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TCM Challenge #37 -- "The Children's Hour"

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TCM Programming Challenge #37

“The Children’s Hour”



Some background:


Path40a created the first TCM Programming Challenge in February, 2006 to give people a glimpse into the complexities of the programming process. The challenge has endured because it allows entrants to exercise their imagination, display their knowledge and introduce rare classics. TCM Programming Challenges are neither sponsored nor endorsed by TCM but tcmprogrammr has stated that programmers happily steal ideas from these schedules.  Many entrants have had the joy of seeing their themes and movie selections air on TCM. The Challenge is to create a week’s schedule following TCM’s standard format. 


When it begins/When it ends:


This challenge starts at 12:00 PM (EST) Sunday, October 1, 2017 and ends 11:59 AM (EST) Sunday, October 29, 2017. A voting thread will be started shortly after the end of the challenge.


Who can enter/Who can vote:


Everyone is welcome to create and post a schedule.  Don’t be shy! Anyone who was a registered forum member prior to April 1, 2017 will be allowed to vote for their favorite schedule in a separate voting thread after the challenge is closed.  You may either vote by posting your selection on the thread or by directly messaging the moderator. The winner has the honor of running the next challenge.


What you need to do:


1. Create a week's schedule which begins at 6 AM (EST) Sunday and ends at 6 AM (EST) the following Sunday.  The week selected must be between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.

2.  Each day’s programming should begin at 6 AM (EST.) However, if you begin an occasional day at 6:15 AM or 6:30 AM that’s no problem.

3.  Primetime/Evening MUST begin at 8 PM (EST.)

4. Feature films must start on the hour, quarter-hour, half-hour or three-quarters hour.  Short films or other material can be used to “fill-in” between movies so that there is never more than 14 minutes of unscheduled time between features.


Your schedule must include:


1.  Star of the Month  -- At least 4 movies on one evening to showcase an actor.  The SOTM must have a body of work large enough to allow similar blocks the other weeks in the month.

2.  Silent Sunday Night  -- A silent movie which begins at approximately 12 AM (EST) Sunday night/Monday morning.

3.  TCM Imports  -- A foreign film that begins at approximately 2 AM (EST) Monday morning.

4.  TCM Spotlight  -- A group of films which showcase a theme which appears in primetime each one night a week for a month.

5.  The Essentials  --- An indispensible classic film that begins at 8 PM (EST) Saturday night.

6.  TCM Underground  -- A little known or “cult” film which begins at approximately 2 AM (EST) Saturday night.

7.  Mandatory Challenges as outlined for TCM Programming Challenge

#37 ”The Children's Hour."





Silent Sunday Night, TCM Imports and TCM Underground are exempt from the limit of premieres stated in the requirements for this challenge.


You may include a Guest Programmer but you are not required to do so unless it is a mandatory challenge requirement.


Programming related to birthdays, anniversaries of historical or cinematic importance, genres, places or anything else that can reasonably be thematically grouped together is encouraged. Thought provoking, humorous and/or outrageous themes are especially welcome.


Programming notes to explain your themes or to provide additional information on your selected movies are not required but are greatly encouraged. These notes should be on a separate post following the posting of your schedule.


Format and Justifications:


Follow the standard TCM scheduling format for each film: Time, Title, Year, Actor(s) Director(s) Studio, Running Time and justification.


For example:

6:15 PM The Big Movie (1932) Kay Francis and Porky Pig. Dir:  Lionel Barrymore. Colossal Films, 162 min., Premiere.


Running times and studio information may be found in the TCM database or at



P/S for movies or programs which have been previously shown.

E or “Exempt” for Silent Sunday Night, TCM Imports or TCM Underground films.

PD or “Public Domain” for films in the public domain.

“Premiere” for movies which count toward the Challenge allowance on premiers.

No notation is needed for any movie in the original Turner film library.


Film library, SOTM, and previous challenge archive links plus other information:


The original Turner library consisted of:  Warner Brothers (pre-1948 only,) MGM (pre-1986 only) and RKO (all years.)


Disney animated feature films are never allowed because Disney will not license them to TCM.  Disney live action films are allowed, either as previously shown films or as premieres.  Animated movies created by other studios whose rights were later acquired Disney are allowed as previously shown films or as premieres. Disney shorts or cartoons which have been previously shown on TCM are allowed.


All other theatrical films are allowed as premieres.


Movies in the original Turner library are:


Warner Brothers (pre-1948 only):

MGM (pre-1986 only):

RKO (all)


Movies in the public domain are:


All other theatrical movies are allowed as premieres. 
The most commonly used libraries are:

Columbia Pictures
United Artists
Samuel Goldwyn
J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors:
20th Century Fox:
Paramount Pictures
Universal Pictures
British Gaumont Pictures:


A link of previous Stars Of The Month can be found here:


Previous Challenges can be reviewed here:


How to tell if a movie has aired previously on TCM:


Many thanks to Moviecollector for this “unofficial report”

of what has aired on TCM since 2001. It can be a great

resource as you are creating your schedule.


Thanks to previous Challenge Moderators for the opportunity to liberally "borrow" from their instructions.  Questions?  Just ask.

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Schedule for May 5-11, 2019


Star of the Month: Mildred Natwick

TCM Spotlight: Swan Songs

The Essentials: Wild Strawberries (1957)

Silent Sunday Nights: The Sheik (1921) & Son of the Sheik (1926)

TCM Imports: Children of Paradise (1945)

TCM Underground: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) & Logan's Run (1976)

Work Time: Baby Le Roy

Play Time: Go Fish

Rhyme Time: Hickory Dickory Dock

Nostalgia Time: Author/Writer/Reporter

Guest Programmer: Vicki Lester Maine (nee Esther Victoria Blodgett) from A Star is Born (1937)


Decade Breakdown:

1920s: 8

1930s: 15

1940s: 24

1950s: 14

1960s: 13

1970s: 8

1980s: 2

1990s: 1

2000s: 0

2010s: 1


TCM Premieres:

1. Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978)

2. Junior Miss (1945)

3. Home, Sweet Homicide (1946)

4. Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

5. You and Me (1938)

6. Whistle Down the Wind (1961)

7. Tiger Bay (1959)

8. Death of a Salesman (1951)

9. Sanctuary (1961)

10. Hot Spell (1958)

11. What's So Bad About Feeling So Good? (1968)

12. The Pleasure of His Company (1961)


Exempt Premieres:

1. The Lemon Drop Kid (1934) (Work Time: Baby Le Roy)

2. A Bedtime Story (1933) (Work Time: Baby Le Roy)

3. Mary Poppins (1964) (Guest Programmer)

4. Body Heat (1981) (Guest Programmer)

5. About Time (2013) (Rhyme Time: Hickory Dickory Dock)

6. Accent on Youth (1935) (Nostalgia Time)

7. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (TCM Underground)


Sunday, May 5, 2019


The One-of-a-kind WC Fields


6:00 AM International House (1933) WC Fields & Peggy Hopkins Joyce D: A. Edward Sutherland Paramount 70 min. (P/s)

7:15 AM My Little Chickadee (1940) WC Fields & Mae West D:Edward Cline Universal 83 min. P/s

8:45 AM David Copperfield (1934) Freddie Bartholomew & Edna May Oliver D: George Cukor MGM 130 min

11:00 AM Million Dollar Legs (1932) WC Fields & Lyda Roberti D: Edward Cline Paramount 61 min P/s

12:15 PM Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941) WC Fields & Gloria Jean D: Edward Cline Universal 71 min P/s


Work Time: Baby Le Roy (Challenge #1)

1:30 PM Tillie and Gus (1933) WC Fields & Baby Le Roy D: Francis Martin Paramount 58 min. P/s

2:30 PM The Lemon Drop Kid (1934) Lee Tracy & Helen Mack D: Marshall Neilan Paramount 71 min Child-Exempt Premiere #1

3:45 PM Alice in Wonderland (1933) Charlotte Henry & WC Fields D:Norman Z MacLeod Paramount 77 min P/s

5:15 PM Torch Singer (1933) Claudette Colbert & Ricardo Cortez D: Alexander Hall & George Soames Paramount 71 min P/s

6:30 PM A Bedtime Story (1933) Maurice Chevalier & Helen Twelvetrees D: Norman Taurog Paramount 87 min. Child-Exempt Premiere #2


Double Feature: Suspense/Comedies of 1978


8:00 PM Foul Play (1978) Goldie Hawn & Chevy Chase D: Colin Higgins Paramount 115 min. P/s

10:00 PM Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978) Jacqueline Bisset & Robert Morley D: Tod Kotcheff WB/Lorimar 117 min. Premiere #1


Silent Sunday Nights: Rudolph Valentino Double Feature

12:00 AM The Sheik (1921) Rudolph Velentino & Agnes Ayres D:George Melford Paramount 80 min P/s

1:30 AM Son of the Sheik (1926) Rudolph Valentino & Vilma Banky D:George Fitzmaurice Paramount 72 min P/s


TCM Imports


2:45 AM Children of Paradise (1945) Jean-Louis Barrault & Arletty D: Marcel Carne Janus 195 min (p/s)


Monday, May 6, 2019



6:00 AM The Towering Inferno (1974) Paul Newman & Steve McQueen D: John Guillerman & Irwin Allen 20th Century Fox/WB 166 min. (P/s)

9:00 AM The Fountainhead (1949) Gary Cooper & Patricia Neal D: King Vidor WB 114 min.

11:00 AM Strangers When We Meet (1960) Kirk Douglas & Kim Novak D: Richard Quine Columbia 117 min (p/s)


Work Time Part II: Peggy Ann Garner


1:00 PM The Pied Piper (1942) Monty Woolley & Roddy McDowell D: Irving Pichel 20th Century Fox 86 min (p/s)

2:30 PM Junior Miss (1945) Peggy Ann Garner & Allyn Joslyn D: George Seaton 20th Century Fox 94 min Premiere #2

4:15 PM A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) Peggy Ann Garner & Dorothy McGuire D: Elia Kazan 20th Century Fox 128 min (p/s)

6:30 PM Home Sweet Homicide (1946) Peggy Ann Garner & Randolph Scott D: Lloyd Bacon 20th Century Fox 90 min Premiere #3


Star of the Month: Mildred Natwick


8:00 PM Barefoot in the Park (1967) Jane Fonda & Robert Redford D: Gene Saks Paramount 105 min (p/s)

10:00 PM The Court Jester (1956) Danny Kaye & Glynis Johns D: Norman Panama & Melvin Frank Paramount 101 min (p/s)

11:45 PM The Long Voyage Home (1940) John Wayne & Thomas Mitchell D: John Ford UA 105 min (p/s)

1:45 AM Yolanda and the Thief (1948) Fred Astaire & Lucille Bremer D: Vincente Minnelli MGM 108 min.

3:45 AM Dangerous Liaisons (1988) John Malkovich & Glenn Close D: Stephen Frears WB/Lorimar 120 min Premiere #4


Tuesday, May 7, 2019


Visiting the Department Store

6:00 AM It (1927) Clara Bow & Antonio Moreno D: Clarence Badger Paramount 72 min (p/s)

7:15 AM Safety Last (1923) Harold Lloyd & Mildred Davis Fred Newmeyer & Sam Taylor Pathe 78 min. (P/s)

8:45 AM Employee's Entrance (1933) Warren William & Liretta Young D: Roy Del Ruth WB 75 min

10:00 AM The Devil and Miss Jones (1941) Charles Coburn & Jean Arthur D: Sam Wood RKO 92 min (p/s)

11:45 AM You and Me (1938) Sylvia Sidney & George Raft D: Fritz Lang Paramount 90 min. Premiere #5

1:15 PM Christmas in July (1940) Dick Powell & Ellen Drew D: Preston Sturges Paramount 67 min (p/s)


Work Time Part III: Hayley Mills


2:30 PM Whistle Down the Wind (1961) Hayley Mills & Alan Bates D: Bryan Forbes Rank 99 min. Premiere #6

4:15 PM Tiger Bay (1959) John Mills & Hayley Mills D: J. Lee Thompson Rank 105 min Premiere #7

6:00 PM The Chalk Garden (1964) Deborah Kerr & Hayley Mills D: Ronald Neame Universal 106 min (p/s)


Play Time: Go Fish: Films concerning Fishing and Fishermen

8:00 PM Libeled Lady (1936) William Powell & Myrna Loy D: Jack Conway MGM 98 min

9:45 PM A River Runs Through It (1992) Craig Scheffer & Brad Pitt D:Robert Redford Columbia 123 min (p/s)

12:00 AM Man's Favorite Sport? (1964) Rock Hudson & Paula Prentiss D: Howard Hawks Universal 120 min (p/s)

2:15 AM The Breaking Point (1950) John Garfield & Patricia Neal D: Michael Curtiz WB 97 min (p/s)

4:00 AM Min and Bill (1930) Marie Dressler & Wallace Beery D: George Hill MGM 70 min.

5:15 AM The Old Man and the Sea (1958) Spencer Tracy & Felipe Pazod D: John Sturges WB 86 min (p/s)


Wednesday, May 8, 2019


Lawbreakers Meet Ida Lupino


6:45 AM The Man I Love (1946) Ida Lupino & Robert Alda D: Raoul Walsh WB 96 min.

8:30 PM High Sierra (1941) Humphrey Bogart & Ida Lupino D: Raoul Walsh WB 100 min

10:15 AM Deep Valley (1947) Ida Lupino & Dane Clark D: Jean Negulesco WB 104 min.

12:00 PM Woman in Hiding (1949) Ida Lupino & Howard Duff D: Michael Gordon Universal 92 min (p/s)


Shelley Winters Needs to Stay Away from Water


1:45 PM A Place in the Sun (1951) Montgomery Clift & Elizabeth Taylor D: George Stevens Paramount 122 min. (P/s)

4:00 PM The Night of the Hunter (1955) Robert Mitchum & Shelley Winters D: Charles Laughton UA 93 min (p/s)

5:45 PM The Poseidon Adventure (1972) Gene Hackman & Ernest Borgnine D: Ronald Neame 20th Century Fox 117 min. P/s

7:45 PM Short: Traveltalks MGM 9 min.


Guest Programmer: Vicki Lester Maine (nee Esther Victoria Blodgett) from A Star is Born (1937)


8:00 PM Mary Poppins (1964) Julie Andrews & Dick Van Dyke D; Robert Stevenson Disney 139 min. GP-Exempt Premiere #1

10:30 PM What's Up, Doc? (1972) Barbra Streisand & Madeline Kahn D: Peter Bogdonovich WB 94 min. (P/s)

12:15 AM Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939) Robert Donat & Greer Garson D: Sam Wood MGM 114 min.

2:15 AM Body Heat (1981) William Hurt & Kathleen Turner D: Lawrence Kasdan WB/Ladd Company 113 min. GP-Exempt Premiere #2

4:15 AM To Have and Have Not (1944) Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall D: Howard Hawks WB 100 min.


Thursday, May 9, 2019


Rhyme Time: Hickory Dickory Dock : Films Concerning Clocks, Clock Towers, and Time


6:00 AM The Clock (1945) Judy Garland & Robert Walker D: Vincente Minnelli MGM 90 min

7:30 AM About Time (2013) Domhnall Gleeson & Rachel McAdams D: Richard Curtis Universal/Working Title 124 min Rhyme-Exempt Premiere #1

9:45 PM The Stranger (1946) Edward G. Robinson & Loretta Young D: Orson Welles RKO 98 min. (P/s)

11:30 PM Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) David Niven & Cantiflias D: Michael Anderson UA 183 min (p/s)

2:45 PM On the Town (1949) Gene Kelly & Frank Sinatra D: Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen MGM 98 min

4:30 PM Seven Chances (1925) Buster Keaton & Ruth Dwyer D: Buster Keaton MGM 56 min (p/s)

5:30 PM The Honey Pot (1967) Rex Harrison & Maggie Smith D: Joseph L. Mankiewicz UA 131 min. (p/s)

7:49 PM Short: Traveltalks MGM 9 min.


Nostalgia Time: Author/Writer/Reporter


8:00 PM Arise My Love (1940) Claudette Colbert & Ray Milland D: Mitchell Leisen Paramount 113 min. (P/s)

10:00 PM Accent on Youth (1935) Sylvia Sidney & Herbert Marshall D: Wesley Ruggles Paramount 77 min Nostalgia-Exempt Premiere #1

11:30 PM Sitting Pretty (1948) Clifton Webb & Maureen O'Hara D:Walter Lang 20th Century Fox 84 min (p/s)

1:00 AM Cluny Brown (1946) Charles Boyer & Jennifer Jones D: Ernst Lubitsch 20th Century Fox 100 min (p/s)

2:45 AM Theodora Goes Wild (1936) Irene Dunne & Melvin Douglas D: Richard Boleslawski Columbia 94 min. (P/s)

4:30 AM A Night to Remember (1942) Loretta Young & Brian Aherne D: Richard Wallace Columbia 91 min (p/s)


Friday, May 10, 2019


Music by Alex North


6:15 AM All Fall Down (1962) Brandon De Wilde & Angela Lansbury D: John Frankenheimer MGM 110 min

8:15 AM The Wonderful Country (1959) Robert Mitchum & Julie London D: Robert Parrish UA 96 min (p/s)

10:00 AM Death of a Salesman (1951) Fredric March & Mildred Dunnock D: Laslo Benedik Columbia 117 min. Premiere #8

12:00 PM Sanctuary (1961) Lee Remick & Yves Montand D: Tony Richardson 20th Century Fox 100 min. Premiere #9

1:45 PM Hot Spell (1958) Shirley Booth & Anthony Quinn D: Daniel Mann Paramount 86 min. Premiere #10

3:15 PM Desiree (1954) Marlon Brando & Jean Simmons D: Henry Koster 20th Century Fox 110 min (p/s)

5:15 PM The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968) Anthony Quinn & Oskar Werner D: Michael Anderson MGM 162 min.


TCM Spotlight: Swan Songs

8:00 PM The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958) Ingrid Bergman & Robert Donat D: Mark Robson 20th Century Fox 158 min (p/s)

10:45 PM What's So Bad About Feeling So Good? (1968) Mary Tyler Moore & George Peppard D: George Seaton Universal 98 min. Premiere #11

12:30 AM Walk Don't Run (1966) Samantha Eggar & Cary Grant D: Charles Walters Columbia 114 min. (P/s)

2:30 AM To Be or Not to Be (1942) Carole Lombard & Jack Benny D: Ernst Lubitsch UA 99 min (p/s)

4:15 AM Her Cardboard Lover (1942) Norma Shearer & Robert Taylor D: George Cukor MGM 93 min.


Saturday, May 11, 2019


Without Singing a Note

6:00 AM Midnight Lace (1960) Doris Day & Rex Harrison D: David Miller Universal 108 min. (P/s)

8:00 AM Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) Spencer Tracy & Maximillian Schell D:Stanley Kramer UA 178 min. (P/s)

11:00 AM The Pleasure of His Company (1961) Fred Astaire & Lilli Palmer D: George Seaton Paramount 115 min. Premiere #12

1:00 PM The Catered Affair (1956) Bette Davis & Debbie Reynolds D: Richard Brooks MGM 93 min.


Without Saying a Word

2:45 PM Our Dancing Daughters (1928) Joan Crawford & Johnny Mack Brown D: Harry Beaumont MGM 83 min.

4:15 PM Torrent (1926) Ricardo Cortez & Greta Garbo D: Monta Bell MGM 87 min.

5:45 PM The White Sister (1923) Lillian Gish & Ronald Colman D: Henry King Goldwyn 130 min.


The Essentials: Ingmar Bergman


8:00 PM Wild Strawberries (1957) Victor Sjostrom & Ingrid Thulin D:Ingmar Bergman Janus 90 min (p/s)

9:45 PM The Seventh Seal (1957) Max Von Sydow & Gunnar Bjornstrand D: Ingmar Bergman Janus 96 min (p/s)

11:30 PM The Magic Flute (1974) Ulric Cold & Joseph Kostlinger D: Ingmar Bergman Janus 134 min (p/s)


TCM Underground: Major Studio Cult Moviemaking of the 1970s


2:00 AM The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) Tim Curry & Susan Sarandon D: Jim Sharman 20th Century Fox 95 min. Underground-Exempt Premiere

3:45 AM Logan's Run (1976) Michael York & Jenny Agutter D:Michael Anderson MGM 120 min

5:48 AM Short: Making of Logan's Run MGM 10 min.

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Nice entry CinemaInternational. I think Wild Strawberries is a lovely choice for The Essentials. Your "Without Singing a Note" block is very clever. I also like the films featuring clocks, the premiere of Hot Spell (haha!), and of course I love the inclusion of my girl Hayley Mills!

Well done!

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Former college classmates Martha Dobie (Shirley MacLaine) and Karen Wright (Audrey Hepburn) open a private school for girls. Martha's Aunt Lily (Miriam Hopkins), an aging actress, lives and teaches elocution at the school. After an engagement of two years to Joe Cardin (James Garner), a reputable obstetrician, Karen finally agrees to set a wedding date. Joe is related to the influential Amelia Tilford (Fay Bainter), whose granddaughter Mary (Karen Balkin) is a student at the school. Mary is a spoiled, conniving child who bullies her classmates, particularly Rosalie Wells (Veronica Cartwright), whom she blackmails when she discovers her in possession of a student's missing bracelet.

When Mary is caught in a lie, Karen punishes her by refusing to let her attend the weekend's boat races. Mary goes home to her grandmother and twists a story so that she will not have to return to school that day. Karen learns what the story is from a father of a departing student and confronts Amelia about Mary accusing Martha and Karen of being lovers. Mary is foiled at convincing others that she personally saw the interactions between Martha and Karen. Mary coerces Rosalie to corroborate her story. Joe is frustrated by the situation, saying that he has finished cleaning up his grandmother's home, and maintains his engagement to Karen and his friendship with Martha. The two women intend to file a suit of libel and slander against Mrs. Tilford.

Martha and Karen are isolated at the school. Aunt Lily returns after the suit has been lost because she would not return to testify on behalf of her niece and Karen. The incident had been circulated widely by the media. Joe wants to continue with his intention to marry Karen and wants Martha to restart life with them in a rural area where he has found a practice.

Karen insists that Joe tell her whether he believes that there was a relationship between Martha and Karen. Joe tells Karen that he believes it's untrue. She then says that nothing ever happened and that she could not continue with the engagement.

Rosalie's mother (Sally Brophy) discovers a cache of items among her daughter's belongings, including the bracelet inscribed to Evelyn. Mrs. Wells takes her daughter to Mrs. Tilford who, while walking over to meet her granddaughter, Mary, on the stairs collapses on the floor.

Karen tells Martha that Joe will not come back. Martha is distraught at Karen's cryptic explanation and urges her to not let Joe go. Karen, however, wants to leave town with Martha the next day. She believes they can go where they will not be recognized and can start a new life, but Martha does not. As Martha tries to talk herself into believing she and Karen are just good friends, she realizes that she does truly love Karen. While Karen does not believe her, tries to dissuade her and maintains her own heterosexuality, Martha comes to believe she has loved Karen ever since they met and that she was simply unaware of the true nature of her feelings. Despite Karen's assurances to the contrary, Martha feels responsible for ruining both their lives and is appalled by her feelings towards Karen.

Mrs. Tilford visits the two teachers. She has learned about the falsehood perpetrated by her; the court proceedings will be reversed and the award for damages settled. Karen refuses Mrs. Tilford's gesture.

Martha no longer wants to continue with the conversation. Karen leaves her for a walk on the school grounds. Aunt Lily asks Karen about the whereabouts of Martha as her door is locked. Karen breaks loose the door's slide lock with a candleholder and discovers Martha has hanged herself in her room. After Martha's funeral, Karen walks away alone, while Joe watches her from the distance.

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JamesStewartFan95's Notes


TCM Programming Challenge #37


Week of November 24th – December 1st, 2019

​​SOTM: Burt Lancaster

The Essentials: The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)

Silent Sunday Nights: The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) and Snow White (1916)

TCM Imports: Devil in the Flesh (1947) and Beauties of the Night (1952)

Friday Night Spotlight: Rock, Rock, Rock!: Rock and Roll at the Movies

TCM Underground: Reefer Madness (1936), Village of the Giants (1965) and Dr. Goldfoot and His Bikini Machine (1965)


Challenge #36

1.    Challenge #1: Work Time: Freddie Bartholomew

2.    Challenge #2: Play Time: Clue

3.    Challenge #3: Rhyme Time: Old King Cole

4.    Challenge #4: Nostalgia Time: Stage Actor/Movie Star (optional)

5.    Challenge #5: Guest Programmer: Queen Cinderella from Disney’s Cinderella (1950)


Red Rock West (1993)

Von Ryan’s Express (1965)

Johnny Concho (1956)

Chicago Deadline (1949)

The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1936)

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

The Making of It’s a Wonderful Life (1990)

Motown: Yesterday, Tomorrow, Forever (1983)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1993)

The Muppet Movie (1979)



Exempt Premieres

Snow White (1916)

Devil in the Flesh (1947)

The Mirror Crack’d (1980)

Clue (1985)

Swiss Family Robinson (1940)

The Sound of Music (1965)

Cinderella (1965)

A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969)

Leon: The Professional (1994)

Little Man Tate (1991)

Dancing in the Dark (1949)



Totals for Each Decade

1900’s 2

1910’s 1

1920’s 1

1930’s 16

1940’s 26

1950’s 21

1960’s 9

1970’s 11

1980’s 6

1990’s 7

2000’s 1

2010’s 1



This is only the second TCM Programming Schedule that I have ever completed so I hope that you find it satisfactory.


Sunday kicks off with a nice trip to the country. A slate of movies featuring country and rural settings includes the Disney classic Old Yeller and the premiere of the Nicolas Cage neo-noir film Red Rock West will be shown. Leaving the wild frontier of America, we head to the highlands of Scotland for a double feature of films set in the rolling hills of old Albion, The Swordsman and the Academy Award-nominated The Green Years starring 1946 Best Supporting Actor nominee Charles Coburn. Two fantastical features set in fairy tale worlds will be the focus of TCM’s Silent Sunday Nights. This includes the premiere of the 1916 production of Snow White starring Marguerite Clark, the version that inspired a then 15-year old Walt Disney to make his own version of the tale 21 years later. The Adventures of Prince Achmed will also be shown. TCM Imports highlights a tribute to 1940’s French romantic star Gerard Philipe, who had died 60 years earlier in 1959. Devil in the Flesh and Beauties of the Night will be the films highlighted.


On Monday, join TCM as they attempt to solve the mystery with a series of films inspired by the game Clue. These include two exempt premieres, 1980 Agatha Christie adaptation The Mirror Crack’d and 1985’s Clue, an adaptation of the aforementioned board game. Other favorites include 1947’s Song of the Thin Man and 1944’s Laura. Even web-footed Warner Bros. star Daffy Duck gets in on the act with the hilarious 1956 short Deduce, You Say! Then Frank Sinatra takes over as the programming shifts to an evening slate of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ most dramatic performances. Sinatra’s Western Johnny Concho and the 1965 WWII classic Von Ryan’s Express make their TCM debuts, and favorites such as Suddenly and A Hole in the Head are also featured.


Do you like Freddie Bartholomew? If you said “Oh yes sir!”, then we certainly have the morning of programming for you. The short, but memorable, career of former child actor Bartholomew will be highlighted all day on Tuesday. 1937’s Captains Courageous and 1935’s David Copperfield are among the highlights, while the 1940 version of Swiss Family Robinson will make its debut on TCM. In the evening, Cinderella, newly crowned queen, is TCM’s Special Guest Programmer. Join her as she chats with Ben Mankiewicz about her life and career as well as showing her favorite movies. The lineup includes the TCM exempt premiere of the 1965 television version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella and the film that made Audrey Hepburn a star and earned her an Oscar, 1953’s Roman Holiday. Cindy and her mice friends look forward to sharing these magical films with you!


On Wednesday, we’re off! TCM will be showing a selection of films focusing on travel in its many forms -  planes, trains and boats. The Palm Beach Story and A Night at the Opera bring the laughs while the 1953 movie Titanic and 1974 ensemble piece Murder on the Orient Express provide just enough drama and suspense. After you’ve recovered from the long journey, you are invited to enjoy an evening of performances by “old souls”. These are the kid characters who act and sound wise beyond their years such as Tatum O’Neal’s Addie Logan in Peter Bogdanovich’s Paper Moon or the blanket-toting philosopher Linus van Pelt in A Boy Named Charlie Brown, an exempt premiere based off one of America’s best-known comic strips. Can you believe the movie will be 50 years old in 2019? Good grief!


On Thursday, TCM has planned a real treat! The morning and afternoon schedule will see a slate of films starring the supporting players of Frank Capra’s 1946 holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life. This seminal movie will be making its TCM premiere following the likes of Ball of Fire co-starring angel-in-training Henry Travers and the premiere of Chicago Deadline starring Donna Reed, the Mary Hatch to James Stewart’s George Bailey. Beulah Bondi, Thomas Mitchell, Samuel S. Hinds and Lionel Barrymore will also be featured in this lineup. In the evening, catch TCM’s new star of the month and November birthday boy Burt Lancaster, as he plays both detective and gunslinger, among other roles, in a block of films highlighting his long and varied career. 1948 noir classic Sorry, Wrong Number and 1983 cult hit Local Hero are among the standouts.


Lights, camera, action! Actors take the spotlight on Friday as TCM airs a lineup of films devoted to the exploration of the craft of acting and the influence it has on the individuals in question. Award-winning period piece The Dresser and 1953 musical gem The Band Wagon are scheduled and 1949’s Dancing in the Dark starring William Powell and Mark Stevens is scheduled as an exempt premiere. In the mid-afternoon, TCM is switching gears for a salute to the one and only Motown.  The legendary record label is turning 60 this year, so TCM thought it was only fitting to salute them. The premiere of the 25th anniversary concert from 1983 will be followed by 1975 Diana Ross vehicle Mahogany. TCM keeps on rocking into the night with a salute to rock and roll films as part of the month-long spotlight, Rock, Rock, Rock. John Cameron Mitchell’s ground-breaking cult film Hedwig and the Angry Inch premieres alongside George Lucas’ American Graffiti and pioneering rock documentary Gimme Shelter.


On Saturday, TCM wishes Mark Twain a happy 184th birthday with a series of films adapted from the author’s novels and short stories. The 1993 Disney version of The Adventures of Huck Finn will make its debut and previously aired adaptations of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court will also air. This slate of films will be followed by a double feature of wacky animated and rarely seen favorites, 1970’s The Phantom Tollbooth and 1983’s Twice Upon a Time. Both films display their own unique brand of storytelling to create a world unlike any that could be seen in real life. In the mid-afternoon, The Muppets take over with two premiere films. First Kermit the Frog takes the role of Bob Cratchit in the gang’s 1993 production Muppet Christmas Carol. Then Kermit and Fozzie Bear hit the road in search of fame in the world of show business in The Muppet Movie, a film turning 40 in 2019. The 1940’s at Warner Brothers is the theme of TCM’s The Essentials. The featured films, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Mildred Pierce and Key Largo highlight the strength of Warner Brothers productions during this decade and the performances within them. Lastly, but certainly not least, the exciting, jam-packed week of programming ends with TCM Underground’s salute to Those Depraved Teenagers. Reefer Madness, Village of the Giants and Dr. Goldfoot and His Bikini Machine explore how teenagers were portrayed within the broader aspects of film.

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TCM Programming Challenge


Sunday November 24th, 2019


Morning Theme:   A Day in the Country


6:00am Murder, He Says (1945) Fred MacMurray and Helen Walker, dir George Marshall Paramount 1h31min (p/s)


7:45am The Farmer’s Daughter (1947) Loretta Young and Joseph Cotton, dir H.C. Potter RKO 1h37min (p/s)


9:30am Old Yeller (1957) Dorothy MacGuire and Fess Parker, dir Robert Stevenson Walt Disney 1h29min (p/s)


11:00am Oklahoma (1955) Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones, dir Fred Zinnemann RKO 2h25min (p/s)


1:30pm Red Rock West (1993) Nicolas Cage and Dennis Hopper, dir John Dahl PolyGram 1h38min Premiere


3:15pm The Big Country (1958) Gregory Peck and Jean Simmons, dir William Wyler United Artists 2h46min (p/s)


6:15pm The Farmer Takes a Wife (1935) Janet Gaynor and Henry Fonda, dir Victor Fleming Fox 1h31min (p/s)



Evening Theme: The Scottish Highlands


8:00pm The Swordsman (1948) Larry Parks and Ellen Drew, dir Joseph H. Lewis Columbia 1h20min (p/s)


9:30pm The Green Years (1946) Charles Coburn and Tom Drake, dir Victor Saville MGM 2h7min (p/s)


11:45pm All in a Nutshell (1949) Clarence Nash and James MacDonald, dir Jack Hannah Walt Disney 7min (p/s)



Silent Sunday Nights: Once Upon a Time


12:00am The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926), dir Lotte Reiniger Comenius-Film GmbH 1h5min (p/s)


1:15am Snow White (1916) Marguerite Clark and Creighton Hale, dir J. Searle Dawley Paramount 1h3min Exempt Premiere


TCM Imports: Remembering Gerard Philipe 60 Years After His Death


2:30am Devil in the Flesh (1947) Micheline Presle and Gerard Philipe, dir Claude Autant-Lara Transcontinental Films 2h5min Exempt Premiere


4:45am Beauties of the Night (1952) Gerard Philipe and Martine Carol, dir Rene Clair Société des Etablissements L. Gaumont 1h27min Exempt Premiere



Monday November 25th, 2019


Morning Theme: Clue: Trying to Solve the Mystery


6:30am Song of the Thin Man (1947) William Powell and Myrna Loy, dir Edward Buzzell MGM 1h26min (p/s)


8:00am The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976) Nicol Williamson and Robert Duvall, dir Herbert Ross Universal 1h53min (p/s)


10:00am Brighton Rock (1947) Richard Attenborough and Hermione Baddeley, dir John Boulting Charter Film Productions 1h32min (p/s)


11:45am The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939) Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, dir Alfred L. Werker Fox 1h21min (p/s)


1:15pm The Mirror Crack’d (1980) Angela Lansbury and Elizabeth Taylor, dir Guy Hamilton EMI Films 1h45min Game-Exempt


3:00pm Clue (1985) Tim Curry and Lesley Ann Warren, dir Jonathan Lynn Paramount 1h37min Game-Exempt


4:45pm Laura (1944) Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews, dir Otto Preminger Fox 1h28min (p/s)


6:15pm The Maltese Falcon (1931) Bebe Daniels and Ricardo Cortez, dir Roy Del Ruth Warner Bros. 1h20min (p/s)


7:45pm Deduce, You Say! (1956) Mel Blanc and June Foray, dir Chuck Jones Warner Bros. 7min         


Evening Theme: Frank Sinatra Can Act?


8:00pm Suddenly (1954) Frank Sinatra and Sterling Hayden, dir Lewis Allen United Artists 1h17min (p/s)


9:30pm Not as a Stranger (1955) Olivia De Havilland and Robert Mitchum, dir Stanley Kramer United Artists 2h15min (p/s)


11:45pm Von Ryan’s Express (1965) Frank Sinatra and Trevor Howard, dir Mark Robson Fox 1h57min Premiere


1:45am A Hole in the Head (1959) Frank Sinatra and Edward G. Robinson, dir Frank Capra United Artists 2h (p/s)


3:45am Johnny Concho (1956) Frank Sinatra and Keenan Wynn, dir Don McGuire United Artists 1h25min Premiere


5:15am Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music + Ella + Jobim (1967), dir Michael Pfleghar NBC 1h (p/s)


6:15am Polar Trappers (1938) Pinto Colvig and Clarence Nash, dir Ben Sharpsteen Walt Disney 8min20sec (p/s)



Tuesday 26th, 2019


Morning Theme: Work Time: Freddie Bartholomew (Challenge #1)


6:30am David Copperfield (1935) W.C. Fields and Lionel Barrymore, dir George Cukor MGM 2h13min (p/s)


8:45am Lloyd’s of London (1936) Freddie Bartholomew and Madeleine Carroll, dir Henry King Fox 1h55min (p/s)


10:45am Anna Karenina (1935) Greta Garbo and Fredric March, dir Clarence Brown MGM 1h35min (p/s)


12:30pm Swiss Family Robinson (1940) Thomas Mitchell and Edna Best, dir Edward Ludwig RKO 1h32min Child-Exempt


2:15pm Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936) Freddie Bartholomew and Dolores Costello, dir John Cromwell Selznick International 1h38min (p/s)


4:00pm Captains Courageous (1937) Freddie Bartholomew and Spencer Tracy, dir Victor Fleming MGM 1h55min (p/s)


6:00pm The Devil is a Sissy (1936) Freddie Bartholomew and Jackie Cooper, dir W.S. Van Dyke and Rowland Brown MGM 1h32min (p/s)


7:45pm Game Warden (1955) Peter Roberts, Bryan Burgin, dir Harry W. Smith RKO 8min (p/s)



Evening Theme: Guest Programmer Princess Cinderella from Disney’s Cinderella


8:00pm The Red Shoes (1948) Moira Shearer and Anton Walbrook, dir Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger General Film Distributors 2h13min (p/s)


10:15am Roman Holiday (1953) Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, dir William Wyler Paramount 1h58min (p/s)


12:15am The Sound of Music (1965) Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, dir Robert Wise Fox 2h54min 3773-Exempt


3:15am The Court Jester (1956) Danny Kaye and Glynis Johns, dir Melvin Frank and Norman Panama Paramount 1h41min (p/s)


5:00am Cinderella (1965) Lesley Ann Warren and Stuart Damon, dir Charles S. Dubin CBS 1h24min 3773-Exempt



Wednesday 27th, 2019


Morning Theme-Boats, Trains and Planes: A History of Passenger Travel in Film


6:30am A Trip to the Moon (1902) Georges Melies and Bleuette Bernon, dir Georges Melies Star Film Company 16min (p/s)


7:00am The Great Train Robbery (1903) Alfred C. Abadie and Bronco Billy Anderson, dir Edwin S. Porter Warner Bros. 12min (p/s)


7:15am Plane Crazy (1933) Dorothy Lee and Arthur Havel, dir Roy Mack Warner Bros. 20min (p/s)


7:45am A Night at the Opera (1935) Groucho Marx and Chico Marx, dir Sam Wood MGM 1h33min (p/s)


9:30am The Palm Beach Story (1942) Claudette Colbert and Joel McCrea, dir Preston Sturges Paramount 1h28min (p/s)


11:00am The Harvey Girls (1946) Judy Garland and John Hodiak, dir George Sidney MGM 1h42min (p/s)


12:45pm Tweety’s SOS (1951) Mel Blanc and Bea Benaderet, dir Friz Freleng Warner Bros. 7min


1:00pm Titanic (1953) Clifton Webb and Barbara Stanwyck, dir Jean Negulesco Fox 1h38min (p/s)


2:45pm Airport (1970) Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin, dir George Seaton Universal 2h17min (p/s)


5:15pm Murder on the Orient Express (1974) Albert Finney and Lauren Bacall, dir Sidney Lumet EMI Film Distributors 2h8min (p/s)


7:30pm Alice in Movieland (1940) Joan Leslie and Nana Bryant, dir Jean Negulesco Warner Bros.21min (p/s)



Evening Theme: Old King Cole: Movies Featuring Old Souls


8:00pm Paper Moon (1973) Ryan O’Neal and Tatum O’Neal, dir Peter Bogdanovich Paramount 1h42min (p/s)


9:45pm A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969) Peter Robbins and Pamelyn Ferdin, dir Bill Melendez National General Pictures 1h19min Rhyme-Exempt


11:15pm Miracle on 34th Street (1947) Maureen O’Hara and John Payne, dir George Seaton Fox 1h36min (p/s)


1:00am Leon: The Professional (1994) Jean Reno and Natalie Portman, dir Luc Besson Gaumont 1h50min Rhyme-Exempt


3:00am Little Man Tate (1991) Jodie Foster and Dianne Wiest, dir Jodie Foster Orion 1h31min Rhyme-Exempt


4:45am Shadow of a Doubt (1943) Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotton, dir Alfred Hitchcock Universal 1h48min (p/s)



Thursday November 28th, 2019


Morning Theme: It’s a Wonderful Supporting Cast


6:45am Chicago Deadline (1949) Alan Ladd and Donna Reed, dir Lewis Allen Paramount 1h26min Premiere


8:15am The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1936) Fred MacMurray and Sylvia Sidney, dir Henry Hathaway Paramount 1h42min Premiere


10:00am The Fighting Sullivans (1944) Anne Baxter and Thomas Mitchell, dir Lloyd Bacon Fox 1h52min (p/s)


12:00pm Buck Privates (1941) Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, dir Arthur Lubin Universal 1h24min (p/s)


1:30pm The Gorgeous Hussy (1936) Joan Crawford and Robert Taylor, dir Clarence Brown MGM 1h43min (p/s)


3:15pm Ball of Fire (1941) Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck, dir Howard Hawks RKO 1h51min (p/s)


5:15pm It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) James Stewart and Donna Reed, dir Frank Capra Liberty Films 2h10min Premiere


7:30pm The Making of It’s a Wonderful Life (1990) Tom Bosley and Frank Capra, dir Sandra Moiseeff Republic 23min Premiere



Evening Theme: Star of the Month: Burt Lancaster (Burt Lancaster’s Birthday Month)


8:00pm The Leopard (1963) Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale, dir Luchino Visconti Fox 2h45min (p/s)


10:45pm Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) Barbara Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster, dir Anatole Litvak Paramount 1h29min (p/s)


12:15am Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas, dir John Sturges Paramount 2h2min (p/s)


2:30 am Local Hero (1983) Peter Riegert and Burt Lancaster, dir Bill Forsyth Goldcrest Films 1h51min (p/s)


4:30am Vengeance Valley (1951) Burt Lancaster and Robert Walker, dir Richard Thorpe MGM 1h23min (p/s)



Friday November 29th, 2019


Morning Theme: Actors on Screen-Challenge #4


6:00am Dancing in the Dark (1949) William Powell and Mark Stevens, dir Irving Reis Fox 1h32min Work-Exempt


7:45am Inside Daisy Clover (1965) Natalie Wood and Christopher Plummer, dir Robert Mulligan Warner Bros. 2h8min (p/s)


10:00am The Actress (1953) Spencer Tracy and Jean Simmons, dir George Cukor MGM 1h30min (p/s)


11:30am The Dresser (1983) Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay, dir Peter Yates Columbia 1h58min (p/s)


1:30pm The Band Wagon (1953) Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse, dir Vincente Minnelli MGM 1h51min (p/s)



Mid-Afternoon Theme: The Sound of Young America: 60 Years of Motown


3:30pm Motown: Yesterday, Tomorrow, Forever (1983) Michael Jackson and Diana Ross, dir Don Mischer MGM 2h10min Premiere


5:45pm Mahogany (1975) Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams, dir Berry Gordy Paramount 1h49min (p/s)


7:45pm Ragtime Bear (1949) Jim Backus, dir John Hubley UPA 8min (p/s)



Evening Theme: Rock, Rock, Rock!: Rock and Roll at the Movies


8:00pm Rock Rock Rock! (1956) Tuesday Weld and Chuck Berry, dir Will Price Vanguard Productions 1h25min (p/s)


9:30pm The Buddy Holly Story (1978) Gary Busey and Don Stroud, dir Steve Rash Columbia 1h55min (p/s)


11:30pm American Graffiti (1973) Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard, dir George Lucas Universal 1h52min (p/s)


1:30am Gimme Shelter (1970) Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, dir Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin Maysles Films 1h31min (p/s)


3:15am Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) John Cameron Mitchell and Miriam Shor, dir John Cameron Mitchell Killer Films 1h32min Premiere


5:00am Glorious Technicolor (1998) Angela Lansbury and Esther Williams, dir Peter Jones Peter Jones Productions 1h (p/s)



Saturday November 30th, 2019


Morning Theme: Happy Birthday Mark Twain!


6:00am The Prince and the Pauper (1937) Errol Flynn and Billy and Bobby Mauch, dir William Keighley and William Dieterle Warner Bros. 1h58min (p/s)


8:00am The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993) Elijah Wood and Courtney B. Vance, dir Stephen Sommers Walt Disney 1h47min Premiere


10:00am Tom Sawyer (1973) Johnny Whitaker and Celeste Holm, dir Don Taylor Reader’s Digest 1h44min (p/s)


11:45am A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1949) Bing Crosby and Rhonda Fleming, dir Tay Garnett Paramount 1h46min (p/s)



Afternoon Theme: Wacky and Wild Animation


1:45pm The Phantom Tollbooth (1970) Butch Patrick and Mel Blanc, dir Chuck Jones, Abe Levitow and Dave Monahan MGM Animation/Visual Arts 1h30min (p/s)


3:15pm Twice Upon a Time (1983) Lorenzo Music and Julie Payne, dir John Korty and Charles Swenson Korty Films 1h15min (p/s)



Mid-Afternoon Theme:  Muppet Double Feature: 40th Anniversary of The Muppet Movie


4:30pm Muppet Christmas Carol (1993) Michael Caine and Steve Whitmire, dir Brian Henson Walt Disney 1h26min Premiere


6:00pm The Muppet Movie (1979) Jim Henson and Frank Oz, dir James Frawley ITC 1h35min Premiere


7:45pm What’s Opera, Doc? (1957) Mel Blanc, dir Chuck Jones Warner Bros. 7min (p/s)



Evening Theme: The Essentials: The 1940’s at Warner Bros.


8:00pm The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942) Bette Davis and Ann Sheridan, dir William Keighley Warner Bros. 1h52min (p/s)


10:00pm Mildred Pierce (1945) Joan Crawford and Jack Carson, dir Michael Curtiz Warner Bros. 1h51min (p/s)


12:00am Key Largo (1948) Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson, dir John Huston Warner Bros. 1h41min (p/s)


1:45am Duck Amuck (1953) Mel Blanc, dir Chuck Jones Warner Bros. 6min56sec (p/s)



TCM Underground: Those Wild, Depraved Teenagers


2:00am Reefer Madness (1936) Dave O’Brien and Dorothy Short, dir Louis J. Gasnier Motion Picture Ventures 1h8min (p/s)


3:15am Village of the Giants (1965) Tommy Kirk and Johnny Crawford, dir Bert I. Gordon Embassy Pictures 1h21min (p/s)


4:30am Dr. Goldfoot and His Bikini Machine (1965) Vincent Price and Frankie Avalon, dir Norman Taurog AIP 1h28min (p/s)



Sunday December 1st, 2019

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