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> {quote:title=LonesomePolecat wrote:}{quote}

> I am only posting so this thread will be on page 1 when I post my schedule so it'll be easy to find. :)

 

We are all anxiously waiting your schedule so that we may see the standard against which all the others will be judged.

 

I hope all are busy. I very much hope many of the old masters will be returning to the fray!

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This is only another shameless bump to keep the Challenge in the public eye while everyone is working so hard on their schedules! :)

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LonesomePolecat's Schedule

 

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*Week of December 4-10, 2011*

 

*STATS*

STAR OF THE MONTH: Walter Matthau

THE ESSENTIALS: It?s a Wonderful Life (1946)

SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS: College (1927)

TCM IMPORTS: Le Ch?teau de Ma M?re (My Mother?s Castle: 1990)

TCM UNDERGROUND: The Last Man on Earth (1964)

 

*CHALLENGES*

MADE-UP MOVE: Guys and Dolls (1955)

FREEDOM CHALLENGE, part 1: The Congressional Medal of Honor: A Symbol of Freedom

(Films that actually show the Congressional Medal of Honor)

FREEDOM CHALLENGE, part 2: Germany Invades Hollywood

(Filmmakers who came to America to escape Nazi Germany)

GUEST PROGRAMMER: The Soundtrack from Fantasia

OFF-STAGE WOMAN BOX SET: Edith Head

 

*PREMIERES*

Dear Brigitte (1965)

Goodbye, Charlie (1964)

A New Leaf (1971)

Night Train to Munich (1940)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Summer Magic (1963)

The Ten Commandments (1923)

The Ten Commandments (1956)

 

*FREE PREMIERES*

The Happiest Millionaire (1967)

Mary Poppins (1964)

Red Garters (1954)

What a Way to Go (1964)

What?s so Bad about Feeling Good? (1968)

 

*FILMS BY DECADE*

1920s- 3

1930s- 7

1940s- 25

1950s- 17 (including made-up movie)

1960s- 21

1970s- 6

1980s- 2

1990s- 1

 

 

===================Sunday December 4, 2011=====================

 

 

*Wait?that?s a Christmas movie?*

6:00am *Stalag 17* (1953) William Holden & Otto Preminger, dir Billy Wilder, Paramount 120min (p/s)

8:00am *The Road to Utopia* (1946) Bing Crosby & Bob Hope, dir Hal Walker, Paramount 90min (p/s)

9:30am *The World of Henry Orient* (1964) Peter Sellers & Angela Lansbury, dir George Roy Hill UA 106min (p/s)

11:30am *The Apartment* (1960) Jack Lemmon & Shirley MacLaine, dir Billy Wilder, UA 126min (p/s)

1:45pm *Swiss Family Robinson* (1960) John Mills & Dorothy Maguire, dir Ken Annakin 127min DISNEY (p/s)

4:00pm *Robin and the Seven Hoods* (1964) Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin, dir Gordon Douglas, WB 124min (p/s)

6:15pm *The Miracle of Morgan?s Creek* (1944) Betty Hutton & Eddie Bracken, dir Preston Sturges, Paramount 99min (p/s)

 

*Who?s Your Professor?*

8:00pm *Dear Brigitte* (1965) James Stewart & Bill Mumy, dir Henry Koster FOX 100min *Premiere*

9:45pm *Raiders of the Lost Ark* (1981) Harrison Ford & Karen Allen, dir Stephen Spielberg, Paramount 115min *PREMIERE*

11:45pm *Ball of Fire* (1941) Gary Cooper & Barbara Stanwyck, dir. Howard Hawks, RKO, 112 min (p/s)

1:45am *SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS: College* (1927) Buster Keaton & Anne Cornwall, dir Buster Keaton UA 66min

 

3:00am *Le Ch?teau de Ma M?re* (My Mother?s Castle: 1990) Philippe Caubere & Nathalie Roussel, dir Yves Robert, MGM 99min

 

 

========================Monday December 5, 2010==========================

 

 

*By George, I Think We?ve Directed It!*

4:45am- George B Seitz: *The Courtship of Andy Hardy* (1942) Mickey Rooney & Donna Reed, MGM 96min (p/s)

6:30am- George Roy Hill: *The Sting* (1973) Robert Redford & Paul Newman, Universal 129min (p/s)

8:45am- George Cukor: *The Philadelphia Story* (1940) Katharine Hepburn & Cary Grant, WB 113min (p/s)

10:45am- George Sidney: *Anchors Aweigh* (1945) Gene Kelly & Kathryn Grayson, MGM 143min (p/s)

1:15pm- George Lucas: *American Graffiti* (1973) Ron Howard & Richard Dreyfus, Universal 112min (p/s)

3:15pm- George Seaton: *Miracle on 34th Street* (1947) Edmund Gwenn & Maureen O?Hara, Fox 96min (p/s)

5:00pm- George Stevens: *The Diary of Anne Frank* (1959) Millie Perkins & Joseph Schildkraut, dir George Stevens, 170min Fox (p/s)

 

*GUEST PROGRAMMER: The Soundtrack from Fantasia celebrates Walt Disney?s 110th Birthday with classic Disney musicals*

8:00pm *Mary Poppins* (1964) Julie Andrews & Dick Van Dyke, dir Bill Walsh, Disney, 139min (Free Premiere)

10:30pm *The Happiest Millionaire* (1967) Fred MacMurray & Tommy Steele, dir Norman Tokar 164min Disney (Free Premiere)

1:15am SHORT: *Steamboat Willie* (1928) Mickey Mouse, dir Ub Iwerks, Disney 8min

1:30am *Summer Magic* (1963) Hayley Mills & Dorothy Maguire, dir James Nielsen, Disney 110min *PREMIERE*

3:30am SHORT: *The Grand Canyon* (1958), dir James Algar, Disney, 29min

4:00am *Bedknobs and Broomsticks* (1971) Angela Lansbury & David Tomlinson, dir Robert Stevenson, Disney, 118min

 

 

================Tuesday December 6, 2011==================

 

*I Remade It Myself*

6:00am *The Man Who Knew Too Much* (1934) Leslie Banks & Peter Lorre, dir Alfred Hitchcock, Gaumont 75min (p/s)

7:15am *The Man Who Knew Too Much* (1956) James Stewart & Doris Day, dir Alfred Hitchcock, Paramount 120min (p/s)

9:15am *Lady for a Day* (1933) May Robson & Warren William, dir Frank Capra, COLUMBIA 96min (p/s)

11:00am *Pocketful of Miracles* (1961) Glenn Ford & Bette Davis, dir Frank Capra, MGM 137min (p/s)

1:30am *The Ten Commandments* (1923) Theodore Roberts & Charles de Roche, dir Cecil B DeMille Paramount 136min *PREMIERE*

4:00pm *The Ten Commandments* (1956) Charlton Heston & Yul Brynner, dir Cecil B DeMille Paramount 220min

*PREMIERE*

 

 

 

*STAR OF THE MONTH: Walter Matthau*

8:00pm *A New Leaf* (1971) Walter Matthau & Elaine May, dir Elaine May, Paramount 102 min *PREMIERE*

9:45pm *The Odd Couple* (1968) Walter Matthau & Jack Lemmon, dir Gene Saks, Paramount, 105min (p/s)

11:30pm *Goodbye, Charlie* (1964) Tony Curtis & Debbie Reynolds, dir Vincente Minnelli, Fox 117min *PREMIERE*

1:30am *Charade* (1963) Audrey Hepburn & Cary Grant, dir Stanley Donen, Universal 113min (p/s)

3:30am *The Fortune Cookie* (1966) Walter Matthau & Jack Lemmon, dir Billy Wilder UA 126min (p/s)

5:45am *The Sunshine Boys* (1975) Walter Matthau & George Burns, dir Herbert Ross, MGM 112min (p/s)

 

 

=================Wednesday December 7, 2011=====================

 

 

*70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor*

 

*FREEDOM CHALLENGE, part 1*

*The Congressional Medal of Honor: A Symbol of Freedom*

(Films that actually show the Congressional Medal of Honor)

7:45am *Fort Apache* (1948) Henry Fonda & Ward Bond, dir John Ford, RKO 128 min (p/s)

10:00am *Devil?s Doorway* (1950) Robert Taylor & Louis Calhern, dir Anthony Mann, MGM 84min (p/s)

11:30am *The Manchurian Candidate* (1962) Laurence Harvey & Frank Sinatra, dir John Frankenheimer UA 127min (p/s)

2:30pm *Yankee Doodle Dandy* (1942) James Cagney & Walter Huston, dir Michael Curtiz WB 126min (p/s)

4:45pm *To Hell and Back* (1955) Audie Murphy & Marshall Thompson, dir Jesse Hibbs, Universal 105min (p/s)

6:30pm *Sergeant York* (1941) Gary Cooper & Walter Brennan, dir Howard Hawks, MGM 135min (p/s)

 

 

*FREEDOM CHALLENGE, part 2*

*Germany Invades Hollywood*

(Filmmakers who came to America to escape Nazi Germany)

8:00pm- Paul Heinreid: *Night Train to Munich* (1940) Rex Harrison, dir Carol Reed Fox/MGM 89 min *Premiere*

9:30pm- Billy Wilder: *Five Graves to Cairo* (1943) Franchot Tone & Anne Baxter, dir Billy Wilder 97min

11:15pm- S. Z. Sakall: *In the Good Old Summertime* (1949) Judy Garland & Van Johnson, dir Robert Z Leonard, MGM 103min (p/s)

1:00am- Fritz Lang & Marlene Dietrich: *Rancho Notorious* (1952) Arthur Kennedy & Marlene Dietrich, dir Fritz Lang RKO 89min (p/s)

2:30am- Peter Lorre: *Arsenic and Old Lace* (1944) Cary Grant & Raymond Massey, dir Frank Capra, Columbia 119min (p/s)

4:30am- Erich Wolfgang Korngold: *The Prince and the Pauper* (1937) Claude Rains & Errol Flynn, dir William Keighley, WB 118min (p/s)

6:30am? Fred Zinnemann: *High Noon* (1952) Gary Cooper & Grace Kelly, dir Fred Zinneman, United Artists, 85 min (p/s)

 

 

=====================Thursday December 8, 2011===========================

 

 

*Ooo! A Costume Ball!*

8:00am *The Pink Panther* (1964) Peter Sellers & David Niven, dir Blake Edwards, UA 115min

10:00am *Amadeus* (1984) Tom Hulce & F Murray Abraham, dir Milos Foreman, Orion 158min (p/s)

12:45pm *The Cocoanuts* (1929) The Marx Brothers & Margaret Dumont, Paramount 96min (p/s)

2:30pm *The Producers* (1968) Zero Mostel & Gene Wilder, dir Mel Brooks, MGM 91min (p/s)

4:15pm *An American in Paris* (1951) Gene Kelly & Leslie Caron, dir Vincente Minnelli, MGM 114min (p/s)

6:15pm *To Catch a Thief* (1955) Cary Grant & Grace Kelly, dir Alfred Hitchcock Paramount 105min (p/s)

 

*Off-Stage Woman Box Set: Edith Head*

8:00pm *White Christmas* (1954) Bing Crosby & Danny Kaye, dir Michael Curtiz, Paramount 120min (p/s)

10:00pm *What a Way to Go* (1964) Shirley MacLaine & Robert Cummings, dir J Lee Thompson, FOX 111min (Free Premiere)

12:00pm *MADE-UP MOVIE: Guys and Dolls* (1955) Frank Sinatra & Danny Kaye, dir Stanley Donen, Samuel Goldwyn, 103min

1:45am *What?s so Bad About Feeling Good?* (1968) Mary Tyler Moore & George Pappard, Universal, 94min (Free Premiere)

3:30am *Red Garters* (1954) Rosemary Clooney & Jack Carson, dir George Marshall, Paramount 91min (Free Premiere)

5:15am *The Great Race* (1965) Tony Curtis & Jack Lemmon, dir. Blake Edwards, WB, 160m (p/s)

 

 

================Friday December 9, 2011============================

 

 

*Vote for Hollywood*

8:00am *The Great McGinty* (1940) Brian Donlevy & Muriel Angelus, dir Preston Sturges, Paramount 82min (p/s)

9:30am *State of the Union* (1948) Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn, dir Frank Capra, Columbia 123min (p/s)

11:45am *Mr. Smith Goes to Washington* (1939) James Stewart & Jean Arthur, dir Frank Capra, Columbia 131min (p/s)

2:00pm *The Candidate* (1972) Robert Redford & Peter Boyle, dir Michael Ritchie, WB 110min (p/s)

4:00pm *The Farmer?s Daughter* (1947) Loretta Young & Joseph Cotton, dir HC Potter, RKO 98min (p/s)

5:45pm *Meet John Doe* (1941) Gary Cooper & Barbara Stanwyck, dir Frank Capra, Columbia 123min (p/s)

 

*It?s great. Really. Just ignore the title*

8:00pm *Remember the Night* (1940) Barbara Stanwyck & Fred MacMurray, dir Mitchell Lester, Paramount 95min (p/s)

9:45pm *It Happened One Night* (1934) Clark Gable & Claudette Colbert, dir Frank Capra, Columbia 105min (p/s)

11:30pm *A Night to Remember* (1958) Kenneth Moore & Honor Blackman, dir Roy Ward Baker 124min (p/s)

 

*TCM UNDERGROUND*

1:45am *The Last Man On Earth* (1964) Vincent Price & Franca Bettoja, dir. Sidney Salkow, API 88min

 

 

==========Saturday December 10, 2011============

 

 

*Carol Burnett?s Classic Parodies*

(Parodies of classic films from The Carol Burnett Show and the films they parodied)

3:15am *Rebecca* (1940) Joan Fontaine & Laurence Olivier, dir Alfred Hitchcock, UA 130min (p/s)

5:30am SHORT: Carol Burnett Show parody, *Rebecky* (1972) Carol Burnett & Harvey Korman, 14min

5:45am *Babes in Arms* (1939) Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland, dir Busby Berkeley, MGM 97min (p/s)

7:30am SHORT: Carol Burnett Show parody, *Babes in Barns* (1977) Carol Burnett & Harvey Korman, 22min

8:00am *Mildred Pierce* (1945) Joan Crawford & Ann Blythe, dir Michael Curtiz WB 111min (p/s)

10:00am SHORT: Carol Burnett Show parody, *Mildred Fierce* (1977) Carol Burnett & Vicki Lawrence, 20min

10:30am *The Heiress* (1949) Olivia de Havilland & Montgomery Clift, dir William Wyler, WB 116min (p/s)

12:30pm SHORT: Carol Burnett Show parody, *The Lady Heir* (1974) Carol Burnett & Roddy McDowell, 12min

12:45pm *Sunset Boulevard* (1950) William Holden & Gloria Swanson, dir Billy Wilder, Paramount 111min (p/s)

2:45pm SHORT: Carol Burnett Show parody, *Nora Desmond is Dead* (1973) Carol Burnett & Harvey Korman, 10min

3:00pm SHORT: Carol Burnett Show parody, *Nora Desmond and the Bedbug* (1972) Carol Burnett & Harvey Korman, 9min

3:15pm SHORT: Carol Burnett Show parody, *Nora Desmond?s Celebrity Roast* (1974) Carol Burnett & Harvey Korman, 11min

3:30pm *Gone with the Wind* (1939) Vivien Leigh & Clark Gable, dir Victor Fleming, Selznic, 234 min (p/s)

7:30pm SHORT: Carol Burnett Show parody, *Went with the Wind* (1976) Carol Burnett & Harvey Korman, 22min

 

*AFI?s Number Ones*

8:00pm *THE ESSENTIALS* - #1 on ?100 Years?100 Cheers?: *It?s a Wonderful Life* (1946) James Stewart & Donna Reed, dir Frank Capra, RKO 132min (Free Premiere)

10:15pm- #1 on ?100 Years?100 Laughs?: *Some Like It Hot* (1959) Tony Curtis & Jack Lemmon, dir. Billy Wilder, United Artists, 122min (p/s)

12:30am- #1 on ?100 Years?100 Thrills?: *Psycho* (1960) Janet Leigh & Anthony Perkins, dir Alfred Hitchcock, Paramount 109min (p/s)

2:30am- #1 on ?100 Years?100 Passions?: *Casablanca* (1942) Humphrey Bogart & Ingrid Bergman, dir Michael Curtiz, WB, 103min (p/s)

4:15am- #1 on ?100 Years?100 Stars?: *The African Queen* (1951) Humphrey Bogart & Katharine Hepburn, dir John Huston, UA 105min (p/s)

6:00am- #1 on ?100 Years?100 Movies?: *Citizen Kane* (1941) Orson Welles & Joseph Cotton, dir Orson Welles, RKO 120min (p/s)

 

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*LonesomePolecat?s NOTES*

 

I had a great time with SansFin?s awesome challenges. Although this is self-explanatory, I always like to explain myself.

 

Okay, first off, the question for any schedule is always: Why use that week? Well, the ?Freedom? Challenge made me think of a lot of ideas, and my best were WWII related. So I thought, hey, why not schedule them on the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor? I liked the idea, too, of something more creative for Pearl Harbor Day than just showing From Here to Eternity.

 

So once I had chosen December, I knew I had to show Christmas movies. I remembered a thread around Christmastime about how TCM should show more obscure Christmas movies, like A Holiday Affair. This led me and several others to think of other ?regular movies? that are set at Christmastime. So I thought I?d schedule a few. This way we?re showing Christmas but in a different way. Then of course I had to schedule some of the more traditional and well loved Christmas movies, but why put them all together? That?s been done. They?re all over my schedule. See how many you can count. (One of them is actually my TCM Import.)

 

?Who?s Your Professor??- I noticed all the movies about quirky and crazy professors, so I picked a couple. Okay, I admit, it?s all an excuse to schedule some great movies. Dear Brigitte stars James Stewart as a lit professor, poet, artist, and musician, who discovers that his son, the adorable Bill Mumy, is not only tone deaf and color blind, but is a math genius. It?s quite entertaining and I adore it. The other films are great too. For once I tried as others have done to tie in the Silent Sunday Night and the TCM Import movies with the Sunday night theme, so I had a Keaton movie about college, which of course has professors all over it, and the great sequel to My Father?s Glory (or La Gloire de Mon P?re) called My Mother?s Castle (Le Chateau de Ma Mere), both of which are about a family whose father is a Professor.

 

?By George, I Think We?ve Directed It!?? I noticed how many directors are named George?many of them awesome?so I made a theme of it. It was so hard to pick which film for which director, though, so I tried to have a wide variety. I mainly tried to accommodate the three hour long Anne Frank for George Stevens. He started in film as a cinematographer. Anne Frank was a special film for him because he was the army?s photographer when they liberated the prison camps, so he saw all of those horrors first. This explains why the film is made with such a unique perspective. Plus I love it.

 

?Guest Programmer? ? When I read the challenge I knew I wanted to schedule a movie character that was unusual. Once I decided I wanted to commemorate Disney?s birthday (a great excuse to show premieres of some of his live action musicals) I knew instantly who the perfect Disney character would be that would pick musicals: The Soundtrack from Fantasia - that little line that comes out and shows us what music looks like. Remember? Plus it?s a way to get Fantasia into the schedule?ha ha! Another way was to show the short film The Grand Canyon which is a Fantastia-esque short with Grof??s ?Grand Canyon Suite? playing over live action footage of the Grand Canyon. This is also a great way to represent Disney?s amazing achievement in filming nature documentaries, for which Disney won several Oscars. Schedule-wise, to commemorate Disney on his birthday, I had to start with Mary Poppins because it was his magnum opus. It culminates everything he achieved in filmmaking: live action movies, incredible hand animation, great songs, great stories and characters, amazing special effects, and beautiful sets, costumes, and matte paintings, all of which created a film the family could enjoy together and each learn from. The Happiest Millionaire and Bedknobs and Broomsticks are two of the last movies Disney had his hands on (he died in 1966); Summer Magic is one he was alive to see through; and of course, since short films are free, I showed the first sound cartoon ever, ?Steamboat Willie,? starring Mickey Mouse himself.

 

?I Remade It Myself? ? These are the only cases I know of that a director remade his whole film. Pitch in if you can think of any other cases. But anyway I thought it would be interesting to show the original and remake back to back.

 

?SOTM? ? With these schedules it?s always my goal in life to choose someone who has never been chosen and who of course deserves it. Walter Matthau is long overdue. He is so much more than just Oscar Madison. Besides being a comic genius, he made lots of great movies, and was an Oscar winner. That in itself is a good reason. Plus he?s in one of my favorites, A New Leaf, which is a hysterical movie about a guy who is used to living like a king, but has spent all his money, so he must find someone rich and stupid to marry. He chooses Elaine May. ?Nuff said. Go watch it.

 

?Medal of Honor? - I noticed how very few movies actually show the Congressional Medal of Honor on screen. I had already decided to show those movies when the Challenge was announced. To me, the Soldiers are the ultimate symbol of freedom, since these brave people were willing to sacrifice their lives so that we could have the freedom to complain about TCM showing too many movies from the ?90s. And if the soldier is the ultimate freedom fighter, and the Medal of Honor is the soldier?s ultimate prize, then the Congressional Medal of Honor is a symbol of freedom. But just in case you didn?t actually want to count that as an acceptable submission for the Freedom Challenge, I thought of one that definitely fits.

 

?Germany Invades Hollywood? ? To me, the ultimate fight for freedom in the 20th century was the fight against the Nazis. So I wanted to feature some of the filmmakers that got out of Germany when Hitler took over?the brave non-Riefenstals. There were so many that I couldn?t feature them all in one schedule without taking it over, so I just picked a few favorites. I was thinking, though, that this would be a good month-long tribute, maybe grouping them by directors, actors, musicians, and other filmmakers, or something like that. I especially wanted to show Five Graves to Cairo because Billy Wilder?s Nazis in this movie are so realistic and three dimensional that you can tell this is a film made by a guy who really knew them. These are not the funny yet pure evil Nazis of Stalag 17 from after the war. It would seem his point is to show America that these people really are very smart and we can?t underestimate them if we want to win the war.

 

?Ooo! A Costume Ball!? ? When Pink Panther was on TV for Peter Sellers month, I laughed at the amazing costume ball scene. Then I started thinking of other movies with costume balls. Being a huge costume person, I had to show them. Plus it seemed like a good pairing with the evening schedule.

 

?Edith Head? ? When I saw the part of the challenge that said, ?Up to three movies for one Box Set which showcases an off-screen woman will not count toward the Premiere Allowance,? I said ?EDITH!!!? She?s one of our favorites here in costume land. So I showed some movies that show the wide range of her abilities. White Christmas shows her ability to create costume icons, What a Way to Go and What?s So Bad About Feeling Good shows Edith having fun and in some cases making fun of fashion, and The Great Race and Red Garters are her having fun with period piece films. Guys and Dolls is the made up movie, so it shows nothing.

 

?Vote for Hollywood? ? I couldn?t think of a more clever name for election movies, sorry, but I did want to show them since elections are on my mind right now. Funny that three of them are Capra films.

 

?It?s Great. Really. Just ignore the title.? ? The point is that these are terrible titles for incredible movies, so you?d never know from the titles how great they could be. These three movies have the most generic titles on earth. And thjey?re very similar. But the movies are completely different. So which night are we talking about?

 

TCM Underground ? The Last Man On Earth is a great scary B-movie, better than its modern counterpart I Am Legend (and not just because it stars the immortal Vincent Price, or because the original has no cheesy computer animation). I?m pretty sure it?s in the public domain, too. Why not show it, TCM, eh?

 

?Carol Burnett?s Classic Parodies? ? Okay, now we get to the real meat of the schedule. This is the thing I have been most excited about. I am a humungous fan of the Carol Burnett Show or Carol Burnett and Friends, the hit variety show from the ?70s that needs to be released on DVD already. One of the greatest parts of her show were these sketches that were parodies of classic films. I had an idea after TCM showed those episodes of TV shows directed by famous directors, that since shorts are free, why not show the parodies Carol Burnett did on her show? Of course, this meant you had to show the movie right before it so everyone gets the joke. ?Babes in Barns,? for example, is so much funnier right after watching Babes in Arms because Mickey and Judy really say, ?Can you take it?? ?Dish it out.? I had to end with her two most famous parodies, ?Nora Desmond? (which became a recurring character as you can see) and of course ?Went With the Wind? with the famous window curtain costume. There are so many other hilarious parodies I didn?t schedule: the parodies of Jaws and the Mrs. Marple films are quite good. There?s another with Rock Hudson that, though it is a parody of a specific movie, it is basically a parody of the whole ?30s backstage musical genre. Very funny stuff. I hope you all will go online and watch these hilarious parodies. It was hard to narrow it down, so I was going to suggest to TCM that this could also be a month-long theme. Then we could show them all!

 

?AFI?s Number Ones? ? Remember those AFI top 100 lists? The first one was the top 100 movies of all time, then they had the top 100 stars, top 100 funniest movies, top 100 most inspirational, top 100 scariest, top 100 most romantic, etc. Well, although we all have opinions about what really is the #1 greatest film of all time, or funniest, or most romantic, there is no doubt that these are still great movies. What a great way to end my schedule than by showing 6 of the greatest films ever made. Now, AFI made at least ten of these lists. The others are things like top 100 movie quotes, top 100 heroes and villains, and top 100 songs. I didn?t do those because those aren?t about the movies, they?re about one aspect of the movie. Then they have a couple that are a list of 25, and 10 lists of 10, so I didn?t do the short lists at all. I did, you notice, do one list of 100 that doesn?t actually have a movie as #1, and that is the top 100 greatest stars of all time. This was two lists of 50, one of men and one of women. The #1s on those lists are Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. Since they were in a movie together, and it is a cracking great one, I showed that one as well.

 

THE ESSENTIALS ? In our house It?s a Wonderful Life is the greatest film ever made. Either way it?s a great movie, the best of the Christmas movies IMHO, and needs to be shown. I?m sure the rights would be hard to get, but that?s not my problem, thank goodness.

 

Now to explain my made up movie.

 

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Made up movie: The *GUYS AND DOLLS * that SHOULD have been made.

 

For those of you who don?t know, because all you have seen is the movie and don?t know the difference, the film version of *Guys and Dolls* is not very good. If it were only a studio produced film, it wouldn?t be so bad. But looking at the original material, one of the most perfect musicals ever made, the final product is nowhere close to its potential, and is therefore a great disappointment. (Not unlike other film musicals such as Man of La Mancha and Camelot to name a pair. But I digress.)

 

Made by a director/writer who doesn?t trust the structure and songs of musicals to tell the story, Joseph Manciewicz added what Orson Welles called ?a little **** to each of [Abe Burrows]?s lines,? not trusting the songs to tell the story that they already tell. What we get, then, is redundancy, a.k.a., too much information, which makes for tedious storytelling and kills all the jokes, too. Joseph then miscast the show. First he cast a non-singing actress for the lyric soprano lead. Then he cast his great singer in the comic lead part (originally played by a virtually non-singing Jewish comedian), then cast a non-singing actor for the singing part. Casting these two, Brando and Sinatra, together is a mistake anyway, since Frank?s best take is always his first, and Brando?s best take is somewhere in the 20th. Thus for their scenes together we get a bad take for both of them. And though Vivian Blaine is perfectly cast, playing the part she created, she is in a completely different movie than Sinatra. It is hard to believe that Brando and Simmons are in the same universe as the amazing broad choreography of Michael Kidd (the original choreographer) and the great supporting cast of character actors who are not giving their best performances. This is all so unfortunate. It could have been prevented, and the film would have blown everyone?s minds, if they had only done the show the way I propose in the following paragraph.

 

I am working under the assumption that it is 1955 and all these contracted players are available for this project. But I am thinking of all these people as they were in 1955, when the original film came out. Therefore, this could have happened this way.

 

This is the cast and crew list. Names in parenthesis are the same as the original film. Names not in parenthesis, therefore, are my proposed changes.

 

*Guys and Dolls* (1955)

(Based on the Broadway musical; music and lyrics by Frank Loesser; book by Abe Burrows)

Directed by Stanley Donen

(Choreography by Michael Kidd)

Screenplay by Ernest Lehman and Abe Burrows

Costumes by Edith Head

Musical score and orchestrations by Nelson Riddle

 

*CAST:*

SKY MASTERSON: Frank Sinatra

SARAH BROWN: Jane Powell

(ADELAIDE: Vivian Blaine)

NATHAN DETROIT: Danny Kaye

(All supporting cast remains the same)

 

*Why I did it this way*

-- As a director of musicals who is irritated with musicals who are directed by non-musical directors who don?t understand musicals (mostly by those who refuse to understand them?not by those who never tried it before and who are willing to learn), I wanted someone who was capable. Stanley Donen (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Band Wagon, Singin? in the Rain) is one of the best musical directors on the planet. Plus, he photographs musical numbers expertly. Donen has also directed Michael Kidd choreography; therefore he can obviously work with him and make a fantastic film.

--Michael Kidd (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Band Wagon, Guys and Dolls) is a great choreographer and created the original choreography. Plus he can work in film

--Ernest Lehman (West Side Story, Sound of Music, Hello Dolly) writes musical screenplays better than anyone, IMHO. His adaptations are almost always better than the original material. What a perfect man for the job!

--Edith Head is one of my favorite costumers. The original costumes are pretty boring compared to the lively stage costumes. She would have had more fun with it than Irene Sharaff had. Costumes are important to me, as a costumer and the child of a costumer.

--Nelson Riddle is the amazing arranger for all those Sinatra hits of the ?50s and ?60s. He also arranged and composed background music for many films. And since he did such a great job with the other Abe Burrows/Frank Loesser film How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, I knew he?d be great.

--Sinatra should have been Sky in the first place, and everyone knew it, including him. That was the part he wanted, too. (Hence him performing Sky?s songs for the rest of his life). He is exactly what the character describes: smooth, handsome, slick, with a gorgeous baritone voice. So why not actually cast him as Sky?

--Nathan is supposed to be a comedian, preferably Jewish, who can also sing (hence his line, ?So nu??). The funniest musical theater comedian of the time who is also a good actor is Danny Kaye IMHO. I adore him. And he would be well matched with Vivian Blaine.

--Vivian Blaine was the first one to perform Adelaide on Broadway. Since Adelaide doesn?t even appear in Damon Runyon?s story (she is pure fabrication), essentially Vivian Blaine helped invent this immortal character. So I let well enough alone

--Sarah Brown is a very hard character to pull off. I went with Jane Powell as Sarah Brown, not only because she is gorgeous, but because she is one of the few sopranos of the time who could also carry the belting for ?If I Were a Bell.? Plus she is a strong person, was the right age for the character at the time, and I believe has the acting chops. Plus it was hard to think of good, strong actresses who are also good, strong sopranos. Ann Blythe didn?t have the strength and Kathryn Grayson didn?t have the acting chops to be equal to Frank Sinatra.

--I think all the supporting characters are well cast, so I let them stay.

 

(Why am I so obsessed with this issue, do you say? My father wrote his dissertation on this very topic. Yes, he wrote his dissertation on Guys and Dolls. We analyzed that movie and compared it to the original play for three years. Understand now?)

 

 

 

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Can't wait to see everyone else's schedules. Thanks for hosting, SansFin!

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This is a wonderful schedule to formally open the competition! I like very much what you choose to do with the required them and the options. It makes me happy that the made-up movie allowed you to correct an injustice so close to your heart.

 

I believe the guanlet is now cast down and it is up to all other members of this forum to answer the challenge!

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I'm beginning to think I won't be able to contribute a schedule this time around. The deadline is only two weeks away and I am kept pretty busy with the 1939 thread and the movie stars in comics thread, plus work and trying to keep my life from rolling down a hill and crashing into a brick wall, so to speak.

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Great schedule, Lonesome Polecat. Much of this should be scooped up by the TCM staffers, including both of the Freedom tributes. Totally agree that a month-long tribute to those who escaped the Nazis and had great careers in Hollywood. Glad you included Fred Zinnemann, whose parents died in concentration camps.

 

Love the idea of showing the Carol Burnett parodies after the original movies. This would be a great month-long theme.

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> {quote:title=filmlover wrote:}{quote}

> I'm beginning to think I won't be able to contribute a schedule this time around. The deadline is only two weeks away and I am kept pretty busy with the 1939 thread and the movie stars in comics thread, plus work and trying to keep my life from rolling down a hill and crashing into a brick wall, so to speak.

 

I believe you may be looking at it in the wrong way. You have two whole weeks to finish your schedule. :) This is more than twice the time real programmers have to do a week and I am sure you have already a head start.

 

Would it be possible for you to cojoin your 1939 and comics threads to themes in your schedule to save some research time? I hope you would contribute to the Challenge as it is longer lasting that an ordinary thread. What else you work on will be locked and forgotten in a year but the Challenges always carry links to past Challenges so that in years to come people will look and admire the excellent work all have done.

 

I will be personally grateful to each and every person who contributes a schedule! ;)

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sansfin,

 

I really have my doubts for this time. I don't have a head start on a schedule, and it would be something I would need to spend time on. If you were to look back on the Challenge history, you would see that I have been involved with the Challenge from the very beginning years ago. And I have participated in every schedule, except one, since then, including two times as moderator.

 

The 1939 thread and the movie stars in comics thread are quite important to me. They may look simple but I average 1-2 hours every night in preparing them for the next day.

 

However, I will lilkely contribute my faux Now Playing covers after all the schedules are in.

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I wish you to know that your entry will be sadly missed. You are very much a part of the heart and soul of the Challenges. I have tried to think of comparisons but they seem unflattering: can you take 'It will be like Halloween without a bat' as a compliment?

 

I sincerely hope all others will come forward to take up the Challenge! We have one great schedule now and we are looking for many, many more!

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I'm more than halfway through, though haven't started the task of typing up the notes. Hope some regulars and newcomers will take up the challenge set down by Lonesome Polecat's fun schedule.

 

In addition to the notes for my schedule, the character who will be Guest Programmer will provide her own notes explaining her picks.

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> {quote:title=kingrat wrote:}{quote}

> I'm more than halfway through, though haven't started the task of typing up the notes. Hope some regulars and newcomers will take up the challenge set down by Lonesome Polecat's fun schedule.

 

It is an excellent start for the Challenge. I hope all others will be at the top of their form also.

 

 

> In addition to the notes for my schedule, the character who will be Guest Programmer will provide her own notes explaining her picks.

 

I am looking forward to seeing your pick. It is an option I hoped people will have fun doing.

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This is to remind all that there are two weekends left for doing your schedule. I hope you are all having fun and working hard!

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> {quote:title=kingrat wrote:}{quote}

> Great schedule, Lonesome Polecat. Much of this should be scooped up by the TCM staffers, including both of the Freedom tributes. Totally agree that a month-long tribute to those who escaped the Nazis and had great careers in Hollywood. Glad you included Fred Zinnemann, whose parents died in concentration camps.

>

> Love the idea of showing the Carol Burnett parodies after the original movies. This would be a great month-long theme.

 

I agree, plus I love Walter Mathau as SOTM. I just wish we really were going to get A New Leaf. Ive wanted to see that one for years.

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> {quote:title=traceyk65 wrote:}{quote}

> I agree, plus I love Walter Mathau as SOTM. I just wish we really were going to get A New Leaf. Ive wanted to see that one for years.

 

I do hope all watched *Hopscotch* (1980) early this month. It is a little-known Walter Mathau movie. It is not epic but is great fun and shows him at his humourously dour best.

 

Are you all working hard on your schedules?

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I hope we get A New Leaf as well. I've programmed it into every one of my schedules as a hint, and I will continue to do so until it gets shown. :)

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It's finished! Will post the program notes separately.

 

Sunday, January 8, 2011

 

The Last Shall Be First

 

6:00 am The Last Days of Pompeii (1935) BW-96 m. RKO. Preston Foster, Basil Rathbone. D: Ernest B. Schoedsack. p/s

7:45 am The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937) BW-98m. MGM. Joan Crawford, William Powell, Robert Montgomery. D: Richard Boleslawski. p/s

9:30 am The Last Gangster (1937) BW-81. MGM. Edward G. Robinson, James Stewart. D: Edward Ludwig. p/s

11:00 pm The Last of the Mohicans (1936) BW-91 m. UA. Randolph Scott, Binnie Barnes. D: George B. Seitz. p/s

12:45 pm Last Train from Gun Hill (1959) C-95m. Paramount. Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn. D: John Sturges. p/s

2:30 pm The Last Train from Madrid (1937) BW-85m. Paramount. Dorothy Lamour, Lew Ayres, Gilbert Roland. D: James Hogan. Premiere #1.

 

Starring James Shigeta

 

4:00 am Bridge to the Sun (1961) BW-113m. MGM. Carroll Baker. D: Etienne Perier. p/s

6:00 pm Cry for Happy (1961) C-110 m. Columbia. Glenn Ford, Donald O'Connor. D: George Marshall. p/s

8:00 pm The Crimson Kimono (1959) BW-82 m. Columbia. Victoria Shaw. D: Samuel Fuller. p/s

9:30 pm Flower Drum Song (1961) C-132 m. Universal. Miyoshi Umeki. D: Henry Koster. p/s

 

12:00 am Silent Sunday Nights: The Water Magician (1933). Irie. BW-100m. Takako Irie, Tokihiko Okada. D: Kenji Mizoguchi. Exempt.

1:45 am TCM Imports: Revenge of a Kabuki Actor. (1963) C-113 m. Daiei. Kazuo Hasegawa, Fujiko Yamamoto. D: Kon Ichikawa. Exempt.

3:45 am The Face of Another (1966). BW-124 m. Toho. Tatsuya Nakadai, Machiko Kyo. D: Hiroshi Teshigahara. p/s

 

Monday, January 9, 2012

 

1947: Hollywood's Darkest Year?

 

6:00 am Born to Kill (1947) BW-94m. RKO. Lawrence Tierney, Claire Trevor. D: Robert Wise. p/s

7:45 am Crossfire (1947) BW-86m. RKO. Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan. D: Edward Dmytryk. p/s

9:15 am A Double Life (1947) BW-103m. Universal. Ronald Colman, Shelley Winters. D: George Cukor. p/s

11:00 am Out of the Past (1947) BW-97m. RKO. Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer. D: Jacques Tourneur. p/s

12:45 pm Nora Prentiss (1947) BW-111m. WB. Ann Sheridan, Kent Smith. D: Vincent Sherman. p/s

2:45 pm So Well Remembered (1947) BW-114m. RKO. John Mills, Martha Scott. D: Edward Dmytryk. p/s

4:45 pm Ivy (1947) BW-98. Universal. Joan Fontaine, Patric Knowles. D: Sam Wood. Premiere #2.

6:30 pm The Guilt of Janet Ames (1947) BW-81m. Columbia. Rosalind Russell, Melvyn Douglas. p/s

8:00 pm Deep Valley (1947) BW-103m. WB. Ida Lupino, Dane Clark. D: Jean Negulesco. p/s

9:45 pm The Long Night (1947) BW-101m. RKO. Henry Fonda, Barbara Bel Geddes. D: Anatole Litvak. p/s

11:30 pm Ride the Pink Horse (1947) BW-101m. Universal. Robert Montgomery, Wanda Hendrix. D: Robert Montgomery.

1:15 am Brute Force (1947) BW-98m. Universal. Burt Lancaster, Hume Cronyn. D: Jules Dassin. p/s

3:00 am Railroaded! (1947) BW-74m. Eagle-Lion. John Ireland, Sheila Ryan. D: Anthony Mann. p/s

4:15 am Kiss of Death (1947) BW-99m. Fox. Victor Mature, Richard Widmark. D: Henry Hathaway. p/s

 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

 

It Was Dark in Britain, Too

 

6:00 am Brighton Rock (1947) BW-92m. ABPC/Pathe. Richard Attenborough, Hermione Baddeley. D: John Boulting. p/s

7:45 am Odd Man Out (1947) BW-116m. Two Cities/Universal. James Mason, Robert Newton. D: Carol Reed, p/s

9:45 am It Always Rains on Sunday (1947) BW-92m. Ealing. Googie Withers, Edward Chapman. D: Robert Hamer. Premiere #3.

 

Barbara and Bette

 

11:30 am Illicit (1931) BW-79m. Vitaphone/WB. Barbara Stanwyck, James Rennie. D: Archie Mayo.

1:00 pm Ex-Lady (1933) BW-67m. WB. Bette Davis, Gene Raymond. D: Robert Florey.

2:15 pm So Big (1932) BW-81m. WB. Barbara Stanwyck, Bette Davis. D: William Wellman.

 

Ann Made It First

 

3:45 pm Devotion (1931) BW-81m. RKO. Ann Harding, Leslie Howard. D: Robert Milton.

5:15 pm When Ladies Meet (1933) BW-85m. MGM. Ann Harding, Myrna Loy, Robert Montgomery. D: Harry Beaumont.

6:45 pm Enchanted April (1935) BW-66m. RKO. Ann Harding, Frank Morgan. D: Harry Beaumont. p/s

 

Stars of the Month: The Two Mrs. Leans?Kay Walsh

 

8:00 pm Oliver Twist (1948) BW-116m. Cineguild. Alec Guinness, Robert Newton. D: David Lean. p/s

10:00 pm Lease of Life (1954) BW-94m. Ealing. Robert Donat, Denholm Elliott. D: Charles Frend. Exempt.

11:45 pm The Horse's Mouth (1958) C-97m. Knightsbridge. Alec Guinness. D: Ronald Neame. p/s

1:30 am The Stranger in Between (1952) BW-84m. Independent Artists. Dirk Bogarde. D: Charles Crichton. Premiere #4.

3:00 am The October Man (1947) BW-96m. Two Cities Films. John Mills, Joan Greenwood. D: Roy Ward Baker. p/s

4:45 am Last Holiday (1950) BW-88m. ABPC. Alec Guinness. D: Henry Cass. p/s

 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

 

Wise Blood: In Search of the Invisible Director, Robert Wise

 

6:15 am The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) BW-92m. Fox. Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal. p/s

8:00 am Executive Suite (1954) BW-105m. MGM. William Holden, Barbara Stanwyck, June Allyson. p/s

10:00 am The Set-Up (1949) BW-72m. RKO. Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter. p/s

11:15 am Until They Sail (1957) BW-94m. MGM. Jean Simmons, Paul Newman, Joan Fontaine. p/s

12:00 pm Tribute to a Bad Man (1956) C-95m. MGM. James Cagney, Irene Papas. p/s

1:45 pm Mademoiselle Fifi (1944) BW-69m. RKO. Simone Simon, John Emery. p/s

3:00 pm So Big (1953) BW-101m. WB. Jane Wyman, Sterling Hayden. p/s

4:45 pm The Body Snatcher (1945) BW-77m. RKO. Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi. p/s

6:15 pm The House on Telegraph Hill (1951) BW-93m. Fox. Richard Basehart, Valentina Cortese. Premiere #5.

8:00 pm Two Flags West (1950) BW-92m. Fox. Joseph Cotton, Linda Darnell, Jeff Chandler. Premiere #6.

9:45 pm Destination Gobi (1953) C-90m. Fox. Richard Widmark, Don Taylor. Premiere #7.

11:30 pm Run Silent, Run Deep (1958) BW-93m. UA. Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster. p/s

1:15 am West Side Story (1961) C-152m. UA. Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer. p/s

4:00 am The Haunting (1963) BW-112m. MGM. Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson. p/s

 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

 

Surfing the Thirties

 

6:00 am Other Men's Women (1931) BW-70m. WB. Mary Astor, James Cagney. D: William Wellman. p/s

7:15 am Frisco Jenny (1933) BW-70m. WB. Ruth Chatterton, Donald Cook. D: William Wellman. p/s

8:30 am The Sisters (1938) BW-99m. WB. Bette Davis, Errol Flynn. D: Anatole Litvak. p/s

10:15 am Go Into Your Dance (1935) BW-89m. WB. Al Jolson, Ruby Keeler. D: Archie Mayo, Robert Florey, Michael Curtiz. p/s

12:00 pm On Your Toes (1939) BW-93m. WB. Eddie Albert, Vera Zorina. D: Ray Enright.

1:45 pm The Narrow Corner (1933) BW-71m. WB. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Patricia Ellis, Ralph Bellamy. D: Alfred E. Green.

3:00 pm Dust Be My Destiny (1939) BW-88m. WB. John Garfield, Priscilla Lane. D: Lewis Seiler. p/s

4:30 pm Oil for the Lamps of China (1935) BW-105m. WB. Pat O'Brien, Josephine Hutchinson. D: Mervyn LeRoy. p/s

6:15 pm The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936) BW-95m. Fox. Warner Baxter, Gloria Stuart. D: John Ford. p/s

 

Stars of the Month: The Two Mrs. Leans?Ann Todd

 

8:00 pm The Seventh Veil (1945) BW-94m. Ortus/Universal. James Mason. D: Compton Bennett. p/s

9:45 pm So Evil My Love (1948) BW-112m. Paramount. Ray Milland. D: Lewis Allen. p/s

11:45 pm The Passionate Friends (1949) BW-95m. Cineguild. Claude Rains, Trevor Howard. D: David Lean. p/s

1:30 am Madeleine (1950) BW-114m. Cineguild. Ivan Desny. D: David Lean. p/s

3:30 am The Paradine Case (1947) BW-125m. Selznick. Gregory Peck, Charles Laughton. D: David Lean. p/s

 

5:45 am Short: Dream of Wild Horses (1960) C-11m. D: Denys Colomb Daunant.

 

Friday. January 13, 2012

 

My Own John Ford Film

 

6:00 am Sergeant York (1941) BW-134m. WB. Gary Cooper, Joan Leslie. D: Howard Hawks. p/s

8:15 am The Far Country (1954) C-97m. Universal. James Stewart, Ruth Roman, Corinne Calvet. D: Anthony Mann. p/s

10:00 am The Sundowners (1960) C-133m. WB. Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum. D: Fred Zinnemann. p/s

12:15 pm Friendly Persuasion (1956) C-137m. Allied. Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Anthony Perkins. D: William Wyler. p/s

2:45 pm The Wings of Eagles (1957) C-110m. MGM. John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara. D: John Ford. p/s

 

4:45 pm How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) C-95m. Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe. D: Jean Negulesco. Premiere #8.

 

Guest Programmer: Loco Dempsey (Betty Grable in How to Marry a Millionaire)

 

6:30 pm High Noon (1952) BW-85m. UA. Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly. D: Fred Zinnemann. p/s

8:00 pm Weekend (1967) C-105m. Comacico. Mireille Darc, Jean Yanne. D: Jean-Luc Godard. Exempt.

10:00 pm My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) C-97m. Channel Four. Gordon Warnecke, Daniel Day Lewis. D: Stephen Frears. Exempt.

11:45 pm The Killing of Sister George (1968) C-138m. ABC. Beryl Reid, Susannah York. D: Robert Aldrich. p/s

 

TCM Underground Double Feature: Cult Classics

 

2:15 am Exotica (1994) C-103m. Miramax. Bruce Greenwood, Don McKellar. D: Atom Egoyan. Exempt.

4:00 am Welcome to L.A. (1976) C-106m. Lion's Gate. Keith Carradine, Sally Kellerman, Geraldine Chaplin. D: Alan Rudolph. Premiere #9.

 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

 

The 50th Anniversary of 1962: Some Fought for Freedom

 

6:00 am Lawrence of Arabia (1962) C-227m. Horizon. Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif. D: David Lean. p/s

10:00 am To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) BW-129m. Universal. Gregory Peck, Mary Badham. D: Robert Mulligan. p/s

12:30 pm The Miracle Worker (1962) BW-107m. UA. Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke. D: Arthur Penn. p/s

2:30 pm The Manchurian Candidate (1962) BW-136m. UA. Laurence Harvey, Frank Sinatra, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury. D: John Frankenheimer. p/s

 

Salute to 1962, Continued

 

5:00 pm Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962) BW-170m. Embassy. Ralph Richardson, Katharine Hepburn. D: Sidney Lumet. Premiere #10.

8:00 pm The Essentials: Days of Wine and Roses (1962) BW-138. WB. Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick. D: Blake Edwards. p/s

10:30 pm Ride the High Country (1962) C-94m. MGM. Joel McCrea, Randolph Scott. D: Sam Peckinpah. p/s

12:15 am The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) BW-122m. Paramount. James Stewart, John Wayne. D: John Ford. p/s

 

2:30 am Now, Voyager (1942) BW-118m. WB. Bette Davis, Paul Henreid. D: Irving Rapper. p/s

4:30 am Apocalypse Now, Voyager (2011) C-88m. 20th Century Vole. Robert Duvall, Bette Davis. D: IR "Ving" Rapper and FF "No Copp" Ola. Gung-ho American soldier lights two Viet Cong villages, one for himself, one for repressed New England spinster. Available in Deluxe Criterion Collection edition with directors' cuts by Rapper (104 min.) and "No Copp" Ola (268 min.).

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Kingrat's notes: The handsome and talented Japanese-American actor James Shigeta deserves a tribute, which is followed by three Japanese films. 1947 was a great year for noir. Two years after Warner Brothers made Illicit for Barbara Stanwyck, they remade it as Ex-Lady for Bette Davis.

 

Neither Kay Walsh nor Ann Todd starred in enough films to justify making her SOTM, but why not share the month between two of David Lean's six wives? Kay was #2, Ann was #3. Robert Wise may not have a recognizable style, but he directed enjoyable films in every genre. I deliberately mixed the genres when programming this day. Dream of Wild Horses is a beautiful short film. I also love the cultish Exotica and Welcome to L.A., which would make a great Underground double feature.

 

Did you ever notice that other directors made films with recognizable John Ford elements? Maybe we should do a thread on that. 1962 was one of the greatest years in movie history, and 2012 marks the 50th anniversary. A month-long tribute is in order. The first four films fit the Freedom theme. I could only include 8 films on Saturday. Notice how much longer the 1962 films are compared with the 1947 films? Sansfin's suggestion that we include a made-up film was great fun, so that's how the week ends.

 

Frankly, I was puzzled by Loco's picks, but she's going to explain.

 

Loco's notes (Betty Grable in How To Marry a Millionaire): Hi, everyone! I'm so excited TCM asked me to be the guest programmer. Gee, I hope I don't make any mistakes like the time I didn't understand what kind of lodge Waldo Brewster was taking me to. Was that ever embarrassing. Anyhoo, these are the four movies I'm going to watch next, so now we can all watch together. I picked HIGH NOON because those old movies about the dangers of marijuana are so much fun. Just don't call it "Loco weed," PLEASE. What could be a better title for a comedy than WEEKEND, and that Troy Donahue is so darn handsome. To prove I have a serious side, too, I picked MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE because clean clothes are important. Finally, I love it when my friends Pola and Schatze come over for a pajama party and we put our hair up in curlers and watch horror movies. Let's hope THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE isn't TOO scary.

 

Premieres: The Last Train from Madrid; Ivy; It Always Rains on Sunday; The Stranger In Between; The House on Telegraph Hill; Two Flags West; Destination Gobi; How To Marry a Millionaire; Welcome to L.A.; Long Day's Journey Into Night.

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Awesome and hilarious! I love the programming notes from Betty Grable's character. "I picked High Noon because I love those old movies about the dangers of smoking marijuana." HILARIOUS!! Great job all around!

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This is a truly wonderful schedule! Thank you very much for entering. I like very much your guest star and I also like very much the 20th Century Vole presentation for your made-up schedule. :)

 

There is now less than a week left in the Challenge. I hope you are all very busy!

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