Fans of classic Westerns should mark their calendars for Wednesday, June 5, 2013, when Turner Classic Movies will showcase the films of director Anthony Mann with a five picture line up.
The Mann features begin at 8 p.m. Eastern time with “The Far Country” (1954), starring James Stewart, Ruth Roman, Corinne Calvet, and Walter Brennan. Set against the striking backdrop of the Alaskan wilderness, this is one of five Westerns directed by Mann and starring Jimmy Stewart.
“Winchester ’73” (1950) is another Mann collaboration with Stewart, and perhaps the best of the set. Stewart stars with Shelley Winters and Dan Duryea, with Rock Hudson and Tony Curtis making early career appearances. “Winchester ’73” airs at 9:45 p.m. Eastern time.
At 11:30 p.m., TCM presents Robert Taylor in “Devil’s Doorway.” Louis Calhern and Paula Raymond also star in this story of a Native American Civil War hero.
Night owls can catch “Cimarron” (1960) at 1 a.m., starring Glenn Ford, Maria Schell, and Anne Baxter, with Russ Tamblyn, Mary Wickes, and Harry Morgan in supporting roles. Based on the novel by Edna Ferber, this 1960 adaptation was not as successful as the 1931 film of the same name, which won three Oscars, including Best Picture.
At 3:45 a.m., TCM closes the Anthony Mann schedule with “The Last Frontier” (1956), starring Victor Mature, Guy Madison, and Robert Preston. Ann Bancroft also appears in this story of wilderness scouts for the Army cavalry.
Can’t stay up for the late shows? TCM has another Western, “Westward the Women” (1952), earlier on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. Directed by William A. Wellman, this women’s frontier story stars Robert Taylor, Denise Darcel, and Beverly Dennis as members of a wagon train headed across untamed wilderness.
Other highlights of the June schedule include Eleanor Parker as Star of the Month, silent films on Sunday nights, and TCM Essentials Jr. with classic films for families every Sunday at 8 p.m. Visit the official TCM website for more programming information.
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.