Every month, TCM focuses on something. Sometimes it’s a person, like Cary Grant, other times it’s a genre of film, like musicals. This month, TCM is focusing on one of my favorite things in the world, Pin-Ups! Every Wednesday night for the month of June, TCM is recognizing some of the great actress who also happened to be pin-up girls.
As a Pin-Up girl fan, I’ve already seen some of the movies on the line up for this month but it’s a great chance to see some of films that you may not be able to find anywhere else. They also give a brief history on the film and the actors in the film before it begins. Many of the things I know about my favorite Old Hollywood stars came from settling down with a bowl of popcorn and watching TCM in the evening.
Aside from my admiration for Pin-Up girls, this has to be one of the most exciting stars of the months to date, at least for me, because it showcases so many movies with so many different people. Each of the women made different types of films and were at the peak of their careers during different decades, from the Forties all the way through the Sixties. When you watch the films you can really tell the way what’s happening in the world affected the films.
For example, Pin-Up Girl, starring the original pin-up girl Betty Grable, is about a young women who would get engaged to soldiers going over seas to fight in World War II and how her lies catch up with her. The film came out in 1944, just a year before World War II ended. The film was made because of Grables popularity not only in America but over seas with soldiers as well.
This upcoming Wednesday, the 17th, TCM is honoring Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe, Mamie Van Doren, Diana Dors, Cleo Moors and Brigitte Bardot. I recommend watching or recording if you can, two of my favorites.Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell and And God Created Women, starring Brigitte Bardot, which I believe is in French. They are completely different from one another but I enjoy both of them equally and hope you will too.