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    Dean Martin as SOTM September 2018

    Seems like a rather obvious choice when one considers the TCM Wine Club and those two hipster chefs are hawking a Dean Martin Zinfandel.
  2. Do these forums have any references to the full catalog of titles in the TCM library - with notes to show the most recent airing? Or if a film has never aired?
  3. I have assumed their selection of Christmas movies had much to do with selling little-known or difficult to locate films from the TCM store. The fairly recent multi-time showings of "Remember the Night" (a film a like very much) and "It Happened on Fifth Avenue" (not a good movie, I think) are examples. As for "The African Queen" - I remember watching that 2014 showing (I think Alex Trebek was the guest host), and the print quality was very bad. So perhaps they do not have rights to the updated version.
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    July 2018 Spotlight: 50 States in 50 Movies

    It seems that Rhode Island will be represented by "High Society" on July 3 at 6.00 ET; and, that Minnesota will be represented by "Cass Timberlane" on July 17 at 6.45 a.m. ET.
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    2018 SCHEDULE

    Some head-scratchers on this list (do we need a whole day of Lew Ayres after a full day of 'Kildare' this month), but also some excellent choices: Dana Andrews, Agnes Moorhead, Miriam Hopkins ...that covers a lot of good movies.
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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

    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).
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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 - - 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).
  11. Always managed to stand out in big ensembles - "My Man Godfrey", "Three Smart Girls", "And Then There Were None."
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Conrad Veidt had a Summer Under the Stars day, in 2011 if I recall correctly.

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