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TCM Challenge #34:  “Special Challenges.”

Week of October 15 – 21, 2017


SOTM:  Walter Huston

The Essential:  Apollo 13 (1995)

Friday Night Spotlight: Comic Strips on Film

Silent Sunday:  Back To God’s Country (1919)

TCM Imports:  The Sweet Hereafter (1997) Ararat (2002) Speaking Parts (1989)

TCM Underground: 30 Ft. Bride of Candy Rock (1951) The Atomic City (1952) The Crazies (1973)

Programming Challenge #1: Candidates: President Edna May Oliver, VP Martin Sheen,

Sec. of State Walter Pidgeon and Sec. of Defense Carrie Fisher

Programming Challenge #2:  Collaboration:  Screenwriters Julius & Philip Epstein

Programming Challenge #3: LP’s Picks:  Red Garters (1954) The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend (1949) Damn Yankees (1958)


TCM Premieres

Riding The Rails (1997)

The American President (1995) Challenge Exempt

The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Challenge Exempt

State & Main (2000)

Who Killed Doc Robbin (1948)

The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend (1949) Challenge Exempt

The Magnificent Dope (1942)

Magnificent Doll (1946)

The Virginia Judge (1935)

Damn Yankees (1958) Challenge Exempt

The Last Days of Coney Island (2015)

Blondie (1938)


By decade:

1910: 2

1920: 2

1930: 32

1940: 34

1950: 15

1960: 3

1970: 3

1980: 4

1990: 7

2000: 2

2010: 1


Most of the schedule is self-explanatory but here are a few notes on it:  Sunday begins with a series of films about the Depression era “Forgotten Men” while Silent Sunday and TCM Imports are both dedicated to Canadian cinema.  On Monday, for Challenge #1 I selected a President and VP plus Secretaries of State & Defense but frankly, any one of the four would make a great president.  In the end, Edna May Oliver got the presidential nod since she is smart, feisty, brave and just happens to be related to not one, but two, of our past presidents.  Tuesday, we have seven films for seven dwarfs (boy, finding a “Sneezy” film was not easy!) as well as a Marsha Hunt 100th Birthday Tribute. Wednesday, Challenge #2 salutes the collaborative efforts of the Epstein Brothers with a block of films which shows their incredible range and in prime time we spotlight my Star of the Month, the incomparable Walter Huston.  Thursday starts out with “Films With Endings To Make Feminists Cringe” – you know, those films where the heroine is a strong, professional woman for most of the film but then suddenly decides to chuck her career in the last reel. Then, it’s off on a Coney Island adventure. The day ends with “Sleuthing Spouses” which includes one Nick & Nora film along with a few Nick & Nora wannabee films. Since my chosen week falls smack in the middle of October, it seemed as though a few films about monsters were in order but with a twist  --  “Beautiful Monsters.” Comic Strips on Film is my Friday Night Spotlight and on Saturday I decided to do an amended version of the “Single Topic” challenge with a 24 hour “TCM Seldom Seen Film Festival.” Each of the films selected has the distinction of having aired only once or twice on TCM since its inception.


That’s all folks!

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TCM Programming Challenge for the week of December 24, 2017:


Sunday, December 24: Daytime


6:00AM Lady in the Lake (1947) Robert Montgomery and Audrey Totter. Dir: Robert Montgomery. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 105 min.

8:00AM Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) Judy Garland and Margaret O’Brien. Dir: Vincente Minnelli. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 112 min.

10:00AM 3 Godfathers (1948) John Wayne and Harry Carey, Jr. Dir: John Ford. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 106 min.

12:00PM True Grit (1969) John Wayne and Kim Darby. Dir: Henry Hathaway. Paramount Pictures, 128 min. P/S

2:15PM Rooster Cogburn (1975) John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn. Dir: Stuart Millar. Universal Pictures, 108 min. P/S

4:15PM The African Queen (1951) Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. Dir: John Huston. Romulus Pictures, 104 min. P/S

6:15PM Up the River (1930) Spencer Tracy and Humphrey Bogart. Dir: John Ford. Fox Film Corp., 92 min. P/S


Sunday, December 24: Primetime—Christmas Eve with Edmund Gwenn


8:00PM Miracle on 34th Street (1947) Maureen O’Hara and Edmund Gwenn. Dir: George Seaton. 20th Century Fox, 96 min. P/S

10:00PM Mister 880 (1950) Burt Lancaster and Edmund Gwenn. Dir: Edmund Goulding. 20th Century Fox, 90 min. P/S


Sunday, December 24: Late Night—Silent Sunday Night/TCM Import: Faces in the Crowd


12:00AM The Crowd (1928) James Murray and Eleanor Boardman. Dir: King Vidor. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 104 min.

2:00AM Cyclo (1995) Lê Van Lôc and Tony Leung Chiu Wai. Trân Anh Hùng. Gaumont, 123 min. Premiere #1

4:15AM The Bicycle Thief (1948) Lamberto Maggiorani and Enzo Staiola. Dir: Vittorio De Sica. Criterion, 93 min. P/S


Monday, December 25: Daytime—Christmas with Bob and Bing (But Not Together)


6:00AM Bachelor in Paradise (1961) Bob Hope and Lana Turner. Dir: Jack Arnold. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 109 min.

8:00AM High Society (1956) Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly. Dir: Charles Walters. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 111 min.

10:00AM Critic’s Choice (1963) Bob Hope and Lucille Ball. Dir: Don Weis. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 103 min.

12:00PM Going My Way (1944) Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald. Dir: Leo McCarey. Paramount Pictures, 128 min. P/S

2:15PM The Paleface (1948) Bob Hope and Jane Russell. Dir: Norman Z. McLeod. Paramount Pictures, 91 min. P/S

4:00PM The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945) Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman. Dir: Leo McCarey. RKO Radio Pictures, 126 min. P/S

6:15PM The Lemon Drop Kid (1951) Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell. Dir: Sidney Lanfield. Paramount Pictures, 91 min. P/S


Monday, December 25: Primetime—Christmas at War


8:00PM Stalag 17 (1953) William Holden and Otto Preminger. Dir: Billy Wilder. Paramount Pictures, 117 min. P/S

10:15PM Destination Tokyo (1943) Cary Grant and John Garfield. Dir: Delmer Daves. Warner Bros., 135 min.

12:45AM Battle of the Bulge (1965) Henry Fonda and Robert Ryan. Dir: Ken Annakin. Warner Bros., 165 min. P/S

3:45AM Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983) David Bowie and Tom Conti. Dir: Nagisa Oshima. Palace Pictures, 123 min. Premiere #2


Tuesday, December 26: Daytime—Later John Huston


6:00AM Fat City (1972) Jeff Bridges and Susan Tyrell. Dir: John Huston. Columbia Pictures, 100 min. P/S

8:00AM The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) Paul Newman and Ava Gardner. Dir: John Huston. First Artists Pictures, 124 min. P/S

10:15AM The Mackintosh Man (1973) Paul Newman and James Mason. Warner Bros., 98 min. P/S

12:00PM The Man Who Would Be King (1975) Sean Connery and Michael Caine. Dir: John Huston.  Columbia Pictures, 130 min. P/S

2:15PM Wise Blood (1979) Brad Dourif and Harry Dean Stanton. Dir: John Huston. Curzon Films, 106 min. P/S

4:15PM Annie (1982) Albert Finney and Carol Burnett. Dir: John Huston. Columbia Pictures, 126 min. P/S

6:30PM The Dead (1987) Anjelica Huston and Donal McCann. Dir: John Huston. Vestron Pictures, 83 min. P/S


Tuesday, December 26: Primetime—The Art of Collaboration: Kaufman and Hart


8:00PM Live from Lincoln Center: Act One (2015) Tony Shalhoub and Andrea Martin. Dir: James Lapine. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts / PBS, 140 min. Premiere #3

10:30PM Make Me A Star (1932) Joan Blondell and Stuart Erwin. Dir: Russell Mack. Paramount Pictures, 86 min. P/S

12:00AM You Can’t Take It with You (1938) Jean Arthur and James Stewart. Dir: Frank Capra. Columbia Pictures, 128 min. P/S

2:15AM George Washington Slept Here (1942) Jack Benny and Ann Sheridan. Dir: William Keighley. Warner Bros., 92 min.

4:00AM The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942) Bette Davis and Monty Woolley. Dir: William Keighley. Warner Bros., 112 min.


Wednesday, December 27: Daytime—Sydney Greenstreet Birthday Tribute


6:00AM The Maltese Falcon (1941) Humphrey Bogart and Sydney Greenstreet. Dir: John Huston. Warner Bros., 101 min.

8:00AM Background to Danger (1943) George Raft and Sydney Greenstreet. Dir: Raoul Walsh. Warner Bros., 80 min.

9:30AM The Mask of Dimitrios (1944) Zachary Scott and Sydney Greenstreet. Dir: Jean Negulesco. Warner Bros., 97 min.

11:15AM Three Strangers (1946) Geraldine Fitzgerald and Sydney Greenstreet. Dir: Jean Negulesco. Warner Bros., 92 min.

1:00PM Pillow to Post (1945) Ida Lupino and Sydney Greenstreet. Dir: Vincent Sherman. Warner Bros., 91 min.

2:45PM That Way with Women (1947) Dane Clark and Sydney Greenstreet. Dir: Fred De Cordova. Warner Bros., 83 min.

4:15PM The Hucksters (1947) Clark Gable and Sydney Greenstreet. Dir: Jack Conway. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 115 min.

6:15PM Malaya (1949) Spencer Tracy and Sydney Greenstreet. Dir: Richard Thorpe. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 95 min.


Wednesday, December 27: Primetime—TCM Spotlight: Sequels


8:00PM After the Thin Man (1936) William Powell and Myrna Loy. Dir: W.S. Van Dyke. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 113 min.

10:00PM The Two Jakes (1990) Jack Nicholson and Madeleine Stowe. Dir: Jack Nicholson. Paramount Pictures, 138 min. Premiere #3

12:30AM Fierce Creatures (1997) John Cleese and Jamie Lee Curtis. Dir: Fred Schepisi. Universal Pictures, 93 min. Premiere #4

2:15AM The Sting II (1982) Jackie Gleason and Teri Garr. Dir: Jeremy Kagan. Universal Pictures, 102 min. P/S

4:00AM Ensign Pulver (1964) Robert Walker, Jr. and Burl Ives. Dir: Joshua Logan. Warner Bros., 104 min. P/S


Thursday, December 28: Daytime—Lou Jacobi Birthday Tribute


6:00AM The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) Shelley Winters and Lou Jacobi. Dir: George Stevens. 20th Century Fox, 180 min. P/S

9:15AM Irma La Douce (1963) Shirley MacLaine and Lou Jacobi. Dir: Billy Wilder. United Artists, 143 min. P/S

12:00PM Penelope (1966) Natalie Wood and Lou Jacobi. Dir: Arthur Hiller. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 97 min.

1:45PM Roseland (1977) Teresa Wright and Lou Jacobi. Dir: James Ivory. New Yorker Films, 104 min. P/S

3:45PM My Favorite Year (1982) Peter O’Toole and Lou Jacobi. Dir: Richard Benjamin. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 93 min.

5:30PM Avalon (1990) Joan Plowright and Lou Jacobi. Dir: Barry Levinson. TriStar Pictures, 130 min. P/S


Thursday, December 28: Primetime—Treasures from the Disney Vault


8:00PM Mary Poppins (1964) Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. Dir: Robert Stevenson. Walt Disney Productions, 139 min. Exempt Premiere

10:30PM Frank and Ollie (1995) Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston. Dir: Theodore Thomas. Walt Disney Productions, 89 min. Exempt Premiere

12:00AM Fantasia (1940) Dir: Ben Sharpsteen. Walt Disney Productions, 120 min. Exempt Premiere

2:15AM The Shaggy Dog (1959) Fred MacMurray and Jean Hagen. Dir: Charles Barton. Walt Disney Productions, 104 min. P/S

4:15AM The Shaggy D.A. (1976) Dean Jones and Suzanne Pleshette. Dir: Robert Stevenson. Walt Disney Productions, 91 min. P/S


Friday, December 29: Daytime—George Marshall Birthday Tribute


6:00AM Pack Up Your Troubles (1932) Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Dir: George Marshall. Hal Roach Productions, 64 min. P/S

7:15AM Life Begins at 40 (1935) Will Rogers and Rochelle Hudson. Dir: George Marshall. Fox Film Corp., 75 min. P/S

8:45AM You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man (1939) W.C. Fields and Edgar Bergen. Dir: George Marshall. Universal Pictures, 76 min. P/S

10:15AM The Ghost Breakers (1940) Bob Hope and Paulette Godard. Dir: George Marshall. Paramount Pictures, 82 min.

11:45AM Scared Stiff (1953) Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Dir: George Marshall. Paramount Pictures, 108 min. P/S

1:45PM Destry Rides Again (1939) James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich. Dir: George Marshall. Universal Pictures, 94 min. P/S

3:30PM The Blue Dahlia (1946) Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. Dir: George Marshall. Paramount Pictures, 96 min.

5:30PM Incendiary Blonde (1944) Betty Hutton and Arturo De Cordova. Dir: George Marshall. Paramount Pictures, 113 min.


7:30PM MGM Parade Show #3 (1955)


Friday, December 29: Primetime—Star of the Month: Mia Farrow


8:00PM Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) Woody Allen and Mia Farrow. Dir: Woody Allen. Orion Pictures, 106 min. P/S

10:00PM Husbands and Wives (1992) Woody Allen and Mia Farrow. Dir: Woody Allen. TriStar Pictures, 108 min. Premiere #5

12:00AM Widowers’ Peak (1994) Mia Farrow and Joan Plowright. Dir: John Irvin. Rank Organisation, 101 min. Premiere #6

2:00AM Angela Mooney (1996) Mia Farrow and Brendan Gleeson. Dir: Tommy McArdle. Merlin Films, 86 min. Premiere #7

3:45AM The Quiet Man (1952) John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Dir: John Ford. Republic Pictures, 128 min. P/S


Saturday, December 30: Daytime


6:00AM Out of the Past (1947) Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer. Dir: Jacques Tourneur. RKO Radio Pictures, 97 min.

7:45AM Bite the Bullet (1975) Gene Hackman and Candice Bergen. Dir: Richard Brooks. Columbia Pictures, 131 min. P/S

10:00AM East of Eden (1955) James Dean and Julie Harris. Dir: Elia Kazan. Warner Bros., 115 min. P/S

12:00PM Fail-Safe (1964) Henry Fonda and Walter Matthau. Dir: Sidney Lumet. Columbia Pictures, 112 min. P/S

2:00PM Meteor (1979) Sean Connery and Henry Fonda. Dir: Ronald Neame. American International Pictures, 107 min. P/S

4:00PM Goodbye Charlie (1964) Debbie Reynolds and Tony Curtis. Dir: Vincente Minnelli. 20th Century Fox, 116 min. Exempt Premiere

6:15PM Walking My Baby Back Home (1953) Donald O’Connor and Janet Leigh. Dir: Lloyd Bacon. Universal International Pictures, 95 min. Exempt Premiere


Saturday, December 30: Primetime—The Essentials: Fred Astaire at Paramount


8:00PM Funny Face (1957) Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn. Dir: Stanley Donen. Paramount Pictures, 103 min. P/S

10:00PM Let’s Dance (1950) Fred Astaire and Betty Hutton. Dir: Norman Z. McLeod. Paramount Pictures, 112 min. Premiere #8

12:00AM Blue Skies (1946) Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby. Dir: Stuart Heisler. Paramount Pictures, 104 min. P/S


Saturday, December 30: Late Night—TCM Underground: The Last of Davis and Crawford


2:00AM Wicked Stepmother (1989) Bette Davis and Barbara Carrera. Dir: Larry Cohen. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 93 min. Premiere #9

4:00AM Trog (1970) Joan Crawford and Michael Gough. Dir: Freddie Francis. Warner Bros., 93 min. P/S


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A few notes on my schedule, though most is self-explanatory:


SOTM: Mia Farrow

Spotlight: Sequels

Essential: Funny Face (1957)

Silent Sunday Night: The Crowd (1928)

TCM Import: Cyclo (1995), The Bicycle Thief (1948)

TCM Underground: Wicked Stepmother (1989), Trog (1970)

Programming Challenge #1: President Henry Fonda (Fail Safe [1964] and Meteor [1979])

Programming Challenge #2: The Art of Collaboration: Kaufman and Hart

Programming Challenge #3: LP's Picks (Goodbye Charlie [1964] and Walking My Baby Back Home [1953])



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February 26, 2017 
DAYTIME THEME: Happy Birthday William Frawley! 
6:00am FOOTSTEPS IN THE DARK (1941) Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Ralph Bellamy. Dir. Lloyd Bacon. Warner Brothers. 93 mins. (p/s).
7:45am GENTLEMAN JIM (1942) Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith, Jack Carson. Dir. Raoul Walsh. Warner Brothers. 104 mins. (p/s).
9:30am THE BRIDE CAME COD (1941) James Cagney, Bette Davis, Stuart Erwin. Dir. William Keighley. Warner Brothers. 94 mins (p/s).
11:15am MY WILD IRISH ROSE (1947) Dennis Morgan, Arlene Dahl, Andrea King. Dir. David Butler. Warner Brothers. 98 mins (p/s).
DAYTIME THEME: Eddie, Bogie and Jimmy 
1:00pm ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES (1938) James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart. Dir. Michael Curtiz. Warner Brothers. 97 mins (p/s).
2:45pm SMART MONEY (1931) Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Evalyn Knapp. Dir. Alfred E. Green. Warner Brothers. 67 mins. (p/s).
4:00pm KID GALAHAD (1937) Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, Humphery Bogart. Dir. Michael Curtiz. Warner Brothers. 102 mins (p/s).
5:45pm THE ROARING TWENTIES (1939) James Cagney, Priscilla Lane, Humphrey Bogart. Dir. Raoul Walsh. Warner Brothers. 104 mins (p/s). 
7:30pm RACKETEER RABBIT (1946) Bugs Bunny, Rocky, Hugo. Dir. I. Freleng. Warner Brothers. 8 mins. Short. 
7:45pm BUGS AND THUGS (1954) Bugs Bunny, Rocky, Hugo. Dir. I. Freleng. Warner Brothers. 7 mins. Short. 
PRIMETIME: Directed by George Abbot & Stanley Donen
8:00pm DAMN YANKEES (1958) Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon, Ray Walston. Dir. George Abbot & Stanley Donen. Warner Brothers. 110 mins (EXEMPT PREMIERE).
10:00pm THE PAJAMA GAME (1957) Doris Day, John Raitt, Carol Haney. Dir. George Abbot & Stanley Donen. Warner Brothers. 101 mins (PREMIERE #1). 
11:45pm BREAKDOWNS OF 1938 (1938) Warner Brothers. 13 mins. Short. 
12:00am LILAC TIME (1928) Colleen Moore, Gary Cooper, Burr McIntosh. Dir. George Fitzmaurice. Warner Brothers. 110 mins. (SILENT-EXEMPT)
TCM IMPORTS- British Cinema released by Warner Brothers
2:00am THE MASTER OF BALLANTRAE (1953) Errol Flynn, Roger Livesey, Anthony Steel. Dir. William Keighley. Warner Brothers. 88 mins. (p/s). 
3:30am THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1957) Peter Cushing, Hazel Court, Robert Urquhart. Dir. Terence Fisher. Warner Brothers. 82 mins (p/s).
5:00am HOLLYWOOD MY HOMETOWN (1965) Short. 53 mins. (p/s). 
February 27, 2016 
Daytime Theme: Charlie & Buster
6:00am THE GOLD RUSH (1925) Charles Chaplin, Mack Swain, Georgia Hale. Dir. Charles Chaplin. United Artists. 95 mins. (p/s).
7:45am THE GENERAL (1927) Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender. Dir. Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman. United Artists. 75 mins. (p/s).
9:00am THE CIRCUS (1928) Charles Chaplin, Al Ernest Garcia, Merna Kennedy. Dir. Charles Chaplin. United Arists. 70 mins. (p/s).
10:15am STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. (1928) Buster Keaton, Ernest Torrence, Marion Byron. Dir. Buster Keaton & Charles Resiner. United Artists. 71 mins. (p/s). 
11:30am LIMELIGHT (1952) Charles Chaplin, Claire Bloom, Buster Keaton. Dir. Charles Chaplin. United Artists. 137 mins. (p/s).
Daytime Theme: An "Affair" to Remember
2:00pm THE MACOMBER AFFAIR (1947) Gregory Peck, Joan Bennett, Robert Preston. Dir. Zoltan Korda. United Artists. 89 mins. (p/s)
3:30pm THE PRIVATE AFFAIRS OF BEL AMI (1947) George Sanders, Angela Lansbury, Ann Dvorak. Dir. Albert Lewin. United Artists. 112 mins. (p/s) 
5:30pm THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR (1968) Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, Paul Burke. Dir. Norman Jewison. United Artists. 102 mins. (p/s)
7:15pm THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF TUPPERWARE (1959) 29 mins. Short. 
7:45pm MATCH YOUR MOOD (1968) 7 mins. Short. 
Primetime Theme: Challenge #2 Screenwriting Team
8:00pm THE APARTMENT (1960) Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray. Dir. Billy Wilder. United Artists. 124 mins. (p/s).
10:15pm TRAPEZE (1956) Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Gina Lollobrigida. Dir. Carol Reed. United Artists. 105 mins. (p/s).
12:00am BEAT THE DEVIL (1953) Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida. Dir. John Huston. United Artists. 89 mins. (p/s).
1:30am WEST SIDE STORY (1961) Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno. Dir. Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins. United Artists. 152 mins (p/s).
4:15am THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA (1954) Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien. Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz. United Artists. 130 mins. (p/s).
February 28, 2017
Daytime Theme: Musical Westerns
6:00am RHYTHM ON THE RANGE (1936) Bing Crosby, Frances Farmer, Bob Burns. Dir. Norman Taurog. Paramount. 87 mins. (p/s)
7:30am PAINT YOUR WAGON (1969) Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Jean Seberg. Dir. Joshua Logan. Paramount. 154 mins. (p/s)
10:15am RED GARTERS (1954) Rosemary Clooney, Jack Carson, Guy Mitchell. Dir. George Marshall. Paramount. 91 mins. (EXEMPT PREMIERE).
12:00pm BUCK BENNY RIDES AGAIN (1940) Jack Benny, Ellen Drew, Eddie Anderson. Dir. Mark Sandrich. Paramount. 84 mins. (p/s)
Daytime Theme: Starring Miriam Hopkins
1:30pm THE STORY OF TEMPLE DRAKE (1933) Miriam Hopkins, Jack La Rue, William Gargan. Dir. Stephen Roberts. Paramount. 70 mins. (p/s)
2:45 pm DESIGN FOR LIVING (1933) Fredric March, Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins. Dir. Ernst Lubitsch. Paramount. 91 mins. (p/s)
4:30pm TROUBLE IN PARADISE (1932) Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis, Herbert Marshall. Dir. Ernst Lubitsch. Paramount. 83 mins. (p/s)
6:00pm DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1931) Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart. Dir. Rouben Mamoulian. Paramount. 98 mins. (p/s)
7:45pm HOLLYWOOD ON PARADE NO. B1 (1934) 10 mins. Short.
PRIMETIME: 50th Anniversary of the American Film Institute
8:00pm SUNSET BLVD (1950) William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim. Dir. Billy Wilder. Paramount. 109 mins. (p/s)
10:00pm REAR WINDOW (1954) James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. Paramount. 112 mins. (p/s) 
12:00am DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944) Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson. Dir. Billy Wilder. Paramount. 103 mins. (p/s).
1:45am A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951) Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters. Dir. George Stevens. Paramount. 118 mins. (p/s).
3:45am SHANE (1953) Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin. Dir. George Stevens. Paramount. 118 mins. (p/s)
5:45am THE GOLDEN YEARS (1960) 15 mins. Short. 
March 1, 2017
Daytime Theme: The Wonderful World of Disney
6:00am THE PARENT TRAP (1961) Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith. Dir. David Swift. Disney. 129 mins. (p/s)
8:15am POLLYANNA (1960) Hayley Mills, Jane Wyman, Richard Egan. Dir. David Swift. Disney. 133 mins (p/s). 
10:30am OLD YELLER (1957) Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker, Tommy Kirk. Dir. Robert Stevenson. Disney. 83 mins. (p/s). 
12:00pm SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON (1960) John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur. Dir. Ken Annakin. Disney. 126 mins. (p/s).
2:15pm THE ABSENT-MINDED PROFESSOR (1961) Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn. Dir. Robert Stevenson. Disney. 97 mins. (p/s).
4:00pm THE APPLE DUMPLING GANG (1975) Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Bill Bixby. Dir. Norman Tokar. Disney. 100 mins. (p/s). 
5:45pm 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1954) Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas. Dir. Richard Fleischer. Disney. 128 mins. (p/s). 
Primetime Theme: Treasures From the Disney Vault
8:00pm VICTORY THROUGH POWER (1943) Alexander de Seversky. Dir. Perce Pearce. Disney. 70 mins. (EXEMPT PREMIERE)
9:15pm DER FUEHRER'S FACE (1943) Donald Duck. Short. Disney. 8 mins. 
9:30pm DONALD GETS DRAFTED (1942) Donald Duck. Short. Disney. 9 mins. 
9:45pm SKY TROOPER (1942) Donald Duck. Short. Disney. 7 mins. 
10:00pm THE NEW SPIRIT (1942) Donald Duck. Short. Disney. 7 mins. 
10:15pm THE SPIRIT OF '43 (1943) Donald Duck. Short. Disney. 6 mins. 
10:30pm SALUDOS AMIGOS (1942) Goofy, Donald Duck, Jose Carioca. 42 mins. (p/s).
11:15pm THE THREE CABALLEROS (1944) Donald Duck, Jose Carioca, Panchito Pistoles. 72 mins. (p/s)
12:30am MAKE MINE MUSIC (1946) Disney. 75 mins. (EXEMPT PREMIERE) 
1:45am FUN AND FANCY FREE (1947) Disney. 73 mins. (EXEMPT PREMIERE)
3:00am MELODY TIME (1948) Disney. 75 mins. (EXEMPT PREMIERE) 
4:15am  MIRACLE OF THE WHITE STALLIONS (1963) Robert Taylor, Lilli Palmer, Eddie Albert. Dir. Arthur Hiller. Disney. 93 mins. (EXEMPT PREMIERE) 
March 2, 2017
Daytime Theme: Happy 100th Birthday Desi Arnaz! 
6:00am TOO MANY GIRLS (1940) Lucille Ball, Richard Carlson, Desi Arnaz. Dir. George Abbot. RKO. 85 mins (p/s).
7:30am FATHER TAKES A WIFE (1941) Adolphe Menjou, Gloria Swanson, Desi Arnaz. Dir. Jack Hively. RKO. 79 mins (p/s). 
9:00am THE NAVY COMES THROUGH (1942) Pat O'Brien, George Murphy, Desi Arnaz. Dir. A. Edward Sutherland. RKO. 80 mins. (p/s).
10:30am FOUR JACKS AND A JILL (1942) Ray Bolger, Anne Shirley, Desi Arnaz. Dir. Jack Hively. RKO. 67 mins (p/s).
11:45am CITIZEN KANE (1941) Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead. Dir. Orson Welles. RKO. 119 mins (p/s). 
1:45pm KING KONG (1933) Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot. Dir. Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack. RKO. 96 mins (p/s). 
3:30pm BRINGING UP BABY (1938) Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Charles Ruggles. Dir. Howard Hawkes. RKO. 102 mins (p/s)
5:15pm THE EX-MRS. BRADFORD (1936) William Powell, Jean Arthur, James Gleason. Dir. Stephen Roberts. RKO. 80 mins. (p/s). 
6:45pm THE AFFAIRS OF ANNABEL (1938) Jack Oakie, Lucille Ball, Ruth Donnelly. Dir. Benjamin Stoloff. RKO. 68 mins (p/s). 
Primetime: RKO Noir
8:00pm THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE (1946) Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore. Dir. Richard Siodmak. RKO. 83 mins. (p/s).
9:30pm NOTORIOUS (1946) Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. RKO. 101 mins. (p/s). 
11:15pm OUT OF THE PAST (1947) Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas. Dir. Jacques Tourneur. RKO. 95 mins. (p/s) 
1:00am THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW (1944) Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Raymond Massey. Dir. Fritz Lang. RKO. 99 mins. (p/s).
2:45am ANGEL FACE (1953) Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Mona Freeman. Dir. Otto Preminger. RKO. 91 mins. (p/s)
4:30am ON DANGEROUS GROUND (1952) Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Ward Bond. Dir. Nicholas Ray. RKO. 81 mins. (p/s).  
March 3, 2017 
Daytime Theme: Featuring Debbie Reynolds... 
6:00am SAY ONE FOR ME (1959) Bing Crosby, Debbie Reynolds, Robert Wagner. Dir. Frank Tashlin. Fox. 120 mins (p/s). 
8:00am THE SECOND TIME AROUND (1961) Debbie Reynolds, Steve Forrest, Andy Griffith. Dir. Vincent Sherman. Fox. 99 mins. (p/s).
9:45am GOODBYE CHARLIE (1964) Debbie Reynolds, Tony Curtis, Pat Boone. Dir. Vincente Minnelli. Fox. 116 mins. (EXEMPT PREMIERE).
Daytime Theme: Give My Regards To... Vaudeville
11:45am WHEN MY BABY SMILES AT ME (1948) Betty Grable, Dan Dailey, Jack Oakie. Dir. Walter Lang. Fox. 98 mins. (EXEMPT PREMIERE). 
1:30pm THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS (1954) Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor, Marilyn Monroe. Dir. Walter Lang. Fox. 117 mins. (p/s). 
3:30pm POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL (1936) Shirley Temple, Alice Faye, Gloria Stuart. Dir. Irving Cummings. Fox. 79 mins. (p/s).
5:00pm STAR! (1968) Julie Andrews, Richard Crenna, Michael Craig. Dir. Robert Wise. Fox. 175 mins. (p/s) 
Primetime: SOTM Ann-Margret 
8:00pm THE PLEASURE SEEKERS (1964) Ann-Margret, Anthony Franciosa, Carl Lynley. Dir. Jean Negulesco. Fox. 107 mins (p/s).
10:00pm STAGECOACH (1966) Ann-Margret, Red Buttons, Michael Connors. Dir. Gordon Douglas. Fox. 114 mins (PREMIERE #2). 
12:00am MAGIC (1978) Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith. Dir. Richard Attenbourough. Fox. 107 mins. (PREMIERE #3). 
2:00am MIDDLE AGE CRAZY (1980) Bruce Dern, Ann-Margret, Graham Jarvis. Dir. John Trent. Fox. 95 mins. (PREMIERE #4). 
3:45am I OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES (1982) Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret, Dinah Manoff. Dir. Herbert Ross. Fox. 108 mins. (PREMIERE #5). 
5:45am SO YOUR WIFE WANTS TO WORK (1956) 9 mins. Short. 
March 4, 2017
Daytime Theme: "Baby I Don't Care"
6:00am I CAN'T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE, BABY (1940) Broderick Crawford, Jessie Ralph, Johnny Downs. Dir. Albert S. Rogell. Universal. 61 mins. (p/s)
7:15am YES SIR, THAT'S MY BABY (1949) Donald O'Connor, Gloria DeHaven, Charles Coburn. Dir. George Sherman. Universal. 82 mins. (p/s)
8:45am WALKING MY BABY BACK HOME (1953) Donald O'Connor, Janet Leigh, Buddy Hackett. Dir. Lloyd Bacon. Universal. 95 mins. (EXEMPT PREMIERE). 
10:30am ROCK, PRETTY BABY (1956) Sal Mineo, John Saxon, Luana Patten. Dir. Richard Bartlett. Universal. 89 mins. (p/s)
Daytime Theme: Starring Deanna Durbin
12:00pm THREE SMART GIRLS (1936) Deanna Durbin, Binnie Barnes, Ray Milland. Dir. Henry Koster. Universal. 84 mins. (p/s)
1:30pm ONE HUNDRED MEN AND A GIRL (1937) Deanna Durbin, Adolphe Menjou, Alice Brady. Dir. Henry Koster. Universal. 83 mins. (p/s).
3:00pm LADY ON A TRAIN (1945) Deanna Durbin, Ralph Bellamy, David Bruce. Dir. Charles David. Universal. 94 mins. (p/s).
4:45pm CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY (1944) Deanna Durbin, Gene Kelly, Richard Whorf. Dir. Robert Siodmark. Universal. 92 mins. (PREMIERE #6). 
6:30pm IT STARTED WITH EVE (1941) Deanna Durbin, Charles Laughton, Robert Cummings. Dir. Henry Koster. Universal. 90 mins. (p/s).
8:00pm THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (1967) Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Channing. Dir. George Roy Hill. Universal. 138 mins. (p/s).
10:30pm WHAT'S SO BAD ABOUT FEELING GOOD? (1968) George Peppard, Mary Tyler Moore, Dom DeLuise. Dir. George Seaton. Universal. 94 mins (EXEMPT PREMIERE). 
12:15am CHANGE OF HABIT (1969) Elvis Presley, Mary Tyler Moore, Barbara McNair. Dir. William A. Graham. Universal. 93 mins. (p/s). 
UNDERGROUND- Starring John Agar
2:00am TARANTULA (1955) John Agar, Mara Corday, Leo G. Carroll. Dir. Jack Arnold. Universal. 81 mins. (p/s)
3:30am THE MOLE PEOPLE (1956) John Agar, Hugh Beaumont, Cynthia Patrick. Dir. Virgil W. Vogel. Universal. 77 mins. (p/s)
5:00am HOLLYWOOD WITHOUT MAKEUP (1966) Ken Murray. 50 mins. (p/s) 
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Premiere #34- "Special Challenges" 


Week of February 26, 2017 - March 4, 2017


SOTM: Ann-Margret


The Essential: Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)


Spotlight: 50th Anniversary of the American Film Institute


Silent Sunday: Lilac Time (1928) 


TCM Imports: The Master of Ballantrae (1953); The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)


TCM Underground: Tarantula (1955) ; The Mole People (1956)


Programming Challenge #1- Candidate


President Orson Welles (Citizen Kane), Vice President William Powell (The Ex-Mrs. Bradford), Secretary of Homeland Security King Kong (King Kong), Secretary of Interior Cary Grant (Bringing Up Baby), and White House Press Secretary Jack Oakie (The Affairs of Annabel).


Programming Challenge #2- Art of Collaboration


Billy Wilder (The Apartment), Ben Hecht (Trapeze), John Huston (Beat the Devil), Ernest Lehman (West Side Story), Joseph Mankiewicz (The Barefoot Contessa). 


Programming Challenge #3- LP's Picks


Damn Yankees (1957), Red Garters (1954), Goodbye Charlie (1964), When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948), Walking My Baby Back Home (1953), What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968) 


Programming Challenge #4- Treasures of the Disney Vault


Programming Challenge #5- Theme Week-- Studios! 


TCM Premieres: 


The Pajama Game (1957)

Stagecoach (1966)

Magic (1978)

Middle Age Crazy (1980)

I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982)

Christmas Holiday (1944)


By Decade: 










Sunday, we're starting with a birthday salute to the irascible William "Fred Mertz" Frawley, who before he reached television stardom on I Love Lucy had actually built a decent career as a character actor.  He appeared with some of Hollywood's top stars like Errol Flynn, Bette Davis and James Cagney.  In the afternoon,  we're saluting Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson and Cagney--three actors who built their careers on playing someone from the underworld of society--the gangster.  In the evening, we have two premieres-- Damn Yankees and The Pajama Gametwo wonderful musicals directed by George Abbot and Stanley Donen! Next, we're viewing the Sunday Silent Night feature, Lilac Time.  Then we're showcasing two British films: The Master of Ballantrae and The Curse of Frankenstein. 


On Monday we're showcasing silent screen giants Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton in some of their best known films.  This feature culminates with Limelight, the only film where Chaplin and Keaton appeared together.  In the late afternoon, it's an "affair to remember" with a triple feature of affairs.  In the evening, we're showcasing a septet of films who all feature a prolific screenwriter.  Imagine the film the five of them could create if egos don't clash! 


On Tuesday, we're showcasing musical westerns including the often panned Paint Your Wagon.  Who doesn't love The Simpsons rendition of "Paint Your Wagon" ?  "...gonna paint our wagon, gonna paint it good. We a'int braggin,' We're gonna coat that wood!"... This series includes the premiere of Red Garters.  In the afternoon, we're saluting that queen of the pre-code, Miriam Hopkins.  In the evening, we're featuring our weekly spotlight: The 50th Anniversary of the American Film Institute.  This evening we're showing five of Paramount Pictures' films that ranked on AFI's list of the Top 100 films.  


On Wednesday, we're doing an all-day salute to Disney Studios.  The daytime part of our schedule features some of Disney's most well known and beloved live action films.  In the evening, we're looking at Disney during WWII.  In the first half of our series, we're looking at propaganda cartoons that Disney produced during WWII.  We're starting the series off with a documentary film that Walt Disney produced called Victory Through Air Power.  It was made after he read a book by the same name and was inspired by its message and decided to make a film about it.  After this documentary, we are airing a series of cartoons starring Donald Duck.  These cartoons depict Donald as a soldier and assisting with the wartime effort on the homefront.  If you only watch one of these cartoons, watch Der Fuerher's Face, it depicts Donald Duck having a bad dream where he becomes a Nazi.  Seeing Donald Duck give the Hitler salute is a very disconcerting image.  Later, we air a series of package films that Disney produced during the war due to many of their animators being on the front lines and Disney studios not having enough employees to work on a feature length film.  Instead, they took cartoons that they had produced and made five packaged films featuring a series of cartoons.  Finally, we're ending the evening with Miracle of the White Stallionsa 1963 film that depicts a family's efforts to get their beloved stock of stallions out of Vienna before the Soviets reach their land.  The family is worried that the starving Soviets will want to eat their horses.  


On Thursday, we're celebrating Desi Arnaz' 100th birthday.  In addition to starring as Ricky Ricardo on I Love Lucy, he was also a television visionary.  Not only did he help pioneer the 3 camera process to film his television show, he also invented the re-run.  In the afternoon, it's a series of films featuring my ideal candidates for political office: Orson Welles, King Kong, Cary Grant, William Powell and Jack Oakie.  In the evening, we are showcasing RKO's film noir output, which includes the classic noir, Out of the Past.  


On Friday, we're saluting Debbie Reynolds and the films she made at Fox.  This includes the premiere of Goodbye Charlie.  In the afternoon, we're looking at films featuring vaudevillians and ex-vaudevillians and later we're featuring our Star of the Month. This evening features four, count 'em four, TCM premieres--all featuring the beautiful Swedish-American bombshell, Ann-Margret or Ann-Margrock as I prefer to call her.  


On Saturday, we're saluting "Baby" movies that don't necessarily feature tiny people.  Among this series of films, there is a Donald O'Connor double feature! In the afternoon, we're featuring Universal's biggest star-- Deanna Durbin.  This evening, it's our essential, Thoroughly Modern Millie featuring Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore.  MTM will be featured in two more films after this one, including the premiere of What's So Bad About Feeling Good?.  In our Underground feature, it'll be the king of the B Sci-Fi flick, the ex-Mr. Shirley Temple himself, John Agar.  

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Speedy, I love it! SO many of my picks crammed in here and extra Disney too. Love the inclusion of WHEN MY BABY SMILES AT ME, which I've been dying to see ever since I saw the parody of it on the Carol Burnett Show. And I love showing GOODBYE CHARLIE in the context of Debbie Reynolds because I feel like that's one of her best performances. But the week-long theme is the real genius--masterful and not forced. Brilliant.

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(Week of January 15-21, 2017)





Sunday, January 15, 2017



[Daytime Theme - Make 'Em Laugh! - Comedy Duos & Trios]


6:00 AM  The Three Musketeers (1939) Don Ameche & The Ritz Brothers, Dir: Allan Dwan, Fox, 73 min. (*Premiere*)


7:20 AM  SHORT: Hotel Anchovy (1934) The Ritz Brothers, Dir: Al Christie, Educational Films Corporation, 18 min.


7:45 AM  The Nitwits (1935) Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey & Betty Grable, Dir: George Stevens, RKO, 81 min. (p/s)


9:15 AM  Reducing (1931) Marie Dressler & Polly Moran, Dir: Charles Reisner, MGM, 77 min. (p/s)


10:45 AM  Six of a Kind (1934) Charles Ruggles, Mary Boland & W.C. Fields (with George Burns & Gracie Allen), Dir: Leo McCarey, Paramount, 62 min. (*Premiere*)


11:50 AM  SHORT: Lambchops (1929) George Burns & Gracie Allen, Dir: Murray Roth, Warner Bros., 8 min.


12:00 PM  The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case (1930) Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, Dir: James Parrott, Hal Roach Studios, 30 min. (p/s)


12:30 PM  The Music Box (1932) Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, Dir: James Parrott, Hal Roach Studios, 29 min, (p/s)


1:00 PM  Who Done It? (1942) Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Dir: Erle C. Kenton, Universal, 77 min. (p/s)


2:30 PM  You're Never Too Young (1955) Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Dir: Norman Taurog, Paramount, 102 min, (p/s)


4:15 PM  Road to Morocco (1942) Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Dir: David Butler, Paramount, 82 min., (p/s)


5:45 PM - At the Circus (1939) The Marx Brothers, Margaret Dumont, Dir: Edward Buzzell, MGM, 87 min. (p/s)


7:15 PM  SHORT: Bargain of the Century (1933) Thelma Todd, ZaSu Pitts, Dir: Charley Chase, Hal Roach Studios, 20 min.


7:40 PM  SHORT: Violent is the Word for Curly (1938) The Three Stooges, Dir: Charley Chase, Columbia, 18 min.




[Primetime Theme - Silence is Golden - Silent Comedies]


 8:00 PM  Her Wild Oat (1927) Colleen Moore, Larry Kent, Dir: Marshall Neilan, First National Pictures, 70 min. (*Premiere*)


 9:15 PM  Mantrap (1926) Clara Bow, Ernest Torrence, Dir: Victor Fleming, Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, 86 min. (*Premiere*)


10:45 PM -The Gold Rush (1925) Charlie Chaplin, Mack Swain, Dir: Charlie Chaplin, Charlie Chaplin Productions, 95 min. (p/s)


[silent Sunday Night]

12:30 AM  The Freshman (1925) Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Dir: Fred C. Newmeyer, The Harold Lloyd Corporation, 76 min. (p/s) 


1:46 AM  SHORT: The City Slicker (1918) Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels, Dir: Gilbert Pratt, Rolin Films, 12 min.


[TCM Imports]

2:00 AM  The Oyster Princess (Die Austernprinzessin) (1919) Victor Janson, Ossi Oswalda, Dir: Ernst Lubitsch, Projektions-AG Union, 58 min. (*Exempt Premiere*)


3:00 AM  Sherlock Jr. (1924) Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Dir. Buster Keaton, Buster Keaton Productions, 45 min. (p/s)


3:45 AM  SHORT: The Scarecrow (1920) Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, Dir: Buster Keaton & Edward F. Cline, Joseph M. Schenck Productions, 20 min.


4:15 AM  Enchantment (1921) Marion Davies, Forrest Stanley, Dir: Robert G. Vignola, Cosmopolitan Productions, 90 min. (p/s)


5:45 AM  SHORT: Mabel's Wilful Way (1915) Mabel Normand, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Dir: Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Keystone Film Company, 11 min.






Monday, January 16, 2017



[Daytime Theme -- Musical Monday]


6:00 AM  Mad About Music (1938) Deanna Durbin, Herbert Marshall, Dir: Norman Taurog, Universal, 100 min. (*Premiere*)


7:45 AM  What's Cookin'? (1942) The Andrews Sisters, Jane Frazee (with Donald O'Connor and Peggy Ryan), Dir: Edward F. Cline, Universal, 69 min. (*Premiere*)


9:00 AM  Easter Parade (1948) Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Dir: Charles Walters, MGM, 108 min. (p/s)


11:00 AM  Calamity Jane (1953) Doris Day, Howard Keel, Dir: David Butler, Warner Bros., 101 min. (p/s)


12:41 PM  SHORT: Sing, Bing, Sing (1933) Bing Crosby, Florine McKinney, Dir: Babe Stafford, Mack Sennett Comedies, 19 min.



[Challenge #3 - LP's Most Wanted Musicals]


1:00 PM  Walking My Baby Back Home (1953) Donald O'Connor, Janet Leigh, Dir: Lloyd Bacon, Universal, 94 min. (*Exempt Premiere*)


2:45 PM  Red Garters (1954) Jack Carson, Rosemary Clooney, Dir: George Marshall, Paramount, 91 min. (*Exempt Premiere*)


4:16 PM  SHORT: Every Sunday (1936) Judy Garland, Deanna Durbin, Dir: Felix E. Feist, MGM, 11 min. (p/s)


4:30 PM  Damn Yankees (1958) Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon, Ray Walston, Dir: George Abbott & Stanley Donen, Warner Bros., 111 min. (*Exempt Premiere*)


6:30 PM  The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947) Betty Grable, Dick Haymes, Dir: George Seaton, Fox, 85 min. (*Exempt Premiere*)





[Primetime Theme -- Bob's Picks]


8:00 PM  Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942) Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, Dir: John Cromwell, Fox, 98 min. (p/s)


9:45 PM  The House on 92nd Street (1945) William Eythe, Lloyd Nolan, Dir: Henry Hathaway, Fox, 88 min. (p/s)


11:15 PM  Cluny Brown (1946) Charles Boyer, Jennifer Jones, Dir: Ernst Lubitsch, Fox, 100 min. (p/s)


1:00 AM  The Wrong Box (1966) John Mills, Ralph Richardson, Michael Caine, Dir: Bryan Forbes, Salamander Film Productions, 107 min. (p/s)


3:00 AM  Slightly Dangerous (1943) Lana Turner, Robert Young, Dir: Wesley Ruggles, MGM, 94 min., (p/s)


4:45 AM  My Name is Julia Ross (1945) Nina Foch, Dame May Whitty, Dir: Joseph H. Lewis, Columbia, 65 min. (p/s)






Tuesday, January 17, 2017



[Theme - 24-hour Tribute to James Wong Howe]


6:00 AM  Peter Pan (1924) Betty Bronson, Ernest Torrence, Dir: Herbert Brenon, Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, 105 min. (*Premiere*)


7:45 AM -The Thin Man (1934) William Powell, Myrna Loy, Dir: W.S. Van Dyke, MGM, 93 min. (p/s)


9:30 AM -The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) Ronald Colman, Madeleine Carroll, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Dir: John Cromwell, Selznick International Pictures, 101 min., (p/s)


11:15 AM  Kings Row (1942) Ann Sheridan, Robert Cummings, Ronald Reagan, Dir: Sam Wood, Warner Bros., 127 min. (p/s)


1:30 PM  Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Dir: Michael Curtiz, Warner Bros., 126 min. (p/s)


3:45 PM -Body and Soul (1947) John Garfield, Lilli Palmer, Dir: Robert Rossen, Enterprise Productions, 104 min. (p/s)


5:30 PM  Picnic (1955) William Holden, Kim Novak, Dir: Joshua Logan, Columbia, 115 min., (p/s)


7:30 PM  SHORT: James Wong Howe, ASC: A Lesson in Light (1973), D: Arthur Kaye, 22 min.




8:00 PM The Rose Tattoo (1955) Anna Magnani, Burt Lancaster, Dir: Daniel Mann, Hal Wallis Productions, 117 min. (p/s)


10:00 PM  The Sweet Smell of Success (1957) Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Dir: Alexander Mackendrick, Hecht-Hill-Lancaster Productions, 96 min., (p/s)


11:45 PM  Bell, Book and Candle (1958) James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon,  Dir: Richard Quine, Phoenix Productions, 106 min. (p/s)


1:30 AM  Hud (1963) Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Neal, Dir: Martin Ritt, Paramount, 112 min. (p/s)


3:30 AM  The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1968) Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke, D: Robert Ellis Miller, Warner Bros./Seven Arts, 123 min. (p/s)


5:33 AM  SHORT: Lumiere's First Picture Shows (1895-1897) (2013), Film Preservation Associates, 27 min. (p/s)





Wednesday, January 18, 2017



[Daytime Theme -- Happy Birthday, Danny Kaye!]


6:00 AM  Up in Arms (1944) Danny Kaye, Dinah Shore, Dana Andrews, Dir: Elliott Nugent, Samuel Goldwyn Productions, 106 min. (p/s)


8:00 AM  Wonder Man (1945) Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Vera-Ellen, Dir: H. Bruce Humberstone, Samuel Goldwyn Productions, 98 min. (p/s)


9:45 AM  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Boris Karloff, Dir: Norman Z. McLeod, Samuel Goldwyn Productions, 110 min., (p/s)


11:45 AM  On The Riviera (1951) Danny Kaye, Gene Tierney, Dir: Walter Lang, Fox, 90 min. (p/s)


1:15 PM  Hans Christian Andersen (1952) Danny Kaye, Farley Granger, D: Charles Vidor, Samuel Goldwyn Productions, 120 min. (p/s)


3:15 PM  Knock on Wood (1954) Danny Kaye, Mai Zetterling, Dir: Melvin Frank & Norman Panama, Dena Productions/Paramount, 103 min., (*Premiere*)


5:00 PM  The Court Jester (1955) Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Dir: Melvin Frank & Norman Panama, Dena Productions/Paramount, 101 min., (p/s)


6:45 PM  SHORT: Dime a Dance (1937) Imogene Coca, Danny Kaye, June Allyson, Dir: Educational Films Corporation, 18 min.


7:05 PM  SHORT: Getting an Eyeful (1938) Charles Kemper, Danny Kaye, Sally Starr, Dir: William Watson, Educational Films Corporation, 17 min.


7:25 PM  SHORT: Cupid Takes a Holiday (1938) Danny Kaye, Douglas Leavitt, Estelle Jayne, Dir: William Watson, Educational Films Corporation, 15 min.


7:40 PM  SHORT: Money on Your Life (1938) Charles Kemper, Danny Kaye, Harry Gribbon, Dir: William Watson, Educational Films Corporation, 18 min.




[Primetime - SOTM - The Brunette Beauties of Hollywood]


8:00 PM  The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Fox, 104 min. (p/s)


9:45 PM  Carmen Jones (1954) Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte, Dir: Otto Preminger, Carlyle Productions/Fox, 105 min. (p/s)


11:30 PM - The Man I Married (1940) Joan Bennett, Francis Lederer, Dir: Irving Pichel, Fox, 77 min. (p/s)


1:00 AM  Flower Drum Song (1961) Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta, Miyoshi Umeki, Dir: Henry Koster, Universal International, 132 min. (p/s)


3:15 AM  Footsteps in the Fog (1955) Jean Simmons, Stewart Granger, Dir: Arthur Lubin, Frankovich Productions, 90 min. (p/s)


4:45 AM  Jewel Robbery (1932) Kay Francis, William Powell, Dir: William Dieterle, Warner Bros., 70 min. (p/s)






Thursday, January 19, 2017



[Daytime Theme -- Challenge #2 -The Art of Collaboration - Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett]


6:00 AM The Lost Weekend (1945) Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Dir: Billy Wilder, Paramount, 99 min. (p/s)


7:45 AM  The Major and the Minor (1942) Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Dir: Billy Wilder, Paramount, 100 min. (p/s)


9:30 AM  Five Graves to Cairo (1943) Franchot Tone, Anne Baxter, Dir: Billy Wilder, Paramount, 96 min. (p/s)


11:15 AM  Ninotchka (1939) Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Dir: Ernst Lubitsch, MGM, 110 min. (p/s)


1:15 PM  Hold Back the Dawn (1941) Charles Boyer, Olivia de Havilland, Dir: Mitchell Leisen, Paramount, 116 min. (p/s)


3:15 PM  Midnight (1939) Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, Dir: Mitchell Leisen, Paramount, 94 min. (p/s)


5:00 PM  Sunset Boulevard (1950) William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Dir: Billy Wilder, Paramount, 110 min. (p/s)


7:00 PM  Hollywood without Makeup (1963) Dir: Rudy Behlmer, Loring d'Usseau & Ken Murray, 50 min. (p/s)




[Primetime Theme - Challenge #4 - Treasures from the Disney Vault]


8:00 PM  The Moon-Spinners (1964) Hayley Mills, Eli Wallach, Pola Negri, Dir: James Neilson. Walt Disney Productions, 118 min. (*Exempt Premiere*)


10:00 PM  Candleshoe (1977) Jodie Foster, David Niven, Helen Hayes, Dir: Norman Tokar,  Walt Disney Productions, 101 min. (p/s)


11:45 PM - Classic Disney Cartoons


- Mickey's Polo Team (1936), Mickey Mouse, Dir: David Hand, Walt Disney Productions, 9 min.

- Mickey's Trailer (1938), Mickey, Donald, & Goofy, Dir: Ben Sharpsteen, Walt Disney Productions, 8 min.

- Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip (1940), Mickey Mouse & Pluto, Dir: Clyde Geronimi, Walt Disney Productions, 8 min.

- How to Swim (1942), Goofy, Dir: Jack Kinney, Walt Disney Productions, 8 min.

- Donald's Off Day (1944), Donald Duck, Dir: Jack Hannah, Walt Disney Productions, 8 min.


12:30 AM  It All Started with a Mouse: The Disney Story (1989), Dir: Alan Benson, Walt Disney Productions, 60 min. (*Exempt Premiere*)


1:30 AM -Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, "Music for Everybody" (1966), Dir: Hamilton Luske, Walt Disney Productions, 60 min. (*Exempt Premiere*)


2:30 AM  The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975) Bill Bixby, Susan Clark (with Don Knotts & Tim Conway) Dir: Norman Tokar, Walt Disney Productions, 100 min. (p/s)


4:15 AM  Never A Dull Moment (1968) Dick Van Dyke, Edward G. Robinson, Dir: Jerry Paris, Walt Disney Productions, 99 min. (*Exempt Premiere*)






Friday, January 20, 2017



[Daytime Theme -- Challenge #1 - Choose Your Candidate -- Claudette Colbert for President!!]


6:00 AM  Torch Singer (1933) Claudette Colbert, Ricardo Cortez, Dir: Alexander Hall & George Somnes, Paramount, 71 min. (*Exempt Premiere*)


7:15 AM  The Gilded Lily (1935) Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, Dir: Wesley Ruggles, Paramount, 80 min. (*Exempt Premiere*)


8:45 AM  Tovarich (1937) Claudette Colbert, Charles Boyer, Dir: Anatole Litvak, Warner Bros., 98 min. (p/s)


10:30 AM  Remember the Day (1941) Claudette Colbert, John Payne, Dir: Henry King, Fox, 86 min. (p/s)


12:00 PM  Since You Went Away (1944) Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones, Shirley Temple, Dir: John Cromwell, Vanguard Films/Selznick International, 172 min., (p/s)


3:00 PM  The Egg and I (1947) Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, Dir: Chester Erskine, Universal International, 108 min. (p/s)


5:00 PM  Three Came Home (1950) Claudette Colbert, Patric Knowles, Dir: Jean Negulesco, Fox, 106 min. (p/s)


6:45 PM  SHORT: How to Vote (1936) Robert Benchley, Dir: Felix E. Feist, MGM, 10 min


7:00 PM  Hollywood, My Hometown (1965) Ken Murray, Dir: William Martin, Filmaster, 54 min. (p/s)




[Primetime -- Friday Night Spotlight -- The Golden Girls of Hollywood -- Guest Host: Sophia Petrillo]


8:00 PM  Murder, She Said (1961) Margaret Rutherford, Arthur Kennedy, Dir: George P-ollock, MGM, 87 min. (p/s)


9:30 PM  Granny Get Your Gun (1940) May Robson, Harry Davenport, Dir: George Amy, Warner Bros., 56 min. (p/s)


10:30 PM  The Penguin Pool Murder (1932) Edna May Oliver, James Gleason, Dir: George Archainbaud, RKO, 70 min. (p/s)


11:45 PM  Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone (1950) Marjorie Main, James Whitmore, Dir: Norman Taurog, MGM, 69 min. (p/s)


1:00 AM  SHORT: The Stolen Jools (1931) Norma Shearer, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Dir: William C. McGann, The Masquers Club of Hollywood, 20 min.


1:30 AM The Mating Season (1951) Gene Tierney, John Lund, Thelma Ritter, Dir: Mitchell Leisen, Paramount, 101 min. (p/s)


3:15 AM  Prosperity (1932) Marie Dressler, Polly Moran, Dir: Sam Wood, MGM, 87 min. (p/s)


4:45 AM  Marry the Girl (1937) Mary Boland, Frank McHugh, Hugh Herbert, Dir: William C. McGann, Warner Bros., 68 min. (p/s)







Saturday, January 21, 2017



[Daytime Theme: Drop That Name!]



(Vincente Minnelli and Arthur Freed)

6:00 AM - Bells Are Ringing (1960) Judy Holliday, Dean Martin, Dir: Vincente Minnelli, MGM, 126 min., (p/s)


(Lucille Ball and Gene Kelly)

8:15 AM - Du Barry Was a Lady (1943) Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly, Dir: Roy Del Ruth, MGM, 96 min. (p/s)


(Vivien Leigh and Raymond Massey)

10:00 AM  Fire Over England (1937) Flora Robson, Raymond Massey, Dir: William K. Howard, London Film Productions, 92 min., (p/s)


(Doris Day and Oscar Levant)

11:45 AM  Romance on the High Seas (1948) Doris Day, Jack Carson, Dir: Michael Curtiz, Warner Bros., 99 min. (p/s)


(Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly)

1:30 PM  High Society (1956) Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Dir: Charles Walters, MGM, 111 min. (p/s)


(Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell)

3:30 PM  His Girl Friday (1940) Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Dir: Howard Hawks, Columbia, 92 min. (p/s)


(Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, & Rory Calhoun)

5:15 PM  How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall, Dir: Jean Negulesco, Fox, 95 min. (p/s)


(.......and Rin Tin Tin)

7:00 PM  Death Goes North (1937) Edgar Edwards, Sheila Bromley, Dir: Frank McDonald, Central Films, 56 min. (*Premiere*)




[Primetime - The Essentials]


8:00 PM  Double Indemnity (1944) Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Edward G. Robinson, Dir: Billy Wilder, Paramount, 107 min., (p/s)


10:00 PM  The Stranger (1946) Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Orson Welles, Dir: Orson Welles, International Pictures, 95 min. (p/s)


11:45 PM  The File on Thelma Jordon (1950) Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey, Dir: Robert Siodmak, Hal Wallis Productions, 100 min., (p/s)


1:15 AM  Pushover (1954) Fred MacMurray, Kim Novak, Dir: Richard Quine, Columbia, 88 min., (p/s)


[TCM Underground]

2:45 AM  Freaks (1932) Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Dir: Tod Browning, MGM, 64 min. (p/s)


4:00 AM  Carnival of Souls (1962) Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Dir: Herk Harvey, Harcourt Productions, 78 min. (p/s)


5:20 AM  SHORT: The Tell-Tale Heart (1953) Dir: Ted Parmalee, UPA, 8 min.


5:30 AM  SHORT: They're Always Caught (1938), Dir: Harold S. Bucquet, MGM, 22 min.

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Azure's Notes



(Week of January 15-21, 2017)



Stars of the Month The Brunette Beauties of Hollywood (pre-1970)

Silent Sunday Night:  The Freshman (1925) (and other silent films)

TCM Imports:  The Oyster Princess (Die Austernprinzessin) (1919)

Friday Night Spotlight:  The Golden Girls of Hollywood (pre-1970)

The EssentialsDouble Indemnity (1944)

TCM Underground: Freaks (1932), Carnival of Souls (1962)



Challenge #1 - (Your Candidate) - Claudette Colbert

Challenge #2 - (The Art of Collaboration) - Billy Wilder & Charles Brackett

Challenge #3 - (LP's Most Wanted Musicals) - Walking My Baby Back Home (1953), Red Garters (1954), Damn Yankees (1958), The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947)


Challenge #4 - Treasures from the Disney Vault





The Three Musketeers (1939)

Six of a Kind (1934)

Her Wild Oat (1927)

Mantrap (1926)

Mad About Music (1938)

What's Cookin'? (1942)

Peter Pan (1924)

Knock on Wood (1954)

Death Goes North (1937)






The Oyster Princess (1919)

Walking My Baby Back Home (1953)

Red Garters (1954)

Damn Yankees (1958)

The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947)

Torch Singer (1933)

The Gilded Lily (1935)

The Moon-Spinners (1964)

Never a Dull Moment (1968)

It All Started with a Mouse: The Disney Story (1989)

Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, "Music for Everybody" (1966)






1910s - 1

1920s - 8

1930s - 23

1940s - 31

1950s - 23

1960s - 12

1970s - 2

1980s - 1

1990s - 0

2000s - 0

2010s - 0





Sunday is "Fun Day" on TCM!  I'm saluting comic actors and actresses with a 24-hour marathon of comedy films. The daytime is devoted to the films of comedy duos and trios, and the evening is devoted to comic actors/actresses of the silent era. The highlights of the daytime lineup are the premieres of The Three Musketeers (1939) (with the Ritz Brothers) and Six of a Kind (with George Burns and Gracie Allen).  We kick off the marathon of silents with 2 premieres - Her Wild Oat (with Colleen Moore) and Mantrap (with Clara Bow).  Occupying the usual time slot for "Silent Sunday Night" is my main man Harold Lloyd.  I picked one of my favorite Harold Lloyd films, The Freshman, which is followed by one of my favorite short films, The City Slicker.  For TCM Imports, I picked The Oyster Princess (Die Austernprinzessin), which is one of Ernst Lubitsch's best silent comedies.




It's all about musicals on Monday morning/afternoon.  We start the day off with the premieres of my own most-wanted musicals (Mad About Music and What's Cookin'?), followed by a couple of musical films starring my favorite musical stars -- Judy Garland and Doris Day.  After that, we have mini-marathon of LonesomePolecat's most-wanted musicals and a Betty Grable film. (Challenge #3). 


In the evening, I'm paying tribute to TCM host Robert Osborne with an evening full of "Bob's Picks".  I've been introduced to several great films after watching "Bob's Picks", so this is my way of saying "Thank you" to Mr. Osborne. Like many of you, I really miss him and I hope that we'll see him back on TCM again soon. 




On Tuesday, I'm saluting legendary cinematographer James Wong Howe with a 24-hour marathon of films that he has worked on.  The "master of lights" started his career during the silent era and worked steadily into the mid-1970s.  We start the day off with the premiere of one of his silent films, Peter Pan (1924), followed by a lineup of other noteworthy films.  James Wong Howe won Academy Awards for The Rose Tattoo and Hud, both of which are included in the lineup. 




On Wednesday morning/afternoon, I'm celebrating Danny Kaye's birthday with a marathon of his films.  One of the highlights of the day is the premiere of Knock on Wood.  The birthday tribute is topped off with 4 short films that Danny Kaye made in the 1930s. 


The evening is devoted to the Stars of the Month -- the brunette beauties of Hollywood (pre-1970).  A few years ago, TCM had a "Battle of the Blondes" theme for the SOTM, so I decided that it was time for the brunettes to have their turn.  There's no "battle" this time around -- just an evening featuring the ravishing, raven-haired leading ladies of Hollywood's Golden Age.  For Week 3 of the SOTM for January, I'm honoring Gene Tierney, Dorothy Dandridge, Joan Bennett, Nancy Kwan, Jean Simmons and Kay Francis. 




The daytime lineup for Thursday features the films of screenwriting duo Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett (Challenge #2).  This legendary duo wrote some of the best-known and best-loved classic films. 


Thursday evening is a night of Treasures from the Disney Vault (Challenge #4).  The lineup of films includes the premieres of The Moon-Spinners and Never a Dull Moment (1968), along with classic Disney cartoons, a Disney documentary and an episode of Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color.  The first Disney cartoon, Mickey's Polo Team, is a little gem that classic film fans would get a kick out of.  The animated versions of several classic movie stars appear in this film, including Harpo Marx, Charlie Chaplin and Shirley Temple. 




Friday, January 20th, is Inauguration Day, so I thought that would be a good day to feature my presidential candidate -- Claudette Colbert. (Challenge #1)  To be honest, I originally intended her to be the Star of the Month.  However, as I looked at her list of films, I kept thinking that she would make a great presidential candidate.  In many of her films, she has exhibited the qualities of an ideal candidate -- leadership, inner strength, intelligence, dignity, class, wit and charm. 


For the Friday Night Spotlight, I'm paying tribute to the "Golden Girls" of Hollywood (pre-1970).  The "Golden Girls" are all the beloved, scene-stealing character actresses who were 50 years old or older.  The guest host for each the Spotlight nights would be one of the 4 main characters from the 80s TV show The Golden Girls.  The guest host for Week 3 is Sophia Petrillo (aka Estelle Getty).  (It cracks me up to think of Sophia as a guest host, wisecracking her way through the night in all her straw-purse-toting glory.) This particular Spotlight night features character actresses in starring roles.  The first 4 films are all mystery/comedy-drama films, which are followed by 3 more comedies.  For Week 3 of the Friday Night Spotlight, I'm honoring Margaret Rutherford, May Robson, Edna May Oliver, Marjorie Main, Thelma Ritter, Marie Dressler and Mary Boland. 


(Note: In the films featured on the Spotlight night, each actress was at least 50 years old at the time the movie was made, except for Edna May Oliver and Thelma Ritter.  They were only 49 at the time their movies were made, but hey, that's close enough!)




It has often been said that some people in the entertainment industry enjoy name-dropping.  Betty Comden and Adolph Green (and Jule Styne) even wrote a song about it for the Broadway musical Bells Are Ringing, which was later made into a film.  The name of the song is titled "Drop That Name" (very appropriate).  On Saturday morning/afternoon, I'm honoring several of the people who were mentioned in the film version of the song.  In order to get in as many as I could, I decided to pick films that featured at least two of the people mentioned in the song.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the "Drop that Name" song, here's a video clip.  (Sorry, but the video quality isn't the greatest.)






For The Essentials, I picked a film that is considered to be one of the best film noirs (if not THE best) -- Double Indemnity.  It also happens to be one of my favorite films.  The film is followed by film noirs starring each of the 3 main actors in Double Indemnity - Edward G. Robinson, Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray.  For TCM Underground, it's all about creepy carnivals -- Freaks and Carnival of Souls (1962). 

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