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  1. spence--Director Otto Preminger was supposed to have done LSD with Timothy Leary before Preminger filmed "Skidoo" (1968).
  2. "Krakatoa, East of Java" (1969)--Starring Maximilian Schell, Diane Baker, Brian Keith, and Sal Mineo. This is the only disaster movie I can think of that was made in Cinerama. Entertaining movie follows the disaster movie formula (take five or more characters with their own personal problems, introduce the viewer to them, set them all heading toward certain disaster, throw in plenty of Oscar nominated/winning special effects, mix well, and see who the script says survives). The plot: On 1883 Krakatoa, two boys are looking through homemade telescopes at a smoking volcano. A nun rings a sc
  3. Lover Come Back Next--Plymouth Adventure
  4. Sunday, Nov. 5th; all times E.S.T.: 8:00 p.m. "Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant Garde Film 1894-1941" (2006)--Full title is in the brief TCM article on the film. This film includes 16 short films or sequences, including a sequence from 1941's "Peer Gynt" starring a teenage Charlton Heston, "Ballet Mecanique" (1923) with a score by George Antheil, and more. 10:45 p.m. "Unseen Cinema 2: The Mechanized Eye" (2011)--More short films, including one by Orson Welles. Check TCM's article for more about this film.
  5. "She" (1911)--Starring Marguerite Snow and James Cruze. This version of the film includes a prologue, which takes up half the running time of 25 minutes. She Who Must Be Obeyed (Snow) meets and falls in love with Kallikrates (Cruze). He refuses her advances, she kills him, then mourns him. A descendent of his, Leo Vincey (Cruze) grows up in England. When he turns 25, he is sent to Africa to kill She. After falling in love with Leo, she shows him the body of Kallikrates, which She's preserved for 2000 years; She then makes it disappear. Then She takes one too many baths in The Flame.,
  6. Saturday, Nov. 4th/5th; all times E.S.T.: 12:00 p.m. "Trooper Hook" (1957)--Underrated Joel McCrea/Barbara Stanwyck western deals with some of the same themes as "The Searchers" (1956). 2:00 a.m. "Deadly Friend" (1986)--The first of a Wes Craven double feature, film is definitely worth a watch. 3:45 a.m. "Swamp Thing" (1982)--Another recommendation for this movie.
  7. Friday, Nov. 3rd/4th; 1970's thrillers. All times E.S.T.: 10:15 p.m. "The Wilby Conspiracy" (1975)--Interesting looking anti-apartheid South African thriller starring Sidney Poitier, Michael Caine, and Nicol Williamson. 2:00 a.m. "Coma" (1978)--Good Michael Crichton thriller with Genevieve Bujold, Michael Douglas, Richard Widmark, and Elizabeth Ashley.
  8. Ruby Gentry Next--Curse of the Werewolf (1961)
  9. sewhite2000--Guessing from the threads' title, and remembering several posters were upset that they missed TCM's airing of this movie, 1959's "The Best of Everything"?
  10. I Was A Male War Bride Next--The Last Voyage
  11. "The Horror of Frankenstein" (1970)--Starring Ralph Bates, Kate O'Mara, and Veronica Carlson. Directed, written, and produced by Jimmy Sangster. Lunatic Hammer remake of 1957's "The Curse of Frankenstein" has crazed or just plain sloppy inconsistencies. It may have been intended as parody, but I was mostly laughing at the film instead of with it. As the film opens, Victor Frankenstein (Bates) is in medical school in 19th century Austria. After he makes a fool out of a professor and class ends, a classmate asks him "What's hypochondria?" A female classmate volunteers to help him in ana
  12. Wed., Nov 1st/2nd--24 hours of James Stewart movies. All times E.S.T.: 7:48 p.m. "Important News" (1936)--Short film starring James Stewart. 2:00 a.m. "After the Thin Man" (1936)--James Stewart, Myrna Loy, and William Powell in one of the best Thin Man films. 4:00 a.m. "Vivacious Lady" (1938)--Fun James Stewart/Ginger Rogers comedy.
  13. "Five Dolls for an August Moon" (1970)--Starring William Berger, Ira von Furstenberg, and Edwige Fenech. Directed by Mario Bava. Handsomely photographed film from Bava, with striking set pieces, sets, and color schemes. A pity the plot is not more original. But Bava's morbid sense of humor permeates the film. The plot; Five couples come to an island for rest and relaxation. There is a maid and manservant. One of the guests tries a sacrifice--to whom, what or why isn't explained. The lights go out. The sacrifice is dead when the lights come back on--or is she? One of the guests is a
  14. I saw five films for the first time last week: "Kwaidan" (1964)--Marvelous Japanese anthology of four ghost stories, all set in Japan's past., They are--The Black Hair, The Woman in the Snow, Hoichi the Earless, and In a Cup of Tea. All revolve around unwanted visits from spirits. Hoichi... is the most ambitious, with its' echoes of Kabuki theatre, anime, mixed with live action. This part is overlong, but the most memorable one of the film. In a Cup of Tea is only 20 odd minutes long, and feels rushed, compared to the first 3 parts of the film. An effective closing doesn't keep this fro
  15. Tuesday, Oct. 31st; Three Halloween favorites; all times E.S.T.: 8:45 a.m. "White Zombie" (1932)--Early Bela Lugosi chiller. 8:00 p.m. "The Old Dark House" (1932)--Marvelous James Whale directed put-on of the haunted house genre. 9:30 p.m. "The Haunting" (1963)--Excellent ghost tale starring Julie Harris, based on Shirley Jackson's book "The Haunting of Hill House".
  16. "Dracula A.D. 1972" (1972)--Starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and Stephanie Beachem. Directed by Alan Gibson. Hammer was running out of ideas and props when they made this one. Alert viewers will notice the use of fancy tubes that were used in "Taste the Blood of Dracula" (TtBoD) (1970), except this time they contain Dracula's ashes instead of his dried blood. The signet ring Dracula wears looks like the one used in previous Hammer Draculas. The desecrated church set is similar, if not the same, as in previous films. The use of the last name Alucard will ring immediate bells wit
  17. Monday, Oct. 30th; Looks like "Better Dead Than Red" day, Trailblazing Women at night. All times E.S.T.: 8:15 a.m. "The Whip Hand" (1951)--Director was William Cameron Menzies, so this should be interesting for its' visuals, if nothing else. Maltin dislikes it, which is another reason I'm going to watch. 12:45 p.m. "Big Jim McLain" (1952)--The Duke versus Commies in Hawaii. I've been told this is a must-see camp film, so I'm watching. 8:00 p.m. "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" (1921)--The silent is vastly better than the 1963 sound version. Watch for the tango scene; it
  18. "The Brood" (1979)--Starring Samantha Eggar, Oliver Reed, and Art Hindle. Directed by David Cronenberg. Good, if somewhat confusing, horror film. Nola (Eggar) is separated from her husband Frank (Hindle) and is undergoing therapy at a facility. Nola has an endless amount of rage over childhood and adulthood issues. Her therapist, Dr. Raglan (Reed) encourages her to fully express her rage. As a result of Raglan's encouragement and medicines never mentioned, Nola gives birth to homicidal "children of rage". This causes all sorts of trouble for those with any connection to her, especiall
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