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    Host replaced?

    I liked Madeleine Stowe as a fill-in host. Michael Feinstein was good, too. Both presumably have better things to do with their available time.
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    2018 The Essentials

    Still no indication from TCM when or if 'The Essentials' will resume - and in the absence of information I thought it'd be interesting to propose my own list. I've settled on 21 movies, the total offered for 2017 The Essentials, though in previous seasons there were more and less than that. All of these are movies I like and/or find worthy of repeated viewings. If there is any thread here, it is the effort to raise more appreciation for the third or fourth choice movies on the lists of important and versatile directors (De Sica, Capra, Ford, Hitchcock, Lubitsch, Whale, Wilder, Wise). I tried to adhere to the checklist I think they have followed in recent seasons - movies from a range of time periods, at least one silent, one musical, and one foreign language film. I also tried to avoid repeating titles that have appeared on The Essentials in the past four or five seasons. And I selected movies appropriate for different seasonal viewings (Memorial Day marathon, Mothers' Day, Fathers' Day, Halloween, Christmas.) Here's my list. Critiques, or others' lists - would be welcome and interesting. The 39 Steps (1935) The Apartment (1960) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945; Father's Day) The Clock (1945) The Crowd (1928; silent) Executive Suite (1954) Hud (1963) The Informer (1935) In the Heat of the Night (1967) The Last Picture Show (1971) Lady for a Day (1933; Mother's Day) The Night of the Hunter (1955) Man's Castle (1931) One, Two, Three (1961) Remember the Night (1940; Christmas) Show Boat (1936; musical) The Thing (1951; horror) Theodora Goes Wild (1936) Trouble in Paradise (1932) Twelve O'Clock High (1949; Memorial Day) Umberto D. (1952; foreign)
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    2018 The Essentials

    ".. THE CAREY TREATMENT and other titles airing in the 8:00 PM Saturday night slot just don't seem like they would fit as 'essentials'..." I'd been thinking much the same thing. But, I'd also note that the "Essentials" microsite - http://essentials.tcm.com/ - is still active (for now) with the past seasons info. During the previous hiatus, that address went dark.
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    2018 The Essentials

    Continuing speculation here, and reading from the June schedule, the next entries for the 2018 Essentials would be: "Three Strangers" (1946), "Bell, Book and Candle" (1959), "Jeremiah Johnson" (1972), "The Carey Treatment" (1972), and "The Mask of Demetrios" (1944).
  5. Always managed to stand out in big ensembles - "My Man Godfrey", "Three Smart Girls", "And Then There Were None."
  6. Marcel Dalio? He had some important roles in French films (Grand Illusion, The Rules of the Game) and mostly small character parts in US films - though in a few cases (Casablanca, Sabrina, To Have and Have Not, The Happy Time) these were fairly significant to the plots.
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    2018 The Essentials

    Will 'The Essentials' be returning in May 2018? I don't know - but if 2017 is the model, then according to the schedule these will be the first four entries: "Hang 'em High" (1968), "The Fortune Cookie" (1966), "Desk Set" (1957), and "From Here to Eternity" (1953).
  8. Lots of talent in this list, and correcting 'oversights' in programming could take years. But if one thinks in terms of how to assemble 24 hours of entertainment there are several character actors who could do very nicely (and are well deserving: May Robson, Aline McMahon, Jack Carson, Otto Kruger ... If I had to push just one performer to keep me entertained, intrigued, amused all day, I'd pick Louis Calhern.
  9. Conrad Veidt had a Summer Under the Stars day, in 2011 if I recall correctly.

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