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VOTING THREAD -- TCM Programming Challenge #23

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This is the thread for voting for your favorite schedule of the five submitted for the TCM Programming Challenge #23.

 

Everyone who was a registered member on or before January, 1, 2013 is eligible to vote.

 

You can vote in this thread or send me a PM with your vote.

 

Voting closes at Noon, PST, Monday, March 11, 2013.

 

And now to the schedules . . .

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*Lonesome Polecat's Schedule*

 

*Week of October 27 -- November 2, 2013*

 

SOTM: *Laurel & Hardy*

TCM IMPORTS: *Children of Heaven* (1997)

SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS: *Boots* (1919) & *Schuhpalast Pinkus (Shoe Palace Pinkus)* (1916)

TCM UNDERGROUND: *The Mole People* (1956)

THE ESSENTIALS: *Judgment at Nuremberg* (1961)

100 CHALLENGE: 100th Birthday of Burt Lancaster

SCHEDULE RE-DO CHALLENGE: Carol Burnett Parodies part 2

MOVIE CHARACTER GUEST PROGRAMMER: The Weenie King from *The Palm Beach Story*

 

PREMIERES

1. *Babes in Toyland* (1934)

2. *Blackbeard's Ghost* (1968)

3. *Crook's Tour* (1941)

4. *Goodbye, Charlie* (1964)

5. *The Happiest Millionaire* (1967)

6. *A New Leaf* (1971)

7. *Our Relations* (1936)

8. *What a Way to Go!* (1964)

 

EXEMPT PREMIERES:

1. *What's so Bad About Feeling Good?* (1968)

2. *What's Up, Doc?* (1972)

 

STATS:

1910s - 2

1920s - 1

1930s - 11

1940s - 30

1950s - 14

1960s - 21

1970s - 6

1980s - 1

1990s - 1

 

 

SUNDAY OCTOBER 27, 2013

 

*A Cinematic History of Oklahoma*

6:00am *Cimarron* (1931) Richard Dix & Irene Dunne, dir Wesley Ruggles RKO 123min (p/s)

8:15am *Cimarron* (1960) Glenn Ford & Maria Schell, dir Anthony Mann MGM 147min (p/s)

10:45am *Home in Oklahoma* (1946) Roy Rogers & Gaby Hayes, dir William Witney, Republic 72min (p/s)

12:00pm *Oklahoma* (1955) Gordon MacRae & Shirley Jones, dir Fred Zinnemann Fox 145min (p/s)

2:30pm SHORT: *The Plow That Broke the Plains* (1936) Thomas Chalmers & Bam White, dir Pare Lorentz, Resettlement Administration 25min

3:00pm *Bound for Glory* (1976) David Carradine & Ronny Cox, dir Hal Ashby MGM 147min (p/s)

5:30pm *Grapes of Wrath* (1940) Henry Fonda & Jane Darwell, dir John Ford FOX 129min (p/s)

7:45pm SHORT *Lest We Forget* (1937) Gary Cooper & Robert Taylor, dir Henry Hathaway & Richard Thorpe MGM 10min

 

*If the Shoe Fits*

8:00pm *Hans Christian Andersen* (1952) Danny Kaye & Farley Granger, dir Charles Vidor 112min GOLDWYN/RKO (p/s)

10:00pm *The Devil and Miss Jones* (1941) Jean Arthur & Charles Coburn, dir Sam Wood RKO 92min

11:45pm *SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS: Boots* (1919) Dorothy Gish & Richard Barthelmass, dir Elmer Clifton Paramount 50min EXEMPT

12:45am *SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS: Schuhpalast Pinkus (Shoe Palace Pinkus)* (1916) Ernst Lubitsch & Else Kentner, dir Ernst Lubitsch PAGU 60min EXEMPT

1:45am *TCM IMPORTS: Children of Heaven* (1997) Mohammed Amir Naji & Amir Farrokh Hashemian, dir Majid Majidi 89min EXEMPT

 

MONDAY OCTOBER 28, 2013

 

*OPTIONAL CHALLENGE: REVISITING AN OLD THEME*

*Carol Burnett's Classic Parodies: Volume II*

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

3:15am *The Little Foxes* (1941) Bette Davis & Herbert Marshall, dir William Wyler, Goldwyn 116min (p/s)

5:15am SHORT: Carol Burnett Show parody, *The Little Foxies* (1975) Carol Burnett & Tim Conway, dir Dave Powers 13min

5:30am *Top Hat* (1935) Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, dir Mark Sandrich RKO 101min (p/s)

7:15am SHORT: Carol Burnett Show parody, *High Hat* (1978) Carol Burnett & Ken Berry, dir Dave Powers 23min

7:45am *Random Harvest* (1942) Ronald Colman & Greer Garson, dir Mervyn LeRoy MGM 126min

10:00am SHORT: Carol Burnett Show parody, *Rancid Harvest* (1973) Carol Burnett & Harvey Korman, dir David Powers 20min

10:30am *A Stolen Life* (1946) Bette Davis & Glenn Ford, dir Curtis Bernhardt WB 109min

12:30pm SHORT: Carol Burnett Show parody, *A Swiped Life* (1976) Carol Burnett & Harvey Korman, dir David Powers 20min

1:00pm *Beach Blanket Bingo* (1965) Frankie Avalon & Annette Funicello, dir William Asher, Alla Vista 98min (p/s)

2:45pm SHORT: Carol Burnett Show parody, *Beach Blanket Boo Boo* (1978) Carol Burnett & Steve Martin, dir Dave Powers 14min

3:00pm *Double Indemnity* (1944) Fred MacMurray & Barbara Stanwyck, dir Billy Wilder Paramount 107min (p/s)

5:00pm SHORT: Carol Burnett Show parody, *Double Calamity* (1973) Steve Lawrence & Carol Burnett, dir Dave Powers 22min

5:30pm *Jaws* (1975) Robert Shaw & Roy Schneider, dir Steven Spielberg, Universal 124min (p/s)

7:45pm SHORT: Carol Burnett Show parody, *Jowls* (1975) Harvey Korman & Tim Conway, dir David Powers 11min

 

*OPTIONAL CHALLENGE: Movie Character Guest Programmer*

*GUEST PROGRAMMER: The Weenie King (from Preston Sturges' Palm Beach Story)*

8:00pm *What's Up, Doc?* (1972) Barbra Streisand & Ryan O'Neal, dir Peter Bogdonovich, WB 94min FREE PREMIERE (EXEMPT)

9:45pm SHORT: *What's Opera, Doc?* (1957) Mel Blanc, dir Chuck Jones WB 7min (p/s)

10:00pm *What's so Bad About Feeling Good?* (1968) Mary Tyler Moore & George Peppard, dir George Seaton UNIVERSAL 94min FREE PREMIERE (EXEMPT)

11:45pm SHORT: *What's Up, Doc?* (1950) Mel Blanc, dir Robert McKimson WB 7min (p/s)

12:00am *What a Way to Go* (1964) Shirley MacLaine & Dick Van Dyke, dir J Lee Thompson FOX 111min PREMIERE

2:00am *What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?* (1962) Bette Davis & Joan Crawford, dir Robert Aldrich 134min (p/s)

4:15am *What Next, Corporal Hargrove?* (1945) Robert Walker & Keenan Wynn, dir Richard Thorpe 95min (p/s)

 

TUESDAY OCTOBER 29, 2013

 

*When Divorces Don't Work Out*

6:30am *The Palm Beach Story* (1942) Claudette Colbert & Joel McCrea, dir Preston Sturges Paramount 88min (p/s)

8:00am *The Parent Trap* (1961) Hayley Mills & Maureen O'Hara, dir David Swift Disney 129min (p/s)

10:15am *His Girl Friday* (1940) Cary Grant & Rosalind Russell, dir Howard Hawks Columbia 92min (p/s)

12:00pm *PHFFFT!* (1954) Judy Holliday & Jack Lemmon, dir Mark Robson Columbia 88min (p/s)

1:30pm *The Philadelphia Story* (1940) Katharine Hepburn & Cary Grant, dir George Cukor MGM 112min (p/s)

3:30pm *McLintock* (1963) John Wayne & Maureen O'Hara, dir Andrew V McLaglen UA 127min (p/s)

5:45pm *The Women* (1939) Norma Shearer & Joan Crawford, dir George Cukor MGM 133min (p/s)

 

*I Feel Like I Know You*

8:00pm *Rebecca* (1940) Laurence Olivier & Joan Fontaine, dir Alfred Hitchcock Selznick 131min (p/s)

10:15pm *A New Leaf* (1971) Walter Matthau & Elaine May, dir Elaine May, Paramount 102 min PREMIERE

12:00am *A Letter to Three Wives* (1948) Linda Darnell & Ann Southern, dir Joseph L Mankiewicz 104min (p/s)

1:45pm *The Sons of Katie Elder* (1965) John Wayne & Dean Martin, dir Henry Hathaway 122min (p/s)

4:00am *Heaven Can Wait* (1978) Warren Beatty & Julie Christie, dir Warren Beatty & Buck Henry 102min Paramount (p/s)

 

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 30, 2013

 

*Short Life Stories*

5:45am *The Adventures of Mark Twain* (1944) Fredric March & Alexis Smith, dir Irving Rapper WB 130min (p/s)

8:00am *I Remember Mama* (1948) Irene Dunne & Barbara Bel Geddes, dir George Stevens RKO 134min (p/s)

10:15am *Life with Father* (1947) William Powell & Irene Dunne, dir Michael Curtiz WB 118min (p/s)

12:15pm *My Sister Eileen* (1942) Rosalind Russell & Janet Blair, dir Alexander Hall Columbia 96min (p/s)

2:00pm *The Happiest Millionaire* (1967) Fred MacMurray & Tommy Steele, dir Norman Tokar, Disney 141min PREMIERE

4:30pm *Meet Me In St Louis* (1944) Judy Garland & Margaret O'Brien, dir Vincente Minnelli MGM 113min (p/s)

6:30pm *Cheaper by the Dozen* (1950) Clifton Webb & Myrna Loy, dir Walter Lang Fox 86min (p/s)

 

*SOTM: Laurel & Hardy*

8:00pm *Babes in Toyland* (1934) Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, dir Gus Meins & Charley Rogers, Hal Roach 77min PREMIERE

9:30pm *Our Relations* (1936) Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, dir Harry Lachman, Hal Roach 73min PREMIERE

11:00pm *Bonnie Scotland* (1935) Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, dir James W Horne, Hal Roach 80min (p/s)

12:30am *Sons of the Desert* (1933) Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, dir William A Seiter, Hal Roach 68min (p/s)

1:45am *Pack Up Your Troubles* (1932) Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, dir George Marshall & Ray McCarey, Hal Roach 68min (p/s)

 

THURSDAY OCTOBER 31, 2013

 

*Jobs that Don't Exist Anymore*

Silent Filmmakers & Bath House Rentals

3:00am *The Cameraman* (1928) Buster Keaton & Marceline Day, dir Edward Sedgwick MGM 69min (p/s)

Bootleggers & Speakeasy Employees

4:15am *Scarface* (1932) Paul Muni & Ann Dvorak, dir Howard Hawks & Richard Rosson UA 93min (p/s)

Milliners & Hay and Feed Merchants

6:00am *The Matchmaker* (1958) Paul Ford & Shirley Booth, dir Joseph Anthony, Paramount 103min (p/s)

Vaudevillians, Telegraphers, & Boarding House Operators

7:45am *Yankee Doodle Dandy* (1942) James Cagney & Walter Huston, dir Michael Curtiz WB 126min (p/s)

Answering Services & Delivery Boys

10:00am *Bells are Ringing* (1960) Dean Martin & Judy Holliday, dir Vincente Minnelli MGM 127min (p/s)

Harvey Girls, Saloon Girls, Blacksmiths, Cowboys, & Other Old West Types

12:15pm *The Harvey Girls* (1946) Judy Garland & Ray Bolger, dir George Sidney MGM 102min

Elevator Operators & Switch-Board Operators

2:00pm *The Apartment* (1960) Jack Lemmon & Shirley MacLaine, dir Billy Wilder, UA 126min (p/s)

The Automat

4:15pm *Easy Living* (1937) Jean Arthur & Edward Arnold, dir MItchell Leisin, Paramount 88min (p/s)

Air Raid Wardens

5:45pm *You, John Jones* (1943) James Cagney & Ann Southern, dir Mervyn LeRoy MGM 11min

Traveling Salesmen

6:00pm *Rear Window* (1954) James Stewart & Grace Kelly, dir Alfred Hitchcock, Paramount 114min (p/s)

 

*A Family Friendly Halloween*

8:00pm *Blackbeard's Ghost* (1968) Dean Jones & Peter Ustinov, dir Robert Stevenson DISNEY 106min *PREMIERE*

10:00pm *Arsenic and Old Lace* (1944) Cary Grant & Raymond Massey, dir Frank Capra, Columbia 119min (p/s)

12:00am *The Trouble with Harry* (1955) Shirley MacLaine & Mildred Natwick, dir Alfred Hitchcock, Paramount 100min (p/s)

1:45am *The Ghost & Mr. Chicken* (1966) Don Knotts & Joan Staley, dir Alan Rafkin, UNIVERSAL 90min (p/s)

3:30am *Murder by Death* (1979) Maggie Smith & Alec Guinness, dir Robert Moore, Columbia 95min (p/s)

5:15am *I Married a Witch* (1942) Fredric March & Veronica Lake, dir Rene Clare, Paramount 77min (p/s)

6:45am *Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein* (1948) Bud Abbot & Lou Costello, dir Charles T Barton, Universal 83min (p/s)

 

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 1, 2013

 

*Written by George Axelrod*

8:15am *How to Murder Your Wife* (1965) Jack Lemmon & Virna Lisi, dir Richard Quine UA 119min (p/s)

10:15am *The Manchurian Candidate* (1962) Frank Sinatra & Angela Lansbury, dir John Frankenheimer UA 127min (p/s)

12:30pm *Breakfast at Tiffany's* (1961) Audrey Hepburn & George Pappard, dir Blake Edwards Paramount 114min (p/s)

2:30pm *Seven Year Itch* (1955) Tom Ewell & Marilyn Monroe, dir Billy Wilder Fox 105min (p/s)

4:15pm *Bus Stop* (1956) Marilyn Monroe & Don Murray, dir Joshua Logan Fox 96min (p/s)

6:00pm *Goodbye, Charlie* (1964) Tony Curtis & Debbie Reynolds, dir Vincente Minnelli FOX 117min PREMIERE

 

*Charters & Caldicott*

8:00pm *The Lady Vanishes* (1938) Margaret Lockwood & Michael Redgrave, dir Alfred Hitchcock 99min Gaumont/Public Domain (p/s)

9:45pm *Night Train to Munich* (1940) Margaret Lockwood & Rex Harrison, dir Carol Reed 90 min Fox/MGM (p/s)

11:30pm *Crook's Tour* (1941) Basil Radford & Nauton Wayne, dir John Baxter, British National FIlms 80min PREMIERE

1:00am *Millions Like Us* (1943) Patricia Roc & Gordon Jackson, dir Sidney Gilliat & Frank Launder, Gainsborough Pictures/GFD 103min (p/s)

 

*TCM UNDERGROUND*

2:45am *The Mole People* (1956) John Agar & Hugh Beaumont, dir. Virgil Vogel UNIVERSAL 75min EXEMPT

 

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2, 2013

 

*100 CHALLENGE: Celebrating Burt Lancaster's 100th Birthday*

4:00am *The Killers* (1946) Burt Lancaster & Ava Gardner, dir Robert Siodmak Universal 103min (p/s)

5:45am *Sorry Wrong Number* (1948) Barbara Stanwyck & Burt Lancaster, dir Anatole Litvak Paramount 89min (p/s)

7:15am *Elmer Gantry* (1960) Burt Lancaster & Jean Simmons, dir Richard Brooks UA 146min (p/s)

9:45am *Trapeze* (1956) Burt Lancaster & Tony Curtis, dir Carol Reed UA 105min (p/s)

11:30am *Jim Thorpe - All American* (1951) Burt Lancaster & Phyllis Thaxter, dir Michael Curtiz WB 106min (p/s)

1:30pm *The Rainmaker* (1956) Burt Lancaster & Katharine Hepburn, dir Joseph Anthony, Paramount 122min (p/s)

3:45pm *The Train* (1965) Burt Lancaster & Paul Scofield, dir John Frankenheimer UA 134min (p/s)

6:00pm *From Here To Eternity* (1953) Montgomery Clift & Burt Lancaster, dir Fred Zinneman, Columbia, 118 min (p/s)

 

*The Aftermath of WWII*

8:00pm *THE ESSENTIALS: Judgment at Nuremberg* (1961) Burt Lancaster & Spencer Tracy, dir Stanley Kramer UA 180min (p/s)

11:15pm *Grave of the Fireflies* (1988) Tsutomu Tatsumi & Ayano Shiraishi, dir Isao Takahata GHIBLI/ADV 89min (p/s)

12:45am *The Best Years of Our Lives* (1946) Fredric March & Myrna Loy, dir William Wyler, Goldwyn 171min (p/s)

3:45am *Fail-Safe* (1964) Henry Fonda & Walter Matthau, dir Sidney Lumet, Columbia 112min (p/s)

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LP's Programming Notes

 

I chose this week so I could pay homage to the 100th birthday of the singularly brilliant Burt Lancaster and also so I could do Halloween the way I like it, which is not the way TCM ever does it. I had already decided to do that when the 100 challenge was announced. Yay. Now, as usual, my week in way more detail than is necessary...

 

*A Cinematic History of Oklahoma*

I think the state of Oklahoma has one of the most fascinating histories of all the states. (Not because I'm from there-- I'm a Californian). I thought it was so interesting that I scheduled a all the films I could think of that discuss the history of the state in a cinematic station. The two versions of CIMARRON show the Land Rush and the first several decades of the state from the point of view of one family. The R&H musical OKLAHOMA and the Roy Rogers film HOME IN OKLAHOMA are both about life in Indian Territory before it became a state. The government made short film THE PLOW THAT BROKE THE PLAINS describes how we brought the Dust Bowl about with our rush for prosperity. GRAPES OF WRATH is the famous book that brought the Dust Bowl to everyone's attention and describes the exodus to California. BOUND FOR GLORY is about Oklahoman Woody Guthrie who lived the Dust Bowl and LEST WE FORGET is about the death of another famous son of Oklahoma, Will Rogers.

For those of you who don't know, who aren't from Oklahoma or didn't see Ken Burns' THE DUST BOWL, here's LP's very short version of the history Oklahoma (skip if you already know):

Oklahoma was once a Wild West state like everything else east of the Mississippi. Then it became Indian Territory, intended as a big reservation for the American Indians. (In fact the name "Oklahoma" means "Red Man" in one of the Native American tongues, possibly Cherokee, but don't quote me, I'm from California.) Then the settlers decided they wanted it back, so we had the great Land Rush of 1888 (I think that's the year-- mighta been 1889). Then it became a state in 1907. Then of course after major prosperity of the farmers, we had the great Dust Bowl of the 1930s, which we didn't recover from for a good long decade of horribleness. Now it's prosperous farm country once more. But, like I said, quite a unique history and worth examining.

 

*If the Shoe Fits*

I like to tie in Silent Sunday Nights and TCM Imports with the other films on Sunday night, just for kicks. So tonight we have a series of films about shoes, shoe makers, and shoe sellers. We have two silents, one of which is a German film Schuhpalast Pinkus starring its famous director Ernst Lubitsch who wishes he could own his own shoe store. This, I reasoned, could count as both a silent and an import. I confess this was all a plot to schedule one of my favorite foreign films of all time, CHILDREN OF HEAVEN, which is the story of two kids who are so poor they have to share a pair of shoes. It's from either Iran or Iraq and it's fantastic.

 

*OPTIONAL CHALLENGE: REVISITING AN OLD THEME*

*Carol Burnett's Classic Parodies: Volume II*

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

I took the challenge to revisit a schedule I've already done. I didn't use it to show premieres, but I did it to show more Carol Burnett parodies. I did this back in February 2011, and since there are so many great classic film spoofs on THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW, I decided to use the challenge to show more of these films and the Carol Burnett parodies. I have to say my favorite of this batch is BEACH BLANKET BOO BOO, with Tim Conway as a biker surfing on his motorcycle.

 

ORIGINAL LINEUP (from Feb 2011):

*Rebecca* (1940) & *Rebecky* (1972)

*Babes in Arms* (1939) & *Babes in Barns* (1977)

*Mildred Pierce* (1945) & *Mildred Fierce* (1977)

*The Heiress* (1949) & *The Lady Heir* (1974)

*Sunset Boulevard* (1950) & *Nora Desmond is Dead* (1973), *Nora Desmond and the Bedbug* (1972) & *Nora Desmond's Celebrity Roast* (1974)

*Gone with the Wind* (1939) & *Went with the Wind* (1976)

 

THIS YEAR'S LINE-UP:

*The Little Foxes* (1941) & *The Little Foxies* (1975)

*Top Hat* (1935) & *High Hat* (1978) (with Ken Barry as Fred Astaire & Roddy McDowell as Edward Everett Horton)

*Random Harvest* (1942) & *Rancid Harvest* (1973)

*A Stolen Life* (1946) & *A Swiped Life* (1976)

*Beach Blanket Bingo* (1965) & *Beach Blanket Boo Boo* (1978) (with Steve Martin as Frankie Avalon & Betty White as a biker chick)

*Double Indemnity* (1944) & *Double Calamity* (1973) (with Steve Lawrence as Fred MacMurray)

*Jaws* (1975) & *Jowls* (1975)

 

I encourage everyone to go online and find which videos they can and watch them. They are a real treat for classic movie fans.

 

*OPTIONAL CHALLENGE: Movie Character Guest Programmer*

*GUEST PROGRAMMER: The Weenie King (from Preston Sturges' Palm Beach Story)*

Okay, I thought for this challenge that it would be really funny if our Guest Programmer was The Weenie King. If you haven't seen the brilliant PALM BEACH STORY, then you lead an empty life, and you don't know that the Weenie King is this funny yet deaf old man. I imagine his interview with Robert Osbourne going like this:

 

RO: "What is the first movie you've chosen for us?"

WEENIE KING: "WHAT?!"

RO: "What do you have for us?"

WEENIE KING: "WHAT?!"

RO: "Did you say ‘What'?"

WEENIE KING: "WHAT?!?"

RO: "'What' as in WHAT'S UP DOC?"

WEENIE KING: "WHAT?!?"

RO: "Well, that is an excellent choice. Ladies and gentlemen, from 1972, Peter Bodgonavich's WHAT'S UP DOC?"

WEENIE KING: "WHAT?!"

And each following interview would be exactly like that, each time with RO thinking he means another movie whose title begins with "What". It makes me laugh just to think about it.

*When Divorces Don't Work Out*

Starting with the Weenie King's movie, THE PALM BEACH STORY, we have what I call the ultimate happy ending movies: movies about divorced people who get back together. Whether divorce is good or bad, it always gives you hope when divorces don't work out. It makes you feel like good things can come out of bad.

 

*I Feel Like I Know You*

Starting with THE WOMEN, which counts for this theme as well as the last one, here is a whole list of movies in which there is a character (or more) who we never meet that still dominates the whole film. These characters are so interesting and distinct that we walk away from the film feeling like we know the absent Rebecca or Katie Elder as well as we know the characters we actually saw on screen. To me, that takes great writing, which is something I value greatly.

 

*Short Life Stories*

Here we have movies that are based on people's life stories, but life stories that were written in short story or episode form. For example I REMEMBER MAMA was published in pieces, but LIFE WITH FATHER and MEET ME IN ST LOUIS are novels, but the novels are a series of short stories and episodes.

 

*SOTM: Laurel & Hardy*

I always make it my goal to choose a deserving SOTM who has never been SOTM before. I was shocked to discover that the greatest comedy duo of all time has never been SOTM. I found two films that had never been shown on TCM (according to the website, which may be wrong, of course) and decided to do a whole night of 1930s films. Another night in the month could be silents, and another could be shorts. They have enough material to fill more than a month's worth of programming, and all of it hilarious.

 

*Jobs that Don't Exist Anymore*

I think history is fascinating, but not so much the political big picture as much as the everyday life. I think that's partly why I love classic movies-- it's a time capsule of a certain era that often lets you see how people used to live and work and eat and get to work and such. In this series I examine jobs that used to be normal and also essential, but that don't exist anymore (now, some of them might in a "revival" sense, such as blacksmiths, but we're talking in the everyday life sense). For example, boarding houses used to be all over the place, but they just don't exist anymore. And people used to send telegrams left and right, or call the switch-board operator, or use an answering service-- all jobs that have been completely phased out. Some only existed because of specific historical needs, such as bootlegging and air raid wardens, but in any case, in this time when jobs are scarce everywhere, it's interesting to job hunt in the past.

 

*A Family Friendly Halloween*

Okay, TCM, I love horror movies as much as the next person. In fact, it's just not Halloween unless I've seen POLTERGEIST. But to me Halloween is a child's holiday, no matter how old those children are, and I like to watch fun Halloween movies. In LP's house this is the exact Halloween line-up. In fact, with Disney's ICHABOD & MR. TOAD and of course IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN, these are the essential Halloween movies. No Halloween is complete without ARSENIC AND OLD LACE and all the others listed here. Let's have a fun Halloween, rather than a horrifying one. I hope TCM will take my advice next year and maybe I'll actually tune in on Halloween for once.

 

*Written by George Axelrod*

I always like to spotlight a behind the scenes person, since actors and directors get all the attention. So here's a great playwright and screenwriter. It's amazing this guy can write such funny light comedies like GOODBYE CHARLIE, then turn around and write something as deep and brilliant as THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE. In any case, enjoy these, his best works, and imagine how bad they would be without good writing.

 

*Charters & Caldicott*

The first time I saw the jolly good WWII film NIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH, I remember being shocked when Charters and Caldicott showed up. I thought, "Wait, it's the two guys from THE LADY VANISHES!" These two hilarious and memorable characters, two of the most British characters ever, showed up in a total of 4 films (that I could find) and even got their own series. So here they are for your viewing pleasure.

 

*TCM UNDERGROUND*

Anyone who is such a fan of MST3K as I has no trouble picking TCM Underground movies-- there are so many to choose from. I chose MOLE PEOPLE because it's a classic B-movie, made by a real actual studio with real actual name actors in it. And it's obvious it took a lot of work to make that bad movie. So it deserves to be shown.

 

*100 CHALLENGE: Celebrating Burt Lancaster's 100th Birthday*

As I said, this is my way of fulfilling the 100 Challenge. Burt is so great, he needs to be highlighted. This is a wide array of genres and roles including his first film THE KILLERS and his Oscar-winning role ELMER GANTRY. TRAPEZE is a good one because he began his career as an acrobat, so we get to see him in action. The last one overlaps into the next (and last) group of films.

 

*The Aftermath of WWII*

WWII was such a monumental event. It changed everything forever. Everything that followed WWII was a direct result of it. This could be a whole month's worth of films, but on this night I chose the four movies that best summarize the after-effects of WWII. This week's essential JUDGMENT AT NUHREMBERG (also a Burt Lancaster film) is about how the war immediately affected Europe, but mostly Germany of course. GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES looks at Japan just after the bomb was dropped on it, and is one of the greatest tear-jerkers of all time. BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES looks at America just after the war, with three guys trying to get back to "normal" even though they will never be the same again. FAILSAFE represents the paranoia of the cold war that followed and affected everyone. All four of these are essential movies, but I chose NUHREMBERG because I only saw it for the first time myself a couple months ago and I couldn't believe I'd missed out on it all this time. This movie turns your brain upside-down in the most brilliant way. And of course, it has a great cast, director and writing, three requirements for a great film.

 

And that's all the news from Lake Wobegone. Thanks for reading!

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skimpole's Schedule

 

*Sunday, December 1, 2013*

 

*Woody Allen Birthday Tribute*

 

06:00 AM Everything you ever wanted to know about Sex* (*but were afraid to ask) United Artists (1972) C-87 min Woody Allen, Louise Lasser, Gene Wilder D: Woody Allen P/S

 

07:30 AM Take the Money and Run (1969) ABC films C-85 min Woody Allen, Janet Margolin D: Woody Allen P/S

 

09:00 AM Broadway Danny Rose (1984) Orion BW-84 min Woody Allen, Mia Farrow D: Woody Allen P/S

 

10:30 AM Manhattan (1979) United Artists BW-96 min Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway D: Woody Allen P/S

 

12:15 PM Zelig (1983) Orion C-79 min Woody Allen, Mia Farrow D: Woody Allen P/S

 

01:45 PM Bananas (1971) United Artists C-82 min Woody Allen, Louise Lasser D: Woody Allen P/S

 

03:15 PM Love and Death (1975) United Artists C-85 min Woody Allen, Diane Keaton D: Woody Allen P/S

 

04:45 PM Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) Orion C-104 min Woody Allen, Martin Landau, Mia Farrow D: Woody Allen P/S

 

06:30 PM Sleeper (1973) United Artists C-88 min Woody Allen, Diane Keaton D: Woody Allen P/S

 

08:00 PM Annie Hall (1977) United Artists BW-93 min Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts D: Woody Allen P/S

 

09:45 PM What's up Tiger Lily (1966) American International Pictures BW-80 min Woody Allen, Tatsuya Mihashi, Akiko Wakabayashi D: Woody Allen P/S

 

11:15 PM Shadows and Fog (1991) Orion BW-85 min Woody Allen, Mia Farrow D: Woody Allen P/S

 

12:45 AM (Silent) Raskolnikow (1923) Leonardo-Film BW-135 min Gregori Chmora, Elisabeta Skulskaja, Alla Tarasova D: Robert Wiene EXEMPT

 

03:15 AM (Foreign) Cries and Whispers (1972) Svensk Filmindustri C-91 min Harriet Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Ingrid Thulin D: Ingmar Bergman EXEMPT

 

05:00 AM Interiors (1978) United Artists C-99 min Diane Keaton, Geraldine Page, Maureen Stapleton D: Woody Allen P/S

 

*Monday, December 2, 2013*

 

06:45 AM The Front (1976) Columbia (1976) C-95 min Woody Allen, Zero Mostel D: Martin Ritt P/S

 

08:30 AM The Last Emperor (1987) Columbia C-160 min John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole D: Bernardo Bertolucci P/S

 

*Great novel(la)s into Great Movies (Part 1 of 4)*

 

11:15 AM Greed (1924) MGM BW-239 min Gibson Gowland, ZaSu Pitts, Jean Hersholt D: Erich von Stroheim P/S

 

03:15 PM A Day in the Country (1936) Pantheon Productions BW-40 min Sylvia Bataille, Georges D'Arnoux, Jane Marken D: Jean Renoir P/S

 

04:00 PM Great Expectations (1946) Universal BW-118 min John Mills, Valerie Hobson, Alec Guiness D: David Lean P/S

 

06:00 PM The Heiress (1949) Paramount BW-115 min Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson, D: William Wyler P/S

 

*Star of the Month Catherine Deneuve*

 

08:00 PM Mayerling (1968) MGM C-140 min Catherine Deneuve, Omar Shariff, James Mason D: Terence Young P/S

 

10:30 PM Tristana (1970) Epoca C-105 min Catherine Deneuve, Fernando Rey, Franco Nero D: Luis Bunuel P/S

 

12:30 AM The Last Metro (1980) Andrea Films/SEDIF C-131 min Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardieu, Heinz Bennent D: Francois Truffaut P/S

 

03:00 AM The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) Madeleine Films C-91 min Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo D: Jacques Demy P/S

 

04:45 AM Repulsion (1965) Compton Films BW-105 min Catherine Deneuve, Yvonne Furneaux, Ian Hendry D: Roman Polanski P/S

 

*Tuesday, December 3, 2013*

 

*Jean-Luc Godard Birthday Tribute*

 

06:30 AM The Carabiniers (1963) Cocinor BW-85 min Marino Mase, Patrice Moullet D: Jean-Luc Godard P/S

 

08:00 AM Tout va Bien (1972) Anouchka Films C-95 min Jane Fonda, Yves Montand D: Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin P/S

 

09:45 AM Alphaville (1965) Athos Films BW-99 min Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff D: Jean-Luc Godard P/S

 

11:30 AM Band of Outsiders (1964) Anouchka Films BW-97 min Anna Karina Sami Frey, Claude Brasseur D: Jean-Luc Godard P/S

 

01:15 PM Masculin-Feminin (1966) Anouchka Films BW-103 min Jean-Pierre Leaud, Chantal Goya D: Jean-Luc Godard Premiere#1

 

03:00 PM Pierrot le Fou (1965) Rome Paris Films C-110 min Jean-Pierre Belmondo, Anna Karina D: Jean-Luc Godard Premiere #2

 

05:00 PM Made in USA (1966) Anouchka Films BW-83 min Anna Karina, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Marianne Faithful D: Jean-Luc Godard P/S

 

06:30 PM Breathless (1960) UCG BW-87 min Jean Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg D: Jean-Luc Godard P/S

 

08:00 PM Contempt (1963) Rome Paris Films C-104 min Michel Piccoli, Bridgette Bardot, Jack Palance D: Jean-Luc Godard P/S

 

10:00 PM Vivre sa Vie (1962) Le Films de la Pleiade BW-83 min Anna Karina, Saddy Rebbot D: Jean-Luc Godard P/S

 

11:30 PM Weekend (1967) Comacico C-103 min Mireille Darc, Jean Yanne, D: Jean-Luc Godard Premiere#3

 

01:30 AM Passion (1982) Film et Video Productions C-88 min Jerzy Radiwilowicz, Isabelle Huppert, Hanna Schygulla D: Jean-Luc Godard Premiere #4

 

03:00 AM In Praise of love (2001) Avventura Films C/BW-97 min Bruno Putzulu, Cecile Camp D: Jean-Luc Godard Premiere #5

 

04:45 AM Le Petit Soldat (1963) SNC BW-88 min Anna Karina, Michel Subor D: Jean-Luc Godard P/S

 

*Wedesday, December 4, 2013*

 

*Great Novel(la)s into Great Movies (Part 2 of 4)*

 

06:15 AM The Innocents (1961) 20th Century Fox BW-100 min Deborah Kerr, Martin Stephens, Michael Redgrave D: Jack Clayton P/S

 

08:00 AM The Ascent (1977) Mosfilm BW-111 min Boris Plotnikov, Vladimir Gostyukhin D: Larisa Shepitko P/S

 

10:00 AM The Conformist (1969) Mars Film C-111 min Jean-Louis Tritrignant, Dominque Sanda D: Bernardo Bertolucci P/S

 

12:00 PM Pather Panchali (1955) Government of West Bengal BW-119 min Kanu Bannerjee, Karuna Banerjee, Uma Das Gupta, Subir Bannerjee D: Satjayit Ray P/S

 

02:00 PM Aparajito (1956) Epic Productions, BW-110 min Kanu Bannerjee, Karuna Banerjee, Pinaki Sen Gupta, Smaran Ghosal D: Satyajit Ray P/S

 

04:00 PM The World of Apu (1959) Satyajit Ray Productions BW-107 min Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore D: Satyajit Ray P/S

 

06:00 PM Diary of a Country Priest (1951) Union Generale Cinematographique BW-115 min Claude Laydu, Jean Riveyre, Rachel Berendt, D: Robert Bresson P/S

 

*Guest Programmer, The Priest of Ambricourt, France*

 

08:00 PM Ordet (1955) Palladium Film BW-126 min Preben Lerdorff Rye, Emil Haas Christensen, Birgitte Federspiel D: Carl Theodor Dreyer P/S

 

10:15 PM L'Argent (1983) Eos Films C-83 min Christian Patey, Vincent Visterucci D: Robert Bresson EXEMPT

 

11:45 PM The Sacrifice (1986) Sandrew C-149 min Erland Josephson, Susan Fleetwood, D: Andrei Tarkovsky, P/S

 

02:30 AM Au Hasard Balthazar (1966) Argos Films BW-95 min Anna Wizemsky, Pierre Klosowski D: Robert Bresson EXEMPT

 

04:15 AM Pickpocket (1959) Companie Cinematographie de France BW-77 min Martin LaSalle, Erika Green D: Robert Bresson P/S

 

*Thursday, December 5, 2013*

 

*Birthday Tribute to Fritz Lang, Otto Preminger, and Walt Disney*

 

05:45 AM Spies (1928) UFA BW-143 min, Rudolph Klein-Rogge, Gerda Maurus, D: Fritz Lang P/S

 

08:15 AM Man Hunt (1941) 20th Century Fox BW-105 min Walter Pidgeon, George Sanders, Joan Bennett D: Fritz Lang P/S

 

10:00 AM Exodus (1960) United Artists C-208 min Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Sal Mineo D: Otto Preminger P/S

 

01:30 PM The Human Factor (1979) Sigma Production C-115 min Nicol Williamson, Richard Attenborough D: Otto Preminger P/S

 

03:30 PM Swiss Family Robinson (1960) Walt Disney Productions C-126 min John Mills, Dorothy McGuire D: Ken Annakin P/S

 

05:45 PM 20,000 Leagues under the Sea (1954) Walt Disney Productions C-127 min James Mason, Peter Lorre, Kirk Douglas, Paul Lukas D: Richard Fleischer P/S

 

*Twice Told Tales: the life of Jesus*

 

08:00 PM Intolerance (1916) Triangle Film BW-177 min Lillian Gish, Robert Harron D: D.W. Griffith P/S

 

11:15 PM The Gospel According to Saint Matthew (1964) Arco Films BW-137 min Enrique Irazoqui, Susanna Pasolini D: Pier Paolo Pasolini EXEMPT

 

01:45 AM Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) Handmade Films C-94 min Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, John Cleese D: Terry Jones EXEMPT

 

03:30 AM Leaves from Satan's Book (1920) Nordsk Film BW-110 min Helge Nissen, Halvard Hoff, Teena Kraft D: Carl Dreye P/S

 

*Friday, December 6, 2013*

 

*Great Novel(la)s into Great Movies (Part 3 of 4)*

 

05:30 AM Lolita (1962) MGM BW-152 min James Mason, Peter Sellers, Shelly Winters D: Stanley Kubrick P/S

 

08:15 AM Oliver! (1968) Columbia C-153 min Mark Lester, Ron Moody, Oliver Reed D: Carol Reed P/S

 

11:00 AM Werckmeister Harmonies (2000) 13 Productions BW-145 min Lars Rudolph, Peter Fitz, Hanna Schygulla D: Bela Tarr Premiere#6

 

*Birthdays and Obituaries: Agnes Moorhead, Don Ameche, Patrick Bachau and John Payne*

 

01:30 PM Caged (1950) Warner Bros BW-96 min Eleanor Parker, Agnes Moorhead D: John Cromwell P/S

 

03:15 PM Midnight (1939) Paramount BW-94 min Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore P/S

 

05:00 PM La Collectionneuse (1967) Rome Paris Films C-83 min Patrick Bachau, Haydee Politoff D: Eric Rohmer P/S

 

06:30 PM 99 River Street (1953) United Artists BW-83 min John Payne, Evelyn Keyes D: Phil Karlsen P/S

 

*Special 100 Challenge*

 

08:00 PM The 400 Blows (1959) Les Films de Carosse BW-99 min Jean-Pierre Leaud, Albert Remi, Claire Maurier D; Francois Truffaut P/S

 

09:45 PM King Kong (1933) RKO BW-100 min Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot D: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack P/S

 

11:30 PM Twentieth Century (1934) Columbia BW-91 min John Barrymore, Carol Lombard D: Howard Hawks P/S

 

01:15 AM Broken Blossoms (1919) United Artists BW-90 min Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp D: D.W. Griffith P/S

 

03:00 AM (Underground) My Twentieth Century (1989) Budapest Studio Vallalat BW-104 min Dorota Segda, Oleg Yankovskiy D: Illdiko Enyedi EXEMPT

 

04:45 AM (Underground) Duck Soup (1933) Paramount BW-68 min Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Margaret Dumont, Zeppo Marx D: Leo McCarey P/S

 

*Saturday, December 7, 2013*

 

*Great Novel(la)s into Great Movies (Part 4 of 4)*

 

06:00 AM War and Peace (1968) Mosfilm C-357 min Sergei Bondarchuk, Ludmilla Savelyeva, Vyacheslav Tikhonov D: Sergei Bondarchuk Premiere #7

 

12:00 PM Apocalypse Now (1979) Zoetrope Films C-153 min Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall D: Francis Ford Coppola P/S

 

*Pearl Harbor theme*

 

02:45 PM Prelude to War (1943) Office of War Information/War Activities Commission of the Motion Picture Industry BW-52 min Walter Huston, narrator, D: Frank Capra P/S

 

03:45 PM Grave of the Firefiles (1988) Studio Ghibli C-93 min Tsutomu Tatumi, Ayano Shiraishi, D: Isao Takahata P/S

 

05:30 PM Honolulu, Paradise of the Pacific (1935) MGM C-8 min James A. FitzPatrick D: Ruth FitzPatrick P/S

 

05:45 PM Air Force (1943) Warner BW-124 min John Garfield, John Ridgely, Gig Young D: Howard Hawks P/S

 

08:00 PM (Essentials) The Thin Red Line (1998) 20th Century Fox C-163 min Jim Caviezel, Nick Nolte, Sean Penn D: Terrence Malick EXEMPT

 

11:00 PM Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) 20th Century Fox C-145 min So Yamamura, Tatsuya Miyashi, Martin Balsam, Jason Robards, E.G. Marshall D: Richard Fleischer, Toshio Masuda, Kinji Fukasaku P/S

 

01:30 AM Floating Clouds (1955) Toho BW-123 min Hideko Takamine, Masayuki Moro D: Mikio Naruse EXEMPT

 

03:45 AM City of Life and Death (2009) Media Asia entertainment Group BW-133 min Liu Ye, Fan Wei, Qin Lan, John Paisely D: Lu Chuan Premiere#8

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skimpole's Programming Notes:

 

I think the schedule is fairly straightforward. We start off with a birthday tribute to Woody Allen. The exception is this week's silent and foreign films. Allen has been interested in both Russian literature and German expressionism, so what would be more appropriate than a movie version of "Crime and Punishment" made by the director of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari? Also, we have a Bergman movie that he admires. The 2nd of December marks the censure of Joseph McCarthy by the Senate, so having a showing of The Front is a nice transition. December 2 also marks the beginning of the reign of Emperor Pu-Yi, so we have Bernardo Bertolucci's movie about the rest of his life.

 

Last December TCM had a series of movies made from novels. I'm doing something very similar, but in this case I have Great novels made into Great films. This is different from great movies made from mediocre novels (the examples of The Shining, The Godfather, and The Magnificent Ambersons come to mind), bad movies made from bad novels, as well as great novels turned into mediocre movies. So we start with Norris, Maupassant, Dickens and James. December 2 also marks the beginning of the 68 year old reign of Emperor Franz Joseph, so I suppose it's appropriate that our star of the month Catherine Deneuve starts off with a movie about the collapse of his family.

 

Tuesday marks the whole day tribute to Jean-Luc Godard. Wednesday we return to Great Films from Great Novels, with adaptations of James, Bykau, Moravia, and Banerji (Yes, The Apu Trilogy is actually based on a pair of Indian novels.), before ending with Bresson. We then take the protagonist of Diary of a Country Priest and make him our guest programmer for tonight. Thursday, we have two films each from birthday boys Fritz Lang, Otto Preminger and Walt Disney. Then our twice told tales consist of four variations of the life of Jesus.

 

Friday our Great novels into Great films continue with adaptations of Nabokov, Dickens and the Hungarian author Laszlo Krasznahorkai. We celebrate the birthdays of Agnes Moorhead and Patrick Bachau and commemorate the deaths of Don Ameche and John Payne. Then we move to our centennial tribute. We have three movies with either "hundred" and "century" in the title. Then I took three movies from theyshootpictures top 1000 movies of all time and chose three movies that have actually been at #100 in their lists in the past. (Right now the #100 movie is Star Wars, and a new list is expected any day now.)

 

Saturday, of course, marks the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. So we conclude our last versions of Great novels into Great Films with two adapations about war, from Tolstoy and Conrad. Then we move into a number of movies about the war in the Pacific. Here I use my third exemption. In the last challenge (#22) I had a day devoted to Japanese movies:

 

December 23, 2012

 

06:00 AM House (1977) Toho C-88 min Kimiko Ikegami, Yoko Minmada D:Nobohiko Obayashi P/S

 

07:30 AM My Neighbor Totoro (1988) Toho C-86 min Chika Sakamoto, Noriko Hidaka D: Hayao Miyazaki P/S

 

09:00 AM The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums (1939) Shochiku Eiga BW-143 min Shotaro Hanayagi, Kakuko Mori, D: Kenji Mizoguchi Premiere #1

 

11:30 AM Rashomon (1950) Daiei BW-88 min Takashi Shimada, Toshiro Mifune D: Akira Kurosawa P/S

 

01:00 PM Tokyo Story (1953) Shochiku BW-136 min Chishu Ryu, Chieko Higashiyama, Setusko Hara D; Yasujiro Ozu P/S

 

03:30 PM Sansho the Baliff (1954) Daiei BW-125 min Kinuyo Tanaka, Yoshiaki Hanayagi D: Kenji Mizoguchi P/S

 

05:45 PM Floating Clouds (1955) Toho BW-123 min Hideko Takamine, Masayuki Moro D; Mikio Naruse Premiere #2

 

08:00 PM Ran (1985) Toho C-161 min Tatsuya Nikadi, Miede Harada D: Akira Kurosaws P/S

 

10:45 PM Grave of the Firefiles (1988) Studio Ghibli C-93 min Tsutomu Tatumi, Ayano Shiraishi, D: Isao Takahata P/S

 

12:30 AM (Silent) I was born, but... (1932) Shochiku BW-100 min Tatsuo Saito, Tamio Aoki, Hideo Sugawara D: Yasujiro Ozu P/S

 

02:15 AM (Foreign) Branded to Kill (1967) Nikkatsu BW-98 min Joe Shishido, Koji Nanbara D: Seijun Suzuki EXEMPT

 

04:00 AM (Foreign) Sonatine (1993) Shouchiku Daichi Kougyo C-94 min Beat Takeshi, Aya Kokumai D: Takeshi Kitano EXEMPT

 

As you can see, I've used the Naruse and Takahata movies. I've also used a similar set of movies from an earlier challenge (#21) that marked the anniversary of end of the American occupation of Japan:

 

Saturday April 28, 2012

 

09:45 PM Grave of the Firefiles (1988) Studio Ghibli C-93 min Tsutomu Tatumi, Ayano Shiraishi, D: Isao Takahata P/S

11:30 PM The Sun (2005) Nikola Film C-115 min Issei Ogata, Robert Dawson D: Alexander Sokurov Premiere #12

01:30 AM The Thin Red Line (1998) 20th Century Fox C-163 min Jim Caviezel, Nick Nolte, Sean Penn D: Terrence Malick, Premiere #13

 

As you can see I used the Takahata and Malick films. I hope I got the basic idea of what this exemption allowed. And finally I end with the last of my premieres, which really does show what the war was all about.

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lydecker's schedule

 

*Sunday, June 9, 2013*

 

*"All things considered, I'd rather be in Philadelphia."*

6 AM *The Philadelphia Story* (1940) Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart. Dir: George Cukor, MGM 112 min. (p/s)

8 AM *Kitty Foyle* (1940) Ginger Rogers, Dennis Morgan, James Craig. Dir: Sam Wood,

RKO, 105 min. (p/s)

9:45 AM *The Young Philadelphians* (1959) Paul Newman, Barbara Rush, Robert Vaughn. Dir: Vincent Sherman, Warner Brothers 136 min. (p/s)

11:45 AM *Trading Places* (1983) Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis.

Dir: John Landis, Paramount Pictures 106 min. Premiere

 

*Art Direction by Anton Grot*

1 PM *One Way Passage* (1932) William Powell, Kay Francis, Aline MacMahon.

Dir: Tay Garnett, Warner Brothers 67 min. (p/s)

2:15 PM *Baby Face* (1933) Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Donald Cook.

Dir: Alfred E. Green, Warner Brothers 71 min. (p/s)

3:30 PM *Gold Diggers of 1933* (1933) Warren William, Dick Powell, Joan Blondell.

Dir: Mervyn LeRoy, Warner Brothers 90 min. (p/s)

5 PM *Mandalay* (1934) Kay Francis, Ricardo Cortez, Warner Oland. Dir: Michael Curtiz, Warner Brothers 65 min. (p/s)

6:15 PM *The Sea Hawk* (1940) Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Claude Rains. Dir:

Michael Curtiz, Warner Brothers 127 min. (p/s)

 

*Letters . . .We Get Letters.*

8 PM *The Letter* (1940) Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson. Dir:

William Wyler, Warner Brothers 95 minutes (p/s)

9:45 PM *A Letter To Three Wives* (1949) Jean Crain, Linda Darnell, Ann Southern.

Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 20th Century Fox 101 minutes (p/s)

11 PM *Evelyn Prentice* (1934) William Powell, Myrna Loy, Una Merkel. Dir: William

K. Howard, MGM 80 min. (p/s)

 

*TCM Silent Sunday*

12:30 AM *Metropolis* (1927) Brigette Helm, Alfred Aber. Dir: Fritz Lang, UFA Filmverleih 152 min. Exempt

2 AM *Sherlock, Jr*. (1924) Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Ward Crane. Dir:

Buster Keaton, Buster Keaton Productions-MGM 51 min. Exempt

 

*TCM Import*

3 AM *Ossessione* (1943) Clara Calmari, Massimo Girotti. Dir: Luchiono Visconti

Industrie Cinematografiche Italiane 140 min. Exempt

4:45 AM *Murderers Among Us* (1946) Ernst Wilhelm Borchet, Hildegard Knef.

Dir: Wolfgang Staudte, Deutsche Film-Atkiengensellschaft 85 min. Exempt

 

*Monday, June 10, 2013*

 

*Three Grand Old Gentlemen (C. Aubrey Smith, Lewis Stone, Henry Stephenson)*

6:15 AM *Little Lord Fauntleroy* (1936) C. Aubrey Smith, Freddie Bartholomew, Dolores Costello. Dir: John Cromwell, Selznick International 102 min. (p/s)

8 AM *Five Came Back* (1939) C. Aubrey Smith, Chester Morris, Lucille Ball. Dir: John Farrow, RKO 74 min. (p/s)

9:15 AM *The Unguarded Hour* (1936) Lewis Stone, Loretta Young, Franchot Tone. Dir: Sam Wood, MGM 80 min. (p/s)

10:45 AM *Their Own Desire* (1929) Lewis Stone, Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery.

Dir: E. Mason Hopper MGM 65 min. (p/s)

12 PM *The Animal Kingdom* (1932) Henry Stephenson, Ann Harding, Leslie Howard.

Dir: Edward H. Griffith, RKO 90 min. (p/s)

1:30 PM *The Mystery of Mr. X* (1934) Henry Stephenson, Robert Montgomery, Elizabeth Allen. Dir; Edgar Selwyn, MGM 85 min. (p/s)

 

*The Lady Eve (Arden, that is.)*

2:45 PM *Stage Door* (1937) Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Eve Arden. Dir:

Gregory LaCava, RKO 92 min. (p/s)

4:30 PM *The Dough Girls* (1944) Ann Sheridan, Alexis Smith, Eve Arden. Dir: James V. Kern, Warner Brothers 10 min. (p/s)

6:30 PM *Our Miss Brooks* (1956) Eve Arden, Gale Gordon, Don Porter. Dir: Al Lewis,

Warner Brothers 85 min. (p/s)

 

*Star of the Month -- Clark Gable*

8 PM *A Free Soul* (1931) Clark Gable, Lionel Barrymore, Norma Shearer. Dir: Clarence Brown, MGM 90 min. (p/s)

9:30 PM *Manhattan Melodrama* (1934) Clark Gable, William Powell, Myrna Loy. Dir:

W.S. Van Dyke, Cosmopolitan/MGM 93 min. (p/s)

11:15 PM *Red Dust* (1932) Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Mary Astor. Dir: Victor Fleming,

MGM 73 min. (p/s)

12:30 AM *Wife vs. Secretary* (1936) Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow. Dir: Clarence Brown, MGM 85 min. (p/s)

2 AM *Sporting Blood* (1931) Clark Gable, Ernest Torrence, Madge Evans. Dir: Charles Brabin, MGM 80 min. (p/s)

3:30 AM *Band of Angels* (1957) Clark Gable, Yvonne DeCarlo, Sidney Poitier. Dir: Raoul Walsh, Warner Brothers 125 min. (p/s)

5:45 AM *Soldier of Fortune* (1955) Clark Gable, Susan Hayward, Michael Rennie. Dir:

Edward Dmytrk, 20th Century Fox 96 min. (p/s)

 

*Tuesday, June 11, 2013*

 

*Directed by Sam Wood*

7:30 AM *Stamboul Quest* (1934) Myrna Loy, George Brent, Lionel Atwill. Dir:

Sam Wood, MGM, 90 min. (p/s)

9 AM *Raffles* (1939) David Niven, Olivia DeHavilland, Dame May Whitty. Dir:

Sam Wood, United Artists 72 min (p/s)

10:15 AM *Kings Row* (1942) Robert Cummings, Ronald Reagan Ann Sheridan.

Dir: Sam Wood, Warner Brothers 127 min. (p/s)

12:30 PM *Madame X* (1937) Gladys George, Warren William, John Beal.

Dir: Sam Wood, MGM 72 min. (p/s)

 

*100 Challenge*

*1913 Babies*

1:45 PM *This Gun For Hire* (1942) *Alan Ladd*, Robert Preston, Veronica Lake.

Dir: Frank Tuttle, Paramount 80 min. (p/s)

3:15 PM *Ladies In Love (1936) Loretta Young*, Janet Gaynor, Constance Bennett.

Dir: Edward Griffith, 20th Century Fox 97 min. (p/s)

5 PM *Bulldog Drummond"s Revenge* (1938) *John Howard*, John Barrymore, Reginald Denny. Dir: Louis King, Paramount 55 min. Premiere

6 PM *Witness For the Prosecution* (1957) *Tyrone Power*, Charles Laughton, Marlene Dietrich, Dir: Billy Wilder, United Artists 115 min. (p/s)

 

*Salute to Ann Sheridan*

8 PM *Little Miss Thoroughbred* (1938) Ann Sheridan, John Litel, Frank McHugh.

Dir: John Farrow, Warner Brothers 65 min. Premiere

9:15 PM *Torrid Zone* (1940) Ann Sheridan, James Cagney, Pat O"Brien. Dir:

William Keighley, Warner Brothers 87 min. (p/s)

10:45 PM *Nora Prentiss* (1947) Ann Sheridan, Kent Smith, Robert Alda. Dir:

Vincent Sherman, Warner Brothers 110 min. (p/s)

12:45 AM *The Man Who Came To Dinner* (1942) Ann Sheridan, Bette Davis, Monty Woolley. Dir: William Keighley 112 min. (p/s)

2:45 AM *The Unfaithful* (1947) Ann Sheridan, Lew Ayres, Zachary Scott. Dir: Vincent Sherman, Warner Brothers 110 min. (p/s)

4:45 AM *The Patient in Room 18* (1938) Ann Sheridan, Patric Knowles. Dir: Bobby Connolly/Walter Crane, Warner Brothers 60 min. (p/s)

 

*Wednesday, June 12, 2013*

 

*Great Voices -- (Coleman, Hardwicke, Massey and Rennie)*

6 AM *Random Harvest* (1942) Ronald Coleman, Greer Garson, Susan Peters. Dir:

Mervyn LeRoy, MGM 128 min. (p/s)

8:15 AM *Lured* (1947) George Sanders, Lucille Ball, Sir. Cedric Hardwicke. Dir:

Douglas Sirk, United Artists 102 min. (p/s)

10 AM *Possessed* (1941) Raymond Massey, Joan Crawford, Van Heflin. Dir: Curtis

Bernhardt Warner Brothers 109 min. (p/s)

12 PM *Desiree* (1954) Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Michael Rennie. Dir: Henry Koster, 20th Century Fox 110 min. (p/s)

 

*Stop The Presses!!*

2 PM *Five Star Final* (1931) Edward G. Robinson, Aline MacMahon, Marian Marsh.

Dir: Mervyn LeRoy, First National 89 min. (p/s)

3:30 PM *Front Page Woman* (1935) Bette Davis, George Brent, Roscoe Karns. Dir:

Michael Curtiz, Warner Brothers 82 min. (p/s)

5 PM *Nothing Sacred* (1937) Carole Lombard, Fredric March. Dir: William Wellman,

Selznick International 75 min. (p/s)

6:15 PM *His Girl Friday* (1940) Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy. Dir: Howard Hawks, Columbia 92 min. (p/s)

 

*TCM Spotlight -- Great Movie Detectives*

8 PM *The Thin Man* (1934) William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O"Sullivan.

Dir: W.S. Van Dyke, MGM 91 min. (p/s)

9:45 PM *Torchy Blane, The Adventurous Blonde* (1937) Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane, Tom Kennedy. Dir: Frank MacDonald, Warner Brothers 60 min. (p/s)

10:45 PM *The Saint In London* (1939) George Sanders, Sally Gray. Dir: John Paddy

Carstairs, RKO 70 min. (p/s)

12 AM *Charlie Chan In Paris* (1935) Warner Oland, Mary Brian, Erik Rhodes. Dir:

Lewis Seiler, 20th Century Fox 70 min. (p/s)

1:30 *AM Penguin Pool Murder* (1932) Edna May Oliver, James Gleason, Robert Armstrong. Dir: George Archainbaud, RKO 70 min. (p/s)

3 AM *The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt* (1939) Warren William, Ida Lupino, Virginia Weidler.

Dir: Peter Godfrey, Columbia 65 min. (p/s)

4:14 AM *Meet Boston ***** (1941) Chester Morris, Rochelle Hudson. Dir: Robert Florey, Columbia 61 min. (p/s)

5:30 AM *The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes* (1939) Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce,

Ida Lupino. Dir: Alfred L. Werker, 20th Century Fox 81 min. (p/s)

 

*Thursday, June 13, 2013*

 

*Costumes by Dolly Tree*

7 AM *Tale of Two Cities* (1935) Ronald Coleman, Elizabeth Allen, Edna May Oliver.

Dir: Jack Conway, MGM 120 min. p/s

9 AM *Too* *Hot To Handle* (1938) Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Walter Pidgeon. Dir: Jack Conway, MGM 106 min. (p/s)

11 AM *Yellow Jack* (1938) Robert Montgomery, Virginia Bruce, Lewis Stone. Dir:

George Seitz, MGM 83 min. (p/s)

12:30 PM *Society Lawyer* (1939) Walter Pidgeon, Virginia Bruce, Leo Carrillo. Dir:

Edwin L. Marin, MGM 78 min. (p/s)

 

*Playing Against Type*

2 PM *Another Thin Man* (1939) William Powell, Myrna Loy, James Stewart. Dir:

W.S. Van Dyke, MGM 105 min. (p/s)

3:45 PM *Double Indemnity* (1944) Barbara Stanwyck, Fred McMurray, Edward G. Robinson. Dir: Billy Wilder, Paramount 106 min. (p/s)

5:45 PM *That Forsyte Woman* (1949) Errol Flynn, Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon.

Dir: Compton Bennett, MGM 112 min. (p/s)

 

*Screenplay by Julius J. and/or Philip G. Epstein*

8 PM *Arsenic and Old Lace* (1944) Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey.

Dir: Frank Capra, Warner Brothers 118 min. (p/s)

10 PM *Mr. Skeffington* (1944) Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Walter Abel. Dir: Vincent Sherman, Warner Brothers 146 min. (p/s)

12:30 AM *Secrets of An Actress* (1938) Kay Francis, Ian Hunter, George Brent. Dir:

William Keighley, Warner Brothers 70 min. (p/s)

1:45 AM *Little Big Shot* (1935) Sybil Jason, Glenda Farrell, Robert Armstrong. Dir:

Michael Curtiz, Warner Brothers 80 min. (p/s)

3:15 AM *The Last Time I Saw Paris* (1954) Elizabeth Taylor, Van Johnson, Walter Pidgeon. Dir: Richard Brooks, MGM 116 min. (p/s)

5:15 AM *Saturdays Children* (1940) John Garfield, Anne Shirley, Claude Rains.

Dir: Vincent Sherman, Warner Brothers 101 min. (p/s)

 

*Friday, June 14, 2013*

 

*Angels of Mercy*

7:15 AM *Registered Nurse* (1934) Bebe Daniels, Lyle Talbot, John Halliday. Dir: Robert Florey, First National 62 min. (p/s)

8:30 AM *Night Nurse* (1931) Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Blondell, Ben Lyon. Dir: William Wellman, Warner Brothers 72 min. (p/s)

9:45 AM *Vigil In The Night* (1940) Carole Lombard, Brian Aherne, Anne Shirley. Dir:

George Stevens, RKO 96 min. (p/s)

11:45 AM *So Proudly We Hail* (1943) Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard, Veronica Lake. Dir: Mark Sandrich, Paramount 126 min. (p/s)

 

*Salute to Ricardo Cortez*

2 PM *The Case of the Black Cat* (1936) Ricardo Cortez, June Travis, Jane Bryan.

Dir: William McGann, Warner Brothers 62 min. (p/s)

3:15 PM *Thirteen Women* (1932) Irene Dunne, Ricardo Cortez, Myrna Loy.

Dir: George Archainbaub, RKO 74 min. (p/s)

4:30 PM *Special Agent* (1935) Bette Davis, George Brent, Ricardo Cortez. Dir: William Keighley, Warner Brothers 78 min. (p/s)

6 PM *The Last Hurrah* (1958) Spencer Tracy, Jeffrey Hunter, Pat O'Brien, Ricardo Cortez. Dir: John Ford, Columbia 120 min. (p/s)

 

*Directed by Michael Curtiz*

8 PM *Casablanca* (1942) Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid. Dir:

Michael Curtiz, Warner Brothers 99 min. (p/s)

10 PM *Mildred Pierce* (1945) Joan Crawford, Ann Blyth, Eve Arden. Dir:

Michael Curtiz, Warner Brothers 109 min. (p/s)

11:45 PM *The Unsuspected* (1947) Claude Rains, Joan Caufield, Audrey Totter.

Dir: Michael Curtiz, Warner Brothers 103 min. (p/s)

1:15 AM *The Kennel Murder Case* (1933) William Powell, Mary Astor, Ralph Morgan.

Dir: Michael Curtiz, Warner Brothers 73 min. (p/s)

 

*TCM Underground*

2:30 AM *The Brain From Planet Arous* (1957) John Agar, Joyce Meadows, Robert Fuller. Dir: Nathan Hertz, Howco International 70 min. Premiere

3:45 AM *The Mole People* (1956) John Agar, Hugh Beaumont, Cynthia Patrick.

Dir: Virgil Vogel, Universal 78 min. Premiere

 

*Saturday, June 15, 2013*

 

*Salute to Allen Jenkins*

5:15 AM *The Mind Reader* (1933) Warren William, Allen Jenkins, Constance Cummings. Dir: Roy Del Ruth, First National, 69 min. (p/s)

6:30 AM *Employees Entrance* (1933) Warren William, Loretta Young, Allen Jenkins.

Dir: Roy Del Ruth, Warner Brothers 74 min. (p/s)

7:45 AM *A Slight Case of Murder* (1938) Edward G. Robinson, Jane Bryan, Allen Jenkins. Dir: Lloyd Bacon, Warner Brothers 85 (p/s)

9:15 AM *The Gay Falcon* (1941) George Sanders, Wendy Barrie, Allen Jenkins.

Dir: Irving Reis, RKO 66 min. (p/s)

10:30 AM *The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse* (1938) Edward G. Robinson, Claire Trevor,

Allen Jenkins. Dir: Anatole Litvak, Warner Brothers 87 (p/s)

 

*Salute to Ann Dvorak*

12 PM *Three on a Match* (1932) Ann Dvorak, Warren William, Joan Blondell.

Dir: Mervyn LeRoy, Warner Brothers 63 min. (p/s)

1:15 PM *The Strange Love of Molly Louvain* (1932) Ann Dvorak, Lee Tracy,

Richard Cromwell. Dir: Michael Curtiz, Warner Brothers, 70 min. (p/s)

2:30 PM *Heat Lighting* (1934) Ann Dvorak, Aline MacMahon, Preston Foster.

Dir: Mervyn LeRoy, Warner Brothers 63 min. (p/s)

3:45 PM *Out of the Blue* (1947) Ann Dvorak, George Brent, Virginia Mayo.

Dir: Leigh Jason, Eagle-Lion Films 86 min. Premiere

5:15 PM *Girls of the Road* (1940) Ann Dvorak, Lola Lane, Helen Mack.

Dir: Nicke Grinde, Columbia 60 min. (p/s)

6:15 PM *Flame of the Barbary Coast* (1945) Ann Dvorak, John Wayne, William

Frawley. Dir: Joseph Kane, Republic Pictures 91 min. Premiere

 

*Salute to 20th Century Fox*

8 PM *Laura* (1944) Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb. Dir: Otto Preminger,

20th Century Fox 88 min. Premiere *TCM ESSENTIAL*

9:30 PM *All About Eve* (1950) Bette Davis, Ann Baxter, George Sanders, Thelma Ritter. Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz , 20th Century Fox 138 min. (p/s)

11:30 PM *Gentlemen Prefer Blondes* (1953) Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn. Dir: Howard Hawks, 20th Century Fox 91 min. (p/s)

1:15 AM *Daddy Long Legs* (1955) Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron, Thelma Ritter. Dir:

Jean Negulesco, 20th Century Fox 126 min. (p/s)

3:30 AM *The Little Colonel* (1935) Shirley Temple, Lionel Barrymore, Evelyn Venable.

Dir: David Butler, 20th Century Fox 81 min. (p/s)

5 AM *Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm* (1938) Shirley Temple, Randolph Scott, Jack Haley. Dir: Allan Dwan, 20th Century Fox 80 min. (p/s)

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lydecker's Programming Notes . . .

 

First of all, thanks for the opportunity to do this. I had such fun and I really could have done multiple weeks since I had so many folks I wanted to salute and so many themes I wanted to highlight. (Saving them for future TCM Programming Challenges!)

 

As you will quickly see, this schedule is overwhelmingly 1930's and 1940's-centric. This is by design since those are, by far, my favorite decades of classic films. In regards to salutes, I tried to honor some of the "behind the scenes" folks, like set designers, costumers and writers as well as favorite actors. I deliberately chose a week which did not lend itself to obvious programming needs (holidays or actor birthdays) so I would have more flexibility in scheduling. Please forgive any typos or mistakes.

 

Enjoy!

 

*SOTM:* Clark Gable

*TCM Spotlight:* Great Movie Detectives

*TCM Imports:* Ossessione (1943) and Murderers Among Us (1946)

*Silent Sunday:* Metropolis (1927) and Sherlock, Jr. (1924)

*The Essentials:* Laura (1944)

*TCM Underground:* The Brain From Planet Arous (1957) and The Mole People (1956)

*TCM Premieres:*

Trading Places (1983)

Bulldog Drummond's Revenge (1938)

Little Miss Thoroughbred (1938)

Charlie Chan In Paris (1935)

The Brain From Planet Arous (1957)

The Mole People (1956)

Out Of The Blue (1947)

Flame of the Barbary Coast (1945)

 

Stats:

1920's - 3

1930's - 52

1940's - 34

1950's - 14

1980's - 1

 

*"All Things Considered, I'd Rather Be In Philadelphia."*

I could do no better than to start my week with the film which got me hooked on classic films, a movie I never tire of watching, "The Philadelphia Story." Encouraged at age 7 by my mother to come into what was known as the "TV room" and check out this movie, this was the beginning of a beautiful friendship between me and the wonderful films of the 1930's, 1940's and (to a lesser extent) the 1950's. In fact, I was so impressed by "The Philadelphia Story" that I decided to learn

more about its author, Philip Barry and years later, I ended up doing my master"s thesis on his entire body of plays. "Trading Places" has the double distinction of being not just a TCM Premiere (and another of my favorites!) but also being the ONLY film in my entire schedule which dates beyond the 1950's. Rounding out this group of films is "Kitty Foyle" and another huge favorite of mine, "The Young Philadelphians."

 

*Art Direction by Anton Grot*

I have long admired this Warner Brothers art director. I've tried to illustrate his versatility with films ranging from pre-code delights to musicals and action/adventure classics.

 

*Letters . . .We Get Letters.*

How often does a hero or heroine in a classic movie get in trouble because of some pesky letters which (in the wrong hands) can lead to extreme angst and often death? Here are 3 great examples

of filmic "letter conundrums"

 

*TCM Silent Sunday*

"Metropolis" was chosen as a feast for the eyes and also for being directed by the incredible Fritz Lang. "Sherlock, Jr". was chosen, not only for Buster Keaton's genius, but as a subtle "tip of the hat" to my TCM Spotlight, Great Movie Detectives.

 

*TCM Import*

I was fascinated by the fact that "Ossessione" was based on James. M. Cain's "The Postman Rings Twice." I was equally intrigued by "Murderers Among Us" which dealt with themes of post war trauma and guilt. Both films are noteworthy as early examples of the resumption of independent (as opposed to government controlled) filmmaking in post war Germany and Italy.

 

*Three Grand Old Gentlemen* -- C. Aubrey Smith, Lewis Stone and Henry Stephenson

This is a special salute to 3 great gentlemen actors who make me smile each and every time they appear in a film. Consummate pros, they make everyone around them look better.

 

*The Lady Eve (Arden, that is!)*

What can I say? I love Eve Arden and while I could have chosen a dozen films, I went with one from each decade of her work. She is the best!

 

*SOTM -- Clark Gable*

I considered my SOTM carefully and could have gone many different ways. (Glenda Farrell and Mary Astor were both "finalists" in my SOTM selection process.) Gable, to me, is a star who traversed the decades and never lost his glamour, his charisma, his professionalism. Who else could have played the romantic lead with Harlow in 1932 and still be able to fill that same role 20 years later with Grace Kelly. Also, at the beginning of his career, he played a great heel! Who could resist a bad guy named Ace Wilfong?

 

*Directed by Sam Wood*

When I used to think of Sam Wood, I always thought of him as that "fill-in" director used on GWTW. Not so! His range is amazing and I have tried to illustrate that in my selections of his films.

 

 

*100 Challenge*

Lots of ways to go on this one but I decided to salute multiple centenarians -- Alan Ladd, Loretta Young, John Howard and Tyrone Power.

 

*Salute to Ann Sheridan*

What can I say?? I LOVE Ann Sheridan. The quintessential Warner Brothers actress (smart, funny, stylish) she could definitely hold her own with the big boys (Cagney, Flynn, Bogart, Raft) AND Queen of the WB lot, Bette Davis.

 

*Great Voices*

I've chosen actors whose voices have the power to mesmerize and seduce. Coleman, Hardwicke and Massey are obvious choices but I have also selected Michael Rennie, whose ability to vocally charm and command: "Klaatu barada nikto" (Hell, he saved the whole damn world!) has always impressed me.

 

*Stop The Presses!!*

Has every great star played a reporter/editor at one time or another? I think so and nobody has done it better than the likes of Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, Fredric March, Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. "Three Star Final" still gives me chills every time I watch it. Great for the debut of the incredible Aline MacMahon, this movie absolutely pulls no punches.

 

*TCM Spotlight -- Great Movie Detectives*

This was a total no-brainer. My favorite film of all time is "The Thin Man" and I could think of no better way to spend an evening (and late night) watching the great movie detectives. Most of them are here: Nick Charles, Torchy Blane, Simon Templar, Charlie Chan, Hildegarde Withers, The Lone Wolf, Boston **** and, of course, the inimitable Sherlock Holmes. I only wished I had time to include a few more in my schedule including: Sam Spade, Mr. Moto, Philo Vance and Michael Shayne.

 

*Costumes by Dolly Tree*

OK. So she wasn't Adrian. But, anyone who has ever watched Myrna Loy in any MGM film knows what a pro Dolly Tree was. From costume dramas to to contemporary films of the 1930's and 1940's, Dolly, an unsung talent, made everybody look great.

 

*Playing Against Type*

Take nice guys like Jimmy Stewart and Fred MacMurray and turn them into killers. What could be better than that? Then, take the charming devil-may-care Errol Flynn and turn him into a cold, repressed jerk. That, ladies and gentleman is called "playing against type" and only the most talented stars could do it and do it well.

 

*Screenplay by Julius J. and/or Philip G. Epstein*

One of my favorite Hollywood stories is the one about the Epsteins, driving around town, trying to figure out how the hell to get their hero, Rick Blaine, out from under a potential murder rap in "Casablanca." And, then, like a bolt from the blue it came to them -- "Round up the usual suspects." I worship these guys and have tried to choose a wide range of the screenplays penned by them individually and together.

 

*Angels of Mercy*

Take a glamorous star, put her in a nurse's uniform and, presto, you have an instant heroine. I love all these films, especially, "So Proudly We Hail" which was a movie which opened my childhood eyes to the fact that there were also brave WOMEN going to war. I also love Carole Lombard's performance in "Vigil in the Night." Talk about playing against type!

 

*Salute to Ricardo Cortez*

I have always found Ricardo Cortez fascinating. Sometimes the hero, sometimes the villain,

Ricardo Cortez was what one might call a "Hollywood reliable" who hung in there giving credible performances in 98 films.

 

*Directed by Michael Curtiz*

I don't care how many actors hated him -- he made them look great! Michael Curtiz is an

ongoing crusade of mine -- Why does everyone remember Cukor, Ford, Hitchcock and nobody seems to remember Michael Curtiz?? He could (and did) do it all. Who else could make "The Sea Hawk," "Yankee Doodle Dandy," "Casablanca," "The Adventures of Robin Hood" and "The Charge of the Light Brigade??" Action/adventures, westerns, comedies, dramas, musicals -- his range has never been equaled IMHO. I was very conflicted about choosing films for Curtiz. To go with the classics or not?? Well, I simply could not have a Curtiz Tribute without "Casablanca" or "Mildred Pierce" so, deal with it!

 

*TCM Underground*

What can you say about a movie in which the dog has more brains and charisma than the leading man? "Brain From Planet Arous" may or may not be considered a cult movie but it sure should be. Alien ballonhead villains, possessed humans with flashing eyes which can blow things (and people) away AND John Agar. My, how the mighty have fallen. Once starring in John Ford films and now this? This movie is a scream

"The Mole People" is an obvious choice. (Get it?? TCM UNDERGROUND??? Moles??? Big laughs.) Anyway . . . After I had chosen it, I saw that another person had also chosen this for a TCM Underground selection but, still, I have decided to stick with it. Another John Agar "classic," "The Mole People" features all the best 50's sci-fi stuff: archeologists, mutants and really bad acting.

 

*Salute to Allen Jenkins*

After a night of mutants and alien brains, I decided to shift gears and salute sublime funnyman, Allen Jenkins. Allen Jenkins is "must see" for me. If his name is in the credits, I will be watching or taping. Always the comic relief, he steals every scene he is in and, because of his incredible talent, had a career that lasted way past glory days of the studio system into television and films in the 1960's and 1970's. I'd program an entire day of Allen Jenkins if I could.

 

*Salute to Ann Dvorak*

What a talent. She shows up on the screen with that voice and those eyes and I cannot turn away. Ann Dvorak should have been a bigger star than Bette Davis but it didn't happen due to the choices Ann made. Still, for classic movie lovers, she is a constant surprise and delight.

 

*Salute to 20th Century Fox*

Probably my first prime time exposure to classic films was "Saturday Night at the Movies" which aired on the NBC affiliate in my home town. Saturday night after Saturday night, great 20th Century Fox films ran from 9 - 11 PM and added to my classic film education. I long lamented the absence of 20th Century Fox movies on TCM so I was delighted when, in recent years, many of those great films started showing up on the TCM schedule. Despite the fact that these 2 films show up fairly often on TCM, I could not resist programming 2 of my Fox favorites -- "All About Eve" and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" along with 2 Shirley Temple films. After all, the moppet deserves some attention since it was she who saved the studio "back in the day."

 

*TCM Essential*

The first film in my salute to 20th Century Fox is also my TCM Essential -- "Laura." All of the ingredients that work together to make an essential film are present here. Great actors who complement one another, brilliant direction, stunning cinematography, witty dialogue , a beautiful score and one of the most memorable sound film acting debuts in movie history. Clifton Webb's Waldo Lydecker is at once elegant, sardonic, scary and wise. Only slightly less memorable are the performances of the other members of the cast -- the incomparably beautiful Gene Tierney in one of the best performances of her career, along with Dana Andrews, Vincent Price and Judith Anderson. Who could not love a movie with lines like: "I should be sincerely sorry to see my neighbor's children devoured by wolves" and "I don't know a lot about anything but I know a little about practically everything." Yet, as stylish and beautiful as the film is, it would not hold together, not be an essential, without a great, great story. At the end of the day, "Laura" is, in addition to everything else, an intriguing "whodunnit" which keeps the viewer guessing from start to finish.

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*SWITHIN'S SCHEDULE*

*WEEK OF JULY 28-AUGUST 4, 2013*

 

100 CHALLENGE: *Grand Central Station Centennial*

SOTM: *The Character Actor. This week: Beulah Bondi*

SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS: *The Merry Widow* (1925); *The Wedding March* (1928)

TCM IMPORTS: *The Marquise of O* (1976); *My Night at Maud's* (1969)

TCM UNDERGROUND: *The Brainiac* (1962)

THE ESSENTIALS: *The Battle of Algiers* (1966)

MOVIE CHARACTER GUEST PROGRAMMERS: *Ma Joad and Ma Kettle*

 

PREMIERES

*Celine and Julie Go Boating* (1974)

*The Day of the Locust* (1975)

*Moontide* (1942)

*Peter Ibbetson* (1935)

*Requiem for a Dream* (2000)

*Slaughterhouse-Five* (1972)

*The Sheltering Sky* (1990)

*Sunday Bloody Sunday* (1971)

 

EXEMPT PREMIERES

*The Marquise of O* (1976)

*Romeo and Juliet Ballet* (1966)

*Shakespearean Spinach* (1940)

*Shepherd of the Hills* (1941)

*The Trail of the Lonesome Pine* (1936)

*The Wedding March* (1928)

 

SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2013

 

*GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL AT 100*

 

6:00 AM *North by Northwest* (1959) Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessye Royce Landis, Leo G. Carroll. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. MGM, 136 mins. P/S

 

8:30 AM *Spellbound* (1945) Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov, Leo G. Carroll, Rhonda Fleming. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. Selznick, 111 mins. P/S

 

10:30 AM *Grand Central Murder* (1942) Van Heflin, Patricia Dane, Cecilia Parker, Virginia Grey, Samuel S. Hinds. Dir: S. Sylvan Simon. MGM, 73 mins. P/S

 

11:45 AM *The Clock* (1945) Judy Garland, Robert Walker, James Gleason, Keenan Wynn. Dir: Vincente Minnelli. MGM, 91 mins. P/S

 

*THE BONUS ARMY: THE SAD ANNIVERSARY OF HERBERT HOOVER EVICTING UNEMPLOYED WORLD WAR ONE VETERANS FROM PUBLIC SPACES IN WASHINGTON, D.C.*

 

1:30 PM *Gold Diggers of 1933* (1933) Warren William, Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Guy Kibbee. Dir: Mervyn LeRoy. WB, 97 mins. P/S

 

3:15 PM *Heroes for Sale* (1933) Richard Barthlemess, Aline MacMahon, Loretta Young. Dir: William A. Wellman. First National, 71 mins. P/S

 

4:30 PM *Gabriel over the White House* (1933) Walter Huston, Karen Morley, Franchot Tone, Arthur Byron, Dickie Moore. Dir: Gregory La Cava. MGM, 86 mins. P/S

 

6:00 PM *The Roaring Twenties* (1939) James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Gladys George, Priscilla Lane, Jeffrey Lynn. Dir: Raoul Walsh. WB, 106 mins. P/S

 

8:00 PM *Johnny Got His Gun* (1971) Timothy Bottoms, Kathy Fields, Marsha Hunt, Diane Varsi, Jason Robards, Donald Sutherland. Dir: Dalton Trumbo. World Entertainment, 111 mins. P/S

 

9:55 SHORT *The GI Bill of Rights* (1945) Army-Navy Screen Magazine No. 43, 8:30 mins. P/D

 

*ERIC ROHMER, ERICH VON STROHEIM, SAX-ROHMER*

 

10:15 SILENT SUNDAY NIGHT *The Merry Widow* (1925) Mae Murray, John Gilbert. Dir: Erich von Stroheim. MGM, 137 mins. P/S

 

12:45 AM SILENT SUNDAY NIGHT *The Wedding March* (1928) Erich von Stroheim, Fay Wray, Zasu Pitts. Dir: Erich von Stroheim. Paramount/Lasky, 113 mins. Exempt

 

2:45 AM TCM IMPORTS *The Marquise of O* (1976) Edith Clever, Bruno Ganz. Dir: Eric Rohmer. Janis/Les Films du Losange, 102 mins. Exempt

 

4:30 AM TCM IMPORTS *My Night at Maud's* (1969) Jean-Louis Trintignant, Francoise Fabian, Marie-Christine Barrault. Dir: Eric Rohmer. FFD, 110 mins. P/S

 

6:30 AM *Daughter of the Dragon* (1931) Warner Oland, Anna May Wong, Sessue Hayakawa. Dir: Lloyd Corrigan. Paramount, 70 mins. P/S

 

*MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013*

 

*SURREALISM IN FILM:*

*IN HONOR OF THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PASSING OF LUIS BUNUEL*

 

7:45 AM SHORT *Un Chien Andalou* (1929) Simone Mareuil, Pierre Batcheff, Luis Bunuel, Salvador Dali. Dir: Luis Bunuel. Schilzneck, 17 mins. P/D

8:03 AM SHORT Return to Reason (1923) Kiki of Montparnasse. Dir: Man Ray. 3 mins. P/D

 

8:15 AM *Dames* (1934) Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Zasu Pitts, Guy Kibbee. Dirs: Ray Enright, Busby Berkeley. WB, 91 mins. P/S

 

10:00 AM *International House* (1933) Peggy Hopkins Joyce, W.C. Fields, Rudy Vallee, Stuard Erwin, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Bela Lugosi, Franklin Pangborn. Director: A. Edward Sutherland. Paramount, 68 mins. P/S

 

11:15 AM *Million Dollar Legs* (1932) Jack Oakie, W.C. Fields, Lyda Roberti, Andy Clyde, Susan Fleming, Dickie Moore. Dir: Edward F. Cline. Paramount, 64 mins. P/S

 

12:30 PM *The Exterminating Angel* (1962) Silvia Pinal, Enrique Rambal, Claudio Brook. Dir: Luis Bunuel. Producciones Gustavo Alatriste, 95 mins. P/S

 

2:15 PM *Last Year at Marienbad* (1961) Delphine Seyrig, Georgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoeff. Dir: Alain Resnais. Cocinor, 94 mins. P/S

 

3:55 PM SHORT *Anemic Cinema* (1926) Dir: Marcel Duchamp. 7 mins. P/D

 

4:15 PM *Moontide* (1942) Jean Gabin, Ida Lupino, Thomas Mitchell, Claude Rains. Dir: Archie Mayo. 20th Century Fox, 94 mins. Premiere

 

5:50 SHORT Repeat of *Un Chien Andalou* (17 mins)

 

6:15 PM *Peter Ibbetson* (1935) Gary Cooper, Ann Harding, John Halliday, Ida Lupino, Douglass Dumbrille, Virginia Weidler, Dickie Moore. Dir: Henry Hathaway. Paramount, 88 mins. Premiere

 

7:45 PM SHORT *The Alphabet* (1967) Peggy Lynch. Dir: David Lynch. Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 4 mins. P/S

 

8:00 PM *Celine and Julie Go Boating* (1974) Juliet Berto, Dominique Labourier, Bulle Ogier, Marie-France Pisier, Barbet Schroeder. Dir: Jacques Rivette. Action Films, et. al, 193 mins. Premiere

 

11:15 PM SHORT *Ghosts Before Breakfast* (1928) Werner Graeff, Walter Gronostay. Dir: Hans Richter. 6:23. P/D

 

*ORPHEUS AND HIS LUTE*

 

11:30 PM *Moulin Rouge!* (2001) Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent. Dir: Baz Luhrmann. 20th Century Fox, 127 mins. Exempt

 

1:45 AM *Orpheus* (1949) Jean Marais, Francois Perier. Dir: Jean Cocteau. Andre Paulve, 95 mins. P/S

 

3:30 AM *Black Orpheus* (1959) Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Lourdes de Oliveira. Dir: Marcel Camus. Dispat Films, 100 mins. P/S

 

5:15 AM *The Fugitive Kind* (1959) Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, Joanne Woodward, Maureen Stapleton, Victor Jory. Dir: Sidney Lumet. Pennebaker, 119 mins. P/S

 

7:17 AM *Old New Orleans* (1940). Dir: James A. FitzPatrick. MGM, 9 minutes.

 

*TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013*

 

*A DAY FOR CONNECTIONS:*

*JOHN SCHLESINGER, NATHANAEL WEST, RUTH and EILEEN McKENNEY*

 

7:30 *My Sister Eileen* (1942) Rosalind Russell, Brian Aherne, Janet Blair, George Tobias, Allyn Joslyn. Dir: Alexander Hall. Columbia, 96 mins. P/S

 

9:15 AM *Men Against the Sky* (1940) Richard Dix, Kent Taylor, Edmund Lowe, Wendy Barrie. Dir: Leslie Goodwins. RKO, 75 mins. P/S

 

10:33 AM SHORT *Curtiss-Wright Aviation Recruitment* (1944) Handy (Jam) Organization, 9 mins. P/D

 

10:45 AM *Stranger on the Third Floor* (1940) Peter Lorre, John McGuire, Margaret Tallichet, Elisha Cook Jr. Dir: Boris Ingster. RKO, 64 mins. P/S

 

12:00 PM *Let's Make Music* (1941) Bing Crosby, Jean Rogers, Elisabeth Risdon, Joseph Buloff. Dir: Leslie Goodwins. RKO, 84 mins.

 

1:30 PM *Lonelyhearts* (1958) Montgomery Clift, Robert Ryan, Myrna Loy, Dolores Hart, Maureen Stapleton, Jackie Coogan. Dir: Vincent J. Donohue. Dore Schary, 100 mins. P/S

 

3:15 PM *Darling* (1965) Julie Christie, Laurence Harvey, Dirk Bogarde. Dir: John Schlesinger. Joseph Janni, 128 mins. P/S

 

5:30 PM *Marathon Man* (1976) Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider, William Devane, Marthe Keller, Fritz Weaver. Dir: John Schlesinger. Paramount, 125 mins. P/S

 

7:40 PM SHORT *Los Angeles: Wonder City of the West* (1935) James A. FitzPatrick short. MGM, 9 mins.

 

8:00 PM *The Day of the Locust* (1975) Donald Sutherland, Karen Black, William Atherton, Burgess Meredith, Geraldine Page. Dir: John Schlesinger. Paramount, 144 mins. Premiere.

 

10:30 PM *Sunday Bloody Sunday* (1971) Peter Finch, Glenda Jackson, Murray Head, Peggy Ashcroft. Dir: John Schlesinger. Vectia, 110 mins. Premiere

 

12:30 AM *Midnight Cowboy* (1969) Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver, Brenda Vaccaro. Dir: John Schlesinger. Florin, 113 mins. P/S

 

2:30 AM *Billy Liar* (1963) Tom Courtney, Wilfred Pickles, Mona Washbourne, Ethel Griffies, Finlay Currie. Dir: John Schlesinger. Vic Films, 98 mins. P/S

 

4:15 AM *Margie* (1946) Jeanne Crain, Lynn Bari, Conrad Janis. Dir: Henry King. 20th Century Fox, 94 mins. P/S

 

*Wednesday, July 31, 2013*

 

*IT'S LAMMAS EVE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULIET!*

Nurse: "Come Lammas eve at night shall she be fourteen."

 

6:00 AM *The Films of George Melies* (1896-19?). 120 mins. P/S

 

8:00 AM *The Hollywood Review* (1929) John Gilbert, Norma Shearer, Jack Benny, Joan Crawford, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy. MGM, 130 mins. P/S

 

10:15 AM *Romeo and Juliet* (1936) Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, John Barrymore, Edna May Oliver, Basil Rathbone. Dir: George Cukor. MGM, 125 mins. P/S

 

12:30 PM *Romeo and Juliet* (1968) Leonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey, John McEnery, Milo O'Shea, Robert Stephens, Michael York. Dir: Franco Zeffirelli. BHE Films, 138 mins. P/S

 

2:50 PM SHORT *Shakespearean Spinach* (1940) Animated. Popeye and Olive Oyl as Romeo and Juliet. Paramount, 6:30 mins. Exempt

 

3:00 PM *West Side Story* (1961) Natalie Wood, Richard Beymar, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris. Dirs: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise. Mirisch/Seven Arts, 152 mins. P/S

 

5:45 PM *Romeo and Juliet* (1966) Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev. Dir: Paul Czinner (Kenneth Macmillan, choreography). Poetic Films, 124 mins. Exempt

 

*THE WAYS OF TIME TRAVEL ARE VARIOUS*

 

8:00 PM *Slaughterhouse-Five* (1972) Michael Sacks, Valerie Perrine, Ron Liebman, Holly Near. Dir: George Roy Hill. Universal, 104 mins. Premiere

 

9:48 PM *The Diabolical Church Window* (1911). Dir: George Melies. 7 mins. P/D

 

10:00 PM *A Christmas Carol* (1951) Alastair Sim, Kathleen Harrison, Hermione Baddeley, Mervyn Johns, Michael Hordern. Dir: Brian Desmond Hirst, 86 mins. P/S

 

11:30 PM *The Time Machine* (1960) Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux, Sebastian Cabot. Dir: George Pal. George Pal, 103 mins. P/S

 

1:15 AM *A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court* (1949) Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming, Cedric Hardwicke, William Bendix. Dir: Tay Garnett. Paramount, 106 mins. P/S

 

3:15 AM *A Connecticut Yankee* (1931) Will Rogers, William Farnum, Frank Albertson, Maureen O'Sullivan, Myrna Loy. Fox, 95 mins. P/S

 

5:00 AM *Berkeley Square* (1933) Leslie Howard, Heather Angel, Irene Browne, Beryl Mercer, Samuel S. Hinds. Dir: Frank Lloyd. Fox, 84 mins. P/S

 

*Thursday, August 1*

 

*OBSESSION IS NOT JUST A PERFUME: HAPPY BIRTHDAY HERMAN MELVILLE!*

 

6:30 AM *Moby Dick* (1930) John Barrymore, Joan Bennett, Lloyd Hughes, Noble Johnson. Dir: Lloyd Bacon. WB, 77 mins. P/S

 

8:00 AM *The Purple Rose of Cairo* (1985) Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello. Dir: Woody Allen. Orion, 82 mins. P/S

 

9:30 AM *The White Sheik* (1952) Alberto Sordi, Brunella Bovo, Leopoldo Trieste, Giulieta Masina. Dir: Federico Fellini. OFI, 86 mins. P/S

 

11:00 AM *The Sea Beast* (1926) John Barrymore, Dolores Costello. Dir: Millard Webb. WB, 136 mins. P/S

 

1:30 PM *Possessed* (1947) Joan Crawford, Van Heflin, Raymond Massey. Dir: Curtis Bernhardt. WB, 108 mins. P/S

 

3:30 PM *Vertigo* (1958) James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. Paramount, 128 mins. P/S

 

5:45 PM *Moby Dick* (1956) Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn. Dir: John Huston. Moulin, 115 mins. P/S

 

7:42 PM SHORT *Overview of Moby-Dick: Then and Now* (2007). Dir: Ricardo Pitts-Wiley. Project New Media Literacies, 15 mins. P/D

 

8:00 PM *The Story of Adele H* (1975) Isabelle Adjani, Bruce Robinson. Dir: Francois Truffaut. Les Artistes Associes, et. al., 96 mins. P/S

 

9:45 PM *Requiem for a Dream* (2000) Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly. Dir: Darren Aronofsky. Artisan et. al., 102 mins. Premiere

 

11:30 AM *Taxi Driver* (1976) Robert DeNiro, Cybill Shepard, Peter Boyle. Jodie Foster. Dir: Martin Scorsese. Columbia, 113 mins. P/S

 

01:30 AM *The Devil Is a Woman* (1935) Marlene Dietrich, Cesar Romero, Lionel Atwill. Dir: Josef von Sternberg. Paramount, 80 mins. P/S

 

3:00 AM *Svengali* (1931) John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Bramwell Fletcher, Donald Crisp. Dir: Archie Mayo. WB, 81 mins. P/S

 

4:30 AM *The Mad Genius* (1931) John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Donald Cook, Charles Butterworth, Luis Alberni, Carmel Myers. Dir: Michael Curtiz. WB, 81 mins. P/S

 

*FRIDAY, AUGUST 2*

 

*STAR OF THE MONTH: THE CHARACTER ACTOR*

*THIS WEEK: BEULAH BONDI*

*Guest programmers: Ma Joad and Ma Kettle*

 

6:00 AM *Street Scene* (1931) Sylvia Sidney, William Collier, Jr., Estelle Taylor, Beulah Bondi. Dir: King Vidor. Samuel Goldwyn, 80 mins. P/S

 

7:30 AM *Registered Nurse* (1934) Bebe Daniels, Lyle Talbot, Minna Gombell, Beulah Bondi. Dir: Robert Florey. First National, 63 mins. P/S

 

8:45 AM *Finishing School* (1934) Frances Dee, Billie Burke, Ginger Rogers, Bruce Cabot, Beulah Bondi. Dirs: George Nichols Jr., Wanda Tuchock. RKO, 73 mins. P/S

 

10:00 AM *The Sisters* (1938) Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Donald Crisp, Beulah Bondi, Henry Travers. Dir: Anatole Litvak. WB, 99 mins. P/S

 

11:45 PM *Track of the Cat* (1954) Robert Mitchum, Teresa Wright, Diana Lynn, Tab Hunter, Beulah Bondi. Dir: William A. Wellman. Wayne-Fellows, 102 mins. P/S

 

1: 30 AM SHORT *Colorful Colorado* (1944) James A. FitzPatrick. MGM, 9 mins.

 

1:45 PM *Of Human Hearts* (1938) Walter Huston, James Stewart, Beulah Bondi, Guy Kibbee, Charles Coburn, John Carradine, Ann Rutherford. Dir: Clarence Brown. MGM, 103 mins. P/S

 

3:35 PM SHORT *New Hampshire Sketches* Prelinger Archives, 30:28 mins. P/D

 

4:15 PM *Our Town* (1940) William Holden, Martha Scott, Fay Bainter, Beulah Bondi, Thomas Mitchell, Guy Kibbee, Stuart Erwin, Frank Craven. Dir: Sam Wood. Sol Lesser, 90 mins. P/S

 

5:47 PM SHORT *Andante from Aaron Copland's Clarinet Concerto* (2007). Richard Stolzman. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas. Classic Arts Showcase, 7:37 mins. P/D

 

6:00 PM *Make Way for Tomorrow* (1937) Beulah Bondi, Victor Moore, Fay Bainter, Thomas Mitchell, Porter Hall. Dir: Leo McCarey. Paramount, 91 mins. P/S

 

7: 35 PM SHORT *Service with a Smile* (1934) Leon Errol, Maxine Doyle, Herbert Evans. Dir: Roy Mack. WB, 17 mins.

 

8:00 PM *The Trail of the Lonesome Pine* (1936) Sylvia Sidney, Fred MacMurray, Henry Fonda, Beulah Bondi, Fred Stone, Nigel Bruce. Dir: Henry Hathaway. Wanger/Paramount, 102 mins. Exempt

 

9:45 PM *The Shepherd of the Hills* (1941) John Wayne, Betty Field, Harry Carey, Beulah Bondi, Marjorie Main. Dir: Henry Hathaway. Paramount, 98 mins. Exempt

 

11:25 PM SHORT *Country Style USA Recruitment* Episode 8. Marty Robbins, Joyce Paul. Department of Defense, 14:35 mins. P/D

 

11:40 PM SHORT *Country Style USA Recruitment* Episode 35. Faron Young, Dolores Dinning. Department of Defense, 16 mins. P/D

 

12:00 AM *The Southerner* (1945) Zachary Scott, Betty Field, J. Carroll Nash, Beulah Bondi, Percy Kilbride. Dir: Jean Renoir. Jean Renoir Productions, 92 mins. P/S

 

1:45 AM *Hearts Divided* (1936) Marian Davies, Dick Powell, Charlie Ruggles, Claude Rains, Edward Everett Horton, Arthur Treacher, Beulah Bondi. Dir: Frank Borzage. WB, 76 mins. P/S

 

3:15 AM *The Invisible Ray* (1936) Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Frances Drake, Frank Lawton, Violet Kemble Cooper, Beulah Bondi. Dir: Lambert Hillyer. Universal, 80 mins. P/S

 

4:45 AM TCM UNDERGROUND *The Brainiac* (1962) Abel Salazar, Ruben Rojo, Rosa Maria Gallardo. Dir: Chano Urueta. Cinematografica ABSA, 77 mins. Exempt

 

*SATURDAY, AUGUST, August 3*

 

*IN TO AFRICA: Celebrating the centennial of Karen Blixen's move to her "farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills"*

 

6:15 *Algiers* (1938) Charles Boyer, Sigrid Gurie, Hedy Lamarr, Joseph Calleia, Alan Hale. Dir: John Cromwell. Walter Wanger, 96 mins. P/S

 

8:00 AM *Born Free* (1966) Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Geoffrey Keene, Peter Lukoye. Dir: James Hill. Columbia, 96 mins. P/S

 

9:45 AM *An American in Sophiatown* (2007) Lionel Rogosin. Dir: Earl Lloyd Ross. 54 mins. P/S

 

10:45 AM *Cry the Beloved Country* (1995) James Earl Jones, Tcholofelo Wechoemang, Richard Harris. Dir: Darrell Roodt. Miramax, 106 mins. P/S

 

12:45 PM *Out of Africa* (1985) Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen, Malick Bowens, Michael Gough. Dir: Sydney Pollack. Mirage et. al., 161 mins. P/S

 

3:30 PM *Stanley and Livingstone* (1939) Spencer Tracy, Nancy Kelly, Walter Brennan, Richard Greene, Charles Coburn, Henry Travers, Henry Hull. Dir: Henry King. 20th Century Fox, 101 mins. P/S

 

5:15 PM *Hatari* (1962) John Wayne, Elsa Martinelli, Hardy Kruger, Red Buttons, Bruce Cabot. Malabar, 157 mins. P/S

 

8:00 PM THE ESSENTIALS *The Battle of Algiers* (1966) Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yasef Saadi. Dir: Gillo Pontocorvo. Casbah Film, et. al., 121 mins. P/S

 

10:15 PM *The Sheltering Sky* (1990) Deborah Winger, John Malkovich. Dir: Bernardo Bertolucci. RPC, et. al., 138 mins. Premiere

 

12:45 AM *Morocco* (1930) Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper, Adolphe Menjou. Dir: Josef von Sternberg. Paramount, 92 mins. P/S

 

2:30 AM *Casablanca* (1942) Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henried, Dooley Wilson, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre. Dir: Michael Curtiz. WB, 102 mins. P/S

 

4:15 AM *King Solomon's Mines* (1950) Deborah Kerr, Stewart Granger, Richard Carlson, Hugo Haas, Kimursi. Dir: Compton Bennett, Andrew Marton. MGM, 103 mins. P/S

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*SWITHIN'S NOTES*

 

*SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2013*

 

*GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL AT 100*

 

I cannot believe that I of all people am scheduling that pariah of films, NBNW, to kick off my week. But you can't present a series of four films dedicated to Grand Central Terminal without it! The other films, too, have good connections to the Terminal.

 

*THE BONUS ARMY: THE SAD ANNIVERSARY OF HERBERT HOOVER EVICTING UNEMPLOYED WORLD WAR ONE VETERANS FROM PUBLIC SPACES IN WASHINGTON, D.C.*

 

In the Spring and Summer of 1932, unemployed World War One veterans and their families converged upon Washington seeking help from President Hoover. On July 28, the order was issued to send police in to turn them away. Several veterans were killed. The "Forgotten Man" episode at the end of Gold Diggers of 1933 was Busby Berkeley's comment on this tragedy. Other films were influenced by it as well, and the episode is also mentioned in the GI Bill newsreel following World War II.

 

*SILENT SUNDAY NIGHT/TCM IMPORTS*

 

Eric Rohmer is my favorite French director. He took his name from two of his favorite artists: Erich Von Stroheim and Sax Rohmer. Overnight programming begins with two Von Stroheim silents, followed by two amazing and totally different Rohmer films. We conclude with a film based on a story by Sax Rohmer.

 

*MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013*

 

*SURREALISM IN FILM: IN HONOR OF THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY*

*OF THE PASSING OF LUIS BUNUEL*

 

The great surrealist filmmaker Luis Bunuel died on July 29, 1983. A series of surrealist classics, shorts, and surrealist-inspired works marks the thirtieth anniversary of his death. Andre Breton called Peter Ibbetson, a film that was also beloved of Bunuel, "a stupendous film, a triumph of surrealist thought." Busby Berkeley's musical numbers in Dames were inspired by the work of Man Ray. This series also gives me the opportunity to program such seemingly diverse films as the totally bizarre Million Dollar Legs and the sublime and mesmerizing Celine and Julie Go Boating. Spellbound, shown in the Grand Central series, may also be considered part of the Surrealism series, thanks to Salvador Dali's dream sequence.

 

*ORPHEUS AND HIS LUTE*

 

It isn't surprising that the Orpheus myth has inspired artists in all media; it is after all about the power of art. The four films include Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge!, which is based on Offenbach's operetta, Orpheus in the Underworld; and The Fugitive Kind, based on Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams.

 

*TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013*

 

*A DAY FOR CONNECTIONS: JOHN SCHLESINGER,*

*NATHANAEL WEST, RUTH and EILEEN McKENNEY*

 

If there's one film that cries out to be shown on TCM, it's John Schlesinger's The Day of the Locust, based on Nathanael West's novel. Would we TCM fans behave the way the film fans did at the end of that movie? (I hope not!) From Locust I've branched out to other Schlesinger films, including the rarely seen Sunday Bloody Sunday. The director's movies are preceded by films with screenplays by West or based on West's other work. The whole day is bookended by two films based on stories by Ruth McKenney, whose sister Eileen was married to West. Nathanael West and Eileen McKenney West died tragically in a car crash in Los Angeles in 1940. John Schlesinger died ten years ago, in July 2003.

 

*WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2013*

 

*IT'S LAMMAS EVE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULIET!*

Nurse: "Come Lammas eve at night shall she be fourteen."

 

William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet may be the most filmed of all stories. The Melies films, which open the day, include The Devil and the Statue, a spin on the R&J story. The Hollywood Review features two scenes inspired by the play, including the balcony scene with Norma Shearer and John Gilbert. Shakespearean Spinach features Popeye and Olive Oyl as the lovers.

 

*THE WAYS OF TIME TRAVEL ARE VARIOUS*

 

You can time travel in a machine, in your dreams, by opening a door, on the arm of the Spirits of Christmases Past and Future, or by becoming unstuck in time, like Billy Pilgrim in one of my favorite films, Slaughterhouse-Five.

 

*THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 2013*

 

*OBSESSION IS NOT JUST A PERFUME:*

*HAPPY BIRTHDAY HERMAN MELVILLE!*

 

In honor of the great man's birthday, we present films about people who are obsessed with men and women, movies, comic book characters (fumetti), diet pills -- and white whales. The list includes one of my favorite Fellini films -- The White Sheik -- in which a woman is obsessed by the hero of a soap opera comic strip. Also on the list are two powerful and difficult -- yet beautiful -- films: The Story of Adele H, about Victor Hugo's daughter's all-consuming obsession with a soldier; and Requiem for a Dream, in which Ellen Burstyn gives a towering performance as a Brooklyn woman who becomes addicted to diet pills.

 

*FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2013*

 

*STAR OF THE MONTH: THE CHARACTER ACTOR*

*THIS WEEK: BEULAH BONDI*

*Guest fictional programmers for four of the films: Ma Joad and Ma Kettle*

 

Character actors made the classic movies great, perhaps even more so than the "stars." I particularly love Beulah Bondi and admire her great talent. Whether she was playing James Stewart's mother or Napoleon's, no actor did a consistently better job than our Beulah. The tribute includes such rarities as The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (said to be the first full-length outdoor three-strip technicolor film), in which Ms. Bondi has one of her best roles, lamenting the violence of the feuding families. ( Trail is preceded by Service with a Smile, a Leon Errol short which was Warner's first foray in the three-strip process.) In Shepherd of the Hills, Beulah has perhaps her nastiest role -- Aunt Mollie, whose scene with the ring of fire is truly eerie!

 

*TCM UNDERGROUND*

 

Attention must be paid to the Mexican horror film industry, which gave us, in the cult classic The Brainiac, the most incredible tongue in movie history!

 

*SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 2013*

 

*IN TO AFRICA*

 

100 years ago, Karen Blixen moved to her "farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills." To celebrate that centennial, the schedule features movies about Westerners (some real, some fictional) who go to Africa. In one film -- Battle of Algiers (The Essentials) -- the focus is on getting the Westerners (well, the French anyway) out of Algeria. The Sheltering Sky is a premiere, about a young couple's journey to Africa to "find" themselves. There is something truly rare and haunting about The Sheltering Sky. I think the disoriented Deborah Winger, walking into the bustling African market at the end of the film makes a nice counterpoint to Marlene Dietrich talking off her high heels and walking into the Sahara in Morocco.

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Fedya's Schedule

 

SUNDAY, January 5, 2014

 

Spare a thought for Jack Carson

 

0600 *The Bride Came COD* dir. William Keighley, stars Bette Davis, James Cagney, Jack Carson (1941, WB, 92 min)

0745 *Love Crazy* dir. Jack Conway, stars William Powell, Myrna Loy, Jack Carson (1941, MGM, 99 min)

0930 *The Strawberry Blonde* dir. Raoul Walsh, stars James Cagney, Rita Hayworth, Jack Carson (1941, WB, 97 min)

1115 *Mildred Pierce* dir. Michael Curtiz, stars Joan Crawford, Zachary Scott, Jack Carson (1945, WB, 111 min)

1315 *Bright Leaf* dir Michael Curtiz stars Gary Cooper, Lauren Bacall, Jack Carson (1950, WB, 110 min)

1515 *My Dream Is Yours* dir. Michael Curtiz, stars Jack Carson, Doris Day (1949, WB, 101 min)

 

Biopic after Biopic after Biopic

 

1700 *Voltaire* dir. John Adolfi, stars George Arliss, Doris Kenyon (1933, WB, 72 min)

short: Nostradamus (1938, MGM, 11 min)

1830 *The Story of Louis Pasteur* dir. William Dieterle, stars Paul Muni, Josephine Hutchinson (1936, WB, 86 min)

2000 *The Life of Emile Zola* dir. William Dieterle, stars Paul Muni, Gale Sondergaard (1937, WB, 116 min)

2200 *Marie Antoinette* dir. WS Van Dyke, stars Norma Shearer, Tyrone Power, John Barrymore (1938, MGM, 149 min)

0045 *Napoleon* dir. Abel Gance, stars Albert Dieudonne (1927, Cine France, 330 min) Exempt

 

MONDAY, January 6

 

0615 *The Story of Women* dir. Claude Chabrol, stars Isabel Huppert (1988, MK2, 108 min, p/s)

0815 *The Song of Bernadette* dir. Henry King, stars Jennifer Jones, Charles Bickford (1943, Fox, 156 min, p/s)

 

Monument Valley

 

1100 *711 Ocean Drive* dir. Joseph Newman, stars Edmond O'Brien, Joanne Dru, Otto Premingre (1950, 102 min, p/s)

1245 *King Kong* stars Fay Wray, King Kong (1933, RKO, 100 min)

1430 *Zazie Dans Le Metro* dir. Louis Malle stars Catherine Demongeot, Philippe Noiret (1960, 89 min, p/s)

1600 *Boy on a Dolphin* dir. Jean Negulesco stars Clifton Webb, Alan Ladd, Sophia Loren (1957, Fox, 111 min, p/s)

1800 *Saboteur* dir. Alfred Hitchocck, stars Bob Cummings, Priscilla Lane, Norman Lloyd (1942, Universal, 109 min p/s)

 

Evil TCM Programmer

 

2000 *42nd Street* dir. Lloyd Bacon, stars Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell (1933, WB, 89 min)

2145 *8-1/2* dir. Federico Fellini, stars Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale (1963, Cinecitta, 138 min, p/s)

0015 *Five Came Back* dir. , stars Lucille Ball, Chester Morris (1939, RKO, 75 min)

0145 *Naked Gun 2-1/2* dir. David Zucker, stars Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley (1991, Paramount, 85 min) PREMIERE

0315 *The 39 Steps* dir. Alfred Hitchcock, stars Robert Donat, Madeline Carroll (Gaumont, 1935, 86 min, p/s)

0445 *Three Wise Girls* dir. William Beaudine, stars Jean Harlow, Mae Clarke (1932, Columbia, 69 min, p/s)

 

TUESDAY, January 7

 

Helping Mom buy glasses

 

0600 *Guess Who's Coming to Dinner* dir. Stanley Kramer, stars Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn (1967, Columbia, 108 min, p/s)

0800 *The More the Merrier* dir George Stevens, stars Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea (1943, Columbia, 104 min, p/s)

0945 *The Palm Beach Story* dir. Preston Sturges, stars Joel McCrea, Claudette Colbert, Rudy Vallee

1115 *The Apartment* dir. Billy Wilder, stars Fred MacMurray, Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine (1960, Mirisch, 125 min, p/s)

Short: An Eastern Westerner dir. Hal Roach, stars Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis (1920, Hal Roach, 23 min, p/s)

1345 *Safety Last* dir. Fred Newmeyer, stars Harold Lloyd (1923, Hal Roach, 70 min, p/s)

 

Madame X, Take #3210542184375

 

1500 *The Sin of Madelon Claudet* dir. Edgar Selwyn, stars Helen Hayes, Lewis Stone (1931, MGM, 75 min)

1615 *The Secret of Madame Blanche* dir Charles Brabin, stars Irene Dunne, Lionel Atwill (1933, MGM, 84 min, p/s)

1745 *To Each His Own* dir. Mitchell Leisen, stars Olivia de Havilland, John Lund (1946, Paramount, 122 min)

 

Who Should Be Star of the Month? Alec Guinness

 

2000 *Kind Hearts and Coronets* dir. Robert Hamer, co-stars Dennis Price, Valerie Hbson (1949, Ealing, 106 min, p/s)

2200 *The Ladykillers* dir Alexander Mackendrick, co-stars Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker (1955, Ealing, 91 min, p/s)

2345 *The Horse's Mouth* dir. Ronald Neame, co-stars Kay Walsh, Renee Houston (1958, 97 min, p/s)

0130 *A Majority of One* dir. Mervyn Le Roy, co-stars Rosalind Russell, Ray Danton (1961, 156 min, p/s)

0415 *Murder By Death* dir Robert Moore, co-stars Peter Falk, Peter Sellers (1976, 94 min, p/s)

 

WEDNESDAY, January 8

 

MGM 50s B Message Movies

 

0600 *Bright Road* dir. Gerald Mayer stars Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge, Philip Hepburn (1953, MGM, 68 min)

0715 *Talk About a Stranger* dir. David Bradley, stars George Murphy, Nancy Davis, Billy Gray (1952, MGM, 62 min)

0830 *The Next Voice You Hear* dir. William Wellman, stars James Whitmore, Nancy Davis, Gary Gray (1950, MGM, 83 min)

1000 *The Sellout* dir. Gerald Mayer, stars Walter Pidgeon, John Hodiak, Audrey Totter (1952, MGM, 83 min)

1130 *Slander* dir. Roy Rowland, stars Van Johnson, Ann Blyth, Steve Cochran (1957, MGM, 81 min)

 

Bette Davis' rants

 

1300 *In This Our Life* dir. John Huston, stars Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Charles Coburn (1942, WB, 97 min)

1445 *Now, Voyager* dir. Irving Rapper, stars Bette Davis, Paul Henried, Claude Rains (1942, WB, 117 min)

1645 *Jezebel* dir. William Wyler, stars Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent (1938, WB, 104 min)

1830 *Of Human Bondage* dir. John Cromwell, stars Bette Davis, Leslie Howard (1934, RKO, 83 min)

 

Everybody Has a Dud

 

2000 *The Star* dir Suart Heisler, stars Bette Davis, Sterling Hayden (1952, Fox, 89 min, p/s)

2145 *Once Upon a Time* dir. Alexander Hall, stars Cary Grant, Janet Blair, James Gleason (1944, Columbia, 89 min, p/s)

2330 *Cluny Brown* dir. Ernst Lubitsch, stars Jennifer Jones, Charles Boyer, Peter Lawford (1946, Fox, 100 min, p/s)

0115 *With Six You Get Eggroll* dir. Howard Morris, stars Doris Day, Brian Keith, George Carlin (1968, Arwin, 95 min, p/s)

0300 *The Left Hand of God* dir. Edward Dmytryk, stars Humphrey Bogart, Gene Tierney, Lee J. Cobb (1956, Fox, 87 min)

0430 *Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid* dir. Irving Pichel, stars William Powell, Ann Blyth, Irene Hervey (1948, 84 min, p/s)

 

THURSDAY, January 9

 

Shelley Winters and water don't mix

 

0600 *He Ran All The Way* dir. , stars Shelley Winters, John Garfield (1951, UA, 77 min, p/s)

0730 *A Place in the Sun* dir. George Stevens, stars Shelley Winters, Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor (1951, Paramount, 122 min, p/s)

0945 *Night of the Hunter* dir. Charles Laughton, stars Shelley Winters, Robert Mitchum (1955, 93 min, p/s)

1130 *The Poseidon Adventure* dir. Ronald Neame, stars Shelley Winters, Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine (1972, Fox, 117 min) PREMIERE

 

On boats and confined spaces

 

1330 *Journey Into Fear* dir. Norman Foster, stars Joseph Cotten, Dolores Del Rio, Ruth Warrick (1943, RKO, 68 min)

1445 *Plunder of the Sun* dir. John Farrow, stars Glenn Ford, Patricia Medina, Diana Lynn (1953, WB, 81 min, p/s)

1615 *Death on the Nile* dir. John Guillermin, stars Peter Ustinov, Bette Davis, David Niven (1978, EMI, 140 min, p/s)

1845 *Bed of Roses* dir. Gregory La Cava, stars Constance Bennett, Joel McCrea, Pert Kelton (1933, RKO, 67 min)

 

Don't Jump!

 

2000 *The Bad Sleep Well* dir Akira Kurosawa; stars Toshiro Mifune (1960, Toho, 151 min, p/s)

2245 *Fourteen Hours* dir Henry Hathaway, stars Richard Basehart, Barbara Bel Geddes, Paul Douglas (1951, Fox, 92 min, p/s)

0030 *The Stork Club* dir Hal Walker; stars Betty Hutton, Barry Fitzgerald, Don De Fore (1945, Paramount, 98 min, p/s)

0215 *To Be Or Not To Be* dir. Ernst Lubitsch, stars Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Robert Stack (1942, UA, 99 min, p/s)

0400 *Vertigo* dir. Alfred Hitchcock; stars James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes (1958, Paramount, 129 min, p/s)

 

FRIDAY, January 10

 

0615 *Three on a Match* dir. Mervyn LeRoy; stars Ann Dovrak, Joan Blondell, Bette Davis (1932, WB, 63 min)

 

I Have a feeling we're not in Kansas any more

 

0730 *All About Eve* dir. Joseph Mankiewicz, stars Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders (1950, Fox, 138 min, p/s)

1000 *Captain Blood* dir. Michael Curtiz, stars Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone (1935, WB, 119 min)

 

Chick Flicks for Guys

 

1200 *Leave Her to Heaven* dir. John Stahl, stars Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain (1945, Fox, 110 min, p/s)

1400 *The Miracle of Morgan's Creek* dir. Preston Sturges, stars Eddie Bracken, Betty Hutton, William Demarest (1944, Paramount, 98 min, p/s)

1545 *The Sign of the Cross* dir. Cecil B. DeMille, stars Elissa Landi, Fredric March, Claudette Colbert (1932, Paramount, 122 min, p/s)

1800 *The Trouble With Harry* dir. Alfred Hitchcock, stars John Forsythe, Edmund Gwenn, Shirley MacLaine (1955, Paramount, 99 min, p/s)

Short: Crime Does Not Pay: Buried Loot (1935, MGM, 19 min)

 

Electricity

 

2000 *Wild River* dir. Elia Kazan, stars Montgomery Clift, Jo Van Fleet, Lee Remick (1960, Fox, 110 min) PREMIERE

2200 *Edison the Man* dir. Clarence Brown, stars Spencer Tracy, Rita Johnson, Charles Coburn (1940, MGM, 107 min)

0000 *Slim* dir. Ray Enright, stars Pat O'Brien, Henry Fonda, Margaret Lindsay (1937, WB, 85 min)

0130 *Lovin' the Ladies* dir. Melville Brown, stars Richard Dix, Lois Wilson, Allen Kearns (1930, RKO, 65 min)

 

TCM Underground

 

0245 *War Between the Planets* dir. Antonio Margheriti, stars "Jack Stuart", "Amber Collins" (1966, Mercury, 80 min) EXEMPT

0415 *The Snow Devils* dir. Antonio Margheriti, stars "Jack Stuart", "Amber Collins" (1967, Mercury, 90 min) EXEMPT

Short: Voices of Venice (1951, MGM, 9 min)

 

SATURDAY

 

News of the Weird

 

0600 *Go Chase Yourself* dir. Edward Cline, stars Joe Penner, Lucille Ball (1938, RKO, 70 min)

0715 *The Big Clock* dir. John Farrow, stars Ray Milland, Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Sullivan (1948, Paramoount, 95 min, p/s)

0900 *The Prowler* dir. Joseph Losey, stars Van Heflin, Evelyn Keyes (1951, Horizon, 92 min, p/s)

1045 *Pushover* dir. Richard Quine, stars Fred MacMurray, Kim Novak (1954, Columbia, 88 min, p/s)

 

Don't Quit Your Day Job

 

1215 *Headin' Home* dir. Lawrence Windom, stars Babe Ruth, Ruth Taylor (1920, 71 min, p/s)

1330 *The Oscar* dir. Russell Rouse, stars Tony Bennett, Stephen Boyd, Elke Sommer (1966, Embassy, 119 min, p/s)

Short: The Soundman (1950, AMPAS, 10 min, p/s)

1545 *True Grit* dir. Henry Hathaway, stars John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Kim Darby (1969, Paramount, 128 min, p/s)

1800 *Victory* dir. John Huston, stars Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine, Pel? (1981, Lorimar, 116 min) PREMIERE

 

Ethnic G. Robinson

 

2000 *Little Caesar* dir. Mervyn LeRoy, stars Edward G. Robinson; Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.; Glenda Farrell (1931, WB, 79 min)

2130 *Tiger Shark* dir Howard Hawks, stars Edward G. Robinson, Richard Arlen, Zita Johann (1932, WB, 77 min)

2300 *Our Vines Have Tender Grapes* dir. Roy Rolwand, stars Edward G. Robinson, Agnes Moorehead, Margaret O'Brien (1945, MGM, 105 min)

0100 *Smart Money* dir. Alfred Green, stars Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Evalyn Knapp (1931, WB, 81 min)

0230 *The Hatchet Man* dir. William Wellman, stars Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Dudley Digges (1932, WB, 74 min)

0345 *The Prize* dir. Mark Robson, stars Edward G. Robinson, Paul Newman, Kevin McCarthy (1963, MGM, 134 min, p/s)

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Fedya's Notes on a Schedule

 

Five years ago(!), I started my low-traffic movie blog http://justacineast.blogspot.com and, for a while now, I've thought about doing a Programming Challenge schedule based on ides from various blog posts. When I can't think of a good movie coming up on TV that I haven't already blogged about, I have a tendency to do a list-type post based upon something or other that's come up in the news or my personal life.

 

My first real post about movies was titled "Spare a Thought for Jack Carson", who so often played the second-banana, which was oftentimes a smarmy type you expected to con you. So, I've started off Sunday morning and afternoon with half a dozen of Carson's films with him in such roles. (Well, except for *My Dream Is Yours*, in which he actually gets to be the top banana.)

 

Last year during TCM's 31 Days of Oscar they spent a day on movies set in France, and I noticed how many biopic there were set in France of famous French people. I've expanded upon that by running a marathon of seven biopics of French people (Nostradamus was French too, so if you want to consider the short a biopic that makes it eight), including Abel Gance's *Napoleon* for this week's TCM Silent Sunday Nights movie.

 

John Ford filmed a bunch of his westerns in Utah's Monument Valley, although I don't know that there are really any monuments there. But I used Monument Valley as a springboard for a July 2008 post http://justacineast.blogspot.com/2008/07/monument-valley.html on movies that use actual monuments in the plot. OK, technically many of them are landmarks, not monuments, but you get the point. In order, there's the Hoover Dam, the Empire State Building, the Empire State Building, the Acropolis, and the Statue of Liberty.

 

I had to come up with a programming theme around the number 100, which was a bit of a toughie since the only blog post I did was for post #100 which unsurprisingly recommended Deanna Durbin in *One Hundred Men and a Girl*. But then I remembered the Mayan Apocalypse of last December, when the TCM Programmer showed his evil genius side by scheduling a bunch of movies set against a post-apocalyptic world. How would such a programmer hit 100? Add all of Monday night's six movies together and you might figure that out.

 

In August of 2009 I got roped into accompanying my mother to the local Walmart's eyeglasses center to give my opinion on which sets of glasses looked good on her. I didn't really want to do it, so my first thought when I got there was to see if they had any frames like the ones on the glasses Spencer Tracy wore in *Guess Who's Coming to Dinner* or *Judgment at Nuremberg*. If you've seen the movies, you know exactly what those glasses look like; if not, the blog post (http://justacineast.blogspot.com/2009/08/eyeglasses.html) helpfully has a photo. I thought about some other types of glasses, like the ones Edie Adams wears in *The Apartment*, which are like a woman's equivalent of those Spencer Tracy specs but with small fins. (I believe you can see them in the New Year's scene where Fred MacMurray and Shirley MacLaine are celebrating at the restaurant and Edie Adams spots them.) There's also Charles Coburn's monocle (although my mom has poor vision in both eyes so that wouldn't be appropriate for her); Harold Lloyd's iconic frames, or the glasses that Rudy Vallee keeps seeing get broken in *The Palm Beach Story*.

 

The first talking version of *Madame X* was made, I believe, in 1929, and has been remade several times, notably in the 1960s with Lana Turner. And then there are the movies that look like *Madame X* but technically aren't. It's something I noticed and pointed out (http://justacineast.blogspot.com/2010/04/madame-x-take-3210542184375.html) when I saw the underwhelming *To Each His Own*. So, I've programmed three movies that are variations on the *Madame X* theme. The frigtening thing is that Olivia de Havilland wasn't the first person to win an Oscar for doing a warmed-over version of *Madame X*.

 

In September 2009, I asked (http://justacineast.blogspot.com/2009/09/who-should-be-star-of-month.html) what sort of person would make a good Star of the Month. I think it has to be somebody reasonably well-known (to try to lure in people who aren't necessarily classic movie fans) and who was actually a star. One such person who I think has never been Star of the Month is Sir Alec Guinness. His centenary is actually in April 2014 (hint to the TCM Programmer), but since the rules say the schedule has to be a week before March 2014, I picked next January for the schedule. It would be easy to program Guinness as Star of the Month, too, since *Lawrence of Arabia* could take up one entire night, and *Doctor Zhivago* a second entire night. Or so it seems.

 

When I blogged about *Bright Road* back in January 2010 (http://justacineast.blogspot.com/2010/01/to-maam-with-love.html) I mentioned Dore Schary and how he seemed to want to make more "relevant" movies than Louis B. Mayer did at MGM. In fact, MGM made quite a few movies in the early 1950s that had a B-movie running length, were in black and white unlike the lavish color musicals and costume epics they were also releasing in droves in the 1950s. Many of them also seemed to have a social message. So I've programmed a morning of those MGM "B" movies from the 1950s.

 

When TCM showed *Now, Voyager* as part of a look at psychiatry in the movies, I blogged about... Bette Davis' nervous breakdown in that movie. (http://justacineast.blogspot.com/2008/03/tastes-great-less-filling.html) It is, after all, the best part of the movie. Davis had quite a few memorable rants with similar overacting, and I've devoted an afternoon to them.

 

That afternoon continues into prime time with *The Star*, which is one of her duds. (To be fair, it's a good movie to laugh at, even if it wasn't conceived as a comedy.) I've suggested on my blog that everybody who's made enough movies has a dud somewhere along the way, such as Doris Day with *With Six You Get Eggroll* (http://justacineast.blogspot.com/2008/09/retirement-was-good-idea.html). Some duds are worse than others, to be sure, but I've picked a night of movies from otherwise talented actors and directors that I consider to be duds.

 

In February 2009, I wrote a blog post called "Shelley Winters and Water Don't Mix". (http://justacineast.blogspot.com/2009/02/shelley-winters-and-water-dont-mix.html) Whether it's meeting a desperate criminal at a public swimming pool, or winding up in a boat that overturned, you'd think that Winters would have learned from her first three bad experiences in the water by the time *The Poseidon Adventure* came along.

 

There's something about the confined spaces on a boat that naturally makes for suspense, as I blogged about in May of 2008 (http://justacineast.blogspot.com/2008/05/on-boats-and-confined-spaces.html) and I've included a couple of movies that fit that theme. In the last of those movies, *Bed of Roses*, Constance Bennett escapes by jumping into the Mississippi River. That segues into the Thursday night theme.

 

In May, 2009, former South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun committed suicide by jumping off a cliff. When I heard the news, I immediately thought, "What movies involve people jumping (or threatening to jump) to their deaths?" and wrote a blog post about it. (http://justacineast.blogspot.com/2009/05/dont-jump.html) Whether it's jumping out of a building, off a bridge, seemingly jumping off a bell tower, or being told by an actor playing your F?hrer to jump out of an airplane even though you're not wearing a parachute, there are quite a few movies with this as a plot point.

 

The last of the movies has Bette Davis in the cast (although she's not the one who jumps), which led me to think of another Bette Davis movie, *All About Eve*, which has one glaring flaw, as I mentioned back in July 2008 (http://justacineast.blogspot.com/2008/07/i-have-feeling-were-not-in-kansas.html). There's a scene of George Sanders and Anne Baxter in New Haven, which has some of the worst rear-projection photography I've seen in a prestige picture. The opening of *Captain Blood* looks to be pretty lousy rear-projection photography, too.

 

When I started writing the blog, it wasn't long before Valentine's Day, so I did a series of posts on movies that have plots you might think belong on the Lifetime Channel, but in fact are perfectly enjoyable for men, too. (In *The Trouble With Harry*, Shirley MacLaine thinks she's killed her abusive ex-husband. What's not Lifetime about that?)

 

Those of you in the Northeast US may remember the blackout of August 2003. I wrote a post on the fifth anniversary of it mentioning the strategic use of a lack of electriciy in some movies. Rather than doing blackout movies, however, I decided to program a series of movies with electricity as a key plot point.

 

For TCM Underground, I've recommended the first two movies of the Gamma I Quadrilogy, an Italian sci-fi series of terrible (but terribly funny) movies before. They've shown up several times on TCM. The last two don't seem to show up so often, so I selected the third and fourth for TCM Underground.

 

In August 2012 (http://justacineast.blogspot.com/2012/08/news-of-weird.html'>http://justacineast.blogspot.com/2012/08/news-of-weird.html'>http://justacineast.blogspot.com/2012/08/news-of-weird.html'>http://justacineast.blogspot.com/2012/08/news-of-weird.html), I read a story out of Iceland about a tourist who was reported missing by the leader of her tour group, and ended up participating in the search for the "lost" tourist, not realizing she was the person for whom they were searching! There are several movies that have a similar theme of investigating oneself, although inside jobs by corrupt cops are really more common.

 

Hollywood has had a long history of trying to make movie stars out of people. Sometimes, it's not such a good idea, when they take somebody famous for something else and cast them in movies. Babe Ruth can play himself, but not much else. Tony Bennet could sing, but not act; the same goes for Glen Campbell. And then there's *Victory*, a mess starring Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine, and Pel? as soccer players who are POWs in a Nazi prison camp in World War II. At least one of the three could play soccer. As for the acting, well, let's just say that for none of them is *Victory* their finest hour.

 

Finally, in February 2008, I wrote a post titled "Ethnic G. Robinson" (http://justacineast.blogspot.com/2012/08/news-of-weird.html), mentioning how Edward G. Robinson was cast in a whole bunch of different nationalities in his career. It included Italian-American; Portuguese-American; Norwegian-American; Greek-American; Chinese-American; and German.

 

SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS: *Napoleon*

TCM IMPORTS: *The Story of Women*

STAR OF THE MONTH: Alec Guinness

TCM ESSENTIAL: *Little Caesar*

PREMIERES: *Naked Gun 2-1/2*, *The Poseidon Adventure*, *Wild River*, *Victory*

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And there we have it . . . five great schedules. I'd be happy to see the TCM programmers --steal-- be inspired by any or all of them!

 

(If I made any mistakes in posting your schedule or notes, please bring it to my attention immediately. The edit function on posts disappears in a day.)

 

Even if you didn't create a schedule, you can show TCM what you'd like to see by voting for the schedule that's closest to your ideal.

 

Post your vote here or send me a PM!

 

Voting ends next Monday (the 11th) at noon (PST).

 

(I'm glad I don't get to vote this time. It'd be really hard for me to choose just one.)

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Thanks for voting!

 

Two votes in, many, many more to go.

 

It's a hard decision, but we have to show the TCM programmers what we really want to see.

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Wow, Fedya slipped in a fantastic schedule just as the door was closing! Fedya, can I first say thank you for chosing my favorite actor Alec Guinness as SOTM. Why this chameleon and Oscar winner has never been SOTM with his incredible body of work, all of which he's definitely the STAR of, is beyond me. Everyone should see KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS if they don't know what I'm talking about. Love featuring glasses, Monument Valley, duds, and chick flicks for guys. Lots of interesting schedules in here and lots of good movies.

 

Okay, then, not sure who I'm going to vote for yet since everyone did a great schedule. Have to review them again.

 

In the meantime, thanks for the vote, obrienmundy! :D

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As you can see, I did not get my schedule posted in time even though I did finish it and the notes last night. I will try to use some of it for the next Challenge(s).

 

That being said, I can still vote and I will after I've perused all of the schedules again.

 

I wanted to give kudos to Fedya on a great schedule. I just read it and, as always, had some good laughs. Evil TCM Programmer, Don't Jump, Ethnic G. Robinson, Shelley Winters and Water Don't Mix (I'm still laughing at that one) and the Eyeglasses theme. All terrific.

 

 

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> {quote:title=gagman66 wrote:}{quote}

> Not an easy choice, but I think I am voting for Capuchin. NAPOLEON swayed my vote.

 

While I appreciate the sentiment, as the challenge setter, I can't receive votes (mainly because I didn't create a schedule)..

 

I think you meant to vote for Fedya's schedule. :)

 

The confusion is probably because I had to copy the schedules submitted in the original thread and repost them into this thread. That made the schedules here bear my name as the poster. The first line of each post, though, should name who schedule or notes it actually is.

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There were excellent items in each schedule, but Swithin gets my vote for having the most themes I liked in one schedule, starting right off the bat with the salute to Grand Central Terminal.

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And the votes stand thus . . .

 

LonesomePolecat -- 1

Swithin -- 2

Skimpole -- 1

Fedya -- 1 (?)

 

(The question mark is because gagman66 connoted Fedya's schedule without naming it.)

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Capuchin, a bit of (what I consider to be) levity before I cast my vote. Today's Time Out NY features a review for *The Monk*, a new movie based on the Gothic novel which I read (related to my theology studies in a rather perverse say) in college. The review includes this line:

 

"Vincent Cassel makes for a tightly coiled Brother Ambrosio, the famously devout *Capuchin* whose confrontations with a hot wayward witch, a beautiful virgin, a slatternly nun and a poisonous garden centipede eventually lead him to Satan-assisted rape, murder and worse."

 

May we assume, Capuchin, that you did not take your screen name as an homage to Brother Ambrosio?

 

In any case, I digress. All the schedules are wonderful. We should all be given a go at TCM programming, or at least we should all be copied. I'm sorry the Countess did not get to post her schedule, maybe next time. But looking them all over, the one that speaks to me most closely, is Skimpole's. How can I resist the combination of Woody Allen, Eric Rohmer, Satyajit Ray, as well as Betty Garde stabbing Hope Emerson with a fork in Caged ? And to top it all off, Renoir's exquisite A Day in the Country ! Hence my vote for Skimpole.

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If the voting is open to all, my vote is for Fedya. Bright Leaf? Good one.

 

And others...

 

Jake in the Heartland

 

 

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

> If the voting is open to all, my vote is for Fedya.

 

Your vote is certainly welcome. Everyone who was a member of this board prior to January 1, 2013 can, and is encouraged, to vote. It's the best way we have to show TCM what we want to see.

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

> May we assume, Capuchin, that you did not take your screen name as an homage to Brother Ambrosio?

 

When I was in high school, a guy called me a big ape. His girlfriend disagreed, saying I was a cute little monkey. Rhesus didn't quite fit, so she and her girlfriends started calling me Capuchin.

 

Many years later, I was at a RenFaire doing my sidewalk act (the "did you know the word gullible isn't in the dictionary" sort of thing). Someone, not knowing if "pulling the wool over your eyes" was a correct idiom for the era, told a lady I was chatting up that I was "pulling down her capuchin" (a capuchin is the hood of a cloak http://www.moresca.com/images/product/Hood-main.jpg). So it became my nickname again.

 

Not being one to disrespect Fate, I've adopted it as a more or less permanent alternate name.

 

I haven't seen *The Monk,* but I'm willing to guess it's tamer than *Nude Nuns with Big Guns* (2010).

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Very interesting, and amusing, Capuchin! Of course you know the names for both the monkey and the hood derive from the Order of Capuchins, so there is that connection. The Monk which has just opened in NYC is based on one of the original Gothic novels of the early 19th Century -- others were Frankenstein, The Castle of Otranto, The Mysteries of Udolpho, and my favorite, Melmoth the Wanderer. But I am WAY OT for this voting thread!

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