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The TCM Library – “Summer Movies: 30 Sun-Drenched Classics”

    TCM is celebrating summer with their latest book and movie tie-ins found in the book.

    Turner Classic Movies presents a festival of sunshine classics—movies that capture the spirit of the most carefree season of the year—complete with behind-the-scenes stories, reviews, vacation inspiration, and a trove of photos.

    Summer Movies is your guide to 30 sun-drenched classics that—through beach parties, road trips, outdoor sports, summer camp, or some intangible mood that brings the heat—manage to keep summer alive year-round. Packed with production details, stories from the set, and more than 150 photos, the book takes an in-depth look at films from the silent era to the present that reflect the full range of how summer has been depicted on screen, both by Hollywood and by international filmmakers. The book highlights 30 movies set in the summertime, from beach comedies to simmering big-city dramas, wild American road trips to lush European travelogues, and includes recommendations for vacations, summer activities, and outside-the-box picks for further viewing.

    Featured titles from the book will be airing on TCM throughout the summer, including:

    Moon Over Miami (1941)
    June 21, 8:00 pm ET
    Two sisters from Texas travel to Florida looking for rich husbands.

    Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (1953)
    June 21, 11:30 pm ET
    Vacationers in a French resort town almost kill themselves trying to relax.

    Rear Window (1954)
    June 26, 10:15 pm ET
    A photographer with a broken leg uncovers a murder while spying on the neighbors in a nearby apartment building.

    Picnic (1955)
    July 7, 10:45 pm ET
    A handsome drifter arrives in a small Kansas community on the morning of the Labour Day picnic.

    Gidget (1959)
    June 21, 9:45 pm ET
    A young girl dreams of winning acceptance from a gang of surfers.

    The Music Man (1962)
    July 21, 10:00 pm ET
    A con artist hawks musical instruments and band uniforms to small-town America.

    Tony M.