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    TCM Premieres

    For what it's worth, I have my own limited list of what's been on TCM since 2014, and Lifeforce has not been scheduled on TCM during that period.
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    I Just Watched...

    Hibi, I tried sending you a message, but for some reason the message board wouldn't let me. If you could please try sending me a message I will then see if I can send you a reply.
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    I Just Watched...

    Last night I watched the Private Screenings interview that Robert Osborne did with Stanley Donen from 2006. Robert did his typical masterful job at going through the highlights of Mr. Donen's career. Since I have not seen all of the earlier interviews that Robert did, I'm thankful to get the chance to see another one. What an impressive life and résumé in film Mr. Donen had! I also watched the introductions that Dave Karger did throughout the evening (they are on WatchTCM now) and I appreciated his comments as well. Very nice tribute presented by TCM, thank you.
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    A don’t miss PBS episode currently airing…

    I think the local PBS stations are free to schedule their own programming during pledge drives, so unfortunately for me I get to watch "John Denver: Country Boy" and "Rocktopia Live in Budapest" during those times. 🙁 Hope others have better luck.
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    A don’t miss PBS episode currently airing…

    Sorry for the substitution — I could not find the interview that JeanneC is describing (I think by Don Shelby) in my TV listings or on the web, but if you want to escape your pledge drive for a few minutes here is a shorter (26 min.) interview with KB from 2016 that came up while searching for same:
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    Where’s Ben?

    (I was typing this overly verbose reply when 2 others were posted. Sorry to be piling on.) Last Thursday Ben was the host for the Journalism Spotlight along with guest Carl Bernstein (they showed All the President's Men and Citizen Kane). According to the TCM web site article: "Joining TCM host Ben Mankiewicz to discuss the films at hand are Carl Bernstein, the investigative journalist and author who was a key figure in the original news reporting in the Watergate scandal of the 1970s; and Anderson Cooper, the primary anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360°. Bernstein appears on the first two Thursdays of our tribute and Cooper on the final two evenings." So I expect to see Ben and Carl again this evening and then see Ben and Anderson the next two weeks.
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    Where’s Ben?

    Looks like Eddie is filling in for him tonight. (Interesting to see Eddie introduce some non-Noir films.) They shoot these intros so far in advance it is difficult to know what might have been going on at the time. Ben should be back Thursday evening to introduce the 'Journalism in the Movies' Spotlight theme he is hosting.
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    Sabrina (1954) Fullscreen or Widescreen?

    To be fair, I made an approximation of what the fullscreen image looks like on my TV at the same size as the widescreen picture above. So to watch the fullscreen version you have to be willing to accept the black bars on the sides. I think for other movies the widescreen version can have additional parts of the image that are not present in the fullscreen version, so there wouldn’t be the same case for picking the 4x3 image over the 16x9 image.
  9. Last night TCM was showing the Audrey Hepburn film Sabrina (1954), and I noticed that the aspect ratio used for this presentation was essentially the full 16x9 HD format. I may be wrong, but by my recollection TCM has previously shown Sabrina in the regular ‘fullscreen’ (nearly 4x3) format aspect ratio. Per my own modest records, I don’t think TCM has shown Sabrina since 2016, so last night might have been the first time the widescreen format was used on the channel. This got me to wondering how Sabrina was presented originally and what would be the “best” format to watch. After some research, it appears that Sabrina was one of the first Paramount films to be shown in theaters with a widescreen format, with the changeover happening while Sabrina was being filmed. I’ve also read that director Billy Wilder and cinematographer Charles Lang used an “open matte” process for filming, which was directly converted into the 4x3 fullscreen format we have watched in prior years. As an example, here is a scene taken from a DVD: And the corresponding scene from last night: To me it looks like the widescreen format is largely achieved by lopping off the top and bottom of the frame. And my own humble opinion is that the composition shown in the 4x3 format is more visually appealing and has all the extra detail in the shot that has been removed from the widescreen format. Of course, the example I show is somewhat misleading because on a TV set the 4x3 fullscreen image will have black bars on the left and right sides of an HD TV. But even though Billy Wilder likely intended the widescreen format to be used for presenting the film, I have to say that I actually prefer the fullscreen format. What do you think?
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    THE WILD PARTY no longer scheduled

    Just to complete the picture, it looks like TCM moved the remaining Fredric March films earlier on the schedule and added another Constance Bennett film Outcast Lady (1934) as the first film for the daytime theme the following morning. I too was looking forward to seeing The Wild Party — per MovieCollectorOH's data it hasn't been shown on TCM since 2001.
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    Early Now Playing guide

    Here’s an early look at the TCM schedule for April 2019: (1) A replica ‘At A Glance’ schedule summary with TCM premieres is at the following link (8 pages in PDF format). AT A GLANCE.pdf - You may need to ‘right-click’ or ‘option-click’ on the above link to bring up a window. - The PDF file is stored in a Dropbox folder, but you do not need a Dropbox account to view or download it. - TCM premieres are indicated with ‘(P)’ preceding the movie title. - Thanks very much to MovieCollectorOH for the TCM premiere data. - Some of the daytime themes are best guesses since this information is not yet available. (2) For reference, the online monthly schedule for April is at: (Ignore the banner at the top which shows the current star of the month theme.) (3) The online weekly schedules for April are also available. See the “April 2019 Schedule is up” message thread for examples: (Thank you LawrenceA.) April marks the 25th Anniversary of TCM, so the month is filled with special programming. Enjoy!
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    TCM Premieres

    Here are the TCM premieres for March, as determined by MovieCollectorOH’s report published on February 1. Note that on Saturdays TCM is premiering episodes of the Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe serial along with selected cartoons, so these are listed separately. Mar 1 - Hugo (2011) Mar 4 - King of Jazz (1930) Mar 8 - Rabid (1977) Mar 9 - Goofy Movies Number Two (1934) (short) Mar 9 - Romance of Louisiana (1937) (short) Mar 10 - Top o' the Morning (1949) Mar 10 - Traffic (1971) Mar 10 - The School for Postmen (1947) (French short) Mar 15 - Another Son of Sam (1977) Mar 17 - Farewell to Dream (1956) Mar 17 - The Garden of Women (1954) Mar 22 - Lifeforce (1985) Mar 22 - Queen of Blood (1966) Mar 24 - L'aîné des Ferchaux (1963) Mar 25 - Treasures from the Disney Vault: Elmer Elephant (1936) (animated) The African Lion (1955) (doc.) Yellowstone Cubs (1963) The Country Cousin (1936) (animated) The Wild Country (1970) Cheetah (1989) The Bears and I (1974) Mar 29 - Final Exam (1981) Mar 29 - Night School (1981) Mar 31 - Secrets of Women (1952) - Saturdays: Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe serial Mar 9 - Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe Ch. 3: Walking Bombs (1940) Mar 16 - Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe Ch. 4: The Destroying Ray (1940) Mar 23 - Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe Ch. 5: The Palace of Horror (1940) Mar 30 - Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe Ch. 6: Flaming Death (1940) - Saturdays: cartoons Mar 9 - MGM: Chinese Nightingale (1935) Mar 9 - Popeye: The Spinach Roadster (1936) Mar 16 - MGM: Wee-Willie Wildcat (1953) Mar 16 - Popeye: I'm in the Army Now (1933) Mar 23 - MGM: Officer Pooch (1941) Mar 23 - Popeye: The Paneless Window Washer (1933) Mar 30 - MGM: Rock-A-Bye Bear (1952) Mar 30 - Popeye: Organ Grinder's Swing (1937) Thanks as always to MCOH!
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    Noir Alley’s Scheduale

    Here's the Noir Alley schedule for the last several months: 09-02 The Locket (1946) 09-09 Desperate (1953) 09-16 Angel Face (1952) 09-23 The Stranger (1946) 09-30 The Gangster (1947) 10-07 Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) 10-14 The Damned Don't Cry (1950) 10-21 The Hunted (1948) 10-28 Follow Me Quietly (1949) 11-04 The Sniper (1952) 11-11 The Threat (1949) 11-18 The Woman in the Window (1944) 11-25 The Killing (1956) 12-02 Crack-Up (1946) 12-09 Too Late for Tears (1949) 12-16 Talk About a Stranger (1952) 12-23 Beware, My Lovely (1952) 12-30 Double Indemnity (1944) 2019 01-06 His Kind of Woman (1951) 01-13 Lured (1947) 01-20 Murder My Sweet (1944)
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    Noir Alley

    Since Noir Alley is on hiatus during the February Oscar month, I thought I would try to help Noir fans by listing some of the Noir films that are part of this month's programming: 2-23 Key Largo (1948) - also scheduled for Noir Alley on 5-18 (The daytime theme on Feb. 27th is crime dramas) 2-27 Johnny Eager (1942) - also scheduled for Noir Alley on 11-9 2-27 The Maltese Falcon (1941) - the first Noir Alley selection back on 3-5-2017 2-27 The Naked City (1948) 2-27 The Asphalt Jungle (1950) - also scheduled for Noir Alley on 6-1 2-27 White Heat (1949) - also scheduled for Noir Alley on 5-11 2-27 Mystery Street (1950) - previous Noir Alley selection back on 4-15-2018 3-1 The Narrow Margin (1952) - previous Noir Alley selection back on 5-5-2018 And for those who want to look ahead, here is the Noir Alley schedule for March: 3-9 D.O.A. (1950) 3-16 High Sierra (1941) 3-23 Lady in the Lake (1947) 3-30 Border Incident (1949) Happy viewing!
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    The Criterion Channel begins on April 8th

    TCM currently does not have their own stand-alone subscription streaming service, but to echo spauldingd there are other services that can include TCM (usually as an add-on or extra tier of some kind). Our message-board member LornaHansonForbes had started a thread about experiences with TCM as part of Hulu:

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