Jeremy Arnold is an author, film historian and commentator. His 2016 book, The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter, is the companion to Turner Classic Movies’ Essentials series. With a foreword by Robert Osborne and running commentary from Osborne and all other Essentials hosts, it explores the background and significance of 52 films that have been shown on TCM as “essential” movie watching.
Since 2003, Jeremy has written nearly 600 programming articles and classic film reviews for the TCM website. 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, You Can’t Take It With You and Mr. Deeds Goes to Town were published by Sony in recent Blu-ray digibooks; a new piece on Lost Horizon 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.
To date, Jeremy has recorded audio commentaries for the DVD or Blu-ray releases of six classic movies: Ride Lonesome (1959), Ladies of Leisure (1930), Jamaica Inn (1939), Lured (1947), Sudden Fear (1952), and No Highway in the Sky (1951). 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.