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TCM Challenge #33 -- "Round Up The Usual Suspects"

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Cinema International:


Lots to like about this schedule starting with your SOTM Edna May Oliver.  I've been wanting to make her a SOTM for ages.  Loved your "Casablanca" quote film selection, pre-code women, Ruth Chatterton and your excellent Guest Programmer, Betty Boop. So glad you saluted Roland Anderson and I thought your "Low Key Time Travel" TCM Underground topic was very clever.


Great job.



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Sunday, November 11, 2018


Daytime Theme: Challenge #3 Cedric Gibbons, Art Director


6:00am PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (1940) Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier, Mary Boland. Dir. Robert Z. Leonard. MGM. 117 mins (p/s).


8:00am BLOSSOMS IN THE DUST (1941) Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Felix Bressart. Dir. Mervyn LeRoy. MGM. 98 mins (p/s).


9:45am THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1953) Kirk Douglas, Lana Turner, Dick Powell. Dir. Vincente Minnelli. MGM. 116 mins (p/s).


11:45am CHINA SEAS (1935) Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Wallace Beery. Dir. Tay Garnett. MGM. 87 mins. (p/s).


1:15pm THREE LITTLE WORDS (1950) Fred Astaire, Red Skelton, Vera-Ellen. Dir. Richard Thorpe. MGM. 100 mins (p/s)


3:00pm SUMMER STOCK (1950) Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Eddie Bracken. Dir. Charles Walters. MGM. 108 mins (p/s).


5:00pm TWO WEEKS WITH LOVE (1950) Jane Powell, Ricardo Montalban, Debbie Reynolds. Dir. Roy Rowland. MGM. 90 mins (p/s).


6:30pm SONG OF THE THIN MAN (1947) William Powell, Myrna Loy, Keenan Wynn. Dir. Edward Buzzell. MGM. 86 mins (p/s).


Primetime Theme: Challenge #2, Nationality represented in "Casablanca," German


8:00pm THE BLUE ANGEL (1930) Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron. Dir. Josef von Sternberg. Paramount. 99 mins. (p/s)


9:45pm DAS BOOT (1982) Jurgen Prochnow, Herbert Gronemeyer, Klaus Wennemann. Dir. Wolfgang Petersen. Columbia. 128 mins (p/s).


Silent Sunday Night: German 


12:00 NOSFERATU (1922) Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim. Dir. F.W. Murnau. Film Arts Guild. 94 mins. (p/s).


1:45am THE FASHION SIDE OF HOLLYWOOD (1935) short. 10 mins.


TCM Imports: From Germany 


2:00am M (1930) Theo Lingen, Peter Lorre, Otto Wernicke. Dir. Fritz Lang. Paramount. 99 mins (p/s).


3:45am THE TESTAMENT OF DR. MABUSE (1933) Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Gustav Diesel, Otto Wenicke. Dir. Fritz Lang. Janus Films. 124 mins (p/s).



Monday, November 12, 2018


Daytime Theme: Happy Birthday Grace Kelly!


6:00am HIGH NOON (1952) Gary Cooper, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges. Dir. Fred Zinnemann. United Artists. 84 mins. (p/s)


7:30am REAR WINDOW (1954) James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. Paramount. 112 mins. (p/s).


9:30am TO CATCH A THIEF (1955) Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce, Landis. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. Paramount. 103 mins. (p/s).


11:15am THE COUNTRY GIRL (1955) Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, William Holden. Dir. George Seaton. Paramount. 103 mins. (p/s).


Daytime Theme: ‘Perfect’ Films


1:00pm THE PERFECT SPECIMEN (1937) Errol Flynn, Joan Blondell, Hugh Herbert. Dir. Michael Curtiz. Warner Brothers. 97 mins. (premiere).


2:45pm PERFECT STRANGERS (1950) Ginger Rogers, Dennis Morgan, Thelma Ritter. Dir. Bretaigne Windust. Warner Brothers. 87 mins. (p/s).


4:15pm THE PERFECT MARRIAGE (1947) Loretta Young, David Niven, Eddie Albert. Dir. Lewis Allen. Paramount. 87 mins. (premiere).


5:45pm THE PERFECT FURLOUGH (1959) Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Keenan Wynn. Dir. Blake Edwards. Universal. 93 mins. (p/s)


7:30pm THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF TUPPERWARE (1959). Short. 29 mins. (p/s).



Primetime Theme: Challenge #1, Casablanca Quote: “We’ll always have Paris.”


8:00pm AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951) Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant. Dir. Vincente Minnelli. MGM. 113 mins (p/s).


10:00pm FUNNY FACE (1957) Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson. Dir. Stanley Donen. Paramount. 103 mins (p/s).


11:45pm CAN-CAN (1960) Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Maurice Chevalier. Dir. Walter Lang. Fox. 133 mins (p/s).  


2:00am ROBERTA (1935) Irene Dunne, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers. Dir. William Seiter. RKO. 105 mins. (p/s).


3:45am THE STORY OF VERNON AND IRENE CASTLE (1939) Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edna May Oliver. Dir. H.C. Potter. RKO. 93 mins (p/s).


5:25am THE RED BALLOON (1956) French film short. 35 mins. (p/s).



Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Daytime Theme: Challenge #4, “Trios, A trio of trios"


Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, and Sydney Greenstreet


6:00am THE MALTESE FALCON (1941) Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George. Dir. John Huston. Warner Brothers. 100 mins (p/s).


7:45am PASSAGE TO MARSEILLE (1944) Humphrey Bogart, Claude Rains, Michele Morgan. Dir. Michael Curtiz. Warner Brothers. 110 mins (p/s).


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


Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland and Alan Hale


11:30am THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938) Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone. Dir. Michael Curtiz & William Keighley. Dir. Warner Brothers. 102 mins. (p/s).


1:15pm DODGE CITY (1939) Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Ann Sheridan. Dir. Michael Curtiz. Warner Brothers. 104 mins (p/s).


3:00pm SANTA FE TRAIL (1940) Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Raymond Massey. Dir. Michael Curtiz. Warner Brothers. 110 mins. (p/s).


The Marx Brothers


5:00pm A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (1935) Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx. Dir. Sam Wood. MGM. 90 mins. (p/s).


6:30pm A NIGHT IN CASABLANCA (1946) Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx. Dir. Archie L. Mayo. United Artists. 85 mins (p/s).


Primetime Theme: Star of the Month, Ann Sheridan 


8:00pm JUKE GIRL (1942) Ann Sheridan, Ronald Reagan, Richard Whorf. Dir. Curtis Bernhardt. Warner Brothers. 90 mins (p/s).


9:30pm THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT (1940) George Raft, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino. Dir. Raoul Walsh. Warner Brothers. 93 mins (p/s).


11:15pm NORA PRENTISS (1947) Ann Sheridan, Kent Smith, Bruce Bennett. Dir. Vincent Sherman. Warner Brothers. 110 mins (p/s).


1:15am WOMAN ON THE RUN (1950) Ann Sheridan, Dennis O’Keefe, Robert Keith. Dir. Norman Foster. Universal. 77 mins (p/s).


2:45am SILVER RIVER (1948) Errol Flynn, Ann Sheridan, Thomas Mitchell. Dir. Raoul Walsh. Warner Brothers. 108 mins (p/s).


4:45am SAN QUENTIN (1937) Pat O’Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan. Dir. Lloyd Bacon. Warner Brothers. 70 mins (p/s).


Wednesday, November 14, 2018


Daytime Theme: Happy Birthday Brian Keith!


6:00am THE PLEASURE SEEKERS (1964) Ann-Margret, Tony Franciosa, Carol Lynley. Dir. Jean Negulesco. Fox. 107 mins (p/s).


8:00am THE YOUNG PHILADELPHIANS (1959) Paul Newman, Barbara Rush, Alexis Smith. Dir. Vincent Sherman. Warner Brothers. 136 mins (p/s).


10:30am THE DEADLY COMPANIONS (1961) Maureen O’Hara, Brian Keith, Steve Cochran. Dir. Sam Peckinpah. Carousel Productions. 90 mins (p/s).


12:00pm THE RARE BREED (1966) James Stewart, Maureen O’Hara, Brian Keith. Dir. Andrew V. McLaglen. Universal. 97 mins (p/s).


Daytime Theme: Movie Librarians


1:45pm THE MUSIC MAN (1962) Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett. Dir. Morton DaCosta. Warner Brothers. 151 mins (p/s).



4:30pm DESK SET (1957) Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Gig Young. Dir. Walter Lang. Fox. 102 mins. (p/s).


6:15pm NO MAN OF HER OWN (1932) Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Dorothy Mackaill. Paramont. 75 mins. (p/s)


7:30pm CRISIS IN MORALITY (1962) short. 26 mins.


Primetime Theme: Satirical Comedies


8:00pm AIRPLANE! (1980) Robert Hays, Lloyd Bridges, Julie Hagerty. Dir. Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker. Paramount. 88 mins (p/s).


9:30pm THE BRADY BUNCH MOVIE (1995) Shelley Long, Gary Cole, Christopher Daniel Barnes. Dir. Betty Thomas. Paramount. 90 mins (premiere).


11:00pm THIS IS SPINAL TAP (1984) Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean. Dir. Rob Reiner. MGM. 85 mins (p/s)


12:30am BLAZING SADDLES (1974) Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens. Dir. Mel Brooks. Warner Brothers. 95 mins (p/s)


2:15am THE GREAT DICTATOR (1940) Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie. Dir. Charles Chaplin. United Artists. 124 mins (p/s).


4:30am PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM (1972) Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts. Dir. Herbert Ross. Paramount. 87 mins (p/s).


Thursday, November 15, 2018


Daytime Theme: Power of the Press! Newspapers in film


6:00am THERE GOES MY GIRL (1937) Gene Raymond, Ann Sothern, Gordon Jones. Dir. Ben Holmes. RKO. 75 mins (p/s).


7:15am HIS GIRL FRIDAY (1940) Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy. Dir. Howard Hawks. Columbia. 92 mins. (p/s).


9:00am THE FRONT PAGE (1974) Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Carol Burnett. Dir. Billy Wilder. Universal. 105 mins (p/s).


10:45am FIVE STAR FINAL (1931) Edward G. Robinson, Marian Marsh, H.B. Warner. Dir. Mervyn LeRoy. First National Pictures. 89 mins. (p/s).


12:15pm DEADLINE—U.S.A. (1952) Humphrey Bogart, Ethel Barrymore, Kim Hunter. Dir. Richard Brooks. Fox. 87 mins (p/s).


1:45pm SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957) Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison. Dir. Alexander Mackendrick. United Artists. 96 mins (p/s)


3:30pm ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (1976) Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jason Robards, Jr. Dir. Alan J. Pakula. Warner Brothers. 138 mins. (p/s).


6:00pm ABSENCE OF MALICE (1981) Paul Newman, Sally Field, Bob Balaban. Dir. Sydney Pollack. Columbia. 116 mins. (p/s)  


PRIMETIME THEME: TCM Spotlight, 100th Anniversary of WWI Armistice


8:00pm ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930) Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres, John Wray. Universal. 152 mins (p/s).


10:45pm THE ROAD TO GLORY (1936) Fredric March, Warner Baxter, Lionel Barrymore. Dir. Howard Hawks. Fox. 101 mins (premiere).


12:30am THE DAWN PATROL (1938) Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone, David Niven. Dir. Edmund Goulding. Warner Brothers. 103 mins (p/s).


2:15am MATA HARI (1931) Greta Garbo, Ramon Novarro, Lionel Barrymore. Dir. George Fitzmaurice. MGM. 90 mins. (p/s)


3:45am HELL’S ANGELS (1930) Ben Lyon, James Hall, Jean Harlow. Dir. Howard Hughes. United Artists. 125 mins (p/s).


Friday, November 16, 2018


Daytime Theme: Diggin’ for Gold, Movies About Gold Diggers


6:00am HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE (1953) Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall. Dir. Jean Negulesco. Fox. 95 mins (p/s)


7:45am GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953) Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn. Dir. Howard Hawks. Fox. 91 mins (p/s)


9:30am BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (1961) Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal. Dir. Blake Edwards. Paramount. 114 mins (p/s).


11:30am THE HEIRESS (1949) Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson. Dir. William Wyler. Paramount. 115 mins (p/s)


Daytime Theme: Directed by Samuel Fuller


1:30pm PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET (1953) Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter. Dir. Samuel Fuller. Fox. 80 mins. (p/s).


3:00pm HOUSE OF BAMBOO (1955) Robert Ryan, Robert Stack, Shirley Yamaguchi. Dir. Samuel Fuller. Fox. 102 mins (p/s).


4:45pm THE CRIMSON KIMONO (1959) Victoria Shaw, Glenn Corbett, James Shigeta. Dir. Samuel Fuller. Columbia. 80 mins. (p/s).


6:15pm HELL AND HIGH WATER (1954) Richard Widmark, Bella Darvi, Victor Francen. Dir. Samuel Fuller. Fox. 103 mins (premiere).


Primetime Theme: Films About Unions


8:00pm THE PAJAMA GAME (1957) Doris Day, John Raitt, Carol Haney. Dir. George Abbot. Warner Brothers. 101 mins (premiere).


9:45pm THE DEVIL AND MISS JONES (1941) Jean Arthur, Robert Cummings, Charles Coburn. Dir. Sam Wood. RKO. 91 mins. (p/s).


11:30pm NEWSIES (1992) Robert Duvall, Christian Bale, David Moscow. Dir. Kenny Ortega. Disney. 121 mins (premiere).


1:45am ON THE WATERFRONT (1954) Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb. Dir. Elia Kazan. Columbia. 107 mins (p/s).


3:45am NORMA RAE (1979) Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Ron Liebman. Dir. Martin Ritt. Fox. 123 mins (p/s).


Saturday, November 17, 2018


Daytime Theme: Featuring the Automat


6:00am THIRTY DAY PRINCESS (1934) Sylvia Sidney, Cary Grant, Edward Arnold. Dir. Marion Gering. Paramount. 73 mins. (premiere)


7:15am SADIE MCKEE (1934) Joan Crawford, Gene Raymond, Franchot Tone. Dir. Clarence Brown. MGM. 90 mins (p/s)


8:45am EASY LIVING (1937) Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold, Esther Dale. Dir. Mitchell Leisen. Paramount. 88 mins (p/s)


10:15am MISTER 880 (1950) Burt Lancaster, Dorothy McGuire, Edmund Gwenn. Dir. Edmund Goulding. Fox. 90 mins (p/s)


11:45AM THAT TOUCH OF MINK (1962) Cary Grant, Doris Day, Gig Young. Dir. Delbert Mann. Universal. 99 mins (p/s).


Daytime Theme: "Would you like a piece of Rock, Mr. Candy?" Happy Birthday to Rock Hudson! 


1:30pm PILLOW TALK (1959) Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall. Dir. Michael Gordon. Universal. 105 mins. (p/s).


3:15pm LOVER COME BACK (1961) Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall. Dir. Delbert Mann. Universal. 107 mins (p/s)


5:15pm SEND ME NO FLOWERS (1964) Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall. Dir. Norman Jewison. Universal. 100 mins (p/s)


7:00pm HOLLYWOOD, MY HOMETOWN (1965) 54 mins (p/s).


Primetime Theme—The Essentials, Ginger Rogers


8:00pm THE MAJOR AND THE MINOR (1942) Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Rita Johnson. Dir. Billy Wilder. Paramount. 100 mins (p/s).


9:45pm I’LL BE SEEING YOU (1944) Ginger Rogers, Joseph Cotten, Shirley Temple. Dir. William Dieterle. United Artists. 83 mins (p/s).


11:15pm ROXIE HART (1942) Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, George Montgomery. Dir. William Wellman. Fox. 72 mins (p/s).


12:30am VIVACIOUS LADY (1938) Ginger Rogers, James Stewart, James Ellison. Dir. George Stevens. RKO. 90 mins (p/s).


Underground: Valley of the Dolls Double Feature


2:00am VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (1967) Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Paul Burke. Dir. Mark Robson. Fox. 123 mins. (p/s).


4:15am BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (1970) Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom. Dir. Russ Meyer. 109 mins. (premiere).

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Speedracer5's Notes:


Week of November 11, 2018 to November 17, 2018

SOTM: Ann Sheridan
SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS: German silent classic, NOSFERATU (1922)
TCM IMPORTS: "Fritz Lang in Germany," M (1931), THE TESTAMENT OF DR. MABUSE (1933)
TCM Spotlight: 100th Anniversary of the WWI Armistice
TCM UNDERGROUND: Valley of the Dolls Double Feature


Challenge #1, Casablanca Quote: "We'll always have Paris." Musicals set in Paris

Challenge #2, Casablanca Nationality: German

Challenge #3, Art Directors, Cedric Gibbons

Challenge #4, Threes, "A Trio of Trios." 




The Perfect Specimen (1937)

The Perfect Marriage (1947)

The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)

The Road to Glory (1936)

Hell and High Water (1954)

The Pajama Game (1957)

Newsies (1992)

Thirty Day Princess (1934)




Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)



1920s- 1

1930s- 24

1940s- 20

1950s- 29

1960s- 12

1970s- 6

1980s- 4

1990s- 2




Sunday begins with an all-day tribute to famous Art Director Cedric Gibbons.  Gibbons was nominated for an Oscar 38 times, winning the statuette 11 times.  Gibbons was also credited with the design of the Oscar statuette itself. We will be airing three of the films for which Gibbons won the Oscar-- Pride and Prejudice, Blossoms in the Dust, and The Bad and the Beautiful.  In primetime, we will be looking at Germany's contributions to the art of film.  Germany's most famous star, Marlene Dietrich (The Blue Angel) will be showcased during this block along with a famous German film about WWII, Das Boot. Fritz Lang, one of Germany (and later Hollywood)'s most prolific directors will have two of his German films featured during the TCM Import series, including M, which was Peter Lorre's breakthrough role and was also one of earliest examples of the noir style of storytelling and filmmaking. 


Monday would have been the 89th birthday of Princess Grace of Monaco, or Grace Kelly as she was known during her brief, but successful Hollywood career.  We're showing her breakthrough film, High Noon, her two most successful collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, Rear Window and To Catch a Thief and her Oscar-winning performance in The Country Girl.  Later, we look at a series of 'Perfect' films, including the premiere of Errol Flynn in the aptly named The Perfect Specimen.  The daytime programming concludes with my favorite TCM short, The Wonderful World of Tupperware.  Inspired by the famous Casablanca quote, "We'll always have Paris," Monday's evening programming will consist of a block of musicals set in the City of Lights, including my personal favorite, Funny Face.  


Tuesday we're featuring a "trio of trios."  Two famous trios (Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, and Sydney Greenstreet; and Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland and Alan Hale) made at least three films together--all of which are highly entertaining.  The two trios' best films, The Maltese Falcon and The Adventures of Robin Hood, respectively, will be featured.  We conclude the evening with the most famous trio of all, The Marx Brothers.  I only wish I had another 90 minutes of time so that I could have fit in a trio of the Marx Brothers' films, instead I had to settle for a double feature. Tuesday evening, we're showcasing Star of the Month, Ann Sheridan.  We're starting off with the film (Juke Girl) that gave her the nickname "The Oomph Girl," much to Sheridan's chagrin. 


Wednesday, we're celebrating what would have been Brian Keith's 97th birthday.  Two out of the three films Keith made with Irish siren, Maureen O'Hara, are featured: The Deadly Companions and Rare Breed.  Later, we brush up on our Dewey Decimal system by showcasing films that feature a librarian as a main character.  Shirley Jones' character, "Miss Marian," in The Music Man, is the ultimate movie librarian.  Wednesday evening will be a night of spoof comedy featuring two of the best in the genre, Airplane! and This is Spinal Tap.  No subject is safe in satire, not even America's grooviest 1970s family, The Brady Bunch, as seen in the hilarious 1995 film, The Brady Bunch Movie.  


Thursday features an all-day block of one of my favorite movie subjects, journalism (in the form of newspapers, TV news, etc.).  Two of the best journalism films, Five Star Final and All the President's Men are featured today.  While researching this block, I discovered a title called, The Absence of Malice (which I scheduled), and am now intrigued to see this film.  I will need to procure a copy from somewhere.  Primetime features another evening of our monthly TCM Spotlight series, The 100th Anniversary of the WWI Armistice.  There will be a premiere this evening, The Road to Glory, featuring Fredric March.  


Friday morning sees us digging for gold, but we won't need any pans or shovels for this expedition.  We're looking for a man.  A rich one.  Looks don't matter.  Marilyn Monroe is featured in two separate films, To Marry a Millionaire and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as one of the most shameless of all movie gold diggers.  Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable and Audrey Hepburn round out the gold-diggers quartet--Bacall and Grable co-star with Monroe in 'Millionaire' and Hepburn's digging solo in Breakfast at Tiffany's.  Not to be left out and to somewhat diminish the stereotype that only women are gold diggers, Montgomery Clift is after Olivia de Havilland's fortune in The Heiress.  Friday afternoon, we're moving into noir territory by featuring a block of four Samuel Fuller films.  If you only watch one of these, watch Pickup on South Street, it's an excellent film and features a particularly heartbreaking Thelma Ritter performance.  In the evening, we're joining the picket line and showcasing a block of films featuring the American union.  The evening starts off with the premiere of The Pajama Game featuring Doris Day as a supervisor at the Sleep-Tite pajama factory.  She's also the member of the employees' union.  The union wants a 7 1/2 cent raise to bring the employees in line with the industry pay standard.  However, the factory is being stingy.  Day leads a crusade to get herself and her employees their 7 1/2 cents! Another premiere this evening is the Disney film Newsies, a musical based on the New York City newsboy strike of 1899.  


Saturday morning, we're visiting the Automat.  Until last week, I didn't know what an Automat was, until I saw it in action in Easy Living.  I had heard it referred to in a few films, but always figured it was something to do with a car.  After doing some research, it seems that the Automat was featured in quite a few films, including in our premiere of Thirty Day Princess.  Saturday afternoon, we're celebrating Rock Hudson's 93rd birthday by showcasing the three films he made with Doris Day (and consequently with Tony Randall too!).  Saturday evening is our Essentials program.  Tonight's essential is Billy Wilder's first film, The Major and the Minor, with star, Ginger Rogers.  Rogers will be featured in three more films that evening.  Saturday night is our Underground series.  We'll be featuring a Valley of the Dolls double feature, including the premiere of the raunchy sequel, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, which apparently has nothing to do with the original film, but was penned by Roger Ebert! 

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Great schedule.  Love your SOTM, Ann Sheridan and your salute to another favorite of mine, Brian Keith.  Trio of Trios is very clever for one of your challenges and I'm glad that you selected German cinema for another challenge  --  some great films there.  Cedric Gibbons is an amazing art director and I also loved your themes about automats, gold diggers and the power of the press. (I'm a sucker for a great newspaper movie.)


Super job as always.



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I declare TCM Challenge #33 "Round Up The Usual Suspects" officially closed. Many, many thanks to the challengers who submitted such amazing schedules.  It won't be easy for voters to choose just one!


A voting thread will be posted soon.



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Unfortunately, we are having some technical problems with the TCM Challenge #33 voting thread which require the intervention of the TCM Moderator. I am sure he/she will take care of the problem soon. In the meantime, you can view all of the contending schedules here and message me with your vote if you like. You have a week to get your vote in.


Thanks for your patience.



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