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I Know What I Watched on TCM This Summer


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I'm a big baseball fan, so I don't watch much TCM during baseball months. With Game Seven of the World Series being played tonight, I'll resume more regular TCM watching tomorrow. I watched about 45 or 46 movies (every time I count them, I get a different number) on TCM between about April 6 and November 1. Here's every one of them, listed roughly in chronological order of release. I thought it might be an interesting survey of what TCM has been showing in the past half-year, catered to my tastes, of course. I just don't watch a lot of Westerns, war movies or costume drama/period pieces, for example, so you won't find many on here. 

Trick: Okay one of these movies I didn't actually watch on TCM, but made it my first rental on my new Amazon Prime subscription. Can anybody guess what it was? (if indeed, anybody cares). Hint: I mentioned it before on another thread.

The Broadway Melody (MGM, 1929)

 Bulldog Drummond (United Artists, 1930)

Just a Gigolo (MGM, 1931)

Waterloo Bridge (Universal, 1931)

One Man's Journey (RKO, 1933)

Sing and Like It (RKO, 1934)

Lost Horizon (Columbia, 1937)

A Star is Born (United Artists, 1937)

The Light That Failed (Paramount, 1939)

Rebecca (United Artists, 1940)

Tales of Manhattan (20th Century Fox, 1942)

Random Harvest (MGM, 1942)

Sullivan's Travels (Paramount, 1942)

Love Letters (Paramount, 1945)

Night and Day (Warner Bros., 1946)

Gilda (Columbia, 1946)

A Double Life (Universal, 1947)

The Woman in White (Warner Bros., 1948)

Full House (20th Century Fox, 1950)

Seven Days to Noon (London, dist. in US by Mayer-Kingsley, 1950)

No Way Out (20th Century Fox, 1950)

Roman Holiday (Paramount, 1953)

The Moon is Blue (United Artists, 1953)

The Naked Jungle (Paramount, 1954)

Rebel Without a Cause (Warner Bros., 1955)

The Opposite Sex (MGM, 1956)

Our Miss Brooks (Warner Bros., 1956)

Love in the Afternoon (Allied Artists, 1957)

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (MGM, 1958)

The Defiant Ones (United Artists, 1958)

The Best of Everything (20th Century Fox, 1959)

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (Warner Bros., 1962)

Strait-Jacket (Columbia, 1964)

Die! Die! My Darling (Columbia, 1965)

An Eye for an Eye (Embassy, 1966)

Dracula, Prince of Darkness (Hammer, dist. in US by Warner Bros., 1966)

To Sir with Love (Columbia, 1967)

In the Heat of the Night (United Artists, 1967)

Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (Hammer, dist. in US by Warner Bros., 1968)

Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (MGM, 1973)

Blazing Saddles (Warner Bros., 1974)

1941 (Universal, 1979)

The Elephant Man (Paramount, 1980)

Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog Filmproduktion, dist. in US by 518 Media, 1982)

Blood Simple (River Road, 1984)

Back to the Future (Universal, 1985)

Broken down by decade:

'20s 1

'30s 8

'40s 9

'50s 12

'60s 8

'70s 3

'80s 4

Broken down by studio:

Warner Bros. 8

MGM 6

United Artists 6

Paramount 6

Universal 4

Columbia 4

20th Century Fox 4

RKO 2

Allied Artists 1

Embassy 1

Other 3

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It was actually a lame attempt to make a play on the title of the Jennifer Love Hewitt horror film from about 15-20 years ago, I Know What You Did Last Summer. I don't know if anybody missed much if they missed The Best of Everything, except as a curiosity, although I'm a sucker for melodrama with naughty overtones (as naughty as it got in 1959, anyway). It's interesting to watch now in context of all these recent sexual harassment/assault allegations, as one of the subplots in the film involves male bosses trying to make plays for their female receptionists. That was already taken for granted in 1959, I guess, to the point they put it in a mainstream movie.

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Ha ha, well, not to overwhelm people with dry numbers, but over the course of a seven-month (!) baseball season, which is more than 200 days, I took 23 nights off to watch movies instead. Forty five total movies watched, so basically two movies each of those nights. Three of those days were the All-Star break, when there are no games at all, so there were really only 20 nights in seven months, like once every 10 days basically, where I actively said okay I just have to take a night off from baseball tonight.

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Good idea. Here are all the first viewings I saw on TCM or on TCM on Demand from April to October. (I also saw rewatches of Back to the Future, The Age of Innocence, The Way We Were, That Funny Feeling, My Fair Lady, and Sense and Sensibility)

Rain (1932/UA)

Dead Ringer (1964/WB)

The Learning Tree (1969/WB)

Lili (1953/MGM)

Love Letters (1945/Paramount)

The Goddess (1958/Columbia)

Goodbye My Fancy (1951/WB)

Harriet Craig (1950/Columbia)

Love Crazy (1941/ MGM)

Journey for Margaret (1942/ MGM)

Anna Christie (1930/MGM)

Meantime (1983/Janus)

Cluny Brown (1946/Fox)

The Sheepman (1958/MGM)

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974/Janus)

About Mrs. Leslie (1954/Paramount)

The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956/MGM)

Miracle in the Rain (1956/WB)

Susan Lenox Her Fall and Rise (1931/MGM)

Polly of the Circus (1932/MGM)

Strange Interlude (1932/MGM)

The White Sister (1933/MGM)

Logan's Run (1976/MGM)

Three Wise Fools (1946/MGM)

Music for Millions (1944/MGM)

The Children's Hour (1961/UA)

Possessed (1931/MGM)

Dance Fools Dance (1931/MGM)

The Far Country (1955/Universal)

The Secret Garden (1949/MGM)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligeri (1920/UFI)

Treasure Island (1934/MGM)

Of Human Bondage (1934/ RKO)

Dr. Jeckell and Mr. Hyde (1931/Paramount)

Shane (1953/Paramount)

Suddenly Last Summer (1959/Columbia)

Pal Joey (1957/Columbia)

Middle of the Night (1959/ Columbia)

Just a Gigolo (1931/MGM)

Fog Over Frisco (1934/WB)

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934/Janus)

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973/MGM)

The Razor's Edge (1946/Fox)

Desire (1936/Paramount)

Light in the Piazza (1962/MGM)

My Name is Julia Ross (1945/Columbia)

All Fall Down (1962/MGM)

Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967/WB)

Indiscretion of an American Wife (1953/Columbia)

Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (1968/UA)

Always (1989/Universal)

The Racket (1928/Paramount)

The Judge Steps Out (1947/RKO)

Eating Raoul (1982/Fox)

I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955/MGM)

The Lusty Men (1952/RKO)

America America (1963/WB)

A Woman of Affairs (1928/MGM)

Downstairs (1932/MGM)

Miss Firecracker (1989/?)

The Best of Everything (1959/Fox)

The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926/UA)

Lost Horizon (1937/Columbia)

If I Were King (1938/Paramount)

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945/MGM)

Cat's Eye (1985/MGM)

Remember My Name (1978/Columbia)

Lifeboat (1944/Fox)

Rope (1948/WB)

The Searchers (1956/WB)

The Sisters (1938/WB)

You Were Never Lovlier (1942/Columbia) 

The Barefoot Contessa (1954/UA)

The Blackbird (1926/MGM)

The Ace of Hearts (1921/Goldwyn)

The Unknown (1927/MGM)

Mr. Wu (1927/MGM)

12 O'Clock High (1949/Fox)

The Pirate (1948/MGM)

The Phantom of the Opera (1925/Universal)

The Big Clock (1948/Paramount)

Valley of the Kings (1954/MGM)

Dangerous (1935/WB)

Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding (1967/MGM)

The Wild and the Innocent (1958/Universal)

Laugh Clown Laugh (1928/MGM)

The Restless Years (1958/Universal)

Romanoff and Juliet (1961/Universal)

No Time for Comedy (1940/WB)

They Met in Bombay (1941/MGM)

Dreamboat (1952/Fox)

The Feminine Touch (1941/MGM)

Mr. Lucky (1943/RKO)

The Miracle Woman (1931/Columbia)

Biography of a Bachelor Girl (1935/MGM)

Double Harness (1933/RKO)

What a Woman (1943/Columbia)

Honeysuckle Rose (1980/WB)

Operator 13 (1934/MGM)

Enchantment (1921/Paramount)

Five and Ten (1931/ MGM)

Peg O My Heart (1933/MGM)

The Florodora Girl (1930/MGM)

When Knighthood Was in Flower (1922/Paramount)

Marianne (1929/MGM)

Little Women (1949/MGM)

Brief Moment (1933/Columbia)

Cinderella Liberty (1973/Fox)

Til We Meet Again (1940/WB)

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1957/MGM)

Born to Be Bad (1950/RKO)

Forbidden Planet (1956/MGM)

Spite Marriage (1929/MGM)

Parlor Bedroom and Bath (1931/MGM)

Doughboys (1930/MGM)

Bride of Frankenstein (1935/Universal)

Design for Scandal (1941/MGM)

Diabolique (1955/Janus)

The Doughgirls (1944/WB)

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I think it certainly speaks to the diversity of TCM programming and (mostly) lack of repeats that there are only three movies that we both watched over those seven months! (Back to the FutureLost Horizon and Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid)

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