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June 2016 Spotlight: Stage to Screen

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66 film adaptations of stage productions, Wednesdays and Thursdays in June!

 

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Mike Nichols directs Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF (1966), airing on Wednesday, June 1.

 

Wednesday, June 1

LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (1962)

OUR TOWN (1940)

WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (1966)

THESE THREE (1936)

THE SEA GULL (1968)

 

Thursday, June 2

THE LOWER DEPTHS (1957)

Primetime

SHOW BOAT (1936)

ROSE MARIE (1936)

GOOD NEWS (1947)

IRENE (1940)

CABIN IN THE SKY (1943)

LITTLE NELLIE KELLY (1940)

 

Friday, June 3

ON THE TOWN (1949)

NAUGHTY MARIETTA (1935)

ON YOUR TOES (1939)

GIRL CRAZY (1943)

 

Wednesday, June 8

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951)

MISS JULIE (1951)

A DOLL'S HOUSE (1973, directed by Patrick Garland)

EQUUS (1977)

PICNIC (1955)

 

Thursday, June 9

CYRANO DE BERGERAC (1950)

THE GREEN PASTURES (1936)

Primetime

THE KING AND I (1956)

CAROUSEL (1956)

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (1950)

GUYS AND DOLLS (1955)

KISS ME KATE (1953)

 

Friday, June 10

THE STUDENT PRINCE (1954)

KISMET (1955)

PAL JOEY (1957)

 

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Jack Lemmon, Neil Simon and Walter Matthau. Lemmon and Matthau star in the 1968 film of Simon's THE ODD COUPLE, airing Wednesday, June 15.

 

Wednesday, June 15

THE ODD COUPLE (1968)

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST (1952)

HARVEY (1950)

PRIVATE LIVES (1931)

YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU (1938)

THE FRONT PAGE (1931)

 

Thursday, June 16

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)

Primetime

GYPSY (1962)

FUNNY GIRL (1968)

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (1966)

CAMELOT (1967)

 

Friday, June 17

OLIVER! (1968)

 

Wednesday, June 22

ABE LINCOLN IN ILLINOIS (1940)

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (1966)

THE PERSECUTION AND ASSASSINATION OF JEAN-PAUL MARAT AS PERFORMED BY THE INMATES OF THE ASYLUM OF CHARENTON UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE MARQUIS DE SADE (1967)

SAINT JOAN (1957)

MARY OF SCOTLAND (1936)

 

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Having played Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln in the Broadway production of Robert E. Sherwood's ABE LINCOLN IN ILLINOIS both Ruth Gordon and Raymond Massey got to reprise their roles in the Hollywood film version, a most unusual casting decision at that time. The film airs on Wednesday, June 22.

 

Thursday, June 23

WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (1957)

WAIT UNTIL DARK (1967)

Primetime

WEST SIDE STORY (1961)

THE MUSIC MAN (1962)

BYE BYE BIRDIE (1963)

BELLS ARE RINGING (1962)

FINIAN'S RAINBOW (1968)

 

Wednesday, June 29

MACBETH (1948)

HAMLET (1948)

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (1935)

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (1993)

ROMEO AND JULIET (1936)

 

Thursday, June 30

KING LEAR (1971)

Primetime

CABARET (1972)

HAIR (1979)

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (1973)

ANNIE (1982)

SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET (1982)

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Thanks for the list, Barton.

 

I can see two movies listed the first night which were one viewing only for me. (Virginia Woolf and Children's Hour)

 

There are some titles here which I wonder if we will get them in Canada.

 

Is Macbeth the Orson Welles film?  I remember we could not get that last year.

 

A film directed by the Marquis De Sade?  I can't see us getting that movie here either.

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Thanks for the list, Barton.

 

I can see two movies listed the first night which were one viewing only for me. (Virginia Woolf and Children's Hour)

 

There are some titles here which I wonder if we will get them in Canada.

 

Is Macbeth the Orson Welles film?  I remember we could not get that last year.

 

A film directed by the Marquis De Sade?  I can't see us getting that movie here either.

 

Two titles in this series did not air in Canada during the most recent American broadcasts of TCM: Orson Welles' MACBETH, and PRIVATE LIVES (1931). So there's a pretty good chance they will still be replaced on the Canadian schedule, but I would just wait and see before coming to any conclusions. Don't get your hopes up, though.

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Thanks Barton for posting these. We should clarify that on the night of June 8, the version of A DOLL'S HOUSE airing is the one directed by Patrick Garland starring Claire Bloom. There was another DOLL'S HOUSE the same year, directed by Joseph Losey and starring Jane Fonda. 

 

Here are the wiki links for both:

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Doll%27s_House_(1973_Garland_film)

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Doll%27s_House_(1973_Losey_film)

 

Perhaps TCM can show them back-to-back on another evening...

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This series will be co-hosted by actor, comedian and writer Michael McKean, the actress and singer/songwriter Annette O'Toole (McKean's wife), and TCM's Ben Mankiewicz.  

 

McKean is remembered in some quarters for his work as an actor on TV's Laverne & Shirley, but for many people his most enduring works are his film collaborations with Christopher Guest -- namely THIS IS SPINAL TAP (1984) and BEST IN SHOW (2000). McKean was previously a guest programmer on TCM back in May of 2005.

 

O'Toole was a child actress and trained as a dancer from the age of three, before landing her first major film role in Michael Ritchie's beauty pageant satire SMILE (1975). Her subsequent acting roles range from a brief appearance as Nick Nolte's girlfriend in 48 HRS. (1982) to an Emmy-nominated turn as Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy in ABC's 1990 miniseries The Kennedys of Massachusetts. Her best-known role on film or television, though, is likely as Martha Kent on the long-running TV series Smallville.

 

Together, McKean and O'Toole received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. They wrote the music and lyrics to "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow," which is featured in Christopher Guest's 2003 film A MIGHTY WIND.

 

TCM's gargantuan, 66-film festival of stage-to-screen adaptations begins on Wednesday, June 1.

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It will be a treat to have Michael McKean hosting! I've been a fan of his since his days as Lenny.

 

McKean has a nice part in the AMC show Better Call Saul every Monday night.

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