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TCM On Demand for April 27, 2016
 
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1. Rock, Rock, Rock! (1956) -- Alan Freed and his Rock 'n Roll Band, Fran Manfred, Tuesday Weld, Connie Francis (as Dori's singing voice), Teddy Randazzo, Jacqueline Kerr, Ivy Schulman, The Moonglows, Chuck Berry, The Flamingos, Jimmy Cavallo and His House Rockers, The Johnny Burnette, La Vern Baker, Cirino and the Bowties, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, The Coney Island Kids.

 

Directed by Will Lee (who was married to actress Maureen O'Hara for 12 years), this musical film marked the screen debut of Weld, the onetime child model who was barely in her teens at the time. She appears as a schoolgirl named Dori, who's determined to buy a new dress for an upcoming rock 'n' roll dance. 

 

Weld would go on to become an Academy Award-nominated actress -- she was up for Best Supporting Actress as Diane Keaton's sister in "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" (1977). She also was Warren Beatty's original choice for the role of Bonnie Parker in the landmark 1967 film "Bonnie and Clyde."

 

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Weld as Dori

 

This was one of many musical pictures featuring Freed (1921-1965) -- the real-life Cleveland and New York radio disc jockey credited with popularizing rock 'n' roll during the 1950s. Among his other screen appearances: "Rock Around the Clock" (1956), "Don't Knock the Rock" (1956) and "Go, Johnny Go!" (1959). 

 

Musical highlight: Berry shows off an early version of his patented duckwalk during the performance of "You Can't Catch Me." The tune features a line that apparently influenced John Lennon's 1969 "Abbey Road" song "Come Together": "Here come a flat-top, he was movin' up with me..."

 

 

Movie crossover reference: The controversial Freed was the subject of the 1978 film "American Hot Wax," in which he was portrayed by Tim McIntire, son of the actors John McIntire and Jeanette Nolan. Berry also appeared as himself in that film, which co-starred Fran Drescher, Jay Leno and original "Saturday Night Live" star Laraine Newman. 

 

 

 

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TCM On Demand for April 28, 2016
 
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3. The World of Henry Orient (1964) -- Peter Sellers, Paula Prentiss, Dame Angela Lansbury, Tom Bosley, Phyllis Thaxter, Bibi Osterwald, Merrie Spaeth, Tippy Walker, John Fiedler, Al Lewis, Peter Duchin, Fred Stewart, Philippa Bevans, Jerry Jarrett, Jane Buchanan. Uncredited: Hermione Gingold, Peter Turgeon. George Roy Hill ("Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The Sting") directed this comedy about celebrity worship. The story revolves around two New York City schoolgirls (Spaeth and Walker) who become obssessed with the title character, a concert pianist played by Sellers.
 
 
Sellers received a 1964 Academy Award nomination as Best Actor, but it was for his work in Stanley Kubrick's black comedy "Doctor Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb." The unique thing about his nomination was that it was for his roles as three different characters -- U.S. President Merkin Muffley, British RAF officer Lionel Mandrake and the title character, a German-born nuclear expert in a wheelchair.  
 

 

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TCM On Demand for April 28, 2016
 
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2. Lolita (1962) -- James Mason, Shelley Winters, Peter Sellers, Sue Lyon, Gary Cockrell, Jerry Stovin, Diana Decker, Lois Maxwell, Cec Linder, Bill Greene, Shirley Douglas, Marianne Stone, Marion Mathie, James Dyrenforth, Maxine Holden, John Harrison, Colin Maitland, Terence Kilburn, C. Denier Warren, Roland Brand. Stanley Kubrick's toned-down screen version of Vladimir Nabokov's acclaimed but controversial 1955 novel earned the Russian-born author an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

 

Set in the 1950s, the comedy/drama stars Mason as Humbert Humbert, a 40ish French literature professor who marries his landlady (Winters), but becomes obsessed with her nubile daughter Delores (Lyon) -- better known as Lolita.

 

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Sue Lyon

 

This was the debut film for Lyon, who was 14 when she was selected for the title role (Lolita is 12 in Nabokov's novel). For her performance, she shared the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer (Female) with actresses Patty Duke ("The Miracle Worker") and Rita Tushingham ("A Taste of Honey"). Lyon's next film was the 1964 screen adaptation of Tennessee Williams' "Night of the Iguana,"in which she played another seductive nymphet.

 

In his first film collaboration with Kubrick, Sellers co-stars as Clare Quilty, a minor character in the Nabokov novel that takes on an expanded importance in the screen version.

 

 

Two years after this film was released, Sellers starred in Kubrick's Cold War black comedy "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb." He became the first person to win an Academy Award nomination as Best Actor for playing three different characters. He appeared as U.S. President Merkin Muffley, British Group Captain Lionel Mandrake and the title character, an ex-Nazi scientist turned presidential adviser.

 

"Lolita" '97: Thirty-five years after Kubrick's film, British director Adrian Lyne ("Flashdance," "Fatal Attraction") helmed a new version intended to be more faithful to the novel. Lyne's film -- which starred Jeremy Irons, Melanie Griffith, Frank Langella and teen actress Dominique Swain -- was bold and erotic. It proved to be more controversial than Kubrick's film. Although Swain was 15 and supplanted by a 19-year-old body double for nude scenes, the picture ran afoul of anti-obscenity laws and had trouble finding a distributor. After a limited run in European theaters, it eventually was shown in the United States on the Showtime premium cable channel. The film later was released in U.S. theaters by The Samuel Goldwyn Company.

 

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Irons and Swain

 

Look that up in your Funk & Wagnalls: Thanks to the novel and Kubrick's movie, the name Lolita has become a dictionary term for a sexually precocious young girl.

 

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TCM On Demand for April 28, 2016

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Kameradschaft  (1931) -- Alexander Granach (Kasper), Fritz Kampers (Wilderer), Ernst Busch (Wittkopp), Elisabeth Wendt (Frau Anna Wittkopp), Gustav Püttjer (Kaplan), Oskar Höcker (Obersteiger), Daniel Mendaille (Jean Leclerc), Georges Charlia (Emile), Andrée Ducret (Françoise), Alex Bernard (Grand-père), Pierre-Louis (Georges), Héléna Manson (Rose), Marcel Lesieur (Albert). The Austrian filmmaker G.W. Pabst (1885-1967) directed this film about German miners who risk their lives to save their French counterparts who are trapped after a mine disaster.  

 

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Granach, Kampers and Püttje

 

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Ok, I did some research..I too am upset with what is happening with Comcast/TCM and on demand. I kept asking TCM..has it been sold?? what is happening? Well, in my research I found out it is TRUE! TCM/Turner Broadcasting/TimeWarner has in fact been recently sold. Interestingly enough Comcast tried a while back to purchase Time warner but the FCC or whatever it is.objected for whatever reason and comcast backed off but recently a company called Charter purchased them. Now Charter is a company in competiton with Comcast but not yet in Florida. Same type business as Comcast.soooo I see the writting on the wall..no more TCM on comcast? dont know if they can purchase from Charter or not. Can only hope Charter will come into the Florida area. Dont know how all of this will affect Comcast and TCM but it doesn't look good or how Charter purchasing them will affect TCM. can only wait and see. My thought about it being a huge TCM fan..I too leave my tv on TCM most of the time..is to purchase the cord or cable that attaches to my computer and then to tv and stream into my tv..if I can figure out how it works OR..I have hundreds of old movies on dvd and just watch them and forget comcast and cable..will save me money..and wait and see if charter comes to Florida. Progress sometimes sucks! I will miss Robert Osborne and malkowicz with all their knowledge on the movies though. Sad.

 

 

 

 

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TCM On Demand for April 29, 2016

 

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3. Sophia Loren: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival (2016) -- The two-time Academy Award recipient -- one of Italy's greatest exports to the world -- discusses her life and career with her younger son, director Edoardo Ponti. The interview session was filmed at the Montalban Theatre in Hollywood during the sixth annual TCM Classic Film Festival in 2015.


 


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Loren                                                                  Photo credit: Edward M. Pio Roda


 


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TCM On Demand for April 29, 2016
 
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2. Marriage Italian Style (1964) -- Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Aldo Puglisi, Tecla Scarano, Marilù Tolo, Gianni Ridolfi, Generoso Cortini, Vito Moricone, Rita Piccione, Lino Mattera, Alfio Vita, Alberto Castaldi, Anna Santoro, Enza Maggi, Mara Marilli. Italian comedy/drama by actor/filmmaker Vittorio De Sica ("Two Women," "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow") that received a 1965 Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. It also earned Loren a 1964 Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

 

This is the story of a prosperous Italian businessman named Don Domenico Soriano (Mastroianni) and his longtime mistress Filumena Marturano. Their relationship dates back to World War II when he comforted her as a 17-year-old brothel worker during a bombing raid. After the war, they begin a connection that lasts two decades.

 

When Domenico decides to marry a younger woman, Filumena -- now the mother of his three children -- vies for his attention by pretending to be deathly ill.

 

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Mastroianni and Loren

 

This was one of more than a dozen films in which Loren and Mastroianni appeared together. Among the others: "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" (1963), "Sunflower" (1970), "The Priest's Wife" (1970), "A Special Day" (1977), "Blood Feud" (1978) and "Prêt-à-Porter" (1994, also known as "Ready to Wear"). Mastroianni previously starred without Loren in the 1961 Italian film "Divorce Italian Style."

 

Loren's Oscar nomination was her second. She previously won the 1961 Best Actress award for her performance in "Two Women," making her the first actress to win an Academy Award for a non-English speaking role. 

 

Nearly 30 years after her Oscar win, on March 25, 1991, Loren received an honorary Academy Award as "one of the genuine treasures of world cinema who, in a career rich with memorable performances, has added permanent luster to our art form." She became only the second actress to earn a competitive Oscar and an honorary statuette. The first to accomplish the feat was Mary Pickford. Loren, who turns 83 on September 20, 2015, is the only living actress on the American Film Institute's 1999 list of the top 50 greatest screen legends of all time. She was ranked No. 21 in the category of Top 25 Female Legends. The only other living members on the list are Kirk Douglas (the No. 17 male) and Sidney Poitier (the No. 22 male). 

 

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TCM On Demand for April 29, 2016
 
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1. Arabesque (1966) -- Gregory Peck, Sophia Loren, Alan Badel, Kieron Moore, Carl Duering, John Merivale, Duncan Lamont, George Coulouris, Ernest Clark, Harold Kasket. Three years after he teamed with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn in the Hitchcockian mystery "Charade," director Stanley Donen worked with Peck and Loren in this complicated political thriller set in London. The film was based on the 1961 novel "The Cypher" by Gordon Cotler. 
 
Peck stars as a visiting American college professor at Oxford University who inadvertently becomes involved in Middle Eastern intrigue. Before long, he finds himself forced to flee from would-be assailants with a European beauty (Loren) he barely knows.
 
 
The musical score was composed by Henry Mancini, who previously provided the music for "Charade."
 
Cast trivia: It was Loren who presented Peck with his only Academy Award for Best Actor on April 8, 1963. Peck won for his performance as the gentlemanly 1930s Alabama attorney in the film version of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird." Loren had received the Best Actress Oscar the year before for the World War II drama "Two Women."
 
On March 25, 1991, Peck returned the favor by presenting Loren with an honorary Oscar as "one of the genuine treasures of world cinema who, in a career rich with memorable performances, has added permanent luster to our art form."

 

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TCM On Demand for April 30, 2016
 
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2. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) -- Rachel Roberts, Dominic Guard, Helen Morse, Jacki Weaver, Anne-Louise Lambert, Vivean Gray, Christine Schuler, Karen Robson, Margaret Nelson, Jane Vallis. Australian director Peter Weir ("Dead Poets Society," "The Truman Show") received international praise for this Down Under mystery about three schoolgirls and a teacher who inexplicably wind up missing during an outdoor outing on St. Valentine's Day in 1900. Roberts stars as the stern, but perplexed headmistress of the private girls' school attended by the missing.

 

 

 

Weaver, who plays a maid at the school named Minnie, was in her late 20s when she appeared in this movie. Almost 40 years later, she became celebrated for her two Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress in three years (for 2010's "Animal Kingdom" and 2012's "Silver Linings Playbook").

 

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Weaver

 

The film's haunting pan flute solos are by Zamfir. 

 

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TCM On Demand for April 30, 2016
 

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1. ABBA: The Movie (1977) -- Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Fältskog, Robert Hughes, Tom Oliver, Bruce Barry, Stig Anderson, Calvin Cross, Ivar Dahlbom, Harry Lawrence, Michael Mansson, Sandy Mansson. Swedish fimmaker Lasse Hallström ("My Life as a Dog," "The Cider House Rules") directed this story derived from the pop group ABBA's tour of Australia in 1977. Amid scenes of the group onstage and off is the seemingly futile quest of a country-and-western disc jockey (Hughes) who's been assigned to land an exclusive interview with the pop stars. He winds up following them from Sydney to Perth to Adelaide to Melbourne.

 
 
Hallstrom had a longtime professional relationship with ABBA and directed a majority of the group's music videos in the 1970s and 1980s. One such collaboration -- showcasing the talents of vocalists Lyngstad and Fältskog -- was "The Name of the Game" (1977).
 
 
Although ABBA never headlined another movie, the stage musical "Mamma Mia!" -- featuring songs by group members Andersson and Ulvaeus -- became a motion picture in 2008. The screen version, which starred Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård, Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper, Dame Julie Walters and Christine Baranski, grossed $602,609,487 worldwide. It was the highest-grossing movie musical of all time in terms of worldwide receipts until Disney's 2017 live-action version of "Beauty and the Beast" surpassed it.
 
Memorable scene: The pop stars read about themselves in the Australian tabloids, which offer such headlined stories as: "ABBA's Kinky Velvet Bed!" and "Agnetha's Bottom Tops the Show."
 
In case you were wondering: ABBA was an acronym for the first letters of the group members' first names -- Anni-Frid, Benny, Björn and Agnetha.
 
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TCM On Demand for May 1, 2016


 


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3. The Uninvited (1944) -- Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Donald Crisp, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Dorothy Stickney, Barbara Everest, Alan Napier, Gail Russell. Uncredited: John Kieran (prologue narrator). This film about the supernatural marked the feature debut of director Lewis Allen ("Appointment with Danger," "Suddenly"). Set in southwest England, the picture stars Milland and Hussey as siblings who purchase an uninhabited coastal house and decide to live there. Unfortunately for them, the place has an undesirable history.


 


 

The film earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Black-and-White Cinematography (Charles Lang). 

 

The drama provided an early role for Russell, who memorably went on to co-star with John Wayne in the dramas "Angel and the Badman" (1947) and "Wake of the Red Witch" (1948). Her film project after this one was another 1944 Allen production, "Our Hearts Were Young and Gay." That movie was based on the book by author and actress Skinner, whom Russell portrayed as a young woman.

 

Stickney, who plays Miss Bird, was a great stage actress married to the playwright and producer Howard Lindsay (of Lindsay and Crouse). She did not appear in many feature films after the 1940s. An exception was the 1970 drama "I Never Sang for My Father," in which she co-starred with Gene Hackman and Melvyn Douglas.

 

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TCM On Demand for May 1, 2016

 

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2. It Lives Again (1978) -- Frederic Forrest, Kathleen Lloyd, John P. Ryan, John Marley, Andrew Duggan, Eddie Constantine, James Dixon, Dennis O' Flaherty, Melissa Inger, Jill Gatsby (billed as Victoria Jill), Bobby Ramsen, Glenda Young, Lynn Wood. Uncredited: Greg Cannom (as the Baby Monster). Larry Cohen ("Q," "Hell Up in Harlem") wrote, produced and directed this sequel to his 1974 horror film "It's Alive," the story of a married couple (Ryan and Sharon Farrell) experiencing unexpected problems with a severely deformed child. Ryan returns as Frank Davis in this film, in which he tries to warn a San Francisco couple (Forrest and Lloyd), who may be in line for the same experience.
 
This film -- also titled "It's Alive 2" -- was followed by another Cohen sequel: "It's Alive III: Island of the Alive" (1987).

 

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Forrest plays a father who begins to believe something is wrong with the new baby

 

The picture features music composed by the late Academy Award winner Bernard Herrmann. He died on December 24, 1975, a little more than a year and two months after the first movie was released. Herrmann received posthumous Oscar nominations for his two final scores, "Obsession" and "Taxi Driver" (both released in 1976).

 

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TCM On Demand for May 1, 2015


 


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1. God Told Me To (1976) -- Tony Lo Bianco, Deborah Raffin, Sandy Dennis, Sylvia Sidney, Sam Levene, Robert Drivas, Mike Kellin, Richard Lynch, Sammy Williams, Jo Flores Chase, William Roerick, Lester Rawlins, Harry Bellaver, George Patterson, Walter Steele, John Heffernan, Alan Cauldwell, Robert Nichols, Andy Kaufman, Al Fann, Mason Adams. Rolling Stone called this drama by independent filmmaker Larry Cohen ("It's Alive," "Q") "[e]asily the best 1970s New York noir-horror-alien abduction-Catholic guilt-love triangle thriller ever made..." The film stars Lo Bianco as an NYPD detective investigating a series of murders that allegedly were divinely inspired.



 


 

This was Raffin's first screen project after the 1975 drama "Jacqueline Susann's 'Once Is Not Enough,' " in which she played the hapless Hollywood heiress January Wayne (Former "Mad Men" star January Jones was named after the character). Raffin eventually became an audio books mogul as the co-creator of Dove Books on Tape, Inc. She died of leukemia at the age of 59 on November 21, 2012.

 

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Dennis and Raffin


 

Turner Classic Movies aired this movie as part of its TCM Underground series in the early morning hours of Sunday, May 1, 2016.

 

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TCM On Demand for May 2, 2016

 

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3. Taste of Cherry (1997) -- Homayoun Ershadi (Mr. Badii), Abdolrahman Bagheri (Mr. Bagheri), Afshin Khorshid Bakhtiari (Worker), Safar Ali Moradi (The soldier), Mir Hossein Noori (The seminarian). Written, produced and directed by the Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami ("Close-up"), this drama earned a share of The Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. It tied Japanese director Shohei Imamura's film "The Eel" for the festival's highest prize.

 

 

 

Kiarostami's drama stars Ershadi as a desperate man who drives around Tehran looking for someone who will bury him if he commits suicide.

 
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TCM On Demand for May 2, 2016

 

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1. Close-Up (1990) -- Hossain Sabzian, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Abolfazl Ahankhah, Mehrdad Ahankhah, Monoochehr Ahankhah, Mahrokh Ahankhah, Nayer Mohseni Zonoozi. Many of the cast members of this film by Iran's Abbas Kiarostami ("Taste of Cherry") play themselves. The story is a re-enactment of Sabzian's attempt to pose as the Iranian director Makhmalbaf.

 

 

 

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2. Gilda (1946) -- Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia, Steven Geray, Joe Sawyer, Gerald Mohr, Robert Scott (Mark Roberts), Ludwig Donath, Donald Douglas. Uncredited actors: Eduardo Ciannelli, Ruth Roman, Rodolfo Hoyos, Jr. Hayworth's most iconic film role features her as the title character, a glamorous singer at a Buenos Aires casino owned by her much-older husband, Ballin Mundson (Macready). Complications arise when Gilda is reunited with an old flame, American gambler Johnny Farrell (Ford), who winds up working for the duplicitous Mundson. Although their earlier relationship ended badly, Gilda and Farrell eventually rekindle their old magic.

 

Memorable quote: "If I'd been a ranch, they would've named me the Bar Nothing." -- Gilda.
 
 
Born Margarita Carmen Cansino on October 17, 1918, Hayworth became a star in musicals thanks in part to her considerable skills as a dancer. She performed opposite Fred Astaire in "You'll Never Get Rich" (1941) and "You Were Never Lovelier" (1942), and with Gene Kelly in "Cover Girl" (1944). But it was her sensuous performance in "Gilda" that made the red-haired beauty a superstar -- and enhanced her desirability as a dramatic actress. Twelve years after her death in 1987 from the ravages of Alzheimer's Disease, the American Film Institute ranked Hayworth at No. 19 on its list of the Top 25 female screen legends of all time.
 
A poster of the actress figured prominently in Stephen King's 1982 story "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption." The tale was turned into the 1994 Oscar-nominated film "The Shawshank Redemption," which starred Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins. In the screen version of the prison story, a Hayworth pin-up is replaced over time by images of, first, Marilyn Monroe and then Raquel Welch.
 
Hayworth and Ford starred together in four other motion pictures: "The Lady in Question" (1940), "The Loves of Carmen" (1948), "Affair in Trinidad" (1952) and "The Money Trap" (1965).
 
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TCM On Demand for May 3, 2016

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2. 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. 

 

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Continued from the previous section:

 


 

Memorable dialogue: 







 

Captain Renault: What in heaven's name brought you to Casablanca?

Rick: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters.

Captain Renault: The waters? What waters? We're in the desert.

Rick: I was misinformed.

 

More memorable dialogue: 



 

Ilsa: I wasn't sure you were the same. Let's see, the last time we met...

Rick: Was La Belle Aurore.

Ilsa: How nice! You remembered. But of course, that was the day the Germans marched into Paris.

Rick: Not an easy day to forget.

Ilsa: No.

Rick: I remember every detail. The Germans wore gray. You wore blue.

 



Even more memorable dialogue: 

 



Captain Renault (blows whistle): Everybody is to leave here immediately! This café is closed until further notice! Clear the room at once!

Rick: How can you close me up? On what grounds?

Captain Renault: I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here.

Emil the croupier (handing cash to Renault): "Your winnings, sir."

Captain Renault: Oh, thank you very much. (Then sternly). Everybody out at once!"

 


 


"As Time Goes By": Written by Herman Hupfeld (1894-1951) for the 1931 Broadway musical comedy "Everybody's Welcome," the song has become indelibly linked to the Bogart-Bergman film. Since 1999, Warner Bros. has combined the song with its corporate logo to open its films and close its television productions.

 

In a 2004 AFI survey of the Top 100 movie songs of all time, the tune came in at No. 2, behind "Over the Rainbow" from "The Wizard of Oz" and ahead of the title song for "Singin' in the Rain." 


 

"Play It Again, Sam": No one ever says the line exactly this way in the movie. But Woody Allen used it as the title of his 1969 Broadway play, in which he starred as a "Casablanca" fan who becomes part of a romantic triangle with his best friend (Tony Roberts) and his best friend's wife (Diane Keaton). Meanwhile, the play's hero receives advice on life and love from the ghost of Bogart (played by Jerry Lacy). A 1972 film version of the play, directed by Herbert Ross, also starred the four actors from the stage version. It was the first picture to team Allen and Keaton, who went on to work together in several other films, including "Sleeper" (1973), "Love and Death" (1975), "Annie Hall" (1977) and "Manhattan" (1979). 

 


 


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TCM On Demand for May 3, 2016
 

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1. Casablanca (1942) -- Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, S.Z. "Cuddles" Sakall, Madeleine Lebeau, Dooley Wilson, Joy Page, John Qualen, Leonid Kinskey, Curt Bois. Uncredited: Marcel Dalio, Helmut Dantine, Ludwig Stössel, Norma Varden. Eminently quotable World War II drama that overcame numerous obstacles to become the Academy Award-winning Best Picture of 1943 -- and a movie for the ages.

 

Based on an unproduced play titled "Everybody Comes to Rick's" by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison, the drama stars Bogart as Rick Blaine, an American expatriate who runs a popular club and casino in western Morocco. Since the outbreak of the war, Casablanca has become a refuge for people desperate to escape the clutches of the Nazis. When Rick comes into the possession of two letters of transit -- documents permitting people to travel to safety in America -- he is forced to re-evaluate a longtime personal credo. "I stick my neck out for nobody," he says a couple of times early on in the movie. Making things even more difficult is the sudden arrival of Ilsa Lund (Bergman), an old flame who shows up with her fugitive husband Victor Laszlo (Henreid), an anti-Nazi resistance fighter.

 

 

The film also won Oscars for Best Director (Michael Curtiz) and Best Adapted Screenplay (for twin brothers Julius J. Epstein and Philip G. Epstein, with Howard Koch). The film also was nominated for Best Actor (Bogart), Best Supporting Actor (Rains, as Louis Renault, the duplicitous local prefect of police), Best Cinematography (Arthur Edeson), Best Film Editing (Owen Marks) and Best Music, Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Max Steiner). Bergman was nominated for Best Actress, but it was for her performance as Maria in the screen adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's "For Whom the Bell Tolls."

 

Bergman, who never considered this a favorite film, once told an interviewer that its evolution into a classic was "remarkable" considering its production problems. "When we did it, we had no faith in it at all because the script was so bad," she said. "And it was written day by day. There was nothing clear about it. And we didn't know where we were going."
 
Veidt, the German-born actor who played the sinister Nazi officer, Major Strasser, was in real life an opponent of Adolf Hitler's regime. The actor fled Germany when the Nazis gained power and contributed heavily to the Allied war effort. He did not live to enjoy the movie's success because he died of a heart attack on April 3, 1943, shortly after its general release in theaters.

 

In 1998, the American Film Institute ranked this drama No. 2 -- behind "Citizen Kane" (1941), and ahead of "The Godfather" (1972) -- on its list of the greatest movies of all time. When AFI updated the list in 2007, the film dropped to No. 3, behind "Kane" and "The Godfather." 

 
 
In 2003, CBS televised a special about AFI's survey of the top heroes and villains in movie history. Rick Blaine was the No. 4 hero, behind Atticus Finch ("To Kill a Mockingbird"), Indiana Jones ("Raiders of the Lost Ark") and James Bond ("Dr. No"). The No. 5 hero was Marshal Will Kane of "High Noon." The No. 1 villain was Dr. Hannibal Lecter of "The Silence of the Lambs."
 
In another AFI survey, a 2005 ranking of the greatest movie quotes of all time, this film produced six entries -- more than any other picture. The unforgettable lines were:

 

#5: "Here's looking at you, kid." (Rick to Ilsa, and he says it more than once).
#20: "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." (Rick's final words in the movie, spoken to Captain Renault). 
#28: "Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By'." (Ilsa to the club's pianist and singer, played by Wilson).
#32: "Round up the usual suspects." (Captain Renault, who says the line twice during the film).
#43: "We'll always have Paris." (Rick to Ilsa at the airport).
#67: "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine." (Rick, after he sees Ilsa for the first time since the Germans invaded Paris).
 
And here's one that was nominated for the AFI list, but did not appear in the Top 100: "Ilsa, I'm no good at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world." -- Rick during his final moments with Ilsa at the airport.
 
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2. Mad Love (1935) -- Peter Lorre, Frances Drake, Colin Clive, Ted Healy, Sara Haden, Edward Brophy, Henry Kolker, Keye Luke, May Beatty. Uncredited: Ian Wolfe, Billy Gilbert. The Bohemia-born cinematographer Karl W. Freund directed this sci-fi drama derived from French author Maurice Renard's 1920 novel "Les Mains d'Orlac" ("The Hands of Orlac"), The film stars Lorre as a gifted surgeon who attempts to provide new hands for a pianist (Clive) severely injured in a train accident. But the surgeon isn't only motivated by his obligations to the Hippocratic Oath. He's also attracted to the pianist's actress-wife (Drake).

 

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Lorre and Drake

 

The story has been filmed many times. The 1960 thriller "The Hands of Orlac" starred Mel Ferrer as the pianist, Felix Aylmer as the surgeon and Sir Christopher Lee as a magician named Nero.

 

Freund, whose credits as a cinematographer included Fritz Lang's "Metropolis" (1927) and Tod Browning's "Dracula" (1931), earned a 1937 Oscar for his photography in "The Good Earth." In the 1950s, he served as the director of photography for the long-running CBS sitcom "I Love Lucy." 

 

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3. The Scarecrow (1920) -- Buster Keaton. Uncredited: Eddie Cline, Joe Keaton, Joe Roberts, Sybil Seely, Al St. John, Luke the Dog. This silent short stars Buster Keaton as a farmhand who competes with his roommate (Roberts) for the attentions of the same girl (Seely). She happens to be the daughter of their boss, the farmer (played by Buster's father Joe). The film was co-directed and co-written by Buster Keaton and Cline, who appears as a hit-and-run trucker. 

 

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Keaton

 

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1. Fury (1936) -- Sylvia Sydney, Spencer Tracy, Walter Abel, Bruce Cabot, Edward Ellis, Walter Brennan, Frank Albertson, George Walcott, Arthur Stone, Morgan Wallace, George Chandler, Roger Gray, Edwin Maxwell, Howard Hickman, Jonathan Hale, Leila Bennett, Esther Dale, Helen Flint. Uncredited: Ward Bond, Clarence Kolb, Dennis O'Keefe, Minerva Urecal. This drama about the dark side of American justice received an Academy Award nomination for Best Writing, Original Story (Norman Krasna). It was the first American film for director Fritz Lang (1890-1976), the Austrian-born movie pioneer responsible for the classic German films "Metropolis" (1927) and "M" (1931). He fled Germany in the early 1930s after the Nazis took control, but went on to have a productive career directing pictures in America ("Rancho Notorious," "The Big Heat").

 

 

This film stars Tracy as Jim Wilson, a stranger in a small town wrongly charged in a kidnapping. He finds himself on the wrong side of public opinion and becomes the target of a lynch mob. Sydney, who later appeared in the Lang films "You Only Live Once" (1937) and "You and Me" (1938), co-stars as Wilson's fiancée, Katherine Grant.

 

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2. 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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1. Ernest Hemingway's 'The Killers' (1946) -- Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, Albert Dekker, Sam Levene, Vince Barnett, Virginia Christine, Jack Lambert, Charles D. Brown, Donald MacBride, Charles McGraw, William Conrad. Uncredited: Jeff Corey, Gino Corrado, Sam Harris, Charles Middleton. Lancaster made an auspicious screen debut in this classic film noir drama based on Hemingway's 1927 magazine short story. It was the first of the actor's three collaborations with the German-born director Robert Siodmak. They also worked together on the movies "Criss Cross" (1949) and "The Crimson Pirate" (1952).
 
Lancaster stars as "Swede" Anderson, a onetime boxer keeping a low profile in a small town. When he is assassinated by a two-man hit team (McGraw, Conrad), an insurance investigator (O'Brien) tries to piece together the dead man's mysterious background.
 
 
Movie crossover reference: A 1964 remake of this film -- directed by Don Siegel ("Dirty Harry") and starring Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, John Cassavetes and Ronald Reagan -- originally was scheduled as a TV movie. But NBC's objections to violent content led to its release in theaters. It turned out to be the final screen appearance of Reagan the actor -- and the only time he played a villainous character. He entered politics and won California's 1966 gubernatorial race as a Republican. And the rest, as they say, is history!
 
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Dickinson and Reagan
 
 
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3. The Beast with a Million Eyes (1955) -- Paul Birch, Lorna Thayer, Dona Cole, Dick Sargent (billed as Richard Sargeant), Leonard Tarver, Bruce Whitmore (voice of The Beast), Chester Conklin. Independent filmmaker Roger Corman produced this sci-fi tale of a California ranching family threatened by the arrival of a mind-controlling alien to its desert community. The film was directed by Corman's assistant, David Kramarsky ("Cry Baby Killer").

 

 
Thayer, who plays Carol Kelley, later attained film immortality in the 1970 drama "Five Easy Pieces" as the roadside cafe waitress who gives Bobby Dupea (Jack Nicholson) a hard time over a restaurant order. The actress, who died June 4, 2005 at the age of 86, had a long career in films, on stage and on television. But she'll always be remembered for her performance as the waitress in the cafe scene.
 
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4. Block-Heads (1938) -- Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Patricia Ellis, Minna Gombell, Billy Gilbert, James Finlayson. Uncredited: Chill Wills, Tommy Bond. Comedy featuring Laurel and Hardy as World War I soldiers in France. Somehow, Stan never hears about the 1918 armistice that ends the war. Twenty years later, he's still in France doing his part to make the world safe for democracy. After Stan makes news after shooting at a French airplane, Ollie sees his picture in the paper and sets out for a reunion.
 
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Hardy and Laurel
 
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1. Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952) -- Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Charles Laughton, Hillary Brooke, Bill Shirley, Leif Erickson, Fran Warren. Uncredited: Leonard Mudie, Milicent Patrick, Suzanne Ridgway. Seven years after Laughton starred in the biographical drama "Captain Kidd," he returned to the role of the legendary 17th century pirate (1645-1701) who was hanged for his crimes against the British government and breach of maritime law. This one is played for laughs as the comedy team of Abbott and Costello play Tortuga waiters who become involved in a hunt for treasure.

 

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Laughton, Costello and Abbott

 

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2. Attack of the Puppet People (1958) -- John Agar, John Hoyt, June Kenney, Susan Gordon, Michael Mark, Jack Kosslyn, Marlene Willis, Ken Miller, Laurie Mitchell, Scott Peters, June Jocelyn, Jean Moorhead, Hank Patterson, Hal Bogart, Troy Patterson. The independent filmmaker Bert I. Gordon produced, directed and came up with this story about a lonely dollmaker (Hoyt) who creates a machine capable of shrinking human beings. The movie's screenplay was written by George Worthing Yates, whose earlier credits included the sci-fi classic "Them!" (1954), "It Came from Beneath the Sea" (1955) and "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers" (1956). The film marked the screen debut of the pre-teen Susan Gordon -- Bert's daughter -- who appears as a girl named Agnes.

 

 

Bert Gordon, who will turn 94 on September 24, 2016, produced numerous low-budget movies between 1955 and 1990. Among his best-remembered titles: "The Amazing Colossal Man" (1957), "The Boy and the Pirates" (1960) and "Empire of the Ants" (1977). Gordon's projects frequently were family affairs. His wife Flora sometimes was credited with assisting him in the creation of visual effects. Meanwhile, daughter Susan (1949-2011) appeared in several other editions of his films.

 
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2. Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) -- Harry Belafonte, Robert Ryan, Shelley Winters, Ed Begley, Sr., Gloria Grahame, Will Kuluva, Kim Hamilton, Mae Barnes, Richard Bright, Carmen De Lavallade, Lew Gallo, Lois Thorne, Zohra Lampert, Allen Nourse, Wayne Rogers. Uncredited: Mel Stewart. Filmmaker Robert Wise ("West Side Story," "The Sound of Music") produced and directed this film about a crime caper from Belafonte's HarBel production company.

 

Belafonte stars as a nightclub performer who joins a scheme to rob a bank. His cohorts are a racist Southerner (Ryan) and a former cop (Begley). Winters, who appears as Ryan's love interest, won her first of two Academy Awards that year for her performance in "The Diary of Anne Frank."

 

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Belafonte, Begley and Ryan

 

Hamilton, who made her screen debut as Ruth Ingram, died on September 16, 2013 at the age of 81.

 

Look for Stewart, who played early Archie Bunker antagonist Henry Jefferson on TV's "All in the Family," as an elevator operator.

 

The film's music score was composed by John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet.

 

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