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  1. JamesinArlington

    New movie trivia game

    I hope this is the right place for this... I met the creators of a new movie trivia card game a couple of weeks ago at AwesomeCon in Washington, DC, and I think that any TCM viewer would absolutely love it: https://www.goldenbellstudios.com/moviebuff https://www.facebook.com/MovieBuffCardGame It's a card game, and it works a lot like some of the threads in the Games & Trivia section of the forums. There are no questions about specific movies, so the game isn't tied to any era and needs no expansions or anything. Basically, you have to complete a set of four items, starting with a movie title, and then an actor, a role in the movie, and a quote from the film. Then you start another round with a new movie featuring an actor from the previous movie. At the con, I played the demo of the game and it was a blast. They've got a video at their website showing how to play the game, too.
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    I'll enter again!
  3. It's just riduculously hard to pick a favorite from the eight (can't vote for my own) schedules here! CountessDelave's schedule is fantastic; I think I like the "Little Black Book" theme best of all (and nice work finding entries for X and Z!) Sunny75's schedule is really strong every day, and I love how the Oscar theme was used all the way through the week. Capuchin's apocalypse theme was great - really creative and well done. Aimalac did a super job with the Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis SotM teamup. As others have said, the animated Lord of the Rings is just a brilliant choice. And you're a programmer after my own heart for including Star Wars as an Oscar snub (I was thisclose to including it in my schedule as well) Skimpole's schedule is wonderful (I'm running out of adjectives here!). Two Miyazaki films! Eisenstein! Blade Runner! And I really really love the choice of "The Thin Red Line". BetteDavis19 did an excellent job. I liked the tribute to Asta/Skippy, the Art Deco day, and the rare/early Better Davis films. I loved SansFin's schedule and all the mini-themes. More Miazaki! The "Mad Doctors" day is probably my favorite, but I do have to ask - how could you not include "The Abomanible Dr. Phibes"? Lonesome Ploecat did a great job. I like the look back to 1962 (and "Dr. No" is a treat!). I totally agree with "Shadow of a Doubt" for The Essentials. The Leonard Bernstein tribute is much apreciated, and I thought that "As Seen on MASH" theme was inspired! If I have to pick just one (which is not fair, I'd like to vote for everyone, as they're all excellent!), my vote goes to CountessDelave.
  4. Hey, thanks for all the kind words! I really appreciate them! It was a lot of fun putting the schedule rogether. I loved the "re-awarding the Oscars" prompt for the contest - it gives you so much to work from. Some of the Oscar omissions are really surprising when you look back, especially at films and performances that weren't even nominated (I still can't believe Omar Sharif got completely snubbed for "Zhivago"!)
  5. Well, here's my schedule! It covers November 25th through December 1 of 2012, which is of course the beginning of "the pre-Christmas season" as Ralphie in "A Christmas Story" would say. So, here goes... *Sunday* What's the first thing you think of at Christmastime? Decorations! So we begin the week with a couple of films about interior decorators: 6:00 AM Pillow Talk (1959) Color-102 mins. Universal International Pictures, Rock Hudson, Doris Day. Dir Michael Gordon. P/S 7:45 AM Tassels in the Air (1938) BW-17 mins. Columbia, Curly Howard, Larry fine, Moe Howard. Dir Charley Chase. P/S Another Christmastime tradition is, of course foul wintry weather, as the next two films showcase: 8:15 AM The Lady Vanishes (1938) BW-96 mins. MGM, Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave. Dir Alfred Hitchcock. P/S 10:00 AM The Thing From Another World (1951) BW-87 mins. RKO, Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan. Dir Christian Nyby. P/S November 25th is the birthday of Ricardo Montalban, so it's only appropriate that we honor him with a series of films: 11:30 AM Escape From the Planet of the Apes (1971) Color-98 mins. 20th Century Fox, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter. Dir Don Daylor. P/S 1:15 PM Love is a Ball (1963) Color-111 mins. United Artists, Glenn Ford, Hope Lange. Dir David Swift. P/S 3:15 PM The Reluctant Saint (1962) BW-105 mins. Dmytryk-Weiler, Maximillian Schell, Ricardo Montalban. Dir Edward Dmytryk. P/S 5:15 PM Sweet Charity (1969) Color-149 mins. Universal, Shirley MacLaine, John McMartin. Dir Bob Fosse. Premiere 8:00 PM Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) Color-113 mins. Paramount, William Shatner, Leonad Nimoy. Dir Nicholas Meyer. Premiere 10:00 PM Latin Lovers (1953) Color-104 mins. MGM, Lana Turner, Ricardo Montalban. Dir Mervyn LeRoy. P/S And at midnight, it's time for Silent Sunday night, with a Fritz Lang classic: 12:00 AM Frau im Mond (1929) BW-156 mins. Fritz Lang-Film, Klaus Pohl, Willy Fritsch. Dir Fritz Lang. Exempt Then, we move on to TCM Imports, where we further honor our birthday boy Mr. Montalban with a pair of films early in his career from Mexico: 2:45 AM The Hour of Truth (1945) BW-99 mins. Producciones Mexico, Ricardo Montalban, Virginia Serrett. Dir Norman Foster. Exempt 4:30 AM Cadets de la Naval (1945) BW-89 mins. Azteca Films, Ricardo Montalban, Abel Salazar. Dir Fernando Palacios. Exempt *Monday* Three events of historical interest occured on November 26th, and we're going to note them all. First, there's the opening of King Tut's tomb in 1922... 6:00 AM The Egyptian (1954) Color-139 mins. 20th Century Fox, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature. Dir Michael Curtiz. P/S 8:45 AM Ancient Egypt (1938) BW-9 mins. Universal, James FitzPatrick. Dir James FitzPatrick. P/S 9:00 AM The Mummy (1932) BW-73 mins. Universal, Boris Karloff, Zita Johann. Dir Karl Freund. P/S Second, there's the founding of the National Hockey League in 1917... 10:15 AM King of Hockey (1936) BW-55 mins. Warner Brothers, Dick Purcell, Anne Nagel. Dir Noel Smith. P/S 11:15 AM A Hockey Hick (1932) BW-19 mins. Fox Film, James Gleason, Eutene Pallette. Dir James Gleason. P/S 11:45 AM Slap Shot (1977) Color-123 mins. Universal, Paul Newman, Michael Ontkean. Dir George Roy Hill. P/S And finally there's the founding of the University of Notre Dame in 1842... 2:00 PM Knute Rockne All American (1940) BW-98 mins. Warner Brothers, Pat O'Brien, Ronald Reagan. Dir Lloyd Bacon. P/S 3:45 PM Carry On (1931) BW-10 mins. Universal, Christy Walsh, Knute Rockne. Dir Albert Kelly. P/S 4:00 PM Rudy (1993) Color-114 mins. Tristar Pictures, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau. Dir David Anspaugh. Premiere Next, we contemplate again the pre-Christmas season. What do students away from home do? Come home for Christmas break... 6:00 PM The Sure Thing (1985) Color-100 mins. Embassy Films, John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga. Dir Rob Reiner. Premiere And of course the one thing everyone thinks of before Christmas is shopping, which we cover with several films that take place in or around department stores... 7:45 PM Riff Raffy Daffy (1948) Color-7 mins. Warner Brothers, Mel Blanc. Dir Arthur Davis. P/S 8:00 PM Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) Color-115 mins. Paramount, Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard. Dir Blake Edwards. P/S 10:00 PM The Devil and Miss Jones (1941) BW-92 mins. RKO, Jean Arthur, Robert Cummings. Dir Sam Wood. P/S 11:45 PM Bachelor Mother (1939) BW-82 mins. RKO, Ginger Rogers, David Niven. Dir Garrison Kanin. P/S 1:15 AM Employees Entrance (1933) BW-75 mins. Warner Brothers, Warren William, Loretta Young. Dir Roy Del Ruth. P/S 2:45 AM Bundle of Joy (1956) Color-98 mins. RKO, Eddie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds. Dir Normal Taurog. P/S 4:30 AM The Women (1939) BW-133 mins. MGM, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford. Dir George Cukor. P/S *Tuesday* As Kingrat instructed us in his theme for this challenge, we've got to re-award some Academy Awards that might not have gone to the most deserving recipients. So, with that in mind... We begin with an award for Elizabeth Taylor. Not necessarily for her acting in this film, but simply for surviving it, which was an amazing achievement in itself... 6:45 AM Cleopatra (1963) Color-192 mins. 20th Century Fox, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton. Dir Joseph Mankiewicz. P/S Next up is an actress who unquestionably deserved a competitive Oscar, so we're going to give Judy Garland one... 10:00 AM A Star is Born (1954) Color-181 mins. Warner Brothers, Judy Garland, James Mason. Dir George Cukor. P/S And then we move on to an epid which did win for Best Director, but certainly ought to have gotten Best Picture as well (we'll return to this theme later in the week as well)... 1:00 PM Giant (1956) Color-201 mins. Warner Brothers, Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor. Dir George Stevens. P/S And finally we award a 1988 film that arguably ought to have won Best Picture, and definitely ought to have earned Glenn Close a Best Actress statuette... 4:30 PM Dangerous Liaisons (1988) Color-119 mins. Warner Brothers, Glenn Close, John Malkovich. Dir Stephen Frears. Premiere Back to the pre-Christmas season, the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade occured on this date in 1924. There's simply no other way to mark that except with... 6:30 PM Miracle on 34th Street (1947) BW-96 mins. 20th Century Fox, Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara. Dir George Seaton. P/S It's on to our Star of the Month on this Tuesday evening, and we think that one Mr. Jack Carson is an eminently deserving honoree, so we've got five films of his this evening (and any excuse to show "Arsenic and Old Lace" is appreciated!) 8:00 PM Hollywood Canteen (1944) BW-124 mins. Warner Brothers, Bette Davis, John Garfield. Dir Delmer Daves. P/S 10:15 PM The Good Humor Man (1950) BW-80 mins. Columbia, Jack Carson, Lola Albright. Dir Lloyd Bacon. P/S 11:45 PM April Showers (1948) BW-94 mins. Warner Brothers, Jack Carson, Ann Sothern. Dir James Kern. P/S 1:45 AM Magnificent Roughnecks (1956) BW-73 mins. Allied Artists, Jack Carson, Mickey Rooney. Dir Sherman Rose. P/S 3:00 AM Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) BW-118 mins. Warner Brothers, Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane. Dir Frank Capra. P/S *Wednesday* It's time to re-award some more Oscars. We begin with the 1965 Academy Awards, where we can rectify two injustices. Omar Sharif wasn't even nominated? Seriously? And Elizabeth Hartman really deserved the Oscar, especially considering her tragic life and death... 5:00 AM Doctor Zhivago (1965) Color-197 mins. MGM, Omar Sharif, Julie Christie. Dir David Lean. P/S 8:15 AM A Patch of Blue (1965) BW-105 mins. MGM, Elizabeth Hartmann, Sidney Poirier. Dir Guy Green. P/S We've got to give an Oscar to Barbra Streisand... 10:15 AM The Way We Were (1973) Color-118 mins. Columbia, Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford. Dir Sydney Pollack. P/S And it defies belief that a film considered to be the greatest musical of all time wasn't even nominated for Best Picture. We can fix that... 12:15 PM Singing in the Rain (1952) Color-103 mins. MGM, Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds. Dir Stanley Donen. P/S William Powell ought to have gotten a statuette, so we give him one... 2:00 PM My Man Godfrey (1936) BW-94 mins. Universal, William Powell, Carole Lombard. Dir Gregory La Cava. P/S It's a safe bet that John Travolta will never win one, and that makes us a little bit sad, so... 4:00 PM Saturday Night Fever (1977) Color-118 mins. Paramount, John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney. Dir John Badham. P/S And finally, we know that Anjelica Huston's got one already, but she was really great and unspeakably creepy and she ought to have won for... 6:00 PM The Grifters (1990) Color-110 mins. Miramax, Anjelica Huston, John Cusack. Dir Stephen Frears. Premiere And now it's time to play Guest Programmer, with four films chosen just because we like them. 8:00 PM Defending Your Life (1991) Color-112 mins. Geffen Pictures, Albert Brooks, Meryl Streep. Dir Albert Brooks. Premiere 10:00 PM The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) Color-111 mins. Warner Brothers, Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh. Dir Joel & Ethan Coen. Premiere 12:00 AM Breaking Away (1979) Color-101 mins. 20th Century Fox, Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid. Dir Peter Yates. P/S 1:45 AM Vive la Tour (1960) Color-18 mins. NEF, Jean Bobet. Dir Louis Malle. P/S 2:15 AM L.A. Story (1991) Color-95 mins. Carolco Pictures, Steve Martin, Victoria Tennant. Dir Mick Jackson. Premiere "Defending Your Life" is a very underrated, hilarious film. "Hudsucker" is flat-out brilliant. "Breaking Away" has become one of my wife's all-time favorite films. And I just absolutely love "L.A. Story" And then, to round out the day, one of the inspirations for "The Hudsucker Proxy", and then for good measure another movie about newspapers... 4:00 AM His Girl Friday (1940) BW-92 mins. Columbia, Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell. Dir Howard Hawks. P/S 5:30 AM Story of a Newspaper (1954) BW-30 mins. National Film Board of Canada, Lloyd Boucher. Dir Julian Biggs. P/S *Thursday* It's Burby Berkeley's birthday, and we obviously can't let that pass. But while we've got a couple of his films, we're honoring his spirit as much as his actual work. We've got a whole slate of movies whose plot boils down to "Hey, kids, let's put on a show!" And, as you'll see, they certainly do... 6:00 AM Babes in Arms (1939) BW-94 mins. MGM, Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland. Dir Busby Berkeley. P/S 7:45 AM Stepping Out (1991) Color-106 mins. Paramount, Liza Minelli, Shelly Winters. Dir Lewis Gilbert. P/S 9:45 AM The West Point Story (1950) BW-107 mins. Warner Brothers, James Cagney, Virginia Mayo. Dir Roy Del Ruth. P/S 11:45 AM Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) BW-97 mins. Warner Brothers, William Warren, Joan Blondell. Dir Mervyn LeRoy. P/S 1:45 PM A Chorus Line (1985) Color-113 mins. MGM, Michael Douglas, Terrence Mann. Dir Richard Attenborough. P/S 3:45 PM Bullets Over Broadway (1994) Color-98 mins. Miramax Films, John Cusack, Dianne Wiest. Dir Woody Allen. Premiere 5:45 PM The Band Wagon (1953) Color-112 mins. MGM, Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse. Dir Vincente Minelli. P/S 7:45 PM One Froggy Evening (1955) Color-7 mins. Warner Brothers, Bill Roberts. Dir Chuck Jones. P/S It's also the birthday of Louisa May Alcott, which is equally worth celebrating. But there will be no Katharine Hepburn or June Allyson (or even Winona Ryder) tonight. No! Instead we go back gto 1918 for a silent telling of "Little Women", followed by two of her lesser-known works... 8:00 PM Little Women (1918) BW-60 mins. World Pictures, Isabel Lamen, Dorothy Bernard. Dir Harry Knoles. P/S 9:15 PM Little Men (1940) BW-84 mins. RKO, Kay Francis, Jack Oakie. Dir Norman McLeod. P/S 10:45 PM An Old Fashioned Girl (1949) Color-82 mins. Equity Pictures, Gloria Jean, Jimmy Lydon. Dir Arthur Dreifuss. P/S We then return to considering the pre-Christmas season. Where does Santa live? The North Pole, of course! 12:15 AM The Atomic Submarine (1959) BW-72 mins. Allied Artists, Arthur Franz, Dick Foran. Dir Spencer Bennett. P/S 1:30 AM Snow Place Like Home (1948) Color-7 mins. Famous Studios, Jackson Beck, Jack Mercer. Dir Seymour Kneitel. P/S 1:45 AM North to Alaska (1960) Color-122 mins. 20th Century Fox, John Wayne, Stewart Granger. Dir Henry Hathaway. P/S 4:00 AM Lovers of the Arctic Circle (1998) Color-112 mins. Canal+, Najwa Nimri, Fele Martinez. Dir Julio Medem. Premiere *Friday* During the pre-Christmas season, we learn that there are two kinds of children. Good ones... 6:00 AM The Little Princess (1939) BW-93 mins. 20th Century Fox, Shirley Temple, Richard Greene. Dir Walter Lang. P/S And what do good children get? Toys! 7:45 AM Broken Toys (1935) Color-8 mins. Walt Disney Productions, Sara Berner, Tommy Bupp. Dir Ben Sharpsteen. P/S 8:00 AM The Toy (1982) Color-102 mins. Columbia, Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason. Dir Richard Donner. P/S There are also bad children... 9:45 AM The Bad Seed (1956) BW-129 mins. Warner Brothers, Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormick. Dir Mervyn LeRoy. P/S 12:00 PM The Children's Hour (1961) BW-107 mins. United Artists, Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine. Dir William Wyler. P/S And everyone knows what they get...lumps of coal! 2:00 PM The Molly Maguires (1970) Color-124 mins. Paramount, Sean Connery, Richard Harris. Dir Martin Ritt. P/S Today is Virginia Mayo's birthday, so we honor her with two films... 4:15 PM She's Working Her Way Through College (1952) Color-104 mins. Warner Brothers, Virginia Mayo, Ronald Reagan. Dir H. Bruce Humberstone. P/S 6:15 PM South Sea Woman (1953) BW-99 mins. Warner Brothers, Burt Lancaster, Virginia Mayo. Dir Arthur Lubin. P/S And then we're on to our last round of re-awarding Oscars. First up, what ought to have been the Best Picture of 1985 (and as with Giant, it did win a Best Director oscar for John Huston, but that's simply not enough!): 8:00 PM Prizzi's Honor (1985) Color-130 mins. ABC Motion Pictures, Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner. Dir John Huston. P/S Next is a film that wasn't even eligible for Oscar consideration, because it premiered on HBO before geetting a run in theaters. Which is totally unfair, because Linda Fiorentino absolutely deserved an award for... 10:15 PM The Last Seduction (1994) Color-110 mins. ITC, Linda Fiorentino, Peter Berg. Dir John Dahl. Premiere Next up a film that did get a couple of nominatons, but in my mind was the Best Picture of 2001... 12:15 AM Almost Famous (2000) Color-122 mins. Columbia, Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand. Dir Cameron Crowe. Premiere And finally, the film that should have gotten the oscar at 1982's ceremont as Best Picture... 2:30 AM Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Color-115 mins. Paramount, Harrison Ford, Karen Allen. Dir Steven Spielberg. P/S We close the night with our TCM Underground selection, and if there's any one fiilm that fits this category, it's this one... 4:30 AM The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) Color-100 mins. 20th Century Fox, Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon. Dir Jim Sharman. Exempt *Saturday* We reach the end of the week, and it's the birthday of one of the most prolific filmmakers of the last 40+ years, and who's still going strong. We'll try to forget about his sordid personal life, and focus on his work, with a full day honoring Woody Allen... 6:15 AM Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) Color-96 mins. The Weinstein Company, Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson. Dir Woody Allen. Premiere 8:15 AM Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971) Color-25 mins. WNET-13 New York, Woody Allen, David Ackroyd. Dir Woody Allen. P/S 9:00 AM Radio Days (1987) Color-83 mins. MGM, Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest. Dir Woody Allen. P/S 10:30 AM Zelig (1983) Color-79 mins. Orion Pictures, Woody Allen, Mia Farrow. Dir Woody Allen. P/S 12:00 PM Stardust Memories (1980) Color-89 mins. United Artists, Woody Allen, Charlotte Rampling. Dir Woody Allen. P/S 1:45 PM Meeting Woody Allen (1986) Color-26 mins. JLG Films, Woody Allen . Dir Jean-Luc Godard. P/S 2:15 PM Interiors (1978) Color-93 mins. MGM, Diane Keaton, Geraldine Page. Dir Woody Allen. P/S 4:00 PM Don't Drink the Water (1969) Color-100 mins. Embassy Pictures, Jackie Gleason, Estelle Parsons. Dir Howard Morris. P/S 5:45 PM Casino Royale (1967) Color-131 mins. MGM, David Niven, Peter Sellers. Dir Val Guest. P/S At 8 PM, we continue on with Woody, as our Essentials pick for the week: 8:00 PM Sleeper (1973) Color-89 mins. United Artists, Woody Allen, Diane Keaton. Dir Woody Allen. P/S And two more films from Mr. Allen, just for good measure... 9:45 PM Manhattan (1979) Color-96 mins. United Artists, Woody Allen, Diane Keaton. Dir Woody Allen. P/S 11:30 PM What's New Pussycat (1965) Color-108 mins. United Artists, Peter Sellers, Peter O'Toole. Dir Clive Donner. P/S And finally, to end the week and truly launch the pre-Christmas season in the right fashion, we look at the people who deliver our packages to friends and loved ones wherever they may be... 1:30 AM Only Angels Have Wings (1939) BW-121 mins. Columbia, Cary Grant, Jean Arthur. Dir Howard Hawks. P/S 3:45 AM Air Mail (1932) BW-84 mins. Universal, Pat O'Brien, Ralph Bellamy. Dir John Ford. P/S 5:15 AM Post Office Investigator (1949) BW-60 mins. Republic Pictures, Audrey Long, Warren Douglas. Dir George Blair. P/S
  6. I'm about 2/3 finished, , hopefully I'll have my schedule up Thursday or Friday. Love the thme!
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    The 21st Programming Challenge Is Coming!

    I'll be entering again!
  8. IT's really difficult to choose - everyone's schedule is so good! At least it's a little easier, with two that have taken themselves out of the voting, and I can't vote for mself, so I only have five to select from: Looking at those five: CountessDelave - I love "the world according to Spock" and especially the classic Star Trek episode in there! The songwriter tribute is great, and I think your "memory" themes for Memorial Day are fantastic Sunny75 - Your Christmas Day is great - and including "A Christmas Story" just puts it over the top for me. My wife will thank you for making Ronald Colman your SOTM! ANd the music all week long is a treat. Fedya - YOur clever use of names - that's fantastic. I think the salute to classic TV is my favorite bit filmlover - your idea is flat-out brilliant. I can't imagine how difficult it was to compile that list of everything shown in "That's Entertainment!" kingrat - I especially like the tribute to cinematographers. And the French-themed Saturday is a great way to end the week! skimpole - you get points right off the bat for including Miyazaki. You get extra points for "Russian Ark". You would have gotten triple points for putting "The Sorrow and the Pity" directly before or after "Annie Hall", but at least it's in the same week! And another schedule that ends the week thinking Frenchly - very nice! sansfin - I love your festival of festivals! I'm not even sure which is my favorite - "the Cons", "merchant of Venice" or Werner von Braun! As for my vote...well, I would definitely have voted for filmlover - building the whole week around "That's Entertainment" is just too good not to vote for. But I can't, so my vote goes to skimpole. I feel bad picking one over the rest; everyone's schedule is so good!
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    The Essentials 2061

    I went back 20 years, to 1991. Year by year, I thin you can make an argument for any of these to be essentials in 50 years: 2010 Social Network (perfectly captures a huge moment in recent history) Black Swan (brilliant and disturbing) Inception (the weakest of these three from 2010, but I think it'll hold up) 2008 Wall*E (I'd just pick one Pixar movie as an Essential, between this, "Nemo" and "Toy Story") 2007 Juno (captures the times, and a breakout star performance from Ellen Page) 2005 Grizzly Man (very troubling, but maybe all the more essential for that) Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (yes. seriously) 2004 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2003 Finding Nemo 2002 Adaptation Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (great performances from Clooner and Sam Rockwell) 2001 The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (you can[t argue it's not Essential) Moulin Rouge! (something by Baz Luhrmann will have to be on an Essentials list) Spirited Away (a beautiful, touching, haunting film) Ocean's Eleven The Royal Tenenbaums Monsters, Inc.(another possible choice for a Pixar film) 2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (beautiful film, and Ang Lee should be represented on the list) Almost Famous (amazing film, career-making performance for Kate Hudson) Memento 1999 Being John Malkovich Fight Club The Sixth Sense Magnolia The Iron Giant (incredibly touching and surprisingly serious film) Eyes Wide Shut (Kubrick's last complete film; it'll have to be included for that if nothing else) eXistenZ (David Cronenberg's best film) 1998 The Thin Red Line The Big Lebowski Out of Sight 1997 L.A. Confidential Boogie Nights Grosse Pointe Blank 1996 Fargo 1995 Toy Story The Usual Suspects Leaving Las Vegas Apollo 13 Heat 1994 Pulp Fiction The Madness of King George The Lion King Il Postino The Last Seduction The Hudsucker Proxy 1993 Groundhog Day Schindler's List The Remains of the Day The Age of Innocence The Nightmare Before Christmas 1992 Unforgiven Resevoir Dogs Glengarry Glen Ross Scent of a Woman 1991 The Silence of the Lambs The Fisher King Thelma and Louise L.A. Story
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    Great question! It's a tough choice. I think maybe I'd go with "The Awful Truth". It'd be a blast to hang out with Lucy (Irene Dunne) and Jerry (Cary Grant) Warriner, maybe help them out and take Mr. Smith out for a walk now and then, and live in one of those absolutely gorgeous apartments! Edited by: JamesinArlington on Oct 6, 2011 10:49 AM
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    TCM PROGRAMMING CHALLENGE #20: In the Background

    OK, here are the notes for my schedule. The first thing is that the very fact I'm entering is sort of a nod to my background, specifically my wife, who introduced me to TCM and to many, many classic films. So the entire entry is a tribute to her. Getting more specific... Sunday, February 12th We're honoring the efforts of film composers today, all day. We start with Howard Shore ("The Fly"), then an early effort from Alex North ("Viva Zapata!"), and next is Dmitri Tiomkin ("Alice in Wonderland", one of his earliest films), Elmer Bernstein ("Saturday's Hero", his first film), an early effort by James Horner ("The Lady in Red"), then Bernard Hermann ("Jane Eyre" - a change of pace from the Hitchcock scores he's probably best known for), then the first movie John Williams composed for ("Gidget"). In the evening, we've got a classic John Barry score ("Kng Rat" - there are two James Bond films later this week, otherwise I'd have chosen one of those for Barry), then Jerry Goldsmith's first film ("Flaming Star"), and a classic Ennio Morricone score ("A Fistful of Dollars"). After midnight, the composers are still celebrated, with Max Steiner's first two films representing the Silent Sunday Nights, and then two classic Russian films featuring Sergei Prokofiev's music for tonight's TCM Imports to end the day. Monday, February 13th We've got two birthday tributes today. We begin the day by celebrating Oliver Reed, and then we honor Chuck Yeager, who became the first human to break the sound barrier on this day in 1947. Yeager did not appear on screen, but performed some of the aerial stunt work for "Jet Pilot", which seems an approipriate way to honor him. Then, we've got a TCM premiere, to honor Charles Schultz, "A Boy Named Charlie Brown", followed by a documentary about him from the same year. Finally, we end with our second birthday tribute, this time for Kim Novak. We include an appearence she made on "What's My Line" in 1956, where she's creditred as "Mystery Guest #2". Tuesday, February 14th We've got another two birthday tributes today. The first is for an acresss who will forever be known as Miss Moneypenny, Lois Maxwell. And we have to include a Bond film (the second one filmed, "From Russia With Love"). Then we celebrate Gregory Hines with three film to honor his birthday. After that, we devote the rest of the day to honoring the patenting of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell. Most of these films are somewhat dark, but we've got one romantic film in honor of Valentine's Day ("Bells Are Ringing"). "Pillow Talk" would have fit well today, but it's scheduled for later in the week. Wednesday, February 15th Yet more birthdays - in the morning it's Claire Bloom, with four films to honor her. Then, to note the founding of the city of St. Louis, we've got "Meet Me in St. Louis" (there's no way I can not include that one here!), along with a Mae West film set in St. Louis, and a 1904 short with footage of the St. Louis Exhibition that we also see in "Meet Me..." And the rest of the evening is dedicated to Cesar Romero. I had to include the Adam West Batman, for Romero's classic Joker tonight. We've also got another classic television episode, Romero's "Passport to Danger". Thursday, February 16th This is the day that's all about me! "I Claudius" has a connection for me in that it was written by Robert Graves, who lived in and is buried in the town of Deia on the island of Mallorca, where I had one of the best experiences of my life as a volunteer on an archaelogical dig. It also happens that this parciualr episode (the first of the series) aired on my birthday, September 20th. "The Shout" was also written by Graves, and so I picked it for the same reason noted above. "For All Mankind" is a fantastic documentary about the Apollo moon landings. I'm a nut for the space program, and, also, the first landing happened in the year of my birth, 1969. "Lost in Yonkers" relates to me because that's the city I grew up in. "Wall Street" is set in New York, and Michael Douglas also has a connection to Mallorca (he's got a house there, he donated money to help pay for the dig I worked on, and on one of my trips there, we met one of his servants in the local pub!). Plus, it's a great film. The Dick Van Dyke show was set in New Rochelle, NY, which is where I lived in my teens. This particular episode reatires Rob having to go to Washington, DC for business, which relates to me because that's where I live and work now (well, the DC Metro Area, anyway) "Air Force One" has a specific meaning for me - the opening scenes were filmed on the campus of my college, Case Western Reserve University. You can see Severance Hall (where I had my freshman orientation), the Thwing Center student union, and the main campus library (where I worked all four years at college). It's not actually all that great besides that, but I had to include it anyway. "Love Me Tender" is my and my wife's wedding song, and we were married at the Chapel in the Woods at Graceland. Finally, "Marty" is a film I very much relate to - I'm a lot like Marty, shy, late-blooming, Italian-American. And it's also just a great movie. And then we shift gears to our Star of the Month, Thelma Ritter, for the rest of the evening. We include another classic TV episode, this time Wagon Train, with Thelma in a guest-starring role. Friday, February 17th Today, all day, 24 hours, we celebrate production designer Ken Adam, He's probably best-known for his work on the James Bond films, but he's worked on far more than that. The highlight of the day is what I think is a TCM premiere (which is hard for me to believe, but I couldn't find any evidence of it airing previously), "Barry Lyndon". Adam's work continues on TCM Underground with two of his earliest films, and we end the day with his work on the Sherlock Holmes story "The Seven Percent Solution" Saturday, February 18th We begin the day by honoring the birthday of Adolphe Menjou. After four films celebrating him, we turn to a big event of the day - the first test flight of the space shuttle Enterprise. "Midway", of course, features the heroic exploits of the aircraft carrier Enterprise. Then, we air the original, unaired pilot of Star Trek ("The Cage", which features Captain Pike rather than Captain Kirk). In the evening, we've got our Essentials pick, "Bell, Book and Candle". Then, to end the week, we celebrate one last birthday, Jack Palance. Whew!
  12. JamesinArlington

    TCM PROGRAMMING CHALLENGE #20: In the Background

    Well, I got it finished today after all! Here's my entry for the contest: Sunday, February 12th Behind the scenes - celebrating some of the greatest film composers of all time 6:00 AM The Fly (1986) Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis. Dir: David Cronenberg. Brooksfilms Color-96 min. P/S 8:00 AM Viva Zapata! (1952) Marlon Brando, Jean Peters. Dir: Elia Kazan. 20th Century Fox BW-113 min. P/S 10:00 AM Alice in Wonderland (1933) Richard Arlen, Roscoe Yates. Dir: Norman McLeod. Paramount BW-76 min. P/S 11:30 AM Saturday's Hero (1951) John Derek, Donna Reed. Dir: David Miller. Columbia BW-111 min. P/S 1:30 PM The Lady in Red (1979) Pamela Sue Martin, . Dir: Lewis Teague. New World Pictures Color-93 min. Premiere 3:30 PM Jane Eyre (1943) Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine. Dir: Robert Stevenson. 20th Century Fox BW-97 min. P/S 5:30 PM Gidget (1959) Sandra Dee, James Darren. Dir: Paul Wendkos. Columbia Color-95 min. P/S 7:30 PM John Williams: Creating a Musicial Tradition (2007) John Williams. Dir: Greg Carson. MGM Color-20 min. P/S 8:00 PM King Rat (1965) George Segal, Tom Courtenay. Dir: Bryan Forbes. Columbia BW-134 min. P/S 10:30 PM Flaming Star (1960) Elvis Presley, Barbara Eden. Dir: Don Siegel. 20th Century Fox Color-101 min. P/S 12:30 AM A Fistful of Dollars (1964) Clint Eastwood, Marianne Koch. Dir: Sergio Leone. United Artists Color-99 min. P/S Silent Sunday Night 12:30 AM The Bondman (1916) William Farnum, L.O. Hart. Dir: Edgar Lewis. Fox Film Corporation BW-40 min. Exempt 1:15 AM Side Street (1929) Tom Moore, Owen Moore. Dir: Malcolm St. Clair. RKO BW-74 min. Exempt TCM Imports 2:30 AM The Czar Wants to Sleep (1934) Mikhail Yanshin, Nina Shaternikova. Dir: Alexander Faintsimmer. Belgoskino BW-87 min. Exempt 4:00 AM Alexander Nevsky (1938) Nikolai Cherkasov, Nikolai Okhlopkov. Dir: Sergei Eisenstein. Mosfilm BW-112 min. P/S Monday, February 13th Oliver Reed Birthday Tribute 6:00 AM The Angry Silence (1960) Richard Attenborough, Pier Angeli. Dir: Guy Green. British Lion Film Corp. BW-95 min. P/S 7:45 AM Hannibal Brooks (1969) Oliver Reed, John Alderton. Dir: Michael Winner. United Artists Color-102 min. P/S 9:30 AM Royal Flash (1975) Malcolm McDowell, Alan Bates. Dir: Richard Lester. 20th Century Fox Color-102 min. P/S 11:15 AM Oliver! (1968) Mark Lester, Ron Moody. Dir: Carol Reed. Romulus Films Color-153 min. P/S Acknowledging today in history - Chuck Yeager's flight breaking the sound barrier 2:00 PM The Sound Barrier (1952) Ralph Richardson, Ann Todd. Dir: David Lean. British Lion Film Corp. BW-118 min. P/S 4:00 PM Crashing the Water Barrier (1956) Jay Jackson, Donald Campbell. Dir: Konstantin Kalser. Warner Brothers Color-9 min. P/S 4:15 PM Speed (1984) James Burke, Monty Cox. Dir: Greg MacGillivray. MacGillivray Freeman Films Color-30 min. Exempt 4:45 PM Speed (1936) James Stewart, Wendy Barrie. Dir: Edwin Marin. MGM BW-70 min. P/S 6:00 PM Jet Pilot (1957) John Wayne, Janet Leigh. Dir: Josef von Sternberg. RKO Color-112 min. P/S Noting the publication of the last-ever original "Peanuts" comic strip on this day 8:00 PM A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969) Peter Robbins, Pamelyn Ferdin. Dir: Bill Melendez. Cinema Center Films Color-86 min. Premiere 9:30 PM Charlie Brown and Charles Schultz (1969) Vince Guaraldi, Charles Schultz. Dir: Bill Melendez. CBS Color-30 min. Exempt Kim Novak Birthday Tribute 10:00 PM Jeanne Eagles (1957) Kim Novak, Jeff Chandler. Dir: George Sidney. Columbia BW-108 min. P/S 12:00 AM Pushover (1954) Fred MacMurray, Kim Novak. Dir: Richard Quine. Columbia BW-88 min. P/S 1:30 AM What's My Line (Episode #298) (1956) John Daly, Arlene Francis. Dir: Franklin Heller. CBS BW-30 min. Exempt 2:00 AM Boys' Night Out (1962) Kim Novak, James Garner. Dir: Michael Gordon. MGM Color-115 min. P/S 4:00 AM Strangers When We Meet (1960) Kirk Douglas, Kim Novak. Dir: Richard Quine. Columbia Color-117 min. P/S Tuesday, February 14th Lois Maxwell Birthday Tribute 6:00 AM Age of Innocence (1977) David Warner, Honor Blackman. Dir: Alan Bridges. The Rank Organization Color-101 min. Premiere 7:45 AM From Russia With Love (1963) Sean Connery, Robert Shaw. Dir: Terence Young. United Artists Color-115 min. P/S 9:45 AM OSS (episode "Operation Orange Blossom") (1957) Ron Randell, Lois Maxwell. Dir: Allan Davis. ITC BW-30 min. Exempt 10:15 AM The Crime Doctor's Diary (1950) Warner Baxter, Stephen Dunne. Dir: Seymour Friedman. Columbia BW-61 min. P/S Gregory Hines Birthday Tribute 11:30 AM The Cotton Club (1984) Richard Gere, Gregory Hines. Dir: Francis Ford Coppola. Zoetrope Studios Color-127 min. P/S 1:45 PM White Nights (1985) Mikhail Baryshnikhov, Gregory Hines. Dir: Taylor Hackford. Columbia Color-136 min. P/S 4:00 PM Wolfen (1981) Albert Finney, Diana Venora. Dir: Miochael Wadleigh. Orion Pictures Color-113 min. P/S Noting the historical event of the day - Alexander Graham Bell's filing for the patent on the invention of the telephone 6:00 PM The Conversation (1974) Gene Hackman, John Cazale. Dir: Francis Ford Coppola. Paramount Color-113 min. P/S Continuing to celebrate Bell's patent, but with a little romance to honor Valentine's Day 8:00 PM Bells Are Ringing (1960) Judy Holliday, Dean Martin. Dir: Vincente Minelli. MGM Color-126 min. P/S And more films about the telephone, to honor Mr. Bell 10:15 PM The Fairy of the Phone (1936) Charlotte Leigh. Dir: William Coldstream. GPO Film Unit BW-10 min. P/S 10:30 PM I've Got Your Number (1934) Joan Blondell, Pat O'Brien. Dir: Ray Enright. Warner Brothers BW-69 min. P/S 11:45 PM How to Use the Dial Telephone (1927) AT&T BW-7 min. P/S 12:00 AM Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster. Dir: Anatole Litvak. Paramount BW-89 min. P/S 1:30 AM Dial M For Murder (1954) Ray Milland, Grace Kelly. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. Warner Brothers Color-105 min. P/S 3:30 AM The Bell Telephone Hour (episode "Adventures in Music") (1969) Harry Belafonte, Maurice Evans. Dir: Bill Colleran. Henry Jaffe Enterprises Color-60 min. Exempt 4:45 AM Ladies Should Listen (1934) Cary Grant, Frances Drake. Dir: Frank Tuttle. Paramount BW-62 min. P/S Wednesday, February 15th Claire Bloom Birthday Tribute 6:00 AM The Brothers Karamazov (1958) Yul Brenner, Maria Schell. Dir: Richard Brooks. MGM Color-145 min. P/S 8:30 AM The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1965) Richard Burton, Oskar Werner. Dir: Martin Ritt. Paramount BW-112 min. P/S 10:30 AM Limelight (1952) Charles Chaplin, Claire Bloom. Dir: Charles Chaplin. United Artists BW-137 min. P/S 12:45 PM Innocents in Paris (1953) Alastair Sim, Ronald Shiner. Dir: Gordon Parry. Romulus Films BW-102 min. Premiere Films honoring today's event in history - the founding of the city of St. Louis 2:30 PM The Pride of St. Louis (1952) Dan Dailey, Joanne Dru. Dir: Harmon Jones. 20th Century Fox BW-93 min. P/S 4:15 PM Belle of the Nineties (1934) Mae West, Roger Pryor. Dir: Leo McCarey. Paramount BW-73 min. P/S 5:30 PM Visiting St. Louis (1904) James FitzPatrick. Dir: James FitzPatrick. MGM Color-9 min. P/S 5:45 PM Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien. Dir: Vincente Minelli. MGM Color-113 min. P/S 7:45 PM Opening Ceremonies, St. Louis Exposition (1904 American Mutoscope and Biograph BW-4 min. P/S Cesar Romero Birthday Tribute 8:00 PM Julia Misbehaves (1948) Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon. Dir: Jack Conway. MGM BW-99 min. P/S 9:45 PM Metropolitan (1935) Lawrence Tibbett, Virginia Bruce. Dir: Richard Boleslawski. 20th Century Fox BW-79 min. P/S 11:15 PM Batman (1966) Adam West, Burt Ward. Dir: Jack Semple. 20th Century Fox Color-105 min. P/S 12:45 AM If a Man Answers (1962) Sandra Dee, Bobby Darin. Dir: Henry Levin. Universal International Pictures Color-102 min. P/S 2:30 AM Passport to Danger (episode "Casablanca") (1954) Cesar Romero, Hillary Brooke. Dir: Sobey Martin. Rabco TV Production BW-30 min. Exempt 3:00 AM The Shadow Laughs (1933) Hal Skelly, Ross Hobart. Dir: Arthur Hoerl. Sinister Pictures BW-67 min. Premiere And an interesting movie that has nothing to do with any other theme, except for sharing a title with an earlier film today 4:15 AM Metropolitan (1990) Carolyn Farina, Edward Clements. Dir: Leslie Martinson. New Line Cinema Color-98 min. Premiere Thursday, February 16th Background theme - All About Me! 6:00 AM I, Claudius (episode 1: "A Touch of Murder") (1976) Derek Jacobi, Sian Phillips. Dir: Herbert Wise. BBC Color-54 min. Exempt 7:00 AM The Shout (1978) Alan Bates, Susannah York. Dir: Jerry Skolimowski. The Rank Organization Color-86 min. Premiere 8:30 AM For All Mankind (1989) Jim Lovell, Ken Mattingly. Dir: Al Reinert. Apollo Associates Color-80 min. Premiere 10:00 AM Lost In Yonkers (1993) Richard Dreyfuss, Mercedes Ruehl. Dir: Martha Coolidge. Columbia Color-114 min. P/S 12:00 PM Wall Street (1987) Cherlie Sheen, Michael Douglas. Dir: Oliver Stone. 20th Century Fox Color-126 min. P/S 2:15 PM The Dick Van Dyke Show (Episode #4: "Washington vs. the Bunny") (1961) Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore. Dir: John Rich. Calvada Productions BW-25 min. Exempt 2:45 PM Air Force One (1997) Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman. Dir: Wolfgang Peterson. Columbia Color-124 min. Premiere 5:00 PM Love Me Tender (1956) Elvis Presley, Richard Egan. Dir: Robert Webb. 20th Century Fox BW-89 min. P/S 6:30 PM Marty (1955) Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair. Dir: Delbert Mann. United Artists BW-90 min. P/S Star of the Month - Thelma Ritter 8:00 PM Boeing Boeing (1965) Tony Curtis, Jerry Lewis. Dir: John Rich. Paramount Color-102 min. P/S 9:45 PM A Letter to Three Wives (1949) Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell. Dir: Joseph Mankiewicz. 20th Century Fox BW-103 min. P/S 11:30 PM Pillow Talk (1959) Rock Hudson, Doris Day. Dir: Michael Gordon. Universal International Pictures Color-102 min. P/S 1:15 AM What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968) George Peppard, Mary Tyler Moore. Dir: George Seaton. Universal Color-94 min. P/S 3:00 AM Wagon Train (Episode: "The Madame Sagittarius Story") (1962) John McIntire,, Denny Miller . Dir: Virgil Vogel. Revue Studios BW-60 min. Exempt 4:00 AM Miracle on 34th Street (1947) Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara. Dir: George Seaton. 20th Century Fox BW-96 min. Exempt Friday, February 17th Another day honoring those behind the scenes - in this case, one individual, Production Designer Ken Adam 5:45 AM The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah (1962) Stewart Granger, Pier Angeli. Dir: Robert Aldrich. 20th Century Fox Color-154 min. P/S 8:30 AM Around the World in 80 Days (1956) David Niven, Catinflas. Dir: Michael Anderson. Michael Todd Company Color-167 min. P/S 11:30 AM The Freshman (1990) Matthew Broderick, Marlon Brando. Dir: Andrew Bergman. Tristar Color-102 min. P/S 1:15 PM The Ipcress File (1965) Michael Caine, Nigel Green. Dir: Sidney Furie. The Rank Organization Color-109 min. P/S 3:15 PM The Madness of King George (1994) Nigel Hawthorne, Helen Mirren. Dir: Nicholas Hytner. Samuel Goldwyn Company Color-107 min. Premiere 5:15 PM The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Roger Moore, Bartbara Bach. Dir: Lewis Gilbert. MGM Color-125 min. P/S 7:30 PM Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000) Ken Adam. Dir: John Cork. MGM Color-22 min. P/S 8:00 PM Barry Lyndon (1975) Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson. Dir: Stanley Kubrick. Warner Brothers Color-184 min. Premiere 11:15 PM Sleuth (1972) Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine. Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. 20th Century Fox Color-138 min. P/S TCM Underground 1:30 AM Spin a Dark Web (1956) Faith Domergue, Lee Patterson. Dir: Vernon Sewell. Columbia BW-76 min. P/S 3:15 AM Curse of the Demon (1957) Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins. Dir: Jacques Tourneur. Columbia BW-95 min. P/S 5:00 AM The Seven Percent Solution (1977) Alan Arkin, Vanessa Redgrave. Dir: Herbert Ross. Universal Color-113 min. P/S Saturday, February 18th Adolphe Menjou Birthday Tribute 7:00 AM Easy to Love (1934) Genevieve Tobin, Adolphe Menjou. Dir: William Keighley. Warner Brothers BW-61 min. P/S 8:15 AM You Were Never Lovelier (1942) Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth. Dir: William Seiter. Columbia BW-97 min. P/S 9:45 AM Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935) Dick Powell, Adolphe Menjou. Dir: Busby Berkley. Warner Brothers BW-98 min. P/S 11:30 AM The Front Page (1931) Adolphe Menjou, Pat O'Brien. Dir: Lewis Milestone. United Artists BW-101 min. P/S Celebrating today's historical event - the first test flight of the Space Shuttle Enterprise 1:15 PM Midway (1976) Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda. Dir: Jack Smight. Universal Color-132 min. P/S 3:30 PM Star Trek (original pilot episode "The Cage") (1966) Jeffrey Hunter, Susan Oliver. Dir: Robert Butler. Desilu Color-64 min. Exempt 4:45 PM The Flight of the Gossamer Condor (1978) Bryan Allen, Paul MacCready. Dir: Ben Shedd. Shedd Productions Color-27 min. Exempt 5:15 PM Test Pilot (1957) James Doohan, Anthony Hulme. Dir: Fergus McDonell. National Film Board of Canada BW-30 min. Exempt 6:00 PM Test Pilot (1938) Clark Gable, Myrna Loy. Dir: Victor Fleming. MGM BW-119 min. P/S The Essentials 8:00 PM Bell, Book and Candle (1958) James Strwart, Kim Novak. Dir: Richard Quine. Columbia Pictures Color-106 min. P/S Jack Palance Birthday Tribute 10:00 PM The Last Judgment (1962) Alberto Sordi, Vittorio Gassman. Dir: Vittorio De Sica. Dino De Laurentiis Cinematographica Color-100 min. Exempt 11:45 PM Contempt (1963) Brigitte Brdot, Jack Palance. Dir: Jean Luc Godard. Les Films Concordia BW-102 min. P/S 1:30 AM City Slickers (1991) Billy Crystal, Jack Palance. Dir: Ron Underwood. Castle Rock Entertainment Color-112 min. P/S 3:30 AM Panic in the Streets (1950) Richard Widmark, Paul Douglas. Dir: Elia Kazan. 20th Century Fox BW-96 min. P/S 5:15 AM The Greatest Show on Earth (episode "You're all Right, Ivy") (1964) Jack Palance, Stuart Erwin. Dir: Jack Palance. Cody Productions Color-60 min. Exempt Schedule notes to follow in the next post! Edited by: JamesinArlington on Oct 3, 2011 2:25 PM
  13. JamesinArlington

    TCM PROGRAMMING CHALLENGE #20: In the Background

    Great entry, SansFin! I think I like best the "Merchant of Venice" - great choice to put "Fortune Cookie" in there for a somewhat lighter repite from some very serious, dramatic films around it! I'm working on my entry - I'll have it later today or tomorrow - I just have to finish up Sunday, and I'm all set!
  14. JamesinArlington

    WARNING: Next TCM Programming Challenge coming soon!!

    I'm definitely going to enter again; my wife (a much bigger TCM fan than me) may also, time permiting.
  15. JamesinArlington

    Letter to Three Wives: Sorry, I didn't get it

    I'm just glad to see that I wasn't the only one who thought the ending was ambiguous. My wife thought it was obvious that Paul Douglas was telling the truth, that Porter had run away with Addie but had a change of heart, and that Jeannie Crain's husband would be back from his (totally legitimate) business convention in the morning.
  16. I'll cast my vote for fedya's schedule. I loved the TCM Remembers theme, thought it was genius.
  17. Thanks for the nice comments - I appreciate them! Making my schedule was fun,but it really does give an appreciation for what the programmers at TCM do - it's a lot of work, and a lot of things to have to keep in mind!
  18. And my notes for the schedule... Sunday, September 18 Greta Garbo birthday tribute - all day, 6 AM to 8 PM For the evening films, the theme is opera, in honor of the opening of the Royal Opera House in London on this date in 1809. "Gaslight" revolves around the murder of a famous opera diva, and "Going My Way" features a real-life diva (Rise Stevens) playing a fictional diva. The Silent Sunday Night and TCM Imports films carry through the operatic theme, with a silent 1916 telling of the Phantom of the Opera story, and a pair of imports featuring films of classic Russian (Yevegni Onegin) and Italian (Aida) operas. Monday, September 19 The early part of the day features a birthday tribute to WIlliam Hickey, including a personal favorite of mine, "Prizzi's Honor". The afternoon follows "Prizzi" up with three more films based on novels written, as "Prizzi" was, by Richard Condon. The evening features the first "Easy as 1-2-3" theme. It's "pre"-makes, three films that were later, and more popularly, remade, and all starring Irene Dunne. Overnight, Irene Dunne carries on with two more of her films and an early television appearance on the Jack Benny show. Tuesday, September 20 The day, straight through from 6 AM to 8 PM, features a birthday tribute to Sophia Loren. The evening's films all focus on the automobile, with cars playing a central role in each, in honor of the introduction of the first gasoline-powered auto on this date in 1891. Wednesday, September 21 The daytime includes two themes. There is a birthday tribute to Chuck Jones, featuring his Warner Brothers cartoons before and after each film of the day. The second theme is explorers, both fictional and real, to celebrate the publication of the first issue of National Geographic Magazine on this date in 1888. It includes one especially interesting premiere - a 1933 documentary about Scott's expedition to Antarctica, "90 Degrees South". In the evening, we have the second "Easy as 1-2-3" theme, three films about the rise of computers, specifically films in which they become smarter than their creators and attempt to do away with them (and, in the case of the third film, "Colossus: the Forbin Project", the computer actually manages to win the day). Thursday, September 22 For the daytime, I went with the theme of "Fred and Ginger's Partners" - three supporting actors who appeared in several of their classic musicals. Specifically, Helen Broderick, Edward Everett Horton and Eric Blore. The evening's theme is our Star of the Month, for which I selected WIlliam Powell. I started off with a pairing of Powell with Better Davis in "Fashions of 1934". Friday, September 23 The daytime is devoted to a birthday tribute to Mickey Rooney, beginning with the very first Andy Hardy film, and ending with the last, with a wide variety of Rooney roles in between. The evening includes the third and final "Easy as 1-2-3" theme. It's "the mysterious and malevolent East" - three films sharing an Asian setting and doomed Westerners who learn to their cost that the peoples and secrets of the Orient are not to be trifled with. Overnight, TCM Underground features three extremely disturbing films by cult director David Cronenberg, Saturday, September 24 The theme for the whole day, straight through to 6 AM on Sunday, is "Essential New York" - every film today is set in New York, and features an actor who appears in this week's "The Essentials" film. At 8 PM, we have "The Essentials" for the week, "Barefoot in the Park". So that's it. Whew!
  19. Well, here goes...I was working on this for the last couple of weeks, and it's my best shot... Sunday, September 18 6:00 AM Mata Hari (1931). BW-89 min. MGM. Greta Garbo, Lionel Barrymore. D: George Fitzmaurice. P/S 7:30 AM Anna Karenina (1935).BW-95 min.MGM. Greta Garbo, Frederick March. D: Clarence Brown. P/S 9:15 AM Two Faced Woman (1941).BW-90 min.MGM. Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas. D: George Cukor. P/S 10:45 AM The Painted Veil (1934).BW-85 min.MGM. Greta Garbo, Herbert Marshall. D: Richard Boleslawski. P/S 12:15 PM Conquest (1937).BW-113 min.MGM. Greta Garbo, Charles boyer. D: Clarence Brown. P/S 2:15 PM Queen Christina (1934).BW-99 min.MGM. Greta Garbo, John Gilbert. D: Rouben Mamoulian. P/S 4:00 PM Ninotchka (1939).BW-110 min.MGM. Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas. D: Ernst Lubitsch. P/S 6:00 PM Grand Hotel (1932).BW-112 min.MGM. Greta Garbo, John Barrymore. D: Edmund Goulding. P/S 8:00 PM Gaslight (1944).BW-114 min.MGM. Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer. D: George Cukor. P/S 10:00 PM Going My Way (1944).BW-126 min.Paramount. Bing Crosby, Rise Stevens. D: Leo McCarey. P/S 12:15 AM Das Phantom der Oper (1916).BW-76 min.Greenbaum-Film. Nils Olaf Chrisander, Aud Egede Nissen. D: Ernst Matray. Exempt 1:45 AM Yevgeni Onegin (1959).Color-106 min.Lenfilm Studios. Vadim Medvedev, Ariadna Shengelaya. D: Roman Tikhomriov. Exempt 3:45 AM Aida (1953).Color-95 min.Oscar Film. Renata Tebaldi, Sophia Loren. D: Clemente Fracassi. Exempt Monday, September 19 5:30 AM A Hatful of Rain (1957).BW-109 min.20th Century Fox. Don Murray, Eva Marie Saint. D: Fred Zinneman. P/S 7:30 AM The Producers (1968).Color-88 min.Embassy Pictures. Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder. D: Mel Brooks. P/S 9:00 AM The Boston Strangler (1968).Color-116 min.20th Century Fox. Tony Curtis, Henry Fonda. D: Richard Fleischer. Premiere #1 11:00 AM Prizzi's Honor (1985).Color-130 min.ABC Motion Pictures. Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner. D: John Huston. P/S 1:15 PM Winter Kills (1979).Color-97 min.AVCO Embassy Pictures. Jeff Bridges, John Huston. D: William Richert. Premiere #2 3:00 PM A Talent for Loving (1969).Color-110 min.Paramount. Richard Widmark, Topol. D: Richard Quine. Premiere #3 5:00 PM The Manchurian Candidate (1962).BW-126 min.United Artists. Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey. D: John Frankenheimer. P/S 7:30 PM Now Playing (September 2011) (2011).Color-30 min.TCM. . D: . P/S 8:00 PM Anna and the King of Siam (1946).BW-128 min.20th Century Fox. Irene Dunne, Rex Harrison. D: John Cromwell. Premiere #4 10:15 PM The Age of Innocence (1934).BW-81 min.RKO. Irene Dunne, John Boles. D: Philip Moeller. P/S 12:00 AM Show Boat (1936).BW-113 min.Universal. Irene Dunne, Allan Jones. D: James Whale. P/S 2:00 AM Love Affair (1939).BW-88 min.RKO. Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer. D: Leo McCarey. P/S 3:45 AM Theodora Goes Wild (1936).BW-94 min.Columbia. Irene Dunne, Melvyn Douglas. D: Richard Boleslawski. P/S 5:30 AM The Jack Benny Show (1953).BW-30 min.CBS. Jack Benny, Irene Dunne. D: Ralph Levy. Premiere #5 Tuesday, September 20 6:00 AM Desire Under the Elms (1958).BW-111 min.Paramount. Sophia Loren, Anthony Perkins. D: Delbert Mann. P/S 8:00 AM The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964).Color-188 min.Paramount. Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd. D: Anthony Mann. P/S 11:15 AM El Cid (1961).Color-182 min.Allied Artists. Sophia Loren, Charlton Heston. D: Anthony Mann. P/S 2:30 PM The Black Orchid (1958).BW-94 min.Paramount. Sophia Loren, Anthony Quinn. D: Martin Ritt. P/S 4:15 PM Marriage Italian Style (1964).Color-102 min.Embassy Pictures. Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni. D: Vittorio De Sica. Premiere #6 6:00 PM Houseboat (1958).Color-110 min.Paramount. Sophia Loren, Cary Grant. D: Melville Shavelson. P/S 8:00 PM Tucker: the Man and His Dream (1988).Color-110 min.Lucasfilm. Jeff Bridges, Joan Allen. D: Francis Ford Coppola. Premiere #7 10:00 PM Bullitt (1968).Color-114 min.Warner Brothers. Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset. D: Peter Yates. P/S 12:00 AM Viva Las Vegas (1964).Color-85 min.MGM. Elvis Presley, Ann-Margaret. D: George Sidney. P/S 1:30 AM Grease (1978).Color-110 min.Paramount. John Travolta, Olivia Newton John. D: Randal Kleiser. P/S 3:30 AM Female (1933).BW-60 min.Warner Brothers. Ruth Chatterton, George Brent. D: Michael Curtiz. P/S 4:30 AM Speed (1936).BW-70 min.MGM. James Stewart, Wendy Barrie. D: Edwin Marin. P/S Wednesday, September 21 5:45 AM Hair Raising Hare (1946).Color-7 min.Warner Brothers. Mel Blanc. D: Chuck Jones. P/S 6:00 AM The Thing From Another World (1951).BW-87 min.RKO. Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan. D: Christian Nyby. P/S 7:30 AM Frigid Hare (1946).Color-7 min.Warner Brothers. Mel Blanc. D: Chuck Jones. P/S 7:45 AM 90 Degrees South (1933).BW-72 min.New Era Films. F.R.G. Evans. D: Herbert Ponting. Premiere #8 9:30 AM Hare-Way to the Stars (1958).Color-7 min.Warner Brothers. Mel Blanc. D: Chuck Jones. P/S 9:45 AM The Right Stuff (1983).Color-193 min.Warner Brothers. Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn. D: Philip Kaufman. P/S 1:00 PM A Scent of the Matterhorn (1961).Color-6 min.Warner Brothers. Mel Blanc. D: Chuck Jones. P/S 1:15 PM Lost Horizon (1937).BW-132 min.Columbia. Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt. D: Frank Capra. P/S 3:30 PM Wackiki Wabbit (1943).Color-7 min.Warner Brothers. Mel Blanc. D: Chuck Jones. P/S 3:45 PM Road to Utopia (1946).BW-90 min.Columbia. Bing Crosby, Bob Hope. D: Hal Walker. P/S 5:15 PM Zoom at the Top (1962).Color-6 min.Warner Brothers. Mel Blanc. D: Chuck Jones. P/S 5:30 PM The Far Horizons (1955).Color-108 min.Paramount. Fred MacMurray, Charlton Heston. D: Rudolph Mate. P/S 7:15 PM Ali Baba Bunny (1957).Color-7 min.Warner Brothers. Mel Blanc. D: Chuck Jones. P/S 7:30 PM One Froggy Evening (1955).Color-7 min.Warner Brothers. Mel Blanc. D: Chuck Jones. P/S 7:45 PM What's Opera, Doc? (1957).Color-7 min.Warner Brothers. Mel Blanc. D: Chuck Jones. P/S 8:00 PM 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).Color-141 min.MGM. Kier Dullea, Gary Lockwood. D: Stanley Kubrick. P/S 10:30 PM Wargames (1983).Color-114 min.MGM. Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy. D: John Badham. P/S 12:30 AM Colossus: the Forbin Project (1970).Color-100 min.Universal. Eric Braeden, Susan Clark. D: Joseph Sargent. Premiere #9 2:15 AM Desk Set (1957).Color-103 min.20th Century Fox. Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn. D: Walter Lang. P/S 4:00 AM The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969).Color-91 min.Walt Disney. Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero. D: Robert Butler. P/S Thursday, September 22 5:45 AM Her Primitive Man (1944).BW-79 min.Universal. Louise Allbritton, Robert Paige. D: Charles Lamont. Premiere #10 7:15 AM The Life of the Party (1937).BW-77 min.RKO. Gene Raymond, Joe Penner. D: William Seiter. P/S 8:45 AM Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941).BW-94 min.Columbia. Robert Montgomery, Evelyn Keyes. D: Alexander Hall. P/S 10:30 AM The Lady Eve (1941).BW-94 min.Paramount. Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda. D: Preston Sturges. P/S 12:15 PM Shall We Dance (1937).BW-109 min.RKO. Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers. D: Mark Sandrich. P/S 2:15 PM Swing Time (1936).BW-103 min.RKO. Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers. D: George Stevens. P/S 4:00 PM Top Hat (1935).BW-101 min.RKO. Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers. D: Mark Sandrich. P/S 5:45 PM The Gay Divorcee (1934).BW-107 min.RKO. Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers. D: Mark Sandrich. P/S 7:35 PM Carribean Romance (1943).BW-20 min.Paramount. Eric Blore, Olga San Juan. D: Lester Fuller. P/S 8:00 PM Fashions of 1934 (1934).BW-78 min.Warner Brothers. William Powell, Bette Davis. D: William Dieterle. P/S 9:45 PM My Man Godfrey (1936).BW-94 min.Universal. William Powell, Carole Lombard. D: Gregory La Cava. P/S 11:30 PM The Great Ziegfeld (1936).BW-176 min.MGM. William Powell, Myrna Loy. D: Robert Leonard. P/S 2:30 AM The Hoodlum Saint (1946).BW-91 min.MGM. William Powell, Esther Williams. D: Norman Taurog. P/S 4:15 AM Mister Roberts (1955).Color-123 min.Warner Brothers. Henry Fonda, James Cagney. D: John Ford. P/S Friday, September 23 6:30 AM You're Only Young Once (1937).BW-78 min.MGM. Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone. D: George Seitz. P/S 8:00 AM Girl Crazy (1943).BW-99 min.MGM. Mickey Rooney, Judy Gaeland. D: Norman Taurog. P/S 9:45 AM A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935).BW-133 min.Warner Brothers. James Cagney, Dick Powell. D: William Dieterle. P/S 12:00 PM Babes in Arms (1939).BW-94 min.MGM. Mickey Rooney, Judy Gaeland. D: Busby Berkeley. P/S 1:45 PM Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961).Color-115 min.Paramount. Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard. D: Blake Edwards. P/S 3:45 PM Manhattan Melodrama (1934).BW-93 min.MGM. Clark Gable, William Powell. D: W.S. Van Dyke. P/S 5:30 PM Mickey's Busy Day (1932).BW-19 min.RKO. Mickey Rooney (as Mickey McGuire). D: Jesse Duffy. P/S 6:00 PM Mickey the Romeo (1930).BW-18 min.RKO. Mickey Rooney (as Mickey McGuire). D: Albert Herman. P/S 6:30 PM Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958).Color-80 min.MGM. Mickey Rooney, Patricia Breslin. D: Howard Koch. P/S 8:00 PM Elephant Walk (1954).Color-103 min.Paramount. Elizabeth Taylor, Dana Andrews. D: William Dieterle. P/S 10:00 PM The Letter (1940).BW-95 min.Warner Brothers. Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall. D: William Wyler. P/S 11:45 PM Black Narcissus (1947).Color-100 min.The Archers. Deborah Karr, David Farrar. D: Michael Powell. P/S 1:30 AM Videodrome (1983).Color-89 min.Famous Players. Deborah Harry, James Woods. D: David Cronenberg. Exempt 3:00 AM eXistenZ (1999).Color-97 min.Dimension Films. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law. D: David Cronenberg. Exempt 4:45 AM Scanners (1981).Color-101 min.AVCO Embassy Pictures. Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack. D: David Cronenberg. Exempt Saturday, September 24 6:30 AM Back Street (1941).BW-89 min.Universal. Charles Boyer, Margaret Sullivan. D: Robert Stevenson. P/S 8:00 AM At Long Last Love (1975).Color-118 min.20th Century Fox. Burt Reynolds, Cybill Shepherd. D: Peter Bogdanovich. P/S 10:00 AM Three Days of the Condor (1975).Color-117 min.Paramount. Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway. D: Sydney Pollack. P/S 12:00 PM The Natural (1984).Color-134 min.TriStar Pictures. Robert Redford, Glenn Close. D: Barry Levinson. P/S 2:15 PM Sunday in New York (1963).Color-103 min.MGM. Jane Fonda, Rod Taylor. D: Peter Tewksbury. P/S 4:00 PM The Way We Were (1973).Color-118 min.Columbia. Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand. D: Sydney Pollack. P/S 6:00 PM Tales of Manhattan (1942).BW-118 min.20th Century Fox. Charles Boyer, Rita Hayworth. D: Julien Duvivier. Premiere #11 8:00 PM Barefoot in the Park (1967).Color-106 min.Paramount. Robert Redford, Jane Fonda. D: Gene Saks. P/S 10:00 PM Private Screenings: Jane Fonda (2007).Color-55 min.TCM. Jane Fonda, Robert Osborne. D: . P/S 11:00 PM Any Wednesday (1966).Color-109 min.Warner Brothers. Jane Fonda, Jason Robards. D: Robert Miller. P/S 1:00 AM Appointment for Love (1941).BW-89 min.Universal. Charles Boyer, Margaret Sullivan. D: William Seiter. P/S 2:30 AM She's Back on Broadway (1953).Color-95 min.Warner Brothers. Virginia Mayo, Gene Nelson. D: Gordon Douglas. Premiere #12 4:15 AM Black Widow (1954).Color-95 min.20th Century Fox. Ginger Rogers, Van Heflin. D: Nunnally Johnson. Premiere #13
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