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  1. Well, now's your chance to check a couple Sherlock Holmes films out! Round out your classic movie education. Hope you have time to do a schedule.
  2. It should be part of the same official series but different actors can play the lead character. For instance, several different actors played Ellery Queen, there were more than a couple Perry Masons in that series, etc. etc.
  3. And . . . a much-deserved salute to Clifton Webb in April. Lydecker is loving that.
  4. Ha! Somebody with a sense of humor programmed the "You Can't . . . " movie block on April 2.
  5. I found putting Pitt in the supporting category very odd indeed. He is definitely a co-lead and steals the picture (as to be expected) from DiCaprio.
  6. I'd say the 80's, 90's and early 2000's. Classic shows like: "St. Elsewhere," "LA Law," "Hill St. Blues," "Picket Fences," "West Wing," "Star Trek, Next Generation," "The Practice," "ER," and "Gilmore Girls," just to name a few. Those were the days!
  7. TCM Programming Challenge #42 “The Game’s Afoot” A Sherlock Holmes Challenge Challenge #1: “Elementary, my dear Watson.” The Actors Sherlock Holmes, the 19thcentury creation of Arthur Conan Doyle, has, since the dawn of film, been irresistible to filmmakers. Over 40 actors, of many different nationalities, have played Holmes in theatrical releases including: John Barrymore, Arthur Wontner, Basil Rathbone and Robert Downey, Jr. The pipe-smoking crime-solver has even been played by a mouse! (A complete list of actors who have played Sherlock Holmes on film can be found on Wikipedia.) You are to program a block of films (minimum of 4) featuring an actor whose portrayal of Sherlock Holmes you admire. You may have 3 films in this challenge which will not go against your premiere limit. Mark these: Actor-Exempt. Challenge #2: “I call it ‘A Scandal in Bohemia.’ Not a bad title, eh?” The Titles You are to program a block of films (minimum of 4) based on a title from the extensive Sherlock Holmes filmography. Examples of titles include: “Dressed To Kill,” The Speckled Band,” “The Sign of Four” and “Without A Clue.” There are many, many more. You may have 3 films in this challenge which will not go against your premiere limit. Mark these: Title-Exempt. Challenge #3: “One must adapt oneself to the tools at hand.” The Themes Whatever the era, whatever the actor, Sherlock Holmes’ films utilize several recurring motifs, settings and props including: disguises, drug use, violin-playing, deductive reasoning, Victorian England, Nazis (in the 1940’s Universal series) etc., etc. You are to program a block of films (minimum of 4) based on a recurring theme found in Sherlock Holmes films. You may have 3 films in this challenge which will not go against your premiere limit. Mark these: Theme-Exempt. Challenge #4: “It’s fearfully awkward having a dead body lying about.” Mystery Movie Series (optional) Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Holmes and Watson teamed up 14 times to create one of the most popular mystery movie series ever. You are to program a block of films (minimum of 4) featuring one of your favorite mystery movie series. You may have 2 films in this challenge which will not go against your premiere count. Mark these: Series-Exempt. Challenge #5: “The old days of grab and greed are on their way out.” 1942 (optional) In honor of Challenge #42, you are to program a block of films (minimum of 4) inspired by the year 1942. It can be an event, the year of someone’s birth, a film produced in that year -- anything you choose. Here’s a link to some of the historical and cultural events which took place in 1942: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1942.html You may have 2 films in this challenge which will not go against your premiere count. Mark these: 1942-Exempt. You may use up to 12 premieres in this challenge. This is in addition to any exempt premieres used in your challenges. The week selected must be between February 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021. This challenge starts at 12:00 PM (EST) Sunday, January 12 and ends 11:59 PM (EST) Sunday, February 9, 2020. The game’s afoot! Good luck.
  8. TCM Programming Challenge #42 “The Game’s Afoot” -- A Sherlock Holmes Challenge Some background: Path40a created the first TCM Programming Challenge in February, 2006 to give people a glimpse into the complexities of the programming process. The challenge has endured because it allows entrants to exercise their imagination, display their knowledge and introduce rare classics. TCM Programming Challenges are neither sponsored nor endorsed by TCM but tcmprogrammr has stated that programmers happily steal ideas from these schedules. Many entrants have had the joy of seeing their themes and movie selections air on TCM. The Challenge is to create a week’s schedule following TCM’s standard format. When it begins/When it ends: This challenge starts at 12:00 PM (EST) Sunday, January 12, 2020 and ends 11:59 PM (EST) Sunday, February 9, 2020. A voting thread will be started shortly after the end of the challenge. Who can enter/Who can vote: Everyone is welcome to create and post a schedule. Don’t be shy! Anyone who was a registered forum member prior to January, 2019 will be allowed to vote for their favorite schedule in a separate voting thread after the challenge is closed. You may either vote by posting your selection on the thread or by directly messaging the moderator. The winner has the honor of hosting the next challenge. What you need to do: 1. Create a week's schedule which begins at 6 AM (EST) Sunday and ends at 6 AM (EST) the following Sunday. The week selected must be between February 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021. 2. Each day’s programming should begin at 6 AM (EST.) However, if you begin an occasional day at 6:15 AM or 6:30 AM that’s no problem. 3. Primetime/Evening MUST begin at 8 PM (EST.) 4. Feature films must start on the hour, quarter-hour, half-hour or three-quarters hour. Short films or other material can be used to “fill-in” between movies so that there is never more than 14 minutes of unscheduled time between features. Your schedule must include: 1. Star of the Month -- At least 4 movies on one evening to showcase an actor. The SOTM must have a body of work large enough to allow similar blocks the other weeks in the month. 2. Silent Sunday Night -- A silent film which begins at approximately 12 AM (EST) Sunday night/Monday morning. 3. TCM Imports -- A foreign film that begins at approximately 2 AM (EST) Monday morning. 4. TCM Spotlight -- A group of films which showcase a theme which appears in prime time one night a week for a month. 5. The Essentials --- An indispensible classic film that begins at 8 PM (EST) Saturday night. 6. TCM Underground -- A little known or “cult” film which begins at approximately 2 AM (EST) Friday night. 7. Noir Alley -- A film noir which may air either at 12 AM or 10 AM on Sunday. 8. Mandatory Challengesas outlined for TCM Programming Challenge #42 “The Game’s Afoot -- A Sherlock Holmes Challenge.” Oh-By-The Ways Silent Sunday Night, TCM Imports and TCM Underground are exempt from the limit of premieres stated in the requirements for this challenge. You may include a Guest Programmer but you are not required to do so unless it is a mandatory challenge requirement. Programming related to birthdays, anniversaries of historical or cinematic importance, genres, places or anything else that can reasonably be thematically grouped together is encouraged. Thought provoking, humorous and/or outrageous themes are especially welcome. Programming notes to explain your themes or to provide additional information on your selected movies are not required but are greatly encouraged. These notes should be on a separate post following the posting of your schedule. Format and Justifications: Follow the standard TCM scheduling format for each film: Time, Title, Year, Actor(s) Director(s) Studio, Running Time and justification. For example: 6:15 PM The Big Movie(1932) Kay Francis & William Powell. Dir: Lionel Barrymore. Colossal Films, 162 min., Premiere. Running times and studio information may be found in the TCM database or at IMDB.com Justifications: P/S for movies or programs which have been previously shown. E or “Exempt” for Silent Sunday Night, TCM Imports or TCM Underground films. PD or “Public Domain” for films in the public domain. “Premiere” for movies which count toward the Challenge allowance on premiers. No notation is needed for any movie in the original Turner film library. Studio abbreviations which may be used: · UI = Universal International Pictures · WB = Warner Brothers · MGM = Metro Goldwyn Mayer · RKO = RKO Radio Pictures · PAR = Paramount · COL = Columbia · FOX = 20th Century Fox · RANK = J Arthur Rank · UA = United Artists Film library, SOTM, and previous challenge archive links plus other information: The original Turner library consisted of: Warner Brothers (pre-1948 only,) MGM (pre-1986 only) and RKO (all years.) Disney animated feature films are never allowed because Disney will not license them to TCM. Disney live action films are allowed, either as previously shown films or as premieres. Animated movies created by other studios whose rights were later acquired Disney are allowed as previously shown films or as premieres. Disney shorts or cartoons which have been previously shown on TCM are allowed. All other theatrical films are allowed as premieres. Movies in the original Turner library are: Warner Brothers (pre-1948 only): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Warner_Bros._films MGM (pre-1986 only): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer_films RKO (all): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_RKO_Pictures_films Movies in the public domain: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_films_in_the_public_domain_in_the_United_States Columbia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Columbia_Pictures_films United Artists: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_Artists_films Samuel Goldwyn: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Goldwyn_Productions 20thCentury Fox: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_20th_Century_Fox_films Paramount: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_Paramount_Pictures_films Universal: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Universal_Pictures_films British Gaumont/Gainsborough: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Gainsborough_Pictures_films J. Arthur Rank: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rank_Organisation A link of previous Stars Of The Month can be found here: https://forums.tcm.com/forum/130-star-of-the-month/ Previous Challenges can be reviewed here: https://forums.tcm.com/forum/138-tcm-program-challenges-archive/ How to tell if a movie has aired previously on TCM: Many thanks to Moviecollector for this “unofficial report” of what has aired on TCM since 2001. It can be a great resource as you are creating your schedule. http://www.moviecollectoroh.com/reports/TCM_SCHEDULES_SUMMARY_alpha.htm Thanks to previous Challenge Moderators for the opportunity to liberally "borrow" from their instructions. Questions? Just ask.
  9. You must see Dodsworth. It's a wonderful, wonderful film and Mary Astor and Walter Huston are perfect in it. I thought Ruth Chatterton's support of Mary during the trial was great and very "unHollywood."
  10. Ironically enough, I have been searching for Mary Astor's "A Life On Film" for years. Found it online in the UK and it finally arrived yesterday (just in time for the documentary.)
  11. I thought it was wonderful (loved the comments by Molly Haskell and Leonard Maltin) and was so impressed by the writer/director/producer Alexa Foreman. I laughed out loud when Ben said: "You know all those things you thought Robert Osborne and I knew?? Well, it was really our researcher, Alexa." This is someone I would love to meet! And, I too, was choked up by her saying that Robert Osborne left her money in his will so she could add the Dodsworth clips to the documentary. Love Mary Astor and this was a fascinating insight into what she was all about.
  12. For several years now, members of the message boards have been invited to "Create their own week of TCM Programming" Check out this link to see some of the wonderful schedules that have been created over the past 41 Challenges. https://forums.tcm.com/forum/138-tcm-program-challenges-archive/
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