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Welcome to the 25th TCM Programming Challenge!

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> skimpole wrote:

> Well I've got Sunday down: six more days to go.

 

I truly hope you fare better than Ashleigh Brilliant who once stated: "I Try to Take One Day at a Time, but Sometimes Several Days Attack Me at Once."

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Does anyone have links to TCM's The Essentials prior to 2009?

I am trying not to re-use a pre-existing Essential in my schedule.

 

Thanks.

 

Lydecker

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Thanks Sans for finding Kyle's thread.

 

Here's the recent ones with Drew:

 

*The Essentials 2014-2015*

*Co-Hosted by Robert Osborne and Drew Barrymore*

*(Repeats Omitted)*

 

Marty (1955)

The Sugarland Express (1974)

The Pink Panther (1963)

His Girl Friday (1940)

Field of Dreams (1989)

How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

Laura (1944)

Beauty and the Beast (1946)

In the Heat of the Night (1967)

Stella Dallas (1937)

The Haunting (1963)

The Dirty Dozen (1967)

My Fair Lady (1964)

On the Waterfront (1954)

To Be or Not to Be (1942)

I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968)

Blow-Up (1966)

The Champ (1931)

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Bus Stop (1956)

Metropolis (1927)

The Thin Man (1934)

Foreign Correspondent (1940)

Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)

Belle de Jour (1967)

His Girl Friday (1940)

Network (1976)

Laura (1944)

Twentieth Century (1934)

The Black Stallion (1979)

Blow-Up

Network

__________________________________________________________

 

*The Essentials 2013-2014*

*Co-Hosted by Robert Osborne and Drew Barrymore*

*(Repeats Omitted)*

 

Grand Hotel

The Big Chill

Tootsie

Gun Crazy

Lawrence of Arabia

Anna and the King of Siam

Freaks

Giant

Gold Diggers of 1933

8pm How Green was My Valley

Stand By Me

Bride of Frankenstein

Friendly Persuasion

Libeled Lady

Breathless

The Palm Beach Story

The Searchers

Auntie Mame

Key Largo

The Women

Gaslight

Diner

The Bad and the Beautiful

The Lady Eve

Lifeboat

It Happened Once Night

Silkwood

___________________________________________________________

 

*The Essentials 2012-2013*

*Co-Hosted by Robert Osborne and Drew Barrymore*

*(Repeats Omitted)*

 

Some Like It Hot

This is Spinal Tap

The Razor's Edge

Alice Adams

The Goodbye Girl

Sunrise

Gilda

The Fallen Idol

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

The Third Man

Camille

Diabolique

Wuthering Heights

Dinner at Eight

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Jezebel

The Way We Were

Kramer vs. Kramer

Rebel Without a Cause

Sullivan's Travels

 

Summertime

The Band Wagon

To Have and Have Not

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

Lolita

Captains Courageous

Alice Adams

The Fallen Idol

The Wild Bunch

The Third Man

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Sunset Blvd quote of the day:

"Listen, if the lady is paying, why not take the Vicuna?"

 

I'm so excited to have three great schedules and even more on the way! Keep it up, guys!

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Sunday July 13, 2014

 

Nothing says the summer like the Sahara Desert!

 

06:00 AM *Beau Travail* (1999) Pyramide Distribution C-90 min Denis Lavant, Michel Subor, Gregorie Colin D: Claire Denis P/S

 

07:30 AM *Beau Geste* (1939) Paramount BW-112 min Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston D: William Wellman P/S

 

09:30 AM *The Son of the Sheik* (1926) United Artists BW-68 min Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Banky D: George Fitzmaurice P/S

 

10:45 AM *Sahara* (1943) Columbia BW-97 min Humphrey Bogart, Bruce Bennett, Lloyd Bridges D: Zoltan Korda P/S

 

Special Challenge#1: Cinematographer Boris Kaufman

 

12:30 PM *L'Atalante* (1934) Gaumont BW-89 min Michel Simon, Dita Parlo, Jean Daste D: Jean Vigo P/S

 

02:00 PM *On the Waterfront* (1954) Columbia BW-108 min Martin Brando, Karl Malden, Rod Steiger D: Elia Kazan P/S

 

04:00 PM *Baby Doll* (1956) Warner Bros BW-114 min Karl Malden, Carroll Baker, Eli Wallach D: Elia Kazan P/S

 

06:00 PM *The Pawnbroker* (1965) Allied Artists BW-116 min Rod Steiger, Geraldine Fitzgerald D: Sidney Lumet P/S

 

*Special Challenge #2: Final Bows*

 

08:00 PM *The Happiest Millionaire* (1967) Disney C-164 min Fred MacMurray, Tommy Steele, D: Norman Tokar, LP PREMIERE

 

11:00 PM *Cluny Brown* (1946), 20th Century Fox BW-100 Charles Boyer, Jennifer Jones, Peter Lawford D: Ernst Lubitsch P/S

 

12:45 AM (Silent) *Tabu* (1931) Paramount BW-84 min Mahati, Anne Chevalier, D: F.W. Murnau EXEMPT

 

02:15 AM (Foreign) *L'Argent* (1983) Eos Films C-83 min Christian Patey, Vincent Visterucci D: Robert Bresson EXEMPT

 

03:45 AM (Foreign) *Saraband* (2004) Sony Productions Classics C-120 min Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson, Borge Ahlstedt D: Ingram Bergman EXEMPT

 

Monday, July 14, 2014

 

Happy Birthday, Ingmar Bergman!

 

05:45 AM *Summer with Monika* (1953) Svensk Filmindustri BW-96 min Harriet Andersson, Lars Ekborg D: Ingmar Bergman P/S

 

07:30 AM *The Virgin Spring* (1959) Svensk Filmindustri BW-89 min Max von Sydow, Gunnel Lindblom, Birgitta Pettersson D: Ingmar Bergman P/S

 

09:00 AM *Autumn Sonata* (1978) New World Pictures C-99 min Ingrid Bergman, Liv Ullmann, Lena Nyman D: Ingmar Bergman P/S

 

10:45 AM *Winter Light* (1963) Svensk Filmindustri BW-81 min Gunnar Bjornstrand, Ingrid Thulin, Max von Sydow D: Ingmar Bergman P/S

 

12:15 PM *Persona* (1966) Svensk Filmindustri BW-83 min Liv Ullmann, Bibi Andersson D: Ingmar Bergman

 

01:45 PM *The Seventh Seal* (1957) Svensk Filmindustrei BW-96 min Max von Sydow, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Bengt Ekerot D: Ingmar Bergman P/S

 

03:30 PM *Scenes from a Marriage* (1974) Cinematograph AB C-168 min Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson D: Ingmar Bergman P/S

 

06:30 PM *Wild Strawberries* (1957) Svenk Filmindustri BW-90 min Victor Sjostrom, Ingrid Thulin, Bibi Anderrson D: Ingmar Bergman P/S

 

08:00 PM *Cries and Whispers* (1972) Svensk Filmindustri C-91 min Harriet Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Ingrid Thulin D: Ingmar Bergman Premiere #1

 

09:45 PM *Fanny and Alexander* (1982) Svenka Filminstitutet C-188 min Bertil Guve, Erland Josephon Gunn Wallgren D: Ingmar Bergman P/S

 

01:00 AM *Smiles of a Summer Night* (1955) Svensk Filmindustri BW-108 min Gunnar Bjornstrand, Eva Dahlbeck D: Ingmar Bergman P/S

 

03:00 AM *The Best Intentions* (1992) Samuel Goldwyn Company B-182 min Pernilla August, Samuel Froler, Max von Sydow Premiere #2

 

Tuesday July 15, 2014

 

As part of the French Revolution, Paris in history

 

06:15 AM *The Hunchback of Notre Dame* (1939) RKO BW-116 min Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara, Cedric Hardwicke D: William Dieterle P/S

 

08:15 AM *Elena and Her Men* (1956) Warner Bros C-96 min Ingrid Bergman, Jean Marais D: Jean Renoir P/S

 

10:00 AM *The Rise to Power of Louis XIV* (1966) Office de Radiodiffusion Television Francaise C-100 min Jean Marie Patte, Raymond Jourdan D: Roberto Rossellini Premiere #3

 

11:45 AM *Le Joli Mai* (1963) Sofracima BW-155 min Simone Signoret, Yves Montand narrate D: Chris Marker Premiere#4

 

02:30 PM *La Marseillaise* (1938) SEDIF BW-135 min Pierre Renoir, Lisa Delamare D: Jean Renoir Premiere#5

 

04:45 PM *Children of Paradise* (1945) Societe Nouvelle Pathe Cinema BW-190 min Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur D: Marcel Carne P/S

 

08:00 PM *La Commune (Paris 1871)* (2000) 13 Productions BW-345 min D: Peter Watkins Premiere #6

 

02:00 AM *Masculin-Feminin* (1966) Anouchka Films BW-103 min Jean-Pierre Leaud, Chantal Goya D: Jean-Luc Godard

 

03:45 AM *La Haine* (1995) Canal BW-98 min Vincent Cassel, Hubert Kounde, Said Taghmaoui D: Mathieu Kassovitz Premiere #7

 

 

Wednesday July 16, 2014

 

Happy Birthday Roald Amundsen, or what better for the dog days of summer but snow. And ice. Plenty of Ice

 

05:30 AM *Nanook of the North* (1922) Les Freres Revillion BW-79 min Allakariallak, Nyla, D: Robert Flaherty P/S

 

07:00 AM *Conquest of the Pole* (1912) Pathe Freres BW-31 min George Melies, Fernande Albany D: Georges Melies P/S

 

07:45 AM *Way Down East* (1920) United Artists BW-145 min Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess D: D.W. Griffith P/S

 

10:15 AM *With Byrd at the South Pole* (1930) Paramount BW-82 min Rear Adm Richard E. Byrd No Director credited P/S

 

11:45 AM *The Thing from Another World* (1951) BW-87 min Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, James Arness D: Christian Nyby, Howard Hawks P/S

 

Happy Birthday Ginger Rogers!

 

01:15 PM *Roxie Hart* (1942) 20th Century Fox Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou D: William Wellman P/S

 

02:30 PM *The Gay Divorcee* (1934) RKO BW-107 min Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Edward Everett Horton D: Mark Sandrich P/S

 

04:30 PM *The Major and the Minor* (1942) Paramount BW-100 min Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland D: Billy Wilder P/S

 

06:15 PM *Stage Door* (1937) RKO BW-91 min Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou D: Gregory La Cava P/S

 

Star of the Month Jason Robards (born this month)

 

08:00 PM (Star of the Month Jason Robards) *Julia* (1977) 20th Century Fox C-118 min Jason Robards, Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave D; Fred Zinnemann

 

10:15 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

 

12:45 AM *Once Upon a Time in the West* (1968) Paramount c-166 min Jason Robards, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Henry Fonda D: Sergio Leone P/S

 

03:45 AM *Magnolia* (1999) New Line Cinema C-188 min Jason Robards, Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Melora Walters D: Paul Thomas Anderson Premiere#8

 

Thursday July 17, 2014

 

Remembering the start of the Spanish Civil war

 

07:00 AM *The Spanish Earth* (1937) Contemporary Historians BW-52 nub Orson Welles narrates D: Joris Ivens P/S

 

08:00 AM *For whom the Bell Tolls* (1943)Paramount c-170 min Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman D: Sam Wood P/S

 

11:00 AM *The Spirit of the Beehive* (1973) Elias Querejita Producciones C-98 min Ana Torent, Isabela Telleria D; Victor Erice P/S

 

Happy Birthday James Cagney!

 

12:45 PM *Blonde Crazy* (1931) Warner Bros BW-79 min James Cagney, Joan Blondell D: Roy del Ruth P/S

 

02:15 PM *White Heat* (1949) Warner Bros BW-114 min James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien D: Raoul Walsh P/S

 

04:15 PM *Footlight Parade* (1933) Warner Bros BW-104 min James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler D: Lloyd Bacon P/S

 

06:00 PM *One, Two, Three* (1961) United Artists BW-109 min James Cagney, Arlene Francis, Horst Buchholz D; Billy Wilder P/S

 

Special Challenge#3: the Best Actresses of 1950

 

08:00 PM *Sunset Boulevard* (1950) Paramount BW-110 min Gloria Swanson, William Holden D: Billy Wilder P/S

 

10:00 PM *All About Eve* (1950) 20th Century Fox BW-138 min Bette Davis, George Sanders, Anne Baxter. D: Joseph L. Mankiewicz P/S

 

12:30 AM *Stromboli* (1950) Bero Films/RKO BW-107 min Ingrid Bergman, Mario Vitale D: Roberto Rossellini P/S

 

02:30 AM *In a Lonely Place* (1950) Columbia BW-95 min Gloria Grahame, Humphrey Bogart D: Nicholas Ray P/S

 

04:15 AM *Annie Get Your Gun* (1950) MGM C-107 min Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, Louis Calhern D: George Sidney P/S

 

 

Friday July 18, 2014

 

Despots, Dictatorships and Dystopias

 

06:15 AM *Cry the Beloved Country* (1951) London Films BW-103 min Canada Lee, Sidney Poitier, Charles Carson D: Zolta Korda P/S

 

08:00 AM *Island of Lost Souls* (1932) Paramount BW-71 min Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi D: Erle C. Kenton

 

09:15 AM *The Scarlet Empress* (1934) Paramount BW-110 min Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge, Sam Jaffe D: Josef von Sternberg P/S

 

11:15 AM *Animal Farm* (1954) Halas & Batchelor C-81 min Maurice Denham D: John Halas, Joy Batchelor Premiere#9

 

12:45 PM *Brazil* (1985) Universal C-143 min Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Michael Palin D: Terry Gilliam P/S

 

03:15 PM *A Dry White Season* (1989) MGM C-97 min Donald Sutherland, Janet Suzman, Marlon Brando D: Euzhan Palcy P/S

 

Very unhappy birthday Vidkun Quisling: two tales of treason

 

05:00 PM *The Tall Target* (1951) MGM BW-75 min Dick Powell, Adolphe Menjou D; Anthony Mann P/S

 

06:15 PM *To be or not to Be* (1942) United Artists BW-99 min Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Robert Stack D: Ernst Lubitsch P/S

 

Special Friday Night Programming: Imaginary Countries

Tonight: a Note of Hope

 

08:00 PM *Lost Horizon* (1937) Columbia BW-132 min Ronald Colman, Edward Everett Horton D; Frank Capra P/S

 

10:30 PM *Yellow Submarine* (1968) United Artists C-85 min The Beatles D: George Dunning Premiere#10

 

12:00 AM *Castle in the Sky* (1986) Studio Ghibli C-126 min Keiko Yokozawa, Mayumi Tanaka, Kotoe Hatsui D: Hayao Miyazaki P/S

 

02:15 AM *The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King* (2003) New Line cinema C-201 min Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortenson, Ian MacKellan P/S

 

Saturday July 19, 2014

 

A Celebration of the Musical: Challenging the Boundaries

 

Start off with sophistication

 

05:45 AM *Monte Carlo* (1930) Paramount BW-90 Min Jeanette MacDonald, Jack Buchanan D: Ernst Lubitsch P/S

 

It's not just Americans

 

07:15 AM *Le Million* (1931) Films Sonores Tobis BW-81 min Annabella, Rene Lefevre, Jean-Louis Allibert D: Rene Clair P/S

 

Let's try something offbeat

 

08:45 AM *Hallelujah, I'm a Bum!* (1933) United Artists BW-82 min Al Jolson, Frank Morgan, Madge Evans D: Lewis Milestone P/S

 

Here's the other Powell/Pressburger musical

 

10:15 AM *The Tales of Hoffmann* (1951) British Lion Films C-128 min Moira Shearer, Robert Helpmann D: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger P/S

 

Add a touch of melancholy

 

12:30 PM *It's Always Fair Weather* (1955) MGM C-102 min Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Dan Dailey D: Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen P/S

 

All French! All Singing!

 

02:15 PM *The Umbrellas of Cherbourg* (1964) Madeleine Films C-91 min Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo D: Jacques Demy P/S

 

Let's not forget the Citizen Kane of jukebox musicals

 

04:00 PM *A Hard Day's Night* (1964) United Artists BW-87 min John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Wilfrid Brambell D: Richard Lester P/S

 

Cinema's greatest fusion of music and vision

 

05:30 PM *2001: A Space Odyssey* (1968) MGM C-142 min Keir Dullea, Douglas Rain, Gary Lockwood D: Stanley Kubrick P/S

 

The avant-garde meets high culture

 

08:00 PM *The Chronicle of Anna Magadelena Bach* (1968) Frank Seitz Film Production BW-94 min Gustav Leonhardt, Christiane Lang D: Danielle Hulliet, Jean-Marie Straub EXEMPT

 

Concert films: not just point and shoot

 

09:45 PM *The Last Waltz* (1978) United Artists C-117 min The Band D: Michael Scorsese P/S

 

Let's add some parody

 

11:45 PM *This is Spinal Tap* (1984) MGM C-82 min Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer D: Rob Reiner P/S

 

The musical: still alive in the eighties

 

01:15 AM *Absolute Beginners* (1986) Orion C-108 min Eddie O'Connell, Patsy Kensit, David Bowie D: Julian Temple P/S

 

Communism! A world class director! Surprisingly large amounts of nudity!

 

03:15 AM (Underground) *Red Psalm* (1972) Mafilm C-87 min Madaras Jozsef, Orban Tibor D: Miklos Jancso EXEMPT

 

Sometimes smug libertarianism! Satan! Saddam Hussein! And, of course, Brian Boitano!

 

04:45 AM (Underground) *South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut* (1999) Paramount C-81 min Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes D: Trey Parker, Matt Stone EXEMPT

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I think most of this is fairly self-explanatory. After starting with several movies set in the Sahara, my first special challenge deals with cinematographer Boris Kaufman whose work not only covers L'Atalante and On the Waterfront, but who was also the brother of Dziga Vertov, the great Soviet filmmaker. It would have been very ironic if professional anti-communists had used that connection to make trouble for Elia Kazan. The second challenge consists of final bows, starting with the final Disney picture Disney was involved with, and then final movies by Lubitsch, Murnau, Bresson and Bergman.

 

This nicely segues into a birthday celebration of Ingmar Bergman. Having started the previously evening with his final film, it ends with the film that he wrote the screenplay for, The Best Intentions, with the final shot involving his mother pregnant with him. Bergman was born on Bastille Day, but since the French Revolution didn't end that day, Tuesday is devoted to Paris' history. Starting in the middle ages, moving on to the reign of Lous XIV, it includes the premiere of La Marseillaise, on the idea that it would be an interesting idea to have a movie that actually liked the French revolution. It goes on to the nineteenth century, including the second Renoir movie, which is certainly the most charming movie ever made about an attempted fascist coup, as well as the TCM premiere of Peter Watkins' masterwork on the Paris Commune. We also have key works by Godard and Marker on the sixties, as well as La Haine, a key movie about Paris' troubled suburbs.

 

What better to have in the summer than movies about snow and ice. We celebrate Ginger Rogers' birthday, as well as star of the month Jason Robards. On Thursday we have movies on the Spanish Civil War, which began on the 17th, as well as movies from James Cagney and our third programming challenge: the five best actresses of 1950. Friday starts off with movies about dictatorships and tyranny. Since it is Nelson Mandela's birthday, we include two movies about South Africa. Our Friday night spotlight is on imaginary countries, and after a day about repression and treason, we can look at the bright side of Shangri-La, Peopperland, Laputa and Middle Earth. Finally, we devote a day dedicated to showing the variety and strangeness of musicals.

 

1910s: 1

1920s: 3

1930s: 17

1940s: 8

1950s: 19

1960s: 13

1970s: 8

1980s: 7

1990s: 5

2000s: 3

 

Premieres:

 

*Cries and Whispers*

*The Best Intentions*

*The Rise to Power of Louis XIV*

*Le Joli Mai*

*La Marsellaise*

*La Commune (Paris 1871)*

*La Haine*

*Magnolia*

*Animal Farm*

*Yellow Submarine*

 

Star of the Month: Jason Robards

Friday Night Spotlight: Imaginary Countries

 

Edited by: skimpole on Mar 9, 2014 4:33 AM

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Great work skimpole! I am probably 1/2 done. I haven't worked on it in a few days as I've been out of town with my husband and right now am hanging out with friends. I'm impressed with everyone's schedules-- I hope mine is good, it's not as high brow as others... Right now I'm having the problem of finding filler to break up large sections of dead space.

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skimpole,

This is a wonderful schedule! I like very much the mix of talents which you choose to award tributes.

 

I make special note of your selection of: *Red Psalm* (1972). I believe that is a very ambitious choice for TCM. It is an excellent movie but I am unsure if many viewers would understand or appreciate it.

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Great schedule and great use of the challenge material. I didn't realize The Happiest Millionaire was the last movie Disney released before he died.

 

Still plenty of time for everyone else to get schedules out. Let's see how you do!

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>I didn't realize The Happiest Millionaire was the last movie Disney released before he died.

 

LP,

 

It wasn't the last movie released before Walt died. As skimpole correctly noted in his notes, it was the last (live action) film that Walt was involved in prior to his death.

 

Disney died in December, 1966 and *The Happiest Millionaire* was released a little less than a year later in 1967.

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Okay. Here goes, I'm finally finished. I hope I did everything right. There was a lot of math involved. I actually found a "time calculator" online by googling "time math." That tool was VERY helpful.

 

June 16, 2013-June 22, 2013

 

*Sunday, June 16, 2013*

 

DAYTIME THEME: Boys (and Girls) of Summer

 

*(Showcasing films dedicated to baseball, a sport that has become almost synonymous with summer)*

 

6:00am *THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES* (1943) Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Walter Brennan. Dir. Sam Wood. RKO, 128 mins. (p/s)

 

8:15am *THE STRATTON STORY* (1949) James Stewart, June Allyson, Frank Morgan. Dir. Sam Wood. MGM, 106 mins (p/s)

 

10:15 pm *TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME* (1949) Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams, Gene Kelly. Dir. Busby Berkeley. MGM, 93 mins (p/s)

 

12:00pm *DAMN YANKEES* (1958) Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon, Ray Walston. Dir. George Abbott & Stanley Donen. Warner Bros, 110 mins (p/s)

 

2:00pm *IT HAPPENS EVERY SPRING* (1949) Ray Milland, Jean Peters, Paul Douglas. Dir. Lloyd Bacon. Fox, 87 mins (p/s)

 

3:30pm *THE NATURAL* (1984) Robert Redford, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger. Dir. Barry Levinson. Columbia, 134 mins (p/s)

 

5:45pm *A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN* (1992) Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty. Dir. Penny Marshall. Columbia, 128 mins (p/s)

 

PRIMETIME THEME: Father's Day

 

*(An evening of 'father-centric' films)*

 

8:00pm *LIFE WITH FATHER* (1947) William Powell, Irene Dunne, Elizabeth Taylor. Dir. Michael Curtiz. Warner Bros, 116 mins (p/s)

 

10:00pm *FATHER OF THE BRIDE* (1950) Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor. Dir. Vincente Minnelli. MGM, 92 mins (p/s)

 

11:45pm *SO YOU'RE GOING TO BE A FATHER* (1947) George O'Hanlon. Dir. Richard Bare. Warner Bros, 11 mins (Premiere #1)

 

*_SILENT SUNDAY NIGHT*_

 

12:00am *THE KID* (1921) Charles Chaplin, Jackie Coogan. Dir. Charles Chaplin. Charles Chaplin Productions, 68 mins. (p/s)

 

1:15am *A DOG'S LIFE* (1918) Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Syd Chaplin. Dir. Charles Chaplin. First National Films, 33 mins (p/s)

 

_*TCM IMPORT (Foreign Film)*_

 

2:00am *AMELIE* (2001) Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Yolande Moreau. Dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Miramax, 122 mins (Premiere-Exempt).

 

4:15am *THE 400 BLOWS* (1959) Jean-Pierre Leaud, Guy Decomble, Claire Maurier. Dir. Francois Truffant. Janus Films, 99 mins (p/s).

 

*Monday, June 17, 2013*

 

Daytime Theme: Featuring Asta

 

*(One of the greatest dog actors in Hollywood. At one point, he made more money per week than his trainer!)*

 

6:00am *THE THIN MAN* (1934) William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan. Dir. W.S. Van Dyke. MGM, 91 mins (p/s)

 

7:45am *THE AWFUL TRUTH* (1937) Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy. Dir. Leo McCarey. Columbia, 89 mins (p/s)

 

9:15am *BRINGING UP BABY* (1938) Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Charles Ruggles. Dir. Howard Hawks. RKO, 100 mins (p/s).

 

11:00am *TOPPER TAKES A TRIP* (1939) Constance Bennett, Roland Young, Billie Burke. Dir. Norman Z. McLeod. United Artists, 80 mins (p/s)

 

Daytime Theme: Orson Welles' film noir

 

*(Celebrating the genius that is Orson Welles)*

 

*("The Lady From Shanghai" was partially filmed on Errol Flynn's yacht, The Zaca, which Welles had rented from Errol. Between takes, Flynn would skipper the boat. He also provided some aerial photography of the yacht and appears in the background of a cantina scene. Both his camera work and cameo go uncredited).*

 

 

12:30pm *THE THIRD MAN* (1949) Joseph Cotton, Alida Valli, Orson Welles. Dir. Carol Reed. London Film Productions, 93 mins (p/s)

 

2:15pm *TOUCH OF EVIL* (1958) Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles. Dir. Orson Welles. Universal, 95 mins (p/s)

 

4:00pm *THE STRANGER* (1946) Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Orson Welles. Dir. Orson Welles. RKO, 94 mins (p/s)

 

5:45pm *THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI* (1948) Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane. Dir. Orson Wells. Columbia, 86 mins (p/s)

 

7:15pm *THE CRUISE OF THE ZACA* (1952) Errol Flynn, 17 mins (p/s)

 

7:45pm *DESI ARNAZ AND HIS ORCHESTRA* (1946) Desi Arnaz, 10 mins (p/s)

 

PRIMETIME THEME- GUEST PROGRAMMER: SPEEDRACER5

 

8:00pm *THE LONG, LONG TRAILER* (1954) Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Marjorie Main. Dir. Vincente Minnelli. MGM, 95 mins (p/s)

 

9:45pm *PICNIC* (1955) William Holden, Kim Novak, Betty Field, Susan Strasberg. Dir. Joshua Logan. Columbia, 113 mins (p/s)

 

11:45pm *GILDA* (1946) Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready. Columbia, 108 mins (p/s)

 

1:45am *DOUBLE INDEMNITY* (1944) Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson. Dir. Billy Wilder. Paramount, 103 mins (p/s).

 

3:30am *THE STEPFORD WIVES* (1975) Katharine Ross, Paula Prentiss, Peter Masterson. Dir. Bryan Forbes. Columbia, 115 mins (p/s)

 

5:30am *DELICIOUS DISHES* (1950) Arnold Morris. 13 mins (p/s)

 

5:45am *GOOD EATING HABITS* (1951) 10 mins (p/s)

 

*Tuesday, June 18, 2013*

 

Daytime Theme : Finding love on the set

 

*(Celebrating Hollywood's greatest real-life romances, all of which began on set!)*

 

6:00am *HIS BROTHER'S WIFE* (1936) Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Taylor, Jean Hersholt. Dir. W.S. Van Dyke, MGM, 90 mins (p/s)

 

7:30am *NO MAN OF HER OWN* (1932) Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Dorothy Mackaill. Dir. Wesley Ruggles, Paramount, 75 mins (p/s)

 

8:45am *TOO MANY GIRLS* (1940) Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Richard Carlson. Dir. George Abbott. RKO, 85 mins. (p/s)

 

10:30am *WOMAN OF THE YEAR* (1942) Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Fay Bainter. Dir. George Stevens, MGM, 112 mins (p/s)

 

12:30pm *TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT* (1944) Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan. Dir. Howard Hawks, Warner Bros, 100 mins (p/s)

 

2:15pm *FIRE OVER ENGLAND* (1937) Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Flora Robson. Dir. William K. Howard, United Artists, 84 mins (p/s)

 

3:45pm *CLEOPATRA* (1963) Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison. Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Fox, 243 mins (p/s)

 

*PRIMETIME THEME: Sammy Cahn's 100th BIRTHDAY*

 

8:00pm *THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN* (1954) Clifton Webb, Dorothy McGuire, Jean Peters. Dir. Jean Negulesco. Fox. 101 mins (p/s).

 

9:45pm *THE TENDER TRAP* (1955) Frank Sinatra, Debbie Reynolds, David Wayne, Celeste Holm. Dir. Charles Walters. MGM, 110 mins. (p/s).

 

11:45pm *THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE* (1967) Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Channing. Dir. George Roy Hill. Universal, 138 mins. (p/s)

 

2:15am *STAR* (1968) Julie Andrews, Richard Crenna, Michael Craig. Dir. Robert Wise. Fox, 175 mins. (p/s)

 

5:15am *MGM 40th ANNIVERSARY* (1964), 32 mins (p/s)

 

*Wednesday, June 19, 2013*

 

DAYTIME THEME: Star of the Month, Errol Flynn

 

6:00am *DIVE BOMBER* (1941) Errol Flynn, Fred MacMurray. Dir. Michael Curtiz. Warner Bros. 130 mins (p/s)

 

8:15am *THE DAWN PATROL* (1938) Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone, David Niven. Dir. Edmund Goulding. Warner Bros. 103 mins (p/s)

 

10:00am *DODGE CITY* (1939) Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Ann Sheridan. Dir. Michael Curtiz. Warner Bros, 104 mins (p/s)

 

11:45am *ESCAPE ME NEVER* (1947) Errol Flynn, Ida Lupino, Eleanor Parker. Dir. Peter Godfrey. Warner Bros. 101 mins (p/s)

 

1:30pm *THE PERFECT SPECIMEN* (1937) Errol Flynn, Joan Blondell. Dir. Michael Curtiz. Warner Bros. 82 mins (Premiere #2).

 

3:00pm *FOOTSTEPS IN THE DARK* (1941) Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall. Dir. Lloyd Bacon. Warner Bros. 93 mins (p/s).

 

4:45pm *NEVER SAY GOODBYE* (1942) Errol Flynn, Eleanor Parker. Dir. James V. Kern. Warner Bros. 95 mins (p/s).

 

6:30pm *THE ADVENTURES OF ERROL FLYNN* (2005) 90 mins (p/s)

 

*PRIMETIME THEME: Screenplays by Comden & Green*

 

8:00pm *SINGIN' IN THE RAIN* (1952) Gene Kelly, Donald O' Connor, Debbie Reynolds. Dir. Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen. MGM, 102 mins (p/s).

 

9:45pm *WHAT A WAY TO GO* (1964) Shirley MacLaine, Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum, Dean Martin, Gene Kelly, Robert Cummings, Dick Van Dyke. Dir. J. Lee Thompson. Fox, 111 mins (LP premiere Exempt).

 

11:45pm *ON THE TOWN* (1949) Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ann Miller. Dir. Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen. MGM, 97 mins (p/s).

 

1:30am *AUNTIE MAME* (1958) Rosalind Russell, Forrest Tucker, Patric Knowles. Dir. Morton DaCosta. Warner Bros, 143 mins (p/s).

 

4:00am *THE BAND WAGON* (1953) Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant. Dir. Vincente Minnelli. MGM, 111 mins (p/s)

 

*Thursday, June 20, 2013*

 

THEME: Twist of Lemmon

 

*(A collection of Jack Lemmon's early supporting roles, including his Academy Award-winning turn in "Mister Roberts." He won the Oscar for "Best Supporting Actor.")*

 

6:00am *IT SHOULD HAPPEN TO YOU* (1954) Judy Holliday, Peter Lawford, Jack Lemmon. Dir. George Cukor. Columbia, 81 mins (p/s).

 

7:30am *BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE* (1959) James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon. Dir. Richard Quine. Columbia, 103 mins (p/s).

 

9:15am *MISTER ROBERTS* (1955) Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell, Jack Lemmon. Dir. John Ford & Mervyn LeRoy. Warner Bros, 120 mins (p/s).

 

THEME: Claudette Colbert & Fred MacMurray

 

*(A collection of films featuring two beloved Hollywood stars who made seven films together! Their best collaboration, "The Egg & I" featured the characters, Ma and Pa Kettle. Ma and Pa Kettle's appearance was so popular, they received their own spin off film series)*

 

11:15am *THE GILDED LILY* (1935) Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, Ray Milland. Dir. Wesley Ruggles. Paramount, 80 mins. (Premiere #3)

 

12:45pm *NO TIME FOR LOVE* (1943) Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, Ilka Chase. Dir. Mitchell Leisen. Paramount, 83 mins (p/s)

 

2:15pm *THE EGG & I* (1947) Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, Marjorie Main. Dir. Chester Erskine. Universal, 108 mins (p/s)

 

4:15pm *MA & PA KETTLE* (1949) Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Richard Long. Dir. Charles Lamont. Universal, 75 mins (p/s)

 

5:30pm *MA AND PA KETTLE GO TO TOWN* (1950) Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Richard Long. Dir. Charles Lamont. Universal, 79 mins (p/s)

 

7:00pm *WELCOME TO SHERWOOD: THE STORY OF THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD* (2003). Paula Sigman, Leonard Maltin, Robert Osborne. Dir. Jeff Kurtti. TCM, 56 mins (p/s)

 

*PRIMETIME THEME, STAR OF THE MONTH: ERROL FLYNN*

 

*(Featuring five films Flynn made with his favorite director, Raoul Walsh-- including Flynn's personal favorite film of his, "Gentleman Jim.")*

 

8:00pm *GENTLEMAN JIM* (1942) Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith, Jack Carson. Dir. Raoul Walsh. Warner Bros, 104 mins. (p/s)

 

9:45pm *THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON* (1942) Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Arthur Kennedy. Dir. Raoul Walsh. Warner Bros, 138 mins. (p/s)

 

12:15am *UNCERTAIN GLORY* (1944) Errol Flynn, Paul Lukas. Dir. Raoul Walsh. Warner Bros. 100 mins (p/s)

 

2:00am *SILVER RIVER* (1948) Errol Flynn, Ann Sheridan, Thomas Mitchell. Dir. Raoul Walsh. Warner Bros. 108 mins (p/s)

 

4:00am *NORTHERN PURSUIT* (1943) Errol Flynn, Julie Bishop, Helmut Dantine. Dir. Raoul Walsh. Warner Bros. 93 mins (Premiere #4).

 

5:45am *BREAKDOWNS OF 1941* (1941), 13 mins (p/s).

 

*Friday, June 21, 2013*

 

DAYTIME THEME: First Day of Summer

 

*(Celebrating the Summer Solstice-- the beginning of the best part of the year!)*

 

6:00am *IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME* (1949) Judy Garland, Van Johnson. Dir. Robert Z. Leonard. MGM, 102 mins. (p/s)

 

7:45am *SUMMER STOCK* (1950) Judy Garland, Gene Kelly. Dir. Charles Walters. MGM, 108 mins. (p/s)

 

9:45am *SUMMERTIME* (1955) Katharine Hepburn, Rossano Brazzi. Dir. David Lean. United Artists, 98 mins (p/s)

 

11:30am *THE LONG, HOT SUMMER* (1958) Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward. Dir. Martin Ritt. Fox. 115 mins. (p/s)

 

1:30pm *A SUMMER PLACE* (1959) Richard Egan, Dorothy McGuire, Sandra Dee. Dir. Delmer Davies. Warner Bros, 130 mins. (p/s)

 

3:45pm *SUMMER MAGIC* (1963) Hayley Mills, Burl Ives. Dir. James Neilson. Walt Disney Productions, 110 mins. (Premiere #5)

 

5:45pm *SUMMER RENTAL* (1985) John Candy, Richard Crenna, Rip Torn. Dir. Carl Reiner. Paramount, 87 mins. (Premiere #6)

 

7:15pm *NOW PLAYING JUNE* (2013)

 

7:45pm *CAVALCADE OF ARCHERY* (1945) Howard Hill. Dir. Howard Hill. Warner Bros. 8 mins (Premiere #7).

 

*_FRIDAY NIGHT SPOTLIGHT- Warner Brothers' 90th Anniversary_*

 

*(Featuring the films of one of Warner Brothers' elite directors, Michael Curtiz)*

 

8:00pm- *THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD* (1938) Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone. Dir. Michael Curtiz, William Keighley. Warner Bros, 102 mins. (p/s).

 

9:45pm- *CASABLANCA* (1942) Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid. Dir. Michael Curtiz. Warner Bros, 99 mins (p/s).

 

11:30pm- *YANKEE DOODLE DANDY* (1942) James Cagney, Joan Leslie. Dir. Michael Curtiz. Warner Bros, 125 mins (p/s).

 

1:45am- *MILDRED PIERCE* (1945) Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott. Dir. Michael Curtiz. Warner Bros, 109 mins (p/s).

 

3:45am- *YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN* (1950) Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Doris Day. Dir. Michael Curtiz, Warner Bros, 111 mins (p/s).

 

5:45am *RABBIT HOOD* (1949) Mel Blanc, Errol Flynn. Dir. Charles M. Jones, Warner Bros, 8 mins (Premiere #8).

 

*Saturday, June 22, 2013*

 

DAYTIME THEME: "No one ever leaves a star. That's what makes one a star!"

 

THEME WITHIN A THEME: A Rising Star

 

6:00am *A STAR IS BORN* (1937) Janet Gaynor, Fredric March, Adolphe Menjou. Dir. William A. Wellmann. Selznick International Pictures, 111 mins. (p/s)

 

8:00am *MORNING GLORY* (1933) Katharine Hepburn, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Adolphe Menjou. Dir. Lowell Sherman. RKO, 70 mins. (p/s)

 

9:15am *STAGE DOOR* (1937) Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou. Dir. Gregory LaCava. RKO, 92 mins. (p/s)

 

THEME WITHIN A THEME: I'm a star!

 

11:00am *BOMBSHELL* (1933) Jean Harlow, Lee Tracy, Frank Morgan. Dir. Victor Fleming. MGM, 95 mins (p/s)

 

12:45pm *THE GREAT ZIEGFELD* (1936) William Powell, Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer. Dir. Robert Z. Leonard. MGM, 170 mins. (p/s)

 

THEME WITHIN A THEME: Fading Stardom, The Bette Davis Edition

 

3:45pm *THE STAR* (1952) Bette Davis, Sterling Hayden, Natalie Wood. Dir. Stuart Heisler. Fox, 89 mins. (p/s)

 

5:15pm *ALL ABOUT EVE* (1950) Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm. Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Fox, 138 mins. (p/s)

 

7:45pm *CARSON ON TCM: BETTE DAVIS* (1983) Johnny Carson, Bette Davis, 12 mins (p/s).

 

_*THE ESSENTIALS: BILLY WILDER & WILLIAM HOLDEN*_

 

8:00pm *SUNSET BLVD*. (1950) William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson. Dir. Billy Wilder. Paramount, 109 mins (p/s)

 

10:00pm *SABRINA* (1954) Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden. Dir. Billy Wilder. Paramount, 112 mins (p/s)

 

12:00am *STALAG 17* (1953) William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger. Dir. BIlly Wilder. Paramount, 119 mins (p/s)

 

_*TCM UNDERGROUND*_

 

*(GIANT PEOPLE!)*

 

2:00am *ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN* (1958) Allison Hayes, William Hudson, Yvette Vickers. Dir. Nathan Hertz. Allied Artists, 65 mins (p/s)

 

3:15am *THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN* (1957) Glen Langan, Cathy Downs, William Hudson. Dir. Bert I. Gordon. American International Pictures, 80 mins (Premiere Exempt)

 

4:45am *THE 30-FOOT BRIDE OF CANDY ROCK* (1959) Lou Costello, Dorothy Provine, Gale Gordon. Dir. Sidney Miller. Columbia, 73 mins (p/s).

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Programming Notes for Speedracer5's Schedule for TCM Programming Challenge #25

 

While working on my challenge and aware of the objectives of the challenge, I was really trying to create a schedule that I would be excited about seeing on TCM. I worked hard trying to fit in a lot of my favorite movies, or movies that sounded interesting to see. There were a bunch of films that I really tried to work in; but timeslot restraints prevented it. I hope that my schedule is able to stand up against the superb schedules that have already been submitted. I also hope my notes aren't too long, I tend to be verbose. Haha.

 

Schedule for the week of June 16, 2013 through June 22, 2013.

 

This week was selected solely because both my birthday (the 22nd) and my Star of the Month's (20th) landed during this time. Also, there are a couple other calendar events, Father's Day and the First Day of Summer which also landed during this time. All, in all, it seemed like a good week to go with.

 

Star of the Month: Errol Flynn. I love him. That's my only reasoning behind that selection.

 

Sunset Boulevard Challenge #1: Deconstructing 'Sunset.'

 

I took a quote from the film, "No one ever leaves a star. That's what makes one a star!" and created a daytime theme showcasing the trajectory of stardom, beginning with one's ascent to stardom, living as a star and finally, a fading star.

 

The "Rising Star" portion showcases three films depicting an actress' desire and later, ascent to stardom. The "Rising Star" chronicle ended up coincidentally also being an Adolphe Menjou marathon, which was not intentional. Apparently, Menjou must have been seen as a believable mentor to a rising talent.

 

The "I'm a Star" portion showcases two major stars of the 1930s-- Jean Harlow and WIlliam Powell. In their respective films, both are already famous. Harlow deals with the pitfalls of stardom, such as people taking her for granted due to her financial advantages. Powell on the other hand, is a major producer and makes stars out of unknowns. However, he too, eventually deals with difficulties in his personal life.

 

Finally, Bette Davis stars in two films from the 1950s depicting an actress dealing with fading stardom. One of these films, "All About Eve," best illustrates the pitfalls of stardom: No matter how big a star you become, there will always be someone waiting in the wings to take your place. I really wanted to fit "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" in this mini-Bette Davis marathon, as it perfectly demonstrates what happens when someone refuses to believe that they're not a big star anymore; but I was unable to fit it in.

 

I also used "The Essentials" as another way to represent this challenge. I am showcasing three film collaborations between star William Holden and director Billy Wilder. This is an important collaboration in Hollywood history. By 1950, Holden's career was at a standstill. Had Wilder not taken a chance and cast him in 'Sunset' Holden may have otherwise become a footnote in the annals of Hollywood history. Instead, due to his success in 'Sunset,' Holden went on to become one of the top leading men in the 1950s and won an Academy Award for "Stalag 17."

 

Sunset Boulevard Challenge #2: Behind the Scenes

I used this challenge a couple times in my schedule. I also combined the third challenge in with this one. While researching events that occurred during the week I selected, I learned that June 18, 2013 would have been songwriter Sammy Cahn's 100th birthday. In honor of Cahn, I am showcasing four films that he wrote the title song for. One of these films, "Three Coins in the Fountain," is probably his most famous song and the one for which he won an Academy Award.

 

In addition to Cahn, I am also showcasing an evening of five films written by the screenwriting team of Betty Comden and Adolphe Green. The night starts off with their most famous-- "Singin' in the Rain" and ends with "The Band Wagon." One of these films, "What a Way to Go!" is also a requirement for the third challenge.

 

Sunset Boulevard Challenge #3: Ghostwriting

As mentioned above, I incorporated the requirements of this challenge into the second one. One of the movies that Lonesome Polecat requested was "What a Way to Go!" Being a big fan of that film (which I'm suprised TCM hasn't shown yet, as I saw it for the first time on the Netflix Instant Streaming), I knew it was the one I wanted to fit into my schedule. After researching the film and seeing that it was written by the same people who wrote one of my other favorite films-- "Singin' in the Rain," it was a no-brainer to create this theme. It also allowed me to also create a mini Gene Kelly marathon, who I also love. This entire evening is a win-win for me.

 

Decade Breakdown:

1910s: 1

1920s: 1

1930s: 17

1940s: 35

1950s: 31

1960s: 6

1970s: 1

1980s: 3

1990s: 1

2000s: 4

 

Premieres:

Amelie (2001) Exempt

What a Way to Go (1964) LP Exempt

The Amazing Colossal Man (1957) Exempt

1. So You're Going to be a Father (1947) Short

2. The Perfect Specimen (1937)

3. The Gilded Lily (1935)

4. Northern Pursuit (1943)

5. Summer Magic (1963)

6. Summer Rental (1985)

7. Cavalcade of Archery (1945) Short

8. Rabbit Hood (1949) Short

 

SILENT SUNDAY NIGHT

I'm not a big fan of silent films, so it was difficult to come up with a selection. I wanted to carry on the Father's Day theme. I selected Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid" as I knew it featured Chaplin as an adoptive father. I also selected another Chaplin film, "A Dog's Life" to complete the silent movie feature, purely because I liked the dog on the poster.

 

TCM IMPORT

I'm also not into foreign films all that much, as a result, my knowledge is limited. I remembered having seen "Amelie" in high school and enjoyed it. It kind of felt like watching a modern day, French Audrey Hepburn movie. I decided that TCM would premiere this film. I wanted to finish off the evening with another foreign film. Wanting to stick with the "French" theme, I researched and selected "The 400 Blows," a 1959 French film previously aired on TCM.

 

GUEST PROGRAMMER

Yes, I scheduled myself as "Guest Programmer." I wanted to be able to air a few of my favorite films without having to incorporate them into any theme. All five of the films I selected, I find completely re-watchable-- especially "The Long, Long Trailer." That film never gets old. I decided to end my programming selections with a couple of short films related to good housekeeping and cooking, something I thought paired up nicely with "The Stepford Wives."

 

STAR OF THE MONTH

As mentioned earlier, Errol Flynn is my Star of the Month. I decided to take a cue from this month's Now Playing guide featuring Mary Astor. TCM is featuring Astor in both daytime and evening tributes. I decided to do the same with my beloved Errol Flynn. I'm also including two Errol Flynn movie premieres: "Northern Pursuit" and the aptly named "The Perfect Specimen."

 

FRIDAY NIGHT SPOTLIGHT

June's "Friday Night Spotlight" is dedicated to celebrating Warner Brothers' 90th anniversary. Each Friday will feature a different collection of films with a common theme. This week, we will be showing a collection of films by that great director, Michael Curtiz. Despite how some may view him personally, there is no denying that he directed some fantastic films and his work deserves to be spotlighted.

 

TCM UNDERGROUND

 

All three films that I have selected deal with main characters who have grown to giant proportions. The masterpiece, "The Amazing Colossal Man," will premiere during this time. Initially, I was wanting to deal with humans of varying sizes from GIANT to small and include another amazing film, "Attack of the Puppet People," but alas, it was three minutes too long for my timeslot. I settled for "The 30-foot Bride of Candy Rock" which fit in nicely with my GIANT PEOPLE theme.

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Wow, speedracer, I wish I wrote this one. Love your backstage artist choices and Asta.

 

Gotta say I love the Sunset Blvd choice of showing the story stardom. Somewhere there was a quote about how first we create stars, then we crucify them, then we deify them (this was on some TCM doc at some point.)

 

Another quote that came to mind was one from James Garner's bio:

 

The 4 stages of a movie star's career:

1. Who is James Garner?

2. Get me James Garner!

3. Get me a James Garner type.

4. Who is James Garner?

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Thanks for an excellent schedule, speedracer5! Hope you had as much fun making it as we've had reading it. I particularly like the films where real-life couples met. The trajectory of a star's life is another fine theme.

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Sunday August 10, 2014

 

06:00 AM *THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING* (1966) Dir: Norman Jewison

Cast: Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Alan Arkin, Brian Keith

C-126 mins United Artists P/s

 

08:15 AM *THE TWELVE CHAIRS* (1970) Dir: Mel Brooks

Cast: Ron Moody, Frank Langella, Dom DeLuise

C-94 mins Universal Marion Corporation Pictures P/s

 

10:00 AM *SONG OF RUSSIA* (1944) Dir: Gregory Ratoff

Cast: Robert Taylor, Susan Peters, John Hodiak

Bw-107 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

 

12:00 PM *THE SCARLET EMPRESS* (1934) Dir: Josef von Sternberg

Cast: Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge, Sam Jaffe

Bw-104 mins Paramount Pictures P/s

 

02:00 PM *WE LIVE AGAIN* (1934) Dir: Rouben Mamoulian

Cast: Anna Sten, Fredric March, Jane Baxter

Bw-85 mins United Artists P/s

 

03:30 PM *ANNA KARENINA* (1948) Dir: Julien Duvivier

Cast: Vivian Leigh, Ralph Richardson, Kieron Moore

Bw-139 mins London Film Productions P/s

 

06:00 PM *NINOTCHKA* (1939) Dir: Ernst Lubitsch

Cast: Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Bela Lugosi

Bw-111 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

 

08:00 PM *ANASTASIA* (1956) Dir: Anatole Litvak

Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, Helen Hayes

C-105 mins Twentieth Century Fox P/s

 

10:00 PM *THE RED DANUBE* (1949) Dir: George Sidney

Cast: Walter Pidgeon, Ethel Barrymore, Peter Lawford

Bw-118 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

 

12:00 AM *COSMIC JOURNEY* (1936) Dir: Vasili Zhuravlyov

Cast: Sergey Komarov, K. Moskalenko, Vassili Gaponenko

Bw-70 mins Mosfilm Exempt Premiere

 

01:15 AM *SECRETS OF SOVIET SPACE DISASTERS* (1999) Dir: Vincent Kralyevich

Cast: Arthur Kent (Narrator)

C/Bw-45 mins Kralyevich Productions Incorporated Premiere #1

 

02:00 AM *THE LETTER THAT WAS NEVER SENT* (1962) Dir: Mikhail Kalatozov

Cast: Tatyana Samoylova, Evgeniy Urbanskiy, Vasili Livanov

Bw-98 mins Mosfilm Exempt Premiere

 

03:45 AM *MISSION TO MOSCOW* (1943) Dir: Michael Curtiz

Cast: Walter Huston, Ann Harding, Oscar Homolka

Bw-123 mins Warner Bros P/s

 

Monday August 11, 2014

 

06:00 AM *OUT OF THE PAST* (1947) Dir: Jacques Tourneur

Cast: Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas

Bw-97 mins RKO Radio Pictures P/s

 

07:45 AM *FRAMED* (1947) Dir: Richard Wallace

Cast: Glenn Ford, Janis Carter, Barry Sullivan

Bw-82 mins Columbia Pictures P/s

 

09:15 AM *BORN TO KILL* (1947) Dir: Robert Wise

Cast: Claire Trevor, Lawrence Tierney, Walter Slezak

Bw-92 mins RKO Radio Pictures P/s

 

11:00 AM *GUN CRAZY* (1950) Dir: Joseph H. Lewis

Cast: Peggy Cummings, John Dall, Berry Kroeger

Bw-87 mins United Artists P/s

 

12:30 PM *SCARLET STREET* (1945) Dir: Fritz Lang

Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennet, Dan Duryea

Bw-102 mins Universal Pictures P/s

 

02:15 PM *ANGEL FACE* (1953) Dir: Otto Preminger

Cast: Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Mona Freeman

Bw-91 mins RKO Radio Pictures P/s

 

04:00 PM *KISS ME DEADLY* (1955) Dir: Robert Aldrich

Cast: Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Gaby Rodgers

C-106 mins United Artists P/s

 

06:00 PM *DOUBLE INDEMNITY* (1944) Dir: Billy Wilder

Cast: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson

Bw-106 mins Paramount Pictures P/s

 

08:00 PM *STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND* (1955) Dir: Anthony Mann

Cast: James Stewart, June Allyson, Frank Lovejoy, Barry Sullivan

C/Bw-114 mins Paramount Pictures P/s

 

10:00 PM *THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL* (1953) Dir: Vicente Minnelli

Cast: Kirk Douglas, Lana Turner, Walter Pidgeon, Barry Sullivan

Bw-117 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

 

12:00 AM *LADY IN THE DARK* (1944) Dir: Mitchell Leisen

Cast: Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Warner Baxter, Barry Sullivan

C-100 mins Paramount Pictures Premiere #2

 

01:15 AM *WOLF LARSEN* (1958) Dir: Harmon Jones

Cast: Barry Sullivan, Peter Graves, Gita Hall, Thayer David

Bw-83 mins Allied Artists Pictures Premiere #3

 

02:45 AM *LOOPHOLE* (1954) Dir: Harold Schuster

Cast: Barry Sullivan, Charles McGraw, Dorothy Malone, Don Haggerty

Bw-80 mins Allied Artists Pictures Premiere #4

 

04:15 AM *MY BLOOD RUNS COLD* (1965) Dir: William Conrad

Cast: Troy Donahue, Joey Heatherton, Barry Sullivan, Nicolas Coster

C-104 mins Warner Bros. Premiere #5

 

Tuesday August 12, 2014

 

06:00 AM *THE YOUNGEST PROFESSION* (1943) Dir: Edward Buzzell

Cast: Virginia Weidler, Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon

Bw-81 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

 

07:30 AM *THE BELLBOY* (1960) Dir: Jerry Lewis

Cast: Jerry Lewis, Alex Gerry, Bob Clayton

Bw-72 mins Paramount Pictures P/s

 

08:45 AM *THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS* (1943) Dir: David Butler

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Eddie Cantor, Bette Davis

Bw-127 mins Warner Bros. P/s

 

11:00 AM *RING OF FEAR* (1954) Dir: James Edward Grant

Cast: Clyde Beatty, Mickey Spillane, Pat O'Brien

C-93 mins Warner Bros. P/s

 

12:45 PM *FATE IS THE HUNTER* (1964) Dir: Ralph Nelson

Cast: Glenn Ford, Rod Taylor, Jane Russell

Bw-106 mins Twentieth Century Fox P/s

 

02:45 PM *HER LUCKY NIGHT* (1945) Dir: Robert Siodmak

Cast: Patty Andrews, Maxene Andrews, Laverne Andrews

Bw-63 mins Universal Pictures Premiere #6

 

04:00 PM *TO HELL AND BACK* (1955) Dir: Jesse Hibbs

Cast: Audie Murphy, Marshall Thompson, Charles Drake

C-106 mins Universal Pictures P/s

 

06:00 PM *SUNSET BLVD.* (1950) Dir: Billy Wilder

Cast: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich Von Stroheim, Cecil B. DeMille

Bw-115 mins Paramount Pictures P/s

 

08:00 PM *THE PROJECTIONIST* (1971) Dir: Harry Hurwitz

Cast: Chuck McCann, Ina Balin, Rodney Dangerfield

C-88 mins Maglan Films P/s

 

09:30 PM *MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY* (1993) Dir: Woody Allen

Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Jerry Adler, Alan Alda

C-104 mins TriStar Pictures P/s

 

11:15 PM *DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID* (1982) Dir: Carl Reiner

Cast: Steve Martin, Rachel Ward, Carl Reiner

Bw-88 mins Universal Pictures P/s

 

12:45 AM *CINEMA PARADISO* (1989) Dir: Giuseppe Tornatore

Cast: Philippe Noiret, Jacques Perrin, Salvatore Cascio

C-155 mins Cristaldifim P/s

 

03:30 AM *CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND* (1977) Dir: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Francois Truffaut, Terry Garr

C-137 mins Columbia Pictures P/s

 

Wednesday August 13, 2014

 

06:00 AM *LOVE FINDS ANDY HARDY* (1938) Dir: George B. Seitz

Cast: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Lana Turner

Bw-91 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

 

07:45 AM *LOVE CRAZY* (1941) Dir: Jack Conway

Cast: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Gail Patrick

Bw-100 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

 

09:30 AM *THE TUNNEL OF LOVE* (1958) Dir: Gene Kelly

Cast: Doris Day, Richard Widmark, Gig Young

Bw-98 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

 

11:15 AM *LOVE IS BETTER THAN EVER* (1952) Dir: Stanley Donen

Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Larry Parks, Tom Tully

Bw-82 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

 

12:45 PM *LOVE STORY* (1970) Dir: Arthur Hiller

Cast: Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal, Ray Milland

C-100 mins Paramount Productions P/s

 

02:30 PM *SLEEP, MY LOVE* (1948) Dir: Douglas Sirk

Cast: Claudette Colbert, Robert Cummings, Don Ameche

Bw-96 mins United Artists Premiere #7

 

04:15 PM *LOVE AFFAIR* (1939) Dir: Leo McCarey

Cast: Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, Maria Ouspenskaya

Bw-89 mins RKO Radio Pictures P/s

 

05:45 PM *LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON* (1957) Dir: Billy Wilder

Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper, Maurice Chevalier

Bw-130 mins Allied Artists Pictures P/s

 

08:00 PM *I'VE ALWAYS LOVED YOU* (1946) Dir: Frank Borzage

Cast: Philip Dorn, Catherine McLeod, William Carter

C-117 mins Republic Pictures Premiere #8

 

10:00 PM *CARNEGIE HALL* (1947) Dir: Edgar G. Ulmer

Cast: Marsha Hunt, William Prince, Frank McHugh

Bw-135 mins United Artists P/s

 

12:15 AM *A SONG IS BORN* (1948) Dir: Howard Hawks

Cast: Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Benny Goodman

Bw-113 mins RKO Radio Pictures P/s

 

02:15 AM *ALWAYS IN MY HEART* (1942) Dir: Jo Graham

Cast: Kay Francis, Walter Huston, Gloria Warren

Bw-93 mins Warner Bros. P/s

 

04:00 AM *GASLIGHT* (1944) Dir: George Cukor

Cast: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten

Bw-114 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

 

Thursday August 14, 2014

 

06:00 AM *KING SOLOMON'S MINES* (1950) Dir: Compton Bennett / Andrew Marton

Cast: Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, Richard Carlson

C-105 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

 

07:45 AM *YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN* (1950) Dir: Michael Curtiz

Cast: Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Doris Day

Bw-111 mins Warner Bros. P/s

 

09:45 AM *CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN* (1950) Dir: Walter Lang

Cast: Clifton Webb, Jeanne Crain, Myrna Loy

C-86 mins Twentieth Century Fox P/s

 

11:15 AM *FATHER OF THE BRIDE* (1950) Dir: Vincente Minnelli

Cast: Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor

Bw-93 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

 

01:00 PM *BORN YESTERDAY* (1950) Dir: George Cukor

Cast: Judy Holliday, Broderick Crawford, William Holden

Bw-104 mins Columbia Pictures P/s

 

02:45 PM *IN A LONELY PLACE* (1950) Dir: Nicholas Ray

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy

Bw-95 mins Columbia Pictures P/s

 

04:30 PM *PANIC IN THE STREETS* (1950) Dir: Elia Kazan

Cast: Richard Widmark, Paul Douglas, Barbara Bel Geddes

Bw-96 mins Twentieth Century Fox P/s

 

06:15 PM *NIGHT AND THE CITY* (1950) Dir: Jules Dassin

Cast: Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers

Bw-95 mins Twentieth Century Fox P/s

 

08:00 PM *DEAR BRIDGETTE* (1965) Dir: Henry Koster

Cast: James Stewart, Fabian, Glynis Johns, Billy Mumy

C-100 mins Twentieth Century Fox LP-Premiere

 

09:45 PM *THE LETTER* (1950) Dir: William Wyler

Cast: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson

Bw-95 mins Warner Bros. P/s

 

11:30 PM *ADDRESS UNKNOWN* (1944) Dir: William Cameron Menzies

Cast: Paul Lukas, Carl Esmond, Peter Van Eyck

Bw-72 mins Columbia Pictures P/s

 

12:45 AM *A LETTER TO THREE WIVES* (1949) Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Cast: Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern

Bw-103 mins Twentieth Century Fox P/s

 

02:30 AM *LOVE LETTERS* (1945) Dir: William Dieterle

Cast: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Ann Richards

Bw-101 mins Paramount Pictures P/s

 

04:15 AM *THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER* (1940) Dir: Harold Daniels

Cast: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan

Bw-100 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

 

Friday August 15, 2014

 

06:00 AM *A GAME OF DEATH* (1945) Dir: Robert Wise

Cast: John Loder, Audrey Long, Edgar Barrier

Bw-72 mins RKO Radio Pictures

 

07:15 AM *THE WINDOW* (1949) Dir: Ted Tetzlaff

Cast: June Travis, Robert Livingston, Donald Cook

Bw-73 mins RKO Radio Pictures P/s

 

08:30 AM *FIVE CAME BACK* (1939) Dir: John Farrow

Cast: Chester Morris, Lucille Ball, Wendy Barrie

Bw-74 mins RKO Radio Pictures P/s

 

09:45 AM *CAUSE FOR ALARM* (1951) Dir: Tay Garnett

Cast: Loretta Young, Barry Sullivan, Bruce Cowling

Bw-75 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

 

11:00 AM *THE LAST VOYAGE* (1960) Dir: Andrew L. Stone

Cast: Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, George Sanders

C-91 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

 

12:45 PM *ACE IN THE HOLE* (1951) Dir: Billy Wilder

Cast: Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Bob Arthur

Bw-112 mins Paramount Pictures P/s

 

02:45 PM *ABANDON SHIP* (1957) Dir: Richard Sale

Cast: Tyrone Power, Mai Zetterling, Lloyd Nolan

B/w-98 mins Columbia Pictures P/s

 

04:30 PM *THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE* (1946) Dir: Robert Siodmak

Cast: Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore

Bw-83 mins RKO Radio Pictures P/s

 

06:00 PM *THE DESPERATE HOURS* (1955) Dir: William Wyler

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Fredric March, Arthur Kennedy

Bw-112 mins Paramount Pictures P/s

 

08:00 PM *ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK* (1956) Dir: Fred F. Sears

Cast: Bill Haley, Alan Freed, Johnny Johnston

Bw-76 mins Columbia Pictures P/s

 

09:30 PM *DON'T KNOCK THE ROCK* (1957) Dir: Fred F. Sears

Cast: Bill Haley, Alan Dale, Alan Freed

Bw-85 mins Columbia Pictures P/s

 

11:00 PM *JAILHOUSE ROCK* (1957) Dir: Richard Thorpe

Cast: Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler, Mickey Shaughnessy

Bw-96 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

 

01:00 AM *AMERICAN GRAFITTI* (1973) Dir: George Lucas

Cast: Richard Drefuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford

C-110 mins Universal Pictures P/s

 

03:00 AM *ROCK ROCK ROCK!* (1956) Dir: Will Price

Cast: Alan Freed, Fran Manfred, Tuesday Weld

Bw-85 mins Vanguard Productions P/s

 

04:30 AM *JUKE BOX RHYTHM* (1959) Dir: Arthur Dreifuss

Cast: Jo Morrow, Jack Jones, Brian Donlevy

Bw-83 mins Columbia Pictures P/s

 

Saturday August 16, 2014

 

06:00 AM *YELLOW SUBMARINE* (1968) Dir: George Dunning

Cast: John Clive, Geoffrey Hughes, Peter Batten, Paul Angelus

C-85 mins United Artists Premiere #9

 

07:30 AM *FANTASTIC VOYAGE* (1966) Dir: Richard Fleischer

Cast: Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, Edmond O'Brien

C-100 mins Twentieth Century Fox P/s

 

09:15 AM *OPERATION PETTICOAT* (1959) Dir: Blake Edwards

Cast: Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Joan O'Brien

C-124 mins Universal Pictures P/s

 

11:30 AM *VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA* (1961) Dir: Irwin Allen

Cast: Walter Pidgeon, Joan Fontaine, Barbara Eden, Peter Lorre

C-105 mins Twentieth Century Fox P/s

 

01:15 PM *RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP* (1958) Dir: Robert Wise

Cast: Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Jack Warden

Bw-93 mins United Artists P/s

 

03:00 PM *DESTINATION TOKYO* (1944) Dir: Delmer Daves

Cast: Cary Grant, John Garfield, Alan Hale, Dane Clark

Bw-135 mins Warner Bros. P/s

 

05:15 PM *ICE STATION ZEBRA* (1968) Dir: John Sturges

Cast: Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, Patrick McGoohan

C-152 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

 

08:00 PM *A HARD DAY'S NIGHT* (1964) Dir: Richard Lester

Cast: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Bw-85 mins United Artists P/s

 

9:30 PM *THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL* (1958) Dir: William Castle

Cast: Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long

Bw-75 mins Allied Artists Pictures P/s

 

11:00 PM *THE NIGHT WALKER* (1964) Dir: William Castle

Cast: Robert Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck, Judi Meredith

Bw-86 mins Universal Pictures Premiere #10

 

12:30 AM *THE BLOB* (1958) Dir: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.

Cast: Steve McQueen, Aneta Corseaut, Earl Rowe

C-86 mins Paramount Pictures P/s

 

02:00 AM *DAUGHTER OF HORROR* (1955) Dir: Jack Parker

Cast: Adrienne Barrett, Bruno VeSota, Ben Roseman

Bw-56 mins J. J. Parker Productions P/s

 

03:00 AM *NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD* (1968) Dir: George A. Romero

Cast: Judith O'Dea, Russell Streiner, Duane Jones

Bw-96 mins Image Ten P/s

 

04:45 AM *MACABRE* (1958) Dir: William Castle

Cast: William Prince, Philip Tonge, Jonathan Kidd

Bw-73 mins Allied Artists Pictures P/s

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February 22- 28, 2015

 

*SUNDAY*, February 22, 2015

 

*DAYTIME*: "It's not true. They didn't come anywhere near my tabloids."

 

6 AM *THE FRONT PAGE* (1931) Pat O'Brien and Adolphe Menjou. Dir: Lewis Milestone. United Artists, 101 min. p/s

7:45 AM *BLESSED EVENT* (1932) Lee Tracy and Mary Brian. Dir: Roy Del Ruth, Warner Brothers, 80 min. p/s

9:15 AM *FIVE STAR FINAL* (1931) Edward G. Robinson and Aline MacMahon. Dir: Mervyn LeRoy. First National/Warner Brothers, 89 min. p/s

10:45 AM *SCANDAL SHEET* (1952) Broderick Crawford and Donna Reed. Dir: Phil Karlson. Columbia Pictures, 81 min. p/s

12:15 PM *THE PAPER* (1994) Michael Keaton, Glenn Close and Robert Duvall. Dir: Ron Howard. Image Entertainment/Universal, 112 min. TCM Premiere

2:15 PM *NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS* (1943) Robert Benchley. Dir: Will Jason. MGM, 10 min. p/s

 

*DAYTIME*: ? My guess might be excellent or it might be crummy, but Mrs. Spade didn?t raise any children dippy enough to make guesses in front of a district attorney, an assistant district attorney and a stenographer.? Cinematography by Arthur Edeson. (Sunset Blvd. Challenge #2)

 

2:30 PM *MASK OF DIMITRIOS* (1944) Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet. Dir: Jean Negulesco. Warner Brothers, 95 min. p/s

4:15 PM *CASTLE ON THE HUDSON* (1940) John Garfield and Ann Sheridan. Dir: Anatole Litvak. Warner Brothers, 77 min. p/s

5:45 PM *THE MALTESE FALCON* (1941) Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor. Dir: John Huston, Warner Brothers, 101 min. p/s

7:30 PM *NOW PLAYING, MARCH 2014*.

 

*PRIMETIME*: "She looked like a very special kind of dynamite, neatly wrapped in nylon and silk."

Happy Birthday Robert Young.

 

8 PM *THEY WON?T BELIEVE ME* (1947) Robert Young and Jane Greer. Dir: Irving Pichel. RKO, 95 min. p/s

9:45 PM *H. M. PULHAM, ESQ.* (1941) Robert Young and Hedy Lamarr. Dir: King Vidor. MGM, 120 min. p/s

 

*LATE NIGHT*: Silent Sunday

12 AM *QUEEN KELLY* (1929) Gloria Swanson and Walter Byran. Dir: Erich von Stroheim. United Artists, 101 min. Exempt

1:45 AM *FINE MANNERS* (1926) Gloria Swanson and Eugene O'Brien. Dir: Robert Rosson/Lewis Milestone. Famous Players-Lasky/Paramount Pictures, 70 min. Exempt

 

*LATE NIGHT*: TCM Imports/Victor Saville

3 AM *I WAS A SPY* (1933) Madeleine Carroll and Herbert Marshall. Dir: Victor Saville. Gaumont British Picture Corp., 89 min. Exempt

4:30 AM *THE DICTATOR* (1935) Clive Brook and Madeleine Carroll. Dir: Victor Saville. Gaumont British Picture Corp., 86 min. Exempt

 

*MONDAY*, February 23, 2015

 

*DAYTIME*: "Top of the world, Ma."

 

6 AM *SKYSCRAPER SOULS* (1932) Warren William and Maureen O'Sullivan. Dir: Edgar Selwyn. MGM, 99 min. p/s

7:45 AM *KING KONG* (1933) Robert Armstrong and Fay Wray. Dir: Merian C. Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack. RKO, 104 min. p/s

9:15 AM *EXECUTIVE SUITE* (1954) William Holden and Frederic March. Dir: Robert Wise. MGM, 104 min. p/s

11 AM *STREET OF WOMEN* (1932) Kay Francis and Roland Young. Dir: Archie Mayo. Warner Brothers, 60 min. p/s

12 PM *THE FOUNTAINHEAD* (1949) Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal. Dir: King Vidor. Warner Brothers, 114 min. p/s

2 PM *METROPOLIS* (1927) Alfred Abel and Brigitte Helm. Dir: Fritz Lang. UFA, Paramount Pictures, 148 min. p/s

4:30 PM *LOVE AFFAIR* (1939) Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne. Dir: Leo McCarey. RKO Radio Pictures, 87 min. p/s

6 PM *SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE* (1993) Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Dir: Nora Ephron, Tri-Star, 106 min. p/s

 

*PRIMETIME/LATE NIGHT*: "I thought it was for life but the nice judge gave me a full pardon."

 

8 PM *THE DIVORCEE* (1930) Norma Shearer and Chester Morris. Dir: Robert Z. Leonard. MGM, 84 min. p/s

9:30 PM *THE EX MRS BRADFORD* (1936) William Powell and Jean Arthur. Dir: Stephen Roberts. RKO Radio Pictures, 82 min. p/s

11 PM *A BiILL OF DIVORCEMENT* (1932) John Barrymore and Katharine Hepburn. Dir: George Cukor. RKO Radio Pictures, 70 min. p/s

12:15 AM *THE WOMEN* (1939) Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford. Dir: George Cukor. MGM, 133 min. p/s

2:30 AM *DIVORCE* (1945) Kay Francis and Bruce and Bruce Cabot. Dir: William Nigh. Monogram Pictures, 71 min. TCM Premiere

4 AM *STELLA DALLAS* (1937) Barbara Stanwyck and John Boles. Dir: King Vidor. Samuel Goldwyn Productions, 106 min. p/s

 

*TUESDAY*, February 24, 2015

 

*DAYTIME*: "Is it not remarkable? Simple oil of cloves and how amazing the results. Life can be that simple. Relief. Or discomfort."

 

6 AM *GREED* (1924) Gibson Gowland and ZaSu Pitts. Dir: Erich von Stroheim. The Goldwyn Company/Metro-Goldwyn, 140 min. TCM Premiere

8:30 AM *THE PALEFACE* (1948) Bob Hope and Jane Russell. Dir: Norman Z. McLeod. Paramount Pictures, 90 min. p/s

10 AM *ONE SUNDAY AFTERNOON* (1933) Gary Cooper and Fay Wray. Dir: Stephen Roberts. Paramount Pictures, 85 min. p/s

11:30 AM *MARATHON MAN* (1976) Lawrence Olivier and Dustin Hoffman. Dir: John Schlesinger. Paramount Pictures, 120 min. p/s

 

*DAYTIME:* ?The prettiest sight in this pretty world is the privileged class enjoying its privileges.? (Sunset Blvd. Challenge #3)

 

1:30 PM *HOLIDAY* (1938) Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. Dir: George Cukor. Columbia Pictures, 95 min. p/s

3:30 PM *THE PHILADELPHIA STORY* (1940) Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. Dir: George Cukor. MGM, 112 min. p/s

5:30 PM *THE HAPPIEST MILLIONAIRE* (1967) Fred MacMurray and Greer Garson. Dir: Norman Tokar. Walt Disney Productions, 144 min. LP Exempt

 

*PRIMETIME*: "The name of the town isn't important. Like thousands of others, it's on a river and it's got houses and schools and churches and stores." (Sunset Blvd. Challenge #1)

 

8 PM *LAURA* (1944) Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews. Dir: Otto Preminger. 20th Century Fox, 88 min. p/s

9:30 PM *ALL ABOUT EVE* (1950) Bette Davis and Anne Baxter. Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. 20th Century Fox, 138 min. p/s

12 AM *A LETTER TO THREE WIVES* (1949) Jean Crain, Linda Darnell and Ann Southern. Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 103 min. p/s

1:45 AM *THE APARTMENT* (1960) Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. Dir: Billy Wilder. The Mirsch Company/UA, 125 min. p/s

4 AM *SUNSET BOULEVARD* (1950) William Holden and Gloria Swanson. Dir: Billy Wilder. Paramount Pictures, 110 min. p/s

 

*WEDNESDAY,* February 25, 2015

 

*DAYTIME*: "I don't have the right shoes for it, I don't like the way the horizontal lines make me look too hippy and it cuts me across the bust." (PAUSE) "I think we're getting into a weird area here."

 

6 AM *DEVIL DOLL* (1936) Lionel Barrymore and Maureen O'Sullivan. Dir: Tod Browning. MGM, 79 min. p/s

8:30 AM *I WAS A MALE WAR BRIDE* (1949) Cary Grant and Ann Sheridan. Dir: Howard Hawks. 20th Century Fox, 105 min. p/s

10:15 AM *TOOTSIE* (1982) Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange. Dir: Sydney Pollack. Columbia, 116 min. p/s

12:15 PM *CHARLEY?S AUNT* (1941) Jack Benny and Kay Francis. Dir: Archie Mayo. 20th Century Fox, 80 min.

1:45 PM *KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS* (1949) Alec Guinness and Dennis Price. Dir: Robert Hamer. GDF/Eagle-Lion Films, 106 min. p/s

3:45 PM *MRS. DOUBTFIRE* (1993) Robin Williams and Sally Field. Dir: Chris Columbus. 20th Century Fox, 116 min. p/s

6 PM *SOME LIKE IT HOT* (1959) Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. Dir: Billy Wilder. Mirsch Company/UA, 120 min. p/s

 

*PRIMETIME*: "Success is no fun unless you share it with someone.?

*SOTM:* Fay Bainter

 

8 PM *WHITE BANNERS* (1938) Claude Raines and Fay Bainter. Dir: Edmund Goulding. Warner Brothers, 92 min. p/s

9:30 PM *THE SHINING HOUR* (1938) Joan Crawford and Melvyn Douglas. Dir: Frank Borzage. MGM, 76 min. p/s

10:45 PM *JEZEBEL* (1938) Bette Davis and Henry Fonda. Dir: William Wyler. Warner Brothers, 103 min. p/s

12:30 AM *JOURNEY FOR MARGARET* (1942) Robert Young and Laraine Day. Dir: W. S. Van Dyke. MGM, 81 min. p/s

2 AM *WOMAN OF THE YEAR* (1942) Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Dir: George Stevens, MGM, 114 min. p/s

4 AM *THE CHILDREN?S HOUR* (1961) Shirley MacLaine and Audrey Hepburn. Dir: William Wyler. United Artists, 107 min. p/s

 

*THURSDAY*, February 26, 2015

 

*DAYTIME*: ?George, you?ve heard about this virus? Shall I cough on you, George??

 

6 AM *YELLOW JACK* (1938) Robert Montgomery and Virginia Bruce. Dir: George B. Dietz. Lowe?s 83 min. p/s

8:30 AM *GREEN LIGHT* (1937) Errol Flynn and Anita Louise. Dir: Frank Borzage. Warner Brothers, *85 min. p/s*

*10 AM* PANIC IN THE STREETS (1950) Richard Widmark and Paul Douglas Dir: Elia Kazan. 20th Century Fox, 96 min. p/s

12 PM *OUTBREAK* (1995) Dustin Hoffman and Rene Russo. Dir: Wolfgang Peterson. Warner Brothers, 127 min. TCM Premiere

 

*DAYTIME*: +?Alright, you go back and tell them that the New York State Supreme Court rules there?s no Santa Claus. It?s all over the papers. The kids read it and don?t hang up their stockings. Now what happens to all the toys that are supposed to be in those stockings? Nobody buys them. The toy manufacturers aren?t going to like that so they?re going to lay off a lot of employees, union employees. But you go ahead, Henry. You do it your way.?

Happy Birthday William Frawley.+

 

2:15 PM *BLOSSOMS ON BROADWAY* (1937) Edward Arnold and Shirley Ross. Dir: Richard Wallace. Paramount Pictures, 88 min. TCM Premiere

3:30 PM *CRIME DOCTOR?S MANHUNT* (1946) Warner Baxter and William Frawley. Dir: William Castle. Columbia Pictures, 60 min. p/s

4:30 PM *MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET* (1947) Maureen O?Hara and John Payne.

Dir: George Seaton. 20th Century Fox, 96 min.

6:15 PM *GENTLEMAN JIM* (1942) Errol Flynn and Alexis Smith. Dir: Raoul Walsh. Warner Brothers, 104 min. p/s

 

*PRIMETIME*: ?I?m a school teacher and I might have done wonders with you if I?d caught you early enough.?

 

8 PM *THE PENGUIN POOL MURDER* (1932) Edna May Oliver and James Gleason. Dir: George Archinbaud. RKO Radio Pictures, 70 min. p/s

9:15 PM *MURDER ON A BLACKBOARD* (1934) Edna May Oliver and James Gleason. Dir: George Archinbaud. RKO Radio Pictures, 71 min. p/s

10:30 PM *MURDER ON A HONEYMOON* (1935) Edna May Oliver and James Gleason. Dir: Lloyd Corrigan. RKO Radio Pictures, 74 min. p/s

11:45 PM *MURDER ON A BRIDLE PATH* (1936) Helen Broderick and James Gleason. Dir: William Hamilton. RKO Radio Pictures, 66 min. p/s

 

*LATE NIGHT*: ?I should be sincerely sorry to see my neighbors? children devoured by wolves.?

 

1 AM *THE WOLF MAN* (1941) Lon Chaney, Jr. and Claude Rains Dir: George Waggner. Universal Studio, 70 min. p/s

2:15 AM *FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLFMAN* (1943) Ilona Massey and Patric Knowles. Dir: Roy William Neill. Universal Studio, 74 min. p/s

3:30 AM *WEREWOLF OF LONDON* (1935) Henry Hull and Warner Oland. Dir: Stuart Walker. Universal Studio, 75 min. p/s

4:45 AM *I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF* (1957) Michael Landon and Whit Bissel. Dir: Gene Fowler. American International Pictures, 75 min. p/s

 

*FRIDAY*, February 27, 2015

 

*DAYTIME*: +?Nice, cheerful little neighborhood. My friend got his skull crushed down here last week.?

Happy Birthday William Demarest.+

 

6 AM *All THROUGH THE NIGHT* (1941) Humphrey Bogart and Conrad Veidt. Dir: Vincent Sherman. Warner Brothers, 107 min. p/s

8 AM *SULLIVAN?S TRAVELS* (1942) Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake. Dir: Preston Sturges. Paramount Pictures, 90 min. p/s

 

*DAYTIME:* +?Woman, thy name is screwball.?

Happy Birthday Franchot Tone.+

 

9:30 AM *LOVE ON THE RUN* (1936) Clark Gable and Joan Crawford. Dir: W.S. Van Dyke. MGM, 80 min. p/s

11 AM *THEY GAVE HIM A GUN* (1937) Franchot Tone and Spencer Tracy. Dir: W. S. Van Dyke. MGM, 90 min. p/s

12:30 PM *EXCLUSIVE STORY* (1936) Franchot Tone and Madge Evans. Dir: George Seitz. MGM, 70 min.

 

*DAYTIME*: +?Who do you think you are? My guardian angel??

Happy Birthday Joan Bennett.+

 

1:45 PM *SCARLET STREET* (1945) Edward G. Robinson and Joan Bennett. Dir: Fritz Lang. Fritz Lang Productions/Universal 102 min. p/s

3:30 PM *SHE WANTED A MILLIONAIRE** (1932) Joan Bennett and Spencer Tracy. Dir: John Blystone. Fox Film Corp., 80 min. TCM Premiere

5 PM *THE RECKLESS MOMENT* (1949) James Mason and Joan Bennett. Dir: Max Opuls. Columbia Pictures, 81 min. p/s

6:30 PM *BIG BROWN EYES* (1936) Cary Grant and Joan Bennett. Dir: Raoul Walsh. Paramount Pictures, 77 min. TCM Premiere

 

*PRIMETIME:* ?A guy takes out an accident policy that?s worth $100,000 if he?s killed on a train. Then, two weeks later, he is killed on a train. And not from a train accident but from falling off some silly observation platform. You know what the mathematical probability of that is??

 

*FRIDAY NIGHT SPOTLIGHT*: Transportation/Trains.

 

8 PM *TWENTIETH CENTURY* (1934) John Barrymore and Carole Lombard. Dir: Howard Hawks. Columbia Pictures, 91 min. p/s

9:45 PM *SHANGHAI EXPRESS* (1932) Marlena Dietrich and Clive Brooke. Dir: Josef von Sternberg. Paramount Pictures, 80 min. p/s

11:15 AM *NARROW MARGIN* (1952) Charles McGraw and Marie Windsor. Dir: Richard Fleischer. RKO Radio Pictures, 71 min. p/s

12:30 AM *TERROR BY NIGHT* (1946) Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. Dir: Roy William Neill. Universal, 60 min.

1:30 AM *UNION PACIFIC* (1939) Joel McCrea and Barbara Stanwyck. Dir: Cecil B. DeMille. Paramount, 135 min. p/s

4 AM *THE HARVEY GIRLS* (1946) Judy Garland and Ray Bolger. Dir: George Sidney. MGM, 107 min. p/s

 

*SATURDAY*, February 28, 2015

 

*DAYTIME:* "I just want to say one word to you. Just one word."

 

6 AM *FORBIDDEN* (1932) Barbara Stanwyck and Adolphe Menjou. Dir: Frank Capra. Columbia Pictures, 83 min. p/s

7:30 AM *UNTAMED* (1929) Joan Crawford and Robert Montgomery. Dir: Jack Conway. MGM, 86 min. p/s

9 AM *COMPROMISED* (1931) Rose Hobart and Ben Lyon. Dir: John Adolfi. First National/Warner Brothers, 65 min. TCM Premiere

10:15 AM *DANGEROUS* (1935) Bette Davis and Franchot tone. Dir: Alfred E. Green. Warner Brothers, 79 min. p/s

12:30 PM *RECKLESS* (1935) Jean Harlow and William Powell. Dir: Victor Fleming. MGM, 97 min. p/s

2:15 PM *SHOPWORN* (1932) Barbara Stanwyck and Regis Toomey. Dir: Nicholas Grinde. Columbia Pictures, 72 min. p/s

3:30 PM *ILLICIT* (1931) Barbara Stanwyck and Ricardo Cortez. Dir: Archie Mayo. Warner Brothers, 79 min. p/s

5 PM *BOUGHT!* (1931) Constance Bennett and Ben Lyon. Dir: Archie Mayo. Warner Brothers, 92 min. TCM Premiere

7:45 PM *HOW TO BEHAVE.* (1936) Robert Benchley. Dir: Arthur Ripley. MGM, 10 min. p/s

 

*PRIMETIME*: ?Calling Baranca. Calling Baranca.?

 

8 PM *ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS* (1939) Cary Grant and Jean Arthur. Dir: Howard Hawks. Columbia Pictures, 121 min. p/s TCM Essential

10:15 PM *GREEN FIRE* (1954) Stewart Granger and Grace Kelly. Dir: Andrew Marton. MGM, 100 min. p/s

12 AM *THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL* (1978) Lawrence Olivier and Gregory Peck. Dir: Franklin J. Schaffner. 20th Century Fox, 125 min.

 

*LATE NIGHT*: ?Something?s happening to me. I can?t control it.?

*TCM UNDERGROUND*: A Roger Corman Triple Feature

 

2:15 AM *WASP WOMAN* (1959) Susan Cabot and Anthony Eisley. Dir: Roger Corman. Film Group Feature/Santa Cruz Productions, 73 min. p/s

3:30 AM *ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES* (1959) Ken Clark and Yvette Vickers. Dir: Bernard Kowalski. American International Features, 62 min. TCM Premiere

4:45 AM *ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS* (1957) Richard Garland and Pamela Duncan. Dir: Roger Corman. Allied Artists, 62 min.

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First off, I was thrilled to choose a week in February for my schedule.

No ?31 Days of Oscar? for Lydecker! And, inspired by Lonesome Polecat?s use of quotes from Sunset Boulevard to create the 3 programming challenges, I decided to use quotes to set up each of my programming blocks. In most cases, the quotes are from films used in that programming block but, not always.

 

Sunday includes a salute to tabloid journalism, Robert Young and the best cinematographer the average movie fan has never heard of, Arthur Edeson. Silent Sunday features 2 films of Gloria Swanson?s (who else with a Sunset Boulevard challenge sitting out there?) and my TCM Imports are by British director, Victor Saville.

 

Monday is all about tall buildings and divorcees while Tuesday features dentists (ouch!) and millionaires. Honestly, there are way more movies where the central character is a dentist than there should be. In Primetime we?ve got ?Movies Which Begin With Voice-overs? to satisfy Sunset Boulevard Challenge #1. I was amazed to realize how many of my Top 10 favorite films started with voice-overs. Then again, I worship Billy Wilder, Otto Preminger and Joseph Mankiewicz.

 

?Cross Dressing Can Be Fun? is the theme of Wednesday?s daytime programming and then we move into a block of films saluting my SOTM, Fay Bainter. The first actress to be nominated for an Academy Award in both Leading and Supporting Roles in the same year (1938) Fay nearly always stole the film from her higher billed co-stars. With a career that spanned six decades (yes, she was a child star, too) Fay Bainter has consistently delivered the goods which is why she is my SOTM.

 

Thursday daytime is ?All About Epidemics? to honor the 100th anniversary of the identification and quarantine of Typhoid Mary. Then, to lighten things up a bit, we salute the wonderful William Frawley on his birthday. And, no schedule of mine would be complete without a great detective series so, at 8 PM, we move into the films of detective Hildegarde Withers. Late night we have a howling good time with werewolf movies introduced with one of Lydecker?s all time favorite movie quotes.

 

Any day which has shared birthdays by William Demarest, Franchot Tone and Joan Bennett should be declared a holiday in my book. The Friday daytime block features 9 films by this talented trio. Then, in Primetime we move into my Friday Night Spotlight which would be a month long salute to movies about transportation (planes, trains, boats and automobiles) starting with trains. These movies make it clear that some of the strangest, funniest, scariest things happen when you ride the rails.

 

Saturday?s daytime block is pre-code heaven for those of us who love pre-code films. If this block was actually scheduled, I would never move from the couch. Did you ever notice the plethora of lurid one word titles for pre-code films? Many of these titles are not precisely accurate as to the film?s actual content but you can be sure they brought in the box office. Saturday night spotlights a group of South American based films, starting with my TCM Essential, a film that I think is near perfect, Only Angels Have Wings. A Howard Hawks classic with a cast of pure gold (including bravura performances by Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Thomas Mitchell and Richard Barthelmess) OAHW is a worthy TCM Essential. A trio of Roger Corman produced and/or directed films (if you have never seen ?Wasp Woman? you are in for a guilty treat!) wraps up the week.

 

It?s been fun. See you next schedule.

 

P.S. Formatting continues to challenge me when it comes to posting these schedules on the list. Commas, italics, etc. all seem to disappear at will when one tries to add boldface, italic, etc But, you guys get my general drift, I?m sure.

 

 

*SOTM:* Fay Bainter

*The Essential*: Only Angels Have Wings

*Friday Night Spotlight*: Transportation/Trains

*Silent Sunday*: Queen Kelly and The Dictator

*TCM Underground*: Roger Corman Triple Feature: Wasp Woman, Attack of the Giant Leeches, Attack of the Crab Monsters

*Sunset Boulevard Challenges:*

1) Deconstructing Sunset Boulevard: Films which begin with voice-overs.

2) Celebrating Behind The Scenes Artists: Arthur Edeson, A.S. C.

3) Ghost Writing: Happy and unhappy millionaires.

 

*TCM PREMIERES:*

 

The Paper (1994)

Divorce (1945)

Greed (1924)

Blossoms on Broadway (1937)

She Wanted A Millionaire (1932)

Big Brown Eyes (1936)

Compromised (1931)

Bought! (1931)

Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)

 

*By Decades:*

 

*1920?s* 5

*1930?s* 44

*1940?s* 27

*1950?s* 11

*1960?s* 3

*1970?s* 2

*1980?s* 1

1*990?s* 4

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speedracer5,

I feel that you have created a great schedule. You have included many of my favorites movies. I like in particular your: Twist of Lemon theme.Errol Flynn is a wonderful choice for the Star of the Month.

 

I do not know of the time calculator which you mention. I use a nice little CAD program. It is simple in that you make a master line as long as there are minutes in a day. You make lines as long as each movie and label each line with the name of the movie. You then move the movie lines so that they fit against the master line. I believe it required perhaps fifteen minutes to learn the program and perhaps two hours to become very comfortable with it.

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