Friday, July 1, 2011

New month, new Star of the Month

It's already July 1. My, how time flies. Now that there's a new month here, it's time for a new Star of the Month on TCM. You've probably seen the promos on TCM, but this month there isn't one traditional Star of the Month. Instead, TCM is looking at the singing cowboys that graced screens in lots and lots of B-movies in the 1930s and 1940s. Their films will be airing on each of the five Fridays in July. On this first Friday in July, TCM will show five of Roy Rogers' movies. Interesting is to note that Trigger gets billed ahead of Dale Evans.

To be honest, singing cowboys aren't particularly my thing. But they certainly occupy an important niche in Hollywood history, having brought cheap entertainment to millions of people of a certain age. In that regard, they're really no different from the Dead End Kids/Bowery Boys, or all the Tarzan movies that were made on the cheap sixty-plus years ago; they're just in a different genre.

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