaring ’20s. Webb oversaw an all-star cast (Peggy Lee is amazing!) with able support given by clarinet playing Lee Marvin. The over ripe dialog is a hoot (“I didn’t come here to listen to a sax player who had a big breakfast!”) and the photography is wonderful. In fact, Martin Scorsese recently named in one of the best crime films of all-time.
Tiger Shark (1932): Thursday: July 14th, 5pm. The great Edward G. Robinson stars in this classic directed by Howard Hawks about the travails of Portuguese fisherman. Why is it mentioned here? In Lee Marvin Point Blank Marvin recounts a wonderful anecdote involving his run-in with Robinson and this particular film. It’s one of my favorite discoveries.
So there you have it, the goodies for July 2022 on TCM. Enjoy them all and happy Independence Day!
– Dwayne Epstein