Jeremy Arnold is an author, film historian and longtime contributor to Turner Classic Movies. His new book, The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter (Running Press, 2016), is the companion to TCM’s Essentials series. With a foreword by Robert Osborne and running commentary from all past and present Essentials hosts, it explores the background and significance of 52 of the films that have been shown to date on TCM as “essential” movie watching.
Since 2003, Jeremy has written over 500 programming articles and classic film reviews for the TCM website, and has penned some on-air intros for Robert Osborne. His 2012 coffee-table book,Lawrence of Arabia: The 50th Anniversary, was published by Sony Pictures Entertainment as the official companion to the Blu-ray release of David Lean’s epic. His essays on the making of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and You Can’t Take It With You were published by Sony in recent Blu-ray digibooks; a new piece on Mr. Deeds Goes to Town is upcoming.
Jeremy also contributed to the 2003 edition of Jeanine Basinger’s book The World War II Combat Film: Anatomy of a Genre. Further essays and interviews with filmmakers and industry professionals have appeared over the years in Variety, Moviemaker, Premiere, and the Directors Guild of America magazine.
Jeremy has recorded audio commentaries for the DVD and Blu-ray releases of Budd Boetticher’s Ride Lonesome, Frank Capra’s Ladies of Leisure, and Alfred Hitchcock’s Jamaica Inn, and twice he has been engaged as a guest programmer, host, and lecturer aboard Crystal Cruises with classic film themes—including a complete career tribute to Marilyn Monroe.
A native of Washington, D.C., Jeremy resides in Los Angeles but is a lifelong fan of the New York Mets.