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#41 jakeem

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Posted 25 September 2016 - 04:35 AM

TCM On Demand for September 23, 2016

 

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Four Girls in White (1939) -- Florence Rice, Una Merkel, Ann Rutherford, Mary Howard, Alan Marshal, Kent Taylor, Buddy Ebsen, Jessie Ralph, Sara Haden. Directed by S. Sylvan Simon ("Son of Lassie," "The Fuller Brush Man"), this is the story of four student nurses -- Norma Page (Rice), Gertie Robbins (Merkel), Patricia Page (Rutherford) and Mary Forbes (Howard) -- and their trials and tribulations. 
 
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Rice was the daughter of Grantland Rice (1880-1954), considered one of the greatest sports writers of all time.

 

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Posted 24 September 2016 - 08:41 PM

TCM On Demand for September 23, 2016
 
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The Magnificent Seven (1960) -- Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn, Horst Buchholz, Vladimir Sokoloff, Jorge Martínez de Hoyos, Rosenda Monteros, Whit Bissell, Rico Alaniz, Natividad Vacio, Robert J. Wilke, Val Avery, Bing Russell. Produced and directed by John Sturges ("Bad Day at Black Rock"), this American Western has spawned numerous sequels and a television series. It is a remake of Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa's 1954 classic "Seven Samurai." In this version, a group of Mexican villagers hire American gunmen to help defend their homes from merciless bandits. The bandit leader is played with relish by Wallach, who appeared as a similar character in the final segment of "How the West Was Won" (1962).

 

 

Memorable scene: Coburn's character, a knife-throwing specialist, is goaded into a showdown by a cocky gunman (Wilke).

 

 

Three years after the film's release, McQueen, Bronson and Coburn reunited with Sturges for the memorable, fact-based World War II drama "The Great Escape." Vaughn, the last living actor who played a member of the Seven, later teamed up with McQueen for the 1968 crime drama "Bullitt." Vaughn died on November 11, 2016 -- 11 days before what would have been his 84th birthday.

 

In 2005, the American Film Institute selected the Top 25 film scores of all time. Elmer Bernstein's composition for this movie was ranked No. 8.

 

In Michael Crichton's 1973 sci-fi movie "Westworld," Brynner played a defective robotic gunslinger that looked a lot like his character in Sturges' film. The Oscar-winning actor also starred in a 1976 sequel titled "Futureworld."  

 

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Posted 24 September 2016 - 08:40 PM

TCM On Demand for September 23, 2016

 

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) -- Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Julie Newmar (billed as Julie Newmeyer), Jeff Richards, Nancy Kilgas, Russ Tamblyn, Betty Carr, Tommy Rall, Virginia Gibson, Marc Platt, Ruta Lee (billed as Ruta Kilmonis), Matt Mattox, Norma Doggett, Jacques d'Amboise, Ian Wolfe, Howard Petrie, Earl Barton, Dante DiPaolo, Kelly Brown, Matt Moore, Dick Rich, Marjorie Wood, Russell Simpson. Uncredited: Sheb Wooley, I. Stanford Jolley, Sheila James, Anna Q. Nilsson. Stanley Donen ("Singin' in the Rain," "On the Town") directed this musical tale about romance in the Oregon territory of the 1850s. The production received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. It won for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture (Adolph Deutsch, Saul Chaplin).

 

 

The film's other Oscar nominations were for Best Writing, Screenplay (Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich and Dorothy Kingsley) Best Color Cinematography (George J. Folsey, Sr.) and Best Film Editing (Ralph E. Winters). 

 

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Posted 24 September 2016 - 08:39 PM

TCM On Demand for September 23, 2016

 

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Three Daring Daughters (1948) -- Jeanette MacDonald, José Iturbi, Jane Powell, Edward Arnold, Harry Davenport, Moyna MacGill, Elinor Donahue, Ann E. Todd, Tom Helmore, Kathryn Card, Dick Simmons, Larry Adler (as Himself), Amparo Iturbi (as Herself). Uncredited: Leon Belasco, Thurston Hall, Virginia Brissac, Ian Wolfe. When you have MacDonald and Powell in the same movie, you can expect that some serious power singing will be involved. The title characters (played by Powell, Todd -- not to be confused with the British actress Ann Todd -- and Donahue) are the daughters of single mother MacDonald. The girls decide to make sure their mom is happy by setting her up with a good man. 

 

The picture was directed by Fred M. Wilcox, whose credits include "Lassie Come Home" (1943) and "Forbidden Planet" (1956).

 

 

Donahue, who was a tween when this movie was filmed, later achieved fame as eldest daughter Betty Anderson on TV's "Father Knows Best" and Sheriff Taylor's first love interest on "The Andy Griffith Show." She also played Chris Elliott's mom in the early 1990s Fox sitcom "Get a Life." She observed her 80th birthday on April 19, 2017.

 

As he did in so many other movies of the 1940s, pianist and bandleader Iturbi plays himself.

 

MacGill, the mother of Dame Angela Lansbury, appears as Mrs. Smith.

 

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 03:04 PM

TCM On Demand for September 23, 2016

 

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The Three Musketeers (1948) -- Lana Turner, Gene Kelly, June Allyson, Van Heflin, Angela Lansbury, Frank Morgan, Vincent Price, Keenan Wynn, John Sutton, Gig Young, Robert Coote, Patricia Medina. Directed by George Sidney, this is a rousing and colorful adaptation of the 1844 novel by French author Alexandre Dumas the Elder (1802-1870). Set in 17th-century France, Kelly stars as D'Artagnan, the young adventurer who dreams of becoming a King's Musketeer like title characters Athos (Heflin), Porthos (Young) and Aramis (Coote).

 

 

The story, filled with palace intrigue, has been told numerous times on film, most recently in a 2011 3-D version that starred Matthew Macfadyen, Logan Lerman, Ray Stevenson, Luke Evans, Milla Jovovich, Orlando Bloom and Christoph Waltz.

 

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 02:45 PM

TCM On Demand for September 22, 2016

 

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The Great Race (1965) -- Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon, Peter Falk, Keenan Wynn, Arthur O'Connell, Vivian Vance, Ross Martin, George Macready, Dorothy Provine, Larry Storch, Hal Smith, Denver Pyle, Marvin Kaplan. Blake Edwards' Technicolor tribute to early slapstick comedies teamed Curtis and Lemmon for the first time since they donned women's clothes in Billy Wilder's "Some Like It Hot" (1959). This time, they are adversaries in an early 20th-century auto race from New York to Paris.

 

 

Curtis is Leslie Gallant III, the ultimate white-clad, good guy. Lemmon is Professor Fate, a bumbling, mustachioed villain in black. He also plays Crown Prince Friedrich Hapnick, the feckless heir to the throne of Potzdorf, Carpania -- and a dead ringer for Fate. Wood, who co-starred with Curtis in "Sex and the Single Girl" (1964), appears as Maggie DuBois, an intrepid photojournalist who enters the race for her newspaper. Leslie's right-hand man is played by Wynn; Falk is Fate's minion.

 

Memorable scene No. 1: In a parody of a classic scene from "The Prisoner of Zenda" (1937), Leslie has a titanic swordfight with Potzdorf's scheming Baron Von Stuppe (Martin). When he realizes he can't beat Leslie, the baron runs away and prepares to leap out of a nearby window into the water below. The baron then executes a seemingly perfect dive toward the water -- and then triggers one of the movie's biggest belly laughs.

 

 

Memorable scene No. 2: During the biggest pie fight ever onscreen, the Great Leslie walks around unscathed while others get plastered with custard.

 

The movie's energetic and often patriotic score was composed by the great Henry Mancini, who received an Academy Award nomination (with co-writer Johnny Mercer) for the song "The Sweetheart Tree." The movie won an Oscar for Best Sound Effects (Treg Brown).

 

 

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 02:31 PM

TCM On Demand for September 22, 2016

 
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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) -- Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas, Jonathan Winters, Edie Adams, Dorothy Provine, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Jim Backus, Jack Benny, Ben Blue, Joe E. Brown, Barrie Chase, William Demarest, Andy Devine, Selma Diamond (as the voice of Ginger Culpepper), Jimmy Durante, Peter Falk, Norman Fell, Paul Ford, Stan Freberg, Leo Gorcey, Sterling Holloway, Marvin Kaplan, Edward Everett Horton, Buster Keaton, Don Knotts, Charles Lane, Jerry Lewis, Mike Mazurki, Charles McGraw, Cliff Norton, Zasu Pitts, Carl Reiner, Madlyn Rhue, Roy Roberts, Arnold Stang, Nick Stewart, The Three Stooges, Sammee Tong, Jesse White. Filmmaker Stanley Kramer -- best known for his socially relevant motion pictures of the 1950s and 1960s -- produced and directed this "mother of all slapstick comedies" featuring numerous comic greats. The film revolves around a madcap search for $350,000 in stolen cash that has been hidden somewhere in Southern California.
 
The film was one of Tracy's final four screen appearances, and all of them were Kramer productions. The others: "Inherit the Wind" (1960), "Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961) and "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (1967).
 
 
Memorable scene No. 1: "Smiler" Grogan (Durante), a mortally injured motorist, literally and figuratively kicks the bucket after he reveals to others information about the missing money.
 
Memorable scene No. 2: Grogan reveals that the money is buried in a box under a "Big W" in a park in Santa Rosita, California, south of San Diego. It's a fun moment when viewers are shown the site before the treasure hunters can figure it out.
 
Survivors: Notable cast members who are still alive as of August 2017: Reiner and Chase (one of Fred Astaire's favorite dance partners).
 
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Posted 23 September 2016 - 02:26 PM

TCM On Demand for September 22, 2016

 
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A Man to Remember (1938) -- Anne Shirley, Edward Ellis, Lee Bowman, William Henry, John Wray, Granville Bates, Harlan Briggs, Frank M. Thomas, Dickie Jones, Carole Leete, Gilbert Emery, Joe De Stefani. Uncredited: Byron Foulger, Grady Sutton. This remake of the 1933 Lionel Barrymore film "One Man's Journey" stars Ellis as a doctor who has a major impact on his small Midwestern town after World War I. 
 
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Shirley and Ellis 
 
The drama was directed by Garson Kanin ("My Favorite Wife," "Bachelor Mother"), the screenwriter-filmmaker best known for his comedies. Dalton Trumbo adapted the movie's screenplay, which -- like the previous film -- was derived from "The Failure," a 1932 magazine short story by Katharine Haviland-Taylor. 
 
Ellis starred in this film four years after playing the title character in "The Thin Man," based on the mystery novel by Dashiell Hammett.
 
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Posted 23 September 2016 - 12:21 PM

TCM On Demand for September 20, 2016
 
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Bus Stop (1956) -- Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray, Arthur O'Connell, Betty Field, Eileen Heckart, Robert Bray, Hope Lange, Hans Conried, Max Showalter. Uncredited: Del Moore, Edward G. Robinson, Jr. Monroe had one of her best roles as an Arizona café singer named Chérie who draws the attention of a marriage-mind Montana cowboy (Murray, in his screen debut).
 
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Based on two plays by William Inge, the romantic tale was directed by Joshua Logan ("Picnic," "Sayonara"). Murray earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his performance. He also married co-star Lange on April 14, 1956, four months before the movie's release.
 
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Cover Credit: BORIS CHALIAPIN
 
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Posted 23 September 2016 - 11:01 AM

TCM On Demand for September 20, 2016
 
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Hitler's Children (1943) -- Tim Holt, Bonita Granville, Kent Smith, Otto Kruger, H.B. Warner, Lloyd Corrigan, Erford Gage, Hans Conried, Gavin Muir, Nancy Gates. Uncredited: Peter van Eyck, Mary Stuart, Bill Burrud.  Directed by Edward Dmytryk ("Back to Bataan," "Murder, My Sweet"), this drama -- set in Nazi Germany -- is about a star-crossed romance between a Nazi Youth member (Holt) and a German-born American girl (Granville) living in Berlin.

 

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 09:46 AM

TCM On Demand for September 20, 2016
 
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Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) -- Charles Laughton, Mary Boland, Charles Ruggles, ZaSu Pitts, Roland Young, Leila Hyams, Maude Eburne, Lucien Littlefield, Leota Lorraine, James Burke, Dell Henderson, Clarence Wilson. Directed by Leo McCarey ("Going My Way," "The Awful Truth"), this comedy was the third film version of  Harry Leon Wilson's 1915 novel about a well-to-do American couple (Boland, Ruggles) from Red Gap, Washington that acquires an English valet named Ruggles (Laughton) through a poker game in Paris. As a result, the polished manservant experiences culture shock when he relocates to an Old West town in 1908.
 
 
The remake received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture -- which gave Laughton the distinction of being in three nominated films in the same year. The others: "Mutiny on the Bounty" (in which he portrayed Captain Bligh) and "Les Misérables" (in which he played the relentless police inspector Javert). The award went to "Mutiny on the Bounty." 
 
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Posted 23 September 2016 - 08:49 AM

TCM On Demand for September 19, 2016
 
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The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944) -- Fredric March, Alexis Smith, Donald Crisp, Alan Hale, Sr., Sir C. Aubrey Smith, John Carradine, William Henry, Robert Barrat, Walter Hampden, Joyce Reynolds, Whitford Kane, Percy Kilbride, Nana Bryant. Uncredited: Peter Lawford, Bob Burns, Dickie Jones, Willie Best, Lloyd Corrigan, Thurston Hall, Chester Conklin, Victor Kilian, Lillian Randolph, Willie Fung, Sam McDaniel, Frank Wilcox. Colorful screen biography of the great American humorist and writer Twain (real name: Samuel Langhorne Clemens), who came in with Halley's Comet in 1835 and went out with it upon its return 75 years later. March stars as the title character and narrates the film as Twain.
 
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March as Samuel Langhorne Clemens/Mark Twain
 
Directed by Irving Rapper ("Now, Voyager," "The Corn Is Green"), the biopic's screenplay was written by Alan Le May and Harold M. Sherman, based on Sherman's 1941 play "Mark Twain."
 
The film received three Academy Award nominations: Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Max Steiner); Best Black-and-White Art Direction-Interior Decoration (John Hughes and Fred M. MacLean); and Best Effects, Special Effects (Paul Detlefsen and John Crouse, photographic; Nathan Levinson, sound).
 
Memorable scene: The young Sam Clemens (Jones) learns about piloting a riverboat from Mr. Bixby (Barrat) -- and later comes up with his pen name because of his waterway experiences.
 
 
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Posted 21 September 2016 - 01:27 PM

TCM On Demand for September 19, 2016
 
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The Pirate (1948) -- Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Walter Slezak, Dame Gladys Cooper, Reginald Owen, George Zucco, Fayard and Harold Nicholas (as the Nicholas Brothers), Lester Allen, Lola Deem, Ellen Ross, Mary Jo Ellis, Jean Dean, Marion Murray, Ben Lessy, Jerry Bergen, Val Setz, The Gaudsmith Brothers, Cully Richards. Uncredited: Lola Albright, Marie Windsor, George Chandler, Irene Vernon, O.Z. Whitehead. Vincente Minnelli ("An American in Paris," "Gigi") directed his then-wife Garland in this Technicolor musical set in the West Indies during the 1830s.
 
Garland stars as Manuela, a resident of the Caribbean island of Colvado. Her aunt (Cooper) arranges for her to marry the town's mayor, Don Pedro Vargas (Slezak). But Manuela dreams of being swept off her feet by the legendary pirate Macoco. Meanwhile, Serafin, the leader of a traveling band of entertainers, arrives in town and poses as the pirate. As a result, he gains Manuela's attention. Only Serafin realizes is that Don Pedro is the real Macoco, hiding from authorities because of his many misdeeds.
 
 
The film -- based on the 1942 stage play "The Pirate" by S. N. Behrman -- features several songs written by Cole Porter, including "Be a Clown" and "Mack the Black."
 
The picture received an Academy Award nomination for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture (Lennie Hayton). 
 
Memorable scene: Kelly as Serafin is accompanied by the dazzling Nicholas Brothers dance team during a performance of "Be a Clown."
 
 
Kelly made his screen debut opposite Garland in the 1942 musical "For Me and My Gal." They also co-starred in the 1950 musical "Summer Stock."
 
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TCM On Demand for September 19, 2016
 
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Wind Across the Everglades (1958) -- Burl Ives, Christopher Plummer, Chana Eden, Gypsy Rose Lee, Tony Galento, Sammy Renick, Pat Henning, Peter Falk, Cory Osceola, Emmett Kelly, MacKinlay Kantor, Totch Brown, George Voskovec, Curt Conway, Sumner Williams, Howard Smith. Nicholas Ray ("In a Lonely Place," "Rebel Without a Cause") directed -- but did not complete -- this drama written and co-produced by Budd Schulberg, a 1954 Academy Award winner for his screenplay "On the Waterfront." The film was Plummer's second movie (after another 1958 drama, "Stage Struck") and the screen debut for Falk. 
 
Set in the early 1900s, the film stars Plummer as Walt Murdoch, a new game warden who tries to protect wildlife in South Florida from a band of plume hunters. He clashes with a particularly ruthless group of poachers headed by a headstrong character known as Cottonmouth (Ives).
 
 
Among the members of the movie's eclectic supporting cast: a world-famous ecdysiast (Lee); a former heavyweight boxer (Galento) who once challenged titlist Joe Louis; a universally loved circus clown (Kelly); and a Pulitzer Prize-winning author (Kantor). 
 
Ray reportedly was fired from the project because of substance-abuse problems. The picture was finished by Schulberg. Five years later, producer Samuel Bronston replaced Ray as the director of the epic drama "55 Days at Peking" (1963). The film, which starred Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner and David Niven, was completed by director Guy Green ("A Patch of Blue"). Ray did not direct another film for 10 years. He died of lung cancer on June 16, 1979. 
 
Despite his performances in such films as "The Sound of Music" (1965), "The Man Who Would Be King" (1975) and "The Insider" (1999), the Canadian-born Plummer did not receive an Academy Award nomination until 2009. He was recognized in the Best Supporting Actor category for his portrayal of Count Leo Tolstoy in "The Last Station." Two years later, he won the 2011 Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in "Beginners," the story of an unusual relationship between a father and son. At the age of 82, Plummer became the oldest person in any acting category to win an Oscar.
 
Memorable quote: "Now listen, Cottonmouth. I know a little something about the balance of nature. I know that fish, birds snakes -- including you -- have to eat each other to keep that balance. But wiping out whole rookeries -- tens of thousands of birds -- with 12-gauge shotguns, just for some easy money, silly fads and fat profits. That's got nothing to do with the balance of nature. That's just greed and destruction." -- Murdoch.
 
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Posted 21 September 2016 - 01:06 PM

TCM On Demand for September 18, 2016
 
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Flipper (1963) -- Chuck Connors, Luke Halpin, Kathleen Maguire, Connie Scott, Jane Rose. Aquatic expert Ricou Browning, who directed the underwater scenes for the 1965 James Bond thriller "Thunderball," was a co-creator of this family film that inspired the NBC television series of the same title (1964 to 1967). Connors stars as Porter Ricks, a struggling fisherman living in the Florida Keys and coping with the after effects of a fish-killing red tide and a devastating hurricane. Halpin co-stars as the preteen Sandy Ricks, who nurses an injured bottlenose dolphin back to health.
 
 
Maguire plays Martha Ricks, the devoted matriarch of the family. Halpin was the only lead human in the film who made the transition to the television series, in which Brian Kelly played Ricks (this time as a widowed marine preserve warden) and Tommy Norden co-starred as younger brother Bud. A bottlenose dolphin named Mitzi appeared as Flipper in two movies and the television series
 
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Posted 21 September 2016 - 12:21 PM

TCM On Demand for September 18, 2016
 
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The General (1926) -- Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender, Jim Farley, Frederick Vroom, Charles Smith, Frank Barnes, Joe Keaton, Mike Donlin, Tom Nawn. Buster Keaton's silent comedy -- the Civil War tale about a Southern engineer's determination to retrieve his beloved train, stolen by Yankee agents -- has become one of the most praised pictures of all time. When the American Film Institute released its 1998 list of the 100 greatest movies, Keaton's film -- co-directed by Clyde Bruckman -- was not ranked. When AFI updated the list in 2007, the film came in at No. 18.

 
 
Keaton directed, co-produced and co-edited the film. He also collaborated with four co-writers, including Bruckman, who later worked with The Three Stooges and Abbott and Costello.
 
Bruckman's name was borrowed for a memorable Primetime Emmy Award-winning episode of "The X-Files" in 1995. In "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose," Peter Boyle played the title character, a depressed insurance agent cursed with a limited psychic ability. For instance, his lottery numbers are all one digit away from winning a jackpot. But he can foresee how people die, which adds to his misery. Boyle received an Emmy, as did Darin Morgan, the writer of the episode. 
 
Movie crossover reference: Thirty years after Keaton released "The General," Walt Disney took the same historical material and produced "The Great Locomotive Chase." The 1956 drama, which starred Fess Parker, Jeffrey Hunter, Jeff York and John Lupton, was the story of "Andrews' Raiders"  -- Northern agents who comandeered a train in northern Georgia in April 1862 and attempted to take it to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Six of the raiders became the first U.S. Medal of Honor recipients in 1863.
 
 
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Posted 21 September 2016 - 12:18 PM

TCM On Demand for September 18, 2016
 
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The Jungle Book (1942) -- Sabu, Joseph Calleia, John Qualen, Frank Puglia, Rosemary DeCamp, Patricia O'Rourke, Ralph Byrd, John Mather, Faith Brook, Noble Johnson. Director Zoltan Korda's live-action film version of Rudyard Kipling's tale preceded Walt Disney's animated hit by 25 years. The film stars Sabu as Mowgli, the boy raised in the jungle by wolves who copes with a new life among humans in civilization.
 
 
The film was nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Color Cinematography (W. Howard Greene), Best Color Art Direction-Interior Decoration (Vincent Korda, Julia Heron), Best Special Effects (Lawrence W. Butler, photographic; William A. Wilmarth, sound) and Best  Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Miklós Rózsa).
 
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TCM On Demand for September 18, 2016
 
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Some Like It Hot (1960) -- Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft, Pat O'Brien, Joe E. Brown, Nehemiah Persoff, Joan Shawlee, Billy Gray, George E. Stone, Dave Barry, Mike Mazurki, Harry Wilson, Beverly Wills, Barbara Drew. Cameo: Edward G. Robinson. Uncredited: Tito Vuolo, Grace Lee Whitney. Set during the Roaring Twenties, Billy Wilder's riotous comedy is considered an all-time movie favorite. The story follows the misadventures of two musicians who inadvertently witness the legendary St. Valentine's Day Massacre pulled off by mobsters in a Chicago garage. Fearing for their lives, they flee to Miami and -- disguised as females -- join a traveling all-women's band. Joe (the saxophonist played by Curtis) becomes "Josephine"; Jerry (the bassist played by Lemmon) takes the name "Geraldine."
 
 
 In 1998, the American Film Institute ranked this film No. 14 on its list of the 100 greatest movies. When AFI updated the list in 2007, the film dropped to No. 22. 
 
In a 2000 AFI survey of the funniest American movies, Wilder's picture came in at No. 1, ahead of "Tootsie" (1982), "Dr. Strangelove" (1964), "Annie Hall" (1977) and "Duck Soup" (1933).
 
The film's unforgettable final line -- spoken by Brown as millionaire Osgood Fielding III -- was No. 48 on AFI's list of the 100 top movie quotes.
 
Memorable scenes: When Joe becomes interested in Sugar Kane Kowalczyk (Monroe), the band's lead singer, he can't resist wooing her in the guise of a millionaire playboy. He also affects the voice and style of Cary Grant, who was Curtis' cinematic hero.
 
 
Monroe's legendary erratic behavior during the filming of the movie drove Wilder and her co-stars to distraction. Curtis reportedly once said that kissing her "was like kissing Hitler." In an interview conducted a decade before his death in 2010, he denied that he ever said it:
 
"She would play Jack Lemmon off against me or me against him, and Billy Wilder against both of us," Curtis said. "But I never said kissing her was like kissing Hitler! I don’t know where that came from."
 
Wilder acknowledged that the notoriously tardy Monroe frequently kept him off-balance during the production of the movie. "When you know that someone is unreliable and doesn't get her lines right, you can prepare for that," he said in "Billy Wilder Speaks," German director Volker Schlöndorff's 2006 documentary.
 
"But she threw you curves all the time. She would always come up with different things. Sometimes she knew the lines for eight pages of script. At other times, she had a mental block. Sometimes she was too early. She was a pathetic figure." 
 
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TCM On Demand for September 17, 2016

 

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Twentieth Century (1934) -- John Barrymore, Carole Lombard, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns, Ralph Forbes, Charles Lane (billed as Charles Levison), Etienne Girardot, Dale Fuller, Edgar Kennedy, Billie Seward. Screwball comedy directed by Howard Hawks, who returned to the genre four years later with the madcap Cary Grant-Katharine Hepburn classic "Bringing Up Baby." Barrymore plays a once-great stage producer who hopes to make a comeback by persuading his former protégée (Lombard) -- now a major Hollywood actress -- to headline his next play. His scheme goes into motion on the 20th Century Limited, the renowned train that traveled between Chicago and New York City from 1902 to 1967. The train also was a key element in Alfred Hitchcock's "North By Northwest" (1959), which starred Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason.
 
 
The screenplay for Hawks' comedy about the train and the theater was written by Charles MacArthur and Ben Hecht, based on their 1932 play. MacArthur was the husband of the great American stage actress -- and two-time Oscar winner -- Helen Hayes. Their son James MacArthur (1937-2010) later co-starred with Jack Lord in TV's original "Hawaii Five-O" series.
 
In 1978, a musical version of the MacArthur-Hecht story, "On the Twentieth Century," was a hit on Broadway and starred a young Kevin Kline, who won the first of his three Tony Awards for his performance.
 
A 2015 Broadway revival starred Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher.
 
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TCM On Demand for September 17, 2016

 

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Blood Alley (1955) -- John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Paul Fix, Joy Kim, Berry Kroeger, Mike Mazurki, Anita Ekberg, James Hong (uncredited), Victor Sen Yung (uncredited). This drama teamed Wayne and Bacall for the first time. They would co-star again in the 1976 Western "The Shootist," which turned out to be Wayne's final film. Directed by William A. Wellman ("The High and the Mighty," "Lafayette Escadrille") -- with some reported contributions by Wayne -- the adventure film takes place in China, several years after the Communist takeover in 1949. Wayne stars as a U.S. Merchant Marine captain imprisoned for some time by the Chinese. He is sprung from captivity by the leaders of a small village who have a proposition for him. They want him to transport the villagers by boat to the British-controlled island of Hong Kong, about 300 miles away. It's a risky venture, considering that the vessel is an unreliable sternwheeler -- and there are no maps available. 

 

 

The film was based on the 1955 novel by A.S. Fleischman, who also wrote the screenplay. The Swedish actress Ekberg, who plays a Chinese woman named Wei Ling, would become a worldwide sex symbol five years later in Italian director Frederico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita." Andrew V. McLaglen, son of Academy Award-winning actor and frequent Wayne co-star Victor McLaglen, served as an assistant director for this film. He later directed Wayne in such screen projects as "McLintock!" (1963), "Hellfighters" (1968) "Chisum" (1970) and "Cahill: U.S. Marshal" (1973). 

 

Memorable scenes: After spending so much time in a Chinese prison, Wayne's character has become accustomed to talking to an imaginary person he calls "Baby." I'm not sure if this was an inside joke or not, but that was one of Bacall's pet nicknames given to her by husband Humphrey Bogart. 

 

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