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VOTING THREAD for the 25th TCM Programming Challenge

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"If there's anything in DARK WINDOWS you can use, take it--it's yours."

--Joe Gillis

 

 

Welcome to the voting thread for the SUNSET BLVD CHALLENGE. Please read everyone's schedules and vote for your favorite one.

 

VOTING RULES:

1. ANYONE and EVERYONE can vote whether you participated or not

2. Only ONE vote for ONE schedule per customer--no ties

3. Don't vote for your own schedule (seriously? do I have to say that?)

 

HOW TO CAST A VOTE: CHOOSE ONE:

EITHER 1) Leave your vote as a comment on this thread

OR 2) Send me a PM

 

DEADLINE:

The very last vote will be collected next Wednesday April 23rd at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

 

Good luck to all the participants. Voters, good luck choosing between these great schedules. It's gonna be a tough choice.

 

"Alright, Mr DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."

---Norma Desmond

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KINGRAT'S SCHEDULE:

 

Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014

Directed by John Huston . . . Oh, Maybe Not

6:00 a.m. ? THREE STRANGERS (1946) BW-92 min. WB. Geraldine Fitzgerald, Sydney Greenstreet. D: Jean Negulesco. p/s
7:45 a.m. ? THE KILLERS (1946) BW-103 min. Universal. Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner. D: Robert Siodmak. p/s
9:30 a.m. ? THE STRANGER (1946) BW-115 min. RKO. Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson. D: Orson Welles. p/s
11:30 a.m. ? QUO VADIS (1951) C-171 min. MGM. Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr. D: Mervyn LeRoy. p/s
2:30 p.m. ? THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT (1969) C-132 min. WB. Katharine Hepburn, Charles Boyer. D: Bryan Forbes. p/s

Actually Directed by John Huston

4:45 p.m. ? THE MALTESE FALCON (1941) BW-100 min. WB. Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor. p/s
6:30 p.m. ? BEAT THE DEVIL (1953) BW-89 min. UA. Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones. p/s

Widows, Merry and Otherwise (Part 1)

8:00 p.m. ? WHAT A WAY TO GO (1964) C-111 min. Fox. Shirley MacLaine, Paul Newman. D: J. Lee Thompson. LP PREMIERE.
10:00 p.m. ? BLACK WIDOW (1987) C-102 min. Fox. Theresa Russell, Debra Winger. D: Bob Rafelson. PREMIERE #1.
11:45 p.m. ? SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS: THE MERRY WIDOW (1925). BW-137 min. MGM. Mae Murray, John Gilbert. D: Erich von Stroheim. p/s
2:15 a.m. ? TCM FILM IMPORTS: THE BRIDE WORE BLACK (1968). C-107 min. UA. Jeanne Moreau, Jean-Claude Brialy. D: Francois Truffaut. p/s
4:15 a.m. ? THE MERRY WIDOW (1934). BW-99 min. MGM. Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier. D: Ernst Lubitsch. p/s

Monday, Feb. 17, 2014

Widows, Merry and Otherwise (Part 2)

6:00 a.m. ? BLACK WIDOW (1954) C-95 min. Fox. Ginger Rogers, Van Heflin. D: Nunnally Johnson. p/s
7:45 a,m, - THE MERRY WIDOW (1952) C-105 min. MGM. Lana Turner, Fernando Lamas. D: Curtis Bernhardt. p/s
9:30 a.m. ? SHADOW OF A DOUBT (1943) BW-108 min. Universal. Joseph Cotton, Teresa Wright. D: Alfred Hitchcock. p/s

Behind the Scenes Challenge: Music by Bronislau Kaper

11:30 a.m. ? LILI (1953) C-81 min. MGM. Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer. D: Charles Walters. p/s
1:00 p.m. ? A LIFE OF HER OWN (1950) BW-108 min. MGM. Lana Turner, Ray Milland. D: George Cukor. p/s
3:00 p.m. ? THAT FORSYTE WOMAN (1949) C-113 min. MGM. Greer Garson, Errol Flynn. D: Compton Bennett. p/s
5:00 p.m. ? MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1962) C-178 min. MGM. Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard. D: Lewis Milestone. p/s

Sunset Blvd. Challenge #1 ? Hollywood Dystopia ? ?The Life of the Mind!?

8:00 p.m. ? PLAY IT AS IT LAYS (1972) C-99 min. Universal. Anthony Perkins, Tuesday Weld. D: Frank Perry. PREMIERE #2.
9:45 p.m. ? BARTON FINK (1991) C-116 min. Fox. John Turturro, John Goodman. D: Joel and Ethan Coen. PREMIERE #3.
11:45 p.m. ? THE DAY OF THE LOCUST (1975) C-144 min. Paramount. Donald Sutherland, William Atherton. D: John Schlesinger. PREMIERE #4.
2:15 a.m. ? IN A LONELY PLACE (1950) BW-94 min. Columbia. Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame. D: Nicholas Ray. p/s
4:00 a.m. ?THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1952) BW-118 min. MGM. Dick Powell, Gloria Grahame. D: Vincente Minnelli. p/s

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014

Sunset Blvd. Challenge #2 ? The Cast of Sunset Blvd. in Other Movies

6:00 a.m. ? Fred Clark: HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE (1953) C-95 min. Fox. D: Jean Negulesco. p/s
7:45 a.m. ? Gloria Swanson: AIRPORT ?75 (1975) C-107 min. Universal. D: Jack Smight. PREMIERE #5.
9:45 a.m. ? Anna May Wong: SHANGHAI EXPRESS (1932) BW- 80 min. Paramount. D: Joseph von Sternberg. p/s
11:15 a.m. ? Nancy Olson: BATTLE CRY (1955) C-149 min. WB. D: Raoul Walsh. p/s
2:00 p.m. ? Erich von Stroheim: GRAND ILLUSION (1937) BW-114 min. RAC. D: Jean Renoir. p/s
4:00 p.m. ? Jack Webb: THE MEN (1950) BW-85 min. UA. D: Fred Zinnemann. p/s
5:30 p.m. ? William Holden: THE KEY (1958). BW-134 min. Columbia. D: Carol Reed. p/s

Star of the Month: Merle Oberon

8:00 p.m. ? DARK WATERS (1944) BW-90 min. UA. w/Franchot Tone. D: Andre De Toth. PREMIERE #6.
9:45 p.m. ? NIGHT SONG (1947) BW-102 min, RKO. w/Dana Andrews. D: John Cromwell. p/s
11:30 p.m. ? THE DARK ANGEL (1935) BW-106 min. w/Fredric March. UA. D: Sidney Franklin. p/s
1:30 a.m. ? THESE THREE (1936) BW-93 min. UA. w/Joel McCrea. D: William Wyler. p/s
3:15 a.m. ? FIRST COMES COURAGE (1943) BW-88 min. Columbia. w/Brian Aherne. D: Dorothy Arzner. p/s
4:45 a.m. ? DESIREE (1954) C-110 min. Fox. w/Marlon Brando. D: Henry Koster. p/s

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

Sunset Blvd. Challenge #3 ? Movies About Actresses

6:45 a.m. ? WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD? (1932) BW-88 min. RKO. w/Constance Bennett, Lowell Sherman. D: George Cukor. p/s
8:15 a.m. ? TWENTIETH CENTURY (1934) BW-91 min. Columbia. w/Carole Lombard, John Barrymore. D: Howard Hawks. p/s
10:00 a.m. ? DANGEROUS (1935) BW-79 min. WB. w/Bette Davis, Franchot Tone. D: Alfred E. Green. p/s
11:30 a.m. ? THE HARD WAY (1943) BW-109 min. WB. w/Ida Lupino, Joan Leslie. D: Vincent Sherman. p/s
1:30 p.m. ? THE VELVET TOUCH (1948) BW-100 min. RKO. w/Rosalind Russell, Leo Genn. p/s
4:45 p.m. ? HELLER IN PINK TIGHTS (1960) C-100 min. Paramount. w/Sophia Loren, Anthony Quinn. D: George Cukor. p/s
6:30 p.m. ? PERSONA (1966) BW- 83 min. Svensk. w/Liv Ullmann, Bibi Andersson. D: Ingmar Bergman. p/s

Sunset Blvd. Challenge #4 ?Swimming Pools

8:00 p.m. ? PALM SPRINGS WEEKEND (1963) C-100 min. WB. w/Troy Donahue, Connie Stevens. D: Norman Taurog. p/s
9:45 p.m. ? THE DROWNING POOL (1975) C-108 min. WB. w/Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward. D: Stuart Rosenberg. p/s
11:45 p.m. ? THE SWIMMER (1968) C-95 min. Columbia. w/Burt Lancaster, Janice Rule. D: Frank Perry. p/s
1:30 a.m. ? DEEP END (1970) C-88 min. Paramount. w/Jane Asher, John Moulder-Brown. D: Jerzy Skolimowski. p/s
3:00 a.m. ? UNDERWORLD USA (1961) BW-99 min. Columbia. w/Cliff Robertson, Dolores Dorn. D: Samuel Fuller. p/s
4:45 a,m, - DANGEROUS WHEN WET (1953) C-95 min. MGM. w/Esther Walters, Fernando Lamas. D: Charles Walters. p/s

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014

A Tribute to Barbara Rush

6:30 a.m. ? ROBIN AND THE SEVEN HOODS (1964) C-123 min. WB. w/Frank Sinatra. D: Gordon Douglas. p/s
8:45 a.m. ? MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION (1954) C-108 min. Universal. w/Rock Hudson, Jane Wyman. D: Douglas Sirk. p/s
10:45 a.m. ? THE YOUNG PHILADELPHIANS (1959) BW-136 min. WB. w/Paul Newman. D: Vincent Sherman. p/s
1:15 p.m. ? BIGGER THAN LIFE (1956) C-95 min. Fox. w/James Mason. D: Nicholas Ray. p/s
3:00 p.m. ? THE YOUNG LIONS (1958) BW-167 min. Fox. w/Marlon Brando. D: Edward Dmytryk. p/s
6:00 p.m. ? HOMBRE (1967) BW-111 min. Fox. w/Paul Newman. D: Martin Ritt. PREMIERE #7.

My (Very Long) Dinner with Andre

8:00 p.m. ? D: Andre De Toth. RAMROD (1947) BW-95 min. UA. w/Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake. PREMIERE #8.
9:45 p.m. ? w/Andre the Giant. THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987). C-98 min. Fox. D: Rob Reiner. PREMIERE #9.
11:30 p.m. ? Music by Andre Previn. THE CATERED AFFAIR. BW-92 min. MGM. w/Bette Davis, Ernest Borgnine. D: Richard Brooks. p/s
1:15 a.m. ? Mel Ferrer as Andre. WAR AND PEACE. C-208 min. Paramount. w/Audrey Hepburn. D: King Vidor. p/s
4:45 a.m. ? w/Andre Gregory. MY DINNER WITH ANDRE (1981) C-110. Saga. D: Louis Malle. p/s

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014

Sunset Blvd. Challenge #5 ? Older Woman/Younger Man: Consider the Possibilities

6:45 a.m. ? LAURA (1944) BW-88 min. Fox. Judith Anderson/Vincent Price. D: Otto Preminger. p/s
8:15 a.m. ? SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH (1962) C-120 min. MGM. Geraldine Page/Paul Newman. D: Richard Brooks. p/s
10:30 a.m. ? WHEN LADIES MEET (1941) BW-105 min. MGM. Alice Brady/Rafael Storm. D: Robert Z. Leonard. p/s
12:30 p.m. ? SUMMER OF ?42 (1971) C-102 min. WB. Jennifer O?Neill/Gary Grimes. D: Robert Mulligan. p/s PREMIERE #10.
2:15 p.m. ? CAMILLE (1936) BW-109 min. MGM. Greta Garbo/Robert Taylor. D: George Cukor. p/s
4:15 p.m. ? LOVE AND PAIN AND THE WHOLE DAMN THING (1973) C-110 min. Columbia. Maggie Smith/Timothy Bottoms. D: Alan J. Pakula. p/s
6:15 p.m. ? HAROLD AND MAUDE (1971) C-91 min. Paramount. Ruth Gordon/Bud Cort. D: Hal Ashby. p/s

Friday Night Spotlight: The 1950s Western

8:00 p.m. ? DAY OF THE OUTLAW (1959) BW-93 min. UA. w/Robert Ryan, Burl Ives. D: Andre De Toth. p/s
9:45 p.m. ? WARLOCK (1959) C-121 min. Fox. w/Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda. D: Edward Dmytryk. p/s
12:00 a.m. ? WESTWARD THE WOMEN (1951) BW-118 min. MGM. w/Robert Taylor, Denise Darcel. D: William Wellman. p/s
2:15 a.m. ? 3:10 TO YUMA (1957) BW-92 min. Columbia. w/Glenn Ford, Van Heflin. D: Delmer Daves. p/s
4:00 a.m. ? THE BIG SKY (1952) BW-140 min. RKO. w/Kirk Douglas, Dewey Martin. D: Howard Hawks. p/s

Saturday ? A Day of Essentials

6:30 a.m. ? ON THE TOWN (1949) C-98 min. MGM. w/Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra. D: Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly. p/s
8:15 a.m. ? MY MAN GODFREY (1936) BW-94 min. Universal. w/Carole Lombard, William Powell. D: Gregory La Cava. p/s
10:00 a.m. ? LOST HORIZON (1937) BW-132 min. Columbia. w/Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt. D: Frank Capra. p/s
12:15 p.m. ? THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING (1975) C-129 min. Columbia. w/Michael Caine, Sean Connery. D: John Huston. p/s
2:30 p.m. ? SECONDS (1966) BW-106 min. Paramount. w/Rock Hudson, John Randolph. D: John Frankenheimer. p/s
4:30 p.m. ? MURDER, MY SWEET (1944) BW-95 min. RKO. w/Dick Powell, Claire Trevor. D: Edward Dmytryk. p/s
6:15 p.m. ? BONJOUR TRISTESSE (1958) C-94 min. Columbia. w/Jean Seberg, David Niven. D: Otto Preminger. p/s

8:00 p.m. ? THE ESSENTIALS: THE RED SHOES (1948) C-133 min. Rank. w/Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook. D: Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger. p/s
10:30 p.m. ? THE KILLING (1956) BW-85 min. UA. w/Sterling Hayden, Marie Windsor. D: Stanley Kubrick. p/s
12:00 a.m. ? CHINATOWN (1974) C-130 min. Paramount. w/Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway. D: Roman Polanski. p/s

Saturday Night Underground

2:15 a.m. ? THE FOOL KILLER (1965) BW-99 min. Allied/AIP. w/Anthony Perkins, Dana Elcar. D: Servando Gonzalez.
4:00 a.m. ? PSYCHO (1960) BW-109 min. Paramount. w/Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh. D: Alfred Hitchcock. p/s

 

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KINGRAT'S NOTES:

The excellent book Warner Brothers Directors mentions several films which John Huston was supposed to direct but for various reasons did not, and I thought it would be interesting to consider them as ?what if? projects.

LonesomePolecat?s favorite What a Way To Go suggested widows as a theme, and I alternate merry widows and black widows, bringing the sequence to a close with Shadow of a Doubt. You may recall that Uncle Charlie is ?the Merry Widow killer.?

Sunset Blvd. can be deconstructed in many different ways, and I picked five in all because this turned out to be so much fun. First we have dark views of Hollywood as seen by characters who are screenwriters. Donald Sutherland plays a set designer rather than a screenwriter in The Day of the Locust, but this film seems a natural fit with the others. ?The life of the mind!? is a quote from Barton Fink. Tuesday morning offers movies featuring some of the cast of Sunset Blvd.

Merle Oberon makes a lovely Star of the Month, and not all of her best films, especially Dark Waters and Night Song, are as familiar as they ought to be. Wednesday leads us back to Sunset Blvd. and films about actresses, and I deliberately picked ones that speedracer had not chosen. Wednesday night returns to Sunset Blvd. to feature movies where swimming pools play an important role in at least one scene.

Thursday begins with a tribute to Robert Osborne?s good friend Barbara Rush and ends with movies inspired by the recent showing of My Dinner with Andre.
The Friday schedule has the last bloc of films inspired by Sunset Blvd., older woman/younger man pictures, and there are a great variety of situations, from true love to kept men to the relationship of Alice Brady and her gay young friend in When Ladies Meet. The Friday Night Spotlight salutes 1950s westerns, the great decade for this genre.

The recent discussion about the questionable choices of The Sugarland Express and I Love You, Alice B. Toklas as Essentials led me to consider which famous films had never been selected as Essentials, based on the lists drawn up by lzcutter and Kyle. Take a look at 10 movies never chosen, but which are Essentials in my book, with pride of place going to The Red Shoes. Finally, Saturday Night Underground presents a very obscure Anthony Perkins film, The Fool Killer, which is said to be similar in some regards to Psycho.

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LYDECKER'S SCHEDULE:

February 22- 28, 2015

SUNDAY, February 22, 2015

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

6 AM THE FRONT PAGE (1931) Pat O'Brien and Adolphe Menjou. Dir: Lewis Milestone. United Artists, 101 min. p/s
7:45 AM BLESSED EVENT (1932) Lee Tracy and Mary Brian. Dir: Roy Del Ruth, Warner Brothers, 80 min. p/s
9:15 AM FIVE STAR FINAL (1931) Edward G. Robinson and Aline MacMahon. Dir: Mervyn LeRoy. First National/Warner Brothers, 89 min. p/s
10:45 AM SCANDAL SHEET (1952) Broderick Crawford and Donna Reed. Dir: Phil Karlson. Columbia Pictures, 81 min. p/s
12:15 PM THE PAPER (1994) Michael Keaton, Glenn Close and Robert Duvall. Dir: Ron Howard. Image Entertainment/Universal, 112 min. TCM Premiere
2:15 PM NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS (1943) Robert Benchley. Dir: Will Jason. MGM, 10 min. p/s

DAYTIME: ' My guess might be excellent or it might be crummy, but Mrs. Spade didn't raise any children dippy enough to make guesses in front of a district attorney, an assistant district attorney and a stenographer.' Cinematography by Arthur Edeson. (Sunset Blvd. Challenge #2)

2:30 PM MASK OF DIMITRIOS (1944) Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet. Dir: Jean Negulesco. Warner Brothers, 95 min. p/s
4:15 PM CASTLE ON THE HUDSON (1940) John Garfield and Ann Sheridan. Dir: Anatole Litvak. Warner Brothers, 77 min. p/s
5:45 PM THE MALTESE FALCON (1941) Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor. Dir: John Huston, Warner Brothers, 101 min. p/s
7:30 PM NOW PLAYING, MARCH 2014.

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

8 PM THEY WON'T BELIEVE ME (1947) Robert Young and Jane Greer. Dir: Irving Pichel. RKO, 95 min. p/s
9:45 PM H. M. PULHAM, ESQ. (1941) Robert Young and Hedy Lamarr. Dir: King Vidor. MGM, 120 min. p/s

LATE NIGHT: Silent Sunday
12 AM QUEEN KELLY (1929) Gloria Swanson and Walter Byran. Dir: Erich von Stroheim. United Artists, 101 min. Exempt
1:45 AM FINE MANNERS (1926) Gloria Swanson and Eugene O'Brien. Dir: Robert Rosson/Lewis Milestone. Famous Players-Lasky/Paramount Pictures, 70 min. Exempt

LATE NIGHT: TCM Imports/Victor Saville
3 AM I WAS A SPY (1933) Madeleine Carroll and Herbert Marshall. Dir: Victor Saville. Gaumont British Picture Corp., 89 min. Exempt
4:30 AM THE DICTATOR (1935) Clive Brook and Madeleine Carroll. Dir: Victor Saville. Gaumont British Picture Corp., 86 min. Exempt

MONDAY, February 23, 2015

DAYTIME: "Top of the world, Ma."

6 AM SKYSCRAPER SOULS (1932) Warren William and Maureen O'Sullivan. Dir: Edgar Selwyn. MGM, 99 min. p/s
7:45 AM KING KONG (1933) Robert Armstrong and Fay Wray. Dir: Merian C. Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack. RKO, 104 min. p/s
9:15 AM EXECUTIVE SUITE (1954) William Holden and Frederic March. Dir: Robert Wise. MGM, 104 min. p/s
11 AM STREET OF WOMEN (1932) Kay Francis and Roland Young. Dir: Archie Mayo. Warner Brothers, 60 min. p/s
12 PM THE FOUNTAINHEAD (1949) Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal. Dir: King Vidor. Warner Brothers, 114 min. p/s
2 PM METROPOLIS (1927) Alfred Abel and Brigitte Helm. Dir: Fritz Lang. UFA, Paramount Pictures, 148 min. p/s
4:30 PM LOVE AFFAIR (1939) Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne. Dir: Leo McCarey. RKO Radio Pictures, 87 min. p/s
6 PM SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE (1993) Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Dir: Nora Ephron, Tri-Star, 106 min. p/s

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

8 PM THE DIVORCEE (1930) Norma Shearer and Chester Morris. Dir: Robert Z. Leonard. MGM, 84 min. p/s
9:30 PM THE EX MRS BRADFORD (1936) William Powell and Jean Arthur. Dir: Stephen Roberts. RKO Radio Pictures, 82 min. p/s
11 PM A BiILL OF DIVORCEMENT (1932) John Barrymore and Katharine Hepburn. Dir: George Cukor. RKO Radio Pictures, 70 min. p/s
12:15 AM THE WOMEN (1939) Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford. Dir: George Cukor. MGM, 133 min. p/s
2:30 AM DIVORCE (1945) Kay Francis and Bruce and Bruce Cabot. Dir: William Nigh. Monogram Pictures, 71 min. TCM Premiere
4 AM STELLA DALLAS (1937) Barbara Stanwyck and John Boles. Dir: King Vidor. Samuel Goldwyn Productions, 106 min. p/s

TUESDAY, February 24, 2015

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

6 AM GREED (1924) Gibson Gowland and ZaSu Pitts. Dir: Erich von Stroheim. The Goldwyn Company/Metro-Goldwyn, 140 min. TCM Premiere
8:30 AM THE PALEFACE (1948) Bob Hope and Jane Russell. Dir: Norman Z. McLeod. Paramount Pictures, 90 min. p/s
10 AM ONE SUNDAY AFTERNOON (1933) Gary Cooper and Fay Wray. Dir: Stephen Roberts. Paramount Pictures, 85 min. p/s
11:30 AM MARATHON MAN (1976) Lawrence Olivier and Dustin Hoffman. Dir: John Schlesinger. Paramount Pictures, 120 min. p/s

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

1:30 PM HOLIDAY (1938) Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. Dir: George Cukor. Columbia Pictures, 95 min. p/s
3:30 PM THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940) Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. Dir: George Cukor. MGM, 112 min. p/s
5:30 PM THE HAPPIEST MILLIONAIRE (1967) Fred MacMurray and Greer Garson. Dir: Norman Tokar. Walt Disney Productions, 144 min. LP Exempt

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

8 PM LAURA (1944) Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews. Dir: Otto Preminger. 20th Century Fox, 88 min. p/s
9:30 PM ALL ABOUT EVE (1950) Bette Davis and Anne Baxter. Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. 20th Century Fox, 138 min. p/s
12 AM A LETTER TO THREE WIVES (1949) Jean Crain, Linda Darnell and Ann Southern. Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 103 min. p/s
1:45 AM THE APARTMENT (1960) Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. Dir: Billy Wilder. The Mirsch Company/UA, 125 min. p/s
4 AM SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950) William Holden and Gloria Swanson. Dir: Billy Wilder. Paramount Pictures, 110 min. p/s

WEDNESDAY, February 25, 2015

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

6 AM DEVIL DOLL (1936) Lionel Barrymore and Maureen O'Sullivan. Dir: Tod Browning. MGM, 79 min. p/s
8:30 AM I WAS A MALE WAR BRIDE (1949) Cary Grant and Ann Sheridan. Dir: Howard Hawks. 20th Century Fox, 105 min. p/s
10:15 AM TOOTSIE (1982) Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange. Dir: Sydney Pollack. Columbia, 116 min. p/s
12:15 PM CHARLEY'S AUNT (1941) Jack Benny and Kay Francis. Dir: Archie Mayo. 20th Century Fox, 80 min.
1:45 PM KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS (1949) Alec Guinness and Dennis Price. Dir: Robert Hamer. GDF/Eagle-Lion Films, 106 min. p/s
3:45 PM MRS. DOUBTFIRE (1993) Robin Williams and Sally Field. Dir: Chris Columbus. 20th Century Fox, 116 min. p/s
6 PM SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959) Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. Dir: Billy Wilder. Mirsch Company/UA, 120 min. p/s

PRIMETIME: "Success is no fun unless you share it with someone.'
SOTM: Fay Bainter

8 PM WHITE BANNERS (1938) Claude Raines and Fay Bainter. Dir: Edmund Goulding. Warner Brothers, 92 min. p/s
9:30 PM THE SHINING HOUR (1938) Joan Crawford and Melvyn Douglas. Dir: Frank Borzage. MGM, 76 min. p/s
10:45 PM JEZEBEL (1938) Bette Davis and Henry Fonda. Dir: William Wyler. Warner Brothers, 103 min. p/s
12:30 AM JOURNEY FOR MARGARET (1942) Robert Young and Laraine Day. Dir: W. S. Van Dyke. MGM, 81 min. p/s
2 AM WOMAN OF THE YEAR (1942) Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Dir: George Stevens, MGM, 114 min. p/s
4 AM THE CHILDREN'S HOUR (1961) Shirley MacLaine and Audrey Hepburn. Dir: William Wyler. United Artists, 107 min. p/s

THURSDAY, February 26, 2015

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

6 AM YELLOW JACK (1938) Robert Montgomery and Virginia Bruce. Dir: George B. Dietz. Lowe's 83 min. p/s
8:30 AM GREEN LIGHT (1937) Errol Flynn and Anita Louise. Dir: Frank Borzage. Warner Brothers, 85 min. p/s
10 AM PANIC IN THE STREETS (1950) Richard Widmark and Paul Douglas Dir: Elia Kazan. 20th Century Fox, 96 min. p/s
12 PM OUTBREAK (1995) Dustin Hoffman and Rene Russo. Dir: Wolfgang Peterson. Warner Brothers, 127 min. TCM Premiere

DAYTIME: +'Alright, you go back and tell them that the New York State Supreme Court rules there's no Santa Claus. It's all over the papers. The kids read it and don't hang up their stockings. Now what happens to all the toys that are supposed to be in those stockings' Nobody buys them. The toy manufacturers aren't going to like that so they're going to lay off a lot of employees, union employees. But you go ahead, Henry. You do it your way.'
Happy Birthday William Frawley.+

2:15 PM BLOSSOMS ON BROADWAY (1937) Edward Arnold and Shirley Ross. Dir: Richard Wallace. Paramount Pictures, 88 min. TCM Premiere
3:30 PM CRIME DOCTOR'S MANHUNT (1946) Warner Baxter and William Frawley. Dir: William Castle. Columbia Pictures, 60 min. p/s
4:30 PM MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1947) Maureen O'Hara and John Payne.
Dir: George Seaton. 20th Century Fox, 96 min.
6:15 PM GENTLEMAN JIM (1942) Errol Flynn and Alexis Smith. Dir: Raoul Walsh. Warner Brothers, 104 min. p/s

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

8 PM THE PENGUIN POOL MURDER (1932) Edna May Oliver and James Gleason. Dir: George Archinbaud. RKO Radio Pictures, 70 min. p/s
9:15 PM MURDER ON A BLACKBOARD (1934) Edna May Oliver and James Gleason. Dir: George Archinbaud. RKO Radio Pictures, 71 min. p/s
10:30 PM MURDER ON A HONEYMOON (1935) Edna May Oliver and James Gleason. Dir: Lloyd Corrigan. RKO Radio Pictures, 74 min. p/s
11:45 PM MURDER ON A BRIDLE PATH (1936) Helen Broderick and James Gleason. Dir: William Hamilton. RKO Radio Pictures, 66 min. p/s

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

1 AM THE WOLF MAN (1941) Lon Chaney, Jr. and Claude Rains Dir: George Waggner. Universal Studio, 70 min. p/s
2:15 AM FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLFMAN (1943) Ilona Massey and Patric Knowles. Dir: Roy William Neill. Universal Studio, 74 min. p/s
3:30 AM WEREWOLF OF LONDON (1935) Henry Hull and Warner Oland. Dir: Stuart Walker. Universal Studio, 75 min. p/s
4:45 AM I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF (1957) Michael Landon and Whit Bissel. Dir: Gene Fowler. American International Pictures, 75 min. p/s

FRIDAY, February 27, 2015

DAYTIME: +'Nice, cheerful little neighborhood. My friend got his skull crushed down here last week.'
Happy Birthday William Demarest.+

6 AM All THROUGH THE NIGHT (1941) Humphrey Bogart and Conrad Veidt. Dir: Vincent Sherman. Warner Brothers, 107 min. p/s
8 AM SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS (1942) Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake. Dir: Preston Sturges. Paramount Pictures, 90 min. p/s

DAYTIME: +'Woman, thy name is screwball.'
Happy Birthday Franchot Tone.+

9:30 AM LOVE ON THE RUN (1936) Clark Gable and Joan Crawford. Dir: W.S. Van Dyke. MGM, 80 min. p/s
11 AM THEY GAVE HIM A GUN (1937) Franchot Tone and Spencer Tracy. Dir: W. S. Van Dyke. MGM, 90 min. p/s
12:30 PM EXCLUSIVE STORY (1936) Franchot Tone and Madge Evans. Dir: George Seitz. MGM, 70 min.

DAYTIME: +'Who do you think you are' My guardian angel''
Happy Birthday Joan Bennett.+

1:45 PM SCARLET STREET (1945) Edward G. Robinson and Joan Bennett. Dir: Fritz Lang. Fritz Lang Productions/Universal 102 min. p/s
3:30 PM *SHE WANTED A MILLIONAIRE** (1932) Joan Bennett and Spencer Tracy. Dir: John Blystone. Fox Film Corp., 80 min. TCM Premiere
5 PM THE RECKLESS MOMENT (1949) James Mason and Joan Bennett. Dir: Max Opuls. Columbia Pictures, 81 min. p/s
6:30 PM BIG BROWN EYES (1936) Cary Grant and Joan Bennett. Dir: Raoul Walsh. Paramount Pictures, 77 min. TCM Premiere

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

FRIDAY NIGHT SPOTLIGHT: Transportation/Trains.

8 PM TWENTIETH CENTURY (1934) John Barrymore and Carole Lombard. Dir: Howard Hawks. Columbia Pictures, 91 min. p/s
9:45 PM SHANGHAI EXPRESS (1932) Marlena Dietrich and Clive Brooke. Dir: Josef von Sternberg. Paramount Pictures, 80 min. p/s
11:15 AM NARROW MARGIN (1952) Charles McGraw and Marie Windsor. Dir: Richard Fleischer. RKO Radio Pictures, 71 min. p/s
12:30 AM TERROR BY NIGHT (1946) Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. Dir: Roy William Neill. Universal, 60 min.
1:30 AM UNION PACIFIC (1939) Joel McCrea and Barbara Stanwyck. Dir: Cecil B. DeMille. Paramount, 135 min. p/s
4 AM THE HARVEY GIRLS (1946) Judy Garland and Ray Bolger. Dir: George Sidney. MGM, 107 min. p/s

SATURDAY, February 28, 2015

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

6 AM FORBIDDEN (1932) Barbara Stanwyck and Adolphe Menjou. Dir: Frank Capra. Columbia Pictures, 83 min. p/s
7:30 AM UNTAMED (1929) Joan Crawford and Robert Montgomery. Dir: Jack Conway. MGM, 86 min. p/s
9 AM COMPROMISED (1931) Rose Hobart and Ben Lyon. Dir: John Adolfi. First National/Warner Brothers, 65 min. TCM Premiere
10:15 AM DANGEROUS (1935) Bette Davis and Franchot tone. Dir: Alfred E. Green. Warner Brothers, 79 min. p/s
12:30 PM RECKLESS (1935) Jean Harlow and William Powell. Dir: Victor Fleming. MGM, 97 min. p/s
2:15 PM SHOPWORN (1932) Barbara Stanwyck and Regis Toomey. Dir: Nicholas Grinde. Columbia Pictures, 72 min. p/s
3:30 PM ILLICIT (1931) Barbara Stanwyck and Ricardo Cortez. Dir: Archie Mayo. Warner Brothers, 79 min. p/s
5 PM BOUGHT! (1931) Constance Bennett and Ben Lyon. Dir: Archie Mayo. Warner Brothers, 92 min. TCM Premiere
7:45 PM HOW TO BEHAVE. (1936) Robert Benchley. Dir: Arthur Ripley. MGM, 10 min. p/s

PRIMETIME: '+Calling Baranca. Calling Baranca.'+

8 PM ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS (1939) Cary Grant and Jean Arthur. Dir: Howard Hawks. Columbia Pictures, 121 min. p/s TCM Essential
10:15 PM GREEN FIRE (1954) Stewart Granger and Grace Kelly. Dir: Andrew Marton. MGM, 100 min. p/s
12 AM THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL (1978) Lawrence Olivier and Gregory Peck. Dir: Franklin J. Schaffner. 20th Century Fox, 125 min.

LATE NIGHT: 'Something's happening to me. I can't control it.'
TCM UNDERGROUND: A Roger Corman Triple Feature

2:15 AM WASP WOMAN (1959) Susan Cabot and Anthony Eisley. Dir: Roger Corman. Film Group Feature/Santa Cruz Productions, 73 min. p/s
3:30 AM ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES (1959) Ken Clark and Yvette Vickers. Dir: Bernard Kowalski. American International Features, 62 min. TCM Premiere
4:45 AM ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS (1957) Richard Garland and Pamela Duncan. Dir: Roger Corman. Allied Artists, 62 min.

 

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LYDECKER'S NOTES:

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It's been fun. See you next schedule.

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

SOTM: Fay Bainter
The Essential: Only Angels Have Wings
Friday Night Spotlight: Transportation/Trains
Silent Sunday: Queen Kelly and The Dictator
TCM Underground: Roger Corman Triple Feature: Wasp Woman, Attack of the Giant Leeches, Attack of the Crab Monsters
Sunset Boulevard Challenges:
1) Deconstructing Sunset Boulevard: Films which begin with voice-overs.
2) Celebrating Behind The Scenes Artists: Arthur Edeson, A.S. C.
3) Ghost Writing: Happy and unhappy millionaires.

TCM PREMIERES:

The Paper (1994)
Divorce (1945)
Greed (1924)
Blossoms on Broadway (1937)
She Wanted A Millionaire (1932)
Big Brown Eyes (1936)
Compromised (1931)
Bought! (1931)
Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)

By Decades:

1920's 5
1930's 44
1940's 27
1950's 11
1960's 3
1970's 2
1980's 1
1*990's* 4

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B-BOOP'S SCHEDULE:

 

Sunday August 10, 2014

06:00 AM THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING (1966) Dir: Norman Jewison
Cast: Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Alan Arkin, Brian Keith
C-126 mins United Artists P/s

08:15 AM THE TWELVE CHAIRS (1970) Dir: Mel Brooks
Cast: Ron Moody, Frank Langella, Dom DeLuise
C-94 mins Universal Marion Corporation Pictures P/s

10:00 AM SONG OF RUSSIA (1944) Dir: Gregory Ratoff
Cast: Robert Taylor, Susan Peters, John Hodiak
Bw-107 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

12:00 PM THE SCARLET EMPRESS (1934) Dir: Josef von Sternberg
Cast: Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge, Sam Jaffe
Bw-104 mins Paramount Pictures P/s

02:00 PM WE LIVE AGAIN (1934) Dir: Rouben Mamoulian
Cast: Anna Sten, Fredric March, Jane Baxter
Bw-85 mins United Artists P/s

03:30 PM ANNA KARENINA (1948) Dir: Julien Duvivier
Cast: Vivian Leigh, Ralph Richardson, Kieron Moore
Bw-139 mins London Film Productions P/s

06:00 PM NINOTCHKA (1939) Dir: Ernst Lubitsch
Cast: Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Bela Lugosi
Bw-111 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

08:00 PM ANASTASIA (1956) Dir: Anatole Litvak
Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, Helen Hayes
C-105 mins Twentieth Century Fox P/s

10:00 PM THE RED DANUBE (1949) Dir: George Sidney
Cast: Walter Pidgeon, Ethel Barrymore, Peter Lawford
Bw-118 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

12:00 AM COSMIC JOURNEY (1936) Dir: Vasili Zhuravlyov
Cast: Sergey Komarov, K. Moskalenko, Vassili Gaponenko
Bw-70 mins Mosfilm Exempt Premiere

01:15 AM SECRETS OF SOVIET SPACE DISASTERS (1999) Dir: Vincent Kralyevich
Cast: Arthur Kent (Narrator)
C/Bw-45 mins Kralyevich Productions Incorporated Premiere #1

02:00 AM THE LETTER THAT WAS NEVER SENT (1962) Dir: Mikhail Kalatozov
Cast: Tatyana Samoylova, Evgeniy Urbanskiy, Vasili Livanov
Bw-98 mins Mosfilm Exempt Premiere

03:45 AM MISSION TO MOSCOW (1943) Dir: Michael Curtiz
Cast: Walter Huston, Ann Harding, Oscar Homolka
Bw-123 mins Warner Bros P/s

Monday August 11, 2014

06:00 AM OUT OF THE PAST (1947) Dir: Jacques Tourneur
Cast: Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas
Bw-97 mins RKO Radio Pictures P/s

07:45 AM FRAMED (1947) Dir: Richard Wallace
Cast: Glenn Ford, Janis Carter, Barry Sullivan
Bw-82 mins Columbia Pictures P/s

09:15 AM BORN TO KILL (1947) Dir: Robert Wise
Cast: Claire Trevor, Lawrence Tierney, Walter Slezak
Bw-92 mins RKO Radio Pictures P/s

11:00 AM GUN CRAZY (1950) Dir: Joseph H. Lewis
Cast: Peggy Cummings, John Dall, Berry Kroeger
Bw-87 mins United Artists P/s

12:30 PM SCARLET STREET (1945) Dir: Fritz Lang
Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennet, Dan Duryea
Bw-102 mins Universal Pictures P/s

02:15 PM ANGEL FACE (1953) Dir: Otto Preminger
Cast: Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Mona Freeman
Bw-91 mins RKO Radio Pictures P/s

04:00 PM KISS ME DEADLY (1955) Dir: Robert Aldrich
Cast: Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Gaby Rodgers
C-106 mins United Artists P/s

06:00 PM DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944) Dir: Billy Wilder
Cast: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson
Bw-106 mins Paramount Pictures P/s

08:00 PM STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND (1955) Dir: Anthony Mann
Cast: James Stewart, June Allyson, Frank Lovejoy, Barry Sullivan
C/Bw-114 mins Paramount Pictures P/s

10:00 PM THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1953) Dir: Vicente Minnelli
Cast: Kirk Douglas, Lana Turner, Walter Pidgeon, Barry Sullivan
Bw-117 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

12:00 AM LADY IN THE DARK (1944) Dir: Mitchell Leisen
Cast: Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Warner Baxter, Barry Sullivan
C-100 mins Paramount Pictures Premiere #2

01:15 AM WOLF LARSEN (1958) Dir: Harmon Jones
Cast: Barry Sullivan, Peter Graves, Gita Hall, Thayer David
Bw-83 mins Allied Artists Pictures Premiere #3

02:45 AM LOOPHOLE (1954) Dir: Harold Schuster
Cast: Barry Sullivan, Charles McGraw, Dorothy Malone, Don Haggerty
Bw-80 mins Allied Artists Pictures Premiere #4

04:15 AM MY BLOOD RUNS COLD (1965) Dir: William Conrad
Cast: Troy Donahue, Joey Heatherton, Barry Sullivan, Nicolas Coster
C-104 mins Warner Bros. Premiere #5

Tuesday August 12, 2014

06:00 AM THE YOUNGEST PROFESSION (1943) Dir: Edward Buzzell
Cast: Virginia Weidler, Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon
Bw-81 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

07:30 AM THE BELLBOY (1960) Dir: Jerry Lewis
Cast: Jerry Lewis, Alex Gerry, Bob Clayton
Bw-72 mins Paramount Pictures P/s

08:45 AM THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS (1943) Dir: David Butler
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Eddie Cantor, Bette Davis
Bw-127 mins Warner Bros. P/s

11:00 AM RING OF FEAR (1954) Dir: James Edward Grant
Cast: Clyde Beatty, Mickey Spillane, Pat O'Brien
C-93 mins Warner Bros. P/s

12:45 PM FATE IS THE HUNTER (1964) Dir: Ralph Nelson
Cast: Glenn Ford, Rod Taylor, Jane Russell
Bw-106 mins Twentieth Century Fox P/s

02:45 PM HER LUCKY NIGHT (1945) Dir: Robert Siodmak
Cast: Patty Andrews, Maxene Andrews, Laverne Andrews
Bw-63 mins Universal Pictures Premiere #6

04:00 PM TO HELL AND BACK (1955) Dir: Jesse Hibbs
Cast: Audie Murphy, Marshall Thompson, Charles Drake
C-106 mins Universal Pictures P/s

06:00 PM SUNSET BLVD. (1950) Dir: Billy Wilder
Cast: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich Von Stroheim, Cecil B. DeMille
Bw-115 mins Paramount Pictures P/s

08:00 PM THE PROJECTIONIST (1971) Dir: Harry Hurwitz
Cast: Chuck McCann, Ina Balin, Rodney Dangerfield
C-88 mins Maglan Films P/s

09:30 PM MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY (1993) Dir: Woody Allen
Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Jerry Adler, Alan Alda
C-104 mins TriStar Pictures P/s

11:15 PM DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID (1982) Dir: Carl Reiner
Cast: Steve Martin, Rachel Ward, Carl Reiner
Bw-88 mins Universal Pictures P/s

12:45 AM CINEMA PARADISO (1989) Dir: Giuseppe Tornatore
Cast: Philippe Noiret, Jacques Perrin, Salvatore Cascio
C-155 mins Cristaldifim P/s

03:30 AM CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977) Dir: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Francois Truffaut, Terry Garr
C-137 mins Columbia Pictures P/s

Wednesday August 13, 2014

06:00 AM LOVE FINDS ANDY HARDY (1938) Dir: George B. Seitz
Cast: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Lana Turner
Bw-91 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

07:45 AM LOVE CRAZY (1941) Dir: Jack Conway
Cast: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Gail Patrick
Bw-100 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

09:30 AM THE TUNNEL OF LOVE (1958) Dir: Gene Kelly
Cast: Doris Day, Richard Widmark, Gig Young
Bw-98 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

11:15 AM LOVE IS BETTER THAN EVER (1952) Dir: Stanley Donen
Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Larry Parks, Tom Tully
Bw-82 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

12:45 PM LOVE STORY (1970) Dir: Arthur Hiller
Cast: Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal, Ray Milland
C-100 mins Paramount Productions P/s

02:30 PM SLEEP, MY LOVE (1948) Dir: Douglas Sirk
Cast: Claudette Colbert, Robert Cummings, Don Ameche
Bw-96 mins United Artists Premiere #7

04:15 PM LOVE AFFAIR (1939) Dir: Leo McCarey
Cast: Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, Maria Ouspenskaya
Bw-89 mins RKO Radio Pictures P/s

05:45 PM LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON (1957) Dir: Billy Wilder
Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper, Maurice Chevalier
Bw-130 mins Allied Artists Pictures P/s

 

08:00 PM I'VE ALWAYS LOVED YOU (1946) Dir: Frank Borzage
Cast: Philip Dorn, Catherine McLeod, William Carter
C-117 mins Republic Pictures Premiere #8

10:00 PM CARNEGIE HALL (1947) Dir: Edgar G. Ulmer
Cast: Marsha Hunt, William Prince, Frank McHugh
Bw-135 mins United Artists P/s

12:15 AM A SONG IS BORN (1948) Dir: Howard Hawks
Cast: Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Benny Goodman
Bw-113 mins RKO Radio Pictures P/s

02:15 AM ALWAYS IN MY HEART (1942) Dir: Jo Graham
Cast: Kay Francis, Walter Huston, Gloria Warren
Bw-93 mins Warner Bros. P/s

04:00 AM GASLIGHT (1944) Dir: George Cukor
Cast: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten
Bw-114 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

Thursday August 14, 2014

06:00 AM KING SOLOMON'S MINES (1950) Dir: Compton Bennett / Andrew Marton
Cast: Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, Richard Carlson
C-105 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

07:45 AM YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN (1950) Dir: Michael Curtiz
Cast: Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Doris Day
Bw-111 mins Warner Bros. P/s

09:45 AM CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN (1950) Dir: Walter Lang
Cast: Clifton Webb, Jeanne Crain, Myrna Loy
C-86 mins Twentieth Century Fox P/s

11:15 AM FATHER OF THE BRIDE (1950) Dir: Vincente Minnelli
Cast: Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor
Bw-93 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

01:00 PM BORN YESTERDAY (1950) Dir: George Cukor
Cast: Judy Holliday, Broderick Crawford, William Holden
Bw-104 mins Columbia Pictures P/s

02:45 PM IN A LONELY PLACE (1950) Dir: Nicholas Ray
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy
Bw-95 mins Columbia Pictures P/s

04:30 PM PANIC IN THE STREETS (1950) Dir: Elia Kazan
Cast: Richard Widmark, Paul Douglas, Barbara Bel Geddes
Bw-96 mins Twentieth Century Fox P/s

06:15 PM NIGHT AND THE CITY (1950) Dir: Jules Dassin
Cast: Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers
Bw-95 mins Twentieth Century Fox P/s

08:00 PM DEAR BRIDGETTE (1965) Dir: Henry Koster
Cast: James Stewart, Fabian, Glynis Johns, Billy Mumy
C-100 mins Twentieth Century Fox LP-Premiere

09:45 PM THE LETTER (1950) Dir: William Wyler
Cast: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson
Bw-95 mins Warner Bros. P/s

11:30 PM ADDRESS UNKNOWN (1944) Dir: William Cameron Menzies
Cast: Paul Lukas, Carl Esmond, Peter Van Eyck
Bw-72 mins Columbia Pictures P/s

12:45 AM A LETTER TO THREE WIVES (1949) Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Cast: Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern
Bw-103 mins Twentieth Century Fox P/s

02:30 AM LOVE LETTERS (1945) Dir: William Dieterle
Cast: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Ann Richards
Bw-101 mins Paramount Pictures P/s

04:15 AM THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER (1940) Dir: Harold Daniels
Cast: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan
Bw-100 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

Friday August 15, 2014

06:00 AM A GAME OF DEATH (1945) Dir: Robert Wise
Cast: John Loder, Audrey Long, Edgar Barrier
Bw-72 mins RKO Radio Pictures

07:15 AM THE WINDOW (1949) Dir: Ted Tetzlaff
Cast: June Travis, Robert Livingston, Donald Cook
Bw-73 mins RKO Radio Pictures P/s

08:30 AM FIVE CAME BACK (1939) Dir: John Farrow
Cast: Chester Morris, Lucille Ball, Wendy Barrie
Bw-74 mins RKO Radio Pictures P/s

09:45 AM CAUSE FOR ALARM (1951) Dir: Tay Garnett
Cast: Loretta Young, Barry Sullivan, Bruce Cowling
Bw-75 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

11:00 AM THE LAST VOYAGE (1960) Dir: Andrew L. Stone
Cast: Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, George Sanders
C-91 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

12:45 PM ACE IN THE HOLE (1951) Dir: Billy Wilder
Cast: Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Bob Arthur
Bw-112 mins Paramount Pictures P/s

02:45 PM ABANDON SHIP (1957) Dir: Richard Sale
Cast: Tyrone Power, Mai Zetterling, Lloyd Nolan
B/w-98 mins Columbia Pictures P/s

04:30 PM THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE (1946) Dir: Robert Siodmak
Cast: Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore
Bw-83 mins RKO Radio Pictures P/s

06:00 PM THE DESPERATE HOURS (1955) Dir: William Wyler
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Fredric March, Arthur Kennedy
Bw-112 mins Paramount Pictures P/s

 

08:00 PM ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK (1956) Dir: Fred F. Sears
Cast: Bill Haley, Alan Freed, Johnny Johnston
Bw-76 mins Columbia Pictures P/s

09:30 PM DON'T KNOCK THE ROCK (1957) Dir: Fred F. Sears
Cast: Bill Haley, Alan Dale, Alan Freed
Bw-85 mins Columbia Pictures P/s

11:00 PM JAILHOUSE ROCK (1957) Dir: Richard Thorpe
Cast: Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler, Mickey Shaughnessy
Bw-96 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

01:00 AM AMERICAN GRAFITTI (1973) Dir: George Lucas
Cast: Richard Drefuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford
C-110 mins Universal Pictures P/s

03:00 AM ROCK ROCK ROCK! (1956) Dir: Will Price
Cast: Alan Freed, Fran Manfred, Tuesday Weld
Bw-85 mins Vanguard Productions P/s

04:30 AM JUKE BOX RHYTHM (1959) Dir: Arthur Dreifuss
Cast: Jo Morrow, Jack Jones, Brian Donlevy
Bw-83 mins Columbia Pictures P/s

Saturday August 16, 2014

06:00 AM YELLOW SUBMARINE (1968) Dir: George Dunning
Cast: John Clive, Geoffrey Hughes, Peter Batten, Paul Angelus
C-85 mins United Artists Premiere #9

07:30 AM FANTASTIC VOYAGE (1966) Dir: Richard Fleischer
Cast: Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, Edmond O'Brien
C-100 mins Twentieth Century Fox P/s

09:15 AM OPERATION PETTICOAT (1959) Dir: Blake Edwards
Cast: Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Joan O'Brien
C-124 mins Universal Pictures P/s

11:30 AM VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA (1961) Dir: Irwin Allen
Cast: Walter Pidgeon, Joan Fontaine, Barbara Eden, Peter Lorre
C-105 mins Twentieth Century Fox P/s

 

01:15 PM RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP (1958) Dir: Robert Wise
Cast: Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Jack Warden
Bw-93 mins United Artists P/s

03:00 PM DESTINATION TOKYO (1944) Dir: Delmer Daves
Cast: Cary Grant, John Garfield, Alan Hale, Dane Clark
Bw-135 mins Warner Bros. P/s

05:15 PM ICE STATION ZEBRA (1968) Dir: John Sturges
Cast: Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, Patrick McGoohan
C-152 mins Metro Goldwyn Mayer P/s

 

08:00 PM A HARD DAY'S NIGHT (1964) Dir: Richard Lester
Cast: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr
Bw-85 mins United Artists P/s

9:30 PM THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1958) Dir: William Castle
Cast: Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long
Bw-75 mins Allied Artists Pictures P/s

11:00 PM THE NIGHT WALKER (1964) Dir: William Castle
Cast: Robert Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck, Judi Meredith
Bw-86 mins Universal Pictures Premiere #10

12:30 AM THE BLOB (1958) Dir: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.
Cast: Steve McQueen, Aneta Corseaut, Earl Rowe
C-86 mins Paramount Pictures P/s

02:00 AM DAUGHTER OF HORROR (1955) Dir: Jack Parker
Cast: Adrienne Barrett, Bruno VeSota, Ben Roseman
Bw-56 mins J. J. Parker Productions P/s

03:00 AM NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968) Dir: George A. Romero
Cast: Judith O'Dea, Russell Streiner, Duane Jones
Bw-96 mins Image Ten P/s

04:45 AM MACABRE (1958) Dir: William Castle
Cast: William Prince, Philip Tonge, Jonathan Kidd
Bw-73 mins Allied Artists Pictures P/s

 

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B-BOOP'S NOTES:

 

My program schedule is for the week of August 10 thru 16, 2014.
I chose this week because it was on August 11th 1964 that The Beatles first film, A HARD DAY'S NIGHT premiered in New York City and since 2014 is the 50 year anniversary of their arrival here in the United States the entire schedule is based on themes relating to Beatles song titles. Entirely for fun, we will celebrate not only the music of The Beatles, but also Rock & Roll music in general as well as the music of the famed composer Ludwig van Beethoven. As an added bonus this schedule even includes a soundtrack. As I mentioned earlier this is all for fun so I hope you will all enjoy it. The title I chose for the overall schedule is Eight Days A Week.

TCM STAR OF THE MONTH FOR AUGUST - BARRY SULLIVAN

TCM SILENT SUNDAY - COSMIC JOURNEY (1936)

TCM IMPORT - THE LETTER THAT WAS NEVER SENT (1962)

FRIDAY NIGHT SPOTLIGHT - ROCK & ROLL MUSIC

TCM ESSENTIALS - A HARD DAY'S NIGHT (1964)

TCM UNDERGROUND - DAUGHTER OF HORROR (1955)

PREMIERE # 01 - SECRETS OF SOVIET SPACE DISASTERS (1999)
PREMIERE # 02 - LADY IN THE DARK (1944)
PREMIERE # 03 - WOLF LARSEN (1958)
PREMIERE # 04 - LOOPHOLE (1954)
PREMIERE # 05 - MY BLOOD RUNS COLD (1965)
PREMIERE # 06 - HER LUCKY NIGHT (1945)
PREMIERE # 07 - SLEEP, MY LOVE (1948)
PREMIERE # 08 - I'VE ALWAYS LOVED YOU (1946)
PREMIERE # 09 - YELLOW SUBMARINE (1968)
PREMIERE # 10 - THE NIGHT WALKER (1964)

EXEMPT PREMIERE # 01 COSMIC JOURNEY (1936) TCM SILENT SUNDAY

EXEMPT PREMIERE # 02 THE LETTER THAT WAS NEVER SENT (1962) TCM IMPORT

EXEMPT PREMIERE # 03 DEAR BRIDGETTE (1965) LP-EXEMPT PREMIERE

EXEMPT PREMIERE # 04 A GAME OF DEATH (1945) RKO RADIO PICTURES

TOTAL FILMS - 96

1900 - 1909
1910 - 1919
1920 - 1929
1930 - 1939 7
1940 - 1949 27
1950 - 1959 39
1960 - 1969 14
1970 - 1979 5

1980 - 1989 2
1990 - 1999 2
2000 - 2009
2010 - 2014

 

Sunday August 10, thru Saturday August 16, 2014

EIGHT DAYS A WEEK
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Sunday: August 10

06:00AM ? 06:00AM ? BACK IN THE USSR
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Today we will present twenty-four hours of films either from Russia, about Russia, Russian people or Russian history beginning with the 1966 comedy The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! Additional highlights are the 1948 version of Anna Karenina, Anastasia from 1956, and The Red Danube from 1949, followed by the TCM Silent Sunday premiere of Cosmic Journey from 1936 at midnight and the TCM Import premiere of The Letter That Was Never Sent from 1962 directed by noted Russian film-maker Mikhail Kalatozov at 2:00am.

12:00AM TCM Silent Sunday: Cosmic Journey (1936)
Tonight, TCM Silent Sunday presents the TCM premiere of Cosmic Journey, a science-fiction film produced in Russia in 1936. The original Russian title is Kosmicheskiy reys: Fantasticheskaya novella which translates as Space Travel: A Fantastic Story. A silent film from 1936? Although sound was introduced to Russian films around 1930, several studios continued making silent films for some time after. This film is set ten years into the future and tells the story of man's first space voyage to the moon.

02:00AM TCM Import: The Letter That Was Never Sent (1962)
Tonight, The TCM Import will feature The Letter That Was Never Sent from Russian film-maker Mikhail Kalatozov. This film was originally produced in 1959 and titled The Unsent Letter. A small group of geologists are sent to the remote wilderness of the Boreal Forest in central Siberia in search of diamonds but before they can complete their mission, they become trapped by a raging forest fire and must fight to survive. The film stars Tatyana Samoylova and Vasiliy Livanov but the true star of this film is the striking black & white cinematography by Sergei Urusevsky.

Monday August 11

06:00AM ? 08:00PM ? DEVIL IN HER HEART
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Today we have a full morning and afternoon of Femme Fatales. Some say that the female of our species is deadlier than the male and the eight beautiful and tempting seductresses featured here today go a long way in proving it. They are among the most scheming, conniving, plotting, and the deadliest of all in film history. So let's see just how many of these venomous ladies you can handle in one afternoon.

08:00PM ? 06:00AM ? YOU REALLY GOT A HOLD ON ME
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Star of the Month ? Barry Sullivan
My latest favorite movie star has really got a hold on me so I'm giving him the honor of being the TCM star of the month for August, 2014.

Our Star of the Month for August, Barry Sullivan was born Patrick Barry Sullivan on August 29, 1912 in New York City. Although he was never considered a major movie star, he established himself as a well known and highly respected character lead and second lead and he appeared in over 100 motion pictures from the 1930's to the 1980's. With a total of 184 credits between film and television and a career spanning over 50 years according to IMDB.com, Barry Sullivan has 2 stars along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for his work in motion pictures and one for his work in television. One of his best known roles came in 1953 when he portrayed movie director Fred Amiel in Vincente Minnelli's The Bad and The Beautiful. Mr. Sullivan passed away on June 6, 1994 at the age of 81.

Tonight we present six great films including four TCM premieres, two of which Mr. Sullivan plays the lead role, first as the brutal captain of the Ghost in Wolf Larsen from 1958 and then as bank teller Mike Donovan in the 1954 crime thriller, Loophole.

Tuesday August 12

06:00AM ? 08:00PM ? ACT NATURALLY
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Today we will present eight films which feature one or more celebrities portraying themselves on film. Perhaps the most notable example would be Audie Murphy in To Hell and Back. Other highlights include Jerry Lewis in The Bellboy, Jane Russell in Fate is The Hunter and Cecil B. DeMille in Sunset Blvd.

08:00PM ? 06:00AM ? WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU
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Sunset Blvd. Challenge #1: Deconstructing Hollywood Blvd.

Tonight we are featuring five films which feature scenes reminiscent of the scene in Sunset Blvd. where Norma Desmond and Joe Gillis view a scene from the silent film, Queen Kelly, for lack of a better term, a film within another film. Each of our five films features another film or films seen or edited into our specific film as follows:

The Projectionist (1971) ? Features clips from several films including Citizen Kane, Casablanca, It Came From Beneath the Sea, and Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers.

Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) ? Features The Lady From Shanghai and Double Indemnity.

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982) ? Features clips from nearly twenty classic films including Double Indemnity, Dark passage, The Big Sleep, Deception, and The Killers.

Cinema Paradiso (1989) ? Features clips from over twenty films including It's a Wonderful Life, His Girl Friday, A Farewell to Arms, and Stagecoach.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) ? Features The Ten Commandments.

Wednesday August 13

06:00AM ? 08:00PM ? ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE
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All you need is love. Love is all you need. Love is what makes the Earth go around after all, so today we feature eight films with love in the title. Highlights include the TCM premier of Sleep, My Love from 1948 followed by Love Affair from 1939 and Love in the Afternoon from 1957. Today, all we need is love.

08:00PM ? 06:00AM ? ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN
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Sunset Blvd. Challenge #2: Celebrating behind-the-scenes artists

Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Germany on December 16, 1770 and began studying music, learning to play the piano and composing his own music at a very early age. He moved to Vienna in 1792 and quickly established a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. Not long after, at the age of only 26, he began to suffer from severe tinnitis, making it very difficult for him to hear music or conversation. His hearing continued to deteriorate until his death on March 26, 1827 at the age of 56. Having spent the previous ten years of life nearly completely deaf, it is said that his most beautiful and intricate work was achieved during this period. He is considered to be the greatest composer of all time.

Although Ludwig van Beethoven was obviously never directly involved in moviemaking, since he passed away long before the first movies were ever produced, his music has been featured in countless films since the introduction of sound. Most film productions employ some sort of a musical director or musical advisor and because these professionals have chosen to incorporate the music of Ludwig van Beethoven over and over and over again, his music is featured in several hundred movies and according to IMDB.com he is credited well over 800 times in television and films. It is for this reason that I have chosen Ludwig van Beethoven as my behind the scenes artist.

I've Always Loved You (1946) - Piano Sonata No. 23, Op. 57 in F Minor
Walter Scharf (musical director)

Carnegie Hall (1947) - Symphony No. 5
Sigmund Krumgold (musical advisor)

A Song Is Born (1948) - Trio in B flat major, Op. 97
Emil Newman / Hugo Friedhofer (musical directors)

Always In My Heart (1942) - Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2
Leo F. Forbstein (musical director)

Gaslight (1956) - Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13
Pietro Cimini (musical advisor)

Thursday August 14

06:00AM ? 08:00PM ? WHEN I'M SIXTY-FOUR
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Today we will feature eight movies all from the year 1950 and all now 64 years old. Will you still need me when I?m sixty-four? You bet we will. Highlights include King Solomon's Mines, Father of the Bride, In a Lonely Place, and a Richard Widmark double feature of Panic in the Streets with Night and the City.

08:00PM ? 06:00AM ? PLEASE MISTER POSTMAN
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Sunset Blvd. Challenge #3: Ghostwriting

Tonight we have six films in which a letter or letters are prominently featured within the film's plot. Highlights include the TCM premiere of Dear Bridgette, followed later by The Letter and Address Unknown.

Friday August 15

06:00AM ? 08:00PM ? HELP!
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Today get ready for a fast paced danger filled roller-coaster ride through nine films which feature one or more people in a life threatening situation and in desperate need of help. Will they get the help they need? I'm not telling. You'll just have to take a deep breath and watch these movies to find out.

08:00PM ? 06:00AM ? ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC
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FRIDAY NIGHT SPOTLIGHT ON ROCK & ROLL MUSIC IN THE MOVIES
There have been countless movies produced with stories that centered on Rock & Roll music and tonight we present six of the very best. Highlights include Bill Haley in Rock Around The Clock and Elvis Presley in Jailhouse Rock followed by American Graffiti which features the greatest rock & roll soundtrack ever as presented by the one and only Wolfman Jack.

Saturday August 16

06:00AM ? 08:00PM ? YELLOW SUBMARINE
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Okay, I don't really have to tell anyone that today we are featuring submarine movies, right? We have seven films in all and you'll be entertained by a yellow animated submarine, a miniature submarine, and even a pink submarine. Highlights include the TCM premiere of Yellow Submarine, Irwin Allen's classic science-fiction adventure Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, followed by three of the greatest submarine movies of all time; Run Silent Run Deep, Destination Tokyo, and Ice Station Zebra.

08:00PM ? 06:00AM ? A HARD DAY'S NIGHT
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Tonight we have seven films in which everyone is having their own hard day's night beginning with The Beatles in their debut movie A Hard Day's Night, but if you think they were having a hard day's night stay tuned for the following six films because the characters in these movies are all having an extremely hard and frightful night. Highlights include a William Castle double feature beginning with The House on Haunted Hill followed by the TCM premiere of The Night Walker. After that we present The Blob followed by tonight's TCM Underground feature, the movie made famous in The Blob, Daughter of Horror and then we finish up this hard day's night with Night of the Living Dead and William Castle's Macabre.

08:00PM TCM Essentials: A Hard Day's Night (1964)
Tonight, TCM Essentials presents the 1964 film debut of The Beatles in A Hard Day's Night. The film, considered to be one of the best and most influential musical films of all time, made its U.S. premiere in New York City fifty years ago this week on August 11, 1964. The film was directed by Richard Lester and depicts a typical day in the life of the group at that time while featuring several of their newest hit songs. Time magazine named it as one of the all-time 100 greatest films. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards; the screenplay written by Alun Owen and for the musical score adapted by George Martin.

02:00AM TCM Underground: Daughter of Horror (1955)
Originally released in 1955 as Dementia this film is the first and only film directed by Jack Parker. The story is based on a nightmare that Mr. Parker's secretary, Adrienne Barrett, told him about one day. He thought it would make a good movie so he set out to film it with Adrienne Barrett portraying the main character, known in the film as the Gamin. The film has no dialogue at all and features a musical score by avant-garde composer George Antheil with ethereal vocalizations (there are no lyrics) provided by Marni Nixon. In one interesting nightclub scene, well known jazz musician Shorty Rogers can be seen and heard performing.

After a poor reception by critics and some trouble with censors the film was quickly sold to film producer and distributor Jack H. Harris who added a narration provided by Ed McMahon and re-titled the film Daughter of Horror. The film was made famous in 1957 when it was included in The Blob as the film being watched in the movie theater scene just as the blob arrives to wreak havoc upon the movies audience.

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June 16, 2013-June 22, 2013

Sunday, June 16, 2013

DAYTIME THEME: Boys (and Girls) of Summer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRIMETIME THEME: Father's Day

(An evening of 'father-centric' films)

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

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

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

SILENT SUNDAY NIGHT

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

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

TCM IMPORT (Foreign Film)

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

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

Monday, June 17, 2013

Daytime Theme: Featuring Asta

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

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

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

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

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

Daytime Theme: Orson Welles' film noir

(Celebrating the genius that is Orson Welles)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRIMETIME THEME- GUEST PROGRAMMER: SPEEDRACER5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Daytime Theme : Finding love on the set

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRIMETIME THEME: Sammy Cahn's 100th BIRTHDAY

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

DAYTIME THEME: Star of the Month, Errol Flynn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRIMETIME THEME: Screenplays by Comden & Green

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, June 20, 2013

THEME: Twist of Lemmon

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

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

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

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

THEME: Claudette Colbert & Fred MacMurray

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRIMETIME THEME, STAR OF THE MONTH: ERROL FLYNN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, June 21, 2013

DAYTIME THEME: First Day of Summer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:15pm NOW PLAYING JUNE (2013)

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

FRIDAY NIGHT SPOTLIGHT- Warner Brothers' 90th Anniversary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, June 22, 2013

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

THEME WITHIN A THEME: A Rising Star

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

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

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

THEME WITHIN A THEME: I'm a star!

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE ESSENTIALS: BILLY WILDER & WILLIAM HOLDEN

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

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

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

TCM UNDERGROUND

(GIANT PEOPLE!)

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

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

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

 

 

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SPEEDRACER5's NOTES

 

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

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

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

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

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

Sunset Boulevard Challenge #1: Deconstructing 'Sunset.'

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

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

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

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

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

Sunset Boulevard Challenge #2: Behind the Scenes
I used this challenge a couple times in my schedule. I also combined the third challenge in with this one. While researching events that occurred during the week I selected, I learned that June 18, 2013 would have been songwriter Sammy Cahn's 100th birthday. In honor of Cahn, I am showcasing four films that he wrote the title song for. One of these films, "Three Coins in the Fountain," is probably his most famous song and the one for which he won an Academy Award.

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

Sunset Boulevard Challenge #3: Ghostwriting
As mentioned above, I incorporated the requirements of this challenge into the second one. One of the movies that Lonesome Polecat requested was "What a Way to Go!" Being a big fan of that film (which I'm suprised TCM hasn't shown yet, as I saw it for the first time on the Netflix Instant Streaming), I knew it was the one I wanted to fit into my schedule. After researching the film and seeing that it was written by the same people who wrote one of my other favorite films-- "Singin' in the Rain," it was a no-brainer to create this theme. It also allowed me to also create a mini Gene Kelly marathon, who I also love. This entire evening is a win-win for me.

Decade Breakdown:
1910s: 1
1920s: 1
1930s: 17
1940s: 35
1950s: 31
1960s: 6
1970s: 1
1980s: 3
1990s: 1
2000s: 4

Premieres:
Amelie (2001) Exempt
What a Way to Go (1964) LP Exempt
The Amazing Colossal Man (1957) Exempt
1. So You're Going to be a Father (1947) Short
2. The Perfect Specimen (1937)
3. The Gilded Lily (1935)
4. Northern Pursuit (1943)
5. Summer Magic (1963)
6. Summer Rental (1985)
7. Cavalcade of Archery (1945) Short
8. Rabbit Hood (1949) Short

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

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

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

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

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

TCM UNDERGROUND

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

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After much deliberation concerning all of these wonderful schedules, I have decided to vote for SansFin's

 

I thank you very much for your kind vote. 

 

It is going to be difficult for me to vote. I must begin to comb the schedules closely as my first analyses reduces the number of entries to six. 

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Glad to see that the Challenge is still in good hands!

 

Lots of great schedules, but it was Deadline USA in Arton-Keyes' (Remy-Orpen's) schedule that tipped my vote in that direction.

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I GOT THROUGH!!! HUZZAH!!!! Seriously haven't been able to get into my own thread since I started it (about a week). Imagine how silly I have felt.

 

Thanks for those who have been pinch hitting for me and thanks to the TCM tech staff for working out the problem.

 

I posted this in the original thread but we're extending the voting to end next Sunday due to me not being able to get through til the day before the original deadline.

 

I'm so glad to be back!

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Just to clarify  --  Voting ends on Sunday, April 27??  Any particular time or up to midnight??

 

Lydecker

 

P.S.  Having a touch time making my selection  -- so many great schedules.

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Kingrat, lydecker, sansfin, B-Boop, speedracer, obrienmundy, Barton Keyes, Fedya, and skimpole, I am so amazed at these wonderful entries for the programming challenge, and I will have a difficult time making up my mind! Thank you all for your hard work, research, and attention to detail!

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Congratulations go out to each and every contestant. I am amazed at the determination which it must take to put one of these together and at the imagination involved, not only with creating a schedule but also laying down the guidelines for the challenge. I think all of you have met the challenge above and beyond and everyone who created these schedules has done a great job. You are all winners!  

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I congratulate all on the excellence of their schedules. It is sad to say that it does make casting a vote difficult when they are all so very good.

 

I thank LonesomePolecat for creating a wonderful Challenge and for operating it under very difficult circumstances. 

 

The highlights of each schedule for me are:

 

obrienmundy,

I like in particular the tributes to: Marie Dressler, Greer Garson, Edith Head and Sylvia Sidney. 

A day of Ernst Lubitsch and a day of noir are wonderful!

My favorites of your selections are: The Mysterious Lady (1928), Roman Holiday (1953), Penelope (1966), Raffles (1930), Laura (1944), Trouble in Paradise (1932), Heaven Can Wait (1943), Cluny Brown (1946), Jewel Robbery (1932)

 

Remy_Orpen/BartonKeyes,

Claude Rains is one of my favorite actors. 

Charles Boyer is an excellent choice for Star of the Month. 

Elia Kazan is a great director.

My favorites of your selections are: Triumph of the Will (1934), The Invisible Man (1933), Mr. Lucky (1943), I Married a Witch (1942)

 

skimpole,

I like in particular your tribute to: Boris Kaufman.

I like your birthday tributes to: Ingmar Bergman and Ginger Rogers.

My favorites of your selections are: L'Atalante (1934), Cluny Brown (1946), Summer with Monika (1953), The Seventh Seal (1957), Le Joli Mai (1963), In a Lonely Place (1950), Castle in the Sky (1986), Red Psalm (1972)

 

speedracer5,

I like in particular your: Twist of Lemon theme.

Errol Flynn is a wonderful choice for the Star of the Month. 

My favorites of your selections are: Damn Yankees (1958), It Happens Every Spring (1949), The Awful Truth (1937), The Stepford Wives (1975), The Dawn Patrol (1938), Footsteps in the Dark (1941), Bell, Book and Candle (1959), Sabrina (1954), Stalag 17 (1953)

 

B-BOOP,

Barry Sullivan is a very nice Star of the Month.

I like very much your day of Femme Fatales.

My favorites of your selections are: Ninotchka (1939), Anastasia (1956), Cosmic Journey (1936), Letter Never Sent (1962), Love Crazy (1941), Love in the Afternoon (1957), In a Lonely Place (1950), Dear Bridgette (1965)

 

lydecker,

I love the day of Hildegard Withers movies!

The themes based on quotes is inspired.

My favorites of your selections are: Mask of Dimitrios (1944), Love Affair (1939), The Ex-Mrs Bradford (1936), Laura (1944), Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), The Children's Hour (1961) 

 

kingrat, 

Your Saturday of Essentials is excellent. 

Merle Oberon is a wonderful Star of the Month.

My favorites of your selections are: The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969), The Bride Wore Black (1968), In a Lonely Place (1950), Shanghai Express (1932), The Dark Angel (1935), Persona (1966), The Princess Bride (1987), Laura (1944), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Seconds (1966)

 

Fedya, 

You have created a wonderful schedule also! 

I love your variations on the theme of Twenty-Five.

I love your humor in all things! It is precious to have One Foot in Heaven (1941) followed by One Foot in Hell (1960) and then Hot Foot (1943).

My favorites of your selections are: Laura (1944), Yojimbo (1961), Desk Set (1957)

 

 

I find that I must vote for kingrat. The full Saturday of Essentials and that the schedule had so many of my favorites were primary determinates.

 

I thank all who entered for working so very hard to present entertaining schedules.

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speedracer5,
I like in particular your: Twist of Lemon theme.
Errol Flynn is a wonderful choice for the Star of the Month. 
My favorites of your selections are: Damn Yankees (1958), It Happens Every Spring (1949), The Awful Truth (1937), The Stepford Wives (1975), The Dawn Patrol (1938), Footsteps in the Dark (1941), Bell, Book and Candle (1959), Sabrina (1954), Stalag 17 (1953)
 

Thank you so much for your kind words.  Wow "Laura" was a popular film to choose.  It seems almost every schedule had "Laura."  This was my first time participating in a Programming Challenge.  I'm not as well versed in it as others seem to be and my classic film expertise, while I thought it was pretty good, isn't as extensive as other members on this board.  I looked at examples and worked my best to incorporate the requirements of the challenge and also to create a schedule that I'd like to see.  I look forward to participating in the next challenge!

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This was my first time participating in a Programming Challenge.  I'm not as well versed in it as others seem to be and my classic film expertise, while I thought it was pretty good, isn't as extensive as other members on this board.  I looked at examples and worked my best to incorporate the requirements of the challenge and also to create a schedule that I'd like to see.  I look forward to participating in the next challenge!

 

Your schedule was very wonderful! It is more wonderful that it was your first entry. I am not sad that previous Challenge threads are available no longer as my own first entry was very weak. 

 

It may be unfair that I hold veterans of the Challenge to a higher standard than new entrants or entrants who participate rarely. It is my nature to expect more from people with experience. It is my nature also to overlook flaws and inconsistencies in the work of people with little experience if the bones of that work are very good.

 

The core of your schedule was so good that it remained in contention for my vote until the moment of final decision. I might very well have voted for your schedule if it had happened to contain a few more of my favorite movies.

 

I await with eager anticipation seeing your schedules in the future.

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So far this is how the voting has been going:

 

SansFin - 1

Lydecker - 1

Kingrat - 1

Barton-Keyes (Remy-Orpen) - 2

 

Still plenty of time. Anyone can vote, so please do!

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I'm so glad this thread is up and running again.  LP, I can't tell you how much it killed me not to have enough time to do a schedule for your excellent Challenge.  I had hoped it would start in May or June, long after the TCM FF was over but you were quick.  It's so great to see the wonderful response and I look forward to giving a second look at all of the marvelous schedules that were posted.  It's going to be a tough decision.

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Well I was tempted to vote for Fedya and for having Salo as an underground choice.  But with such great choices as Avanti, Andrei Rublev, Kagemusha, Tokyo Story and Russian Ark my vote goes to SansFin.

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I think the deadline was extended to Sunday midnight (not sure which time zone).

 

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