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Bette Davis as SOTM November 2019

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It's the third time Davis has received this honor. She was previously TCM's Star of the Month in 1999 and in 2006.

They are devoting four full days to her, meaning there will be Bette Davis films all morning and all evening.

They will show 51 of her feature films, spanning the years 1931 to 1987...plus a documentary about her.

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tuesday the 5th of november

waterloo bridge
20,000 years in sing sing
the rich are always with us
so big
three on a match
bureau of missing persons
ex-lady
the working man
parachute jumper
of human bondage
fog over frisco
the big shakedown
fashions of 1934
jimmy the gent
special agent

tuesday the 12th of november

front page woman
bordertown
dangerous
the girl from 10th avenue
the golden arrow
the petrified forest
satan met a lady
it's love i'm after
bette davis: the benevolent volcano
jezebel
dark victory
the old maid
the private lives of elizabeth and essex
all this and heaven too

tuesday the 19th of november

the letter
the great lie
the little foxes
the man who came to dinner
now voyager
old acquaintance
watch on the rhine
the corn is green
mr. skeffington
deception
a stolen life
june bride

tuesday the 26th of november

winter meeting
all about eve
payment on demand
the star
the catered affair
the scapegoat
pocketful of miracles
what ever happened to baby jane?
dead ringer
the nanny
the whales of august
bette davis: the benevolent volcano

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What is not airing:

bad sister
seed
way back home
the menace
hell's house
the man who played god
the dark horse
the cabin in the cotton
housewife
marked woman
kid galahad
that certain woman
the sisters
the bride came c.o.d.
in this our life
thank your lucky stars
beyond the forest
another man's poison
phone call from a stranger
the virgin queen
storm center
john paul jones
the empty canvas
where love has gone
hush hush sweet charlotte
the anniversary
connecting rooms
bunny o'hare
madame sin
the scientific cardplayer
burnt offerings
return from witch mountain
death on the nile
the watcher in the woods
wicked stepmother

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Really enjoyed the first night of Bette Davis as SOTM;   The run of films from one year,  1934,  was nice and I had never seen The Big Shakedown and it has been years since I saw Jimmy the Gent and Fashions of 1934.  Bette had some different "looks" in these films:

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Oh darn it TB. I went and basically did what you did. But at least mine is in one list. Pardon the duplication if that is what I've done in your judgment.  The entire list is Davis' filmography, including TV movies. I count 100 credited filmed appearances. Titles in bold indicate what is playing on TCM this month.

The Bad Sister             1931    Universal
Seed                        1931    Universal
Waterloo Bridge         1931    Universal  (WB has the rights)
Way Back Home            1931    RKO
The Menace            1932    Columbia
Hell's House             1932    B.F. Zeidman Productions (Public Domain)
The Man Who Played God      1932    WB
So Big!                1932    WB
The Rich Are Always With Us    1932    WB
The Dark Horse            1932    WB

Cabin In the Cotton        1932    WB
Three On A Match         1932    WB
20000 Years in Sing Sing     1932    WB
Parachute Jumper        1933    WB
The Working Man            1933    WB
Ex-Lady                1933    WB
Bureau of Missing Persons     1933    WB

Big Shakedown            1934    WB
Fashions of 1934        1934    WB

Jimmy The Gent            1934    WB

Fog Over Frisco            1934    WB
Of Human Bondage        1934    RKO

Housewife            1934    WB
Bordertown            1935    WB
Girl From Tenth Avenue        1935    WB
Front Page Woman        1935    WB
Special Agent             1935    WB
Dangerous            1935    WB
Petrified Forest        1936    WB
Golden Arrow            1936    WB

Satan Met a Lady        1936    WB
Marked Woman            1937    WB
Kid Galahad            1937    WB
That Certain Woman         1937    WB
It's Love I'm After         1937    WB
Jezebel                1938    WB
The Sisters             1938    WB
Dark Victory            1939    WB
Juarez                1939    WB
The Old Maid            1939    WB

Private Lives of Elizabeth&Essex 1939    WB
All This and Heaven Too        1940    WB
The Letter            1940    WB

The Great Lie            1941    WB
Bride Came COD            1941    WB
The Little Foxes         1941    Sam Goldwyn
The Man Who Came To Dinner    1942    WB
In This Our Life         1942       WB
Now Voyager            1942    WB
Watch on the Rhine         1942    WB

Thank your Lucky Stars        1943    WB
Old Acquaintance        1943    WB
Mr. Skeffington            1944    WB
Hollywood Canteen        1944    WB
The Corn is Green        1945    WB
A Stolen Life             1946    WB
Deception            1946    WB
Winter Meeting             1948    WB
June Bride            1948    WB
Beyond the Forest         1949    WB

All About Eve            1950    Fox (Henceforth absorbed into The Cult of the Mouse)
Payment on Demand        1951    RKO

Another Man's Poison         1951     United Artists
Phone Call From a Stranger     1952    Fox
The Star            1952    Fox (Somehow WB has the rights)
The Virgin Queen         1955    Fox
Catered Affair            1956    MGM
Storm Center             1956    Columbia
John Paul Jones         1959    WB
The Scapegoat            1959    MGM

Pocketful of Miracles        1961    United Artists
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? 1962    WB

The Empty Canvas         1963    Embassy Pictures
Dead Ringer             1964    WB
Where Has Love Gone         1964    Paramount
Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte    1964    Fox
The Nanny            1965    Fox
The Anniversary         1968    Hammer
Connecting Rooms         1970    Paramount
Bunny O'Hare            1970    American Int'l Pictures

Madame Sin            1972    ABC
The Scopone Game         1972    Cinema Int'l Corporation
The Judge and Jake Wyler        1972    TV Movie
Scream Pretty Peggy         1973    TV Movie
Hello Mother, Goodbye        1974    TV Movie
Burnt Offerings            1976    United Artists
Disappearance of Aimee        1976    TV Movie
Return from Witch Mountain      1978    Disney
Death on the Nile         1978    Paramount
Strangers            1979    TV Movie

White Mama             1980    TV Movie
Watcher in the Woods        1980    Disney
Skyward                1980    TV Movie
Family Reunion             1981    TV Movie
Piano for Mrs. Cimino        1982    TV Movie
Right of Way            1983    TV Movie
Murder With Mirrors        1985    TV Movie
As Summers Die            1986    TV Movie
Whales of August         1987    Nelson Entertainment
Wicked Stepmother         1989    United Artists

I wish that TCM could convince Universal to clean up The Bad Sister so it is presentable. How many times do you see Conrad Nagel and Sidney Fox billed above Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart? I imagine just this one time.

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Thanks LsD for your comprehensive list.

CONNECTING ROOMS is the one I've been wanting to see.

I think THE STAR is in the public domain, so that's why it airs on TCM.

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1 minute ago, TopBilled said:

Thanks LsD for your comprehensive list.

CONNECTING ROOMS is the one I've been wanting to see.

I think THE STAR is in the public domain, so that's why it airs on TCM.

Actually, The Star belongs to Warner Brothers for some reason. It is in one of those Bette Davis DVD collections that WB put out about 15 years ago.  I don't know how that happened.

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5 minutes ago, LsDoorMat said:

Actually, The Star belongs to Warner Brothers for some reason. It is in one of those Bette Davis DVD collections that WB put out about 15 years ago.  I don't know how that happened.

I think they included it to complete the package of films for that DVD, but I have read elsewhere that it is in the public domain. It wasn't really a Fox production. It had been an independent production that gained release through Fox. After the distribution deal ended, Fox did not hold on to the rights.

It's possible the producers sold it to WB, but I doubt it, because usually that happens when the studio plans to remake it. There was no remake. I think its copyright eventually lapsed and it fell into the public domain. WB uses it because they consider Bette Davis one of their stars, and it's free, so why not.

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I wish Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte was airing. I finally got around to seeing Baby Jane after watching Feud, which also made me interested in seeing Charlotte. I think it's on Amazon Prime? 

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On 11/11/2019 at 7:43 PM, LsDoorMat said:

Actually, The Star belongs to Warner Brothers for some reason. It is in one of those Bette Davis DVD collections that WB put out about 15 years ago.  I don't know how that happened.

PS:  TCM showed Marked Women,  last Tuesday  11\12.

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2 hours ago, CinemaInternational said:

Quick schedule change; The 1971 oddity Bunny O'Hare is on the schedule now.....

Really? That's great. Which evening is it airing?

Did something get bumped from the schedule to accommodate the addition of this film?

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3 hours ago, CinemaInternational said:

Quick schedule change; The 1971 oddity Bunny O'Hare is on the schedule now.....

YES! I've been waiting to see this film.

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18 hours ago, TopBilled said:

Really? That's great. Which evening is it airing?

Did something get bumped from the schedule to accommodate the addition of this film?

 

 

16 hours ago, speedracer5 said:

YES! I've been waiting to see this film.

Late night, the final day November 27th on all but the west coast. 2:30 AM ET/1:30 AM CT/12:30 AM MT/11:30 PM November 26th PT.

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On 11/14/2019 at 1:23 PM, jamesjazzguitar said:

PS:  TCM showed Marked Women,  last Tuesday  11\12.

Yep, I noticed it was on. I was glad that they showed it since it marked a transition for Bette from B to A list films for Warner Brothers. I don't know how TB and I would both miss that. Maybe the printed schedule changed?

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9 hours ago, LsDoorMat said:

Yep, I noticed it was on. I was glad that they showed it since it marked a transition for Bette from B to A list films for Warner Brothers. I don't know how TB and I would both miss that. Maybe the printed schedule changed?

It must have changed, because when the schedule was first made available I went through each of the four days with a fine-tooth comb.

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5 hours ago, TopBilled said:

It must have changed, because when the schedule was first made available I went through each of the four days with a fine-tooth comb.

I believe they did change the schedule.    I only made the point since I just watched Marked Women and the fact that this Davis film is one I "promote" since it isn't one of her more famous performances \ films, it is very well made and a sound "product" of the WB studio-system,  and somewhat of a transitional year for Davis:  1937 films before her Oscar winning performance in Jezebel,  then Dark Victory,,,  and we all know the rest....

 

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I'm wondering if Marked Woman aired instead of the Bette Davis documentary Bette Davis: the Benevolent Volcano. I looked at Tuesday's schedule and the documentary isn't listed.

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