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TCM Programming Challenge #35 -- The Long and The Short of It (Challenges)

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TCM Programming Challenge #35

“The Long and The Short of It.”



Challenge #1:  The Long Of It.


You are to choose, as your Star Of The Month, an actor or actress who has 100 or more feature film credits. TV, animated feature or voice credits will not count toward the total.  Some actors who would meet this criteria include:  Alan Hale, Regis Toomey, John Litel, Ward Bond etc., etc. but you will find many, many other actors and actresses who have 100 film credits.  Please note:  TCM’s website has filmographies for the vast majority of actors or actresses you may want to use.  It is suggested you use this resource (as opposed to IMDB) for this challenge. You may have 3 films in this challenge which will not go against your premiere limit. Mark these:  Long-Exempt.


Challenge #2:  The Short Of It.


You are to program a block of films saluting an actor or actress who has less than 50 feature film credits. Many young actors/actresses or child stars fit into this category (Jane Bryan, Elizabeth Allan, Virginia Weidler, etc.) as well as actors who began their film career later in life. You may have 3 films in this challenge which will not go against your premiere limit. Mark these:  Short-Exempt.


Challenge #3: 1935 Guest Programmer


In honor of Challenge #35 you are to program a block of films hosted by a guest programmer who is a character from a 1935 film. You may have 2 films in this challenge which will not go against your premiere limit.  Mark these:  GP-Exempt.


Challenge #4:  The Ghosts of TCM Past (optional)


Over the years TCM has had many “branded” programming and promotional segments including: “Lone Star Cinema,” “Word of Mouth,” “On Everyone’s Most Wanted List,” “What a Character,” “Darkness After Dawn” and “Preservation Showcase” among many others. You are program a block of films which would be appropriate for one of these segments. You may have 2 films in this challenge which will not go against your premiere limit.  Mark these: Ghost- Exempt.


Challenge #5:  Let’s Hear It for the DP’s. (optional)


You are to program a block of films saluting a favorite DP aka the Director of Photography.  The majority of this individual’s work must have occurred in the years 1930 – 1960. You may have 2 films in this challenge which will not go against your premiere limit.  Mark these:  DP-Exempt.


You may use up to 12 premieres in this challenge. The week selected must be between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.


This challenge starts at 12:00 PM (EST) Sunday, March 5, 2017 and ends 11:59 AM (EST) Sunday, April 2, 2017.


Good luck and have fun!

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Decade Breakdown:


1920s: 3

1930s: 24

1940s: 18

1950s: 19

1960s: 13

1970s: 4

1980s: 2

1990s: 2

2000s: 2

2010s: 2


1. Lucy Gallant (1955)
2. As Young As You Feel (1951)
3. The Crucible (1996)
4. About Time (2013)
5. Atonement (2007)
6. Les Miserables (2012)
7. Pride and Prejudice (2005)
8. Notting Hill (1999)
9. The Pied Piper (1972)
10. Clue (1985)

Exempt Premieres:
1. Good Morning Miss Dove (1955)
2. Song of the South (1946)
3. What's So Bad About Feeling So Good? (1968)
4. The Model and the Marriage Broker (1951)
5. Jennie Gerhardt (1933)
6. Hoopla (1933)

Sunday, July 14, 2019

The Short of It: Jennifer Jones

6:00 AM Love is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955) Jennifer Jones & William Holden D: Henry King 20th Century Fox 102 min. (p/s)

7:45 AM The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956) Gregory Peck & Jennifer Jones D: Nunnally Johnson 20th Century Fox 153 min. (P/s)

10:30 AM Tender is the Night (1962) Jennifer Jones & Jason Robards D: Henry King 20th Century Fox 146 min. (P/s)

1:00 PM Good Morning Miss Dove (1955) Jennifer Jones & Robert Stack D: Henry Koster 20th Century Fox 107 min. Short-Exempt Premiere

3:00 PM Love Letters (1945) Jennifer Jones & Joseph Cotten D: William Dieterle Paramount 101 min. (P/s)

4:45 PM Ruby Gentry (1952) Jennifer Jones & Charlton Heston D:King Vidor 20th Century Fox 82 min. (P/s)

6:15 PM Cluny Brown (1946) Charles Boyer & Jennifer Jones D: Ernst Lubitsch 20th Century Fox 100 min. (P/s)

Sunday Triple Feature: Shirley Temple

8:00 PM Curly Top (1935) Shirley Temple & John Boles D: Irving Cumming 20th Century Fox 75 min. (P/s)

9:30 PM Stowaway (1936) Shirley Temple & Robert Young D: William Seiter 20th Century Fox 86 min (p/s)

11:00 PM The Little Princess (1939) Shirley Temple & Richard Greene D: Walter Lang 20th Century Fox 91 min. (P/d)

Silent Sunday

12:45 AM Sunrise (1927) George O'Brien & Janet Gaynor D: F.W. Murnau Fox 94 min (p/s)

TCM Imports

2:30 AM Children of Paradise (1945) Jean-Louis Barrault & Arletty D: Marcel Carne Janus films 195 min. (P/s)

Monday, July 15, 2019

Photographed by Gregg Toland

6:00 AM We Live Again (1934) Anna Sten & Fredric March D: Rouben Mamouilian UA 82 min. (P/s)

7:30 AM Intermezzo (1939) Leslie Howard & Ingrid Bergman D: Gregory Ratoff UA 70 min (p/s)

8:45 AM The Dark Angel (1935) Merle Oberon & Fredric March D: Sidney Franklin UA 110 min (p/s)

10:45 AM Song of the South (1946) James Baskett & Bobby Driscoll D: Harve Foster, Wilfred Jackson RKO/Disney 94 min DP-Exempt Premiere

12:30 PM Citizen Kane (1941) Orson Welles & Joseph Cotten D: Orson Welles RKO 119 min.

2:30 PM The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Fredric March & Myrna Loy D: William Wyler RKO 173 min. (P/s)

5:30 PM The Grapes of Wrath (1940) Henry Fonda & Jane Darwell D: John Ford 20th Century Fox 129 min. (P/s)

Star of the Month/The Long of It: Robert Mitchum

8:00 PM Out of the Past (1947) Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer D: Jacques Tourneur RKO 98 min. 


9:45 PM Rachel and the Stranger (1948) Loretta Young & William Holden D: Norman Foster RKO 94 min.


11:30 PM Where Danger Lives (1950) Robert Mitchum & Faith Domergue D: John Farrow RKO 84 min.


1:00 AM Macao (1952) Robert Mitchum & Jane Russell D: Josef Von Sternberg RKO 82 min.


2:30 AM Till the End of Time (1946) Dorothy Maguire & Robert Mitchum D: Edward Dmytryk RKO 105 min.


4:30 AM The Lusty Men (1952) Robert Mitchum & Susan Hayward D: Nicholas Ray RKO 112 min.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

What a Character: Thelma Ritter

6:30 AM Move Over Darling (1963) Doris Day & James Garner D: Michael Gordon 20th Century Fox 103 min (p/s)

8:15 AM Pillow Talk (1959) Doris Day & Rock Hudson D: Michael Gordon Universal 102 min (p/s)

10:00 AM The Mating Season (1951) Thelma Ritter & Gene Tierney D: Mitchell Leisen Paramount 101 min. (P/s)

11:45 AM What's So Bad About Feeling So Good? (1968) Mary Tyler Moore & George Peppard D:George Seaton Universal 94 min. Ghost-Exempt Premiere

1:30 PM The Model and the Marriage Broker (1951) Thelma Ritter & Jeanne Crain D: George Cukor 20th Century Fox 103 min. Ghost-Exempt Premiere

3:15 PM Pickup on South Street (1953) Richard Widmark & Thelma Ritter D:Samuel Fuller 20th Century Fox 80 min (p/s)

4:45 PM Lucy Gallant (1955) Jane Wyman & Charlton Heston D: Robert Parrish Paramount 104 min. Premiere #1

6:30 PM As Young As You Feel (1951) Monty Woolley & Thelma Ritter D: Harmon Jones 20th Century Fox 77 min. Premiere #2

Guest Programmer: Alice Adams

8:00 PM Jewel Robbery (1932) William Powell & Kay Francis D:William Dieterle WB 70 min.

9:15 PM Chained (1934) Joan Crawford & Clark Gable D: Clarence Brown MGM 76 min.

10:45 PM Jennie Gerhardt (1933) Sylvia Sidney & Donald Cook D: Marion Gering Paramount 85 min. GP-Exempt Premiere

12:15 AM Hoopla (1933) Clara Bow & Richard Cromwell D: Frank Lloyd Fox 85 min. GP-Exempt Premiere

1:45 AM Female (1933) Ruth Chatterton & George Brent D: Michael Curtiz WB 60 min.

3:00 AM Forbidden (1932) Barbara Stanwyck & Adolphe Menjou D:Frank Capra Columbia 81 min (p/s)

4:30 AM The Secret of Madame Blanche (1933) Irene Dunne & Lionel Atwell D: Charles Brabin MGM 83 min.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Hollywood on Hollywood

6:00 AM The Big Knife (1955) Jack Palance & Ida Lupino D: Robert Aldrich UA 111 min (p/s)

8:00 AM What Price Hollywood? (1932) Constance Bennett & Lowell Sherman RKO 88 min.

9:30 AM Sunset Boulevard (1950) Gloria Swanson & William Holden D: Billy Wilder Paramount 110 min (p/s)

11:30 AM Singin' in the Rain (1952) Gene Kelly & Debbie Reynolds D: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly MGM 102 min.

1:15 PM Bombshell (1933) Jean Harlow & Lee Tracy D: Victor Fleming MGM 95 min.

3:00 PM Show People (1928) Marion Davies & William Haines D: King Vidor MGM 82 min.

4:30 PM The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) Kirk Douglas & Lana Turner D: Vincente Minnelli MGM 118 min.

6:30 PM Sullavan's Travels (1941) Joel McCrea & Veronica Lake D: Preston Sturges Paramount 90 min. (P/s)

TCM Showcase: Order in the Court!

8:00 PM A Free Soul (1931) Norma Shearer & Lionel Barrymore D: Clarence Brown MGM 91 min

9:45 PM The Paradine Case (1947) Gregory Peck & Alida Valli D: Alfred Hitchcock UA 116 min (p/s)

11:45 PM The Verdict (1982) Paul Newman & Charlotte Rampling D: Sidney Lumet 20th Century Fox 129 min (p/s)

2:00 AM Adam's Rib (1949) Katharine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy D: George Cukor MGM 100 min.

3:45 AM The Crucible (1996) Daniel Day-Lewis & Winona Ryder D: Nicholas Hynter 20th Century Fox 123 min. Premiere #3

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Into the Classroom

6:00 AM Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939) Robert Donat & Greer Garson D: Sam Wood MGM 114 min.

8:00 AM The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) Maggie Smith & Pamela Franklin D: Ronald Neame 20th Century Fox 116 min (p/s)

10:00 AM The Corn is Green (1945) Bette Davis & John Dall D:Irving Rapper WB 114 min.

12:00 PM Remember the Day (1941) Claudette Colbert & John Payne D: Henry King 20th Century Fox 85 min (p/s)

1:30 PM The Browning Version (1951) Michael Redgrave & Jean Kent D: Anthony Asquith Janus Films 90 min (p/s)

3:00 PM Up the Down Staircase (1967) Sandy Dennis & Patrick Bedford D: Richard Mulligan WB 124 min (p/s)

5:15 PM Goodbye Mr. Chips (1969) Peter O'Toole & Petula Clark D: Herbert Ross MGM 154 min

Working Title Films: Masters of Modern British Cinema

8:00 PM About Time (2013) Domhnall Gleeson & Rachel McAdams D: Richard Curtis Universal 124 min Premiere #4

10:15 PM Atonement (2007) James McAvoy & Keira Knightley D: Joe Wright Focus Features 123 min. Premiere #5

12:30 AM Les Miserables (2012) Hugh Jackman & Russell Crowe D:Tom Hooper Universal 159 min Premiere #6

3:15 AM Pride and Prejudice (2005) Keira Knightley & Matthew Macfayden D: Joe Wright 128 min Premiere #7

5:30 AM Notting Hill (1999) Hugh Grant & Julia Roberts D: Roger Michell Universal 125 min Premiere #8

Friday, July 19, 2019

All Aboard!

7:45 AM The General (1926) Buster Keaton & Marion Mack D: Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman UA 74 min (p/s)

9:00 AM The Narrow Margin (1952) Charles McGraw & Marie Windsor D: Richard Fleisher RKO 70 min

10:15 AM Shanghai Express (1932) Marlene Dietrich & Anna May Wong D: Josef von Sternberg Paramount 80 min (p/s)

11:45 AM Union Pacific (1939) Barbara Stanwyck & Joel McCrea D: Cecil B. DeMille Paramount 135 min (p/s)

2:00 PM Murder on the Orient Express (1974) Albert Finney & Lauren Bacall D: Sidney Lumet Paramount 128 min

4:15 PM The Lady Vanishes (1938) Margaret Lockwood & Michael Redgrave D: Alfred Hitchcock Janus Films 97 min (p/d)

6:00 PM Night Train to Munich (1940) Rex Harrison & Margaret Lockwood D: Carol Reed 20th Century Fox 93 min.

The Magic of Jacques Demy

8:00 PM The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) Catherine Deneuve & Nino Castelnuovo D:Jacques Demy Janus Films 91 min (p/s)

9:45 PM The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967) Catherine Deneuve & Francoise Dorleac D: Jacques Demy Janus Films 124 min (p/s)

12:00 AM Donkey Skin (1970) Catherine Deneuve & Jacques Perrin D: Jacques Demy Janus Films 90 min (p/s)

1:45 AM Lola (1961) Anouk Aimee & Marc Michel D: Jacques Demy Janus Films 90 min (p/s)

3:30 AM Bay of Angels (1963) Jeanne Moreau & Claude Mann D:Jacques Demy Janus Films 79 min. (p/s)

5:00 AM The Pied Piper (1972) Donovan & Donald Pleasance D: Jacques Demy Paramount 90 min Premiere #9

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Hotels, Boarding Houses, and Motels

6:30 AM Psycho (1960) Anthony Perkins & Janet Leigh D: Alfred Hitchcock Paramount 109 min. (P/s)

8:30 AM Seperate Tables (1958) David Niven & Deborah Kerr D: Delbert Mann UA 99 min (p/s)

10:15 AM Grand Hotel (1932) Greta Garbo & Joan Crawford D: Edmund Goulding MGM 113 min.

12:15 PM What's Up Doc (1972) Barbra Streisand & Ryan O'Neal D: Peter Bogdonovich WB 98 min (p/s)

2:00 PM Stage Door (1937) Ginger Rogers & Katharine Hepburn D:
Gregory La Cava RKO 97 min

3:45 PM Hollywood Hotel (1937) Dick Powell & Rosemary Lane D: Busby Berkeley WB 109 min

5:45 PM Weekend at the Waldorf (1945) Ginger Rogers & Lana Turner D: Robert Z. Leonard MGM 130 min.

The Essentials/TCM Underground: Whodunit?

8:00 PM Charade (1963) Audrey Hepburn & Cary Grant D: Stanley Donen Universal 114 min. (P/s)

10:00 PM The Thin Man (1934) William Powell & Myrna Loy D: W.S. Van Dyke MGM 93 min.

11:45 PM The List of Adrian Messenger (1963) George C. Scott & Dana Wynter D: John Huston Universal 98 min (p/s)

1:30 AM Laura (1944) Dana Andrews & Gene Tierney D: Otto Preminger 20th Century Fox 85 min (p/s)

3:00 AM (Underground) Clue (1985) Tim Curry & Lesley Ann Warren D: Jonathan Lynn 98 min. Premiere #10

4:45 AM Penguin Pool Murder (1932) Edna May Oliver & James Gleason D: George Archainbaud RKO 65 min

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And by the way, great challenges!


Why, thank you very much!!!


Amazing schedule and done so quickly, too.  I'll take the time to point out some stuff I really love tomorrow  --  today was a crazy day!

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Super schedule, CinemaInternational.  Love, love your SOTM Robert Mitchum, your What A Character, Thelma Ritter and your DP, Gregg Toland. "Triple Temple" on Sunday night is fun and I know all of us love Hollywood on Hollywood films.  Great job!



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Sunday, June 16, 2019 – Saturday, June 22, 2019


SOTM: Joan Blondell


June 16, 2019


Daytime Theme: The Roaring 20s


6:00am SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS (1961) Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, Pat Hingle. Dir. Elia Kazan. Warner Brothers. 124 mins. (p/s).


8:15am SINGIN IN THE RAIN (1952) Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds. Dir. Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen. MGM. 102 mins. (p/s).


10:00am SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959) Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon. Dir. Billy Wilder. United Artists. 120 mins. (p/s).


Daytime Theme: Love Triangles


12:00pm CASABLANCA (1942) Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid. Dir. Michael Curtiz. Warner Brothers. 99 mins. (p/s).


1:45pm THE GREAT GATSBY (1974) Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern. Dir. Jack Clayton. Paramount. 144 mins. (p/s).


4:15pm KITTY FOYLE (1940) Ginger Rogers, Dennis Morgan, James Craig. Dir. Sam Wood. RKO. 105 mins. (p/s).


6:00pm SABRINA (1954) Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden. Dir. Billy Wilder. Paramount. 112 mins. (p/s).


Primetime: Happy Birthday Stan Laurel!


8:00pm THE MUSIC BOX (1932) Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Lilyan Irene. Dir. James Parrott. MGM. 30 mins. (p/s).


8:30pm SONS OF THE DESERT (1933) Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase. Dir. William A. Seiter. MGM. 65 mins. (p/s).


9:45pm WAY OUT WEST (1937) Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Sharon Lynne. Dir. James W. Horne. MGM. 64 mins. (p/s).


11:00pm BLOCK-HEADS (1938) Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Patricia Ellis. Dir. John G. Blystone. MGM. 58 mins. (premiere #1).


TCM Silent Sunday Nights


12:00am PANDORA’S BOX (1929) Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Francis Lederer. Dir. GW Pabst. Janus Films. 109 mins. (p/s).


TCM Imports: Sophia Loren


2:00am TWO WOMEN (1961) Sophia Loren, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Eleanora Brown. Dir. Vittorio De Sica. Embassy Pictures. 105 mins. (p/s).


3:45am YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW (1964) Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Aldo Giuffre. Dir. Vittorio De Sica. 119 mins. (p/s).


5:45am BREAKDOWNS OF 1938. 14 mins. 


June 17, 2019


Daytime Theme:  Costume Parties


6:00am AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951) Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant. Dir. Vincente Minnelli. MGM. 113 mins. (p/s).


8:00am GILDA (1946) Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready. Dir. Charles Vidor. Columbia. 108 mins. (p/s).


10:00am TO CATCH A THIEF (1955) Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. Paramount. 103 mins. (p/s).


11:45am REBECCA  (1940) Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. United Artists. 127 mins. (p/s).


Daytime Theme: Vignettes in Film


2:00pm WHAT A WAY TO GO! (1964) Shirley MacLaine, Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum. Dir. J. Lee Thompson. Fox. 111 mins (p/s).


4:00pm A GUIDE FOR A MARRIED MAN (1967) Walter Matthau, Inger Stevens, Sue Ann Langdon. Dir. Gene Kelly. Fox. 89 mins. (premiere #2).


5:30pm WE’RE NOT MARRIED! (1952) Ginger Rogers, Fred Allen, Victor Moore. Dir. Edmund Goulding. Fox. 85 mins. (premiere #3).


7:00pm HOLLYWOOD MY HOMETOWN (1965) Ken Murray. 52 mins. (p/s).


Guest Programmer: Captain Peter Blood


8:00pm THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987) Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright. Dir. Rob Reiner. Fox. 98 mins (premiere-GP EXEMPT).


9:45pm SPARTACUS (1960) Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons. Dir. Stanley Kubrick. Universal. 190 mins. (p/s).


1:00am YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974) Gene Wilder, Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman. Dir. Mel Brooks. Fox. 140 mins (p/s).


3:30am CHINA SEAS (1935) Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Wallace Beery. Dir. Tay Garnett. MGM. 87 mins. (p/s).


5:00am HOLLYWOOD: THE DREAM FACTORY (1972) Dick Cavett. 50 mins. (p/s).


June 18, 2019


Daytime Theme: Pillow Talk


6:00am PILLOW OF DEATH (1945) Lon Chaney Jr., Brenda Joyce, J. Edward Bromberg. Dir. Wallace Fox. Universal. 65 mins. (premiere #4).


7:15am PILLOW TO POST (1945) Ida Lupino, Sydney Greenstreet, William Prince. Dir. Vincent Sherman. Warner Brothers. 91 mins. (p/s).


9:00am PILLOW TALK (1959) Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall. Dir. Michael Gordon. Universal. 110 mins. (p/s).


Daytime Theme: Starring Tom Drake


11:00 WORDS AND MUSIC (1948) Mickey Rooney, Tom Drake, Ann Sothern. Dir. Norman Taurog. MGM. 119 mins. (p/s)


1:00pm I’LL BE YOURS (1947) Deanna Durbin, Tom Drake, William Bendix. Dir. William A. Seiter. Universal. 93 mins. (p/s).


2:45pm MAISIE GOES TO RENO (1944) Ann Sothern, John Hodiak, Tom Drake. Dir. Harry Beaumont. MGM. 90 mins. (p/s).


4:15pm COURAGE OF LASSIE  (1946) Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Morgan, Tom Drake. Dir. Fred M. Wilcox. MGM. 92 mins. (p/s).


6:00pm MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (1944) Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien, Tom Drake. Dir. Vincente Minnelli. MGM. 112 mins. (p/s).


Primetime: The Short of It, Starring Sandra Dee


8:00pm GIDGET (1959) Sandra Dee, James Darren, Cliff Robertson. Dir. Paul Wendkos. Columbia.

94 mins. (p/s).


9:45pm TAKE HER, SHE’S MINE (1963) James Stewart, Sandra Dee, Audrey Meadows. Dir. Henry Koster. Fox. 98 mins. (p/s).


11:30pm THE WILD AND THE INNOCENT (1959) Audie Murphy, Joanne Dru, Sandra Dee. Dir. Jack Sher. Universal. 84 mins. (premiere SHORT EXEMPT).


1:00am IF A MAN ANSWERS (1962) Sandra Dee, Bobby Darin, Micheline Presle. Dir. Henry Levin. Universal. 102 mins. (premiere SHORT EXEMPT).


2:45am THAT FUNNY FEELING (1965) Sandra Dee, Bobby Darin, Donald O’Connor. Dir. Richard Thorpe. Universal. 93 mins. (p/s).


4:30am THE RESTLESS YEARS (1958) Teresa Wright, John Saxon, Sandra Dee. Dir. Helmut Kautner. Universal. 82 mins. (premiere SHORT EXEMPT).


June 19, 2019


Daytime Theme: “They’re Always After Me Lucky Charms.”


6:00am MY FOOLISH HEART (1950) Dana Andrews, Susan Hayward, Kent Smith. Dir. Mark Robson. RKO. 98 mins. (p/s).


7:45am FIVE STAR FINAL (1931) Edward G. Robinson, Marian Marsh, HB Warner. Dir. Mervyn LeRoy. First National. 89 mins. (p/s).


9:15am BILLY ROSE’S DIAMOND HORSESHOE (1945) Betty Grable, Dick Haymes, Phil Silvers. Dir. George Seaton. Fox. 104 mins. (premiere #5).


11:00am INSIDE DAISY CLOVER (1965) Natalie Wood, Christopher Plummer, Robert Redford. Dir. Robert Mulligan. Warner Brothers. 128 mins. (p/s).


1:15pm THE MOON IS BLUE (1953) William Holden, David Niven, Maggie McNamara. Dir. Otto Preminger. United Artists. 99 mins. (p/s).


3:00pm POT O’GOLD (1941) James Stewart, Paulette Goddard, Horace Heidt. Dir. George Marshall. United Artists. 84 mins. (p/s).


4:30pm FINIAN’S RAINBOW (1968) Fred Astaire, Petula Clark, Tommy Steele. Dir. Francis Ford Coppola. Warner Brothers. 145 mins. (p/s).


7:00pm THE RED BALLOON (1956) Pascal Lamorisse, Sabine Lamorisse, Georges Sellier. Dir. Albert Lamorisse. Les Films. 36 mins. (p/s).


7:45pm MATCH YOUR MOOD (1968) 7 mins.


PRIMETIME: Darkness After Dawn Series


8:00pm KISS OF DEATH (1947) Victor Mature, Brian Donlevy, Coleen Gray. Dir. Henry Hathaway. Fox. 95 mins. (p/s).


9:45pm MILDRED PIERCE (1945) Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Ann Blyth. Dir. Michael Curtiz. Warner Brothers. 109 mins. (p/s).


11:45pm BEYOND THE FOREST (1949) Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten, David Brian. Dir. King Vidor. Warner Brothers. 95 mins. (premiere GHOST EXEMPT).


1:30am THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE (1946) Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore. Dir. Richard Siodmak. RKO. 83 mins. (p/s).


3:00am THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (1948) Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane. Dir. Orson Welles. Columbia. 86 mins. (p/s).


4:30am CRY WOLF (1947) Errol Flynn, Barbara Stanwyck, Geraldine Brooks. Dir. Peter Godfrey. Warner Brothers. 83 mins. (p/s).


June 20, 2019


Daytime Theme:  Happy Birthday Gail Patrick!


6:00am MY MAN GODFREY (1936) William Powell, Carole Lombard, Gail Patrick. Dir. Gregory La Cava. Universal. 94 mins. (p/s).


7:45am STAGE DOOR (1937) Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Gail Patrick. Dir. Gregory La Cava. RKO. 92 mins. (p/s).


9:30am WIVES UNDER SUSPICION (1938) Warren William, Gail Patrick, Constance Moore. Dir. James Whale. Universal. 68 mins. (p/s).


10:45am LOVE CRAZY (1941) William Powell, Myrna Loy, Gail Patrick. Dir. Jack Conway. MGM. 97 mins. (p/s).


Daytime Theme: Happy Birthday Errol Flynn!


12:30pm THE PERFECT SPECIMEN (1937) Errol Flynn, Joan Blondell, Hugh Herbert. Dir. Michael Curtiz. Warner Brothers. 82 mins. (premiere #6).


2:00pm THE SISTERS (1938) Errol Flynn, Bette Davis, Anita Louise. Dir. Anatole Litvak. Warner Brothers. 95 mins. (p/s).


3:45pm THAT FORSYTE WOMAN (1949) Errol Flynn, Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon. Dir. Compton Bennett. MGM. 112 mins (p/s).


5:45pm THE SUN ALSO RISES (1957) Tyrone Power, Ava Gardner, Errol Flynn. Dir. Henry King. Fox. 129 mins. (p/s).


Primetime: The Long of It, SOTM: Joan Blondell


8:00pm THE BLUE VEIL (1951) Jane Wyman, Charles Laughton, Joan Blondell. Dir. Curtis Bernhardt. RKO. 113 mins. (premiere LONG EXEMPT.)


10:00pm A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN (1945) Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, James Dunn. Fox. 128 mins. (p/s).


12:15am NIGHTMARE ALLEY (1947) Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray. Dir. Edmund Goulding. Fox. 110 mins. (p/s).


2:15am DESK SET (1957) Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Blondell. Dir. Walter Lang. Fox. 102 mins. (p/s).


4:00am THE CINCINNATI KID (1965) Steve McQueen, Edward G. Robinson, Ann-Margret. Dir. Norman Jewison. MGM. 113 mins. (p/s).


June 21, 2019


Daytime Theme: Lucille Ball, “Queen of the B’s”


6:00am THE AFFAIRS OF ANNABEL (1938) Jack Oakie, Lucille Ball, Ruth Donnelly. Dir. Ben Stoloff. RKO. 68 mins. (p/s).


7:15am NEXT TIME I MARRY (1938) Lucille Ball, James Ellison, Lee Bowman. Dir. Garson Kanin. RKO. 64 mins. (p/s).


8:30am BEAUTY FOR THE ASKING (1939) Lucille Ball, Patric Knowles, Donald Woods. Dir. Glenn Tryon. RKO. 68 mins. (p/s).


9:45am TOO MANY GIRLS (1940) Lucille Ball, Richard Carlson, Ann Miller. Dir. George Abbott.  RKO. 85 mins.  (p/s).


11:15am A GIRL, A GUY AND A GOB (1941) George Murphy, Lucille Ball, Edmond O’Brien.  RKO. 90 mins.


Daytime Theme: Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson


12:45pm MR. PEABODY AND THE MERMAID (1948) William Powell, Ann Blyth, Irene Hervey. Universal. 89 mins. (p/s).


2:15pm THE DARK MIRROR (1946) Olivia de Havilland, Lew Ayres, Thomas Mitchell. Dir. Robert Siodmak. Universal. 85 mins. (premiere #7).


3:45pm THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW (1944) Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Raymond Massey. Dir. Fritz Lang. RKO. 99 mins. (p/s).


5:30pm THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM (1945) Gregory Peck, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price. Dir. John M. Stahl. Fox. 137 mins. (p/s).




8:00pm SUDDEN FEAR (1952) Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Gloria Grahame. Dir. David Miller. RKO. 110 mins. (p/s).


10:00pm SALOME (1953) Rita Hayworth, Stewart Granger, Charles Laughton. Dir. William Dieterle. Columbia. 102 mins. (p/s).


11:45pm PARIS WHEN IT SIZZLES (1964) William Holden, Audrey Hepburn, Gregoire Aslan. Dir. Richard Quine. Paramount. 110 mins. (p/s).


1:45am THE SOLID GOLD CADILLAC (1956) Judy Holliday, Paul Douglas, Fred Clark. Dir. Richard Quine. Columbia. 99 mins. (p/s).


3:30am THE RAINMAKER (1956) Burt Lancaster, Katharine Hepburn, Lloyd Bridges. Dir. Joseph Anthony. Paramount. 121 mins. (p/s).


5:45am HOLLYWOOD HIST-O-RAMA: Katharine Hepburn (1962). 4 mins.


June 22, 2019


Daytime Theme: Movies with Fashion Shows


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


7:45am THE WOMEN (1939) Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell. Dir. George Cukor. MGM. 133 mins. (p/s).


10:00am ROBERTA (1935) Irene Dunne, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire. Dir. William A. Seiter. RKO. 106 mins. (p/s).


Daytime Theme: Rita Hayworth Musicals


12:00pm YOU’LL NEVER GET RICH (1941) Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Robert Benchley. Dir. Sidney Lanfield. Columbia. 87 mins. (p/s).


1:30pm YOU WERE NEVER LOVELIER (1942) Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Adolphe Menjou. Dir. William A. Seiter. Columbia. 98 mins. (p/s).


3:15pm COVER GIRL (1944) Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly, Phil Silvers. Dir. Charles Vidor. Columbia. 105 mins. (p/s).


5:00pm PAL JOEY (1957) Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak. Dir. George Sidney. Columbia. 112 mins. (p/s).


7:00pm THE CRUISE OF THE ZACA (1952) Errol Flynn. 17 mins.




ESSENTIALS: Steamy Summer Romances


8:00pm A SUMMER PLACE (1959) Richard Egan, Dorothy McGuire, Sandra Dee. Dir. Delmer Daves. Warner Brothers. 130 mins. (p/s).


10:15pm PICNIC (1955) William Holden, Kim Novak, Betty Field. Dir. Joshua Logan. Columbia. 113 mins. (p/s).


12:15am SUMMERTIME (1955) Katharine Hepburn, Rossano Brazzi, Isa Miranda. Dir. David Lean. United Artists. 98 mins. (p/s).


Underground:  Legendary Films


2:00am THE LEGEND OF LYLAH CLAIRE (1968) Kim Novak, Peter Finch, Ernest Borgnine. Dir. Robert Aldrich. MGM. 130 mins. (p/s).


4:15am THE LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN (1985) Helen Slater, Christian Slater, Keith Gordon. Dir. Matthew Robbins. Tristar. 96 mins. (premiere #8).

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June 16, 2019 - June 22, 2019


SOTM: Joan Blondell


SHORT OF IT: Sandra Dee




GUEST PROGRAMMER: Captain Peter Blood, Captain Blood


TCM GHOST: Days of Darkness


SILENT SUNDAY NIGHT: Pandora's Box (1929)


TCM IMPORTS: Sophia Loren


TCM SPOTLIGHT: Director of Photography, Charles B. Lang


TCM Underground: Legendary Films


ESSENTIAL: A Summer Place (1959)


Breakdown By Decade:


1920s- 1

1930s- 13

1940s- 30

1950s- 25

1960s- 18

1970s- 3

1980s- 2




Block-Heads (1938)

A Guide For a Married Man (1967)

We're Not Married! (1952)

The Princess Bride (1987) GP-EXEMPT

Pillow of Death (1945)

The Wild and the Innocent (1959) EXEMPT- SHORT

If a Man Answers (1962) EXEMPT- SHORT

The Restless Years (1958) EXEMPT- SHORT

Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe (1945)

Beyond the Forest (1949) GHOST- EXEMPT

The Perfect Specimen (1937)

The Blue Veil (1951) EXEMPT- LONG

The Dark Mirror (1945)

The Legend of Billie Jean (1985)


We start off Sunday with a salute to the Roaring Twenties--each film exploring a different event unique to that decade. Splendor in the Grass, Singin' in the Rain and Some Like it Hot explore the 1929 Bank Crisis, the arrival of sound film and Prohibition, respectively. In the afternoon, we explore one of my favorite movie subjects--Love Triangles. Then in the evening we salute funnyman Stan Laurel. This salute includes the premiere of Block-Heads (1938). Our Silent Sunday night features Louise Brooks' starmaking role in Pandora's Box. Finally, we close out the evening featuring Sophia Loren's Italian films, including Two Women, the film that brought Loren her Oscar.


Monday is celebrating the wild masquerade parties that are seen in film, including the craziest one in To Catch a Thief. In the afternoon, we're featuring films whose plots are made up of individual stories, woven together in some fashion. In the evening, Captain Peter Blood is coming to visit us with his favorite film selections. He has chosen The Princess Bride (1987), because he likes swashbucklers and finds that Westley is a man after his own heart. This will be a TCM premiere! He selected Spartacus because it features a topic close to his heart: slaves leading a violent revolt. Young Frankenstein was selected because Mr. Blood is also a doctor and he admired the work of Dr. Frankenstein (pronounced "Fronken-steen"). Finally, he chose China Seas, because he liked the hi jinks the crew pulled on board the ship.


On Tuesday, we start with a series of "pillow" movies including the premiere of Pillow of Death (1945). Then we segue into a salute to Tom Drake an actor who should have had a bigger career than he did. In the evening, we're celebrating 1950s/1960s teen queen Sandra Dee, including her most well known role as surfer girl Gidget in Gidget. There are also three, count 'em, three premieres tonight: The Wild and the Innocent (1959), If a Man Answers (1962), The Restless Years (1958).


Wednesday, we're on a treasure hunt, looking for all the lucky charms: "Heart, stars and horseshoes, clovers and blue moons, and pots of gold and rainbows and red balloons!" This event also includes the premiere of a Betty Grable film, Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe (1945). We're also featuring one of my favorite shorts, the hilarious 7-min Match Your Mood. You'll find your refrigerator to be utterly lacking in groovy aesthetics after viewing this ad for Westinghouse. In the evening, we're reviving our "Darkness After Dawn" series by featuring an evening of noir, including the premiere of that Bette Davis camp classic, Beyond the Forest (1949).


Thursday morning, we're celebrating two birthdays. In the morning, we're honoring Gail Patrick with four films, including the rarely seen Wives Under Suspicion. In the afternoon, we're featuring the beautiful Errol Flynn in some of his lesser known films, including the premiere of the aptly-named The Perfect Specimen (1937). In the evening, we're spotlighting the career of Joan Blondell--long time Hollywood star who made over 100 films! We're starting the evening off with the premiere of The Blue Veil (1951) which brought Blondell an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.


On Friday, we're featuring Lucille Ball, who was known as "Queen of the Bs" (much to Ball's chagrin) on the RKO lot. These films, while not being classics in the same league as Casablanca, are very enjoyable. My personal favorites being The Affairs of Annabel and Beauty for the Asking. In the afternoon, its a marathon of films with screenplays written by Nunnally Johnson! He wrote so many great films, including The Dark Mirror (1946) which is a TCM premiere! In the evening, it's our TCM Spotlight. This month's spotlight celebrates the work of Cinematographer Charles Lane, Jr.


Finally, on Saturday, we're starting the day off with films that feature one of my favorite things in classic film--random fashion shows! In the afternoon, we're viewing a block of Rita Hayworth musicals, including the two Rita made with Fred Astaire and considered them her personal favorites. After the Rita block, we're featuring another of my favorite shorts, The Wonderful World of Tupperware. In the evening, things are heating up with a trifecta of steamy summer romance movies, including this evening's "Essential," A Summer Place. Finally, our underground features "Legendary" films like The Legend of Lylah Claire and The Legend of Billie Jean (1985). Fair is fair!

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Way to go, Speedy!  Love your Long and Short (Joan Blondell and Sandra Dee)  --  super choices and, by the way, why hasn't TCM made Blondell a SOTM yet?? Also love Peter Blood as your guest programmer (I was hoping someone would use him) your salute to Gail Patrick, your Darkness After Dawn picks and the Random Fashion Shows in Movies (I have thought about doing that in a challenge forever!)


Great job as always.



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I love very much your schedule, speedracer5!


I feel that: Joan Blondell is an excellent choice for: SOTM. Her movies did not make as large an impact either at the box office or with critics as many other movies did but they were great entertainment and did not disappoint. 


Captain Peter Blood as: Guest Programmer is inspired! I truly can see him selecting: The Princess Bride (1987) and: Young Frankenstein (1974) as they fit so well his temperament. He was indeed a rascal at heart and I am sure that all the movies on that night would be dear to him.
This is a truly wonderful schedule and I hope very much that: TCM steals borrows is inspired by it. :)
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Schedule for September 22, 2019 - September 28, 2019


​​Sunday, September 22: Daytime


6:00AM Vivacious Lady ('38) Ginger Rogers and James Stewart. Dir: George Stevens. RKO, 90 min.

7:45AM Kings Row ('42) Ann Sheridan and Robert Cummings. Dir: Sam Wood. Warner Bros., 127 min.

10:00AM Suspense ('46) Belita and Barry Sullivan. Dir: Frank Tuttle. Monogram, 101 min. Premiere #1

12:00PM The Professionals ('66) Burt Lancaster and Lee Marvin. Dir: Richard Brooks. Columbia, 117 min. P/S

2:15PM Bite the Bullet ('75) Gene Hackman and Candice Bergen. Dir: Richard Brooks. Columbia, 131 min. P/S

4:45PM The Defiant Ones ('58) Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis. Dir: Stanley Kramer. United Artists, 96 min.

6:30PM Hondo ('53) John Wayne and Geraldine Page. Dir: John Farrow. Paramount, 84 min. P/S


Sunday, September 22: Primetime: James Garner as Wyatt Earp Double Feature


8:00PM Sunset ('88) James Garner and Bruce Willis. Dir: Blake Edwards. TriStar, 108 min. Premiere #2

10:00PM Hour of the Gun ('67) James Garner and Jason Robards. Dir: John Sturges. United Artists, 101 min.


Sunday, September 22: Late Night: Silent Sunday Night/TCM Import: Ford to Kurosawa

12:00AM Three Bad Men ('26) George O'Brien and Lou Tellegen. Dir: John Ford. Fox, 92 min. Premiere #3

2:00AM The Hidden Fortress ('59) Toshiro Mifune and Minoru Chiaki. Dir: Akira Kurosawa. Toho, 139 min. P/S

4:30AM Rashomon ('50) Toshiro Mifune and Minoru Chiaki. Dir: Akira Kurosawa. Daiei, 88 min. P/S


Monday, September 23: Star of the Month Frank Morgan


6:00AM The Great Morgan ('45) Frank Morgan and Leon Ames. Dir: Nat Perrin. MGM, 57 min.

7:15AM The Vanishing Virginian ('42) Frank Morgan and Kathryn Grayson. Dir: Frank Borzage. MGM, 97 min.

9:00AM Casanova Brown ('44) Gary Cooper and Frank Morgan. International, 93 min.

10:45AM Yolanda and the Thief ('45) Fred Astaire and Frank Morgan. Dir: Vincente Minnelli. MGM, 109 min.

12:45PM The Cockeyed Miracle ('46) Frank Morgan and Keenan Wynn. Dir: S. Sylvan Simon. MGM, 81 min.​​

2:15PM Lady Luck ('46) Barbara Hale and Frank Morgan. Dir: Edwin L. Marin. RKO, 97 min.

4:00PM The Stratton Story ('49) James Stewart and Frank Morgan. Dir: Sam Wood. MGM, 106 min.

6:00PM The Wizard of Oz ('39) Judy Garland and Frank Morgan. Dir: Victor Fleming. MGM, 101 min.

8:00PM The Affairs of Cellini ('34) Constance Bennett and Frank Morgan. 20th Century, 90 min. Long-exempt Premiere

9:45PM Tortilla Flat ('42) Spencer Tracy and Frank Morgan. MGM, 105 min.

11:45PM The Human Comedy ('43) Frank Morgan and Mickey Rooney. MGM, 118 min.

2:00AM Key to the City ('50) Clark Gable and Frank Morgan. Dir: George Sidney. MGM, 99 min.

3:45AM The Three Musketeers ('48) Angela Lansbury and Frank Morgan. Dir: George Sidney MGM, 128 min.


Tuesday, September 24: Daytime: The Benchleys


6:00AM How to Sleep ('35) Robert Benchley. Dir: Nick Grinde. MGM, 11 min.

6:15AM How to Behave ('36) Robert Benchley. Dir: Arthur Ripley. MGM, 10 min.

6:30AM How to Train a Dog ('36) Robert Benchley. Dir: Arthur Ripley. MGM, 8 min.

6:45AM How to Vote ('36) Robert Benchley. Dir: Felix E. Feist. MGM, 10 min.

7:00AM How to Be a Detective ('36) Robert Benchley. Dir: Felix E. Feist. MGM, 9 min.

7:15AM How to Start the Day ('37) Robert Benchley. Dir: Roy Rowland. MGM, 10 min.

7:30AM How to Figure Income Tax ('38) Robert Benchley. Dir: Felix E. Feist. MGM, 9 min.

7:45AM How to Read ('38) Robert Benchley. Dir: Roy Rowland. MGM, 9 min.

8:00AM How to Raise a Baby ('38) Robert Benchley. Dir: Roy Rowland. MGM, 10 min.

8:15AM How to Sub-Let ('39) Robert Benchley. Dir: Roy Rowland. MGM, 8 min.

8:30AM How to Eat ('39) Robert Benchley. Dir: Roy Rowland. MGM, 9 min.

8:45AM Live, Love and Learn ('37) Rosalind Russell and Robert Benchley. Dir: George Fitzmaurice. MGM, 78 min.

10:15AM Foreign Correspondent ('40) Joel McCrea and Robert Benchley. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. United Artists, 120 min.

12:30PM The Great American Pastime ('56) Tom Ewell and Anne Francis. Dir: Herman Hoffman.

2:15PM The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming ('66) Carl Reiner and Eva Marie Saint. Dir: Norman Jewison. United Artists, 126 min.

4:30PM Jaws ('75) Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss. Dir: Stephen Spielberg. Universal, 128 min. P/S

7:00PM An Evening Alone ('38) Robert Benchley. Dir: Roy Rowland. MGM, 10 min.

7:15PM Music Made Simple ('38) Robert Benchley. Dir: Roy Rowland. MGM, 8 min.

7:30PM The Courtship of the Night ('38) Robert Benchley. Dir: Roy Rowland. MGM, 8 min.

7:45PM A Night at the Movies ('37) Robert Benchley. Dir: Roy Rowland. MGM, 10 min.


Tuesday, September 24: Primetime: TCM Spotlight: Robert Altman


8:00PM Gosford Park ('01) Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas. Dir: Robert Altman. USA Films, 137 min. Premiere #4

10:30PM Cookie's Fortune ('99) Glenn Close and Patricia Neal. Dir: Robert Altman. October Films, 118 min. Premiere #5

12:45AM Short Cuts ('93) Andie MacDowell and Jack Lemmon. Dir: Robert Altman. Fine Line, 188 min. Premiere #6

4:00AM The Player ('92) Tim Robbins and Greta Scacchi. Fine Line, 123 min. P/S


Wednesday, September 25: Daytime: Booth Tarkington


6:15AM The Magnificent Ambersons ('42) Joseph Cotten and Dolores Costello. Dir: Orson Welles. RKO, 87 min.

8:00AM Presenting Lily Mars ('43) Judy Garland and Van Heflin. Dir: Norman Taurog. MGM, 104 min.

10:00AM Penrod and Sam ('37) Billy Mauch and Frank Craven. Dir: William McGann. Warner Bros., 64 min.

11:15AM Penrod and His Twin Brother ('38) Billy Mauch and Bobby Mauch. Dir: William McGann. Warner Bros., 62 min.

12:30PM Penrod's Double Trouble ('38) Billy Mauch and Bobby Mauch. Dir: Lewis Seiler. Warner Bros., 60 min.

1:45PM Father's Son ('41) John Litel and Frieda Insecort. Warner Bros., 57 min.

2:45PM On Moonlight Bay ('51) Doris Day and Gordon MacRae. Dir: Roy Del Ruth. Warner Bros., 95 min. P/S

4:30PM By the Light of the Silvery Moon ('53) Doris Day and Gordon MacRae. Dir: David Butler. Warner Bros., 101 min. P/S

6:15PM Alice Adams ('35) Katharine Hepburn and Fred MacMurray. Dir: George Stevens. RKO, 95 min.


Wednesday, September 25: Primetime: Guest Programmer Alice Adams


8:00PM Becky Sharp ('35) Miriam Hopkins and Alan Mowbray. Dir: Rouben Mamoulian. RKO, 84 min.

9:30PM Kitty Foyle ('40) Ginger Rogers and Dennis Morgan. Dir: Sam Wood. RKO, 110 min.

11:30PM High Society ('56) Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly. Dir: Charles Walters. MGM, 113 min.

1:30AM My Fair Lady ('64) Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn. Dir: George Cukor. Warner Bros., 172 min. P/S

4:30AM Brief Encounter ('45) Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard. Dir: David Lean. Eagle-Lion, 86 min. P/S


​​Thursday, September 26: Daytime: Ginger Without Fred


6:00AM 42nd Street ​('33) Dick Powell and Ginger Rogers. Dir: Lloyd Bacon. Warner Bros., 89 min.

7:45AM Gold Diggers of 1933 ​('33) Dick Powell and Ginger Rogers. Dir: Mervyn LeRoy. Warner Bros., 96 min.

9:30AM Professional Sweetheart ​('33) Ginger Rogers and Norman Foster. Dir: William A. Seiter. RKO, 72 min.

11:00AM Twenty Million Sweethearts ​('34) Dick Powell and Ginger Rogers. Dir: Ray Enright. First National, 90 min.

12:45PM In Person ​('35) Ginger Rogers and George Brent. Dir: William A. Seiter. RKO, 90 min.

2:30PM Bachelor Mother ​('39) Ginger Rogers and David Niven. Dir: Garson Kanin. RKO, 83 min.

4:00PM ​Kitty Foyle ('40) Ginger Rogers and Dennis Morgan. Dir: Sam Wood. RKO, 112 min.

6:00PM The Major and the Minor ​('42) Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland. Dir: Billy Wilder. Paramount, 102 min. P/S


Thursday, September 26: Primetime: Starring Shirley Booth


8:00PM Hot Spell ('58) Shirley Booth and Anthony Quinn. Dir: Daniel Mann. Paramount, 86 min. Short-exempt Premiere

9:45PM Come Back, Little Sheba ('52) Shirley Booth and Burt Lancaster. Dir: Daniel Mann. Paramount, 99 min. P/S

11:30PM The Matchmaker ('58) Shirley Booth and Shirley MacLaine. Dir: Joseph Anthony. Paramount, 103 min. P/S

1:30AM About Mrs. Leslie ('54) Shirley Booth and Robert Ryan. Dir: Daniel Mann. Paramount, 104 min. P/S

3:30AM The Glass Menagerie ('66) Shirley Booth and Hal Holbrook. Dir: Michael Elliott. CBS, 120 min. P/S


Friday, September 27: Fred Without Ginger


6:00AM Dancing Lady ​('33) Joan Crawford and Fred Astaire. Dir: Robert Z. Leonard. MGM, 90 min.

7:45AM A Damsel in Distress ​('37) Fred Astaire and Joan Fontaine. Dir: George Stevens. RKO, 101 min.

9:30AM ​Broadway Melody of 1940 ​('40) Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell. Dir: Norman Taurog. MGM, 102 min.

11:30AM The Sky's the Limit ​('43) Fred Astaire and Joan Leslie. Dir: Edward H. Griffith. RKO, 89 min.

1:15PM The Band Wagon ​('53) Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse. Dir: Vincente Minnelli. MGM, 113 min.

3:15PM Silk Stockings ​('57) Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse. Dir: Rouben Mamoulian. MGM, 117 min.

5:30PM Finian's Rainbow ​('68) Fred Astaire and Petula Clark. Dir: Francis Ford Coppola. Warner Bros., 145 min. P/S

8:00PM The Towering Inferno ​('74) Faye Dunaway and Fred Astaire. Dir: Irwin Allen. 20th Century Fox, 165 min. P/S

11:00PM The Pleasure of His Company ​('61) Fred Astaire and Debbie Reynolds. Dir: George Seaton. Paramount, 115 min. Premiere #7

1:15AM The Notorious Landlady ​('62) Jack Lemmon and Fred Astaire. Dir: Richard Quine. Columbia, 123 min. P/S

3:30AM On the Beach ​('59) Gregory Peck and Fred Astaire. Dir: Stanley Kramer. United Artists, 134 min.


​Saturday, September 28: Daytime


6:00AM Border Incident ​('49) Ricardo Montalban and George Murphy. Dir: Anthony Mann. MGM, 96 min.

8:00AM Dear Heart ​('64) Glenn Ford and Geraldine Page. Dir: Delbert Mann. Warner Bros., 114 min.

10:00AM For the Love of Ivy ​('68) Sidney Poitier and Abbey Lincoln. Dir: Daniel Mann. Palomar, 101 min. P/S

12:00PM Road to Bali ​('53) Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. Dir: Hal Walker. Paramount, 91 min. P/S

1:45PM Ishtar ​('87) Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman. Dir: Elaine May. Columbia, 104 min. P/S

3:45PM Heaven Can Wait ​('78) Warren Beatty and Julie Christie. Dir: Warren Beatty. Paramount, 101 min. P/S

5:45PM You Can't Take It With You ​('38) James Stewart and Jean Arthur. Dir: Frank Capra. Columbia, 128 min. P/S


​Saturday, September 28: Primetime: Essentials: Directed by Martin Brest


8:00PM Midnight Run ​('88) Charles Grodin and Robert De Niro. Dir: Martin Brest. Universal, 126 min. Premiere #8

10:15PM Going in Style ​('79) George Burns and Art Carney. Dir: Martin Brest. Warner Bros., 95 min. P/S

12:00AM Beverly Hills Cop ​('84) Eddie Murphy and Judge Reinhold. Dir: Martin Brest. Paramount, 105 min. Premiere #9


​Saturday, September 28: Late Night: TCM Underground: Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly


2:00AM Ghost Story ​('81) Fred Astaire and Melvyn Douglas. Dir: John Irvin. Universal, 110 min. Premiere #10

4:00AM ​Xanadu ​('80) Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. Dir: Robert Greenwald. Universal, 96 min. Premiere #11


Notes to follow...

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For the most part, I think this schedule is self-explanatory. For the first challenge, Monday is devoted to Star of the Month Frank Morgan, with his two Oscar-nominated performances occupying the primetime hours. The guest programmer from a 1935 movie is Alice Adams, who takes a look at other films featuring women who work their way into high society. The short challenge features all four feature film performances of Shirley Booth, and the TV movie of The Glass Menagerie​.


There are 13 (11 non-exempt) premieres:



SUNSET ('88)











XANADU ('80)


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Barton Keyes:


Great schedule.  Frank Morgan is so deserving as a SOTM and I'm glad you devoted an entire day to him.  Love Ginger without Fred, Fred without Ginger.  But my favorite part of the schedule is:  The Benchleys.  I love those shorts and Robert Benchley!



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WEEK OF MARCH 24-30, 2019


THE ESSENTIALS: The Naughty Nineties (1945)

TCM UNDERGROUND: Newsies (1992)

TCM IMPORTS: Children of Heaven (1997)

SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS: Around the World in 80 Days (1919)

TCM SPOTLIGHT: Trains (this week: Train Thrillers)



1935 GUEST PROGRAMMER: Ricardo & Rosa from A Night at the Opera


GHOST OF TCM PAST: Cartoon Alley  



  1. Charley’s Aunt (1941)
  2. Damn Yankees (1958)
  3. Free For All (1949)
  4. Goodbye Charlie (1964)
  5. The Happiest Millionaire (1967)
  6. Interrupted Journey (1949)
  7. Kentucky Rifle (1955)
  8. The Naughty Nineties (1945)
  9. Papa’s Delicate Condition (1963)
  10. Rhythm on the River (1940)
  11. Sleeping Car to Trieste (1948)
  12. Town Tamer (1965)



  1. All Women Have Secrets (1939)
  2. The Gnome-Mobile (1967)
  3. Golden Gloves (1940)
  4. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
  5. Otello (1986)
  6. The Pirates of Penzance (1983)
  7. Phantom of the Opera (1943)
  8. Queen of the Mob (1940)
  9. Song of Scheherazade (1947)
  10. What’s so Bad About Feeling Good? (1968)



---------------------------------------SUNDAY MARCH 24, 2019---------------------------------




6:00am Days of Wine and Roses (1962) Jack Lemmon, Jack Klugman & Jack Alberston, dir Blake Edwards WB 1h57min (p/s)

8:00am 12 Angry Men (1957) Jack Warden & Jack Klugman, dir Sidney Lumet UA 1h36min (p/s)

9:45am SHORT: Jack-Wabbit and the Beanstalk (1943) Mel Blanc, dir Friz Freleng WB 7min

10:00am The Honeymoon Machine (1961) Jack Weston & Jack Mullaney, dir Richard Thorpe MGM 1h27min (p/s)

11:30am -30- (1959) Jack Webb & William Conrad, dir Jack Webb WB 1h36min (p/s)

1:15pm Dangerous When Wet (1953) Jack Carson & Jack Raine, dir Charles Walters MGM 1h35min (p/s)

3:00pm The Jackie Robinson Story (1950) Jackie Robinson & Ruby Dee, dir Alfred E Green, Eagle-Lion 1h16min (p/s)

4:30pm Charley’s Aunt (1941) Jack Benny & Kay Francis, dir Archie Mayo FOX 1h20min PREMIERE

6:00pm Papa’s Delicate Condition (1963) Jackie Gleason & Glynis Johns, dir George Marshall, Paramount 1h48min PREMIERE




8:00pm Damn Yankees (1958) Tab Hunter & Gwen Verdon, dir George Abbott & Stanley Donen WB 1h51min PREMIERE

10:00pm The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941) Edward Arnold & Walter Huston, dir William Dieterle RKO 1h47min (p/s)




12:00am Around the World in 80 Days (1919) Conrad Veidt & Anita Berber, dir Richard Oswald, Oswald prod. 2h EXEMPT PREMIERE




2:00am Children of Heaven (1997) Mohammad Amir Naji & Amir Farrokh, dir Majid Majidi, Iran Institute 1h29min EXEMPT PREMIERE



--------------------------------------MONDAY MARCH 25, 2019-------------------------------------




3:30am The Miracle Worker (1962) Anne Bancroft & Patty Duke, dir Arthur Penn UA 1h46min (p/s)

5:30am Miracle on 34th Street (1947) Edmund Gwenn & Maureen O’Hara, dir George Seaton FOX 1h36min (p/s)

7:15am SHORT: The Miracle of Sound (1940) Clark Gable & Hedy Lamarr, dir Douglas Shearer MGM 11min

7:30am Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944) Betty Hutton & Eddie Bracken, dir Preston Sturges, Paramount 1h38min (p/s)





9:15am Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) Marilyn Monroe & Jeanne Cagney, dir Roy Ward Baker FOX 1h15min (p/s)

10:30am Town Tamer (1965) Dana Andrews & Jeanne Cagney, dir Lesley Selander, Paramount 1h29min PREMIERE

12:00pm Quicksand (1950) Mickey Rooney & Jeanne Cagney, dir Irving Pichel UA 1h19min (p/s)

1:30pm All Women Have Secrets (1939) Virginia Dale & Jeanne Cagney, dir Kurt Neumann, Paramount 1h6min SHORT-EXEMPT PREMIERE

2:45pm Golden Gloves (1940) Richard Denning & Jeanne Cagney, dir Edward Dmytryk, Paramount 1h6min SHORT-EXEMPT PREMIERE

4:00pm Kentucky Rifle (1955) Chill Wills & Jeanne Cagney, dir Carl K Hittleman, Howco 1h24min PREMIERE

5:30pm Queen of the Mob (1940) Ralph Bellamy & Jeanne Cagney, dir James P Hogan, Paramount 1h SHORT-EXEMPT PREMIERE

6:30pm Rhythm on the River (1940) Bing Crosby & Jeanne Cagney, dir Victor Schertzinger, Paramount 1h30min PREMIERE




8:00pm Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) James Cagney & Jeanne Cagney, dir Michael Curtiz WB 2h6min (p/s)

10:15pm Man of a Thousand Faces (1957) James Cagney & Jeanne Cagney, dir Joseph Pevney UI 2h2min (p/s)

12:30am A Lion is in the Streets (1953) James Cagney & Jeanne Cagney, dir Raoul Walsh WB 1h28min (p/s)

2:00am The Time of Your Life (1948) James Cagney & Jeanne Cagney, dir HC Potter UA 1h49min (p/s)



-------------------------------TUESDAY MARCH 26, 2019-----------------------------



1935 DAY




4:00am SHORT: How to Sleep (1935) Robert Benchley, dir Nick Grinde MGM 11min

4:15am SHORT: Audioscopiks (1935) Pete Smith, dir Jacob Leventhal & John Norling MGM 8min

4:30am SHORT: Oh, My Nerves (1935) Monte Collins & Tom Kennedy, dir Del Lord Columbia 18min

5:00am SHORT: **** for Tat (1935) Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, dir Charles Rogers, Hal Roach 19min

5:30am SHORT: Wings Over Everest (1934) Alexander John & Michael Kilgarrif, dir Geoffrey Barkas & Ivor Montagu, Gaumont 22min

6:00am SHORT: Camera Thrills (1935) Charles E Ford, dir Graham McNamee UI 25min

6:30am SHORT: The Calico Dragon (1935) dir Rudolph Ising MGM 8min




6:45am “Lullaby of Broadway” - Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935) Dick Powell & Adolphe Menjou, dir Busby Berkeley WB 1h35min (p/s)

8:30am “Lovely to Look at” - Roberta (1935) Irene Dunne & Randolph Scott, dir William A Seiter RKO 1h46min (p/s)

10:30am “Cheek to Cheek” - Top Hat (1935) Fred Astaire & Ginger Rodgers, dir Mark Sandrich RKO 1h41min (p/s)




(the only write in winner in Oscar history)

12:15pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935) James Cagney & Mickey Rooney, dir William Dieterle & Max Reinhardt WB 2h13min

2:30pm Song of Scheherazade (1947) Yvonne de Carlo & Brian Donlevy, dir Walter Reisch UI 1h45min DP-EXEMPT PREMIERE

4:15pm Phantom of the Opera (1943) Claude Rains & Nelson Eddy, dir Arthur Lubin UI 1h32min DP-EXEMPT PREMIERE

6:00pm Captain Blood (1935) Errol Flynn & Olivia de Havilland, dir Michael Curtiz WB 1h59min (p/s)




8:00pm The Pirates of Penzance (1983) Kevin Kline & Angela Lansbury, dir Wilford Leach UI 1h52min GP-EXEMPT PREMIERE

10:00pm Otello (1986) Placido Domingo & Katia Ricciarelli, dir Franco Zeffirelli, Cannon 1h58min GP-EXEMPT PREMIERE

12:00am A Night at the Opera (1935) The Marx Brothers & Allan Jones, dir Sam Wood MGM 1h36min (p/s)

1:45am The Toast of New Orleans (1950) Mario Lanza & Kathryn Grayson, dir Norman Taurog MGM 1h37min (p/s)

3:30am I’ll Take Romance (1937) Grace Moore & Melvyn Douglas, dir Edward H Griffith, Columbia 1h30min (p/s)



--------------------------------------WEDNESDAY MARCH 27, 2019---------------------------------




5:00am The Philadelphia Story (1940) Katharine Hepburn & Cary Grant, dir George Cukor MGM 1h52min (p/s)

7:00am Allegheny Uprising (1939) John Wayne & Claire Trevor, dir William A Seiter RKO 1h21min (p/s)

8:30am Kitty Foyle (1940) Ginger Rogers & Dennis Morgan, dir Sam Wood RKO 1h48min (p/s)

10:30am 1776 (1972) William Daniels & Howard Da Silva, dir Peter H Hunt, Columbia 2h21min (p/s)

1:00pm The Young Philadelphians (1959) Paul Newman & Barbara Rush, dir Vincent Sherman WB 2h16min (p/s)

3:30pm Rocky (1976) Sylvester Stallone & Talia Shire, dir John G Avildsen UA 2h (p/s)

5:30pm The Happiest Millionaire (1967) Fred MacMurray & Tommy Steele, dir Norman Tokar, Disney 2h21min PREMIERE





8:00pm Interrupted Journey (1949) Valerie Hobson & Richard Todd, dir Daniel Birt, British Lion, 1h20min PREMIERE

9:30pm Sleeping Car to Trieste (1948) Jean Kent & Albert Lieven, dir John Paddy Carstairs GFD 1h35min PREMIERE

11:15pm The Lady Vanishes (1938) Margaret Lockwood & Michael Redgrave, dir Alfred Hitckcock MGM/Gaumont 1h36min (p/s)

1:00am Murder on the Orient Express (1974) Albert Finney & Lauren Bacall, dir Sidney Lumet EMI 2h8min (p/s)

3:15am The Train (1964) Burt Lancaster & Paul Scofield, dir John Frankenheimer UA 2h13min (p/s)

5:30am Strangers on a Train (1951) Farley Granger & Robert Walker, dir Alfred Hitchcock WB 1h41min (p/s)

7:15am The Narrow Margin (1952) Charles McGraw & Marie Windsor, dir Richard Fleischer RKO 1h11min (p/s)

8:30am Night Train to Munich (1940) Margaret Lockwood & Rex Harrison, dir Carol Reed FOX 1h30min (p/s)



---------------------------------THURSDAY MARCH 28, 2019-------------------------------




10:00am Her Husband’s Affairs (1947) Lucille Ball & Franchot Tone, dir S Sylvan Simon, Columbia 1h24min (p/s)

11:30am The Absent-Minded Professor (1961) Fred MacMurray & Nancy Olson, dir Robert Stevenson, Disney 1h32min (p/s)

1:15pm Monkey Business (1952) Cary Grant & Ginger Rogers, dir Howard Hawks FOX 1h37min (p/s)

3:00pm Lover Come Back (1961) Rock Hudson & Doris Day, dir Delbert Mann, Universal 1h47min (p/s)

5:00pm The Man in the White Suit (1951) Alec Guinness & Joan Greenwood, dir Alexander Mackendrick, Rank/Ealing 1h25min (p/s)

6:30pm Free For All (1949) Robert Cummings & Ann Blyth, dir Charles Barton UI 1h23min PREMIERE




8:00pm It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) James Stewart & Donna Reed, dir Frank Capra, Liberty 2h10min LONG-EXEMPT PREMIERE

10:15pm What’s so Bad About Feeling Good (1968) George Peppard & Mary Tyler Moore, dir George Seaton UI 1h34min LONG-EXEMPT PREMIERE

12:00am The Gnome-Mobile (1967) Matthew Garber & Karen Dotrice, dir Robert Stevenson, Disney 1h24min LONG-EXEMPT PREMIERE

1:30am Ball of Fire (1941) Gary Cooper & Barbara Stanwyck, dir Howard Hawks, Goldwyn 1h51min (p/s)

3:30am The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966) Don Knotts & Joan Staley, dir Alan Rafkin UI 1h30min (p/s)



-------------------------------------FRIDAY MARCH 29, 2019---------------------------------------




5:00am Love and Death (1975) Woody Allen & Diane Keaton, dir Woody Allen UA 1h25min (p/s)

6:30am Gigi (1958) Leslie Caron & Maurice Chevalier, dir Vincente Minnelli MGM 1h55min (p/s)

8:30am Twentieth Century (1934) John Barrymore & Carole Lombard, dir Howard Hawks, Columbia 1h30min (p/s)

10:00am The Odd Couple (1968) Jack Lemmon & Walter Matthau, fir Gene Saks, Paramount 1h46min (p/s)

12:00pm SHORT: In the Park (1915) Charles Chaplin & Leona Anderson, dir Charles Chaplin BFI 14min




12:15pm A Shot in the Dark (1964) Peter Sellers & Elke Sommer, dir Blake Edwards UA 1h42min

2:00pm Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) Cary Grant & Priscilla Lane, dir Frank Capra WB 1h58min

4:00pm Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) Dennis Price & Alec Guinness, dir Robert Hamer, Ealing 1h46min

6:00pm Goodbye Charlie (1964) Tony Curtis & Debbie Reynolds, dir Vincente Minnelli FOX 1h56min PREMIERE




8:00pm Jean Arthur – Shane (1953) dir George Stevens, Paramount 1h58min (p/s)

10:00pm William Powell – Mister Roberts (1955) dir John Ford & Mervyn LeRoy WB 2h3min (p/s)

12:15am Clark Gable & Marilyn Monroe – The Misfits (1961) dir John Huston UA 2h5min (p/s)

2:30am Henry Fonda – On Golden Pond (1981) dir Mark Rydell UI 1h49min (p/s)

4:30am Zeppo Marx – Duck Soup (1933) dir Leo McCarey, Paramount 1h8min (p/s)



---------------------------------------SATURDAY MARCH 30, 2019---------------------------------------





5:45am SHORT: Rabbit of Seville (1950) Mel Blanc & Arthur Q Bryan, dir Chuck Jones WB 7min

6:00am SHORT: Robin Hood Daffy (1958) Mel Blanc, dir Chuck Jones WB 6min

6:15am SHORT: Duck Amuck (1953) Mel Blanc, dir Chuck Jones WB 7min

6:30am SHORT: Private Snafu: Infantry Blues (1943) Mel Blanc, dir Chuck Jones, US Army/WB 4min

6:45am SHORT: Scent-imental Over You (1947) Mel Blanc & Bea Benaderet, dir Chuck Jones WB 7min

7:00am SHORT: The Dover Boys at Pimento University (1942) Mel Blanc & John McLeish, dir Chuck Jones WB 9min

7:15am SHORT: The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950) Mel Blanc & Bea Benaderet, dir Chuck Jones WB 7min

7:30am SHORT: Hair-Raising Hare (1946) Mel Blanc, dir Chuck Jones WB 7min

7:45am SHORT: What’s Opera, Doc? (1957) Mel Blanc & Arthur Q Bryan, dir Chuck Jones WB 7min

8:00am SHORT: Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (1953) Mel Blanc, dir Chuck Jones WB 7min 

8:15am SHORT: The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics (1965) Robert Morley, dir Chuck Jones & Maurice Noble MGM 10min




8:30am Frenchman’s Creek (1944) Joan Fontaine & Arturo de Cordova, dir Mitchell Leisen, Paramount 1h50min (p/s)

10:30am The Scapegoat (1959) Alec Guinness & Bette Davis, dir Robert Hamer MGM 1h31min (p/s)

12:15pm Rebecca (1940) Laurence Olivier & Joan Fontaine, dir Alfred Hitchcock, Selznick 2h10min (p/s)

2:30pm My Cousin Rachel (1952) Olivia de Havilland & Richard Burton, dir Henry Koster FOX 1h38min (p/s)

4:15pm Jamaica Inn (1939) Maureen O’Hara & Charles Laughton, dir Alfred Hitchcock, Paramount 1h38min (p/s)

6:00pm The Birds (1963) Rod Taylor & Tippi Hedrin, dir Alfred Hitchcock UI 1h59min (p/s)




8:00pm THE ESSENTIALS: The Naughty Nineties (1945) Bud Abbott & Lou Costello, dir Jean Yarbrough UI 1h16min PREMIERE

9:30pm Hello, Dolly! (1969) Barbra Streisand & Walter Matthau, dir Gene Kelly FOX 2h26min (p/s)

12:00am Road to Utopia (1945) Bing Crosby & Bob Hope, dir Hal Walker, Paramount 1h30min  (p/s)

1:30am TCM UNDERGROUND: Newsies (1992) Christian Bale & Bill Pullman, dir Kenny Ortega, Disney 2h EXEMPT PREMIERE

3:30am Belle of New York (1952) Fred Astaire & Vera Ellen, dir Charles Walters MGM 1h22min





1910s - 2

1930s - 20

1940s - 32

1950s - 27

1960s - 19

1970s - 4

1980s - 3

1990s - 2

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Wow, wow and wow again.  What a schedule.  Love your "Long" SOTM Charles Lane (I was hoping someone would choose him) and your "Short," Jeanne Cagney.  Hilarious suicides and murders is inspired and your 1935 salutes are perfect, especially your guest programmers. How much I would love to see your "Ghost of TCM Past" --  Cartoon Alley  -- with Bugs and Daffy running amuck (pun intended) as usual.  Miracle products is a fun topic and I am a sucker for thrillers which take place on trains.  Super job.



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Schedule for the Week of February 10-16, 2019




Sunday, February 10, 2019




[Phun with Phantoms]


6 am  Topper (1937)  Cary Grant, Constance Bennett, Roland Young, Dir: Norman Z. McLeod, Hal Roach Studios, 97 min, p/s


7:40 am  SHORT:  The Ghost Talks (1949) Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard, Dir: Jules White, Columbia, 17 min.


8 am  The Time of Their Lives (1946)  Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Marjorie Reynolds, Dir: Charles Barton, Universal, 82 min, p/s


9:30 am  That's the Spirit (1945)  Jack Oakie, Peggy Ryan, June Vincent, Dir: Charles Lamont, Universal, 87 min, *Premiere*


11 am  SHORT:  The Live Ghost (1934) Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch, Dir: Charley Rogers, Hal Roach Studios, 21 min.


11:30 am  The Ghost Breakers (1940)  Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, Richard Carlson, Dir: George Marshall, Paramount, 89 min, p/s


1 pm  The Ghost Goes West (1935)  Robert Donat, Jean Parker, Eugene Pallette, Dir: Rene Clair, London Film Productions, 95 min, p/s


2:45 pm  Blithe Spirit (1945)  Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings, Kay Hammond, Dir: David Lean, Two Cities Films, 96 min, p/s


4:22 pm  SHORT:  Lonesome Ghosts (1937), Dir: Burt Gillett, Walt Disney Productions, 8 min.


4:30 pm  The Cockeyed Miracle (1946)  Frank Morgan, Keenan Wynn, Cecil Kellaway, Dir: S. Sylvan Simon, MGM, 82 min, p/s


6 pm  The Canterville Ghost (1944)  Charles Laughton, Robert Young, Margaret O'Brien, Dir: Jules Dassin, MGM, 95 min, p/s


7:36 pm  SHORT:  Hide and Shriek (1938)  Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer, Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas, Eugene "Porky" Lee, Dir:  Gordon Douglas, Hal Roach Studios, 11 min.


7:47 pm  SHORT:  Spooky Hooky (1936)  George "Spanky" McFarland, Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer, Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas, Eugene "Porky" Lee, Dir: Gordon Douglas, Hal Roach Studios, 11 min.




The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

[More Phun with Phantoms]


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


9:45 pm  Don't Take it to Heart (1944)  Richard Bird, Edward Rigby, Esma Cannon, Dir: Jeffrey Dell, Two Cities Films, 90 min, *Premiere*


11:15 pm  SHORT:  The Haunted Honeymoon (1925)  Glenn Tryon, Blanche Mehaffey, James Finlayson, Dir: Fred Guiol & Ted Wilde, Hal Roach Studios, 22 min.


11:39 pm  SHORT:  The Haunted House (1921)  Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Dir: Buster Keaton & Edward F. Cline, Joseph M. Schenk Productions, 21 min.


[silent Sunday Nights]

12 am  The Cat and the Canary (1927)  Laura La Plante, Creighton Hale, Forrest Stanley, Dir: Paul Leni, Universal, 89 min, p/s


[TCM Imports]

1:30 am  Sylvia and the Phantom (1946)  Odette Joyeux, François Périer, Pierre Larquey,

Dir: Claude Autant-Lara,  L'Écran français, 97 min, *Exempt Premiere*


[TCM Imports] 

3:15 am  The Tender Enemy (1936) Simone Berriau, Catherine Fonteney, Laure Diana, Dir: Max Ophüls, Eden Productions, 69 min, *Exempt Premiere*


4:30 am  The Ghosts of Berkeley Square (1947)  Robert Morley, Felix Aylmer, Yvonne Arnaud, Dir: Vernon Sewell, British National Films,, 86 min, *Premiere*





Monday, February 11, 2019



Green Acres


6 am  The Egg and I (1947)  Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, Marjorie Main, Dir: Chester Erskine, Universal, 108 min, p/s


8 am  Our Daily Bread (1934)  Karen Morley, Tom Keene, John Qualen, Dir: King Vidor, Viking Productions, 80 min, p/s


9:30 am  So Big (1953)  Jane Wyman, Sterling Hayden, Nancy Olson, Dir: Robert Wise, Warner Bros., 101 min, p/s


11:15 am  SHORT:  The Tramp (1915)  Charles Chaplin, Billy Armstrong, Dir: Charles Chaplin, Essanay Film Manufacturing Company, 26 min.



[Happy 100th Birthday, Eva Gabor!!]


11:45 am  Pacific Blackout (1941)  Robert Preston, Martha O'Driscoll, Eva Gabor, Dir: Ralph Murphy, Paramount, 76 min, *Premiere*


1:15 pm  Paris Model (1953)  Marilyn Maxwell, Paulette Goddard, Eva Gabor, Dir: Alfred E. Green, American Pictures Company, 81 min, p/s


2:45 pm  The Mad Magician (1954)  Vincent Price, Mary Murphy, Eva Gabor, Dir: John Brahm, Columbia, 72 min, p/s


4 pm  The Truth About Women (1957)  Laurence Harvey, Julie Harris, Diane Cilento, Dir: Muriel Box, Beaconsfield Productions, 107 min, p/s


6 pm  Gigi (1958)  Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan, Dir: Vincente Minnelli, MGM, 116 min, p/s





My World....and Welcome to It

[Challenge #1 - The Long of It - Star of the Month:  Keenan Wynn]



8 pm  Man in the Middle (1964)  Robert Mitchum, France Nuyen, Barry Sullivan, Keenan Wynn, Dir: Guy Hamilton, Pennebaker/Talbot Productions, 94 min, *Long-Exempt*


9:45 pm  Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)  Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Dir: Stanley Kubrick, Columbia, 95 min, p/s


11:30 pm  The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)  Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn, Dir: Robert Stevenson, Walt Disney Productions, 95 min, p/s


1:15 am  Phone Call from a Stranger (1952)  Shelley Winters, Gary Merrill,  Michael Rennie (with Bette Davis and Keenan Wynn), Dir: Jean Negulesco, Fox, 105 min, *Long-Exempt*


3 am  The Great Man (1956)  José Ferrer, Dean Jagger, Keenan Wynn, Dir: José Ferrer, 98 min, p/s


4:45 am  Tennessee Champ (1954)  Shelley Winters, Keenan Wynn, Dewey Martin, Dir: Fred M. Wilcox, MGM, 73 min, p/s







Tuesday, February 12, 2019



I Love Lucy


6 am  Lured (1947)  Lucille Ball, George Sanders, Charles Coburn, Dir: Douglas Sirk, Hunt Stromberg Productions, 102 min, p/s


7:45 am  Bataan (1943)  Robert Taylor, George Murphy, Lloyd Nolan (with Desi Arnaz), Dir: Tay Garnett, MGM, 114 min, p/s


9:45 am  The Inner Circle (1946)  Adele Mara, Warren Douglas, William Frawley, Dir: Philip Ford, Republic Pictures, 57 min, *Premiere*


10:45 am  The Secret Fury (1950)  Claudette Colbert, Robert Ryan (with Vivian Vance), Dir: Mel Ferrer, Loring Theatre Company, 86 min, p/s





12:15 pm  I Married a Witch (1942)  Fredric March, Veronica Lake, Robert Benchley, Dir: Rene Clair, Paramount, 77 min, p/s


1:45 pm  Bell, Book and Candle (1955)  James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon, Dir: Richard Quine, Columbia, 106 min, p/s



Happy Days


3:45 pm  The Happy Years (1950)  Dean Stockwell, Darryl Hickman, Scotty Beckett, Dir: William Wellman, MGM, 110 min, p/s


5:45 pm  The Happy Time (1952)  Charles Boyer, Louis Joudan, Bobby Driscoll, Dir: Richard Fleischer, Stanley Kramer Productions, 94 min, p/s


7:20 pm  SHORT:  Happy Times and Jolly Moments (1943)  Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Billy Bevan, Warner Bros., 18 min.


7:45 pm  SHORT:  The Happy Hottentots (1930)  Joe Frisco, Bob Callahan, Billy Gilbert, Dir: Bryan Foy, Warner Bros., 11 min.





Dark Shadows


8 pm  Chase a Crooked Shadow (1958)  Richard Todd, Anne Baxter, Herbert Lom, Dir: Michael Anderson, Associated Dragon, 87 min, p/s


9:30 pm  Cast a Dark Shadow (1955)  Dirk Bogarde, Margaret Lockwood, Kay Walsh, Dir: Lewis Gilbert, Angel Productions, 82 min, p/s


11 pm  Shadows in the Night (1944)  Warner Baxter, Nina Foch, George Zucco, Dir: Eugene Forde, Larry Darmour Productions, 67 min, *Premiere*


12:15 am  Shadow on the Wall (1950)  Ann Sothern, Zachary Scott, Gigi Perreau, Dir:  Pat Jackson, MGM, 84 min, p/s


1:45 am  Shadow of a Doubt (1943)  Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotton, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock, Skirball Productions/Universal, 108 min, p/s


3:45 am  Shadows on the Stairs (1941)  Frieda Inescort, Paul Cavanaugh, Heather Angel, Dir: D. Ross Lederman, Warner Bros., 65 min, p/s


5 am  Shadows (1931)  Jacqueline Logan, Bernard Nedell, Dir: Alexander Esway, British International Pictures, 57 min, *Premiere*







Wednesday, February 13, 2019




The Wild Wild West


6 am  Alias Jesse James (1959)  Bob Hope, Rhonda Fleming, Dir: Norman Z. McLeod, Hope Enterprises, 92 min, p/s


7:45 am  The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968)  Don Knotts, Barbara Rhoades, Jackie Coogan, Dir: Alan Rafkin, Universal, 101 min, *Premiere*


9:30 am  Support Your Local Sheriff (1969)  James Garner, Joan Hackett, Walter Brennan, Dir: Burt Kennedy, Cherokee Productions, 92 min, p/s



Wanted: Dead or Alive


11:15 am  Jesse James (1939)  Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Nancy Kelly, Dir: Henry King, Fox, 106 min, p/s


1:15 pm  Dillinger (1945)  Lawrence Tierney, Edmund Lowe, Anne Jeffreys, Dir: Max Nosseck, King Brothers Productions, 70 min, p/s


2:30 pm  Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)  Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Dir: George Roy Hill, Campanile Productions/Newman-Foreman Company, 110 min, p/s



The Fugitive


4:30 pm  I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)  Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Helen Vinson, Dir: Mervyn Leroy, Warner Bros., 92 min, p/s


6:15 pm  They Made Me a Fugitive (1947)  Sally Gray, Trevor Howard, Dir: Alberto Cavalcanti, A.R. Shipman Productions, 100 min, p/s





The Law and Mr. Jones

[Challenge #3 - 1935 Guest Programmer - Arthur Ferguson Jones]



8 pm  The Wrong Man (1956)  Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock, Warner Bros, 105 min, p/s


9:45 pm  SHORT: So You Think You're a Nervous Wreck (1946)  George O'Hanlon, Art Gilmore, Dir: Richard L. Bare, Richard L. Bare Productions, 10 min.


10 pm  Good Neighbor Sam (1964) Jack Lemmon, Romy Schneider, Dorothy Provine, (with Edward G. Robinson), Dir: David Swift, Columbia, 130 min, p/s


12:15 am  A Slight Case of Murder (1938)  Edward G. Robinson, Jane Bryan, Allen Jenkins, Dir: Lloyd Bacon, Warner Bros., 85 min, p/s


1:45 am  The Boatman's Daughter (1935)  Xiangpin Dong, Zhanfei Gao, Jia Hu, Dir: Xiling Shen, Star Film, 101 min, Public Domain


3:30 am  Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)  James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Dir: Frank Capra, Columbia, 129 min, p/s


5:40 am  SHORT:  The Stolen Jools (1931) Norma Shearer, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edward G. Robinson, Dir: William C. McGann, Masquers Club of Hollywood, 20 min.






Thursday, February 14, 2019



[Happy Valentine's Day!!]



The Love Boat


6 am  Luxury Liner (1948)  George Brent, Jane Powell, Dir: Richard Whorf, MGM, 98 min, p/s


7:45 am  Romance on the High Seas (1948)  Jack Carson, Janis Paige, Doris Day, Dir: Michael Curtiz & Busby Berkeley, Warner Bros., 99 min, p/s


9:30 am  Anything Goes (1956)  Bing Crosby, Donald O'Connor, Mitzi Gaynor, Dir: Robert Lewis, Paramount, 106 min, p/s



Here Come the Brides


11:30 am  Bride for Sale (1949)  Claudette Colbert, Robert Young, George Brent, Dir: William D. Russell, Crest Productions, 87 min, *Premiere*


1 pm  I Was a Male War Bride (1949)  Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan, Dir: Howard Hawks, Fox, 105 min, p/s


2:45 pm  Happy is the Bride (1958)  Ian Carmichael, Janette Scott, Cecil Parker, Dir: Roy Boulting, Paul Soskin Productions, 84 min, Public Domain


4:10 pm  SHORT:  Mr. Bride (1932)  Charley Chase, Muriel Evans, Dell Henderson, Dir: James Parrott, Hal Roach Studios, 19 min.



The Honeymooners


4:30 pm  Haunted Honeymoon (1940)  Robert Montgomery, Constance Cummings, Dir: Arthur B. Woods, MGM British Studios, 99 min, p/s


6:15 pm  G.I. Honeymoon (1945)  Gale Storm, Peter Cookson, Dir: Phil Karlson, Monogram Pictures, 70 min, *Premiere*


7:30 pm  SHORT:  Honeymoon Hotel (1934), Dir: Earl Duval, Leon Schlesinger Studios, 8 min.


7:40 pm  SHORT:  A Jazzed Honeymoon (1919)  Harold Lloyd, Harry "Snub" Pollard, Bebe Daniels, Dir: Hal Roach, Rolin Films, 8 min


7:50 pm  SHORT:  Honeymoon Trio (1931)  Walter Catlett, Al St. John, Dorothy Granger, Dir: Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Educational Films of America, 10 min.





The Jack Benny Program

[Happy 39th Birthday, Jack Benny!!]


[Challenge #2 - The Short of It]



8 pm  Buck Benny Rides Again (1940)  Jack Benny, Ellen Drew, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Dir:  Mark Sandrich, Paramount, 84 min, Public Domain


9:30 pm  Charley's Aunt (1941)  Jack Benny, Kay Francis, James Ellison, Dir: Archie Mayo, Fox, 80 min, *Short-Exempt*


11 pm  The Meanest Man in the World (1943)  Jack Benny, Priscilla Lane, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Dir: Sidney Lanfield, Fox, 57 min, *Short-Exempt*


12 am  The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)  Jack Benny, Alexis Smith, Dir: Raoul Walsh, Warner Bros., 78 min, p/s


1:30 am  To Be or Not to Be (1942)  Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Robert Stack, Dir: Ernst Lubitsch, Romaine Film Corporation, 99 min, p/s


3:15 am  Love Thy Neighbor (1940)  Jack Benny, Fred Allen, Mary Martin, Dir: Mark Sandrich, Paramount, 82 min, *Short-Exempt*


4:45 am  The Medicine Man (1930)  Jack Benny, Betty Bronson, Dir: Scott Pembroke, Tiffany Productions, 66 min, Public Domain





Friday, February 15, 2019



Perry Mason


6 am  The Case of the Howling Dog (1934)  Warren William, Mary Astor, Allen Jenkins, Dir: Alan Crosland, Warner Bros., 75 min, p/s


7:15 am  The Case of the Curious Bride (1935)  Warren William, Margaret Lindsay, Donald Woods, Dir: Michael Curtiz, Warner Bros., 80 min, p/s


8:45 am  The Case of the Black Cat (1936)  Ricardo Cortez, June Travis, Jane Bryan, Dir: William C. McGann, Warner Bros., 66 min, p/s





10 am  The Naked City (1948)  Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff, Dorothy Hart, Dir: Jules Dassin, Mark Hellinger Productions, 96 min, p/s


11:45 am  The Big Heat (1953)  Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Dir: Fritz Lang, Columbia, 90 min, p/s


1:15 pm  In the Heat of the Night (1967)  Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Dir: Norman Jewison, Mirisch Corporation, 109 min, p/s



Get Smart


3:15 pm  A Southern Yankee (1948)  Red Skelton, Brian Donlevy, Arlene Dahl, Dir: Edward Sedgwick, MGM, 90 min, p/s


4:45 pm  My Favorite Spy (1951)  Bob Hope, Hedy Lamarr, Dir: Norman Z. McLeod, Paramount, 93 min, p/s


6:30 pm  Carry On Spying (1964)  Kenneth Williams, Barbara Windsor, Bernard Cribbins, Dir: Gerald Thomas, Peter Rogers Productions, 87 min, p/s





Family Affair

[Friday Night Spotlight -- Films About Families]



8 pm  House of Strangers (1949)  Edward G. Robinson, Susan Hayward, Richard Conte, Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Fox, 101 min, *Premiere*


9:45 pm  Three-Cornered Moon (1933)  Claudette Colbert, Richard Arlen, Mary Boland, Dir: Elliott Nugent, Paramount, 77 min, p/s


11:15 pm  Home from the Hill (1960)  Robert Mitchum, Eleanor Parker, George Peppard, Dir: Vincente Minnelli, Sol C. Siegel Productions, 150 min, p/s


1:45 am  Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)  Clifton Webb, Myrna Loy, Jeanne Crain, Dir: Walter Lang, Fox, 86 min, p/s


3:15 am  This Side of Heaven (1934)  Lionel Barrymore, Fay Bainter, Mae Clarke, Dir: William K. Howard, MGM, 77 min, p/s


4:45 am  A Successful Calamity (1932)  George Arliss, Mary Astor, Evalyn Knapp, Dir: John G. Adolfi, Warner Bros., 72 min, p/s






Saturday, February 16, 2019



Our Miss Brooks

[Challenge #4 - The Ghosts of TCM Past - What a Character! - Eve Arden]



6 am  Our Miss Brooks (1956)  Eve Arden, Gale Gordon, Don Porter, Dir: Al Lewis, Lute Productions, 85 min, p/s


7:30 am  Stage Door (1937)  Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, Dir: Gregory La Cava, RKO, 92 min, p/s


9:15 am  At the Circus (1939)  Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Dir: Edward Buzzell, MGM, 86 min, p/s


10:45 am  She Couldn't Say No (1940)  Eve Arden, Roger Pryor, Cliff Edwards, Dir: William Clemens, Warmer Bros., 62 min, *Ghost-Exempt*


12 pm  The Doughgirls (1944)  Ann Sheridan, Alexis Smith, Jack Carson, Dir: James V. Kern, Warner Bros., 102 min, p/s


1:45 pm  Mildred Pierce (1945)  Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Dir: Michael Curtiz, Warner Bros., 111 min, p/s


3:45 pm  The Voice of the Turtle (1947)  Ronald Reagan, Eleanor Parker, Eve Arden, Dir: Irving Rapper, Warner Bros., 103 min, p/s


5:30 pm  The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1960)  Robert Preston, Dorothy McGuire, Eve Arden, Dir: Delbert Mann, Warner Bros., 124 min, p/s


7:40 pm  SHORT: Marriage Rows (1931)  Lloyd Hamilton, Al St. John, Addie McPhail, Dir: Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Educational Films Corporation of America, 19 min.





Alfred Hitchcock Presents


[The Essentials]

8 pm  Notorious (1946)  Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock, RKO, 102 min, p/s


9:45 pm  Suspicion (1941)  Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock, RKO, 99 min, p/s


11:30 pm  To Catch a Thief (1955)  Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock, Paramount, 106 min, p/s


1:20 am  SHORT: Aventure Malgache (1944)  Paul Bonifas, Paul Clarus, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock, Ministry of Information, Phoenix, 30 min.



The Twilight Zone


[TCM Underground]

2 am  Metropolis (1927)  Gustav Frohlich, Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Dir: Fritz Lang, Universum Film, 149 min, p/s


[TCM Underground]

4:30 am  The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Dir: Robert Wiene, Decla-Bioscop AG, 74 min, p/s


5:45 am  SHORT: The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)  Herbert Stern, Hildegarde Watson, Melville Webber, Dir: James Sibley Watson & Melville Webber, 13 min.

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Azure's Notes



Week of February 10-16, 2019



Star of the Month  (Challenge #1 - The Long of It) -- Keenan Wynn


Challenge #2  (The Short of It) -- Jack Benny


Challenge #3  (1935 Guest Programmer) -- Arthur Ferguson Jones from The Whole Town's Talking


Challenge #4  (Ghosts of TCM Past - What a Character!) -- Eve Arden


Silent Sunday Nights  -- The Cat and the Canary (1927)


TCM Imports -- Sylvia and the Phantom (1946) and The Tender Enemy (1936)


Friday Night Spotlight -- Family Affair (films about families)


The Essentials -- Notorious (1946)


TCM Underground -- Metropolis (1927) and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)






1.) That's the Spirit (1945)

2.) Don't Take it to Heart (1944)

3.) The Ghosts of Berkeley Square (1947)

4.) Pacific Blackout (1941)

5.) The Inner Circle (1946)

6.) Shadows in the Night (1944)

7.) Shadows (1931)

8.) The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968)

9.) Bride for Sale (1949)

10.) G.I. Honeymoon (1945)

11.) House of Strangers (1949)




Exempt Premieres (and Public Domain Premieres)


1.) Sylvia and the Phantom (1946)

2.) The Tender Enemy (1936)

3.) Man in the Middle (1964)

4.) Phone Call from a Stranger (1952)

5.) The Boatman's Daughter (1935)

6.) Happy is the Bride (1958)

7.) Buck Benny Rides Again (1940)

8.) Charley's Aunt (1941)

9.) The Meanest Man in the World (1943)

10.) Love Thy Neighbor (1940)

11.) The Medicine Man (1930)

12.) She Couldn't Say No (1940)





It's time for Retro TV Mania!!  All of the movie themes for my schedule were inspired by TV shows from the 50s, 60s and 70s.  Here's a list of all the TV shows that are featured in the schedule.


Topper [1953-1955]

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir [1968-1970]

Green Acres [1965-1971]

My World....and Welcome to It [1969-1970]

I Love Lucy [1951-1957]

Bewitched  [1964-1972]

Happy Days [1974-1984]

Dark Shadows [1966-1971]

The Wild Wild West [1965-1969]

Wanted: Dead or Alive [1958-1961]

The Fugitive [1963-1967]

The Law and Mr. Jones [1960-1962]

The Love Boat [1977-1987]

Here Come the Brides [1968-1970]

The Honeymooners [1955-1956]

The Jack Benny Program [1950-1965]

Perry Mason [1957-1966]

Columbo [1971-2003]

Get Smart [1965-1970]

Family Affair [[1966-1971]

Our Miss Brooks [1952-1956]

Alfred Hitchcock Presents [1955-1962]

The Twilight Zone [1959-1964]




On Sunday, we're kicking the week off with a 24-hour "Phun with Phantoms" marathon.  Yes, we'll be giggling with ghosts right in the middle of February (because I don't want to have to wait till October to get my ghost comedy fix).   :-)




The daytime schedule for Monday is devoted to the Green Acres show.  In the morning, we're focusing on films about city folks who have to adjust to life on the farm.  After that, we're celebrating the 100th birthday of Green Acres star Eva Gabor. 


In the evening, we're celebrating the career of Keenan Wynn, the Star of the Month ("The Long of It" challenge).  Although there were several other worthy candidates for the SOTM, I chose Keenan Wynn because I've always felt that he was one of the most versatile character actors in classic films.  It's not often that Keenan Wynn is honored or even talked about, so I decided that it was high time for him to be spotlighted.  Wynn appeared in over 150 films and made guest appearances on many TV shows.  For one season in 1959, he even starred on a TV show called The Troubleshooters.  Wynn was also very devoted son to his father, comedian Ed Wynn.  For the SOTM theme, I chose a title from a short-lived TV show called My World.....and Welcome to It.  (It has nothing to do with Keenan Wynn or classic films, but it's great title for a SOTM theme, don't you think?)  This week, we'll get to see several of Wynn's films from the 50s and early/mid-60s, starting with the TCM premiere of Man in the Middle





On Tuesday morning, I'm paying tribute to the stars of my favorite TV show of all time -- I Love Lucy.  In the 4 movies that I've chosen, we'll get to see Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, William Frawley and Vivian Vance in dramatic roles.  We'll finish off the day with themed films for two more popular sitcoms -- Bewitched and Happy Days.


In the evening, we've got a lineup of "shadowy" films for the Dark Shadows theme.





It's getting wild on Wednesday!  We start the day off with comedies set in the Wild West.  After that, we've got a lineup of films about notorious outlaws and fugitives. 


In the evening, we've got a lineup of films that were chosen by our 1935 guest programmer, Arthur Ferguson Jones (from The Whole Town's Talking).  Mr. Jones chose The Wrong Man because he himself was the victim of mistaken identity.  He looks exactly like the notorious criminal "Killer" Mannion and he has gotten into a lot of trouble because of this.  Jones chose Good Neighbor Sam because, like Jones, the main character works for an advertising company.  Although Jones is only a clerk, he has often wondered what it would be like to be an advertising executive.  He enjoyed seeing all the misadventures that Jack Lemmon experienced in the film.  (He was quite shocked to see that one of the supporting characters in the film looked a lot like himself.)  Jones chose A Slight Case of Murder because he liked that the gangsters in the film were trying to reform.  Jones believes that every person should be a good, law-abiding citizen.  He wishes that Killer Mannion could reform like the gangsters in the film did.  (Jones was amazed once again to see that the main character in this film looked just like him.)  Since Jones' dream is to go on a trip to Shanghai, he chose a Chinese film called The Boatman's Daughter.  The film is about a woman who becomes involved with the idle rich in Shanghai.  Jones thought that this film would help him to learn more about the language and culture of his dream destination.  For the last film, Jones chose Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, a film that is very dear to his heart.  You see, Jones has a love interest named Wilhemina "Bill" Clark -- a woman who happens to look exactly like Jean Arthur.  Miss Clark is a wisecracking, streetwise woman who helps and encourages Jones.  Jean Arthur's character in Mr. Smith reminds Jones of his beloved Miss Clark.  (Awwww, how cute!)





On Thursday, we're celebrating Valentine's Day.  We start off with a trio of musical films about shipboard romances.  Since Valentine's Day is a popular day for weddings, we've got a lineup of bride-themed and honeymoon-themed films. 


In the evening, we're celebrating the film career (and birthday) of the one and only Jack Benny.  It was very hard to choose one person from a list of worthy candidates for the "Short of It" challenge.  I decided to choose Jack Benny because, even though he had a short film career, he had a long, successful career on TV (and on the radio).  I thought that this would fit in well with my "Retro TV Mania" theme.  February 14, 2019 will be his 125th.....oops, I mean his 39th birthday. 





On Friday morning/afternoon, we're solving mysteries with Perry Mason and homicide detectives.  We'll finish off the day by following the misadventures of bumbling spies who are reminiscent of Maxwell Smart, the inept (but ultimately successful) character on Get Smart


In the evening, we're focusing on films about families for the "Friday Night Spotlight".  The evening is highlighted by the premiere of House of Strangers





On Saturday, we're spending the day with the wonderful Eve Arden (the "Ghosts of TCM Past" challenge - What a Character!).  We start the day off with the film version of her popular TV show Our Miss Brooks.  Several of her memorable films are featured in the lineup, including the TCM premiere of She Couldn't Say No.


For "The Essentials", I picked Notorious, which is my favorite Hitchcock film.  I was delighted to find out that it was Robert Osborne's favorite Hitchcock film as well.  I thought that choosing this film would be a great way to pay tribute to the late Mr. Osborne.  If I remember correctly, he has chosen this film for "The Essentials" before.  This movie is followed by two more Hitchcock films starring Cary Grant, who was one of Alfred Hitchcock's favorite actors. 


For the "TCM Underground", I chose 2 cult silent films -- Metropolis and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.  I've always felt that these movies seemed to be Twilight-Zone-ish.  The short silent film The Fall of the House of Usher also has sequences that give it an other-worldly feel.  The Twilight Zone is one of my favorite TV shows, so I thought that it would make the perfect movie theme to end the week!

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Amazing schedule.  Love your linking TV shows to your themes, your terrific "Long Of It" SOTM, Keenan Wynn, and your GP, Arthur Ferguson Jones who picked a great slate of movies.  "Phun With Phantoms" is a day I would love to see on the TCM schedule and thanks for honoring Eve Arden (one of my all-time favorites!) as your "What A Character" Ghost of TCM Past. Great, great job.



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I hereby proclaim that TCM Programming Challenge #35  --  "The Long and The Short of It" is now officially closed. Thanks to the challengers for some amazing schedules.  A voting thread will be posted soon.



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I hereby proclaim that TCM Programming Challenge #35  --  "The Long and The Short of It" is now officially closed. Thanks to the challengers for some amazing schedules.  A voting thread will be posted soon.



To Lydecker, on my first vacation/trip to HOLLYWOOD-(April of 1999) "Hollywood Forever, cem." which borders-9literally) Paramount Pictures & the old RKO Radio Studios. It's 62 acres & they are much friendlier to fans then GLENDALE'S LEGENDARY "FOREST LAWN"

Anyway, I ventured in "Abbey of the Psalms" where many stars chose as final resting place, including Victor Fleming & Clifton Webb

Now, this has been more then a Hollywood rumor for decades, it's in tons of books & of course on the net. Alledgedly webb haunts "Abbey of the Psalms" as I walked in, I made a rude & off hand remark about him supposedly haunting this place & then proceeded to snap a picture of Fleming's niche & it came out incredibally shrouded, murky, foggy, you name it. now most would say whats that got to do with Webb, given it was of Fleming's, later read many places that the 2 once lived in the same house-(now typically demolished)

Webb always told of a story that his home was already greatly haunted by actress & singer Grace Moore ("0ne Night of Love" (l9340 who had died in an airplane crash earlier. Then Gene Lockhart & his wife owned same residence & had paranormal problems. Eventually Victor Fleming lived there too & then Waldo Lydecker!  One of those asinine ghost shows, this one seems more legit "Taps" "Hollywood Ghost Hunters" which always try to disprove anything paranormal, instead of exploiting it like most. Ionce wrote them about this photo-(had it enlarged) & they desperately wanted a copy, but things got in the way. Then on my 2nd trip in Nov. '99, I went back & just took one of webb's himself & it came out a-ok? The mgr/tour guide of the park always talks about this & Webb & even shows how his niche, the cement was never sealed all the way & it can be moved until it hits his coffin.



(P.S. to any fellow TCM-ITES out there, did they raise "The Knickerbocker Hotel?" none of the literature mentions it anymore D.W. Griffith passed away in it's lobby in 1948 & William (Fred Mertz) Frawley walked outside it's front door, lit up a cigar & died right there on it's sidewalk Plus & I always forget the person's name? An Art-director way back around the 1920's or so, jumped out of their window to their death once, landing on a canopee-(hope I spelled it correctly) & bounced off of it & then hit the deck)



Among the myuriad of books on things such as this & NEVER CONFUSE ME WITH SUGGESTING THAT PIECE OF GARBAGE "HOLLYWOOD BABYLON" & It'S SEQUELS!!!

"Lamparski's Hidden Hollywood" (By Richard Lamparski) I musta' owned this book since 1979/80 & it's a bit more classy & if you cross reference it's facts, they coincuide1

"This Is Hollywood" (By Ken Schlesser) I picked this up while in a museum-(also  already gone) "Hollywood Entertainment Museum" on H. Blvd

"Haunted Hollywood"-(have to find the book for the author) isn't very classy, but covers a lotta' the same ground-(including "Knickerbocker") as most do.  Marilyn is on it's cover.


I personally believe in most cases it's the boy who cried wolf, but some stories seem to have merit!?



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