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LonesomePolecat, May 27, 2017
I agree--not required, just interesting
A Goofy clip just for inspiration
A Goofy clip just for inspiration
The Disney weasels totally crack me up!
Hope you guys had a great Father's Day!
TCM PROGRAMMING CHALLENGE #36
Week of Feb 25-Mar 3, 2018
--------------------------------SUNDAY FEBRUARY 25, 2018-------------------------------
SEEING RED ON SUNDAY
6:00am Red Hot Tires (1935) Lyle Talbot, Mary Astor. Dir: D. Ross Lederman. Warner Bros, 60min. p/s
7:00am Red Dust (1932) Clark Gable, Jean Harlow. Dir: Victor Fleming. MGM, 79min. p/s
8:30am The Red Shoes (1948) Moira Shearer, Marius Goring, Anton Walbrook. Dir: Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger. The Archers, 134min. p/s
11:15am Red River (1948) John Wayne, Montgomery Clift. Dir: Howard Hawks. Monterey Productions, 133min. p/s
1:30pm Red Beard (1965) Toshiro Mifune, Yuzo Kayama. Dir: Akira Kurosawa. Toho, 185min. p/s
4:45pm The Red House (1947) Edward G. Robinson, Lon McCallister, Judith Anderson. Dir: Delmer Daves. Thalia Productions Inc, 100min. p/s
6:30pm Red-Headed Woman (1932) Jean Harlow, Chester Morris. Dir: Jack Conway. MGM, 79min. p/s
AN EVENING WITH OZU
8:00pm Late Spring (1949) Chishu Ryu, Setsuko Hara. Dir: Yasujiro Ozu. Shochiku Eiga, 108min. p/s
10:00pm Equinox Flower (1958) Shin Saburi, Kinuyo Tanaka. Dir: Yasujiro Ozu. Shochiku Eiga, 118min. p/s
SILENT SUNDAY NIGHT
12:00am Days of Youth (1929) Ichiro Yuki, Tatsuo Saito. Dir: Yasujiro Ozu. Shochiku Kamata, 103min. (Premiere Exempt)
1:45am The End of Summer (1961) Ganjiro Nakamura, Setsuko Hara. Dir: Yasujiro Ozu. Toho, 103min. p/s
3:30am An Autumn Afternoon (1962) Chishu Ryu, Shima Iwashita. Dir: Yasujiro Ozu. Shochiku Company, 113min. (Premiere Exempt)
--------------------------------MONDAY FEBRUARY 26, 2018-------------------------------
DEATH WARMED OVER ON A MONDAY MORNING
5:30am The Masque of the Red Death (1964) Vincent Price, Hazel Court. Dir: Roger Corman. Alta Vista Productions, 89min. p/s
7:00am Death Takes a Holiday (1932) Fredric March, Evelyn Venable. Dir: Mitchell Leisen. Paramount, 79min. p/s
8:30am Flesh and Fantasy (1943) Edward G. Robinson, Charles Boyer, Barbara Stanwyck. Dir: Julien Duvivier. Universal, 94min. (Premiere #1)
10:15am The Seventh Seal (1957) Max Von Sydow, Gunnar Bjornstrand. Dir: Ingmar Bergman. Svensk Filmindustri, 96min. p/s
CHALLENGE #1: HOW TO GOOFY (DRIVING)
11:59AM Freewayphobia (1965) (short) Pinto Colvig, Paul Frees. Dir: Les Clark. Walt Disney Productions, 16min.
12:15pm The Great Race (1965) Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon. Dir: Blake Edwards. Warner Bros, 160min. p/s
3:00pm Thunder Road (1958) Robert Mitchum, Gene Barry. Dir: Arthur Ripley. D.R.M. Productions, 92min. p/s
4:35pm Motor Mania (1950) (short) Pinto Colvig, John McLeish. Dir: Jack Kinney. Walt Disney Productions, 7min.
4:45pm They Drive By Night (1940) George Raft, Humphrey Bogart. Dir: Raoul Walsh. Warner Bros, 95min. p/s
6:30pm Duel (1971) Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott. Dir: Steven Spielberg. Universal Television, 90min. p/s
8:00pm The Hitch-hiker (1953) Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman. Dir: Ida Lupino. RKO, 71min. p/s
9:15pm Goofy's Freeway Troubles (1965) (short) Pinto Colvig, Paul Frees. Dir: Les Clark. Walt Disney Productions, 13min.
9:30pm Vanishing Point (1971) Barry Newman, Cleavon Little. Dir: Richard C. Sarafian. Cupid Productions, 99min. p/s
11:15pm The Italian Job (1969) Michael Caine, Noel Coward. Dir: Peter Collinson. Oakhurst Productions, 99min. p/s
1:00am Death Proof (2007) Kurt Russell, Zoe Bell. Dir: Quentin Tarantino. Dimension Films, 113min. (Premiere #2)
3:00am The Cars That Ate Paris (1974) Terry Camilleri, John Meillon. Dir: Peter Weir. The Australian Film Development Corporation, 74min. p/s
4:45am Smokey and the Bandit (1977) Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason. Dir: Hal Needham. Universal, 96min. p/s
--------------------------------TUESDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2018-------------------------------
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELIZABETH TAYLOR & JOAN BENNETT
6:30am Love is Better Than Ever (1952) Larry Parks, Elizabeth Taylor. Dir: Stanley Donen. MGM, 81min. p/s
8:00am Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift. Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Columbia, 114min. p/s
10:00am Cynthia (1947) Elizabeth Taylor, George Murphy, S.Z. Sakall. Dir: Robert Z. Leonard. MGM, 98min. p/s
11:45am Elephant Walk (1954) Elizabeth Taylor, Dana Andrews. Dir: William Dieterle. Paramount, 103min. p/s
1:30pm A Date with Judy (1948) Wallace Beery, Jane Powell, Elizabeth Taylor. Dir: Richard Thorpe. MGM, 113min. p/s
3:30pm Father of the Bride (1950) Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor. Dir: Vincente Minnelli. MGM, 92min. p/s
5:15pm Father's Little Dividend (1951) Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor. Dir: Vincente Minnelli. MGM, 82min. p/s
6:45pm Scotland Yard (1930) Edmund Lowe, Joan Bennett, Donald Crisp. Dir: William K. Howard. Fox, 75min. (Premiere #3)
8:00pm Scarlett Street (1945) Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea. Dir: Fritz Lang. Diana Production Company, 102min. p/s
9:45pm Green Hell (1940) Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Joan Bennett. Dir: James Whale. Universal, 87min. (Premiere #4)
11:15pm Artists and Models Abroad (1938) Jack Benny, Joan Bennett. Dir: Mitchell Leisen. Paramount, 90min. (Premiere #5)
12:45am I Met My Love Again (1938) Joan Bennett, Henry Fonda. Dir: Joshua Logan, Arthur Ripley. Walter Wanger Productions, 77min. p/s
2:15am House of Dark Shadows (1970) Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Joan Bennett. Dir: Dan Curtis. MGM, 97min. p/s
4:00am Secret Beyond the Door... (1947) Joan Bennett, Michael Redgrave. Dir: Fritz Lang. Diana Production Company, 99min. p/s
--------------------------------WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 28, 2018-------------------------------
ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER
5:45am Haunted Gold (1932) John Wayne, Duke, Sheila Terry. Dir: Mack V. Wright. Leon Schlesinger Studios, 58min. p/s
6:45am Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) Warren William, Joan Blondell. Dir: Mervyn LeRoy. Warner Bros, 97min. p/s
8:30am Three Wise Girls (1932) Jean Harlow, Mae Clarke. Dir: William Beaudine. Columbia, 68min. p/s
9:45am Girls of the Road (1940) Ann Dvorak, Helen Mack. Dir: Nick Grinde. Columbia, 61min. p/s
11:00am Road Show (1941) Adolphe Menjou, Carole Landis. Dir: Hal Roach. Hal Roach Studios, 87min. p/s
12:30pm Show Girl in Hollywood (1930) Alice White, Jack Mulhall. Dir: Mervyn LeRoy. First National Pictures, 80min. p/s
2:00pm Hollywood Hotel (1937) Dick Powell, Rosemary Lane. Dir: Busby Berkeley. Warner Bros, 109min. p/s
4:00pm Hotel (1967) Rod Taylor, Catherine Spaak, Karl Malden. Dir: Richard Quine. Warner Bros, 124min. p/s
6:15pm Hotel Reserve (1944) James Mason, Lucie Mannheim. Dir: Lance Comfort, Mutz Greenbaum. RKO, 79min. p/s
7:45pm Colorful North Carolina (1942) (short) James A. FitzPatrick. Dir: James A. FitzPatrick. MGM, 9min.
OPTIONAL CHALLENGE: TREASURES FROM THE DISNEY VAULT
8:00pm In Search of the Castaways (1962) Hayley Mills, Maurice Chevalier. Dir: Robert Stevenson. Walt Disney Productions, 98min. (Premiere Exempt)
9:45pm Swiss Family Robinson (1960) John Mills, Dorothy McGuire. Dir: Ken Annakin. Walt Disney Productions, 126min. p/s
12:00am The Living Desert (1953) Winston Hibler. Dir: James Algar. Walt Disney Productions, 69min. p/s
1:15am The Vanishing Prairie (1954) Winston Hibler. Dir: James Algar. Walt Disney Productions, 71min. p/s
2:30am The Adventure of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone. Dir: James Algar, Clyde Geronimi. Walt Disney Productions, 68min. p/s
3:45am DTV Monster Hits (1987) Jeffery Jones, Wayne Allwine, Tony Anselmo. Dir: Andrew Solt. Andrew Solt Productions, Walt Disney Productions, 60min. (Premiere Exempt)
4:45am DTV Valentine (1986) Tony Anselmo, Eddie Carroll. Dir: Andrew Solt. Andrew Solt Productions, Walt Disney Productions, 60min. (Premiere Exempt)
--------------------------------THURSDAY MARCH 1, 2018-------------------------------
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIONEL ATWILL
5:45am Murders in the Zoo (1933) Charles Ruggles, Lionel Atwill. Dir: A. Edward Sutherland. Paramount, 61min. p/s
7:00am Man Made Monster (1941) Lionel Atwill, Lon Chaney Jr. Dir: George Waggner. Universal, 59min. (Premiere #6)
8:00am Fog Island (1945) George Zucco, Lionel Atwill. Dir: Terry O. Morse. Producers Releasing Corporation, 72min. (Premiere #7)
9:15am The Firebird (1934) Verree Teasdale, Ricardo Cortez, Lionel Atwill. Dir: William Dieterle. Warner Bros, 74min. p/s
10:30am Secret of the Blue Room (1933) Lionel Atwill, Gloria Stuart. Dir: Kurt Neumann. Universal, 66min. (Premiere #8)
AN AFTERNOON AND EVENING OF GOTHIC/VICTORIAN OLD DARK HOUSES
11:45am One Frightened Night (1935) Charley Grapewin, Mary Carlisle. Dir: Christy Cabanne. Mascot Pictures, 66min. (Premiere #9)
1:00pm The Innocents (1961) Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde. Dir: Jack Clayton. Twentieth Century Fox, 100min. p/s
2:45pm Rebecca (1940) Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. Selznick International Pictures, 130min. p/s
5:00pm The Night Has Eyes (1942) James Mason, Wilfrid Lawson. Dir: Leslie Arliss. Associated British Picture Corporation, 62min. (Premiere #10)
6:15pm Dragonwyck (1946) Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, Vincent Price. Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Twentieth Century Fox, 103min. p/s
8:00pm Uncle Silas (1947) Jean Simmons, Katina Paxinou, Derrick De Marney. Dir: Charles Frank. Two Cities Films, 98min. p/s
9:45pm The Old Dark House (1932) Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton. Dir: James Whale. Universal, 72min. p/s
11:00pm The Spiral Staircase (1946) Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore. Dir: Robert Siodmak. RKO, 83min. p/s
12:30am Jane Eyre (1943) Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine. Dir: Robert Stevenson. Twentieth Century Fox, 97min. p/s
2:15am You'll Find Out (1940) Kay Kyser, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff. Dir: David Butler. RKO, 97min. p/s
4:00am Gaslight (1944) Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten. Dir: George Cukor. MGM, 114min. p/s
--------------------------------FRIDAY MARCH 2, 2018-------------------------------
CHALLENGE #3: HAPPY BIRTHDAY NEW STAR OF THE MONTH FELIX BRESSART
6:00am Greenwich Village (1944) Carmen Miranda, Don Ameche, Felix Bressart. Dir: Walter Lang. Twentieth Century Fox, 82min. p/s
7:30am Ding Dong Williams (1946) Glen Vernon, Marcy McGuire, Felix Bressart. Dir: William Berke. RKO, 61min. p/s
8:45am Married Bachelor (1941) Robert Young, Ruth Hussey, Felix Bressart. Dir: Edward Buzzell, Norman Taurog. MGM, 81min. p/s
10:15am Blonde Fever (1944) Philip Dorn, Mary Astor, Felix Bressart, Gloria Grahame. Dir: Richard Whorf. MGM, 69min. p/s
11:30am Iceland (1942) Sonja Henie, John Payne, Felix Bressart. Dir: H. Bruce Humberstone. Twentieth Century Fox, 79min. (Premiere Exempt)
1:00pm Comrade X (1940) Clark Gable, Hedy Lamarr, Felix Bressart. Dir: King Vidor. MGM, 104min. p/s
2:45pm Blossoms in the Dust (1941) Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Felix Bressart. Dir: Mervyn LeRoy. MGM, 99min. p/s
4:30pm The Shop Around the Corner (1940) Margaret Sullivan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Felix Bressart. Dir: Ernst Lubitsch. MGM, 99min. p/s
6:15pm To Be or Not to Be (1942) Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Felix Bressart. Dir: Ernst Lubitsch. Romaine Film Corporation, 99min. p/s
FRIDAY NIGHT SPOTLIGHT: FUN IN THE SUN – TEENAGERS ON BREAK/VACATION
8:00pm Shag (1989) Phoebe Cates, Bridget Fonda, Annabeth Gish. Dir: Zelda Barron. Palace Pictures, 98min. (Premiere #11)
9:45pm Palm Springs Weekend (1963) Troy Donahue, Connie Stevens. Dir: Norman Taurog. Warner Bros, 100min. p/s
11:30pm Where the Boys Are (1960) Dolores Hart, George Hamilton, Yvette Mimieux. Dir: Henry Levin. Euterpe, 99min. p/s
1:15am Muscle Beach Party (1964) Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Luciana Paluzzi. Dir: William Asher. Alta Vista Productions, 95min. p/s
3:00am Ride the Wild Surf (1964) Fabian, Shelley Fabares. Dir: Don Taylor, Phil Karlson. Jana Productions, 101min. p/s
4:45am The Girls on the Beach (1965) Noreen Corcoran, Martin West. Dir: William Witney. Levin Brothers, 80min. p/s
--------------------------------SATURDAY MARCH 3, 2018-------------------------------
CHALLENGE #2: STAR WARS – QUOTABLE QUOTES
Admiral Ackbar - “It's a trap!”
6:15am The Parent Trap (1961) Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith. Dir: David Swift. Walt Disney Productions, 129min. p/s
Darth Vader - “No, I am your father”
8:30am To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford. Dir: Robert Mulligan. Universal International, 129min. p/s
Practically everyone (Luke, Han, Leia, C3PO) - “I have a bad feeling about this”
10:45am The Haunting (1963) Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson. Dir: Robert Wise. Argyle Enterprises, 112min. p/s
Darth Vader - “I find your lack of faith disturbing”
12:45pm Black Narcissus (1947) Deborah Kerr, David Farrar, Kathleen Byron. Dir: Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger. The Archers, 100min. p/s
Luke Skywalker - “I'm looking for a great warrior”
Yoda - “Ohhh, great warrior. Wars not make one great”
2:30pm The Great Dictator (1940) Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard. Dir: Charles Chaplin. Charles Chaplin Productions, 125min. p/s
AN EVENING FEATURING IMPORTANT FLASHBACKS
Princess Leia - “I Love you”
Han Solo - “I know”
4:45pm Casablanca (1942) Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman. Dir: Michael Curtiz. Warner Bros, 102min. p/s
6:30pm Rashomon (1950) Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo, Masayuki Mori. Dir: Akira Kurosawa. Daiei Tokyo Studios, 88min. p/s
8:00pm Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards. Dir: Sergio Leone. Paramount, 164min. p/s
10:45pm It's a Wonderful Life (1946) James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore. Dir: Frank Capra. Liberty Films, 130min. (Premiere #12)
1:00am Citizen Kane (1941) Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore. Dir: Orson Welles. RKO, 119min. p/s
3:00am The Usual Suspects (1995) Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne. Dir: Bryan Singer. PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, 106min. (Premiere Exempt)
4:45am Oldboy (2003) Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang. Dir: Chan-wook Park. Egg Films, 120min. (Premiere Exempt)
Week of February 25 - March 3, 2018SOTM: Felix BressartTHE ESSENTIALS: Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS: Days of Youth (1929)TCM IMPORTS: The End of Summer (1961), An Autumn Afternoon (1962)FRIDAY NIGHT SPOTLIGHT: Fun in the Sun! (Teenagers on break/vacation)TCM UNDERGROUND: The Usual Suspects (1995), Oldboy (2003)
1. Goofy shorts: Freewayphobia (1965), Goofy's Freeway Troubles (1965), Motor Mania (1950)
2. Star Wars: Quotable Quotes
3. New SOTM: Felix Bressart
4. Optional Night of Disney Treasures
Flesh and Fantasy (1943)
Death Proof (2007)
Scotland Yard (1930)
Green Hell (1940)
Artists and Models Abroad (1938)
Man Made Monster (1941)
Fog Island (1945)
Secret of the Blue Room (1933)
One Frightened Night (1935)
The Night Has Eyes (1942)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Days of Youth (1929)
An Autumn Afternoon (1962)
In Search of the Castaways (1962)
DTV Monster Hits (1987)
DTV Valentine (1986)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
BREAKDOWN:1920s: 11930s: 161940s: 391950s: 121960s: 171970s: 51980s: 31990s: 1
Just some comments about the schedule. It's fairly self-explanatory I think. Sunday starts off with a red theme and ends with a collection of director Yasujiro Ozu's films. This evening's Silent Sunday Night selection, Days of Youth (1929), is Ozu's earliest surviving work.
Monday begins with several films featuring Death, in some form or another. The rest of the day is dedicated to the Goofy challenge. I picked the three Goofy shorts that deal with driving, as those were always some of my favorites, and then paired them with movies that feature cars and drivers and the (sometimes crazy) situations they encounter.
On Tuesday we celebrate the shared birthday of Elizabeth Taylor and Joan Bennett with a selection of their films, including the two “Father” movies they made together.
Wednesday morning begins with some silly/fun wordplay in regard to the movies' titles. The primetime hours are reserved for the optional Disney Treasures challenge. First off is the premiere (hint hint TCM) of In Search of the Castaways (1962) featuring Hayley Mills (boy, do I adore her!). Later we have two True-Life Adventures, including my favorite The Living Desert (1953), and then a repeat of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad (1949). The Legend of Sleepy Hollow portion is one of my favorite Disney productions, and still gives me chills! I always looked forward to The Disney Channel occasionally showing it around Halloween. And speaking of the Disney Channel, that brings us to the final two selections of Disney night. DTV was sort of the Disney Channels version of MTV, in which they'd show old clips of Disney animation set to random songs (usually some great “oldies”). Loved it!
On Thursday morning, we say happy birthday to Lionel Atwill. And who better than Atwill to transition to the afternoon and evening theme of “old dark houses”. Nothing sets a mood for me better than a big old gothic-looking Victorian mansion. These are some good ones!
Friday morning and afternoon feature our new SOTM, Felix Bressart. Now, no one would ever accuse him of being a leading man, but he was always the consummate supporting character actor. His manner and demeanor in the roles he played always spoke to me, and made me truly care about his character. In To Be or Not to Be (1942) when his character, an actor, finally gets to recite the lines of Shylock, Bressart does so with such poignancy and feeling that you almost forget for a moment that you're watching a hilarious comedy. The film blurs the line beautifully between comedic actions set in a very serious, tragic setting. And Felix Bressart is one of the reasons it works so well.
The Friday Night Spotlight is on teen vacation movies. Yes, these movies can be silly, but I've always found them to be fun. Some of the usual suspects are here, but I also included a newer entry that I'm fond of, Shag (1989).
Saturday morning is dedicated to the Star Wars challenge. Honestly, I love the original Star Wars trilogy so much. They've always been some of my favorite movies. So it was nice to see a challenge devoted to them. I decided to choose some classic/favorite quotes and pair them with similarly themed films.
And finally, Casablanca (1942) transitions from Star Wars quotes into the evening theme of films featuring important flashbacks, including this week's Essential, Once Upon a Time in the West (1968). I love everything about this movie, from the interesting characters and story, to the gorgeous cinematography, and of course the flawless score by Ennio Morricone.
TCM Programming Challenge
Sunday June 3, 2018
Morning Theme: Romance in the Big Apple
6:00am Bundle of Joy (1958) Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, dir Norman Taurog RKO 1h38min (p/s)
7:45am I Love You Again (1940) William Powell and Myrna Loy, dir W.S. Van Dyke MGM 1h39min (p/s)
9:30am The Bishop’s Wife (1947) Cary Grant and Loretta Young, dir Henry Koster Samuel Goldwyn 1h49min (p/s)
11:30am Guys and Dolls (1955) Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons, dir Joseph L. Mankiewicz MGM 2h30min (p/s)
2:00pm The Unfaithful (1947) Ann Sheridan and Lew Ayres, dir Vincent Sherman Warner Bros. 1h49min (p/s)
4:00pm Little Nellie Kelly (1940) Judy Garland and George Murphy, dir Norman Taurog MGM 1h38min (p/s)
5:45pm Marjorie Morningstar (1958) Natalie Wood and Gene Kelly, dir Irving Rapper Warner Bros. 2h8min Premiere
Evening Theme: Romance in the Big Apple
8:00pm The Rink (1916) Charlie Chaplin and Edna Purviance, dir Charlie Chaplin Mutual Film Company 24min Short (pd)
8:30pm The Clock (1945) Judy Garland and Robert Walker, dir Vincente Minnelli MGM 1h30min (p/s)
10:00pm Woman of the Year (1942) Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, dir George Stevens MGM 1h56min (p/s)
Silent Sunday Nights: Chaplin Takes Center Stage
12:00am The Gold Rush (1925) Charlie Chaplin and Mack Swain, dir Charlie Chaplin United Artists 1h35min (p/s)
TCM Imports: International Love
1:45am Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) Carmen Maura and Antonio Banderas, dir Pedro Almodovar El Deseo 1h29min Exempt Premiere
3:15am La Cage Aux Folles (1978) Ugo Tognazzi and Michel Serrault, dir Edouard Molinaro United Artists 1h31min (p/s)
5:00am My Life to Live (1962) Anna Karina and Sady Rebbot, dir Jean-Luc Godard Pathe, 1h25min (p/s)
Monday June 4, 2018
Morning Theme: The Music of Elmer Bernstein
6:30am The Tin Star (1957) Henry Fonda and Anthony Perkins, dir Anthony Mann Paramount 1h33min (p/s)
8:15am To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Gregory Peck and Mary Badham, dir Robert Mulligan Universal 2h9min (p/s)
10:30am Ghostbusters (1984) Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, dir Ivan Reitman Columbia 1h45min Premiere
12:15pm Hud (1963) Paul Newman and Melvyn Douglas, dir Martin Ritt Paramount 1hr52min (p/s)
2:15pm The Great Escape (1963) Steve McQueen and James Garner, dir John Sturges United Artists 2h52min (p/s)
5:15pm Hawaii (1966) Julie Andrews and Max von Sydow, dir George Roy Hill Mirisch 2h41min (p/s)
Evening Theme: Election Day
8:00pm Bob Roberts (1992) Tim Robbins and Giancarlo Esposito, dir Tim Robbins Paramount 1h44min (p/s)
9:45pm The Great McGinty (1940) Brian Donlevy and Muriel Angelus, dir Preston Sturges Paramount 1h23min (p/s)
11:15pm All the King’s Men (1949) Broderick Crawford and John Ireland, dir Robert Rossen Columbia 1h49min (p/s)
1:15am The Last Hurrah (1958) Spencer Tracy and Jeffrey Hunter, dir John Ford Columbia 2h1min (p/s)
3:30am The Dark Horse (1932) Warren William and Bette Davis, dir Alfred E. Green Warner Bros. 1h15min (p/s)
Evening Theme: Academy Award-Nominated UPA Short Cartoons
4:45am The Tell-Tale Heart (1953) James Mason, dir Ted Parmelee UPA 7min24sec short (p/s)
5:00am Gerald McBoing-Boing (1950) Marvin Miller, dir Robert Cannon UPA 7min short (p/s)
5:15am Madeline (1952) Gladys Holland, dir Robert Cannon UPA 7min short
5:30am Rooty Toot Toot (1951) Thurl Ravenscroft and Annette Warren, dir John Hubley UPA 7min short (p/s)
5:45am When Magoo Flew (1954) Jim Backus, dir Pete Burness UPA 6min short
Tuesday June 5, 2018
Morning Theme: A Starter’s Guide to Classic Films
6:00am Funny Face (1957) Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire, dir Stanley Donen Paramount 1h43min (p/s)
7:45am Cat People (1942) Simone Simon and Kent Smith, dir Val Lewton RKO 1h13min (p/s)
9:00am Time Bandits (1981) Craig Warnock and David Rappaport, dir Terry Gilliam Avco Embassy Pictures 1h53min Premiere
11:00am Picnic (1955) William Holden and Kim Novak, dir Joshua Logan Columbia 1h55min (p/s)
1:00pm One, Two, Three (1961) James Cagney and Horst Buchholz, dir Billy Wilder United Artists 1h44min (p/s)
2:45pm A Walk in the Sun (1945) Dana Andrews and Richard Conte, dir Lewis Milestone Fox 1h57min (p/s)
4:45pm Ride the High Country (1962) Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea, dir Sam Peckinpah MGM 1h34min (p/s)
6:30pm Silent Running (1972) Bruce Dern and Cliff Potts, dir Douglas Trumbull Universal 1h29min (p/s)
Evening Theme: Fathers on Screen with Darth Vader
8:00pm Father of the Bride (1950) Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor, dir Vincente Minnelli MGM 1h32min (p/s)
9:45pm Judge Hardy’s Children (1938) Mickey Rooney and Lewis Stone, dir George B. Seltz MGM 1h18min (p/s)
11:15pm Hobson’s Choice (1954) Charles Laughton and John Mills, dir David Lean British Lion Films 1h47min (p/s)
1:15am Parenthood (1989) Steve Martin and Tom Hulce, dir Ron Howard Universal 2h4min (p/s)
3:30am Return of the Jedi (1983) Mark Hamil and Harrison Ford, dir Richard Marquand Fox 2h11min Exempt
5:45am A Mouse Divided (1953) Mel Blanc and Bea Benedret, dir Friz Freleng Warner Bros. 7min short
Wednesday June 6, 2018
Morning Theme: Baseball
6:00am Damn Yankees (1958) Tab Hunter and Gwen Verdon, dir George Abbott and Stanley Donen Warner Bros. 1h51min (p/s)
8:00am How to Play Baseball (1942) John McLeish, dir Jack Kinney Walt Disney 8min short
8:15am Angels in the Outfield (1951) Paul Douglas and Janet Leigh, dir Clarence Brown MGM 1h39min (p/s)
10:00am Fear Strikes Out (1957) Anthony Perkins and Karl Malden, dir Robert Mulligan Paramount 1h40min (p/s)
11:45am The Sandlot (1993) Tom Guiry and Mike Vitar, dir David Mickey Evans Fox 1h51min Exempt Premiere
1:45pm The Pride of the Yankees (1942) Gary Cooper and Teresa Wright, dir Sam Wood RKO 2h8min (p/s)
4:00pm Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949) Frank Sinatra and Esther Williams, dir Busby Berkeley MGM 1h33min (p/s)
5:45pm Bull Durham (1988) Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon, dir Ron Shelton Orion 1h48min Exempt Premiere
7:45pm Calling All Pa’s (1942) Pete Smith and Dave O’Brien, dir Will Jason MGM 9min short (p/s)
Evening Theme: Star of the Month: Jane Fonda
8:00pm Coming Home (1978) Jane Fonda and Jon Voight, dir Hal Ashby United Artists 2h6min (p/s)
10:15pm Tall Story (1960) Anthony Perkins and Jane Fonda, dir Joshua Logan Warner Bros. 1h31min (p/s)
12:00am In the Cool of the Day (1963) Peter Finch and Jane Fonda, dir Robert Stevens MGM 1h29min (p/s)
1:30am 9 to 5 (1980) Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, dir Colin Higgins Fox 1hr50min Premiere
3:30am AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda (2014), dir Louis J. Horvitz 1h30min (p/s)
5:00am Fonda on Fonda (1992) Jane Fonda and Peter Fonda, dir David Heeley Top Hat Productions 46min (p/s)
Thursday June 7, 2018
Morning Theme: 1939: Hollywood’s Greatest Year
6:00am Ninotchka (1939) Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas, dir Ernst Lubitsch MGM 1h41min (p/s)
7:45am The Women (1939) Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford, dir George Cukor MGM 2h13min (p/s)
10:00am Wuthering Heights (1939) Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier, dir William Wyler United Artists 1h43min (p/s)
11:45am Gunga Din (1939) Cary Grant and Victor McLaglen, dir George Stevens RKO 1h57min (p/s)
1:45pm Idiot’s Delight (1939) Norma Shearer and Clark Gable, dir Clarence Brown MGM 1h47min (p/s)
3:45pm Stagecoach (1939) Claire Trevor and John Wayne, dir John Ford United Artists 1h36min (p/s)
5:30pm Intermezzo (1939) Leslie Howard and Ingrid Bergman, dir Gregory Ratoff United Artists 1h10min (p/s)
6:45pm 1939: Hollywood’s Greatest Year (2009) Kenneth Branagh and Leonard Maltin, dir Constantine Nasr New Wave Entertainment 1h9min (p/s)
Evening Theme: Treasures from the Disney Vault: Special Guest Host Tony Anselmo, the Current Voice of Donald Duck
8:00pm Donald Applecore (1952), dir Jack Hannah Walt Disney 7min short
8:15pm The New Neighbor (1953), dir Jack Hannah Walt Disney 7min short
8:30pm The Journey of Natty Gann (1985) Meredith Salenger and John Cusack, dir Jeremy Kagan Walt Disney 1h41min Exempt Premiere
10:15pm Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color: Cavalcade of Songs (1955), dir Peter Godfrey and Wilfred Jackson Walt Disney 1h Exempt Premiere
11:15pm Toy Tinkers (1949), dir Jack Hannah Walt Disney 7min short
11:30pm Beauty and the Beast (1991) Paige O’Hara and Robby Benson, dir Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise Walt Disney 1h24min Exempt Premiere
1:00am True-Life Adventures: The African Lion (1955) Winston Hibler, dir James Algar Walt Disney 1h15min Exempt Premiere
2:15am The Sword in the Stone (1963) Rickie Sorensen and Karl Swenson, dir Wolfgang Reitherman Walt Disney 1h19min Exempt Premiere
3:45am The Love Bug (1968) Dean Jones and Michele Lee, dir Robert Stevenson Walt Disney 1h48min Exempt Premiere
5:45am It’s Tough to Be a Bird (1969), dir Ward Kimball Walt Disney 21min short
Friday June 8, 2018
Morning Theme: The Bard
6:15am Tempest (1982) John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands, dir Paul Mazursky Columbia 2h20min (p/s)
8:45am A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999) Kevin Kline and Michelle Pfeiffer, dir Michael Hoffman Regency 2h Premiere
10:45am Romeo and Juliet (1968) Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey, dir Franco Zeffirelli Paramount 2h18min (p/s)
1:15pm As You Like It (1936) Laurence Olivier and Elisabeth Bergner, dir Paul Czinner Fox 1h36min (p/s)
3:00pm Othello (1995) Laurence Fishburne and Irene Jacob, dir Oliver Parker Castle Rock 2h3min Premiere
5:15pm Hamlet (1948) Laurence Olivier and Basil Sydney, dir Laurence Olivier Two Cities 2h35min (p/s)
Evening Theme: TCM Spotlight: The Children’s Hour
8:00pm The Little Kidnappers (1953) Duncan Macrae and Jean Anderson, dir Philip Leacock United Artists 1h33min Premiere
9:45pm Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) Richard Widmark and Marilyn Monroe, dir Roy Ward Baker Fox 1h16min (p/s)
11:15pm Radio Days (1987) Woody Allen and Seth Green, dir Woody Allen Orion 1h25min (p/s)
12:45am Bicycle Thieves (1948) Lamberto Maggiorani and Enzo Staiola, dir Vittorio De Sica Ente Nazionale Industrie Cinematografiche 1h33min (p/s)
2:30am The Secret Garden (1949) Margaret O’Brien and Herbert Marshall, dir Fred M. Wilcox MGM 1h29min (p/s)
4:00am Avalon (1990) Armin Mueller-Stahl and Elizabeth Perkins, dir Barry Levinson TriStar 2h6min (p/s)
Saturday June 9, 2018
Morning Theme: Laughs, Gaffes, and Misunderstandings: A History of Screwball Comedy
6:15 am It Happened One Night (1934) Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, dir Frank Capra Columbia 1h45min (p/s)
8:00am Nothing Sacred (1937) Carole Lombard and Fredric March, dir William A. Wellman United Artists 1h17min (pd)
9:30am His Girl Friday (1940) Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, dir Howard Hawks Columbia 1h32min (pd)
11:15am The Lady Eve (1941) Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda, dir Preston Sturges Paramount 1h34min (p/s)
1:00pm Pillow Talk (1959) Rock Hudson and Doris Day, dir Michael Gordon Universal 1h42min (p/s)
2:45pm What’s Up Doc? (1972) Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal, dir Peter Bogdanovich Warner Bros 1h34min (p/s)
4:30pm Raising Arizona (1987) Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter, dir Joel and Ethan Coen Fox 1h34min Premiere
6:15pm Flirting with Disaster (1996) Ben Stiller and Patricia Arquette, dir David O. Russell Miramax 1h32min Premiere
Evening Theme: The Essentials with Bill Hader: Worlds of Magic and Fantasy
8:00pm Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) Gene Wilder and Jack Albertson, dir Mel Stuart Wolper Pictures 1h39min (p/s)
9:45pm Jason and the Argonauts (1963) Todd Armstrong and Nancy Kovack, dir Don Chaffey Columbia 1h41min (p/s)
11:30pm Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) Minami Takayama and Rei Sakuma, dir Hayao Miyazaki Studio Ghibli 1h42min Premiere
1:15am A Grand Day Out (1989) Peter Sallis, dir Nick Park Aardman 23min short
1:45am The Unicorn in the Garden (1953), dir William T. Hurtz UPA 7min short (p/s)
Morning Theme: TCM Underground: Rockers on Screen
2:00am Performance (1970) James Fox and Mick Jagger, dir Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg Goodtimes 1h45min (p/s)
3:45am Quadrophenia (1979) Phil Daniels and Leslie Ash, dir Franc Roddam The Who Films 2h Exempt Premiere
5:45am Microscopic Mysteries (1932) Pete Smith, dir Hugo Lund MGM 10min short (p/s)
Sunday June 10, 2018
TCM Programming Challenge #36
Week of June 3 - 10, 2018
SOTM: Jane Fonda
The Essentials: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Silent Sunday Nights: The Gold Rush (1925)
TCM Imports: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), La Cage Aux Folles (1978) and My Life to Live (1962)
Friday Night Spotlight: The Children's Hour (Children in Movies)
TCM Underground: Performance (1970) and Quadrophenia (1979)
1. Goofy Shorts: How to Play Baseball (1942)
2. Star Wars: Fathers on Screen with Darth Vader
3. New SOTM: Jane Fonda
4. Optional Challenge: Treasures from the Disney Vault with Special Guest Host Tony Anselmo
Marjorie Morningstar (1958)
Time Bandits (1981)
9 to 5 (1980)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999)
The Little Kidnappers (1953)
Raising Arizona (1987)
Flirting with Disaster (1996)
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
The Sandlot (1993)
Bull Durham (1988)
The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)
Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color: Cavalcade of Songs (1955)
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
True-Life Adventures: The African Lion (1955)
The Sword in the Stone (1963)
The Love Bug (1968)
Totals for Each Decade
Sunday starts off on a romantic note with a series of movies focused on various relationships in New York City including the TCM premiere of Marjorie Morningstar. This series of comedies, musicals and dramas shows why the Big Apple is truly “The city that never sleeps” as far as love is concerned! Silent Sunday sees Charlie Chaplin trying to hash out a living during The Gold Rush. Love in its many fractured forms are spotlighted as part of TCM Imports including in the TCM exempt premiere of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
On Monday, I felt a good way to start off the work week would be a look at the career of one of my favorite film composers, the legendary Elmer Bernstein. Some of Bernstein’s most memorable scores are featured including a personal favorite To Kill a Mockingbird, and the TCM premiere of Ghostbusters. The evening sees a slate of films about elections which was surprisingly not a fruitful subject for older movies. These movies include All The King’s Men and Bob Roberts. The wee small hours of the morning is capped off by a series of Academy Award-nominated animated shorts by United Productions of America. Three of these shorts are being shown on the network for the first time (not counting as premieres due to their being short films) and I look forward to the presentation of these often unusual but charming shorts from one of the pioneers of animation.
So you have decided to subscribe to Turner Classic Movies as part of your cable package? While then Tuesday’s schedule is the one for you! TCM presents the first “Starter’s Guide to Classic Films”, a series of classic films that deviate from the norm. You won’t see The Searchers or Singin’ in the Rain as part of this programming but Ride the High Country and Funny Face are fair game. Each film represents a genre often shown on TCM, that may not be the most popular, but still deserves a watch. Highlights include A Walk in the Sun and the TCM premiere of Terry Gilliam’s adventure movie Time Bandits. In the evening, guest host Darth Vader presents an evening of his favorite films featuring the relationships between fathers and their children capped off by the network premiere of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Watch as the Sith Lord shows his sensitive side!
Play ball! On Wednesday, TCM heads to the ballpark for a series of films about America’s pastime. From the bedeviling antics in Stanley Donen and George Abbott’s Damn Yankees to award-winning character study Fear Strikes Out. Ron Shelton’s 1988 comedy Bull Durham will be shown for the first time on TCM and Goofy will also feature in the hilarious short How to Play Baseball. In the evening, the TCM Star of the Month is Jane Fonda. Day 1 of a four week tribute to Fonda’s 57 year film career which saw the actress go through both highs and lows before returning to prominence with the Netflix series Grace and Frankie. In addition to showcasing Fonda’s Oscar-winning performance in Coming Home and her debut in 1960’s Tall Story, the night will also see 1963 drama In the Cool of the Day and the premiere of 1980 workplace revenge comedy 9 to 5. The evening ends with Fonda’s 2014 AFI tribute and a 1992 documentary where the actress is among those remembering her late father Henry Fonda.
1939 is considered by many to be the greatest year in film history and it’s not hard to see why! Thursday starts with a tribute to the year that saw Gone with the Wind best The Wizard of Oz and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington among other films in one of the best Oscar races Hollywood has ever seen. Among the films featured are classic movie staples Stagecoach and Ninotchka as well as possibly the only film to feature the dancing of Clark Gable, Idiot’s Delight. After a documentary about the films of that legendary year hosted by Kenneth Branagh, Leonard Maltin returns with another iteration of Treasures from the Disney Vault. But this time, he’s joined by co-host Tony Anselmo, the current voice of Disney icon Donald Duck! Anselmo helps Maltin to present a triple feature of cartoons featuring the irate waterfowl. The night also sees six exempt premieres including 1985’s The Journey of Natty Gann, 1963’s magical misadventure The Sword in the Stone, and the first animated film to receive a nomination for Best Picture, 1991’s Beauty and the Beast.
“If Turner Classic Movies be the food of love, than play on”. William Shakespeare takes center stage as films based on some of the Bard’s most cherished plays are highlighted as part of Friday’s schedule. From Laurence Olivier’s award-winning turn as the crown prince of Denmark in Hamlet to Laurence Fishburne as the titular Moor in 1995’s Othello, these films provide a sense of drama and humor that keeps audiences enjoying the words of this immortal writer. The primetime theme is The Children’s Hour and features a block of stellar film performances by child actors, proving that they can be more than cute and precocious. Highlights include the network premiere of Philip Leacock’s The Little Kidnappers and Vittorio De Sica’s masterpiece Bicycle Thieves.
Screwball Saturday highlights the progression of one of my favorite movie subgenres. From its heyday in the 1930’s to its descendants in the 1990’s, screwball continues to evolve, yet still keeps us coming back for more. Premieres include Coen Brothers classic Raising Arizona and David O. Russell’s Flirting with Disaster. Old favorites such as It Happened One Nightand The Lady Eve will also be shown. The Essentials features onetime Essentials Jr. host Bill Hader showcasing Worlds of Magic and Fantasy through a triple feature of fantasy movies for the whole family. Hayao Miyazaki’s 1989 gem Kiki’s Delivery Service makes its debut alongside perennial favorites Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Jason and the Argonauts. These films will be featured as an effort to showcase the ideas of fantasy and magic that are provided through the watching of classic films. Following up the magic will be TCM Underground which will feature two films starring rock stars, Performance starring Mick Jagger and Quadrophenia starring Sting. Both films showcase their respective stars’ ability to act in addition to their talents as musicians.
TCM Schedule, Programming Challenge #36:
Week of April 29, 2018 – May 5, 2018
Sunday, April 29: Daytime
6:00AM High Society (1956) Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly. Dir: Charles Walters. MGM, 114 min.
8:00AM The Hoodlum Priest (1961) Don Murray and Cindi Wood. Dir: Irvin Kershner. United Artists, 101 min.
10:00AM The Garment Jungle (1957) Lee J. Cobb and Kerwin Mathews. Dir: Vincent Sherman and Robert Aldrich. Columbia, 88 min. P/S
12:00PM The Oklahoma Kid (1939) James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart. Dir: Lloyd Bacon. Warner Bros., 85 min.
1:45PM Virginia City (1940) Errol Flynn and Humphrey Bogart. Dir: Michael Curtiz. Warner Bros., 121 min.
4:00PM Swing Your Lady (1938) Humphrey Bogart and Frank McHugh. Dir: Ray Enright. Warner Bros., 77 min.
5:30PM The Return of Dr. X (1939) Humphrey Bogart and Rosemary Lane. Dir: Vincent Sherman. Warner Bros., 62 min.
6:45PM Men Are Such Fools (1938) Humphrey Bogart and Priscilla Lane. Dir: Busby Berkeley. Warner Bros., 69 min.
Sunday, April 29: Primetime: London Addresses
8:00PM 84 Charing Cross Road (1987) Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft. Dir: David Jones. Columbia, 100 min.
10:00PM 10 Rillington Place (1971) Richard Attenborough and Judy Geeson. Dir: Richard Fleischer. Columbia, 111 min. P/S
Sunday, April 29: Late Night: Silent Sunday Night/TCM Imports: Back to the Drawing Board
12:00AM The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926). Dir: Lotte Reiniger. Milestone Films, 67 min. P/S
2:00AM Persepolis (2007) Voices of Catherine Deneuve and Danielle Darrieux. Dir: Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. Sony Pictures Classics, 96 min. Exempt Premiere
3:45AM Spirited Away (2001) Voices of Rumi Hiiragi and Miyu Irino. Dir: Hayao Miyazaki. Toho, 125 min. P/S
Monday, April 30: Daytime: Cloris Leachman Birthday Tribute
6:00AM Kiss Me Deadly (1955) Ralph Meeker and Cloris Leachman. Dir: Robert Aldrich. United Artists, 104 min.
8:00AM The Rack (1956) Paul Newman and Cloris Leachman. Dir: Arnold Laven. MGM, 100 min.
9:45AM The Chapman Report (1962) Jane Fonda and Cloris Leachman. Dir: George Cukor. Warner Bros., 125 min. P/S
12:00PM Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) Paul Newman and Cloris Leachman. Dir: George Roy Hill. 20th Century Fox, 110 min. P/S
2:00PM The Last Picture Show (1971) Timothy Bottoms and Cloris Leachman. Dir: Peter Bogdanovich. Columbia, 118 min. P/S
4:15PM Young Frankenstein (1974) Gene Wilder and Cloris Leachman. Dir: Mel Brooks, 104 min. P/S
6:15PM High Anxiety (1977) Mel Brooks and Cloris Leachman. Dir: Mel Brooks. 20th Century Fox, 94 min. P/S
Monday, April 30: Primetime: Star of the Month: Anne Bancroft
8:00PM Fatso (1980) Dom DeLuise and Anne Bancroft. Dir: Anne Bancroft. 20th Century Fox, 93 min. P/S
9:45PM 'night, Mother (1986) Sissy Spacek and Anne Bancroft. Dir: Tom Moore. Universal, 96 min. Premiere #1
11:30PM To Be or Not to Be (1983) Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft. Dir: Mel Brooks. 20th Century Fox, 108 min. P/S
1:30AM The Elephant Man (1980) Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft. Dir: David Lynch. Paramount, 124 min. P/S
3:45AM Torch Song Trilogy (1988) Harvey Fierstein and Anne Bancroft. Dir: Harvey Fierstein. New Line Cinema, 120 min. P/S
Tuesday, May 1: TCM Spotlight: Offbeat Films (Considering the Director)
6:00AM They Made Me a Criminal (1939) John Garfield and Claude Rains. Dir: Busby Berkeley. Warner Bros., 92 min.
7:45AM 55 Days at Peking (1963) Charlton Heston and Ava Gardner. Dir: Nicholas Ray. Allied Artists, 150 min. P/S
10:30AM The King Steps Out (1936) Grace Moore and Franchot Tone. Dir: Josef Von Sternberg. Columbia, 86 min. P/S
12:00PM Junior Bonner (1972) Steve McQueen and Robert Preston. Dir: Sam Peckinpah. Cinerama, 102 min. P/S
2:00PM Undercurrent (1946) Katharine Hepburn and Robert Taylor. Dir: Vincente Minnelli. MGM, 117 min.
4:15PM The Emperor Waltz (1948) Bing Crosby and Joan Fontaine. Dir: Billy Wilder. Paramount, 108 min. P/S
6:15PM The Great Moment (1944) Joel McCrea and Betty Field. Dir: Preston Sturges. Paramount, 87 min. P/S
8:00PM A Woman of Paris (1923) Edna Purviance and Adolphe Menjou. Dir: Charles Chaplin. United Artists, 93 min.
9:45PM Annie (1982) Carol Burnett and Albert Finney. Dir: John Huston. Columbia, 128 min. P/S
12:00AM Music of the Heart (1999) Meryl Streep and Gloria Estefan. Dir: Wes Craven. Miramax, 123 min. Premiere #2
2:15AM Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941) Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. RKO, 94 min.
4:00AM All These Women (1964) Bibi Andersson and Harriet Andersson. Dir: Ingmar Bergman. Janus, 80 min. P/S
Wednesday, May 2: Daytime: Roscoe Lee Browne Birthday Tribute
6:00AM The Connection (1962) William Redfield and Roscoe Lee Browne. Dir: Shirley Clarke. Filmmakers Distribution Center, 103 min. P/S
8:00AM Black Like Me (1964) James Whitmore and Roscoe Lee Browne. Dir: Carl Lerner. Continental Distributing, 107 min. P/S
10:00AM The Comedians (1967) Richard Burton and Roscoe Lee Browne. Dir: Peter Glenville. MGM, 160 min. P/S
1:00PM Topaz (1969) John Forsythe and Roscoe Lee Browne. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. Universal, 126 min. P/S
3:15PM The Cowboys (1972) John Wayne and Roscoe Lee Browne. Dir: Mark Rydell. Warner Bros., 132 min. P/S
5:45PM Logan’s Run (1975) Michael York and Roscoe Lee Browne. Dir: Michael Anderson. MGM, 119 min.
Wednesday, May 2: Primetime: WWII Transportation
8:00PM Victory Vehicles (1943). Dir: Jack Kinney. Disney, 8 min. How To… Goofy Premiere
8:15PM The Autobiography of a Jeep (1943) Desi Arnaz. Dir: Irving Lerner. U.S. Office of War Information, 9 min. P/S
8:30PM The First of the Few (1942) Leslie Howard and David Niven. Dir: Leslie Howard. British Aviation Pictures, 119 min. P/S
10:45PM In Which We Serve (1942) Noel Coward and John Mills. Dir: Noel Coward. Two Cities Films, 115 min. P/S
3:00AM The Longest Day (1962) John Wayne and Robert Mitchum. Dir: Ken Annakin. 20th Century Fox, 178 min. P/S
Thursday, May 3: Daytime: Robert Osborne’s Favorites
6:00AM The Band Wagon (1953) Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse. Dir: Vincente Minnelli. MGM, 113 min.
8:00AM The Third Man (1949) Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles. Dir: Carol Reed. London Films, 104 min. P/S
10:00AM Libeled Lady (1936) Spencer Tracy and Myrna Loy. Dir: Jack Conway. MGM, 98 min.
11:45AM A Place in the Sun (1951) Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor. Dir: George Stevens. Paramount, 121 min. P/S
2:00PM This is Spinal Tap (1984) Michael McKean and Christopher Guest. Dir: Rob Reiner. Embassy Pictures, 82 min. P/S
3:30PM Leave Her to Heaven (1945) Gene Tierney and Cornel Wilde. Dir: John M. Stahl. 20th Century Fox, 110 min. P/S
5:30PM The Razor’s Edge (1946) Tyrone Power and Gene Tierney. Dir: Edmund Goulding. 20th Century Fox, 145 min. P/S
Thursday, May 3: Primetime: Treasures from the Disney Vault
8:00PM Mary Poppins (1964) Dick Van Dyke and Mary Poppins. Dir: Robert Stevenson. Disney, 139 min. Exempt Premiere
10:30PM The Boys: The Sherman Brothers Story (2009) Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. Dir: Gregory V. Sherman and Jeffrey C. Sherman. Disney, 101 min. Exempt Premiere
12:30AM Never a Dull Moment (1968) Dick Van Dyke and Edward G. Robinson. Dir: Jerry Paris. Disney, 98 min. Exempt Premiere
2:15AM Night Crossing (1982) John Hurt and Jane Alexander. Dir: Delbert Mann. Disney, 107 min. Exempt Premiere
4:15AM The Black Hole (1979) Maximillian Schell and Anthony Perkins. Dir: Gary Nelson. Disney, 98 min. P/S
Friday, May 4: Daytime: Eccentric Millionaires
6:00AM Citizen Kane (1941) Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten. Dir: Orson Welles. RKO, 119 min.
8:15AM House on Haunted Hill (1959) Vincent Price and Carol Ohmart. Dir: William Castle. Allied Artists, 75 min. P/S
9:45AM Bikini Beach (1964) Keenan Wynn and Martha Hyer. Dir: William Asher. American International, 99 min. P/S
11:30AM The Magic Christian (1970) Peter Sellers and Ringo. Dir: Joseph McGrath. Commonwealth United, 95 min. Premiere #3
1:15PM Murder by Death (1976) Truman Capote and Alec Guinness. Dir: Robert Moore. Columbia, 95 min. P/S
3:00PM Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) Gene Wilder and Jack Albertson. Dir: Mel Stuart. Paramount, 100 min. P/S
4:45PM Jurassic Park (1993) Richard Attenborough and Sam Neill. Dir: Steven Spielberg. Universal, 127 min. Premiere #4
7:00PM Hollywood Without Make-Up (1963) Ken Murray. Dir: Rudy Behlmer. Filmaster, 50 min. P/S
Friday, May 4: Primetime: The Cast of Star Wars, Post-Star Wars
8:00PM Corvette Summer (1978) Mark Hammill and Annie Potts. Dir: Matthew Robbins. MGM, 104 min.
10:00PM Witness (1985) Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis. Dir: Peter Weir. Paramount, 112 min. Premiere #5
12:00AM Postcards from the Edge (1990) Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine. Dir: Mike Nichols. Columbia, 101 min. Premiere #6
2:00AM A Passage to India (1984) Judy Davis and Alec Guinness. Dir: David Lean. EMI, 163 min. P/S
5:00AM Hollywood My Hometown (1965) Ken Murray. Dir: William Martin. Filmaster, 54 min. P/S
Saturday, May 5: Daytime
6:00AM Pride and Prejudice (1940) Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier. Dir: Robert Z. Leonard. MGM, 119 min.
8:15AM San Francisco (1936) Clark Gable and Jeanette MacDonald. Dir: W.S. Van Dyke. MGM, 116 min.
10:30AM The Belles of St. Trinian’s (1954) Alistair Sim and Joyce Grenfell. Dir: Frank Launder. British Lion Films, 86 min. Premiere #7
12:00PM The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) Alec Guinness and William Holden. Dir: David Lean. Columbia, 161 min. P/S
3:00PM The Roots of Heaven (1958) Errol Flynn and Juliette Greco. Dir: John Huston. 20th Century Fox, 123 min. Premiere #8
5:15PM The Nun’s Story (1959) Audrey Hepburn and Peter Finch. Warner Bros., 152 min. P/S
Saturday, May 5: Primetime: The Essentials: Nuns
8:00PM Black Narcissus (1947) Deborah Kerr and Sabu. Dir: Michael Powell. Rank, 101 min. P/S
10:00PM Agnes of God (1985) Jane Fonda and Anne Bancroft. Dir: Norman Jewison. Columbia, 98 min. P/S
12:00AM Heaven Knows Mr. Allison (1957) Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr. Dir: John Huston. 20th Century Fox, 105 min. P/S
Saturday, May 5: Late Night: TCM Underground: Cannibalism
2:00AM Motel Hell (1980) Rory Calhoun and Nancy Parsons. Dir: Kevin Connor. United Artists, 101 min. Exempt Premiere
4:00AM Eating Raoul (1982) Mary Woronov and Paul Bartel. Dir: Paul Bartel. Criterion, 90 min. P/S
SOTM: Anne Bancroft
THE ESSENTIALS: Black Narcissus (1947)
SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS: The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)
TCM IMPORTS: Persepolis (2007), Spirited Away (2001)
TCM SPOTLIGHT: Unusual Films (Considering the Director)
TCM UNDERGROUND: Motel Hell (1980), Eating Raoul (1982)
NOIR ALLEY (because why not?): The Garment Jungle (1957)
GOOFY SHORTS: Victory Vehicles (1944)
STAR WARS: The Cast of Star Wars, After Star Wars
OPTIONAL: TREASURES FROM THE DISNEY VAULT
NON-EXEMPT PREMIERES: 8
‘night, Mother (1986)
Music of the Heart (1999)
The Magic Christian (1970)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Postcards from the Edge (1990)
The Belles of St. Trinian’s (1954)
The Roots of Heaven (1958)
Just a few notes, though this is mostly self-explanatory. We kick off the week with The Garment Jungle on Noir Alley, followed by an afternoon featuring Humphrey Bogart in some of the many oddball roles he had before he became a star, including his two appearances in westerns and Bogie’s only horror film. The primetime double feature this Sunday night revolves around two addresses in London: The first, 84 Charing Cross Road, is the home of bookshop proprietor Anthony Hopkins, who has a decades-long correspondence with American woman Anne Bancroft, and the second, 10 Rillington Place, is the home of a notorious British serial killer played by Richard Attenborough. The evening’s Silent Sunday Night and TCM Import features are connected by the fact that all three are animated films, including the premiere of Persepolis (2007), a story of a young girl coming of age during the Iranian revolution in 1979, featuring the voices of three talented French actresses: Chiara Mastroianni, her mother Catherine Deneuve, and Danielle Darrieux.
Monday begins with a birthday tribute to actress Cloris Leachman. Leachman is best known for her extensive television work, having won more Emmy Awards than any other performer, but she has made many film appearances as well, including her Oscar winning turn in The Last Picture Show (1971) and her work in the Mel Brooks comedies Young Frankenstein (1974) and High Anxiety (1976). The primetime hours are devoted to some of the later films of our Star of the Month, Anne Bancroft. Featured tonight are Bancroft’s only directorial effort, Fatso (1980), in which she co-stars with Dom DeLuise, the TCM premiere of the 1986 drama ‘night, Mother, which pairs Bancroft with Sissy Spacek, the only film Bancroft starred in with her husband Mel Brooks, the 1983 remake of To Be or Not to Be. Rounding out the night are Bancroft’s supporting parts in the 1980 David Lynch-directed film The Elephant Man and the 1988 Harvey Fierstein-directed dramedy Torch Song Trilogy.
Tuesday brings us to the first day of May, and the start of the new month means a new Spotlight on TCM. This month, the focus is on films that were somehow unusual in the careers of their directors. Here’s the rundown:
The only crime drama directed by Busby Berkeley (They Made Me a Criminal (1939));
An impersonal epic directed by Nicholas Ray (55 Days at Peking (1963));
A frothy operetta from Josef von Sternberg (The King Steps Out (1936));
The rare Sam Peckinpah western that does not end in a bloodbath (Junior Bonner (1972));
A film noir directed by Vincente Minnelli (Undercurrent (1946));
A sentimental, completely lightweight film from Billy Wilder (The Emperor Waltz (1948));
The only biopic directed by the master of 1940s comedy, Preston Sturges (The Great Moment (1944));
The only genuine drama directed by Charlie Chaplin (A Woman of Paris (1923));
The only musical directed by John Huston (Annie (1982));
The only non-horror movie directed by Wes Craven (Music of the Heart (1999));
The only screwball comedy directed by Alfred Hitchcock (Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941));
And one of the few comedies directed by Ingmar Bergman (All These Women (1964)).
The primetime films in this series are co-hosted by the filmmaking team of Joel and Ethan Coen.
The daytime hours on Wednesday celebrate the birthday of Roscoe Lee Browne. Sure, he never got leading roles, but he was a familiar and reliable supporting actor on film and television for four decades. The primetime theme tonight is WWII transportation, beginning with the Goofy short film Victory Vehicles, in which Goofy, prompted by wartime shortages of gas and tires, demonstrates an alternative method of getting around on the home front: The pogo stick. Then it’s the documentary short Autobiography of a Jeep, the British propaganda film The First of the Few, starring Leslie Howard as the inventor of the Spitfire, and the story of a British destroyer, In Which We Serve.
Thursday, May 3 is the late Robert Osborne’s birthday, so TCM honors him today with a marathon of his favorite films, including two starring his favorite actress of Hollywood’s golden age, Gene Tierney. Then in the evening we open up the Disney Vault once again, with four TCM premieres: Up first is Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke in the classic Mary Poppins, then it’s the 2009 documentary The Boys: The Sherman Brothers Story, about the legendary Disney songwriters who won an Oscar for their work on Mary Poppins, then it’s Dick Van Dyke and Edward G. Robinson in the 1968 comedy Never a Dull Moment. We shift gears dramatically in the late-night hours, with a 1982 mystery-thriller from Disney, Night Crossing with John Hurt and Jane Alexander. The first three films on the night’s line-up are introduced by host Leonard Maltin and special guest Dick Van Dyke.
Friday, May 4 features a line-up of films centred around eccentric millionaires (and billionaires)—from Orson Welles obsessing over a sled on his deathbed in Citizen Kane, and Vincent Price paying people to stay in a creepy old mansion in House on Haunted Hill, to Richard Attenborough thinking that it’s somehow a good idea to create a theme park filled with dinosaurs in Jurassic Park. This being Star Wars day, the primetime films tonight all feature the involvement of one principle cast member of the original 1977 film in one of the films they made afterward. Mark Hammill has been a consistently busy character actor, popping up in the lead role in Corvette Summer one year after his success as Luke Skywalker. Harrison Ford has had probably the most success avoiding typecasting from his role as Han Solo, and the TCM premiere of his 1985 film Witness is a fine example of the varied work he has done over the years. The late Carrie Fisher had some problems in the years after the original Star Wars film, which she detailed in her memoir Postcards from the Edge, adapted into the film of the same name starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine. And just for the fun of it, we see Alec Guinness post-Star Wars as an Indian doctor in David Lean’s last film, A Passage to India.
The daytime hours of Saturday have no particular rhyme or reason to the programming, just as TCM’s weekends don’t generally have a unifying theme. This week’s Essential is Black Narcissus, hosted by Alec Baldwin and director Martin Scorsese, who cites the film as one of his favorites. We follow that film with two more dramas about Catholic Nuns: Agnes of God, with Jane Fonda and Anne Bancroft, and Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison, the first of three films Black Narcissus star Deborah Kerr made with Robert Mitchum. Then it’s time for our weekly visit to the TCM Underground, where we’re looking at some cinematic representations of cannibals courtesy of Motel Hell and Eating Raoul.
is it too late to add programming notes to my schedule?
I don't think it's too late.
Dang, what a wealth of programming! I feel like my line is, "Anything happen while I was out?" This is so awesome! Great job, everyone!
JamesStewartFan95--Love that Elmer Bernstein tribute, screwball comedies through time, 1939, UPA, and the baseball movies, especially DAMN YANKEES. I would love to hear what Darth Vader would say as the guest programmer for those father movies. Thanks for scheduling SWORD IN THE STONE--I feel like the Princess movies get all the attention, and this one gets shoved under the rug a lot, but it's one of my favorite Disney animated classics.
Keyes--love the idea of showing the Star Wars cast in other films and the unusual Director films. I've never even heard of that Goofy cartoon, so thanks for introducing me--and it makes a great theme, too. Robert Osbourne would have loved your tribute. So many great movies in here.
Stevo--Star Wars quotes is a great idea. Love the idea of putting all of Goofy's driving cartoons together--I forgot that Freewayphobia toon existed--haven't seen it in years. "One Thing Leads to Another" is so clever and brilliant. But mostly... FELIX BRESSART!!! YES!!!!
...And thanks for all the Disney Vault entries! Yay!
It's never too late! GO FOR IT!
CinemaInternational: Love Gene Tierney as your SOTM, Rin Tin Tin is an inspired choice for a Guest Programmer, love Paramount in the 1930's (and I went a somewhat similar direction in my schedule) Disney "Light & Dark" is wonderful as is RKO Noir and, any schedule which includes the camp classic,"Valley of the Dolls" is ok by me.
Speedracer5: I thought the laundry theme was a riot, love Ricky Ricardo as guest programmer, an Eleanor Powell salute is long overdue as is one to Jeanne Crain. Your handling of the Star Wars challenge was very clever!
Stevomachino: "Seeing Red" is such fun, love your SOTM, Felix Bressart (he always adds so much to a film) as well as your use of Star Wars quotes and Old Dark Houses. So glad you saluted Lionel Atwill and liked the Goofy driving movies, too.
JamesStewartFan95: Romance in the Big Apples was a great segment along with your salute to Elmer Bernstein. The "Starters Guide to Classic Film" is terrific and Darth Vader as guest programmer (showing his "softer side") is a riot. Love Screwball Saturday and your TCM Spotlight, "The Children's Hour."
Barton Keyes: Your TCM Spotlight (offbeat films for certain directors) was incredible. What a great idea. Also loved your "Victory Vehicles" aka WWII Transportation segment - so clever. Your Robert Osborne "picks" segment was very touching . . .
(Hope I didn't miss anyone's schedules . . .) As for me, I am done and should post mine tonight or tomorrow. Thanks LP for hosting a great challenge. I was a little daunted by the "Goofy Challenge" at first but it turned out to be a brilliant idea.
I've never even heard of that Goofy cartoon, so thanks for introducing me--and it makes a great theme, too.
I concur with you on Victory Vehicles. I just watched that short for the first time and it was a hoot.
TCM Programming Challenge #36
December 9 – 15, 2018
SUNDAY, December 9
“Over my dead bodies.”
Clue Club Mysteries
6 AM WHILE THE PATIENT SLEPT (1935) Aline MacMahon & Guy Kibbee. Dir: Ray Enright. WB, 66 min. p/s
7:15 AM THE WHITE COCKATOO (1935) Jean Muir & Ricardo Cortez. Dir: Alan Crosland. WB, 73 min. p/s
8:30 AM THE MURDER OF DR. HARRIGAN (1936) Ricardo Cortez & Kay Linaker. Dir: Frank McDonald. WB, 67 min. p/s
9:45 AM MURDER BY AN ARISTOCRAT (1936) Lyle Talbot & Marguerite Churchill. Dir: Frank McDonald. WB, 60 min. p/s
10:45 AM THE CASE OF THE CURIOUS BRIDE (1935) Warren William & Margaret Lindsay. Dir: Michael Curtiz. WB, 80 min. p/s
“Take it easy. Temper like that and one day you’ll find yourself riding through town with your belly to the sun, your best suit on and no place to go but hell.”
Happy Birthday, Dalton Trumbo
12:15 PM A MAN TO REMEMBER (1938) Edward Ellis & Anne Shirley. Dir: Garson Kanin. RKO, 79 min. p/s
1:45 PM FIVE CAME BACK (1939) Chester Morris & Lucille Ball. Dir. John Farrow. RKO, 74 min. p/s
3:00 PM GUN CRAZY (1950) Peggy Cummins & John Dall. Dir: Joseph Lewis. UA, 87 min. p/s
4:30 PM LONELY ARE THE BRAVE (1962) Kirk Douglas & Gena Rowlands. Dir: David Miller. Joel Prod., 107 min. p/s
6:30 PM WE WHO ARE YOUNG (1940) Lana Turner & John Shelton. Dir: Harold S. Buquet. MGM, 80 min. p/s
“How could I have known that murder could sometimes smell like honeysuckle?”
The Two Faces of Fred
8 PM THE ABSENT MINDED PROFESSOR (1961) Fred MacMurray & Nancy Olson. Dir: Robert Stevenson. Walt Disney Productions, 92 min. p/s
10:45 PM DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944) Fred MacMurray & Barbara Stanwyck. Dir: Billy Wilder. Paramount, 110 min. p/s
“Once a man loves her, he never forgets her.”
Silent Greta/Swedish Greta
12:45 AM A WOMAN OF AFFAIRS (1928) Greta Garbo & John Gilbert. Dir: Clarence Brown. MGM, 91 min., p/s
2:30 AM THE SAGA OF GOSTA BERLING (1924) Lars Hanson & Greta Garbo. Dir: Mauritz Stiller. AB Svenska, 183 min. EX-PR
MONDAY, December 10
“You’re just like a naughty little boy!”
100 Years of Tarzan Films
6 AM TARZAN OF THE APES (1918) Elmo Lincoln & Enid Markey. Dir: Scott Sidney. First Nat’l, 61 min. p/s
7:15 AM TARZAN THE APE MAN (1932) Johnny Weissmuller & Maureen O’Sullivan. Dir: W.S. Van Dyke. MGM, 100 min. p/s
9 AM TARZAN AND HIS MATE (1934) Johnny Weissmuller & Maureen O’Sullivan. Dir: Jack Conway. MGM, 87 min. p/s
10:30 AM TARZAN AND THE AMAZONS (1945) Johnny Weissmuller & Brenda Joyce. Dir: Kurt Neumann. MGM, 75 min. p/s
11:45 PM TARZAN’S PERIL (1951) Lex Barker & Virginia Macready. Dir: Byron Haskin. Sol Lesser Prod, 78 min. p/s
1:15 PM TARZAN AND THE MERMAIDS (1948) Johnny Weissmuller & Brenda Joyce. Dir: Robert Florey. Sol Lesser Prod. 68 min. p/s
“Always the gypsies, they sing, weird and sad.”
2:30 PM THE SQUALL (1929) Myrna Loy & Richard Tucker. Dir: Alexander Korda. First Nat’l, 102 min. p/s
4:15 PM THE GYPSY AND THE GENTLEMAN (1958) Melina Mercouri & Keith Michell. Dir: Joseph Losey. Maurice Cowan Prod., 107 min. p/s
6:15 PM GYPSY GIRL (1966) Hayley Mills & Ian McShane. Dir: John Mills. John Mills Prod., 105 min. p/s
“We women can do things to a man we love that men wouldn’t do to a rattlesnake.”
Challenge #3 -- Star of the Month -- Una Merkel
8 PM THE BAT WHISPERS (1930) Chester Morris & Una Merkel. Dir: Roland West. UA, 83 min. p/s
9:30 PM ABRAHAM LINCOLN (1930) Walter Huston & Una Merkel. Dir: D.W. Griffith, UA, 97 min. p/s
11:30 AM THE MALTESE FALCON (1931) Bebe Daniels & Ricardo Cortez. Dir: Roy Del Ruth, WB, 80 min. p/s
1 AM THE SECRET WITNESS (1931) Una Merkel & Wm. Collier, Jr., Dir: Thornton Freeman. Columbia, 65 min. EX-PR
2:15 AM SARATOGA (1937) Clark Gable & Jean Harlow. Dir: Jack Conway. MGM, 92 min. p/s
4 AM BEAUTY FOR SALE (1933) Madge Evans & Otto Kruger. Dir: Richard Boleslavsky. MGM, 87 min. p/s
5:30 AM WHISTLING IN THE DARK (1933) Ernest Truex & Una Merkel. Dir: Elliot Nugent. MGM, 76 min. p/s
TUESDAY, December 11
“A tall good looking fellow just dying to meet you? Probably write a poem to your eyebrows or something.”
Star of the Month – Una Merkel (cont.)
7 AM MURDER IN THE PRIVATE CAR (1934) Charles Ruggles & Una Merkel. Dir: Harry Beaumont. MGM, 60 min. p/s
8 AM FOUR GIRLS IN WHITE (1939) Florence Rice & Una Merkel. Dir: S. Sylvan Simon, MGM, 70 min. p/s
9:15 AM THE MAD DOCTOR OF MARKET STREET (1942) Una Merkel & Lionel Atwill. Dir: Joseph H. Lewis. Universal, 60 min. p/s
10:15 AM KILL THE UMPIRE (1950) William Bendix & Una Merkel. Dir: Lloyd Bacon. Columbia, 78 min. p/s
11:45 AM THE PARENT TRAP (1961) Hayley Mills & Maureen O’Hara. Dir: David Swift. Walt Disney Prod.,129 min. p/s
“They all start out as Juliets and wind up as Lady Macbeths.”
Hitchcock Blondes Without Hitchcock
2 PM The CASE AGAINST MRS. AMES (1936) Madeleine Carroll & George Brent. Dir: William Seiter. Paramount, 85 min. PREMIERE
3:30 PM HIGH NOON (1952) Gary Cooper & Grace Kelly. Dir: Fred Zinneman. UA, 87 min. p/s
5:00 PM RAGE IN HEAVEN (1941) Robert Montgomery & Ingrid Bergman. Dir: W.S. Van Dyke. MGM, 85 min. p/s
6:30 PM PUSHOVER (1954) Fred MacMurray & Kim Novak. Dir: Richard Quine. Columbia, 88 min. p/s
“Funny how gentle people get with you once you’re dead.”
Guest Programmer -- Joe Gillis from “Sunset Boulevard”
8 PM JUST A GIGOLO (1931) William Haines & Irene Purcell. Dir: Jack Conway, MGM, 66 min. p/s
9:15PM THE PLAYER (1992) Tim Robbins & Greta Scacchi. Dir: Robert Altman. Ave. Pictures, 124 min. p/s
11:30 PM IN A LONELY PLACE (1950) Humphrey Bogart & Gloria Grahame. Dir: Nicholas Ray. Columbia, 94 min. p/s
1:15 AM WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (1962) Bette Davis & Joan Crawford. Dir: Robert Aldrich, WB, 133 min. p/s
3:30 AM THE DROWNING POOL (1975) Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward. Dir: Stuart Rosenberg. WB, 109 min. p/s
WEDNESDAY, December 12
“Shoot first and ask questions afterward.”
Happy 125th Birthday, Edward G. Robinson
6 AM LITTLE CAESAR (1931) Edward G. Robinson & Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Dir: Mervyn LeRoy. WB, 79 min. p/s
7:30 AM FIVE STAR FINAL (1931) Edward G. Robinson & Marian Marsh. Dir: Mervyn LeRoy. WB, 89 min. p/s
9 AM THE MAN WITH TWO FACES (1934) Edward G. Robinson & Mary Astor. Dir: Archie Mayo. WB, 72 min. p/s
10:15 AM LARCENY, INC. (1942) Edward G. Robinson & Jane Wyman. Dir: Lloyd Bacon. WB, 95 min. p/s
12:15 PM BROTHER ORCHID (1940) Edward G. Robinson & Ann Sothern. Dir: Lloyd Bacon. WB, 80 min. p/s
1:45 PM THE SEA WOLF (1941) Edward G. Robinson & Ida Lupino. Dir: Michael Curtiz, WB, 90 min. p/s
3:15 PM THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW (1944) Edward G. Robinson & Joan Bennett. Dir: Fritz Lang. RKO, 99 min. p/s
5 PM THE CINCINNATI KID (1965) Steve McQueen & Edward G. Robinson. Dir: Norman Jewison. MGM, 102 min. p/s
6:45 PM THE LITTLE GIANT (1933) Edward G. Robinson & Mary Astor. Dir: Roy Del Ruth. First Nat’l, 74 min. p/s
“Someone has to save our skins. Into the garbage chute, fly-boy.”
Challenge #2 - Star Wars -- Kick-**** Heroines
8 PM STAR WARS (1977) Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford & Carrie Fisher. Dir: George Lucas. Fox, 121 min. EX-PR
10:15 PM RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981) Harrison Ford & Karen Allen. Dir: Stephen Spielberg. LucasFilm/Paramount, 115 min. EX-PR
12:15 AM ALIEN (1979) Sigourney Weaver & Tom Skerritt. Dir: Ridley Scott. Fox, 117 min. p/s
2:15 AM THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (2011) Daniel Craig & Rooney Mara. Dir: David Fincher. Scott Rudin Prod./Yellow Bird, 158 min. EX-PR
5 AM THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991) Jodie Foster & Anthony Hopkins. Dir: Jonathan Demme. Orion, 118 min p/s
THURSDAY, December 13
“So few people can boast that they’ve lost a flying saucer AND a man from Mars, all in the same day.”
Let It Snow.
7 AM THE CALL OF THE WILD (1935) Clark Gable & Loretta Young. Dir: William Wellman. Fox, 89 min. p/s
8:30 AM SNOWED UNDER (1936) George Brent & Genevieve Tobin. Dir: Ray Enright. WB, 63 min. p/s
9:45 AM THE GOLD RUSH (1925) Charlie Chaplin & Carli Elinor. Dir: Charlie Chaplin. UA, 95 min. p/s
11:30 AM THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951) Margaret Sheridan & Kenneth Tobey. Dir: Christian Nyby. RKO, 87 min. p/s
"What’s the matter, Sherlock? Aren’t we going to play detective anymore?”
The Morgan Brothers
1 PM LITTLE MISS NOBODY (1936) Jane Withers & Ralph Morgan. Dir: John Blystone. Fox, 65 min. PREMIERE
2:15 PM THE KISS BEFORE THE MIRROR (1933) Nancy Carroll & Frank Morgan. Dir: James Whale. Universal, 67 min. p/s
3:30 PM SHADOWS OVER SHANGHAI (1938) James Dunn & Ralph Morgan. Dir: Charles Lamont. Grand Nat’l, 65 min. PREMIERE
4:45 PM WASHINGTON MELODRAMA (1941) Frank Morgan & Ann Rutherford. Dir: S. Sylvan Simon. MGM, 78 min. p/s
6:15 PM STAR OF MIDNIGHT (1935) William Powell, Ginger Rogers & Ralph Morgan. Dir: Stephen Roberts. RKO, 90 min. p/s
“Go back to Jersey, sonny. This is the City of the Angels and you haven’t got any wings.”
Challenge #1 – Goofy “How To” Cartoons -- How To Be A Detective.
8 PM HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE (1952) Goofy & Weasel. Dir: Jack Kinney. Walt Disney Productions, 6:59 min.
8:15 PM THE MALTESE FALCON (1941) Humphrey Bogart & Mary Astor. Dir: John Huston. WB, 101 min. p/s
10:15 PM LAURA (1944) Gene Tierney & Dana Andrews. Dir: Otto Preminger. 20th Century Fox, 88 min. p/s
11:45 PM LA CONFIDENTIAL (1997) Kevin Spacey & Russell Crowe. Dir: Curtis Hanson. WB, 138 min. p/s
2:15 AM CHINATOWN (1974) Jack Nicholson & Faye Dunaway. Dir: Roman Polanski. Paramount, 131 min. p/s
4:30 AM THE THIN MAN (1934) William Powell & Myrna Loy. Dir: W. S. Van Dyke. MGM, 93 min. p/s
FRIDAY, December 14
“It’s not the men in your life that counts, it’s the life in your men.”
6:15 AM NIGHT AFTER NIGHT (1932) George Raft & Constance Cummings. Dir: Archie Mayo. Paramount, 70 min. p/s
7:30 AM UNDER-COVER MAN (1932) George Raft & Nancy Carroll. Dir: James Flood. Paramount, 74 min. PREMIERE
8:45 AM THE STRANGE CASE OF CLARA DEANE (1932) Wynne Gibson & Pat O’Brien. Dir: Louis J. Gasnier & Max Marcin. Paramount, 60 min. PREMIERE
9:45 AM THE WOMAN ACCUSED(1933) Nancy Carroll & Cary Grant. Dir: Paul Sloane. Paramount, 70 min. PREMIERE
11 AM FROM HEAVEN TO HELL (1933) Carole Lombard & Jack Oakie. Dir: Eric Kenton, Paramount, 70 min. PREMIERE
12:15 PM THE GIRL IN 419 (1933) James Dunn & Gloria Stuart. Dir: Alexander Hall & George Sommes, Paramount, 67 min. PREMIERE
1:30 PM MIDNIGHT CLUB (1933) Clive Brook & George Raft. Dir: Alexander Hall & George Sommes. Paramount, 64 min. PREMIERE
2:45 PM HIS DOUBLE LIFE (1933) Roland Young & Lillian Gish.
Dir. Arthur Hopkins. Paramount, 68 min. PREMIERE
4 PM I’M NO ANGEL (1933) Mae West & Cary Grant. Dir: Wesley Ruggles. Paramount, 87 min. p/s
5:30 PM GOOD DAME (1934) Sylvia Sidney & Frederic March. Dir: Marion Gering. Paramount , 72 min. PREMIERE
6:45 PM HOT SATURDAY (1932) Nancy Carroll & Cary Grant. Dir: William A. Seiter. Paramount, 72 min. p/s
“It’s easy, really, if you're clever! A few chemicals mixed together. That's all. And flesh and blood and bones just - fade away.”
Friday Night Spotlight -- Mad Scientists
8 PM THE INVISIBLE MAN (1933) Claude Rains & Gloria Stuart. Dir: James Whale. Universal, 71 min. p/s
9:15 PM ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (1932) Charles Laughton & Richard Arlen. Dir: Eric C. Kenton. Paramount, 71 min. p/s
10:30 PM SON OF FRANKENSTEIN (1939) Basil Rathbone & Boris Karloff. Dir:
Rowland V. Lee. Universal, 99 min. p/s
12:15 AM THE FLY (1958) David Hedison & Patricia Owens. Dir: Kurt Neumann. Fox, 93 min. p/s
2 AM THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL (1978) Gregory Peck & Lawrence Olivier. Dir:
Franklin J. Schaffner. Fox, 125 min. p/s
4:15 AM BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985) Michael J. Fox & Christopher Lloyd. Dir: Robert Zemeckis. Amblin/Universal, 116 min. p/s
SATURDAY, December 15
“There’s no doubt about it. That’s The Sound.”
6:15 AM THE FABULOUS DORSEYS (1947) Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey. Dir: Alfred E. Green. UA, 88 min. p/s
7:45 AM THE GLENN MILLER STORY (1954) James Stewart & June Allyson. Dir: Anthony Mann. Universal, 118 min. p/s
9:45 AM ORCHESTRA WIVES (1942) George Montgomery & Ann Rutherford. Dir: Archie Mayo. Fox, 98 min. p/s
11:30 AM THE GENE KRUPA STORY (1959) Sal Mineo & Susan Kohner. Dir: Don Weis. Columbia, 101 min. p/s
1:15 PM LAS VEGAS NIGHTS (1941) Phil Regan & Bert Wheeler. Dir: Ralph Murphy. Paramount, 90 min. p/s
“Cruella DeVil. Cruella DeVil. If she doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will.”
Challenge #4 -- Disney Treasures
2:45 PM THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY (1963) Emile Genest & John Drainie. Dir: Fletcher Markle. Walt Disney Productions, 80 min. p/s
4:15 PM 101 DALMATIONS (1961) Rod Taylor & Cate Bauer. Dir: Wolfgang Reitherman, Hamilton Luske & Clyde Geronimi. Walt Disney, 79 min. EX-PR
5:45 PM BAMBI (1942) Donnie Dunagan & Paula Winslowe. Dir: David Hand. Walt Disney Productions, 70 min. EX-PR
7 PM THE DISNEYLAND STORY (1954) Walt Disney. Dir: Robert Florey & Wilfred Jackson. Walt Disney Productions, 60 min. p/s
“Step One: We find the worst play ever written, a surefire flop. Step Two: I raise a million bucks. Lots of little old ladies out there. Step Three: You go back to work on the books, two of them - one for the government, one for us. You can do it, Bloom; you're a wizard!”
8 PM THE UNTOUCHABLES (1987) Kevin Costner & Sean Connery. Dir: Brian DePalma. Paramount, 119 min. THE ESSENTIAL PREMIERE
10 PM THE PRODUCERS (1967) Mel Brooks & Gene Wilder. Dir: Mel Brooks. Crossbow Prod., 88 Min. p/s
11:30 PM DAVE (1993) Kevin Kline & Sigourney Weaver. Dir: Ivan Reitman. Donner/Shuler/WB, 110 min. p/s
“Quick, get her to a doctor. And, bring the clowns in.”
TCM Underground -- Creepy Circus Movies
1:30 AM PSYCHO-CIRCUS. (1966) Christopher Lee & Leo Genn. Dir: Werner Jacobs & John Llewellyn Moxey. Circus Films, 90 min. EX-PR
3 AM CIRCUS GIRL (1937) June Travis & Robert Livingston. Dir: John H. Auer. Republic, 66 min. p/d
4:30 AM CIRCUS OF HORRORS (1960) Anton Diffring & Erika Remberg. Dir: Sidney Hayers. Lynx Films Ltd., 88 min. p/s
Lydecker’s TCM Challenge #36
Week of December 9 – 15, 2018
SOTM: Una Merkel
The Essential: The Untouchables (1987)
Friday Night Spotlight: Mad Scientists
Guest Programmer: Joe Gillis (Sunset Boulevard)
Silent Sunday: A Woman of Affairs (1928)
TCM Import: The Saga of Gosta Berling (1924)
TCM Underground: Creepy Circus Movies
Challenge #1: How to be a Detective (Goofy)
Challenge #2: Kick-**** Heroines (Star Wars)
Challenge #3: Una Merkel (Never-Before SOTM)
Challenge #4: Disney Tearjerkers
The Saga of Gosta Berling (1924) (Exempt PR)
The Secret Witness (1931) (Exempt PR)
The Case Against Mrs. Ames (1936)
Star Wars (1977) (Exempt PR)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) (Exempt PR)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) (Exempt PR)
Little Miss Nobody (1936)
Shadows Over Shanghai (1938)
Under-Cover Man (1932)
The Strange Case of Clara Deane
The Woman Accused (1933)
From Heaven To Hell (1933)
The Girl in 419 (1933)
Midnight Club (1933)
His Double Life (1933)
Good Dame (1934)
The Untouchables (1987)
101 Dalmations (1961) (Exempt PR)
Bambi (1942) (Exempt PR)
Psycho-Circus (1966) (Exempt PR)
1910’s: 1 1960’s: 11
1920’s: 4 1970’s: 4
1930’s: 44 1980’s: 3
1940’s: 17 1990’s: 4
1950’s: 12 2000’s: 1
A few notes:
Sunday begins with “Clue Club Mysteries” which were released by Warner Brothers starting in 1935. I’ve long been fascinated by these movies which started out with a Clue Club title card. (What the hell did it mean?) After doing a bit of research I found out that the Clue Club was merely a gimmick to get kids to join the club (and get a card!) and return for the next Clue Club movie for a chance to win “valuable” (I bet) prizes. Sunday also says Happy Birthday to Dalton Trumbo, showcases the “Two Faces of Fred” (Fred can be very, very good or very, very bad) as well as the wonderful Greta Garbo.
Monday (insert Tarzan yell) we celebrate 100 years of Tarzan movies, then enjoy some gypsy films. Monday night I finally get to salute one of my absolute favorite actresses, Una Merkel, as my SOTM. Because Una did 93 films, her tribute spills over into Tuesday morning, followed by Hitchcock Blondes Without Hitchcock. Tuesday evening, our guest programmer, Joe Gillis of Sunset Boulevard introduces some of his favorite films including: “Just a Gigolo” (because he is one), “The Player” and “In A Lonely Place” (because screenwriters, both alive and dead figure prominently) “Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?” (because Norma Desmond and Baby Jane are not that dissimilar) and finally, “The Drowning Pool,” for obvious reasons. Wednesday we say Happy 125th Birthday to the incomparable Edward G. Robinson and then move on to my Star Wars Challenge topic -- “Kick **** Heroines” (A tip of the hat to Carrie Fisher.) Thursday, it’s all about snow (with nary a holiday movie in sight,) a salute to the Morgan Brothers (Frank & Ralph) and a marathon of some of my favorite detective movies inspired by Goofy’s “How To Be A Detective.” Friday begins with a Paramount Pre-Code Festival (lots of premieres here!) followed by my Friday Night Spotlight -- Mad Scientists. Saturday morning is all about “Big Bands,” followed by Disney Tearjerkers. All of these films made me cry when I was a child and still make me cry. Saturday Prime Time is dedicated to Bookkeepers starting off with my Essential, “The Untouchables.” TCM Underground is all about creepy circus movies, and boy, these are some of the weirder ones. That’s all, folks!
Another triumph, Lydecker! Love the detective movies, Eddie G, precode, mad scientists, and all your DIsney selections. I cracked up at Joe Gillis programming THE DROWNING POOL. But especially a big supporter of Una Merkel for SOTM--she's one of my favorite character actors, mostly because I feel like she's my classic movie alter ego.
Only a day and a half to go!
I am reissuing my schedule below, just in order to include programming notes
CinemaInternational's Schedule for March 4-10, 2018
SOTM: Gene Tierney
TCM Spotlight: Women of History
Guest Programmer: Rin Tin Tin
Silent Sunday: Bardelys the Magnificent (1926)
TCM Imports: Wild Strawberries (1957) & Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
The Essentials: Chinatown (1974)
1. I Met Him in Paris (1937)
2. Mary Burns, Fugitive (1935)
3. The Light That Failed (1939)
4. Accent on Youth (1935)
5. Crime Without Passion (1934)
6. Private Worlds (1935)
7. Zaza (1939)
8. The Royal Family of Broadway (1930)
9. ....one third of a nation... (1939)
10. High, Wide, and Handsome (1937)
11. My Dog Skip (2000)
12. Madame Sousatzka (1988)
1. Caprice (1967) [How To Goofy: Skiing]
2. Sun Valley Serenade (1941) [How To Goofy: Skiing]
3. Star Wars (1977) [sci-Fi: An Odyssey Through a Genre]
4. About Time (2013) [sci-Fi: An Odyssey Through a Genre]
5. Rings on Her Fingers (1942) [sOTM: Gene Tierney]
6. That Wonderful Urge (1948) [sOTM:Gene Tierney]
7. Sleeping Beauty (1959) [ Treasures from the Disney Vault: Supernatural: Light and Dark ]
8. The Black Cauldron (1985) [ Treasures from the Disney Vault: Supernatural: Light and Dark ]
9. Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) [ Treasures from the Disney Vault: Supernatural: Light and Dark ]
10. Pinocchio (1940) [ Treasures from the Disney Vault: Supernatural: Light and Dark ]
11. The Watcher in the Woods (1980) [ Treasures from the Disney Vault: Supernatural: Light and Dark ]
12. Return to Oz (1985) [ Treasures from the Disney Vault: Supernatural: Light and Dark ]
Sunday, March 4, 2018
How To Goofy: Skiing
Skiing is a sport that has often been included in films, but when it is featured, it always attracts interest and makes for thrilling scenes. Goofy too takes his own turn at it, as his cartoon "How to Ski" is the centerpiece of this programming period.
6:00 AM Downhill Racer (1969) Robert Redford & Camilla Sparv D: Michael Richie Paramount 102 min (p/s)
7:45 AM The Pink Panther (1963) David Niven & Peter Sellers D: Blake Edwards UA 113 min (p/s)
9:45 AM Two-Faced Woman (1941) Greta Garbo & Melvyn Douglas D: George Cukor MGM 94 min
11:20 AM Short: How to Ski (1941) Goofy Disney 8 min.
11:30 AM Escape (1940) Norma Shearer & Robert Taylor D: Mervyn LeRoy MGM 104 min.
1:15 PM Caprice (1967) Doris Day & Richard Harris D: Frank Tashlin Fox 98 min. Exempt Premiere #1
3:00 PM Sun Valley Serenade (1941) Sonja Henie & John Payne D:H. Bruce Humberstone Fox 86 min Exempt Premiere #2
4:45 PM Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941) Carole Lombard & Robert Montgomery D: Alfred Hitchcock RKO 95 min
6:30 PM I Met Him in Paris (1937) Claudette Colbert & Melvyn Douglas D: Wesley Ruggles Paramount 86 min. Premiere #1
Silent Sunday: The Sounds of Silence as Directed by King Vidor
King Vidor was one of MGM's top directors in the silent era, making truly fascinating and absorbing films, including The Big Parade, the film that put MGM on the map. Without him, who knows where MGM might have been.
8:00 PM The Big Parade (1925) John Gilbert & Renee Adoree D:King Vidor MGM 142 min.
10:30 PM The Crowd (1928) James Murray & Eleanor Boardman D:King Vidor MGM 104 min.
12:30 AM Silent Sunday: Bardelys the Magnificent (1926) John Gilbert & Eleanor Boardman D:King Vidor MGM 91 min.
TCM Imports: Ingmar Bergman Double Feature
Ingmar Bergman was one of the best directors in the world, and the two films here were wonderful films that started his international fame.
2:15 AM Wild Strawberries (1957) Victor Sjostrom & Ingrid Thulin D: Ingmar Bergman Janus Films 90 min (p/s)
4:00 AM Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) Ulla Jacobsson & Eva Dahlbeck D:Ingmar Bergman Janus Films 108 min.
Monday, March 5,2018
Sci-Fi: An Odyssey Through a Genre (Challenge #2)
After pondering for a time what I wished to do with the Star Wars genre, I decided to pay tribute to the Sci-Fi genre from the space journeys (Star Wars, Forbidden Planet), through mysticism (2001), thoughtful possibilities on what might be (The Day the Earth Stood Still), through humor (Sleeper, Back to the Future), and as a backdrop for a bittersweet celebration of love, family, and the wonder of everyday life (About Time)
6:00 AM 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Keir Dullea & the voice of Douglas Rain D:Stanley Kubrick MGM 149 min.
8:30 AM Sleeper (1973) Woody Allen & Diane Keaton D: Woody Allen UA 88 min (p/s)
10:00 AM Forbidden Planet (1956) Walter Pidgeon & Anne Francis D: Fred Wilcox MGM 98 min
11:45 AM Star Wars (1977) Mark Hamill & Carrie Fisher D: George Lucas Fox 121 min. Exempt Premiere #3
2:00 PM Back to the Future (1985) Michael J. Fox & Christopher Lloyd D:Robert Zemeckis Universal 116 min (p/s)
4:00 PM The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) Michael Rennie & Patricia Neal D:Robert Wise Fox 92 min (p/s)
5:45 PM About Time (2013) Domhnall Gleeson & Rachel McAdams D: Richard Curtis Universal 124 min. Exempt Premiere #4
Star of the Month: Gene Tierney (In memory of Robert Osbourne; Challenge #3)
Gene Tierney was one of the biggest female stars at 20th Century Fox, and was also the favorite actress of the late, great Robert Osbourne. In tribute to him, a year after his passing, here is the long-overdue SOTM tribute to the legendary Gene Tierney.
8:00 PM Laura (1944) Dana Andrews & Gene Tierney D:Otto Preminger Fox 85 min (p/s)
9:30 PM Leave Her to Heaven (1945) Gene Tierney & Cornel Wilde D:John Stahl Fox 110 min (p/s)
11:30 PM Rings on Her Fingers (1942) Henry Fonda & Gene Tierney D:Rouben Mamouilion Fox 85 min. Exempt Premiere #5
1:00 AM That Wonderful Urge (1948) Tyrone Power & Gene Tierney D: Robert Sinclair Fox 82 min Exempt Premeire #6
2:30 AM Belle Starr (1941) Gene Tierney & Randolph Scott D:Irving Cummings Fox 87 min. (P/s)
3:00 AM The Razor's Edge (1946) Tyrone Power & Gene Tierney D: Edmund Goulding Fox 146 min. (P/s)
5:30 AM MGM Parade 28 min
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Little-Seen Paramount Pictures of the 1930s
Admittedly, this is a centerpiece of the week's schedule, a full 14 hours of TCM premieres of rarities from Paramount in the 1930s. Most of these are super rare, never having received home video releases. So straight from the vault, here they are to savor.
6:00 AM Mary Burns, Fugitive (1935) Sylvia Sidney & Melvin Douglas D:William Howard Paramount 84 min. Premiere #2
7:30 AM The Light That Failed (1939) Ronald Colman & Walter Huston D:William Wellman Paramount 97 min. Premiere #3
9:15 AM Accent on Youth (1935) Sylvia Sidney & Herbert Marshall D:Wesley Ruggles Paramount 77 min Premiere #4
10:45 AM Crime Without Passion (1934) Claude Rains & Margo D: Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur Paramount 72 min. Premiere #5
12:00 PM Private Worlds (1935) Claudette Colbert & Charles Boyer D:Gregory La Cava Paramount 84 min. Premeire #6
1:30 PM Zaza (1939) Claudette Colbert & Herbert Marshall D: George Cukor Paramount 83 min Premiere #7
3:00 PM The Royal Family of Broadway (1930) Fredric March & Ina Claire D: George Cukor, Cyril Gardner Paramount 82 min Premiere #8
4:30 PM ...one third of a nation.... (1939) Sylvia Sidney & Leif Erickson D:Dudley Murphy Paramount 79 min Premiere #9
6:00 PM High, Wide, and Handsome (1937) Irene Dunne & Randolph Scott D: Rouben Mamouilion Paramount 112 min. Premiere #10
Treasures from the Disney Vault: Supernatural: Light and Dark
In this installment of the Disney vault, we take time out to look at magic, both of the light and dark varieties, with levity provided by the irreplaceable Goofy. Pinocchio and Sleeping Beauty both so magic of good kinds courtesy of the Blue Fairy and Flora, Fauna, and Merriweather. The four later films take a much darker cast, and are among the most thrillingly ambitious films of the latter-day Disney, throwing a light on their oft-overlookef and underrated 80s output.
8:00 PM Sleeping Beauty (1959) Voices of Verna Felton & Barbara Luddy D:Clyde Geronimi Disney 75 min Exempt Premiere #7
9:19 PM Short:How to Dance (1953) Goofy Disney 9 min.
9:30 PM The Black Cauldron (1985) Voices of Grant Bardsley & Susan Sheridan D:Ted Berman, Richard Rich Disney 80 min. Exempt Premiere #8
11:00 PM Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) Jason Robards & Jonathan Pryce D:Jack Clayton Disney 94 min. Exempt Premiere #9
12:38 AM Short: How to Be a Sailor (1944) Goofy Disney 7 min.
12:45 AM Pinocchio (1940) Voices of Dickie Jones & Cliff Edwards D: Ben Sharpsteen & Hamilton Luske Disney 88 min. Exempt Premiere #10
2:19 AM Short: How to Play Football (1944) Goofy Disney 8 min.
2:30 AM The Watcher in the Woods (1980) Lynn-Holly Johnson & Bette Davis D: John Hough Disney 84 min. Exempt Premiere #11
4:00 AM Return to Oz (1985) Fairuza Balk & Nicol Williamson D:Walter Murch Disney 110 min. Exempt Premiere #12
5:51 AM Short: The Act of Self Defense (1941) Goofy Disney 9 min.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Time with Librarians
There is an old sterotype of librarians being spinsters, but in these films all the librarians (including one male one) are all very much in life, not to mention various other matters. (Librarian Gloria Mundy goes even farther and foils an assassination plot) It's time to turn the page and spend some time with these intriguing individuals.
6:00 AM Adventure (1945) Clark Gable & Greer Garson D: Victor Fleming MGM 125 min.
8:15 AM No Man of Her Own (1932) Clark Gable & Carole Lombard D: Wesley Ruggles Paramount 85 min. (p/s)
9:45 AM Foul Play (1978) Goldie Hawn & Chevy Chase D:Colin Higgins Paramount 116 min (p/s)
11:45 AM Desk Set (1957) Katharine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy D: Walter Lang Fox 103 min (p/s)
1:30 PM The Music Man (1962) Robert Preston & Shirley Jones D: Morton Da Costa WB 151 min (p/s)
4:15 PM Goodbye, Columbus (1969) Richard Benjamin & Ali MacGraw D: Larry Peerce Paramount 101 min (p/s)
6:00 PM Good News (1947) June Allyson & Peter Lawford D:Charles Walters MGM 95 min.
Rin Tin Tin was the first canine star of Hollywood and helped save Warner Bros. from the brink of financial collapse. In his block of films, the famous pooch wishescto salute some of the other scene-stealing pups over the years, examining their techniqur.
8:00 PM Lassie Come Home (1943) Roddy McDowell & Elizabeth Taylor D: Fred Wilcox MGM 88 min
9:45 PM The Thin Man (1934) William Powell & Myrna Loy D:W.S. Van Dyke MGM 94 min.
11:30 PM Fury (1936) Spencer Tracy & Sylvia Sidney D: Fritz Lang MGM 94 min
1:15 AM Deep Valley (1947) Ida Lupino & Dane Clark D: Jean Negulesco WB 104 min.
3:15 AM The Awful Truth (1937) Irene Dunne & Cary Grant D:Leo McCarey Columbia 92 min. (p/s)
5:00 AM My Dog Skip (2000) Frankie Muniz & Kevin Bacon D: Jay Russell WB 95 min Premiere #11
Thursday, March 8, 2018
RKO Goes Noir
In the late 40s and early 50s, no one studio contributed more to the noir ethos than RKO. Dismissed as potboilers at the time, these films have stood the test of time and are still exciting after all these years.
6:45 AM On Dangerous Ground (1951) Robert Ryan & Ida Lupino D: Nicholas Ray RKO 82 min.
8:15 AM The Locket (1946) Laraine Day & Brian Aherne D: John Brahm RKO 86 min.
9:45 AM Where Danger Lives (1950) Robert Mitchum & Faith Domergue D: John Farrow RKO 80 min.
11:15 AM The Racket (1951) Robert Mitchum & Robert Ryan D: John Cromwell RKO 88 min.
12:45 PM His Kind of Woman (1951) Robert Mitchum & Jane Russell D:John Farrow RKO 120 min.
2:45 PM The Set-Up (1949) Robert Ryan & Audrey Totter D: Robert Wise RKO 72 min.
4:00 PM The Narrow Margin (1952) Charles McGraw & Marie Windsor D: Richard Fleischer RKO 70 min
5:15 PM Armored Car Robbery (1950) Charles McGraw & Adele Jergins D: Richard Fleischer RKO 68 min.
6:30 PM The Las Vegas Story (1952) Jane Russell & Victor Mature D: Robert Stevenson RKO 88 min.
Owner of a Lonely Heart
As a sometimes lonely soul, I have a genuine interest in films concerning lonly people and their quiet states of life. All That Heaven Allows is a great personal favority, while Marty is one of the greatest of Oscar winning films.
8:00 PM All That Heaven Allows (1955) Jane Wyman & Rock Hudson D: Douglas Sirk Universal 89 min (p/s)
9:45 PM Marty (1955) Ernest Borgnine & Betsy Blair D: Delbert Mann UA 91 min (p/s)
11:30 PM Separate Tables (1958) David Niven & Deborah Kerr D: Delbert Mann UA 99 min (p/s)
1:15 AM Rachel, Rachel (1968) Joanne Woodward & Estelle Parsons D: Paul Newman WB 101 min (p/s)
3:00 AM The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) Charles Laughton & Maureen O'Hara D: William Dieterle RKO 115 min
5:00 AM None but the Lonely Heart (1944) Cary Grant & Ethel Barrymore D:Clifford Odets RKO 113 min.
Friday, March 9, 2018
Apple for the Teacher
One of my favorite subgenres in films are films involving teachers and students.The movies below are personal favorites showing both conventional and unconventional teachers and the impacts made upon their pupils.
7:00 AM The Corn is Green (1945) Bette Davis & John Dall D: Irving Rapper WB 114 min.
9:00 AM The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) Maggie Smith & Pamela Franklin D: Ronald Neame Fox 116 min (p/s)
11:00 AM Mr. Holland's Opus (1995) Richard Dreyfuss & Glenne Headley D:Stephen Herek Hollywood 143 min (p/s)
1:30 PM Madame Sousatzka (1988) Shirley MacLaine & Navin Chowdhry D: John Schlesinger Universal/Cineplex Odeon 123 min Premiere #12
3:45 PM Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) Robert Donat & Greer Garson D: Sam Wood MGM 114 min.
5:45 PM Up the Down Staircase (1967) Sandy Dennis & Eileen Heckart D: Robert Mulligan WB 124 min. (p/s)
What better way to celebrate Women's History Month then to air films about real-life women and stories about their lives, their achievements, their triumphs, their sorrows? This spotlight feature would feature portraits of many women from many walks of life.
8:00 PM Madame Curie (1943) Greer Garson & Walter Pidgeon D: Mervyn Le Roy MGM 124 min
10:15 PM Queen Christina (1933) Greta Garbo & John Gilbert D: Rouben Mamouilian MGM 97 min.
12:00 AM The Story of Adele H. (1975) Isabelle Adjani & Bruce Robinson D:Francois Truffaut New World 97 min (p/s)
1:45 AM Interrupted Melody (1955) Eleanor Parker & Glenn Ford D: Curtis Bernhardt MGM 106 min
3:45 AM Nicholas & Alexandra (1971) Michael Jayston & Janet Suzman D: Franklin Schaffner Columbia 188 min (p/s)
Saturday, March 10, 2018
MGM in the 1920s: The Beginning of a Dream Factory
MGM was founded in 1924 as the result of a three-way merjer and quickly became one of the most prestigious studios in Hollywood. But many of the silent films that were popular at the company's beginning are little-seen today. This is here to pay tribute to some of their intriguing silent films.
7:00 AM Seven Chances (1925) Buster Keaton & Ruth Dwyer D: Buster Keaton MGM 56 min.
8:00 AM Sherlock Jr. (1924) Buster Keaton & Kathryn McGuire D: Buster Keaton MGM 45 min.
8:45 AM The Scarlet Letter (1926) Lillian Gish & Lars Hanson D: Victor Stostrom MGM 97 min.
10:30 AM The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927) Ramon Navarro & Norma Shearer D:Ernst Lubitsch MGM 105 min.
12:15 PM He Who Gets Slapped (1924) Lon Chaney & Norma Shearer D: Victor Sjostrom MGM 85 min.
1:45 PM The Wind (1928) Lillian Gish & Lars Hanson D: Victor Sjostrom MGM 88 min.
3:15 PM The Patsy (1928) Marion Davies & Marie Dressler D: King Vidor MGM 77 min.
4:45 PM Lady of the Night (1925) Norma Shearer & Malcolm MacGregor D: Monta Bell MGM 61 min.
6:00 PM Greed (1924) Gibson Gowland & ZaSu Pitts D: Erich Von Stroheim MGM 117 min.
The Essentials (Hosted this week by Illeana Douglas and Sam Spade) : Private Eyes
Private eyes have been a mainstay of mysteries for many decades, and The Essentials show off three different types tonight: the prototypical noir, neo-noir in a landmark American film, and the comic side.
8:00 PM Chinatown (1974) Jack Nicholson & Faye Dunaway D: Roman Polanski Paramount 131 min. (P/s)
10:15 PM Out of the Past (1947) Robert Mitchum & Jane Greer D: Jacques Tourneur RKO 97 min.
12:00 AM Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988) Bob Hoskins & Christopher Lloyd D: Robert Zemeckis Touchstone 104 min (p/s)
TCM Underground: The Modelling World
TXM Underground presents one of the biggest major-studio cult films of all time, Valley of the Dolls. The film has drown in the crowds now for 50 years. It is complemented by another major Fox release detailing the lives and loves of three models.
2:00 AM Valley of the Dolls (1967) Patty Duke & Barbara Parkins D: Mark Robson Fox 123 min. (P/s)
4:15 AM How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) Lauren Bacall & Marilyn Monroe D: Jean Negulesco Fox 95 min (p/s)
"There's just a few more hours,
That's all the time you've got
A few more hours........"
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