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TCM PROGRAMMING CHALLENGE #20: In the Background

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2012

 

Don't you know my name?

 

0600 *Somewhere in the Night* (1946, Fox, 110 min) PREMIERE

0800 *Possessed* (1947, WB, 108 min)

1000 *Mr. Buddwing* (1966, MGM, 100 min)

1145 *Random Harvest* (1942, MGM, 126 min)

 

Oh yes, we know your name!

 

1400 *I Am Suzanne!* (1933, Fox, 98 min) PREMIERE

1545 *A Guy Named Joe* (1941, MGM, 122 min)

1800 *A Man Called Horse* (1970, National General, 110 min)

 

A night of movies in, as the titles imply, every color of the rainbow

 

2000 *Navy Blue and Gold* (1934, MGM, 94 min)

2145 *The Silver Cord* (1933, RKO, 74 min)

2315 *Ride the Pink Horse* (1947, 101 min, p/s)

0100 *The Red Mill* (1927, Cosmpoliatan, 74 min) Silent Sunday Night

0230 *The Blue Light* (1932, Leni Riefenstahl, 85 min) EXEMPT as TCM Import

0400 *The Corn is Green* (1945, WB, 115 min)

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2012

 

A TCM salute to classic TV

 

0600 *Greed* (1924, MGM, 140 min)

0830 *Jeopardy* (1953, MGM, 69 min)

0945 *The Millionaire* (1931, WB, 80 min)

1115 *Taxi!* (1932, WB, 69 min)

1230 *Perfect Strangers* (1950, WB, 88 min, p/s)

 

The title is a metaphor. Don't take it so literally.

 

1400 *The Naked City* (1948, Mark Hellinger, 96 min)

1545 *Ten Thousand Bedrooms* (1957, MGM, 114 min)

1745 *Chariots of Fire* (1981, 124 min, p/s)

 

Hugh Herbert, meet F. Hugh Herbert

 

2000 *Colleen* (1936, WB, 89 min)

2145 *The Sin Ship* (1931, RKO, 65 min)

2300 *Hit Parade of 1941* (1940, Republic, 88 min) PREMIERE

0045 *Traveling Saleslady* (1935, WB, 65 min)

0200 *We're in the Money* (1935, WB, 66 min)

0315 *Men Are Such Fools* (1938, WB, 69 min)

0430 *Fashions of 1934* (1934, WB, 78 min)

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2012

 

Did you get that name when you got married? People with hyphenated names

 

0600 *Make Mine Mink* (1960, Rank, 100 min, p/s) (stars Terry-Thomas)

0745 *The Sea Hawk* (1940, WB, 127 min) (costumes by Orry-Kelly)

1000 *Viva Las Vegas* (1964, MGM, 85 min) (stars Ann-Margret)

1130 *Z* (1969, 127 min, p/s) (directed by Costa-Gavras)

 

Like Harry S Truman, the letter is my full name: people known by one initial and a middle name.

 

1345 *Dancing Co-Ed* (1939, MGM, 84 min) (directed by S. Sylvain Simon)

1515 *The Last Time I Saw Paris* (1954, MGM, 116 min) (based on a story by F. Scott Fitzgerald)

1715 *Polly of the Circus* (1932, MGM, 69 min) C. Aubrey Smith

1830 *The Man in the White Suit* (1951, Rank, 85 min, p/s) (J. Arthur Rank Organization)

 

If you thought the last programming block was bad, the next is twice as bad: People known by two or more initials

 

2000 *The Singing Kid* (1936, First National, 85 min) EY Harburg

2130 *A Song is Born* (1948, Goldwyn, 113 min, p/s) OZ Whitehead

2330 *On Dangerous Ground* (1952, RKO, 82 min) (screenplay by AI Bezzarides)

0100 *Two Guys From Milwaukee* (1946, WB, 96 min) IAL Diamond

0245 *Christmas in Connecticut* (1945, WB, 102 min) SZ Sakall

0430 *Pushover* (1954, Columbia, 88 min) EG Marshall

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012

 

Is that your first name or your last name?

 

0600 *The Third Man* (1949, London Films, 104 min, p/s) (Valli)

0745 *That Hagen Girl* (1947, WB, 83 min) (Costumes by Travilla)

0915 *Fort Apache* (1948, RKO, 125 min) (Movita plays the cook)

1130 *The Thrill of it All* (1963, Universal, 108 min, p/s) (music by DeVol)

 

The people above only have one name because the people below stole one of the names to give themselves three names

 

1330 *Dinner at Eight* (1933, MGM, 111 min) Louise Closser Hale

1530 *High School Confidential!* (1958, MGM, 85 min) John Drew Barrymore

1700 *Bluebeard's Eighth Wife* (1938, Paramount, 85 min, p/s) (Edward Everett Horton)

1830 *Remember?* (1939, MGM, 83 min) Laura Hope Crews

 

I've heard every variation on the one joke you can make about my name: Star of the Month George Raft NIGHT 4

 

2000 *Red Light* (1948, UA, 83 min, p/s)

2130 *Race Street* (1948, RKO, 79 min)

2300 *Each Dawn I Die* (1939, WB, 92 min)

0045 *They Drive By Night* (1940, WB, 95 min)

0230 *Scarface* (1932, UA, 92 min, p/s)

0415 *Manpower* (1941, WB, 104 min)

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

 

Which one is your first name and which one is your last name?

 

0600 *He Ran All the Way* (1951, UA, 77 min, p/s) Norman Lloyd

0730 *Illegal* (1955, WB, 88 min, p/s) DeForrest Kelly

0900 *The Scarlet Pimpernel* (1934, London Film, 97 min, p/s) Leslie Howard

1045 *Skyscraper Souls* (1932, MGM, 99 min) Warren William

1230 *The Keyhole* (1933, WB, 69 min) Kay Francis and George Brent

 

Is that your real name?

 

1345 *Young and Innocent* (1937, Gaumont, 80 min, p/s) Nova Pilbeam

1515 *Dead of Night* (1945, Ealing, 103 min, p/s) Esme Percy

1700 *Miranda* (1948, Sydney Box, 80 min, p/s) Glynis Johns

1830 *Voodo Island* (1957, UA, 76 min) PREMIERE Murvyn Vye

 

Are you a man or a woman?

 

2000 *Men in White* (1934, MGM, 74 min) Jean Hersholt

2130 *The Plainsman* (1936, Paramount, 113 min) PREMIERE Jean Arthur

2330 *The Magnificent Dope* (1942, Fox, 82 min) PREMIERE Gene Tierney

0100 *Blackmail* (1939, MGM, 81 min) Gene Lockhart

0230 *Detective Story* (1951, Paramount, 103 min, p/s) Lee Grant

0415 *The Best Man* (1964, UA, 102 min, p/s) Lee Tracy

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

 

Movies with titles you shouldn't mix up

 

0600 *Cynara* (1932, Goldwyn, 75 min, p/s)

0730 *Sayonara* (1957, WB, 147 min, p/s)

1000 *Topaz* (1969, Universal, 143 min, p/s)

1230 *Topaze* (1933, RKO, 78 min)

1400 *Five Came Back* (1939, RKO, 75 min)

1530 *Three Came Home* (1950, Fox, 106 min, p/s)

1715 *The House on 56th Street* (1933, WB, 68 min)

1830 *The House on 92nd Street* (1945, Fox, 88 min)

 

With a name that obscure, he's got to be a distant cousin: a salute to director Victor Schertzinger

 

2000 *Something to Sing About* (1937, Grand National, 89 min) PREMIERE

2145 *Nothing But the Truth* (1929, Paramount, 78 min) PREMIERE

2315 *By Your Leave* (1934, RKO, 82 min)

0045 *The Fleet's In* (1942, Paramount, 93 min, p/s)

 

TCM Underground: Movies with titles so interesting they might just make me watch

 

0230 *Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?* (1969, Taralex, 107 min) EXEMPT

0430 *Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad* (1967, Seven Arts, 86 min) EXEMPT

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

 

Movies with people who changed their names

 

0600 *All My Sons* (1948, UI, 95 min, p/s) (Harry Morgan credited as Henry Morgan)

0745 *The Gay Sisters* (1942, WB, 110 min) (Gig Young credited as Byron Barr)

0945 *No More Ladies* (1935, MGM, 80 min) (Joan Fontaine credited as Joan Burfield)

1115 *The Wind* (1928, MGM, 79 min) (Director Victor Sj?str?m credited as Victor Seastrom)

Short: 1925 Studio Tour (1925, MGM, 32 min) (Joan Crawford appears as Lucille La Sueur)

 

Movies with characters who change their names

 

1315 *Foreign Correspondent* (1940, UA, 120 min) (Johnny Jones becomes Huntley Haverstock)

Short: The Wedding of Jack and Jill (1930, Vitaphone/WB, 8 min) (Judy Garland appears as Frances Gumm)

1530 *A Star is Born* (1954, WB, 176 min, p/s) (Esther Blodgett becomes Vickie Lester)

1830 *The Palm Beach Story* (1942, Paramount, 88 min, p/s) (Tom Jeffers gets called Capt. McGloo by his wife)

 

Stop me if you've seen this one before

 

2000 *The Big Carnival* (1951, Paramount, 111 min, p/s)

2200 *Build My Gallows High* (1947, RKO, 97 min)

2345 *All That Money Can Buy* (1941, RKO, 106 min)

0145 *Quatermass and the Pit* (1967, Hammer, 97 min, p/s)

0330 *Ring-a-Ding Rhythm* (1962, Columbia, 78 min, p/s)

0500 *Two Against the World* (1936, First National, 56 min)

 

Edited by: Fedya on Oct 29, 2011 7:58 AM

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NOTES ON A SCHEDULE

 

This week's schedule asks the question, "What's in a name?" (Or, in some cases, what isn't in a name.) The question is obviously answered in a whole bunch of different ways. First up, on Sunday morning, we have a couple of movies with characters who can't remember their names or who can't be identified by the police. That's followed by a series of movies where we obviously know the names of the people right from the title. (I would like to have included *My Name is Julia Ross* here, but at only 65 minutes, I couldn't get it to time out properly.)

 

That's followed on Sunday night by a series of movies in living color -- every color of the rainbow. Well, not the trendy colors like loden or heather that you find in catalogs. They didn't have colors like that when they were making classic films. Come to think of it, they didn't have much color at all back then.

 

Lonesome Polecat said we could use classic TV in our schedule, so I decided to use it in a tangential way, by including a series of movies that have the titles of later TV shows, but in which the movie and TV show have nothing in common.

 

The movie *The Naked City* was more or less the inspiration for the later TV show of the same name, but there's precious little nudity in the movie. (Thankfully: we don't want to see Barry Fitzgerald naked.) There are only a couple of bedrooms in *Ten Thousand Bedrooms*, and no chariots in *Chariots of Fire*. (And the only fire is the Olympic flame.)

 

Some months back, I was watching a 1930s WB movie on TCM and noticed that the screenplay was written by "F. Hugh Herbert". I wondered if that was a mistake and it shouldn't have been Hugh Herbert, and wondered why I never knew that the character actor also wrote screenplays. It turns out, of course, that the two are completely different people. (At least, I think they are. Has anybody ever seen the two of them together?) Six movies for which F. Hugh Herbert wrote the screenplay have Hugh Herbert in the cast, and there's a seventh in which F. Hugh Herbert wrote "additional dialog". All seven of them neatly fit into the 10 hours of a TCM prime time lineup. F. Hugh Herbert also fits the part of the Challenge that requires a look at somebody behind the scenes.

 

Moving to Tuesday, we get four people who go by hyphenated names followed by four people who, like the aforementioned F. Hugh Herbert, generally got screen credit as their first initial followed by a middle name and a family name. That's followed on Tuesday night by people who went one better and used two initials followed by a family name. (Or three, in the case of IAL Diamond.)

 

Costume designers commonly received credit under one name: Adrian, Reni?, and Irene come to mind. But there were movies in which people doing other things also went by only one name. Alida Valli shows up in the credits to *The Third Man* only as Valli, while Frank De Vol shows up as "DeVol" sans space in some of his movies. This is also the day when we find out whether "Travilla" is a man, a woman, a company, or one of Austin Powers' fembots.

 

While there were some people who went under one name, there were others who went by three names. It seemed obvious to pair the two, although I probably should have found a way to include Van Nest Polglase (whom I was thinking of using in a different programming block as well).

 

That's followed by the Star of the Month. How could I come up with a Star of the Month under the general theme of "What's in a Name"? I decided to pick one whose name was the punchline to jokes. George Raft is an obvious one, with his name being parodied in the Warner Bros. animated short *The Coo-Coo Nut Grove* (or is it *Hollywood Steps Out* ?) If you've seen the shorts, you'll know what the joke is. Even if you haven't it should be obvious.

 

On Thursday morning we have some people where it's not quite clear which name is the first name and which is the last. I wanted to use Norman Lloyd's brother Nolan Lloyd, but time constraints prevented that. Thursday afternoon sees people with odd names where, as best I have been able to figure out, these names weren't given to the stars by the studio bosses. Murvyn Vye, in fact, is Murvyn Vye, Jr., so we know how he got that terrible name.

 

On Thursday night, we have six people who you can tell by looking at them whether they're men or women. But you can't necessarily tell it from their names in the credits. Two Jeans, two Genes, and two Lees.

 

I probably should have tried to include the classic TV salute with Friday's lineup, since those movie titles are ones you shouldn't confuse with the TV shows. But there were so many movie pairs with close but not matching titles that I could fill the whole morning and afternoon, while still omitting pairs (*The Young In Heart* followed by *Young At Heart*, for example).

 

The name Sch?rzinger isn't terribly common even in Germany. Some Sch?rzingers (such as my grandfather) emigrated to America, and thanks to that umlaut over the U, the name got transliterated upon arrival to America. There are Schirtzingers out there, as well as Scherzingers and Schuerzingers. And then there's Victor Schertzinger. I'm not 100% certain that we're distant cousins, but I do know that there are variant spellings who are distantly related to each other. So, we have four of his movies, if only because it took that many to get the night to time out properly.

 

The Friday night Underground movies aren't necessarily movies that have to be relegated to the overnight, but just obscure enough and with wacky enough titles that I'd like to see them programmed.

 

On Saturday, we have several people who went under two names, and are credited under the lesser-known name. (Victor Seastrom may be an exception; I think most people would recognize Harry Morgan from his days on Dragnet or as Col. Potter on MASH and not when he was going by "Henry".) That's followed by some characters who were known under two different names. Finally are a bunch of movies that have been known under two different names. I used the names you're less likely to recognize only to see how many of these movies you all actually recognize, starting with Billy Wilder's essential *The Big Carnival*. They are real pictures, and the production information listed is accurate, so you should be able to look them up if you don't recognize them.

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This schedule is so clever, Fedya. I love how you worked the challenges into your weekly theme by highlighting a guy with your same name and lots of background artists. Very clever ideas there. Lots of great movies. I especially loved movies by F Hugh Herbert that feature Hugh Herbert. That's so funny! Love this schedule to bits!

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Fedya -

You have posted a very wonderful schedule It is amazing that you put so many great movies within your theme. I very much like your 'The title is a metaphor.' theme. I was looking for a movie about roses -as in 'a rose by any other name' - but I suppose you did not have room for it.

 

This is becoming one of the worst Challenges because it will be so very hard to chose only one for voting.

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{font:Calibri}What a fun challenge! Here's my entry:{font}

 

 

 

 

{font:Calibri}SUNDAY, DEC. 23{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{color:red}{font:Calibri}Eric Blore, Happy Birthday!{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}6:00 AM-7:30 SEVEN KEYS TO BALDPATE, 1935, Gene Raymond, Margaret Callahan; William Hamilton and Edward Killey, Dir. 80 min. RKO Pictures {font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}7:30-9:15 DIAMOND JIM, 1935, Edward Arnold, Jean Arthur; Edward Sutherland, Dir. 93 min. Universal Studios, PREMIERE{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}9:15-10:45 THE EX-MRS. BRADFORD, 1936, William Powell, Jean Arthur; Stephen Roberts, Dir. 80 min. {font}{font:Calibri}RKO Pictures{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}10:45-12:00 PM PASSPORT TO SUEZ, 1943, Warren William, Ann Savage; Andre De Toth, Dir. 71 min. Columbia Pictures, PREMIERE{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}12:00-1:45 THE LADY EVE, 1941, Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda; Preston Sturges, Dir. 94 min. Paramount Pictures p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}1:45-3:15 SAN DIEGO, I LOVE YOU, 1944, Jon Hall, Louise Albritton; Reginald LeBorg, Dir. 83 min. Universal, PREMIERE{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}3:15-5:00 TOP HAT, 1935, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers; Mark Sandrich, Dir. 99 min. RKO Pictures{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{color:red}{font:Calibri}Segue to Edward Everett Horton (also in Top Hat){font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}5:00-6:45 HOLIDAY, 1938, Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant; George Cukor, Dir. 93 min. Columbia Pictures, p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}6:45 – 8:00 GOING HIGHBROW, 1935, Guy Kibbee, ZaSu Pitts; Robert Florey, Dir. 67 min. Warner Brothers{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{color:red}{font:Calibri}“Men in Tights”{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}8:00-10:00 THE COURT JESTER, 1956, Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns; Norman Panama and Melvin Frank, Dir. 101 min. (plus time for wrap-around comments) Paramount Studios, p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}10:00-12:00AM THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, 1938, Errol Flynn, Olivia DeHavilland; Michael Curtiz and William Keighley, Dir. 102 min. (plus time for wrap-around comments) Warner Brothers{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}(If time permits, there’s a great short about Howard Hill, archer extraordinaire who performed the archery shots and developed the unique sound of the arrows in the 1938 ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD). p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{color:red}{font:Calibri}Silent Sunday Night{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri} 12:00AM-2:00 SUNRISE, A SONG OF TWO HUMANS, 1927, George O’Brien, Janet Gaynor; F. W. Murnau, Dir. 110 min 20^th^ Century Fox p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{color:red}{font:Calibri}TCM Import{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}2:00-3:45 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, 1946, Jean Marais, Josette Day; Jean Cocteau, Dir. 95 min. Janus Films/Cowboy Pictures p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}3:45-5:45 THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, 1953, Kirk Douglas, Lana Turner; Vincente Minelli, Dir. 117 min. MGM{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}

 

 

{font:Calibri}MONDAY, DEC. 24 (THEME-THE SOUND OF MUSIC){font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{color:red}{font:Calibri}Movies with also-ran Songs nominated for an OSCAR in 1943{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{color:black}{font:Calibri}5:45 AM-7:15 SOMETHING TO SHOUT ABOUT, 1943, Don Ameche, Janet Blair; Gregory Ratoff, dir. 90 min. Columbia, PREMIERE{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{color:black}{font:Calibri}7:15-9:00 STAR SPANGLED RHYTHM, 1943, Bing Crosby, Ray Milland, Veronica Lake; George Marshall, dir. 99 min; Paramount, PREMIERE{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{color:black}{font:Calibri}9:00-10:45 CABIN IN THE SKY, 1943, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Lena Horne, Ethel Waters; Vincente Minelli, dir. 99 min; MGM{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{color:red}{font:Calibri}Happy Birthday, Harry Warren (Songwriter) (Challenge # 2, Take 1-includes all movies until 7:30PM){font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}10:45-12:30 PM HELLO, FRISCO, HELLO, 1943, Alice Faye, John Payne; Bruce Humberstone, dir. 98 min, Fox, PREMIERE{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}12:30-2:15 GOLD DIGGERS OF 1935, 1935, Dick Powell, Adolphe Menjou, Gloria Stuart; Busby Berkley, dir. 95 min, Warner Brothers {font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}2:15-4:00 THE HARVEY GIRLS, 1946, Judy Garland, Ray Bolger; George Sidney, dir. 104 min. MGM{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}4:00-5:30 42^ND^ STREET, 1933, Warner Baxter, Ruby Keeler; Lloyd Bacon, Dir. 89 min; Warner Brothers{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}5:30-7:30, AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER, 1957, Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr; Leo McCary, dir. 115 min, Fox, p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{color:red}{font:Calibri}7:30-8:00 NOW SHOWING{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{color:red}{font:Calibri}Happy Birthday, Franz Waxman (Music Director) (Challenge # 2, Take 2 – includes all movies until 6AM){font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}8:00-10:30 REBECCA, 1940, Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine; Alfred Hitchcock, dir. 130 min. (plus time for wrap-around comments) RKO{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}10:00-12:15AM A PLACE IN THE SUN, 1951, Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor; George Stevens, dir. 122 min, Paramount, p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}12:15AM-2:15 SUNSET BLVD. 1950, Gloria Swanson, William Holden; Billy Wilder, dir. 110 min, Paramount, p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}2:15-3:45 BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, 1935, Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester; James Whale, dir. 75 min (plus time for intro) Universal, p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}3:45-6:15 THE NUN’S STORY, 1959, Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch; Fred Zinneman, dir. 149 min; Warner Brothers, p/s{font}

 

 

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{font:Calibri}TUESDAY, DEC. 25 {color:red}(THEME-HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS, aka Christmas Chestnuts){font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}6:15-8:00 CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT, 1945, Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan; Peter Godfrey, dir. 104 min. Warner Brothers{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}8:00-9:45 HOLIDAY INN, 1942, Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds; Mark Sandrich, dir. 104 min. Paramount, p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}9:45-11:15 A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 1951, Alastair Sim, Mervyn Johns; Brian Desmond-Hurst, dir. 86 min. United Artists, p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}11:15-1:30PM IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, 1946, James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore; Frank Capra, dir. 129 min. RKO{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}1:30-3:15 A CHRISTMAS STORY, 1983, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Peter Billingsley; Bob Clark, dir. 96 min. MGM, p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}3:15-5:00 MIRACLE ON 34^TH^ STREET, 1947, Maureen O’Hara, John Payne; George Seaton, dir. 96 min. Fox, p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}5:00-7:45 KING OF KINGS, 1961, Jeffrey Hunter, Siobhan McKenna, Robert Ryan; Nicholas Ray, dir. 165 min. MGM {font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}7:45-8:00 PEACE ON EARTH, 1939, Animated Short, Hugh Harman, dir. 9 min. MGM{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}8:00-10:00 THREE GODFATHERS, 1949, John Wayne, Pedro Armendariz, Harry Carey, Jr. John Ford, dir., 107 min. MGM{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}10:00-10:30 STAR IN THE NIGHT, 1945, J. Carroll Naish, Donald Woods; Don Siegel, dir. 22 min; Warner Brothers{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}10:30-12:30AM MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, 1944, Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien; Vincente Minelli, dir. 113 min. MGM{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}12:30AM-2:15 THE THIN MAN, 1934, William Powell, Myrna Loy; W. S. Van Dyke, dir. 91 min; MGM{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}2:15-3:45 HOLIDAY AFFAIR, Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh; Don Hartman, dir. 87 min. RKO{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}3:45-5:15 THE GREAT RUPERT, 1950, Jimmy Durante, Terry Moore; Irving Pichel, Dir. 87 min. Eagle/Lion, p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}5:15-6:30 TENTH AVENUE ANGEL, 1948, Margaret O’Brien, Angela Lansbury, George Murphy; Roy Rowland, dir. 74 min. MGM{font}

 

 

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{font:Calibri}WEDNESDAY, DEC. 26 {font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{color:red}{font:Calibri}Elisha Cook, Jr. – Happy Birthday!{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}6:30-8:15 PIGSKIN PARADE, 1936, Stuart Erwin, Patsy Kelly, Jack Haley; David Butler, dir. 93 min. Fox, PREMIERE{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}8:15-10:00 THEY WON’T FORGET, 1937, Claude Rains, Gloria Dickson, Edward Norris; Mervyn LeRoy, dir. 95 min. Warner Brothers{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}10:00-11:30 THE KILLING, 1956, Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray; Stanley Kubrick, dir. 83 min. United Artists, p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{color:red}{font:Calibri}Challenge # 1, Getting to Know You (includes all movies until 8PM){font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}11:30-1:30PM SHANE, 1953, Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin; George Stevens, dir. 118 min, Paramount, p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}1:30-3:30 FOLLOW THE FLEET, 1936, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers; Mark Sandrich, dir. 110 min. RKO{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}3:30-5:00 I’D CLIMB THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, 1951, Susan Hayward, William Lundigan; Henry King, dir. 88 min; Fox, PREMIERE{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}5:00-8:00 THE SOUND OF MUSIC, 1965, Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer; Robert Wise, Dir. 174 min. Fox p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{color:red}{font:Calibri}Brush Up Your Shakespeare{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}8:00-10:30 ROMEO AND JULIET, 1968, Leonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey; Franco Zeffirelli, dir. 138 min. Paramount, p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}10:30-12:45AM THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, 1967, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton; Franco Zeffirelli, dir. 126 min. Columbia, p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}12:45AM-3:15 HENRY V, 1989, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Emma Thompson; Kenneth Branagh, dir. 137 min; Samuel Goldwyn. PREMIERE{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}3:15-6:00 HAMLET, 1948, Laurence Olivier, Eileen Herlie; Laurence Olivier, dir. 153 min. Rank Productions. p/s{font}

 

 

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{font:Calibri}THURSDAY, DEC. 27{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri} {color:red}(Challenge # 2, Take 3) Celebrating the Cinematography/Photography of Winton Hoch (6AM – 8PM){font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}6:00-8:00 THE SEARCHERS, 1956, John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles; John Ford, dir. 119 min. Warner Brothers{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri} 8:00-8:15 TRAVELTALK – ROCK MOUNTAIN GRANDEUR, 1937, James A. Fitzpatrick, Winton Hoch, Cinematographer; James H. Smith, dir. 8 min. MGM{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}8:15-8:30 TRAVELTALK – BEAUTIFUL BANFF AND LAKE LOUISE, 1935, James A. Fitzpatrick, Winton Hoch, Cinematographer; Benjamin D. Sharp, dir. 9 min. MGM{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}8:30-11:30 A STAR IS BORN, 1954, Judy Garland, James Mason; George Cukor, dir. 180 min. Warner Brothers, p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}11:30-1:45PM THE QUIET MAN, 1952, John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara; John Ford, dir. 129 min. Republic Pictures p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}1:45-4:00 THE SUNDOWNERS, 1960, Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum; Fred Zinneman, dir. 133 min. Warner Brothers p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}4:00-6:15 MISTER ROBERTS, 1955, Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell; John Ford, dir. 126 min. Warner Brothers p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}6:15-8:00 SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON, 1949, John Wayne, Joanne Dru, John Agar; John Ford, dir. 103 min. RKO{font}

 

 

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{color:red}{font:Calibri}STAR OF THE MONTH – RONALD COLMAN{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}8:00-10:15 A TALE OF TWO CITIES, 1935, Ronald Colman, Elizabeth Allen, Edna May Oliver; Jack Conway, dir. 123 min. MGM{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}10:15-12:15AM THE PRISONER OF ZENDA, 1937, Ronald Colman, Madeleine Carroll, C. Aubrey Smith; John Cromwell, dir. 101 min. (plus time for wrap-around comments) United Artists, p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}12:15AM-2:30 RANDOM HARVEST, 1942, Ronald Colman, Greer Garson, Susan Peters; Mervyn LeRoy, dir. 128 min. MGM{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}2:30-4:45 LOST HORIZON, 1937, Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton; Frank Capra, dir. 133 min. Columbia, p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}4:45-6:00 THE UNHOLY GARDEN, 1931, Ronald Colman, Fay Wray; George Fitzmaurice, dir. 75 min. United Artists, p/s{font}

 

 

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{font:Calibri}FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28 {color:red}(THEME – SONG OF THE SOUTH, 6AM-8PM){font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}6:00-7:45 DISTANT DRUMS, 1951, Gary Cooper, Mari Aldon, Richard Webb; Raoul Walsh, dir. 103 min. Warner Brothers, p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri} 7:45-9:30 KEY LARGO, 1948, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Edward G. Robinson; John Huston, dir. 100 min. Warner Brothers, p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}9:30-11:30 WILD RIVER, 1960, Montgomery Clift, Jo Van Fleet, Lee Remick; Elia Kazan, dir. 110 min. Fox, p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}11:30-1:15PM GOODBYE, MY LADY, 1956, Walter Brennan, Phil Harris, Brandon De Wilde; William A. Wellman, dir. 95 min. Warner Brothers, p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}1:15-3:30PM THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER, 1968, Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke; Robert Ellis Miller, dir. 124 min. Warner Brothers, p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}3:30-5:45 TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, 1963, Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford; Robert Mulligan, dir. 129 min. Universal, p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}5:45-8:00 THE YEARLING, 1947, Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Claude Jarman Jr; Clarence Brown, dir. 134 min. MGM {font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{color:red}{font:Calibri}“Ben’s Song” (Ben Johnson){font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}8:00-10:00 RIO GRANDE, 1950, John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Ben Johnson, Claude Jarman Jr; John Ford, dir. 105 min (plus time for wrap-around comments) Republic Pictures, p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}10:00-11:45 MIGHTY JOE YOUNG, 1949, Ben Johnson, Terry Moore; Ernest B. Schoedsack, dir. 94 min. RKO{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}11:45-2:00AM THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, 1971, Timothy Bottoms, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson; Peter Bogdonavitch, dir. 118 min. (plus time for wrap-around comments) Columbia, p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{color:red}{font:Calibri}TCM UNDERGROUND{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}2:00AM-3:45 BEN, 1972, Lee Harcourt Montgomery, Joseph Campanella, Arthur O’Connell; Phil Carlson, dir. 95 min. Cinerama Releasing Corp, Exempt{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{color:red}{font:Calibri}TCM OVERNIGHT{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}3:45-5:00 MAD LOVE, 1935, Peter Lorre, Frances Drake, Colin Clive; Karl Freund, dir. 70 min. MGM{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}5:00-6:15 THANK YOU, MR. MOTO, 1937, Peter Lorre, Thomas Beck, Pauline Frederick; Norman Foster, dir. 68 min. Fox, p/s{font}

 

 

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{font:Calibri}SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29 - {color:red}MURDER, MYSTERY AND MAYHEM (6:15AM-11:30){font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}6:15-7:30 MURDER ON THE BLACKBOARD, 1934, Edna May Oliver, James Gleason; George Archainbaud, dir. 71 min. RKO{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}7:30-9:00 EYES IN THE NIGHT, 1942, Edward Arnold, Ann Harding; Fred Zinneman, dir. 80 min. MGM{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}9:00-10:15 THE SAINT IN NEW YORK, 1938, Louis Hayward, Kay Sutton; Ben Holmes, dir. 72 min. RKO{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}10:15-11:30 THE FALCON TAKES OVER, 1942, George Sanders, Lynn Bari; Irving Reis, dir. 67 min. RKO{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{color:red}{font:Calibri}UNDER WESTERN SKIES (11:30AM-5:30PM){font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}11:30-12:45PM HOP-ALONG CASSIDY, 1935, William Boyd, Jimmy Ellison; Howard Bretherton, dir. 62 min. Paramount. PREMIERE{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}12:45PM-1:45 SONS OF THE PIONEERS, 1942, Roy Rogers, George “Gabby” Hayes; Joseph Kane, dir. 55 min. Republic Pictures. p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}1:45-3:00 RIDERS IN THE SKY, 1949, Gene Autry, Gloria Henry; John English, dir. 70 min. Columbia, PREMIERE{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}3:00-3:15 KINGDOM OF THE WILD, 1947, Documentary short; Carl Stearns Clancy, dir. 10 min. Warner Brothers.{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}3:15-4:45 THE TALL T, 1957, Randolph Scott, Richard Boone, Maureen O’Sullivan; Budd Boetticher, dir. 78 min. Columbia. p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}4:45-6:15 SEVEN MEN FROM NOW, 1956, Randolph Scott, Gail Russell, Lee Marvin; Budd Boetticher, dir. 78 min. Warner Brothers. p/s{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{color:red}{font:Calibri}One for the Kids{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}6:15-8:00 TOM THUMB, 1958, Russ Tamblyn, June Thorburn, Peter Sellers; George Pal, dir. 98 min. MGM{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri} {color:red}(Challenge # 2, Take 4 – Gowns/Costumes by Adrian- includes all movies until 6AM){font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}8:00-10:30 {color:red}(THE ESSENTIALS) THE WOMEN, 1939, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell; George Cukor, dir. 133 min. MGM{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}10:30-12:45AM GRAND HOTEL, Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford; Edmund Goulding, dir. 115 min. (plus time for wrap-around comments) MGM{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}12:45AM-3:45 THE GREAT ZIEGFELD, 1936, William Powell, Luise Rainer, Myrna Loy; Robert C. Leonard, dir. 176 min. MGM{font}

 

 

{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}3:45-6:00 ZIEGFELD GIRL, 1941, James Stewart, Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr, Lana Turner; Robert C. Leonard, dir. 135 min. MGM{font}

 

 

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{font:Times New Roman} {font}{font:Calibri}Notes on the schedule by Sunny75:{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri}First of all, hats off to LonesomePolecat for a terrific challenge. This was a lot of fun to put together, and I learned a lot while I was doing it, too. I am thrilled about the In the Background challenge, because movies are such a collaborative process. If even one artist in a great movie had been different, the resulting movie would have been quite changed. I could not stop with one In the Background artist, though, so I settled for four, two relating to the sound of the movies, and two relating to the visual aspects of the movies.{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri}My overall theme for the week is Music, Music, Music, and many of my blocks of movies have a theme reflected in the title of a song, including the song Happy Birthday.{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri}I start with a birthday tribute to one of my favorite character actors, Eric Blore, culminating with my favorite Eric Blore role, the invaluable manservant Bates in TOP HAT.{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri}Eric Blore was valet to Edward Everett Horton in TOP HAT, so I segue to a couple of fine and fun movies with EEH as a supporting player.{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri}Next is another song title, Men in Tights, and the two very best movies ever made about men in tights.{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri}For Silent Sunday and the TCM Import, I chose two of the most visually stunning movies I have ever seen.{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri}All day Monday, December 24, falls under the theme song, The Sound of Music, with birthday tributes to two great musical talents who were both so prolific that I used each of them as In the Background artists. I start, though, with three movies which came out in 1943 and which each had a song nominated for an Oscar, but none of which won. The movies and their nominated songs are as follows:{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri} SOMETHING TO SHOUT ABOUT You d Be So Nice to Come Home To{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri} STAR SPANGLED RHYTHM That Old Black Magic{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri} CABIN IN THE SKY Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri}A bit of trivia about SOMETHING TO SHOUT ABOUT is that Cyd Charisse made her feature movie debut in that movie, billed as Lily Norwood.{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri}Now you know some of the songs which lost at the Oscars that year, so which song won? From HELLO, FRISCO, HELLO the song is You'll Never Know, which was written by birthday celebration guy Harry Warren. And that brings us to his birthday tribute, and my first In the Background spotlight. Warren wrote one or more songs for each of the movies in his lineup. The songs he wrote for each movie are as follows:{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri} HELLO, FRISCO, HELLO You'll Never Know{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri} GOLD DIGGERS OF 1935 Lullaby of Broadway{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri} THE HARVEY GIRLS On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri} AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER Title song {font}

 

 

{font:Calibri} 42ND STREET 42ND Street, Shuffle Off to Buffalo {font}

 

 

{font:Calibri} You re Getting {font}{font:Calibri}to be a Habit with Me{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri}On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe won Warren another Oscar.{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri}We have not one but two musicians celebrating their birthday on December 24, the other being Franz Waxman, who is also my second In the Background artist. For the evening and all through the night we have a variety of movies whose scores were written by Waxman. Scores by Waxman are so wonderful that I remember the tunes, even without words, long after the movie is over. Waxman won Oscars two years in a row for SUNSET BLVD and A PLACE IN THE SUN. The American Film Institute ranked the score for SUNSET BLVD number 16 on their list of the greatest film scores, and all the scores scheduled for tonight and overnight were nominated for that list. This includes THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, the first score by Waxman for an American movie, after five years of writing scores for European movies.{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri}Tuesday, Christmas Day; what can I say? I love Christmas, and I love movies that tie in to the holiday. The movies scheduled during the daytime hours are most directly related to Christmas, but even the movies scheduled at night and overnight have scenes set at Christmas.{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri}Wednesday, Dec. 26, we start with another birthday tribute to a character actor, this time to Elisha Cook, Jr., who played in everything from musicals to westerns to dramas, but whose type-cast role seemed to be the two bit hood. The movie PIGSKIN PARADE not only has Cook playing a radical, it also has the feature movie debut of Judy Garland. THEY WON’T FORGET and THE KILLING spotlight Cook in the kind of roles he played most often, the sinister weakling. A more sympathetic role for Cook came in SHANE, which begins my Challenge No. 1, Getting to Know You.{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri}Here is why I chose these movies to tell about myself. Although I am from the Eastern US and have lived there all my life, I love the natural beauty of the American west, and particularly northwestern Wyoming, where SHANE was filmed. I am also a big fan of Brandon de Wilde, a child actor who successfully made the transition to adult roles, but whose life was tragically cut short by an automobile accident. I spent my entire adult life working as a civilian at various Navy facilities, so FOLLOW THE FLEET was a logical choice. I also love musicals with Astaire and Rogers. My father is a minister, and I grew up near where I’D CLIMB THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN was filmed. There were a lot of parallels, and some big differences, between my life growing up and what was portrayed in that movie. And I love music, as you have probably guessed from some of my other comments, so I chose THE SOUND OF MUSIC. I love to sing, but I have to admit I am no Julie Andrews.{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri}Brush up Your Shakespeare{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri}The Zeffirelli version of ROMEO AND JULIET is my favorite movie version of this play, and I do not understand why TCM does not show it more often. The Zeffirelli version of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW is great fun and I think Liz Taylor was terrific. I really debated about HENRY V; I love the Branagh version, and much prefer it to the 1945 version, because of the way the battle scenes are opened up in the Branagh version. And when Branagh gives his St. Crispin Day speech, he moves me so much I want to enlist to fight. The movie is the newest in my schedule, though, and I like my classic movies well aged. Still, I like this version better than the Olivier version, which is clearly a classic, so I guess that makes the Branagh version a classic, too. If there are any who disagree, the Olivier version is almost exactly the same length and could be substituted in this time slot without any other change to the schedule. HAMLET speaks for itself.{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri}Thursday, December 26{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri}I wanted to do an In the Background celebration of a cinematographer, and THE SEARCHERS is a visual knockout, so I looked up its cinematographer and learned about Winton Hoch. I had no idea what other movies he had done until I checked his filmography. What a wonderful surprise. Hoch had many successes with John Ford, including two Oscars for THE QUIET MAN and SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON. Hoch also had many successes with other directors, as evidenced by A STAR IS BORN, the 1954 version, and THE SUNDOWNERS. Hoch also won his first Oscar for a Victor Fleming movie. I included MR ROBERTS to show that great cinematography is not dependent on great scenery.{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri}For My Star of the Month, I chose Ronald Colman. I do not think he has ever been SOM before, which surprises me. He certainly had the talent, as well as the filmography. For tonight, the focus is on Romantic Ronald Colman. So of course, I had to start with A TALE OF TWO CITIES, where Colman gives his life to ensure the happiness of the woman he loves. How romantic. Next we have THE PRISONER OF ZENDA, where Colman gives up the woman he loves out of honor. Lest you think the guy has to lose the girl to be romantic, we have my alltime favorite, RANDOM HARVEST, which ends happily ever after, and LOST HORIZONS, which ends happily even longer ever after. We end Ronald Colman night with a little romantic fluff, THE UNHOLY GARDEN. By the way, for the other weeks, you could have Rascally Ronald Colman, with Raffles, Kismet, The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo and If I Were King; Righteous Ronald Colman, with Talk of the Town, Bulldog Drummond, Clive of India and The Late George Apley; and Remarkable Ronald Colman, with A Double Life, Champagne for Caesar, Lady Windemeres Fan and Under Two Flags. TCM Programmers, take note, and give us Ronald Colman as SOM.{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri}Friday, December 28, is the anniversary of the beginning of the Seminole War against white settlers, and the Friday schedule starts with DISTANT DRUMS, a movie about the Seminole Wars. This is the beginning of a day where we look at the Southern United States as it has been depicted in films set mostly in the twentieth century. I am not going to go through my rationale for each movie; I just wanted high quality movies that portrayed the South lovingly but honestly, showing both the good and the bad, since every place has both.{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri}For the evening, our theme song is Bens Song. This is the only time I ever heard of a song being written about and to a four legged rat. I am excluding Jerry the Mouse, of course. Anyhow, the Ben in my lineup is the wonderful Ben Johnson, and I have three movies featuring this great guy. First is RIO GRANDE, which has Johnson playing the kind of role he was most known for, and which shows off his riding abilities, since he started out as a rodeo rider. Next is MIGHTY JOE YOUNG, one of the very few movies in which Johnson has top male billing. Finally comes THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, for which Johnson won an Oscar.{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri}Then for TCM Underground, what better movie than BEN, the one that made Bens Song famous? And if loving a four legged rat is not MAD LOVE, I do not know what is. Then Peter Lorre helps us segue into the Saturday Murder, Mystery and Mayhem set with THANK YOU, MR. MOTO.{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri}Saturday, I started with the best of the B mystery movies, then moved to the best of B westerns. How I love those singing cowboys. After a couple of better or Boetticher westerns, and one more movie for the kids, I get to do my last In the Background challenge, which is Gowns, Fashions and Costumes by Adrian.{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri}I just love designs by Adrian, and Adrian was actually the first person In the Background whom I thought of spotlighting. I wanted to include THE WOMEN in the Adrian segment, though, and I also wanted to use THE WOMEN as my TCM Essential. So, while Adrian was the artist I thought of first, his block of films appears last on my schedule, beginning with the TCM Essential movie, THE WOMEN. By the way, that movie includes a knockout fashion show, and Adrian also designed the fashion show, with separate billing in the credits. Similarly, in THE GREAT ZIEGFELD, there is a Fashion Parade, and Adrian designed that Fashion Parade, with separate billing, as well as the beautiful gowns of the two Mrs. Ziegfelds and the costumes of the Ziegfeld girls. ZIEGFELD GIRL was a logical followon behind THE GREAT ZIEGFELD. I have never compared the costumes from the two Ziegfeld movies, but it would be interesting to do so, since they are both MGM movies, made only a few years apart, and they have the same director and the same costume designer. And to get back to my original rationale for my choices, just remember the stunning gowns worn by Harlow, and even Marie Dressler, in DINNER AT EIGHT.{font}

 

 

{font:Calibri}Well, there are my reasons for the movies I chose. Kudos again to LonesomePolecat for a really fun challenge.{font}

 

 

 

 

 

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Edited by: Sunny75 on Oct 31, 2011 8:59 PM

 

Edited by: Sunny75 on Oct 31, 2011 10:36 PM

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*TCM PROGRAMMING CHALLENGE # 20*

 

SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2012

 

*TALKING HEADS*

 

*6:00 am Broadway Rhythm of 1944* (1944) Dir. Roy Del Ruth.

starring George Murphy, Ginny Sims. MGM, 115 minutes.

*8:00 am Stop, Look and Laugh* (1960) Dir. Jules White.

starring Paul Winchell, Jerry Mahoney, Three Stooges. Columbia, 78 minutes. p/s.

*9:30 am Mr. Moto’s Last Warning* (1939) Dir. Norman Foster.

starring Peter Lorre, George Sanders, Ricardo Cortez. TCF, 71 minutes. p/s.

*10:45 am The Unholy Three* (1925) Dir. Tod Browning.

starring Lon Chaney, Mae Busch. MGM, 87 minutes.

*12:15 pm The Unholy Three* (1930) Dir. Jack Conway.

starring Lon Chaney, Lila Lee. MGM, 75 minutes.

*Short: Double Talk* (1937) Dir. Lloyd French.

starring Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. WB, 10 minutes.

*1:45 pm Dead of Night* (1945) Dir. Alberto Cavalcanti.

starring Michael redgrave, Albert Johns. Eagle-Lion, 102 minutes. p/s.

*3:30 pm The Twilight Zone: The Dummy* (1962) Dir. Abner Biberman.

starring Cliff Robertson, Frank Sutton. CBS TV, 25 minutes. Exempt.

*4:00 pm The Great Gabbo* (1930) Dir. James Cruze.

starring Erich von Stroheim, Betty Compson. World-Wide pictures, 92 minutes. Premiere.

*Short: The Eyes Have it* (1931) Dir. Alfred J. Goulding.

starring Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. WB, 10 minutes.

*6:00 pm Knock On Wood* (1954) Dir. Norman Panama.

starring Danny Kaye, Mai Zetterling. Paramount, 103 minutes. Premiere.

 

*Short: Glad Rags to Riches* (1933) Dir. Charles Lamont.

starring Shirley Temple. Jack Hayes Productions, 10 minutes. p/d.

 

*MY BACKGROUND (a cinematic guide to understanding Countessdelave)*

 

*8:00 pm Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm* (1938) Dir. Allan Dwan.

starring Shirley Temple, Randolph Scott. TCF, 80 minutes. Premiere.

*9:30 pm The Women* (1939) Dir. George Cukor.

starring Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell. MGM, 133 minutes.

*Short: Hollywood: Style Center of the World* (1940). Dir. Oliver Garver.

starring Adrian, Ann Morisse. MGM, 11 minutes.

 

*SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS*

 

*12:00 am Way Down East* (1920) Dir. D.W. Griffith.

starring Lillian Gish, Richard Barthlemess. UA, 107 minutes. Exempt.

 

*TCM IMPORTS*

 

*2:00 am The Emigrants* (1971) Dir. Jan Troell.

starring Liv Ullmann, Max von Sydow. Svensk Filmindustri, 151 minutes. Exempt.

*4:45 am Private Screenings: Jane Powell* (1995) Dir. Tony Barbon.

TCM, 45 minutes.

*Short: Every Girl’s Dream* (1966).

starring Doris Day. MGM, 9 minutes.

 

 

MONDAY, MAY 28, 2012

 

*IT’S EASY TO REMEMBER BUT SO HARD TO FORGET*

 

*6:00 am Give Me Your Heart* (1936) Dir. Archie Mayo.

starring Kay Francis, Roland Young, George Brent. WB, 88 minutes.

*7:30 am The Strange Love of Molly Louvain* (1932) Dir. Michael Curtiz.

starring Ann Dvorak, Lee Tracy, Leslie Fenton. 1st Nat’l, 74 minutes.

*9:00 am Dodsworth* (1936) Dir. William Wyler.

starring Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton, Mary Astor. Goldwyn, 90 minutes. p/s.

*10:45 am Rebecca* (1940) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock.

starring Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier. UA, 130 minutes. p/s.

*1:00 pm Down To Their Last Yacht* (1934) Dir. Paul Sloane.

starring Mary Boland, Ned Sparks. RKO, 64 minutes.

*2:15 pm The Lost Weekend* (1945) Dir. Billy Wilder.

starring Ray Milland, Jane Wyman. Paramount, 101 minutes. p/s.

*4:00 pm The Black Orchid* (1958) Dir. Martin Ritt.

starring Sophia Loren, Anthony Quinn. Paramount, 96 minutes. p/s.

*5:45 pm Brigadoon* (1954) Dir. Vincent Minnelli.

starring Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse. MGM, 108 minutes.

*7:30 pm Now Playing: November* (2012). 30 minutes.

 

*I DID WHAT LAST NIGHT?!*

 

*8:00 pm Remember Last Night?* (1935) Dir. James Whale.

starring Constance Cummings, Robert Young. Univ., 81 minutes. p/s.

*9:30 pm Blue Gardenia* (1953) Dir. Fritz Lang.

starring Anne Baxter, Richard Conte, Raymond Burr. WB, 90 minutes.

*11:15 pm The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek* (1944) Dir. Preston Sturges.

starring Betty Hutton, Eddie Bracken. Paramount, 98 minutes. p/s.

*1:00 am A Double Life* (1948) Dir. George Cukor.

starring Ronald Colman, Signe Hasso, Shelley Winters. Univ., 105 minutes. p/s.

*3:00 am The Blue Dahlia* (1946) Dir. George Marshall.

starring Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix. Paramount, 96 minutes. p/s.

*4:45 am Two in the Dark* (1936) Dir. Ben Stoloff.

starring Walter Abel, Margot Grahame, Gail Patrick. RKO, 74 minutes.

 

 

 

TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012

 

*HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY: IRIS ADRIAN*

 

*6:00 am Mister Cinderella* (1936) Dir. Edward Sedgwick.

starring Jack Haley, Betty Furness. Hal Roach, 75 minutes. p/s.

*7:15 am One Third of a Nation* (1939) Dir. Dudley Murphy.

starring Sylvia Sidney, Leif Erickson. Paramount, 79 minutes. p/s.

*8:45 am Road to Zanzibar* (1941) Dir. Victor Schertzinger.

starring Bing Crosby, Bob Hope Dorothy Lamour. Paramount., 91 minutes. p/s.

*Short: How to Clean House* (1948) Dir. Charles E. Roberts.

starring Iris Adrian, Edgar Kennedy. RKO, 18 minutes.

*10:45 am The Crystal Ball* (1943) Dir. Elliott Nugent.

starring Paulette Goddard, Ray Milland. Paramount, 81 minutes. p/s.

*12:15 pm Taxi, Mister* (1943) Dir. Kurt Neumann.

starring William Bendix, Sheldon Leonard. Hal Roach, 46 minutes. p/s.

*1:15 pm The Stork Club* (1945) Dir. Hal Walker.

starring Betty Hutton, Barry Fitzgerald, Iris Adrian. Paramount, 98 minutes. p/s.

*3:00 pm Boston ****’s Rendezvous* (1945) Dir. Arthur Dreifuss.

starring Chester Morris, Nina Foch. Columbia, 64 minutes. p/s.

*4:15 pm The Paleface* (1948) Dir. Norman Z. McLoed.

starring Bob Hope, Jane Russell. Paramount, 91 minutes. p/s.

*6:00 pm Always Leave Them Laughing* (1949) Dir. Roy Del Ruth.

starring Milton Berle, Virginia Mayo. WB, 116 minutes. p/s.

 

 

*TOO HOT TO TROT*

 

*8:00 pm The Dolly Sisters* (1945) Dir. Irving Cummings.

starring Betty Grable, June Haver. TCF, 114 minutes. Premiere.

*10:00 pm Hello, Frisco, Hello* (1943) Dir. Bruce Humberstone.

starring Alice Faye, John Payne, Lynn Bari. TCF, 99 minutes. Premiere.

*11:45 pm Alexander’s Ragtime Band* (1938) Dir. Henry King.

starring Alice Faye, Tyrone Power, Don Ameche. TCF, 106 minutes.

*1:45 am The Music Man* (1962) Dir. Morton DaCosta.

starring Robert Preston, Shirley Jones. WB, 151 minutes. p/s

*4:15 am The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle* (1939) Dir. H.C. Potter.

starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers. RKO, 93 minutes.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012

 

*NIGHTCLUB ENTERTAINERS ON THE LAM*

 

*6:00 am The Purchase Price* (1932) Dir. William Wellman.

starring Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent. WB, 68 minutes.

*7:15 am Ball of Fire* (1941) Dir. Howard Hawks.

starring Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper. Goldwyn, 111 minutes. p/s.

*9:15 am A Song is Born* (1948) Dir. Howard Hawks.

starring Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo. Goldwyn, 113 minutes. p/s.

*11:15 am A Woman’s Secret* (1949) Dir. Nicholas Ray.

starring Maureen O’Hara, Gloria Grahame. RKO, 85 minutes.

*12:45 pm Lady on a Train* (1945) Dir. Charles David.

Starring Deanna Durbin, Ralph Bellamy. Univ., 95 minutes. p/s.

*2:30 pm Dangerous Mission* (1954) Dir. Louis King.

Starring Piper Laurie, Victor Mature, Vincent Price. RKO, 75 minutes.

*4:00 pm Charlie Chan in Rio* (1941) Dir. Harry Lachman.

starring Sidney Toler, Mary Beth Hughes. TCF, 60 minutes. Premiere.

*5:00 pm Girl on the Run* (1958) Dir. Richard L. Bare.

starring Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Erin O’Brien. WB, 77 minutes. Premiere.

*6:30 pm She Loves Me Not* (1934) Dir. Elliott Nugent.

starring Bing Crosby, Miriam Hopkins. Paramount, 85 minutes. Premiere.

 

*STAR OF THE MONTH: DOROTHY LAMOUR, Nightclub Performer*

 

*8:00 pm Johnny Apollo* (1940) Dir. Henry Hathaway.

starring Tyrone Power, Dorothy Lamour. TCF, 94 minutes. Premiere.

*9:45 pm Swing High, Swing Low* (1937) Dir. Mitchell Leisen.

starring Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, Dorothy Lamour. Paramount, 92 minutes. p/s.

*11:30 pm The Fleet’s In* (1942) Dir. Victor Schertzinger.

starring Dorothy Lamour, William Holden, Betty Hutton. Paramount, 93 minutes. p/s.

*1:15 am The Road to Singapore* (1940) Dir, Victor Schertzinger.

starring Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour. Paramount, 85 minutes. p/s.

 

*AN EARLY MORNING CLUB CRAWL WITH BARBARA PEPPER (for her 100th Birthday)*

 

*2:45 am So This is Love* (1953) Dir. Gordon Douglas.

starring Kathryn Grayson, Merv Griffin. WB, 101 minutes. p/s.

*4:30 am The Girl Downstairs* (1938) Dir. Norman Taurog.

starring Franchot Tone, Franciska Gaal. MGM, 77 minutes.

 

 

 

THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2012

 

*PARAMOUNT STYLE*

 

*6:00 am Girls About Town* (1931) Dir. George Cukor.

starring Kay Francis, Joel McCrea, Lillyan Tashman. Paramount, 80 minutes. Premiere.

*8:30 am Trouble in Paradise* (1932) Dir. Ernst Lubitsch.

starring Herbert Marshall, Kay Francis, Miriam Hopkins. Paramount, 83 minutes. p/s.

*10:00 am Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde* (1931) Dir. Rouben Mamoulian.

starring Frederick March, Miriam Hopkins. Paramount, 96 minutes. p/s.

*11:45 am Shanghai Express* (1932) Dir. Joseph von Sternberg.

starring Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong. Paramount, 82 minutes. p/s.

*1:15 pm One Hour With You* (1932) Dir. Ernst Lubitsch..

starring Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier. Paramount, 80 minutes. p/s.

*2:45 pm Torchsinger* (1933) Dir. Alexander Hall.

starring Claudette Colbert, Ricardo Cortez. Paramount, 71 minutes. p/s.

*4:00 pm The Princess Comes Across* (1936) Dir. William K. Howard.

starring Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray. Paramount, 76 minutes. p/s.

*5:30 pm Beau Geste* (1939) Dir. William Wellman.

starring Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Susan Hayward. Paramount, 120 minutes.

 

*Short: Rufus Jones For President* (1933) Dir. Roy Mack.

starring Ethel Waters, Sammy Davis Jr. Vitaphone, 21 minutes.

 

*IN THE BACKGROUND: SONGWRITERS HARRY REVEL AND MACK GORDON*

 

*8:00 pm Sitting Pretty* (1933) Dir. Harry Joe Brown.

starring Ginger Rogers, Jack Oakie, Jack Haley. Paramount, 80 minutes. Premiere.

*9:30 pm We’re Not Dressing* (1934) Dir. Norman Taurog.

starring Bing Crosby, Carole Lombard, Ethel Merman. Paramount, 77 minutes. p/s.

*11:00 pm Poor Little Rich Girl* (1936) Dir. Irving Cummings.

starring Shirley Temple, Alice Faye. TCF, 79 minutes. p/s.

*12:30 am Ali Baba Goes to Town* (1937) Dir. David Butler.

starring Eddie Cantor, Tony Martin, June Lang. TCF, 80 minutes. p/s.

*2:00 am Love Finds Andy Hardy* (1938) Dir. George B. Seitz.

starring Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Lana Turner. MGM, 91 minutes.

*3:45 am The Rains Came* (1939) Dir. Clarence Brown.

starring Tyrone Power, Myrna Loy. TCF, 103 minutes. p/s.

 

*5:30 pm Short: Our Gang Follies of 1938* (1937) Dir. Gordon Douglas.

Starring Darla Hood, Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer. MGM, 22 minutes.

 

 

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012

 

*THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SPOCK*

 

*6:00 am Bundle of Joy* (1956) Dir. Norman Taurog.

starring Debbie Reynolds, Eddie Fisher. RKO, 98 minutes.

*7:45 am The Parent Trap* (1961) Dir. David Swift.

starring Maureen O’Hara, Hayley Mills. Walt Disney, 129 minutes.

*10:00 am The Courtship of Eddie’s Father* (1963) Dir. Vincent Minnelli.

starring Glenn Ford, Shirley Jones, Dina Merrill. MGM, 118 minutes.

*12:00 pm Never Too Late* (1965) Dir. Bud Yorkin.

starring Paul Ford, Connie Stevens, Jim Hutton. WB, 105 minutes. p/s.

*1:45 pm Five* (1951) Dir. Arch Oboler.

starring William Phipps, Susan Douglas. Columbia, 93 minutes. p/s.

*3:30 pm Star Trek: Journey to Babel* (1967) Dir. Joseph Pevney.

starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Jane Wyatt. NBC tv, 50 minutes. Exempt.

*4:30 pm Susan Slade* (1961) Dir. Delmer Daves.

starring Connie Stevens, Troy Donohue, Dorothy Maguire. WB, 116 minutes. p/s.

*6:30 pm Sitting Pretty* (1948) Dir. Walter Lang.

starring Clifton Webb, Maureen O’Hara, Robert Young. TCF, 84 minutes. p/s.

 

*FROM BRAIDS TO BABE: PATTY McCORMACK*

 

*8:00 pm Kathy O’* (1958) Dir. Jack Sher.

starring Patty McCormack, Dan Duryea, Jan Sterling. Univ., 99 minutes. Premiere.

*9:45 pm All Mine to Give* (1957) Dir. Allen Reisner.

starring Glynis Johns, Cameron Mitchell, Patty McCormack. RKO, 103 minutes.

1*1:45 am The Bad Seed* (1956) Dir. Mervyn LeRoy.

starring Patty McCormack, Nancy Kelly, Henry Jones. WB, 129 minutes. p/s.

 

*TCM UNDERGROUND*

 

*2:00 am The Mini Skirt Mob* (1968) Dir. Maury Dexter.

starring Diane McBain, Patty McCormack, Harry Dean Stanton. A.I.P., 90 minutes. Exempt.

*3:45 am The Explosive Generation* (1961) Dir. Buzz Kuilk.

starring William Shatner, Patty McCormack. UA, 89 minutes. p/s.

*5:30 am One Step Beyond: Make Me Not a Witch* (1959) Dir. John Newland.

starring Patty McCormack, John Newland. ABC tv, 30 minutes. Exempt.

 

 

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2012

 

*FRUSTRATION THEATER (The First One's Free)*

 

*6:00 am Zorro Rides Again: Death From the Sky* (1937) Dir. John English.

starring John Carroll, Helen Christian. Republic, 30 minutes. p/s.

*6:30 am Zorro’s Fighting Legion: The Golden God* (1939) Dir. John English.

starring Reed Hadley, Sheila Darcy. Republic, 28 minutes. p/s.

*7:00 am Ace Drummond: Where East Meets West* (1936) Dir. Ford Beebe.

starring John “Dusty” King, Jean Rogers. Univ., 20 minutes. p/s.

*7:30 am Buck Rogers: Tomorrow’s World* (1939) Dir. Ford Beebe.

starring Buster Crabbe, Constance Moore. Univ., 20 minutes. p/s.

*8:00 am Dick Tracy: The Spider Strikes* (1937) Dir. Alan James.

starring Ralph Byrd, Kay Hughes. Republic, 29 minutes. p/s.

 

*SWIMMING WITH JOHNNY WEISSMULER ON HIS BIRTHDAY*

 

*8:30 am Tarzan Finds a Son* (1939) Dir. Richard Thorpe.

starring Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O’Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield. MGM, 82 minutes.

*10:00 am Tarzan’s New York Adventure* (1942) Dir. Richard Thorpe.

starring Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O’Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield. MGM, 71 minutes.

 

*HAT’S OFF TO HEDDA HOPPER*

 

*11:15 am Skyscraper Souls* (1932) Dir. Edgar Selwyn.

starring Maureen O’Sullivan, Warren William. MGM, 99 minutes.

*1:00 pm A Tailor Made Man* (1931) Dir. Sam Wood.

starring William Haines, Dorothy Jordan. MGM, 81 minutes.

*2:30 pm Beauty For Sale* (1933) Dir. Richard Boleslawski.

starring Madge Evens, Alice Brady. MGM, 87 minutes.

*4:00 Pm That’s Right, You’re Wrong* (1939) Dir. David Butler.

starring Kay Kyser, Adolph Menjou. RKO, 94 minutes.

*5:45 pm Reap the Wild Wind* (1942) Dir. Cecil B. DeMille.

starring Paulette Goddard, John Wayne, Ray Milland. TCF, 123 minutes. p/s.

 

*THE ESSENTIALS*

 

*8:00 pm The Seven Year Itch* (1955) Dir. Billy Wilder.

starring Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell, Evelyn Keyes. TCF, 105 minutes. p/s.

 

*UNMENTIONABLES*

 

*10:00 pm The Awful Truth* (1937) Dir. Leo McCarey.

starring Irene Dunne, Cary Grant. Columbia, 91 minutes. p/s.

*11:45 pm The Smiling Lieutenant* (1931) Dir. Ernst Lubitsch.

starring Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert, Miriam Hopkins. Paramount, 88 Minutes. p/s.

*1:15 am Lady of Burlesque* (1943) Dir. William Wellman.

starring Barbara Stanwyck, Michael O’Shea, Iris Adrian. UA, 91 minutes. p/s.

*3:00 am Anatomy of a Murder* (1959) Dir. Otto Preminger.

starring James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara. Columbia, 161 minutes. p/s.

 

 

*PREMIERES*

 

THE GREAT GABBO

KNOCK ON WOOD

REBECCA OF SUNNYBROOK FARM

THE DOLLY SISTERS

HELLO, FRISCO, HELLO

CHARLIE CHAN IN RIO

GIRL ON THE RUN

SHE LOVES ME NOT

JOHNNY APOLLO

GIRLS ABOUT TOWN

SITTING PRETTY

KATHY O’

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*Programming Notes: Challenge #20*

*Week of May 27-June 2, 2012*

 

*Sunday.* The “Talking Heads” theme is all about ventriloquists and their dummies. I was particularly delighted to be able to use one of the great classic tv episodes of *The Twilight Zone: The Dummy*, with Cliff Robertson. The evening is about my background although I hardly think that this will lead to understanding me, other than superficially. *Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm* is because I grew up with Shirley Temple films and used to enter a lot of movie trivia contests on the radio. *The Women* is a very influential film. That, *Top Hat* and *Kitty Foyle* inspired me to a career in costume design. I also have a life-long admiration for Costume Designer Adrian because of *The Women*.

My Silent Sunday Night pick is *Way Down East*, the first silent film that I saw in a theater with my dad. *The Emigrants* is my pick for TCM Import because all four of my grandparents came from Sweden. *Private Screenings with Jane Powell* and the Doris Day short represent the actresses who starred in films introduced to me by my mother. I particularly remember *By the Light of the Silvery Moon* and *The West Point Story*.

 

*Monday.* Monday the 28th is Memorial Day. I wanted to do something different to memorialize the day The first half focuses on people who try/want to forget their troubles or their past. The title of this theme is based upon the title of a song by Rogers and Hart. “ I Did What Last Night?!” is about people who try to remember what they forgot.

 

*Tuesday.* It’s actress Iris Adrian’s 100th birthday. I love this actress, who usually played “tough broads” with great comic aplomb. I often peruse the various lists of birthdays and dates in history before I pick a week to program. Something usually catches my eye. This time it was the 100 year anniversary of the firing of fifteen female employees, of Curtis Publishing, for doing the Turkey Trot on their lunch break. How peculiar an anniversary, I thought. “Too Hot to Trot” is my response. These are all films based in the ragtime era, featuring dancing. *Hello, Frisco, Hello* includes one of the unique and popular fad dances of the day: the Grizzly Bear. Vernon and Irene Castle popularized many of the dances of this era.

 

*Wednesday.* “Nightclub Entertainers on the Lam” is self-explanatory but I particularly wanted to schedule two old favorites: *Girl on the Run* and *She Loves Me Not*. The former was actually made as a pilot for *77 Sunset Strip*. It was subsequently released into theaters. *She Loves Me Not* is one of my favorite early Bing Crosby films and I love Miriam Hopkins as a nightclub dancer who hides out in Bing’s dormitory (as a male). My SOTM is Dorothy Lamour. This block of films focuses on Dorothy as a nightclub performer. The wee hours usher in Barbara Pepper’s 100th birthday with films featuring her in nightclubs. Barbara Pepper and Iris Adrian both celebrate 100th birthdays this week and both tended to be cast in “tough broad” roles. Today, most people might best remember Barbara Pepper as Mrs Ziffel on the *Green Acres* show.

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*Thursday.* Each of the big studios had a distinctive look to their films. You could often identify a studio by the style of their films. As we are focusing on a lot of background talents and artisans, I chose Paramount as one studio whose films had a unique look to them. I think of the Lubitsch films and the Von Sternberg/Dietrich films but there were many great talents who helped achieve Paramount’s style: Costumer Travis Banton, Set Designer Hans Dreier, Cinematographers Bert Glennon, Ted Tezlaff, Victor Milner, and many others. Even Adolph Zukor was a former furrier and Paramount was known for it’s extravagant use of fur. My spotlight on the background talents behind films is on songwriters Harry Revel and Mack Gordon. Much of their early work was done at Paramount. Later, they went to Fox and then went their separate ways, forming new professional partnerships with other songwriters. They wrote many standards like “Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?”, “Underneath the Harlem Moon”, and many of the songs from Shirley Temple films.

 

 

*Friday.* One of the biggest influences in the lives of the Baby Boomer generation is Dr. Benjamin Spock. His books influenced the way infants and children were raised for decades. This line-up of films is a tribute to the subject of babies and child-rearing during the baby boom years. And, for a special treat, I’ve thrown in a classic episode of *Star Trek: Journey to Babel* (in which we first see Mr. Spock and his parents). A few weeks ago, I attended a live appearance and screening of 1956’s *The Bad Seed*. Yes, Patty McCormack was there. A few clips from her film and television work were shown. I couldn’t get *The Mini Skirt Mob* out of my mind. I chose to use it as my TCM Underground selection and schedule an evening of Patty’s work.

 

*Saturday.* “Frustration Theater” has the first episode of several different serials. There are no showings of future episodes. Thus, the frustration of no resolution of plot. Hedda Hopper and Johnny Weissmuller both share June 2nd as their birthday. My Essential is *The Seven Year Itch*. It’s been on my list as a potential Essential for a while. I include it as part of an evening’s theme of “Unmentionables”. Yesterday, I noticed that Filmlover also used it as an Essential but our themes are so different, that I chose to keep it. I was pleased to be able to sandwich it between two interesting films: *Reap The Wild Wind* and *The Awful Truth*. Who can forget Joyce Compton in that nightclub solo?

 

*Silent Sunday Nights*

 

*Way Down East*

 

*TCM Imports*

 

*The Emigrants*

 

*Star of the Month*

 

*Dorothy Lamour*

 

*TCM Underground*

 

*The Mini Skirt Mob*

 

*The Essentials*

 

*The Seven Year Itch*

 

*Premieres-12*

 

*THE GREAT GABBO*

*KNOCK ON WOOD*

*REBECCA OF SUNNYBROOK FARM*

*THE DOLLY SISTERS*

*HELLO, FRISCO, HELLO*

*CHARLIE CHAN IN RIO*

*GIRL ON THE RUN*

*SHE LOVES ME NOT*

*JOHNNY APOLLO*

*GIRLS ABOUT TOWN*

*SITTING PRETTY*

*KATHY O’*

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Sunny75 -

 

You have created a great schedule. It is sad to say I find it very hard to read because of the font and changing colors and so I may not be appreciating it as much as it deserves.

 

Ronald Colman is an excellent Star of the Month! He is one of my favorites. *The Unholy Garden* (1931) is one of the best movies ever made.

 

I also liked very much your 'Murder, Mystery and Mayhem' theme and your tributes to Eric Blore and Edward Everett Horton!

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countessdelave -

I had high hopes for your schedule and I see that you did not disappoint us. It is wonderful!

 

I had not realized there were so many movies which had characters not remembering the previous night. You have found many excellent ones.

 

Adrian certainly deserves a tribute for all the magnificent costumes.

 

'Too Hot to Trot' is a marvelous theme! I love it!

 

Screenwriters are ignored very often. Your tribute to Harry Revel and Mack Gordon is a wonderful showcase of their talent.

 

I did not make a list but I believe we used several of the same movies. As I think they are great in my schedule I must also think they are great in yours!

 

I truly hope the TCM programmers 'steal' some of your themes!

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Wow, TWO more amazing schedules. The competition is heating up! Only today and tomorrow left for any more last minute entries. You can do it! Meanwhile, have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Sansfin,

 

Thank you for your kind response to my schedule. I had a lot of fun working on it. I really look forward to studying all of the schedules more closely in the next week. My quick look shows me that all of them are fantastic and I'm going to have a difficult time choosing just one to vote for. I will make more specific comments in the voting thread.

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SansFin, Thanks for the kind words about my schedule. If you're still interested, try reading it again. I've managed to correct most of the visual mistakes; the only problem is that the latest post refused to acknowledge any apostrophes, so contractions and possessives look strange at best. Everything else seems OK though. If you see a strange word, check for a missing apostrophe.

 

I don't know what happened to mess up my original post so badly, but gremlins were changing fonts, dropping chunks of my input, displaying computer gobbledygook, etc. everytime I posted or edited. It took me two days of frustrated editing to finally get a fairly decent set of notes on display. Most of the time the product looked even worse after editing than before. I finally deleted the entire post and completely retyped it. It still has this problem with apostrophes, but I can't fix that. When I try to re-edit I see the apostrophes in my original, so retyping them does't help. Anyhow, thanks for the kind words. Sunny

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Sunny 75 -

I have found the best way to post is to choose the 'Plain Text' tab which is part of the reply box. The 'Rich Text' seems to add and subtract formatting randomly

 

If I wish to quote someone I use the 'Rich Text' tab only to use the 'Quote' function on it and then I switch to 'Plain Text' before I begin to type or to paste.

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Sunny--

 

I love this schedule. I love all the background people you featured. I love that you scheduled that amazing Hugh Harman cartoon "Peace on Earth" on Christmas. I saw that ONCE as a kid and it has stuck with me ever since with its powerful storytelling and beautiful animation-- I would love to see that on TCM. I have to say thank you for also appreciating the gorgeous Tetons in SHANE. Thanks too for scheduling Cocteau's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST for TCM imports-- awesome film. And also for highlighting the Sons of the Pioneers in there-- love them. Also, great choices for Christmas. And finally, if anyone disagrees that Brannagh's HENRY V is not a classic, they are crazy because it is one of the planet's greatest Shakespeare films. Yay!

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Lonesome, Thank you so much for all your kind words. They made all my frustrations with my posting problems fly right out the window. I, too, have only seen the Peace On Earth cartoon once, and my reaction was much like yours. The difference is that I first saw the cartoon a couple of years ago when TCM used it as a filler. But it was so impressive I've never forgotten it. The same with Star in the Night and Beauty and the Beast. I first saw each of them on TCM. In fact, I would say that probably 75% of my schedule are movies I first saw on TCM. I love classic movies, but I didn't really discover movies until college. It was not until many years later, when I had access to early AMC and TNT, and finally wonderful TCM, that I got to see all the great movies I had heard about for so long. Thank you, TCM! And thank you again, Lonesome, for a great challenge and your enthusiastic response to my input. Sunny

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It is sad to say I must ask that my entry be removed from consideration for voting. I may have to return home with little notice to handle some affairs and I may be gone a month or more. It would be horrible if I somehow won and then had to leave all hanging after posting a challenge.

 

This has been a wonderful Challenge and there are many great schedules from which to chose.

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Ack! A poster who shall remain nameless unless he or she wants to be named pointed out I made a mistake in my schedule:

 

> 2330 *The Magnificent Dope* (1942, Fox, 82 min) PREMIERE Gene Tierney

 

Gene Tierney, of course, is not in *The Magnificent Dope*. What I meant was:

 

2330 *Rings on Her Fingers* (1942, Fox, 86 min) PREMIERE (Gene Tierney).

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I hereby declare this competition in the voting stage. I now close this thread for entries and open the official voting thread. Please post all other comments on that thread.

 

See you on the flip side!

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