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TCM On Demand for March 25, 2016

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

 

3. Batman (1943), Episodes 1 and 2 -- Lewis Wilson, Douglas Croft, J. Carrol Naish, Shirley Patterson. Uncredited: Knox Manning (narrator), William Austin, I. Stanford Jolley. There's no Batmobile and Alfred is a little goofy, but Batman fans will find this 15-part, live-action serial from Columbia Pictures familiar. It was the first serious manifestation of The World's Greatest Detective on the big screen. 

 

150924125144-1943-batman-restricted-supeThe inscrutable Dr. Daka (Naish) is subdued by Robin (Croft) and Batman (Wilson)

 

Six years later, Columbia followed this serial with another 15-parter, titled "Batman and Robin." 

 

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TCM On Demand for March 24, 2016


 


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


 


2. Atom Man vs. Superman (1950), Episodes 1 and 2 --Kirk Alyn, Noel Neill, Lyle Talbot, Tommy Bond, Pierre Watkin, Jack Ingram, Don Harvey, Rusty Wescoatt, Terry Frost, Wally West, Paul Stader. This second 15-part serial about the adventures of the Man of Steel introduced scientific genius Lex Luthor (Talbot) -- the "Atom Man" of the title -- as a major threat to Metropolis. 


 



 


This film marked Neill's second screen appearance as Lois Lane. She would play the character again in "Adventures of Superman," the 1950s television series starring George Reeves -- but not immediately. The first television incarnation of Lois was actress Phyllis Coates, who had appeared as Clark Kent's intrepid Daily Planet co-worker in the 1951 film "Superman and the Mole Men." She appeared on the TV series for only the first season.


 


Neill returned to the role in 1953 and went on to appear in 70-plus episodes during the next five years. She died on July 3, 2016 at the age of 95.


 



 


The last surviving cast member of "Adventures of Superman" is Coates, who turned 89 years old on January 15, 2016.


 


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TCM On Demand for March 24, 2016
 
The following feature is now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:

 

1. Ace Drummond (1936), Episodes 1 and 2 -- John King, Jean Rogers, Noah Beery, Jr., Guy Bates Post, Lon Chaney, Jr., Jackie Morrow, Robert Warwick, James Leong, Chester Gan, Arthur Loft, James Eagles, C. Montague Shaw, Frederick Vogeding, Al Bridge, Hooper Atchley, Ed Cobb. Uncredited: Selmer Jackson, House Peters, Jr., Kam Tong. This movie serial was based on the adventures of the comic strip hero created by the great World War I flying ace, Captain Eddie Rickenbacker. The syndicated feature was drawn by Clayton Knight.

 

The 13 episodes star King as Drummond, a hot-shot pilot dispatched to Mongolia to determine why International Airlines is being menaced by a mysterious figure known only as The Dragon. Beery, who acquired a new generation of fans in the 1970s as James "Rocky" Rockford, Sr., on TV's "The Rockford Files," co-stars as Drummond's sidekick Jerry.
 

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Beery, King and Morrow

 

Drummond apparently is a jack of all trades. He also sings the number "Give Me a Ship and a Song."

 

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TCM On Demand for March 25, 2016
 
The following feature is now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:

 

3. The Magnificent Seven (1960) -- Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn, Horst Buchholz, Vladimir Sokoloff, Jorge Martínez de Hoyos, Rosenda Monteros, Whit Bissell, Rico Alaniz, Natividad Vacio, Robert J. Wilke, Val Avery, Bing Russell. Produced and directed by John Sturges ("Bad Day at Black Rock"), this American Western has spawned numerous sequels and a television series. It is a remake of Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa's 1954 classic "Seven Samurai." In this version, a group of Mexican villagers hire American gunmen to help defend their homes from merciless bandits. The bandit leader is played with relish by Wallach, who appeared as a similar character in the final segment of "How the West Was Won" (1962).

 

 

Memorable scene: Coburn's character, a knife-throwing specialist, is goaded into a showdown by a cocky gunman (Wilke).

 

 

Three years after the film's release, McQueen, Bronson and Coburn reunited with Sturges for the memorable, fact-based World War II drama "The Great Escape." Vaughn, the last living actor who played a member of the Seven, later teamed up with McQueen for the 1968 crime drama "Bullitt."

 

In 2005, the American Film Institute selected the Top 25 film scores of all time. Elmer Bernstein's composition for this movie was ranked No. 8.

 

In Michael Crichton's 1973 sci-fi movie "Westworld," Brynner played a defective robotic gunslinger that looked a lot like his character in Sturges' film. The Oscar-winning actor also starred in a 1976 sequel titled "Futureworld."  

 

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TCM On Demand for March 25, 2016
 
The following feature is now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:

 

2. The Cincinnati Kid (1965) -- Steve McQueen, Ann-Margret, Karl Malden, Tuesday Weld, Edward G. Robinson, Joan Blondell, Rip Torn, Jack Weston, Cab Calloway, Jeff Corey, Theo Marcuse, Milton Selzer, Karl Swenson, Émile Genest, Ron Soble, Irene Tedrow, Midge Ware, Dub Taylor. Uncredited: Burt Mustin, Olan Soule, Robert DoQui, Bill Zuckert, Sandy McPeak. McQueen stars as the title character, a hotshot poker player who hopes to win big during a high-stakes card game in 1930s New Orleans.
 
 
The drama was directed by Norman Jewison, whose film output includes "The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming" (1966), "In the Heat of the Night" (1967), "The Thomas Crown Affair" (1968), "Fiddler on the Roof" (1971), "Jesus Christ Superstar" (1973), "...And Justice for All" (1979), "A Soldier's Story" (1984), "Agnes of God" (1985), "Moonstruck" (1987) and "The Hurricane" (1999). 
 
Although he was nominated for Academy Awards seven times as a producer and director, Jewison never won a competitive Oscar. On March 21, 1999. he was presented the Academy's Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, which goes to filmmakers "whose bodies of work reflect a consistently high quality of motion picture production." 
 
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Robinson as Lancey Howard
 
Memorable quote: "You're good, kid, but as long as I'm around, you're second best." -- Card sharp Lancey Howard (Robinson) to The Cincinnati Kid.
 
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TCM On Demand for March 25, 2016
 
The following feature is now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:

 

1. Baby, the Rain Must Fall (1965) -- Lee Remick, Steve McQueen, Don Murray, Paul Fix, Josephine Hutchinson, Ruth White, Charles Watts, Carol Veazie, Estelle Hemsley, Kimberly Block, Zamah Cunningham, George Dunn. Uncredited: Glen Campbell, Roy Jenson, Billy Strange (singing voice of Henry Thomas). Directed by Robert Mulligan ("To Kill a Mockingbird"), this drama was adapted by the prolific playwright Horton Foote from his 1954 stage play "The Traveling Lady." The film stars Remick as Georgette Thomas, who travels with her young daughter (Block) to be reunited with her husband Henry (McQueen). The Thomases have been apart because of Henry's conviction and imprisonment for stabbing a man to death. Although Henry has hopes of performing in local nightclubs as a singer, his dreams are threatened by Miss Kate Dawson (Hemsley), the controlling woman who took him in as an orphan years earlier.

 

 

The title song -- written by composer Elmer Bernstein and Ernie Sheldon -- was recorded by Glenn Yarbrough, the former lead singer of The Limeliters. The song reached the No. 12 spot on the Billboard pop chart.

 

This film marked the first screen appearance of singer Glen Campbell, who appears as a member of a band.

 

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I just noticed something yesterday while browsing through movies via Xfinity On Demand. Turner Classic Movies disappeared from the list! When I click on "Free Movies", then click on "By Network", TCM is no longer on the list of networks.

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One of my favorite features, TCM ON DEMAND on COMCAST (XFINITY) ON DEMAND has disappeared!  I normally reached it through Movies - Free Movies - Networks, but it is not there anymore.  Where is it?

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One of my favorite features, TCM ON DEMAND on COMCAST (XFINITY) ON DEMAND has disappeared!  I normally reached it through Movies - Free Movies - Networks, but it is not there anymore.  Where is it?

 

I noticed this as well and called Comcast about it.  What they told me is that the network (TCM) no longer wanted to provide the programming On Demand.  What I really think happened was Comcast probably was trying to raise the fees that TCM had to pay to have their programming On Demand.  Comcast is notorious for these fights with cable network stations, so I don't buy their response.  Bottom line is once again viewers who pay for their services end up on the short end of the stick.  We'll just have to watch it online as it is not coming back in the near future to Comcast's On Demand.

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I am disappointed by the disappearance of TCM On Demand.  I watch movies on it a lot, appreciating the chance to set my own viewing schedule.  I'll be complaining to Comcast and hope others do too.

 

p.s. I just checked the Comcast On Demand forum and saw this message: "The Comcast Team available to the Forums has been alerted to your issue."

 

Perhaps it's an error by Comcast?

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I too have had TCM removed from comcast On Demand. I called comcast and they say it is TCM who removed it but TCM doesn't seem to know about it. At least I know its not my tv but either Comcast or TCM. I have a number to call TCM tomorrow to ask what happened.  the number is 1-404-827-1700. not open today. I will at least find out who is responsible, maybe. Comcast or TCM. If a moderator here on TCM can answer this question it would be greatly appreciated. I live in Jacksonville, FL. I watch it everyday and am NOT happy!

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I could not find TCM today On Demand through Comcast, called customer service, was transferred around and was finally told that my signal would be refreshed.  Did not help, it is still not there.  Can someone from TCM please offer an explanation? :(

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I noticed this as well and called Comcast about it.  What they told me is that the network (TCM) no longer wanted to provide the programming On Demand.  What I really think happened was Comcast probably was trying to raise the fees that TCM had to pay to have their programming On Demand.  Comcast is notorious for these fights with cable network stations, so I don't buy their response.  Bottom line is once again viewers who pay for their services end up on the short end of the stick.  We'll just have to watch it online as it is not coming back in the near future to Comcast's On Demand.

I too have had TCM removed from comcast On Demand. I called comcast and they say it is TCM who removed it but TCM doesn't seem to know about it. At least I know its not my tv but either Comcast or TCM. I have a number to call TCM tomorrow to ask what happened.  the number is 1-404-827-1700. not open today. I will at least find out who is responsible, maybe. Comcast or TCM. If a moderator here on TCM can answer this question it would be greatly appreciated. I live in Jacksonville, FL. I watch it everyday and am NOT happy!

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I could not find TCM today On Demand through Comcast, called customer service, was transferred around and was finally told that my signal would be refreshed.  Did not help, it is still not there.  Can someone from TCM please offer an explanation? :(

I too have had TCM removed from comcast On Demand. I called comcast and they say it is TCM who removed it but TCM doesn't seem to know about it. At least I know its not my tv but either Comcast or TCM. I have a number to call TCM tomorrow to ask what happened.  the number is 1-404-827-1700. not open today. I will at least find out who is responsible, maybe. Comcast or TCM. If a moderator here on TCM can answer this question it would be greatly appreciated. I live in Jacksonville, FL. I watch it everyday and am NOT happy!

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I'm not saying this is the case, and I haven't heard anything about TCM doing this, but they may be ramping up to start their own pay-per-view streaming service. That's the streaming model that a lot of outlets are taking lately, since it provides extra income to the channel that On Demand does not. More channels are going after the cable cutters who are only watching streaming content.

 

Now if this is the case, I don't know why they couldn't provide both streaming and On Demand services, unless they believe that the On Demand would cut into the pay-to-stream market.

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I am Not Happy

 TCM, how can you do this to your loyal viewers and take TCM off of OnDemand.  It is so heartbreaking and one of the few OnDemand movie stations that gives the viewer info and a great movie.  If u r going to do the "stream" thing that is OK but OnDemand has been a life saver plus a money saver too. :ph34r:

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just spent an hour and a half with Comcast because ON DEMAND TCM free movie did not appear. They were "helping" me resolve issue with my box, What happened was I lost access not only to on demand but all channels and supposedly it would be back up in 60 minutes. 60 minutes is long passed.

I went and found this on TCM so right now I am EXTREMELY upset that if TCM did pull out why could COMCAST not have said something. That and we are paying for a lineup that we are not getting. If TCM has pulled out from Comcast On Demand can't say I blame them. Comcast are not short of shady crooks.

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This is funny (Not) :angry:  I too just spent and hour last night working with a comcast rep in regards to this same issue, she had me turn things off and on and refresh on their end but it never appeared so I repeatedly asked 'Did comcast drop TCM from on demand"? she finally answered with 'No", she said they will continue to work on the issue. After reading all these comments I doubt it will be back :(

 

I would like to add to all of you: The rep said my account will be credited for everyday TCM on demand dose not appear, if this was not also offered to you I suggest you call back and request it. 

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TCM Not Appearing On Demand Free Movies Section
 
This thread on forums.xfinity.com is now up to 23 entires (362 views).  We keep being told 

"It's a known issue, no ETR as of yet" by official employees of Comcast.  Keep asking!

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This is funny (Not) :angry:  I too just spent and hour last night working with a comcast rep in regards to this same issue, she had me turn things off and on and refresh on their end but it never appeared so I repeatedly asked 'Did comcast drop TCM from on demand"? she finally answered with 'No", she said they will continue to work on the issue. After reading all these comments I doubt it will be back :(

 

I would like to add to all of you: The rep said my account will be credited for everyday TCM on demand dose not appear, if this was not also offered to you I suggest you call back and request it. 

Same here..they were going to send a rep out to my house to fix the "technical" problem! LOL..I told her to just ask the "local tech" to turn his own tv on and see if TCM on demand was "gone"..the end. They kept trying to "fix" the technical problem by resending the signal..spent over an hour trying to make the TCM to reappear..lol..I asked if they were in the country and did they know what on demand was??? In reality they had no clue what I was talking about and then I found this thread..Hope you get your credit but somehow I doubt you will. Hope TCM can give us some answers and it gets straightened out soon. Big Fan here!

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I doubt anyone will be getting a credit from Comcast. On Demand according to Comcast is a free service, we do not pay for it. that's what I've been told by the comcast reps more than once. That's the only info I've had from them that's consistent. Let us know if you see a credit on your bill, but don't count on it.

 

I've found that whenever I call Comcast, I get different answers from different reps. No consistency when it comes to explanations and answers. Their training must be awful. My Condo Association only uses Comcast so I have no choice.

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A friend called Comcast yesterday morning to complain about TCM being missing from their On Demand offerings. She said she was upset because she was paying for a service that apparently was no longer available and the representative gave her a $10.00 credit. I called later in the afternoon and the representative I spoke with offered me an $8.16 credit. (I have no idea how she came up with that figure because I had difficulty understanding her) I told her that I know someone else who called with the same complaint and received a $10 credit so she gave me a $10 credit as well. I know $10.00 isn't really anything in comparison to how much we pay for cable, but it's something and maybe if they hand out enough of them someone further up the line will wonder why they're giving away money and we'll see that "no ETR as of yet" get changed to something like "In progress". When I called yesterday afternoon I selected billing instead of technical support. 

 

I doubt anyone will be getting a credit from Comcast. On Demand according to Comcast is a free service, we do not pay for it. that's what I've been told by the comcast reps more than once. That's the only info I've had from them that's consistent. Let us know if you see a credit on your bill, but don't count on it.

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A friend called Comcast yesterday morning to complain about TCM being missing from their On Demand offerings. She said she was upset because she was paying for a service that apparently was no longer available and the representative gave her a $10.00 credit. I called later in the afternoon and the representative I spoke with offered me an $8.16 credit. (I have no idea how she came up with that figure because I had difficulty understanding her) I told her that I know someone else who called with the same complaint and received a $10 credit so she gave me a $10 credit as well. I know $10.00 isn't really anything in comparison to how much we pay for cable, but it's something and maybe if they hand out enough of them someone further up the line will wonder why they're giving away money and we'll see that "no ETR as of yet" get changed to something like "In progress". When I called yesterday afternoon I selected billing instead of technical support. 

If it's not too personal, what was the phone number for the Comcast office you called. Thanks

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TCM On Demand is back!  Only four films are on the menu, but that's a start.   :)

 

I wish there was a direct line to someone at Comcast for programming issues like this.

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TCM On Demand for March 31, 2016
 
The following feature is now available on TCM On Demand for a limited time:

 

1. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Steve Martin (2015) -- The versatile, award-winning actor, comedian, writer and musician becomes the 43rd person to receive the American Film Institute's annual honor for career excellence. He joins Mel Brooks as the only honorees cited primarily for comedy. Taped on June 4, 2015 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, the special features appearances by many of his friends and collaborators and co-stars, including Carl Reiner (who directed him in such movies as "The Jerk" and "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid"), Martin Short ("The Three Amigos" and "Father of the Bride"), Diane Keaton ("Father of the Bride" and "Father of the Bride II"), Lily Tomlin ("All of Me"), Tina Fey and Amy Poehler ("Baby Mama") and Queen Latifah ("Bringing Down the House").

 

Among those seen in taped sequences: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard.

 

Martin, who comments about career highlights in taped segments appearing throughout the special, accepts the award from Brooks. 

 

"Now I’ve heard tonight the phrase ‘comic genius,’ and we know who that applies to -- Chaplin, Buster Keaton," he said. "And I always wondered, ‘What exactly is a comic genius?’ Now I know what a scientific genius is -- someone who explains the universe and cures diseases. But what is a comic genius? Is it someone who always gets a laugh, his every movie a hit?

 
“But after all these years of work and luck and mentors and compatriots, of successes and failures, elation, all of these balanced with an equal amount of insecurity, self-doubt, good audiences, tough audiences, surprise hits and surprise misses, I have finally realized what a comic genius is. A comic genius is someone who decides never to go into comedy."

 

 
Expires April 7, 2016.
 
 
2. Shock Corridor (1963) -- Peter Breck, Constance Towers, Gene Evans, James Best, Hari Rhodes, Larry Tucker, Paul Dubov, Chuck Roberson, Neyle Morrow, John Matthews, Bill Zuckert, John Craig, Philip Ahn, Frank Gerstle, Rachel Romen. Fuller's daring tale stars Breck (Nick Barkley in TV"s "The Big Valley") as Johnny Barrett, an investigative newspaper reporter who believes he will win a Pulitzer Prize by exposing the truth about a murder at a mental institution. His approach is to go undercover as a patient, a risky measure known only to a few people, including his exotic dancer girlfriend Cathy (Towers).
 
Among the patient/suspects he questions are a Korean War vet (Best) who believes he is Confederate general J.E.B. Stuart; a former African-American student (Rhodes) who achieved notoriety by desegregating an all-white college, but is now anti-black himself; and a once-brilliant rocket scientist (Evans, a frequent Fuller collaborator) whose regression has left him with the mentality of a 6-year-old child.
 
The film, which features scenes of shock treatment and patient hallucinations, was selected in 1966 for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant."

 

Tucker, who plays an opera-loving inmate nicknamed Pagliacci, shared with filmmaker Paul Mazursky a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination for the 1969 film "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice."

 

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