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August 2018 Schedule is up

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It seems like it took much longer to post this year.  Oh well.  August is still 2 months away.

1. Frank Sinatra

2. Myrna Loy

3. Lionel Atwill

4. Clint Eastwood

5. Katharine Hepburn

6. Audrey Totter

7. Harold Lloyd

8. Jeanette MacDonald

9. Walter Matthau

10. Dorothy Malone

11. Gary Cooper

12. Doris Day

13. George Brent

14. Lupe Velez

15. Peter Finch

16. Miriam Hopkins

17. Barbra Streisand

18. Clark Gable

19. Judy Garland

20. Stewart Granger

21. Anita Louise

22. Dana Andrews

23. Virginia Mayo

24. Peter Lorre

25. Carroll Baker

26. Anthony Quinn

27. Agnes Moorehead

28. Lew Ayres

29. Lauren Bacall

30. Marcello Mastroianni

31. Joan Crawford

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It's an interesting list.  You have some of your usual suspects: Katharine Hepburn, Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Joan Crawford... but I love seeing Agnes Moorehead and Peter Lorre on the list! 

After I found who was on this year's lineup, it's time to peruse and see what's on the lineup:
 

8/2- Myrna Loy

Stamboul Quest & The Naughty Flirt.  Two Loy movies that I haven't seen before.

8/3- Lionel Atwill

-Rendezvous.  I think I've seen this movie with William Powell and Rosalind Russell before, but I cannot recall if I have or not.

-The Murder Man.  I love the title and the plot sounds interesting and also features a young James Stewart. 

-The Secret of the Blue Room appears to be a premiere and sounds very interesting.  I love whodunit type films.

8/5- Katharine Hepburn

-The Madwoman of Chaillot.  I've never heard of this film before! It co-stars Charles Boyer.

8/6- Audrey Totter

-Man in the Dark.  This suspense film has a very interesting synopsis: "After experimental brain surgery, a crook tries to reconstruct the memories of his criminal past."

-The Sellout.  I do love a good newspaper movie.

-The Set-Up.  I also love a good boxing movie.

-Tension.  An interesting sounding noir I haven't seen.

-High Wall.  Another interesting sounding noir.

*Audrey Totter's day looks like one of the ones to watch! At least for me. 

8/9- Walter Matthau

-Island of Love.  This film co-stars Tony Randall, who is always hilarious.  I also love 60s comedies and this one sounds like it'll fit the bill.

8/10- Dorothy Malone

-Sincerely Yours.  I am curious about Liberace in a film.

-One Sunday Afternoon. I like musicals.  I like Raoul Walsh's films.  I like Dennis Morgan.  I like Janis Page.  I like Dorothy Malone.  This film is a remake of Strawberry Blonde.  I like that film too. This *sounds* like it could be entertaining.

-Two Guys From Texas.  You can't go wrong with a movie featuring Jack Carson and Bugs Bunny.

-The Tarnished Angels.  I think this movie might be airing before August.  But it's Douglas Sirk and from the 1950s.  I do love a good 1950s melodrama.

8/11- Gary Cooper

-Saratoga Trunk.  An Ingrid Bergman film I haven't seen.

8/12- Doris Day

-Carson on TCM: Doris Day.  I like interviews and I didn't see this one when TCM had the Carson series a couple years back.

-Julie!!! OMG THE PROGRAMMERS LISTENED AND SCHEDULED THIS MOVIE!! FINALLY I WILL FIND OUT THE ANSWER TO THE MOVIE POSTER'S QUESTION: "What happened to Julie on her honeymoon?"  THANK YOU TCM!! 

8/13- George Brent

-The Rich Are Always With Us.  A Bette Davis movie I've never heard of!

-They Call It Sin.  A precode.  I just really like the title.

-Honeymoon for Three.  Co-starring ex-wife Ann Sheridan.  I've seen this film before and I really enjoyed it.  I wouldn't mind seeing it again.

8/16- Miriam Hopkins

-The Story of Temple Drake.  Oh man! I've been waiting to see this pre-code forever!

8/17- Barbra Streisand

-What's Up Doc? This film sounds like it could be amusing

8/22- Dana Andrews

-Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.  A Fritz Lang film I haven't seen.

8/23- Virginia Mayo

-Flaxy Martin.  The film sounds intriguing even if the character name is strange. Flaxy?

8/24- Peter Lorre

-The Comedy of Terrors.  This film features Lorre, Vincent Price and Boris Karloff! This film sounds amazing.

-The Mask of Dimitrios.  This film has a great cast (Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet to name a couple) and it sounds like it's a mystery melodrama?

-The Verdict.  Another teaming of Lorre and Greenstreet.  Greenstreet is such a compelling actor to watch on screen. 

8/25- Carroll Baker

-Star 80.  I've always wanted to see this movie.

-Something Wild.  I always see the movie cover of this film and it looks intriguing. 

8/29- Lauren Bacall

-The Gift of Love.  A Bacall film I haven't seen.

8/30- Marcello Mastroianni

-Ginger & Fred. I'm curious if this is an Italian film about Fred & Ginger?

8/31- Joan Crawford

-Sudden Fear.  This was a great film!

-Harriet Craig.  I've never seen this Crawford film.

-Goodbye My Fancy.  Another Crawford film that I've never seen. 

 

Overall great schedule.  My only complaint is that I wish there were some new teen beach movies that I haven't seen.  Lol. However,  as always, I found numerous films to DVR.  I think I am most looking forward to Julie and The Story of Temple Drake

 

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22 minutes ago, CinemaInternational said:

Dorothy Malone gets her day after all!

Yes, I am so pleased about this. 

Thank you TCM programmers!

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Lionel Atwill is a marvelous and completely unexpected choice!  Just the other day I commented on how great it is to see him!

Thanks TCM!

 

 

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1 minute ago, yanceycravat said:

Lionel Atwill is a marvelous and completely unexpected choice!  Just the other day I commented on how great it is to see him!

Thanks TCM!

Did you notice they will be premiering the Universal precode SECRET OF THE BLUE ROOM (1933) that evening?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secret_of_the_Blue_Room

Hope it remains on the schedule.

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Whew. Haven't even had time to fully process this. I will just initially comment on the two spots that were up for vote by the Backlot members: Gary Cooper beats out Paul Newman, which I predicted. I don't mind that, depending on what the Cooper films are. I haven't even begun to look into that yet. And I was personally hoping for Anita Page, but we get Anita Louise, with whom I am extremely unfamiliar. I'm interested to see what her films are.

More after I've had time to analyze!

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Just a few quick notes while I'm still processing:

TCM airing Sudden Fear I think for only the second time ever on August 31. Despite being an RKO release, there must have been some kind of rights issue with this film, because it only made its TCM premiere within the last year or two. Everybody jump on this rare chance to see it!

24 hours of Barbara Streisand. Wow! While it appears The Owl and the Pussycat is the only TCM premiere, it's not like any of these films are on all the time. I will definitely try to catch at least a couple of these.

The Gary Cooper day is sadly really predictable except maybe for The Story of Dr. Wassell. Rights issues being what they are, TCM only shows a DeMille film once in a blue moon, so view this one while you have a chance!

None of the films on Walter Matthau day are listed as premieres, but like with Streisand, none of them are ridiculously overshown movies either. Looks like a lot of fairly infrequent gems on this day.

Okay, more later!

Edit: Oh wait, I've got to mention Star 80, which I secretly watched without my parents' knowledge on HBO when I was in maybe seventh grade. Of course, I had no idea who Carroll Baker was at the time, so I would like to watch again with that knowledge. An absolute star-making performance from Julia Roberts' brother, Eric. Not sure why he never became A-list material. Maybe his personal life contributed. Also a nice bit from Cliff Robertson as Hugh Hefner. And if you didn't get enough Mariel Hemmingway nudity in Personal Best, well ...

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2 hours ago, TopBilled said:

Did you notice they will be premiering the Universal precode SECRET OF THE BLUE ROOM (1933) that evening?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secret_of_the_Blue_Room

Hope it remains on the schedule.

What a cast!!!

 

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31 minutes ago, sewhite2000 said:

Just a few quick notes while I'm still processing:

TCM airing Sudden Fear I think for only the second time ever on August 31. Despite being an RKO release, there must have been some kind of rights issue with this film, because it only made its TCM premiere within the last year or two. Everybody jump on this rare chance to see it!

24 hours of Barbara Streisand. Wow! While it appears The Owl and the Pussycat is the only TCM premiere, it's not like any of these films are on all the time. I will definitely try to catch at least a couple of these.

The Gary Cooper day is sadly really predictable except maybe for The Story of Dr. Wassell. Rights issues being what they are, TCM only shows a DeMille film once in a blue moon, so view this one while you have a chance!

None of the films on Walter Matthau day are listed as premieres, but like with Streisand, none of them are ridiculously overshown movies either. Looks like a lot of fairly infrequent gems on this day.

Okay, more later!

Edit: Oh wait, I've got to mention Star 80, which I secretly watched without my parents' knowledge on HBO when I was in maybe seventh grade. Of course, I had no idea who Carroll Baker was at the time, so I would like to watch again with that knowledge. An absolute star-making performance from Julia Roberts' brother, Eric. Not sure why he never became A-list material. Maybe his personal life contributed. Also a nice bit from Cliff Robertson as Hugh Hefner. And if you didn't get enough Mariel Hemmingway nudity in Personal Best, well ...

I've been wanting to see Star 80 since it was mentioned in the podcast I listen to, "You Must Remember This."  Star 80 was discussed during the Dorothy Stratten episode of the "Dead Blondes" series.  I'd heard about Stratten's demise prior to the podcast, but didn't know about her relationship with Peter Bogdanovich.  Bogdanovich ended up marrying Stratten's sister, which seems weird to me, but whatever.  It looks like Bob Fosse directed Star 80 which could be interesting.  I feel like this film will be either really good in a camp classic kind of way, or really bad in a cheesy 70s/80s p orn kind of way.  Either way I'm looking forward to it.  I'm usually a big fan of those "so bad, they're good" type films.

Re: Sudden Fear.  This movie was fantastic.  I just saw it for the first time a few months ago.  I had it saved on my DVR until I procured my own copy... then it crashed and I lost it.  I actually just borrowed a copy from the library because I wanted to see it again.  I'm glad it is getting more airplay on TCM.  Joan Crawford and Gloria Grahame were excellent.  I was less of a fan of Jack Palance, but you can't say he wasn't a creep in this film. 

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To the best of my recollection, Star 80 is not camp at all, but a relentlessly grim and powerful drama. Fosse at his absolute darkest, and no singing or dancing. But I haven't seen it since adolescence. It was easier for a movie to impress me in those days!

Hef did not like the way Robertson portrayed him in the movie and sued. Perhaps taking a preemptive measure against a potential Bogdanovich lawsuit, Fosse doesn't use his real name in the movie, but the Bogdanovich character is called "Aram Nicholas" and is played by Roger Rees. 

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I know it's ridiculous to be so excited, but there's a TCM premier of Sylvia (1965) on Carroll Baker day, August 25. It's one of my favorite trashy (no way around it) movies and I've never seen a good print of it. Carroll's actually really good, as is George Maharis as the private eye tracking down her past on behalf of her fiancé, Peter Lawford. The reason it's perfect for TCM is that his travels bring him into contact with an great array of actors in cameo roles: Viveca Lindfors as a librarian from Sylvia's childhood, Aldo Ray as her abusive stepfather, Edmund O'Brien as a salesman who picked her up after she fled to Mexico with an itinerant preacher, Ann Sothern as an arcade worker who took her under her wing, Nancy Kovak as a stripper/ "business" associate of Sylvia, Joanne Dru as her "business" partner when they strike out on their own, and a cross-dressing club owner (I forget his name.) who fronts an escort service where Sylvia makes her fortune. It's rags-to-riches with all the hints of sleaze the mid-1960's would allow, but it's good-hearted and good-natured too and I can't wait. (And Baker is beautiful, without the weight of all the expectations put on her in The Carpetbaggers and Harlow. Speaking of which, shouldn't TCM just finally show Harlow, call it the inaccurate rip-off it is, but acknowledge it as a glossy show-biz film of interest to the kind of movie-lovers TCM attracts?)

P.S. I wonder if the TCM premier of The Owl and the Pussycat will finally feature Streisand's F-bomb, which has been edited out of every print I've seen. Also, bare breasts as reflected in a mirror, which may have been a body double, but who knows?

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A few interesting choices. Looking forward to Audrey Totter, Lupe Velez and Dorothy Malone days. And of course, GEORGE BRENT!!!!

 

Would've been more interested in Agnes and Marcello, but disappointed in the choices. At least Dark Passage turns up on Bacall day..........

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12 hours ago, CinemaInternational said:

Dorothy Malone gets her day after all!

And the Academy will hopefully realize what a huge mistake they made.

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12 hours ago, speedracer5 said:

It seems like it took much longer to post this year.  Oh well.  August is still 2 months away.

1. Frank Sinatra

2. Myrna Loy

3. Lionel Atwill

4. Clint Eastwood

5. Katharine Hepburn

6. Audrey Totter

7. Harold Lloyd

8. Jeanette MacDonald

9. Walter Matthau

10. Dorothy Malone

11. Gary Cooper

12. Doris Day

13. George Brent

14. Lupe Velez

15. Peter Finch

16. Miriam Hopkins

17. Barbra Streisand

18. Clark Gable

19. Judy Garland

20. Stewart Granger

21. Anita Louise

22. Dana Andrews

23. Virginia Mayo

24. Peter Lorre

25. Carroll Baker

26. Anthony Quinn

27. Agnes Moorehead

28. Lew Ayres

29. Lauren Bacall

30. Marcello Mastroianni

31. Joan Crawford

Thank you for the lineup, Speedy. There are a few stars on this list I barely know who they are or haven't heard of, but I still like it.

PS: Disappointed for the second year in a row Robert Vaughn isn't selected. There's a small part of me who knows he'll be on the lineup someday.

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27 minutes ago, jinsinna13 said:

And the Academy will hopefully realize what a huge mistake they made.

That's DOUBTFUL. :(

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14 hours ago, yanceycravat said:

Lionel Atwill is a marvelous and completely unexpected choice!  Just the other day I commented on how great it is to see him!

Thanks TCM!

So true! It's nice to see him get a day. I'm especially excited to finally see Secret of the Blue Room (1933).

 

13 hours ago, sewhite2000 said:

TCM airing Sudden Fear I think for only the second time ever on August 31. Despite being an RKO release, there must have been some kind of rights issue with this film, because it only made its TCM premiere within the last year or two. Everybody jump on this rare chance to see it!

That's right. It was shown only once before in 2016, and I'll definitely second the recommendation. 

Other high points for me include Audrey Totter, Peter Lorre, and Agnes Moorehead. Overall it seems like a good lineup. Looking forward to it!

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I see posts about rights issues. To me rights issues are when a film is tied up in litigation because there is a question about who owns it.

In the case of the "rare" films on TCM's August schedule, these are not typically kept off the schedule because of rights issues. They are kept off the schedule because TCM has a budget and it costs money to borrow/lease films from Fox, Universal and Paramount.

The TCM business model is set up to use films in the Turner Library (MGM, WB, RKO and UA titles). So when we get the rare film from an outside studio that's because the programmers are using some of their budget to give viewers a treat which fits with a given theme.

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There is no star I enjoy enough to have on my TV for 24 hours. I will never be happy with this kind of TCM programming. While I'm being grumpy, where is Pajama Game? Okay, I am also too young for some of these stars. Some I've never heard of.

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1 minute ago, jimmymac71 said:

There is no star I enjoy enough to have on my TV for 24 hours. I will never be happy with this kind of TCM programming. While I'm being grumpy, where is Pajama Game? Okay, I am also too young for some of these stars. Some I've never heard of.

It's a form of 'marathon programming.' 

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7 minutes ago, jimmymac71 said:

There is no star I enjoy enough to have on my TV for 24 hours. I will never be happy with this kind of TCM programming. While I'm being grumpy, where is Pajama Game? Okay, I am also too young for some of these stars. Some I've never heard of.

I dont know what the deal is with Pajama Game. It hasnt been shown for at least a decade (probably more). It's WB, so dont see what the problem is. They used to show it.

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Speedy, I too, am looking forward to Julie! Havent seen it in years. I dont remember any honeymoon in the film. From what I can remember they were already married and living at home when the film started. Maybe they stayed home for their honeymoon....... It's probably what Julie found out THERE......

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27 minutes ago, jimmymac71 said:

There is no star I enjoy enough to have on my TV for 24 hours.

This is why for SUTS,   I favor having secondary stars or character \ supporting actors instead of major stars.

 

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