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TCM On Demand for May 27, 2014

The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:

 

1. The Fighting Sullivans (1944) -- Anne Baxter, Thomas Mitchell, Selena Royle, Edward Ryan, Trudy Marshall, John Campbell, James Cardwell, John Alvin, George Offerman, Jr., Roy Roberts, Ward Bond, Bobby Driscoll. Originally titled "The Sullivans," this is the true story of five brothers who perished after their Navy ship was torpedoed in the Pacific during World War II.

 

Directed by Lloyd Bacon ("42nd Street," "Footlight Parade"), the drama follows the five Sullivans -- George Thomas (played by Cardwell), Francis Henry (Campbell), Joseph Eugene (Offerman), Madison Abel (Alvin) and Albert Leo (Ryan) -- from their boyhood in Iowa to the fateful sinking of their vessel, the U.S.S. Juneau, in November 1942.

 

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Mitchell portrays the father of the five patriotic Sullivan boys from Iowa

 

The tragedy contributed to the creation of the Sole Survivor Act, which restricts the wartime service of family members who have suffered extraordinary losses. It was the theme of Steven Spielberg's 1998 war drama "Saving Private Ryan." 

 

Driscoll, who became a major child star in the Disney movies "Song of the South," "So Dear to My Heart" and "Treasure Island," plays Albert Sullivan as a boy. 

 

Expires June 2, 2014. 

 

 

2. Pride of the Marines (1945) -- John Garfield, Eleanor Parker, Dane Clark, John Ridgely, Rosemary DeCamp, Ann Doran, Ann E. Todd, Anthony Caruso. Garfield stars as the real-life Al Schmid (1920-1982), a decorated U.S. Marine who lost his sight while performing heroic deeds during the 1942 Battle of the Tenaru on Guadalcanal. Directed by Delmer Daves ("Destination Tokyo"), the film focuses on Schmid's attempt to cope with his blindness after his return to the States. The film's screenplay by Albert Maltz was nominated for an Academy Award. Parker, who plays Schmid's patient and devoted girlfriend Ruth, died on December 9, 2013 at the age of 91. Expires June 2, 2014.

 

 

3. The White Cliffs of Dover (1944) -- Irene Dunne, Alan Marshal, Roddy McDowall, Frank Morgan, Van Johnson, C. Aubrey Smith, Dame May Whitty, Dame Gladys Cooper, Peter Lawford, Elizabeth Taylor, June Lockhart. John Warburton, Jill Esmond, Brenda Forbes, Norma Varden, Ian Wolfe. Directed by Clarence Brown ("The Human Comedy"), this drama stars Irene Dunne as an American woman who marries a British nobleman (Marshal) on the eve of World War I. The film details her experiences at the homefront in Britain during the next three decades as she worries about family members during both world wars. 

 

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Taylor and McDowall

 

Esmond, who plays Rosamund, was the first wife of Sir Laurence Olivier from 1930 to 1940. Their marriage dissolved when Olivier became romantically involved with actress Vivien Leigh. 

 

Taylor and Lockhart play the same character, Betsy Kennedy, at different ages.

 

Expires June 2, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for May 28, 2014

The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:

 

1.  The Divorce of Lady X (1938) -- Merle Oberon, Sir Laurence Olivier, Binnie Barnes, Sir Ralph Richardson, Morton Selten, J.H. Roberts, Gertrude Musgrove, Gus McNaughton, H.B. Hallam, Eileen Peel. Directed by Tim Whelan, who co-directed the 1940 version of "The Thief of Bagdad," this Technicolor romantic comedy stars Olivier as London barrister Everard Logan, who is retained by Lord Mere (Richardson) to handle his divorce case. Somehow, Logan mistakenly believes that Mere's soon-to-be ex-wife is Leslie Steele (Oberon), a woman with whom he has recently become acquainted.

 

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Oberon and Olivier

 

 This was one of eight Oberon films aired by Turner Classic Movies on Tuesday, May 27th during a daytime salute to the actress (1911-1979). Expires June 3, 2014.

 

2. Night in Paradise (1946) -- Merle Oberon, Turhan Bey, Thomas Gomez, Gale Sondergaard, Ray Collins, Ernest Truex, George Dolenz, John Litel, Jerome Cowan, Douglass Dumbrille, Paul Cavanagh, Marvin Miller, Moroni Olsen, Richard Bailey, William "Wee Willie" Davis. Directed by Arthur Lubin ("South Sea Woman," "The Incredible Mr. Limpet") and produced by Walter Wanger, this Technicolor tale is set in ancient Asia Minor and stars Bey as the famous Greek storyteller Aesop. During a visit to the kingdom of Lydia, Aesop falls for a Persian princess (Oberon) favored by King Croesus (Mitchell). They all are at risk because of the revenge-minded Queen Attosa (Sondergaard), a sorceress jilted by the king. Look for actress-singer Julie London as a palace maiden. The opening song is performed by singer Juli Lynne. Expires June 3, 2014.

 

3. Over the Moon (1939) -- Merle Oberon, Sir Rex Harrison, Ursula Jeans, Robert Douglas, Louis Borel, Zena Dare, Peter Haddon, David Tree, Mackenzie Ward, Elisabeth Welch, Carl Jaffe, Herbert Locam. Wilfred Shine, Gerald Nodin, Bruce Winston. Oberon stars as Jane Benson, a British woman whose life becomes turned upside down when she inherits 18 million pounds and becomes an immediate media sensation. Harrison co-stars as her suitor of choice, a local doctor who's not very happy about the distractions involved with her newfound celebrity. The comedy was directed by Thorton Freeland ("Flying Down to Rio"). Expires June 3, 2014.

 

4. That Uncertain Feeling (1941) -- Merle Oberon, Melvyn Douglas, Burgess Meredith, Alan Mowbray, Olive Blakeney, Harry Davenport, Sig Rumann, Eve Arden. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch ("Ninotchka"), this comedy stars Oberon as a Park Avenue housewife who goes to see a psychoanalyst (Mowbray) about her hiccups. After her session, she begins to have doubts about her six-year-old marriage to an insurance company executive (Douglas). Meredith co-stars as an opinionated concert pianist who makes a play for Oberon. The movie received an Academy Award nomination for Werner R. Heymann's score. Expires June 3, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for May 29, 2014

The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:

 

1. Music for Millions (1944) -- Margaret O'Brien, José Iturbi, June Allyson, Jimmy Durante, Marsha Hunt, Hugh Herbert, Harry Davenport, Marie Wilson, Larry Adler, Ben Lessy, Connie Gilchrist, Katharine Balfour, Helen Gilbert, Mary Parker, Madeleine Lebeau, Ethel Griffies, Eddie Jackson, Jack Roth. Uncredited: Stanley Andrews, Willie Best, Byron Foulger, Sam McDaniel, Jody Gilbert, Robert Emmett O'Connor, Nestor Paiva, Arthur Space, Lillian Yarbo. Directed by Henry Koster ("The Bishop's Wife"), this musical comedy stars O'Brien as a 6-year-old who goes to New York to live with her pregnant older sister (Allyson). Because of World War II, her sister plays in an all-female orchestra. Iturbi plays himself, as he just about always did in his screen appearances.

 
 
 
The film received a 1945 Academy Award nomination for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Myles Connolly).
 

O'Brien, who observed her 80th birthday on January 15, 2017, was honored with a Juvenile Academy  Award as the Outstanding Child Actress of 1944. 

 

Expires June 4, 2014.
 
2. Welcome Danger (1929) -- Harold Lloyd, Barbara Kent, Noah Young, Charles Middleton, William Walling, Edgar Kennedy (uncredited). Silent film great Lloyd's first talkie casts him as a legendary San Francisco police officer's son who is recruited to follow in his father's footsteps. The unlikely detective's first assignment is to track down "The Dragon," a mysterious and elusive crime kingpin who is in control of the Chinatown area. The villain is played by Middleton, best remembered for his performances as the evil Emperor Ming the Merciless of Mongo in the "Flash Gordon" serials of the 1930s.

 

The film was directed and co-written by Clyde Bruckman, who later worked with The Three Stooges and Abbott and Costello. Bruckman's name was borrowed for a memorable Primetime Emmy Award-winning episode of "The X-Files" in 1995. In "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose," Peter Boyle played the title character, a depressed insurance agent cursed with a limited psychic ability. For instance, his lottery numbers are all one digit away from winning a jackpot. But he can foresee how people die, which adds to his misery. Boyle received an Emmy, as did Darin Morgan, the writer of the episode.

 

Expires June 4, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for May 30, 2014

 

The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:

 

1. Citizen Kane (1941) -- Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick, Ray Collins, Erskine Sanford, Everett Sloane, William Alland, Paul Stewart, George Coulouris, Buddy Swan, Harry Shannon, Philip Van Zandt, Alan Ladd (uncredited). The 25-year-old Welles (1915-1985) produced, directed and starred in this stylish and innovative film about the death and life of a flamboyant newspaper publisher. The film wunderkind also claimed co-writing credit for the original screenplay, which will be addressed later. The black-and-white drama, which was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, is considered by many to be the greatest film of all time. In two different surveys, in 1998 and 2007, the production was ranked No. 1 by the American Film Institute on its lists of the Top 100 movies in history. Since 1952, the respected British film magazine Sight & Sound has asked critics to select the all-time greatest films. Welles' debut effort was No. 1 in every decade from 1962 to 2002. In the 2012 poll, it was No. 2, supplanted at the top spot by Sir Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo."

 

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Orson Welles as Charles Foster Kane

 

The movie's central figure is Charles Foster Kane (Welles), a controversial "yellow journalism" practitioner based on the powerful media tycoon William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951). Through some addition, subtraction and guesswork, it appears that Kane was born the same year as Hearst, although the movie's protagonist died 10 years before his real-life counterpart. It is Kane's death at age 78 that captures the media's fascination in 1941. The mogul expires at his ostentatious Florida Gulf Coast estate Xanadu (modeled after the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California). Kane's last utterance, which the AFI ranked No. 17 on its Top 100 list of greatest movie quotes, inspires one media outlet to dispatch reporter Jerry Thompson (Alland) to find out what it meant.

 

Hearst turned his wrath on the RKO picture, and did all he could to block its release. As a result, the film was not a financial success on its initial run. But it was always an artistic triumph, thanks to Welles and his cast and crew. Many of the actors were a part of the Mercury Theatre repertory company that Welles used for stage and radio presentations.

 

As for the crew members, the film benefited enormously from the photographic brilliance of cinematographer Gregg Toland, who forever will be remembered when the words "deep focus" are used. The movie's editor was Robert Wise, who went on to a long and distinguished career as a director. He won four Academy Awards for producing and directing the movie musicals "West Side Story" (1961) and "The Sound of Music" (1965). One of the montage creators was Don Siegel, who also turned to directing and enjoyed many popular film collaborations -- including "Dirty Harry" and "Escape from Alcatraz" -- with Clint Eastwood in the 1960s and 1970s.

 

And then there was composer Bernard Herrmann, who later provided some of the great music for Hitchcock films in the 1950s and 1960s. He died on Christmas Eve in 1975, after completing his work on the memorable score for Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver" (1976).

 

This movie's only Oscar win was for Best Original Screenplay, which Welles supposedly wrote with Herman J. Mankiewicz (grandfather of Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz). On Father's Day in 2013, Ben and his father Frank discussed the credit controversy for a TCM presentation of the film. Frank Mankiewicz contended that Welles did not write a single word of the screenplay, but persuaded Herman Mankiewicz to share the credit. "It was done that way because Welles had a contract with RKO that required him to do all four things [produce, direct, act and write], or he wouldn't get paid at all," Frank Mankiewicz said.

 

In a conversation with Ben Mankiewicz that aired May 29, 2014 on TCM, filmmaker Henry Jaglom, Welles' friend and confidant, said the film great never took credit for the screenplay, although he admitted to some revisions. "He always claimed that he gave [Herman] Mankiewicz the credit," Jaglom said.

The film's other Oscar nominations were for Best Director and Best Actor (Welles), Best Black-and-White Cinematography (Toland), Best Black-and-White Art Direction-Interior Decoration (Perry Ferguson, Van Nest Polglase, A. Roland Fields and Darrell Silvera), Best Film Editing (Wise), Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture (Herrmann) and Best Sound (John Aalberg).

Memorable Scene No. 1: A flashback shows an 8-year-old Kane (Swan) playing in the snow outside the Colorado boarding house owned by his parents (Moorehead, Shannon). Inside, his mother makes an arrangement with banker Walter P. Thatcher (Coulouris) that will change the boy's life forever.
 
 
The scene inspired the 1989 Madonna video for "Oh Father," which was directed by future heavyweight Hollywood filmmaker David Fincher ("Gone Girl," "Fight Club," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Social Network"). The cinematographer for the video was Jordan Cronenweth ("Blade Runner").
 
 
Memorable Scene No. 2: Another flashback, but this one features a series of flashforwards that defines the relationship between Kane and his first wife Emily (Warrick). The segments, each showing the Kanes at a dining-room table, range from their early days as lovebirds to a time when they're not speaking at all.
 
 
Memorable Scene No. 3: This is one particularly admired by the late film critic Roger Ebert, who once said he had seen the movie at least 50 times. Here is how he described it: "There is a master image in 'Citizen Kane' you might easily miss. The tycoon has overextended himself and is losing control of his empire. After he signs the papers of his surrender, he turns and walks into the back of the shot. Deep focus allows Welles to play a trick of perspective. Behind Kane on the wall is a window that seems to be of average size. But as he walks toward it, we see it is further away and much higher than we thought. Eventually he stands beneath its lower sill, shrunken and diminished. Then as he walks toward us, his stature grows again. A man always seems the same size to himself, because he does not stand where we stand to look at him."
 
 
Memorable quote No. 1: "It's the only disease, Mr. Thompson, that you don't look forward to being cured of." -- Kane's longtime employee Mr. Bernstein (Sloane), talking about old age in a conversation with reporter Jerry Thompson.
 
Memorable quote No. 2: "It isn't enough to tell us what a man did. You've got to tell us who he was." --Mr. Rawlston (Van Zandt), producer of the "News on the March" movie newsreel.
 
Welles, who died in 1985, has been portrayed a few times on the big and small screens. The late Paul Shenar played him in the 1975 ABC made-for-television movie "The Night That Panicked America," which was a re-creation of the Mercury Theatre's infamous 1938 Halloween Eve radio presentation of "The War of the Worlds." In 1999, Liev Schreiber appeared as Welles in "RKO 281," an HBO TV-movie that recounted the behind-the-scenes controversies during the making of "Citizen Kane." And Zac Efron and Christian McKay co-starred as the title characters, respectively, in "Me and Orson Welles," Richard Linklater's 2008 feature film about the Mercury Theatre in 1937.
 
During the 1975-76 season of NBC's "Saturday Night" (later "Saturday Night Live"), the original Not-Ready-for-Primetime Players performed a parody of "Citizen Kane." A transcript follows:
 
Expires June 5, 2014. 
 
2. F for Fake (1973) -- Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, Joseph Cotten, François Reichenbach, Richard Wilson, Paul Stewart, Alexander Welles, Gary Graver, Andrés Vicente Gómez, Julio Palinkas, Christian Odasso, Françoise Widhoff, Peter Bogdanovich (voice only), William Alland (voice only), Jean-Pierre Aumont (uncredited), Elmyr de Hory (uncredited), Laurence Harvey (uncredited), Clifford Irving (uncredited), Edith Irving (uncredited), Nina van Pallandt (uncredited). This stylish documentary was Welles' last picture as a filmmaker and creative force. It focuses on two people who became infamous for creating hoaxes, and both of them resided on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza. The Hungarian De Hory (1906-1976) was known for re-creating hundreds of paintings by some of the masters and selling them to art galleries as originals. Clifford Irving, who wrote a 1969 book titled "Fake! The Story of Elmyr de Hory the Greatest Art Forger of Our Time," became a cause célèbre in the early 1970s when he purportedly collaborated with reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes on an autobiography. It wasn't true, of course, and when the ruse was exposed, the February 21, 1972 issue of Time magazine featured a portrait of Irving by De Hory with the caption "Con Man of the Year." Although Welles declares that everything in the documentary is true, don't believe him for a moment. In fact, the final segment of the film about Pablo Picasso seems little more than the director's excuse for showcasing the pulchritudinous Kodar, the Croatian-born actress who was the last great love of his life.
 
Incidentally, Kodar later made a key appearance in the 2008 documentary "Prodigal Sons," in which a physically challenged Montana man named Mark McKerrow discovers that Welles and Rita Hayworth were his grandparents. McKerrow's birth mother apparently was Rebecca Welles (1944-2004), daughter of the two screen greats. In the documentary by transgender filmmaker Kimberly Reed, Kodar invites McKerrow to Croatia to learn more about the grandfather he never knew. McKerrow died of complications from a nocturnal seizure on June 18, 2010 at the age of 44. Expires June 5, 2014.
 
 
3. My Dinner with Andre (1981) -- Andre Gregory, Wallace Shawn, Jean Lenauer, Roy Butler. French director Louis Malle (1932-1995) was the man behind the camera for this compelling talkfest, set in a New York restaurant. Gregory, a theater director, and Shawn, a playwright and veteran character actor ("The Princess Bride," the "Toy Story" series) essentially play themselves. The film -- surprisingly scripted and actually shot on a set -- was championed upon its release by film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, who at the time headlined the "Sneak Previews" review series on public television. Siskel, who wrote for the Chicago Tribune until his death in 1999, eventually ranked the movie No. 2 on his Top 10 list for 1981 (behind Milos Forman's "Ragtime" and ahead of Steven Spielberg's "Raiders of the Lost Ark"). "With its colorful language, 'My Dinner with Andre' is to overproduced Hollywood films what radio is to television. Our minds supply the pictures," Siskel wrote in his Tribune review. "The result is a picture that represents so much of what I want and rarely get from a movie -- a couple of hours filled with characters who are as exciting as the people I know in real life."
 
Ebert. the longtime critic for the Chicago Sun-Times until his death in April 2013, ranked the movie No. 1 for the year. "I saw 'My Dinner With Andre' at its first public screening, at the 1981 Telluride Film Festival," Ebert once wrote. "During the standing ovation, I found that the two men seated directly behind me were Gregory and Shawn. Few people knew who they were when they entered the theater. Now they would never be forgotten where films were taken seriously." The film has been parodied many times, most memorably in a Season 2 episode of the NBC comedy series "Community," in which Jeff (Joel McHale) and Abed (Danny Pudi) have an interesting conversation at a restaurant. Expires June 5, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for May 31, 2014

The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:

 

1. The Blue Gardenia (1953) -- Anne Baxter, Richard Conte, Ann Sothern, Raymond Burr, George Reeves, Nat King Cole, Jeff Donnell, Richard Erdman, Ruth Storey, Ray Walker. Directed by Fritz Lang ("The Big Heat"), this drama revolves around the sensational case of Norah Larkin (Baxter), a telephone operator accused of a murder she can't remember committing because of a night of heavy drinking. The movie's cast features three of the top television stars of the 1950s -- Sothern ("Private Secretary"), Burr ("Perry Mason") and Reeves ("Adventures of Superman"). Cole appears as himself and sings "Blue Gardenia." Erdman, who plays Al, is still going strong at the age of 89 as a featured cast member of "Community," the NBC comedy series headed for Yahoo! Screen.This was one of six Lang films aired by Turner Classic Movies as a daytime salute to the director on Friday, May 30th. Expires June 6, 2014.

 

2. Metropolis (1926) -- Gustav Fröhlich, Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Heinrich George, Fritz Rasp, Theodor Loos, Erwin Biswanger. This classic, early science-fiction film was directed by Fritz Lang (1890-1976), the Austrian-born movie pioneer also responsible for the classic German productions "M" (1927) and "Spione" (1928). It was co-written by Lang and his wife Thea von Harbou and is considered the swan song of German Expressionist cinema. This was one of his final silent pictures before he fled Germany in the early 1930s after the Nazis took control. Lang, who was of Jewish heritage, went on to have a productive career directing films in America ("Rancho Notorious," "The Big Heat").

 

Set in the year 2026 in a dystopian society, Lang's city is divided between the powerful elite who live on the surface and the worker class that toils below. Fröhlich stars as Freder, the rebellious son of the city's ruler (Abel) who becomes an advocate for change. Helm has a dual role. She appears as Freder's beloved Maria, the beautiful maiden who is concerned about the workers' plight. The actress also shows up as an evil robot version of Maria, created by the scientist Rotwang (played by Klein-Rogge, who starred in Lang's German films about a criminal genius named Dr. Mabuse). 

 

The late film critic Roger Ebert featured Lang's sci-fi effort among his "Great Movies" selections and noted that the production has influenced many other pictures through the years. "From this film, in various ways," he wrote, "descended not only 'Dark City' but 'Blade Runner,' 'The Fifth Element,' 'Alphaville,' 'Escape from L.A.,' 'Gattaca,' and Batman's Gotham City. The laboratory of its evil genius, Rotwang, created the visual look of mad scientists for decades to come, especially after it was mirrored in 'Bride of Frankenstein' (1935). And the device of the 'false Maria,' the robot who looks like a human being, inspired the 'Replicants' of 'Blade Runner.' Even Rotwang's artificial hand was given homage in 'Dr. Strangelove.' "

 

The film has been restored numerous times, but the most recent updating in 2010 featured about 95 percent of the original project.  

 

Numerous pop music artists have made visual references to Lang's film, including Queen in its 1984 video for "Radio Gaga," which inspired the stage name of pop sensation Lady Gaga. The video was directed by David Mallet.

 

 

 

Madonna's racy and expensive 1989 video for "Express Yourself," directed by one of today's most in-demand filmmakers, David Fincher (whose much-anticipated drama "Gone Girl" is scheduled for an October release), borrowed the theme of "Metropolis": "Without the heart, there can be no understanding between the hand and the mind."

 

 

 

Expires June 6, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for June 1, 2014

The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:  


1. My Fair Lady (1964) -- Audrey Hepburn, Sir Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Dame Gladys Cooper, Jeremy Brett, Theodore Bikel, Mona Washbourne, Isobel Elsom, John Holland. George Cukor's colorful film version of the 1956 Alan Jay Lerner-Frederick Loewe stage musical won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor (Harrison). Both musical versions were based on George Bernard Shaw's 1912 play "Pygmalion," which became a 1938 Best Picture nominee and earned an adapted screenplay Oscar for the Irish playwright. In Cukor's film, Harrison reprised his original stage role of Professor Henry Higgins, an expert in phonetics who is adept at identifying a person's origins based on speech patterns. He makes a wager with his colleague Colonel Pickering (Hyde-White) that he can transform lowly Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Hepburn) into a proper lady. Warner Bros. head Jack L. Warner caused a stir when he passed over the original stage Eliza, Julie Andrews, in favor of Hepburn. Andrews gained a measure of revenge when she won the 1964 Best Actress Oscar for Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins," while Hepburn was not nominated at all. Hepburn's vocals were performed by Marnie Nixon, who previously had dubbed the singing voices of Deborah Kerr in "The King and I" (1956) and Natalie Wood in "West Side Story" (1961). Nixon eventually appeared onscreen for the first time as Sister Sophia opposite Andrews in the 1965 Best Picture winner, "The Sound of Music." Harrison's first Oscar win came a year after he was nominated in the Best Actor category for his performance as Julius Caesar in the Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton epic "Cleopatra." The actor's style of non-singing narrative served him well. He used it again in the 1970s when he became the TV commercial spokesman for Dodge Aspen automobiles. "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane has confessed that he based the voice of Stewie Griffin on Harrison as Professor Higgins. Brett, who played Freddie Eynsford-Hill in the movie, later became celebrated for his performances as Sherlock Holmes on British television in the 1980s and 1990s.

 

Memorable scene: There are many in this musical, but one involves Holloway, who co-stars as Eliza's father Alfred P. Doolittle, as he prances around with his barmates while performing "Get Me to the Church on Time." Holloway was offered the role of Admiral Boom in "Mary Poppins," but he chose to reprise his original stage performances as Doolittle instead. He was rewarded with a Best Supporting Actor nomination. Meanwhile, Reginald Owen then stepped in as Boom.

 

 

 

André Previn won an Oscar for his musical arrangements, which included the classic songs "Why Can't the English Learn to Speak?," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?," "With a Little Bit of Luck," "Just You Wait," "The Rain in Spain," "I Could Have Danced All Night," "On the Street Where You Live" and "I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face." Another Oscar winner was Cecil Beaton, who was awarded for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Expires June 7, 2014.

 

 

2. Princess Tam Tam (1935) -- Josephine Baker, Albert Préjean, Robert Arnoux, Germaine Aussey, Georges Péclet, Viviane Romance, Jean Galland. Baker (1906-1975), the great African-American singer, dancer and actress who was a sensation as an expatriate in Europe during the 1920s and 1930s, made one of her rare film appearances in this French tale with a Pygmalion theme. The film was directed by Edmond T. Gréville ("The Hands of Orlac") from a screenplay by Pepito Abatino, Baker's longtime manager. The black-and-white production is in French with English subtitles.

The story features Préjean as Paris-based writer Max de Mirecourt, who seeks solace in the North African country of Tunisia to escape his sharp-tongued wife Lucie (Aussey) and her high society friends. In Tunisia, he becomes enchanted by a local woman named Alwina (Baker), a dancer who inspires him to imagine her making a splash in Parisian circles.
This film played in New York, but did not get much of a release elsewhere in the United States because of issues with the Hays Office.
In 1991, "The Josephine Baker Story," an HBO made-for-television biography of the entertainer, won five Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special for its star, Lynn Whitfield. Expires June 7, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for June 2, 2014

The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:

 

1. The Barefoot Contessa (1954) -- Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, Marius Goring, Valentina Cortese, Rossano Brazzi, Elizabeth Sellars, Warren Stevens, Franco Interlenghi, Mari Aldon, Bessie Love, Diana Decker, Bill Fraser, Alberto Rabagliati, Enzo Staiola. O'Brien won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in this film as movie publicist Oscar Muldoon. Written, produced and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz ("All About Eve," "Cleopatra"), the films stars Bogart as a veteran filmmaker who discovers and makes a movie star of Maria Vargas (Gardner), an enchanting dancer from Spain. Despite her success in films, she seems destined never to enjoy true happiness. This is one of many Gardner movies either filmed in Spain or featuring scenes set in the Iberian country she loved. Mankiewicz received an Oscar nomination for the film's original screenplay. The Food Network series -- hosted since 2002 by Emmy Award-winning American chef Ina Garten -- derived its name from this movie. Expires June 8, 2014.

 

 

2. The Cossacks (1928) -- John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Ernest Torrence, Nils Asther, Paul Hurst, Dale Fuller, Mary Alden, Josephine Borio, Yorke Sherwood, Joseph Marievsky. Directed by George W. Hill and an uncredited Clarence Brown, who did extensive reshooting, this silent drama was based on an 1863 novel by Count Leo Tolstoy. Gilbert stars as Lukashka, the son of the fierce Cossack Ivan the Ataman (Torrence). The younger Cossack does not care to follow in his father's footsteps, but pressure from his village prompts him to reconsider his stance. Meanwhile, another conflict develops when a representative of the Tsar, Prince Olenin Stieshneff (Asther), arrives at the village and makes a play for Lukashka's beloved Maryana (Adorée). Despite the film's behind-the-scenes problems, its adaptation is credited to the pioneer woman screenwriter Frances Marion ("The Big House," "The Champ"). Look for future comedy great Lou Costello in scenes involving extras.  Expires June 8, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for June 3, 2014

 

The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:

 

1. Brewster's Millions (1947) -- Dennis O'Keefe, Helen Walker, June Havoc, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Gail Patrick, Misha Auer. This tale has been filmed seven times, most recently as a 1985 vehicle for Richard Pryor and John Candy. O'Keefe stars as Monty Brewster, a World War II vet who inherits $8 million from his late uncle. There is one stipulation in the will: Brewster must secretly spend a million dollars before he turns 30 in about two months in order to receive the entire fortune. Expires June 9, 2014.

 

2. Go Go Mania (1965) -- The Beatles, The Animals, The Spencer Davis Group, Peter and Gordon, Herman's Hermits, Matt Monro, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, The Honeycombs, The Nashville Teens, Susan Maughan, The Four Pennies, The Fourmost, The Rockin' Berries, Sounds Incorporated, Billie Davis, Tommy Quickly and the Remo Four. Titled "Pop Gear" in Europe, this musical production features performances by many of the artists and groups involved in "The British Invasion" launched by the Beatles in America in 1964. Beginning in prime time on Monday, June 2nd, Turner Classic Movies presented several movies starring British groups of the era.

In this film, directed by Frederic Goode ("The Syndicate"), the Fab Four appears in concert footage at the beginning and at the end (performing "She Loves You" and then "Twist and Shout"). In between those appearances are musical performances photographed by the great cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth (1914-1978), who later won Academy Awards for "Cabaret" (1972) and "Tess" (1980, posthumously). The 1978 movie "Superman" was dedicated to him when it was released after his death. The musical acts are introduced by longtime BBC presenter and disc jockey Jimmy Savile -- later Sir James Savile after he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his charitable works. After his death at the age of 84 in 2011, a controversy raged when it was alleged that Savile had been a serial sex offender for years.

 

Among the highlights of the film:

  • Peter and Gordon (Peter Asher and Gordon Waller) perform "A World Without Love" -- credited as a John Lennon-Paul McCartney tune but actually written by McCartney, who dated Asher's actress sister Jane for many years. Peter Asher went on to become one of the foremost executives in the record industry.
  • Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, who were guided by Beatles manager Brian Epstein, sing "Little Children."
  • The Animals, featuring lead singer Eric Burdon, present two of their most-famous hits -- "The House of the Rising Sun" and "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood."

  • The Spencer Davis Group -- featuring teen sensation Steve Winwood -- performs "My Babe."
  • Herman's Hermits, featuring the very young lead singer Peter Noone, perform "I'm Into Something Good." 
  • The Honeycombs, noteworthy because of female drummer Honey Lantree, do "Have I the Right?" and "Eyes."
  • Matt Monro, who memorably sang the title song in the 1963 James Bond film "From Russia with  Love," performs a trio of tunes, including "Walk Away."
  • The Nashville Teens present their hit "Tobacco Road." Expires June 9, 2014.

 

  3. Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter (1968) -- Herman's Hermits (featuring Peter Noone, Keith Hopwood, Derek Leckenby, Karl Green and Barry Whitwam). Also starring Stanley Holloway, Mona Washbourne, Lance Percival, Marjorie Rhodes, Sheila White, Sarah Caldwell, Joan Hickson. Directed by Saul Swimmer ("The Concert for Bangladesh"), the title of this easygoing film is derived from the 1965 hit song by the British pop group. The band headlines the tale as five working-class lads from Manchester who decide to use their musical skills to finance a greyhound-racing venture in London.

 

 

Noone stars as lead singer Tulley, who becomes involved with two Mrs. Browns -- one is his prized greyhound, the other happens to be the mother of a gorgeous fashion model (Washbourne is the mom; the daughter is played by Caldwell). Stanley Holloway, who received a 1964 Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance as Alfred Doolittle in "My Fair Lady," plays Mr. Brown, a genial London greengrocer who befriends the band. Hickson, who played Agatha Christie's Miss Marple on British television from 1984 to 1992, appears as a London landlady. Expires June 9, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for June 4, 2014

 

The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:

 

1. Beachhead (1954) -- Tony Curtis, Frank Lovejoy, Mary Murphy, Eduard Franz, Skip Homeier, John Doucette, Alan Wells, Akira Fukunaga, Dan Aoki, Steamboat Mokuahi, Directed by Stuart Heisler ("The Glass Key," "Blue Skies," "Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman"), this World War II film revolves around two U.S. Marines at odds with each other during a crucial mission on a Japanese-occupied island. Sgt. Fletcher (Lovejoy) is one of the few survivors of an American unit decimated during the Guadalcanal conflict. As a result, he is riddled with guilt and a bit shell shocked. Burke (played by Curtis), another Guadalcanal survivor, has little respect for the non-commissioned officer. In advance of an impending Allied invasion of the island, the two Marines work together to locate Monsieur Bouchard (Franz), a French plantation owner who may be able to locate mines planted on the beaches by the Japanese. Once Bouchard is contacted, his Americanized daughter Nina (Murphy) becomes something of a distraction to the two Marines. This was Murphy's first movie after making a noteworthy splash opposite Marlon Brando in the 1953 biker film "The Wild Ones." Her career never again soared as high as it did because of that film, although she continued to act in the years ahead. She died on May 4. 2011 at the age of 80. Expires June 10, 2014.

 

2. Marooned (1969) -- Gregory Peck, Richard Crenna, David Janssen, James Franciscus, Gene Hackman, Lee Grant, Nancy Kovack, Mariette Hartley, Scott Brady. Space thriller directed by John Sturges ("Bad Day at Black Rock," "The Magnificent Seven," "The Great Escape") and based on a novel by Martin Caidin, creator of the source material for TV's "The Six Million Dollar Man." This fictional tale of three American astronauts (Crenna, Franciscus and Hackman) helplessly adrift in space was released only months before the real-life Apollo 13 crisis, which became the basis of Ron Howard's 1995 Oscar-nominated film. Peck stars as the NASA adminstrator who must decide whether to launch a rescue mission. Grant, Kovack and Hartley play the respective wives of the astronauts. The film won an Academy Award for its visual effects by Robie Robinson. It also was nominated for its cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp, and its sound by Les Fresholtz and Arthur Piantadosi. Expires June 10, 2014.

 

3. Night and Fog (1955) -- French filmmaker Alain Resnais, who died March 1, 2014 at the age of 91, directed this documentary short about the horrors of Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Titled "Nuit et brouillard" in French, the film uses a combination of black-and-white photos and color footage filmed at the remnants of such camps as Auschwitz and Birkenau. Turner Classic Movies presented a morning tribute to Resnais on Tuesday, June 3rd, which included a showing of his 1980 film "Mon oncle d'Amérique" ("My American Uncle"). Expires June 10, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for June 5, 2014

 

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1. The 5th Musketeer (1979) -- Sylvia Kristel, Beau Bridges, Ursula Andress, Cornel Wilde, Ian McShane, Lloyd Bridges, Alan Hale, Jr., Helmut Dantine, José Ferrer, Olivia de Havilland, Rex Harrison. Directed by Ken Annakin ("The Longest Day"), this swashbuckling film is set in 17th century France and based on the legend of "The Man in the Iron Mask," written about by Alexandre Dumas the Elder ("The Three Musketeers"). Beau Bridges plays the dual roles of King Louis XIV and Philippe of Gascony, his little-known twin brother. Philippe is a protégé of D'Artagnan (Wilde) and the other famed Musketeers -- Athos (Ferrer), Porthos (Hale) and Aramis (Lloyd Bridges, father of Beau). The film is full of palace intrigue revolving around the machinations of Fouquet (McShane), Louis' devious advisor, to secure the king's power. There also is a romantic triangle (or quadrangle if you include Philippe) involving the king, his fiancée Marie-Thérèse of Spain (Kristel) and his mistress Louise de La Vallière (Andress).

 

This film marked the final appearance of De Havilland in a feature-length picture, although she would continue to make occasional forays into television. The two-time Oscar winner, who portrays the mother of Louis and Philippe, will celebrate her 100th birthday on July 1, 2016.

 

The film's cinematographer was the great Jack Cardiff, known for his colorful collaborations with British filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger ("A Matter of Life and Death," "Black Narcissus," "The Red Shoes").

 

Kristel, the Dutch beauty who rose to stardom in the erotic "Emmanuelle" films of the 1970s, became romantically involved with McShane during the making of this picture. She left her husband and embarked on a five-year affair with the British actor, who probably is best known for his work as the aptly named Al Swearengen in the HBO Western series "Deadwood." Kristel died of cancer on October 18, 2012. She was 60. This was one of five films starring the Swiss-born Andress that Turner Classic Movies aired beginning in prime time on Wednesday, June 5th. Expires June 11, 2014.

 

2. The Trouble with Angels (1966) -- Rosalind Russell, Hayley Mills, Binnie Barnes, Gypsy Rose Lee, Camilla Sparv, June Harding, Mary Wickes, Marge Redmond. Directed by Ida Lupino, this comedy centers around two mischievous enrollees (Mills, Harding) at the St. Francis Academy for Girls, and the headaches they cause for Mother Superior (Russell) and her staff. A 1968 sequel, "Where Angels Go...Trouble Follows," starred Russell, Stella Stevens and Susan Saint James. Russell played Rose Thompson Hovick, the mother of ecdysiast Lee in the 1962 film version of the stage musical "Gypsy." Natalie Wood played Louise, the character based on Lee. Barnes, whose career began in the silent era, retired in 1973 after two more screen appearances. After this film, Redmond starred as Sister Jacqueline opposite Sally Field in TV's "The Flying Nun" from 1967 to 1970. Wickes, who also appeared in the sequel to this film, played a nun in the Whoopi Goldberg comedies "Sister Act" (1992) and "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit" (1993). This was one of several Russell films aired by Turner Classic Movies on Wednesday June 5th, the day the actress was born in 1907. Expires June 11, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for June 6, 2014

 

The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:

 

1. The Last Sunset (1961) -- Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas, Dorothy Malone, Joseph Cotten, Carol Lynley, Neville Brand, Regis Toomey, Rad Fulton, Adam Williams, Jack Elam, John Shay. Directed by Robert Aldrich ("Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?"), this Western adventure stars Hudson as Dana Stribling, a Texas sheriff who goes to Mexico in pursuit of the gunslinger who killed his brother-in-law. But the lawbreaker, Brendan O'Malley (Douglas), has signed on to head a cattle drive for the Breckenridge family (Cotten, Malone and Lynley) that will end at a Texas border town. Realizing that he doesn't have the jurisdiction to drag O'Malley back to Texas, Stribling joins the cattle drive since time is on his side. The movie's screenplay was written by the once-blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo, who received a film credit from Douglas the year before for the epic "Spartacus." Malone, whose character is an old flame of O'Malley's, made her final film appearance in the controversial 1992 thriller "Basic Instinct," which starred Douglas' son, Michael. Lynley, who plays the tomboyish Breckenridge daughter Missy, later portrayed screen sex symbol Jean Harlow in the 1965 black-and-white independent film "Harlow." The bio was released just before Paramount's Technicolor version, also titled "Harlow," which starred Carroll Baker. Expires June 12, 2014.

 

2. The Tarnished Angels (1957) -- Rock Hudson, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, Jack Carson, Robert Middleton, Alan Reed, Robert J. Wilke, Troy Donahue, William Schallert, Christopher Olsen. Based on William Faulkner's 1935 novel "Pylon," this drama was directed by Douglas Sirk, who was reunited with three of the stars of his 1956 hit "Written on the Wind." Hudson, Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month for June 2014, had top billing in that film, while Stack and Malone received Academy Award nominations for their supporting performances. Malone won the Oscar as well. Set in the New Orleans of 1932, this film stars Hudson as a Times-Picayune reporter named Burke Devlin, who hopes to write about Roger Shumann (Stack), a onetime World War I flying ace now appearing in a traveling air show. Devlin befriends Shumann, his gorgeous wife LaVerne (Malone) and their son Jack (Olsen). But he finds himself irresistibly attracted to LaVerne, which complicates matters. Reed, who plays Col. T.J. Fineman, became a television icon of sorts as the voice of Fred in "The Flintstones," the first animated primetime series in TV history. He provided the character's voice for TV shows and commercials from 1960 until his death in 1977 at the age of 69. Donahue (real name: Merle Johnson, Jr.) was rechristened by Hollywood press agent Henry Willson, the man who also came up with the names Rock Hudson and Tab Hunter. Olsen, best remembered as the kidnapped son of James Stewart and Doris Day in Sir Alfred Hitchcock's 1956 version of "The Man Who Knew Too Much," is the brother of actress Susan Olsen -- Cindy in TV's "The Brady Bunch." Schallert, a longtime veteran of film and television productions, died on May 8, 2016 at the age of 93. Expires June 12, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for June 7, 2014
 
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1. The Golden Hawk (1952) -- Rhonda Fleming, Sterling Hayden, Helena Carter, John Sutton, Paul Cavanagh, Michael Ansara, Raymond Hatton, Alex Montoya. Directed by Sidney Salkow ("The Last Man on Earth"), the action adventure is based on the 1948 novel by African-American historical novelist Frank Yerby (1916-1991). It stars Hayden as Kit Gerardo, a French pirate who has sworn vengeance against Spain's Captain Luis del Toro (Sutton), whom he blames for his mother's death. What Gerardo doesn't know is that Del Toro is innocent of any wrongdoing -- plus he happens to be his father. Meanwhile, Gerardo becomes involved in a hot-and-cold relationship with Captain Rouge (Fleming), a flame-haired female profiteer who has secrets of her own. This is one of many tales about pirates that Turner Classic Movies is airing on Friday Night Spotlight during the month of June 2014. Expires June 13, 2014. 
    

 
2. Hurricane Island (1951) -- Jon Hall, Marie Windsor, Romo Vincent, Edgar Barrier, Karen Randle, Jo Gilbert, Nelson Leigh. Directed by Lew Landers who directed the 1935 version of "The Raven," this action film focuses on the Spanish explorer Ponce de León (Barrier) and his search in 1513 for the famed Fountain of Youth in Florida. When De León is wounded during an attack by hostiles, he leans on Capt. Carlos Montalvo (Hall) for support in establishing a permanent settlement in Florida. But the expeditions goals are threatened by the schemes of Jan Bolton (Windsor) and her band of pirates. This is the second Hall movie with "Hurricane" in the title. The first, of course, was John Ford's "The Hurricane," which was nominated for three Academy Awards -- winning for Best Sound Recording. Expires June 13, 2014.
 

3. Pirates of Tripoli (1955) -- Paul Henreid, Patricia Medina, Paul Newlan, John Miljan, Mark Hanna, Jean Del Val, Lilian Bond, Mel Welles, Louis Mercier, Karl Davis, Maralou Gray, William Fawcett (uncredited). Directed by Felix E. Feist ("The Big Trees"). this swashbuckling tale revolves around Princess Karjan (Medina), whose North African kingdom of Misurata has been overrun by the hordes of Malek, Bey of Tunis (Miljan). She escapes to Tripoli and begins seeking help to reclaim her title and property. She quickly enlists the services of the dashing pirate leader Edri-Al-Gardian (Henreid) in return for a promised half a million dinars in gold. This was one of many action films in which Henreid starred before he turned to directing in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Expires June 13, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for June 8, 2014

 

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1. Alphabet City (1984) -- Vincent Spano, Kate Vernon, Michael Winslow, Jami Gertz, Zohra Lampert, Ray Serra, Kenny Marino. Directed by Amos Poe ("The Foreigner"), this action-thriller stars Spano as Johnny, a drug dealer who plans to get out of the business -- if he can escape the clutches of mobsters. The film's title is derived from the East Village section of New York City that has Avenues from A to D. The music was composed by former Chic frontman Nile Rodgers, the guitarist, songwiter and producer who shared the 2013-2014 Grammy for Record of the Year -- for the song "Get Lucky" -- with Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams. The film features an early screen appearance by Kate Vernon, daughter of the late actor John Vernon (Dean Wormer in "National Lampoon's Animal House"). She most recently appeared as the duplicitous Councilwoman Diana Sydney on the hit television series "The 100," which has been renewed for a second season on The CW. Expires June 14, 2014.

 

2. Mixed Blood (1984) -- Marília Pêra, Richard Ulacia, Geraldine Smith, Linda Kerridge, Rodney Harvey, Angel David, Pedro Sanchez, Ulrich Berr, Marcelino Rivera, Yukio Yamamoto, Susan Blond. Directed by Paul Morrissey ("Spike of Bensonhurst"), who collaborated on experimental films with Andy Warhol, this crime-drama stars the Rio de Janeiro-born Pêra as Rita La_Punta, the head of a group of Brazilian drug dealers who declare war on their rivals on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. La Puenta's gang is comprised of youngsters who live with her and her son (Ulacia). This film marked the screen debut of actor John Leguizamo. Expires June 14, 2014.

 

3. The Mob (1951) -- Broderick Crawford, Betty Buehler, Richard Kiley, Otto Hulett, Matt Crowley, Neville Brand, Ernest Borgnine, Jean Alexander, Walter Klavun, Lynne Baggett, Ralph Dumke, John Marley, Charles Bronson (uncredited). Directed by Robert Parrish ("Fire Down Below"), this crime-drama stars Crawford as a tough cop who goes undercover as a longshoreman to root out wrongdoing on the docks. Expires June 14, 2014.

 

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TCM On Demand for June 9, 2014

 

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1. Black Orpheus (1959) -- Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Marcel Camus, Fausto Guerzoni, Lourdes de Oliveira, Léa Garcia, Adhemar da Silva, Alexandro Constantino, Waldemar De Souza, Jorge Dos Santos, Aurino Cassiano, Maria Alice. Directed by Camus, the French filmmaker who plays Ernesto, this is a colorful version of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, set during the Carnival season in a Rio de Janeiro favela. The movie was based on a stage play by Vinicius de Moraes. When the personification of Death (Da Silva) comes for country girl Eurydice (Dawn), she flees to Rio to hide out with her cousin Serafina (Garcia). Soon Eurydice falls for Serafina's neighbor Orpheus (Mello), an engaging streetcar conductor who also heads the Babylon United Samba School that participates in a big Carnival parade. But Orpheus' quick-tempered fiancée Mira (De Oliveira) may pose more of a threat to the new couple than Death.

 

 

 

The film received the Palme d'or (the top prize at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival) and the 1960 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The movie's music was composed by Luiz Floriano Bonfá (1922-2001) and the great Antônio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994), whose credits included the bossa nova song "The Girl from Ipanema." 

 

Memorable quote: "This guitar is very old...There was an Orpheus before me, and there may be another after I'm gone. But for now, I'm the boss." -- Orpheus to his young friends Benedito (Dos Santos) and Zeca (Cassiano), who believe he can make the sun rise by playing his guitar. Expires June 15, 2014. 

 

 

2. D.O.A. (1950) -- Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler, Beverly Garland, Neville Brand, Lynn Baggett, William Ching, Henry Hart, Laurette Luez. Directed by Rudolph Maté ("When Worlds Collide," "The 300 Spartans"), this is a film noir drama with a twist. O'Brien stars as murder victim Frank Bigelow who isn't dead yet. But the accountant visiting San Francisco is doomed because he has been poisoned -- and he is determined to finger the killer before he dies. The movie's creative screenplay was written by Russell Rouse and Clarence Greene, who later shared the 1959 Original Screenplay Oscar for "Pillow Talk" with Maurice Richlin and Stanley Shapiro. The film marked the screen debut of Garland, listed in the credits as Beverly Campbell. Britton, who plays Bigelow's loyal secretary Paula, played the famous comic strip character in the "Blondie" TV series of the 1950s. She later was a regular as landlady Lorelei Brown on TV's "My Favorite Martian" from 1963-1966. The film was remade in 1988 with a cast that included Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan and Charlotte Rampling. Expires June 15, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for June 10, 2014

 

The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:

 

1. A Man Called Horse (1970) -- Richard Harris, Dame Judith Anderson, Jean Gascon, Manu Tupou, Corrina Tsopei, Dub Taylor, James Gammon, William Jordan, Eddie Little Sky, Michael Baseleon, Lina Marín, Tamara Garina, Terry Leonard, Iron Eyes Cody, Tom Tyon. Directed by Elliot Silverstein ("Cat Ballou"), this Western drama stars Harris as John Morgan, a British aristocrat captured by Sioux tribesmen during a grouse-shooting party in the Dakota territory of 1825. Harris returned as Morgan in two sequels -- "The Return of a Man Called Horse" (1976) and "Triumphs of a Man Called Horse" (1983).

 

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Harris and Tsopei

 

Tsopei, the Greek actress who appears as Running Deer, began her film career after being crowned Miss Universe in 1964.

 

Harris, who died in 2002, was remembered in a Turner Classic Movies salute that began in primetime on Monday, June 9, 2014. Expires June 16, 2014.

 

2. The Pink Panther (1963) -- David Niven, Peter Sellers, Robert Wagner, Capucine, Claudia Cardinale, Brenda de Banzie, Fran Jeffries. Sellers made the first of his five screen appearances as bumbling French police inspector Jacques Clouseau in this comedy by Blake Edwards. A sixth film -- "Trail of the Pink Panther" (1982) -- was a retrospective of previous scenes released two years after Sellers' death by a heart attack on July 24, 1980. Top billing for the first film went to Niven, who plays Sir Charles Lytton, the smooth jewel thief known as "The Phantom." The movie begins with one of filmdom's most famous opening credits sequences, which introduced the animated Pink Panther character created by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises and featured Henry Mancini's popular theme song. Mancini received an Academy Award nomination for the film's score, which was ranked No. 20 on the American Film Institute's 2005 list of the Top 25 movie scores of all time. The animated Panther character would later headline several film shorts, including "The Pink Phink," which won the 1964 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. The character then went on to a long-running Saturday morning cartoon show that began in 1969. In the film, the title refers to "the most fabulous diamond in all of the world," which is in the possession of Princess Dahla of Lugash (Cardinale). Of course, Lytton is interested in the jewel. And so is his nephew George (Wagner), who appears to be following in the footsteps of "The Phantom."

Memorable scene: Singer Jeffries performs "Meglio Stasera" ("It Had Better Be Tonight") during a ski resort scene. Notice how well Sellers moves on the dance floor.

 

Jeffries died on December 15, 2016 at the age of 79.

 

 

By the way, Clouseau and his wife Simone (Capucine) refer to each other as "my darling" so many times, viewers could start participatory drinking games. In case you were wondering, the four other Sellers-as-Clouseau films were "A Shot in the Dark" (1964), "The Return of the Pink Panther" (1975), "The Pink Panther Strikes Again" (1976) and "Revenge of the Pink Panther" (1978). Actor Alan Arkin starred as the sleuth in "Inspector Clouseau," a 1968 version that did not involve Edwards. Subsequent "Pink Panther" films have starred Ted Wass, Roberto Benigni and Steve Martin. Niven's final screen appearances were in "Trail of the Pink Panther" and "Curse of the Pink Panther (1983)." But his voice was weakened because of an illness, and so his lines were dubbed by impressionist Rich Little. Expires June 16, 2014.

 

3. Robin and Marian (1976) -- Sir Sean Connery, Audrey Hepburn, Robert Shaw, Nicol Williamson, Richard Harris, Denholm Elliott, Ronnie Barker, Kenneth Haigh, Sir Ian Holm, Bill Maynard, Esmond Knight, Veronica Quilligan, Peter Butterworth, John Barrett, Kenneth Cranham, Victoria Abril. Directed by Richard Lester ("A Hard Day's Night," "The Three Musketeers"), this realistic adventure film focuses on the final days of Robin Hood and his friends and enemies. This was the first feature film to star Hepburn -- who plays Marian -- since "Wait Until Dark" eight years earlier. It would turn out to be one of her final film appearances.
 
Connery's Robin is aging and weary after years of accompanying Richard the Lionheart (Harris) during the Crusades. The king, who apparently has gone mad during his years away from England, dies after an ill-advised siege on a rundown French castle. Robin and Little John (Williamson) decide to return home to Sherwood Forest, where they find that many things have changed -- but others have not.
 
 
This film marked a reunion for Connery and Shaw, the latter actor cast as the Sheriff of Nottingham. The actors participated in one of the movies' classic fight scenes aboard the Orient Express in the 1963 James Bond thriller "From Russia With Love." Connery was in his second turn as Bond; Shaw played assassin Red Grant. As Robin and the sheriff, they have another battle to the death.
 
Elliott, who co-stars as balladeer Will Scarlet, would later appear with Connery in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989).
 
Connery made a surprise cameo appearance as Richard the Lionheart in Kevin Costner's 1991 hit "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves." 
 

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Costner, Connery and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991)

 

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TCM On Demand for June 11, 2014
 
The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:
 
1. The Harvey Girls (1946) -- Judy Garland, John Hodiak, Ray Bolger, Dame Angela Lansbury, Preston Foster, Virginia O'Brien, Kenny Baker, Marjorie Main, Chill Wills, Selena Royle, Cyd Charisse, Ruth Brady, Jack Lambert, Edward Earle, Morris Ankrum, Stephen McNally. Directed by George Sidney ("Anchors Away," "Annie Get Your Gun"), this musical is about women who become waitresses for the Harvey House chain of restaurants that expanded to the West in the late 19th century. Among the film's best-known songs is "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe," which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. The Oscar went to Harry Warren (music) and Johnny Mercer (lyrics). 

 
 
The musical also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture (Lennie Hayton).
 

Expires June 17, 2014.
 
2. Scarlet Street (1945) -- Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea, Margaret Lindsay, Jess Barker, Rosalind Ivan, Arthur Loft, Charles Kemper, Russell Hicks, Samuel S. Hinds, Anita Sharp-Bolster, Vladimir Sokoloff, Cy Kendall, Tom Dillon. Directed by Fritz Lang ("The Big Heat"), this drama revolves around a middle-aged man (Robinson) who becomes obsessed with a beautiful younger woman (Bennett). She and her boyfriend (Duryea) conspire to milk the amateur painter of his money. This was a remake of a 1931 French film by Jean Renoir titled "La Chienne." A year earlier, Robinson, Bennett and Duryea appeared in another film noir directed by Lang -- "The Woman at the Window." This was one of "Bob's Picks" -- selections by Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne -- for Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Expires June 17, 2014.
 
3. The Woman in the Window (1944) -- Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Raymond Massey, Edmond Breon, Dan Duryea, Thomas E. Jackson, Dorothy Peterson, Arthur Loft, Frank Dawson. Director Fritz Lang's compelling film noir stars Robinson as a married college professor who tries to conceal a homicide he committed in self defense at the apartment of a seductive woman (Bennett). His attempt to cover up his tracks is part of the fun in this movie since one of his best friends is the district attorney (Massey). This film was another of "Bob's Picks" for Tuesday, June 10th. Expires June 17, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for June 12, 2014

The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time: 

 
1. The Deadly Companions (1961) -- Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Steve Cochran, Chill Wills, Strother Martin, Will Wright, James O'Hara, Peter O'Crotty, Billy Vaughan. Sam Peckinpah's first feature film as a director was one of two films that O'Hara and Keith did together in the same year. Based on the novel "Yellowleg" by A.S Fleischman, the Western drama features Keith as a former Union soldier who accidentally kills the son of a saloon hostess (O'Hara). Seeking personal redemption, he accompanies her on a dangerous trek through Apache territory to a designated burial site.
 
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This Western tale was one of two movies that Keith and O'Hara did together in 1961
 
The movie was produced by O'Hara's brother, Charles B. Fitzsimons. Peckinpah, who cut his teeth directing such television Westerns as "Gunsmoke," "Broken Arrow," "Have Gun -- Will Travel" and "The Rifleman," was recommended for the feature film by Keith. The actor had worked with Peckinpah on "The Westerner," a critically praised but short-lived 1960 series on NBC. But Peckinpah clashed with Fitzsimons, who exerted control throughout the shooting of the feature film. It wouldn't be the last time the director feuded with producers and studio brass.
 
O'Hara, who was born Maureen FitzSimons, recounted her memories of the director in her 2004 autobiography " 'Tis Herself." She acknowledged his eventual status as a master of Western films, but said he was "awful" during their collaboration. "I found him to be one of the strangest and most objectionable people I had ever worked with," she wrote.
 
Peckinpah survived the experience and went on to direct such memorable -- and sometimes controversial -- projects as "Ride the High Country" (1962), "The Wild Bunch" (1969), "Straw Dogs" (1971), "The Getaway" (1972) and "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia" (1974). Turner Classic Movies devoted an evening to Peckinpah movies, beginning in prime time on Wednesday, June 11th.
 
By the way, the other movie co-starring O'Hara and Keith during the summer of 1961 was Walt Disney's "The Parent Trap," in which Hayley Mills played their twin daughters. Expires June 18, 2014.

 

 

2. The Glory Guys (1965) -- Tom Tryon, Harve Presnell, Senta Berger, Michael Anderson, Jr., James Caan, Andrew Duggan, Slim Pickens, Erik Holland, Adam Williams, Peter Breck, Laurel Goodwin, Jeanne Cooper, Robert McQueeney, Wayne Rogers, William Meigs, Michael Forest, Dal McKennon, Alice Backes, Walter Scott, George Ross, Paul Birch, Stephen Chase, Henry Beckman. Sam Peckinpah adapted the screenplay for this Western comedy/drama from Hoffman Birney's novel "The Dice of God," but he was replaced as director by Arnold Laven. The film stars Tryon as U.S. Army Capt. Demas Harrod, who sets out to transform a batch of green recruits into a battle-ready cavalry unit. Before a major campaign against Sioux hostiles, Harrod also has to keep a wary eye on General Frederick McCabe (Duggan), a Custer-like, self-serving glory seeker. And then there is Harrod's rivalry with Army scout Sol Rogers (Presnell), who is competing for the hand of the same love interest (played by Berger). Expires June 18, 2014.
 

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TCM On Demand for June 13, 2014

The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:

 

1. All That Heaven Allows (1955) -- Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Moorehead, Conrad Nagel, Virginia Grey, Gloria Talbott, William Reynolds, Charles Drake, Hayden Rorke, Jacqueline de Wit, Leigh Snowden, Donald Curtis, Alex Gerry, Nestor Paiva, Forrest Lewis, Tol Avery, Merry Anders. A much-admired widow (Wyman) becomes the subject of gossip and is ostracized by her onetime friends when she falls in love with her gardener (Hudson). The film was produced by Ross Hunter and directed by Douglas Sirk. Todd Haynes' 2002 drama "Far from Heaven" was patterned after this movie and earned a Best Actress nomination for Julianne Moore. Expires June 19, 2014.

 

2. The Hitch-Hiker (1953) -- Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman, José Torvay, Wendell Niles, Jean Del Val, Clark Howat, Natividad Vacio, Rodney Bell. This film noir tale was directed by actress Ida Lupino and produced and co-written by her husband at the time, Collier Young. The title character, a psychopathic killer, is played by Talman, best known for his years as the luckless district attorney Hamilton Burger in the "Perry Mason" television series that ran on CBS from 1957 to 1966. Expires June 19, 2014.

 

3. Outrage (1950) -- Mala Powers, Tod Andrews, Robert Clarke, Raymond Bond, Lillian Hamilton, Hal March, Kenneth Patterson, Jerry Paris, Angela Clarke, Roy Engel, Lovyss Bradley, Hamilton Camp, William Challee, Tristram Coffin, Jerry Hausner, Bernie Marcus, Joyce McCluskey, Albert Mellen, John Morgan, Vic Perrin. Actress Ida Lupino directed and co-wrote this drama, which became noteworthy as one of the first American films to deal at length with the subject of rape. Powers stars as Ann Walton, a recently engaged woman who is assaulted by a man (Mellen) while returning home from her job as a factory bookkeeper. Injured during the attack, she can only remember the assailant's leather jacket and a scar on his neck. The alternate titles for the film were "Nice Girl" and "Nobody's Safe." Expires June 19, 2014. 

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TCM On Demand for June 14, 2014

The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:


1. 13 Ghosts (1960)
-- Charles Herbert, Jo Morrow, Martin Milner, Rosemary DeCamp, Donald Woods, Margaret Hamilton, John van Dreelen, David Hoffman, Roy Jenson. This tale was produced and directed by creative horrormeister William Castle ("House on Haunted Hill," "The Tingler"), who was known for such gimmicks as placing electric buzzers in the seats of movie patrons to heighten tension. The film revolves around the Zorba family, which inherits a creepy old mansion from an estranged relative who dies. In addition to the residence, the Zorbas apparently also have inherited a baker's dozen of ghosts, which their deceased relation collected during his scientific work. Hamilton, forever remembered as the Wicked Witch of the West in "The Wizard of Oz" (1939), plays Elaine, the family's dour housekeeper. Buck, the youngest Zorba played by Herbert ("The Boy and the Pirates," "Please Don't Eat the Daisies"), is convinced she practices black magic. "She's even got a broom," he says. The film was remade in 2001 as "Thir13en Ghosts" with a cast that included Tony Shalhoub, Embeth Davidtz, Matthew Lillard and Shannon Elizabeth. Turner Classic Movies aired the original film on Friday, June 13, 2014 as part of its daytime theme of movies with the No. 13 in their titles. Expires June 20, 2014.

2. The Princess and the Pirate (1944)
-- Bob Hope, Virginia Mayo, Walter Slezak, Walter Brennan, Victor McLaglen, Marc Lawrence, Hugo Haas, Maude Eburne, Adia Kuznetzoff, Brandon Hurst, Tom Kennedy, Stanley Andrews, Robert Warwick, The Goldwyn Girls (uncredited). Hope has a field day in this comedy on the high seas, set during the 18th century, but featuring the sensibility and style of a 1940s "Road" picture. Although Hope was associated with Paramount Pictures for many years, this film was a special collaboration with Samuel Goldwyn Productions. The movie was directed by David Butler ("Road to Morocco") and produced by Goldwyn, the grandfather of actor Tony Goldwyn -- U.S. President Fitzgerald Grant III on the hit ABC drama series "Scandal."
Hope stars as Sylvester the Great, a mediocre actor and entertainer who becomes the companion of the runaway Princess Margaret (Mayo).

 

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Hope and Mayo

 

She is on the lam because she dislikes her father's choice for a marriage partner. But her ship is seized and destroyed by a ruthless pirate known as "The Hook" (played by McLaglen, a 1935 Oscar winner for "The Informer"). The scheming buccaneer had planned to hold the royal maiden for ransom, but she escapes with Sylvester to the disreputable island of Casarouge (most likely a nod to "Casablanca"). There, the princess falls into the clutches of Governor La Roche (Slezak), who, as it turns out, is in league with "The Hook."

 

Memorable dialogue:
 
Princess Margaret: You seem to have done quite a lot of traveling.
 
Sylvester: Yes, with an act like mine, it's safer. I've been to a lot of places. I've been to the Indies, Europe, Africa. And you should have seen the show I did on the road to Morocco.
 
Princess Margaret: Were you good?
 
Sylvester: Good? I'd have been sensational, only some overage crooner with laryngitis kept crabbin' my act. I had to brush him.
 
Hope excelled at playing roguish, fast-talking cowards, and his influence is felt to this day. Woody Allen, for instance, has openly admitted borrowing from "Ol' Ski Nose" for movies such as "Love and Death" (1975). "I'm practically a plagiarist," Allen said about Hope to Esquire magazine. And viewers of Conan O'Brien's late-night talk show on TBS have become accustomed to the host's imitation of Hope's growl whenever a particularly attractive female guest takes a seat.
 
This was the first starring role for the gorgeous Mayo, who had previously appeared in the 1944 Danny Kaye comedy "Up in Arms" as a member of The Goldwyn Girls -- beautiful women who graced numerous pictures produced by Samuel Goldwyn.
 
Brennan, who had already won three Academy Awards when he made this picture, appears as a seemingly clueless pirate known as Featherhead. Be sure to notice this rare instance in which the actor doesn't affect a Southern accent or Western drawl -- or play a curmudgeon.
 
The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Score (David Rose) and Best Art Direction (Ernst Fegté and Howard Bristol).
 
This was another tale about pirates that Turner Classic Movies aired on Friday Night Spotlight during the month of June 2014.

 

Expires June 20, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for June 15, 2014

The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:


1. Carson on TCM: Lucille Ball (April 28, 1977) --
During her appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," TV's favorite redhead asks the talk-show host a question he'd never gotten before: "Where do you go when you're not on?" Three years after the end of her comedy series "Here's Lucy," she recalls how tough it was for her to leave the "daily grind" of working on television after almost 25 years (she would make an ill-fated return to television with a series in the 1980s). And she also gives Carson a surprising present in a cup. This was one of 25 vintage Carson interviews edited for special broadcasts during the month of March 2014 on Turner Classic Movies. Expires June 21, 2014.

2. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)
-- Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton, Michael Crawford, Jack Gilford, Annette Andre, Sir Michael Hordern, Leon Greene, Roy Kinnear, Alfie Bass, Jon Pertwee, John Bluthal, Pamela Brown, Patricia Jessel, Helen Funai, Ingrid Pitt (uncredited). Directed by Richard Lester ("A Hard Day's Night," "Help!"), this is a film version of the 1962 Tony Award-winning musical farce featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. The theater version, directed by George Abbott and produced by Harold Prince, won six Tonys, including Best Musical, Best Author and Best Actor (Mostel). The film marked the final screen appearance of Keaton, who plays Erronious. The cinema great, whose career in movies began in 1917, died on February 1, 1966 -- eight months before the release of the film. He was 70 years old.

 

Set in ancient Rome, the movie stars Mostel, reprising his stage role as the scheming slave named Pseudolus, who longs for freedom. Gilford, who received a Tony nomination as Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance as Hysterium, also appears in the movie version. Silvers co-stars as Marcus Lycus, whose business involves beautiful courtesans. Crawford, who went on to Tony Award-winning success in 1988 as the star of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage musical "The Phantom of the Opera," co-stars as young Hero, whose family owns Pseudolus.

 

Among the familiar Sondheim show tunes performed in the film are "Comedy Tonight," which opens the movie, and "Lovely." The musical was adapted for the screen by Melvin Frank and Michael Pertwee, whose younger brother Jon Pertwee plays Crassus. From 1970 to 1974, Jon was the third of 12 actors to play Doctor Who on British television. Kinnear, who plays the instructor of gladiators, was a Lester favorite, co-starring in "Help!" and the "Three Musketeers" series filmed by the director. Kinnear died on September 20, 1988, the day after a horse-riding accident during the filming of "The Return of the Musketeers." He was 54.

 

Interestingly, Silvers turned down the role of Pseudolus for the original stage production because he had difficulty seeing without his glasses. He later played the character -- with glasses -- in a 1972 Broadway revival of the play. He won a Tony for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance. Expires June 21, 2014.
 
3. I Never Sang for My Father (1970) -- 
Melvyn Douglas, Gene Hackman, Dorothy Stickney, Estelle Parsons, Elizabeth Hubbard, Lovelady Powell, Daniel Keyes, Conrad Bain, Jon Richards, Nikki Counselman, Carol Peterson, Sloane Shelton, James Karen, Gene Williams. Douglas and Hackman received Academy Award nominations for their performances in this drama, based on the stage play by Robert Anderson. Douglas received the only Best Actor nomination of his distinguished career (he won twice for supporting roles in "Hud" and "Being There"). Hackman earned a Best Supporting Actor nod.

 

 

 

Produced and directed by Gilbert Cates ("Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams"), the film stars Hackman as a widower who tries to cope with the oncoming senility of his proud, headstrong father (Douglas). The film marked a reunion for Hackman and Parsons, who played husband-and-wife Buck and Blanche Barrow in "Bonnie and Clyde" (for which Parsons earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar). This time, they play siblings.

 

Memorable quote: "Death ends a life. But it does not end a relationship, which struggles on in the survivor's mind towards some resolution, which it may never find." -- Hackman's character, Gene Garrison, whose words are used at the beginning and the end of the movie.
 

Expires June 21, 2014.
 
4. The Misfits (1961) -- Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Thelma Ritter, Eli Wallach, James Barton, Kevin McCarthy, Estelle Winwood. Directed by John Huston ("The Treasure of the Sierra Madre"), this bleak 1960s Western proved to be a star-crossed project behind the scenes. It was Gable's last film (the 59-year-old actor suffered a heart attack two days after finishing it, and died 10 days later, on November 16, 1960). It also was Monroe's final completed film before her death at age 36 of an overdose on August 5, 1962. The playwright Arthur Miller, Monroe's third husband, never again wrote an original screenplay for a film. Before the movie was released on February 1, 1961, he and Monroe had decided to end their marriage. Clift, who had serious health problems, appeared in only three more films after this one, and he died on July 23, 1966 at the age of 45. Ritter, who plays Isabelle Steers, would continue to work until her death from a heart attack on February 5, 1969. She is tied with Deborah Kerr and Glenn Close for the most Academy Award nominations by an actress without a win -- six. Wallach, the film's longest-living cast member, died June 24, 2014 at the age of 98. On November 13, 2010, he was presented an honorary Academy Award "for a lifetime's worth of indelible screen characters."

 

The film stars Monroe as Roslyn Tabor, a recently divorced woman who enchants aging cowboy Gay Langland (Gable) and his friend, rodeo rider Perce Howland (Clift). Set in Nevada, the movie's title refers to a group of wild mustangs that Gay hopes to lasso and sell as dog food. Of course, the title has a double meaning as well.

Memorable scene: Roslyn displays her prowess at paddleball in a bar, and wins $145 for her efforts. She also nearly ignites a brawl because of it.

 



Memorable dialogue: These were the final lines ever spoken by Monroe and Gable in a film release:

Roslyn: How do you find your way back in the dark?

Gay: Just head for that big star straight on. The highway's under it. It'll take us right home.

Expires June 21, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for June 16, 2014

The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:

 
1. Purple Noon (1960) -- Alain Delon, Maurice Ronet, Marie Laforêt, Erno Crisa, Frank Latimore, Billy Kearns, Ave Ninchi, Viviane Chantel, Nerio Bernardi, Barbel Fanger, Lily Romanelli, Nicolas Petrov, Elvire Popesco, Romy Schneider (uncredited). French director René Clément ("Forbidden Games," "Is Paris Burning?") adapted this first film version of Patricia Highsmith's 1955 novel "The Talented Mr. Ripley." A 1999 version, using Highsmith's original title, was directed by Oscar-winner Anthony Minghella ("The English Patient") with a cast that included Matt Damon (as Tom Ripley), Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. For his efforts in that film, Law earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

 

In Clément's version (French title: "Plein soleil"), Delon stars as Ripley, a resourceful American hired by a wealthy San Francisco businessman to retrieve his playboy son Philippe (Ronet) from Italy and bring him home. In return, Ripley will receive the sum of $5,000. Philippe, however, plans stay with his girlfriend Marge (Laforêt) and has no intention of cooperating. This prompts Ripley, a polished con man, to set his own agenda.

 

Highsmith (1921-1995) authored a series of books about Ripley. The third novel -- "Ripley's Game" (1974) -- has been released on film twice, once in 1977 as "Der amerikanische Freund" ("The American Friend") by German director Wim Wenders and again in 2002 by Italian director Liliana Cavani under the original title. Dennis Hopper starred as Ripley in the first film; John Malkovich assumed the role for the other version. 

 

Highsmith's second novel, "Ripley Under Ground," became a 2005 film by Roger Spottiswoode, starring Barry Pepper as the title character.

 

Look for Schneider in a red dress in the role as a companion of Philippe's friend Freddie Miles (Kearns). The Austrian-born actress was romantically involved with Delon when the movie was filmed. Expires June 22, 2014.

 

2. The Yearling (1946) -- Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Claude Jarman Jr., Chill Wills, Clem Bevans, Margaret Wycherly, Henry Travers, Forrest Tucker, Donn Gift. Jarman received a Juvenile Academy Award for his debut screen performance in this version of the 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896-1953). Directed by Clarence Brown ("The Human Comedy," "National Velvet"), the Technicolor film is the tale of Florida youngster Jody Baxter (Jarman) and his affection for a foundling deer. Peck and Wyman appear as Jody's devoted parents, who are trying to cope with hard times during the decade after the Civil War.

Jarman and director Brown would collaborate again for the 1949 drama "Intruder in the Dust," which was based on the 1948 novel by William Faulkner.

 

Rawlings' own life story was brought to the screen in Martin Ritt's 1983 biopic "Cross Creek," which starred Mary Steenburgen as the Florida-based author. That film earned Academy Award nominations for Rip Torn (Best Supporting Actor) and Alfre Woodard (Best Supporting Actress). Expires June 22, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for June 17, 2014

The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time: 

 
1. Blackout (1954) -- Dane Clark, Belinda Lee, Betty Ann Davies, Eleanor Summerfield, Andrew Osborn, Harold Lang, Jill Melford, Alvys Maben, Michael Golden, Nora Gordon, Alfie Bass, Dame Cleo Laine (uncredited). Directed by Terence Fisher ("So Long at the Fair"), this drama stars Clark as Casey Morrow, a down-on-his-luck American who becomes involved in a murder mystery in London. The key to the crime likely involves the blond beauty (Lee) that Morrow met in a nightspot, particularly since he accepted her offer to marry her for 500 pounds. This was one of four film noir projects -- produced in the 1950s by Britain's Hammer Film Productions -- that Turner Classic Movies aired beginning in prime time on Monday, June 16, 2014. The great British jazz singer Laine performs "St. Louis Blues" and "I'd Love to Fall Asleep" early on in the film.

 

Expires June 23, 2014.
 
2. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) -- Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Gert Fröbe, Adrian Hall, Heather Ripley, Anna Quayle, Benny Hill, James Robertson Justice, Sir Robert Helpmann, Desmond Llewelyn, Alexander Doré, Bernard Spear, Peter Arne, Victor Maddern, Arthur Mullard, Stanley Unwin, Barbara Windsor. This musical version of Ian Fleming's tale about a magical flying car was scripted and expanded by author Roald Dahl and director Ken Hughes ("Cromwell"). It features songs by the Oscar-winning team from "Mary Poppins," the brothers Robert B. and Richard M. Sherman. Van Dyke stars as inventor Caractacus Potts, who created the car and uses it to foil the evil schemes of Baron Bomburst (Fröbe) of the European barony of Vulgaria. Among the movie's musical numbers are the title tune (an Academy Award nominee for Best Original Song) and "Me Ol' Bamboo."

 
 
Vulgaria's creepy Child Catcher (played in the movie by ballet dancer Helpmann) was one of several villainous characters from British pop culture featured during the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. 

 

Expires June 23, 2014.

 

3. The Iron Petticoat (1956) -- Bob Hope, Katharine Hepburn, Noelle Middleton, James Robertson Justice, Robert Helpmann, David Kossof, Alan Gifford, Nicholas Phipps, Paul Carpenter, Sid James, Alexander Gauge, Sandra Dorne.  After being out of circulation for decades, this Cold War-era comedy was telecast by Turner Classic Movies on November 29, 2012, and it has been re-aired several times since. With a theme reminiscent of Ernst Lubitsch's "Ninotchka," the movie is noteworthy because of its unlikely pairing of Hope and Hepburn. Apparently, the result pleased neither of the film greats, which likely explains why it disappeared for years. Directed by Ralph Thomas ("Doctor in the House"), the project stars Hepburn as a Russian aviator who defects to the West, but not for the usual reasons. Hope plays the American military officer assigned to her to assure that she remains a defector. The movie's co-writer and co-producer was Harry Saltzman, who teamed with Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli in the creation of the first nine James Bond films. After "The Man with the Golden Gun" (1974), Broccoli became the sole producer of the 007 series.

 

Expires June 23, 2014.
 

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TCM On Demand for June 18, 2014

The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:

 

1. Fanny (1961) -- Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Charles Boyer, Horst Buchholz, Georgette Anys, Salvatore Baccaloni, Lionel Jeffries, Raymond Bussiere, Joël Flateau, Victor Francen, Paul Bonifas. Directed by Joshua Logan ("Picnic," "South Pacific"), this drama set in Marseilles, France earned five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Boyer). Written by Julius J. Epstein ("Casablanca") from the 1954 Broadway musical, the film stars Caron as the title character, whose life becomes complicated when she becomes an unwed mother just after she turns 18. The father of Fanny's child is her longtime love Marius (Buchholz), a bar owner's son who leaves to join a sailing expedition. To avoid shaming her mother, the teen accepts the marriage proposal of an older businessman (Chevalier) who is willing to overlook the child's paternity.

The film also received Oscar nominations for Best Cinematography (Jack Cardiff), Best Film Editing (William H. Reynolds) and Best Original Score (Harold Rome). Expires June 24, 2014.

 

2. Sayonara (1957) -- Marlon Brando, Patricia Owens, James Garner, Martha Scott, Red Buttons, Miyoshi Umeki, Miiko Taka, Kent Smith, Ricardo Montalban. Directed by Joshua Logan ("Bus Stop," "Paint Your Wagon"), this drama about interracial passions in Japan earned 10 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. It won Oscars for Best Supporting Actor (Buttons), Best Supporting Actress (Umeki), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Ted Haworth and Robert Priestley) and Best Sound (George Groves). The film stars Brando, a Best Actor nominee, as U.S. Air Force Major Lloyd "Ace" Gruver, whose personal views on mixed relationships are tested when he falls for a Japanese theater performer (Taka). Buttons, who before this movie was known solely for his work as a comic, displayed serious acting chops as Gruver's doomed airman friend Joe Kelly. In the role of Kelly's wife Katsumi, Umeki, who later played Mrs. Livingston the housekeeper in the late 1960s TV version of "The Courtship of Eddie's Father," became the first Asian woman to win an Oscar for acting.

The drama also was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay (Paul Osborn, who based it on the 1954 novel by James A Michener), Best Cinematography (Ellsworth Fredericks) and Best Film Editing (Arthur P. Schmidt and Philip W. Anderson). Expires June 24, 2014.

 

3. Witness for the Prosecution (1957) -- Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, Una O'Connor, John Williams, Henry Daniell, Torin Thatcher, Norma Varden, Philip Tonge, Ian Wolfe, Francis Compton, Ruta Lee. Billy Wilder's film version of the Agatha Christie story-turned-stage play earned six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Set in 1952 London, the courtroom drama is a showcase for the British husband-and-wife team of Laughton and Lanchester, who received Oscar nominations for their performances as an ailing barrister and his overprotective nurse, respectively. This was the final screen role for Power. He died on November 15, 1958 of a heart attack suffered while filming the Biblical epic "Solomon and Sheba." He was 44 years old. It also was the last film for character actress O'Connor, who plays Janet McKenzie. She retired after the filming and died February 4, 1959 at the age of 78.

Spoiler warning: The final seven minutes of the drama contain five surprise bombshells, although one of them will hardly faze viewers who've seen Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles."

Memorable quote: "There's no disgrace in being arrested, Mr. Vole. Kings, prime ministers, archbishops -- even barristers -- have stood in the dock." -- Laughton's character, Sir Wilfrid Robarts, consoling his client -- a murder suspect played by Power.

This was one of four movies selected by actor Gene Wilder, Turner Classic Movies' guest programmer for June 2014. It aired shortly after midnight on Wednesday, June 18th. Expires June 24, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for June 19, 2014

The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:

 

1. It Happened Tomorrow (1944) -- Dick Powell, Linda Darnell, Jack Oakie, Edgar Kennedy, John Philliber, Edward Brophy, George Cleveland, Sig Ruman, Paul Guilfoyle, Eddie Acuff.. Directed by French filmmaker René Clair, this light-hearted fantasy tale stars Powell as Larry Stevens, a late 19th-century reporter who mysteriously receives newspapers from the following day. As a result, he is able to make a reputation for himself by being on top of breaking stories. But headlines from the future also cause complications in Stevens' personal life. Darnell plays his love interest -- and future wife -- who appears as a seer in an entertainment act with her uncle (Oakie). The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Robert Stolz) and Best Sound, Recording (Jack Whitney).

This was one of five films by Clair that were aired by Turner Classic Movies in prime time on Wednesday, June 18th and in the early morning hours of Thursday, June 19th. Expires June 25, 2014.

 

2. Ten Days to Tulara (1958) -- Sterling Hayden, Grace Raynor, Rodolfo Hoyos Jr., Carlos Múzquiz, Tony Carvajal, Juan Garcia, Rafael Alcayde, Félix González, José Pulido. Directed by George Sherman ("Big Jake"), this caper film set in Mexico stars Hayden as charter pilot Scotty McBride, who is forced into providing air transportation for an escaped criminal (Hoyos) and his gang. The key to McBride's participation: His young son is being held hostage by the bandits. Expires June 25, 2014.

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TCM On Demand for June 20, 2014
 

The following features are now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time: 

 

1. Man's Favorite Sport? (1964) -- Rock Hudson, Paula Prentiss, Maria Perschy, John McGiver, Charlene Holt, Roscoe Karns, James Westerfield, Norman Alden, Forrest Lewis, Regis Toomey, Tyler McVey, Kathie Browne. This was the final comedy film directed by Howard Hawks, known for such screwball efforts as "Bringing Up Baby," "His Girl Friday" and "Monkey Business." The film stars Hudson, TCM's Star of the Month for June 2014, as Roger Willoughby, a San Francisco-based sporting goods salesman at Abercrombie & Fitch Co. He has a loyal following and clientele because of his expertise in the art of angling (he wrote a best-selling book titled "Fishing Made Simple"). But the truth is he has never fished a day in his life -- and he hates touching the creatures. Thanks to Abigail Page (Prentiss), a headstrong public relations woman that Willoughby dislikes, he is coerced into entering a local fishing competition at the Lake Wakapoogee lodge -- which puts his reputation at risk.

Meeting cute: After the opening credits, the inattentive driver Abigail annoys Roger by following his car too closely on a San Francisco street. Then she unnerves him by parking in his personal space outside of his workplace. It pretty much sets the tone for their contentious relationship.

Flashback sequence: Hawks recreates a classic scene from "Bringing Up Baby" in which a gentleman attempts to shield the exposed rear of a woman's torn dress by walking very closely behind her.

The film's musical score was composed by the great Henry Mancini. The title song was a collaboration by Mancini and lyricist Johnny Mercer.

This was the final screen appearance of Karns (1891-1970), who plays the competitive sports fisherman Major Phipps. His film career dated back to the year 1915. Expires June 26, 2014.

 

2. Mrs. Miniver (1942) -- Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, Henry Travers, Dame May Whitty, Reginald Owen. William Wyler's film about World War II as experienced on the British homefront was rewarded with six Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Actress (Garson), Supporting Actress (Wright), Screenplay and Black-and-White Cinematography. Garson's nomination was the second of five consecutive nods she received between 1941 and 1945, a record she shares with Bette Davis (who accomplished the feat from 1938 to 1942). A sequel, titled "The Miniver Story," reunited Garson, Pidgeon and Owen eight years later. Until this year, Wright was the youngest person -- at 24 -- ever to receive three Academy Award nominations. She was nominated as Best Supporting Actress of 1941 for "The Little Foxes." The next year, she received two nominations -- one for Best Actress in "The Pride of the Yankees" and one for Best Supporting Actress in this film. In January 2014, Jennifer Lawrence earned her third Oscar nomination at the age of 23. Expires June 26, 2014.

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