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TCM Programming Challenge #38: Vacation Time!

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TCM Programming Challenge #38  “Vacation Time!”



Some background:

Path40a created the first TCM Programming Challenge in February, 2006 to give people a glimpse into the complexities of the programming process. The challenge has endured because it allows entrants to exercise their imagination, display their knowledge and introduce rare classics. TCM Programming Challenges are neither sponsored nor endorsed by TCM but tcmprogrammr has stated that programmers happily steal ideas from these schedules. Many entrants have had the joy of seeing their themes and movie selections air on TCM. The Challenge is to create a week’s schedule following TCM’s standard format.


When it begins/When it ends:

This challenge starts at 12:00PM Saturday January 27, 2018 and ends at 11:59PM Saturday February 24, 2018. A voting thread will be started shortly after the end of the challenge.

Who can enter/Who can vote:

Everyone is welcome to create and post a schedule. Don’t be shy! Anyone who was a registered forum member prior to December 1, 2017 will be allowed to vote for their favorite schedule in a separate voting thread after the challenge is closed. You may either vote by posting your selection on the thread or by directly messaging the moderator. The winner has the honor of running the next challenge.

What you need to do:

1. Create a week's schedule which begins at 6 AM (EST) Sunday and ends at 6 AM (EST) the following Sunday. The week selected must be between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.

2. Each day’s programming should begin at 6 AM (EST.) However, if you begin an occasional day at 6:15 AM or 6:30 AM that’s no problem.

3. Primetime/Evening MUST begin at 8 PM (EST.)

4. Feature films must start on the hour, quarter-hour, half-hour or three-quarters hour. Short films or other material can be used to “fill-in” between movies so that there is never more than 14 minutes of unscheduled time between features.

Your schedule must include:

1. Star of the Month -- At least 4 movies on one evening to showcase an actor. The SOTM must have a body of work large enough to allow similar blocks the other weeks in the month.

2. Silent Sunday Night -- A silent movie which begins at approximately 12 AM (EST) Sunday night/Monday morning.

3. TCM Imports -- A foreign film that begins at approximately 2 AM (EST) Monday morning.

4. TCM Spotlight -- A group of films which showcase a theme which appears in primetime each one night a week for a month.

5. The Essentials -- An indispensible classic film that begins at 8 PM (EST) Saturday night.

6. TCM Underground -- A little known or “cult” film which begins at approximately 2 AM (EST) Saturday night.

7. Mandatory Challenges as outlined for TCM Programming Challenge #38


Silent Sunday Night, TCM Imports and TCM Underground are exempt from the limit of premieres stated in the requirements for this challenge.

You may include a Guest Programmer but you are not required to do so unless it is a mandatory challenge requirement.

Programming related to birthdays, anniversaries of historical or cinematic importance, genres, places or anything else that can reasonably be thematically grouped together is encouraged. Thought provoking, humorous and/or outrageous themes are especially welcome.

Programming notes to explain your themes or to provide additional information on your selected movies are not required but are greatly encouraged. These notes should be on a separate post following the posting of your schedule.

Format and Justifications:

Follow the standard TCM scheduling format for each film: Time, Title, Year, Actor(s) Director(s) Studio, Running Time and justification.

For example:

6:15 PM The Big Movie (1932) Kay Francis and Porky Pig. Dir: Lionel Barrymore. Colossal Films, 162 min., Premiere.

Running times and studio information may be found in the TCM database or at IMDB.com


P/S for movies or programs which have been previously shown.

E or “Exempt” for Silent Sunday Night, TCM Imports or TCM Underground films.

PD or “Public Domain” for films in the public domain.

“Premiere” for movies which count toward the Challenge allowance on premiers.

No notation is needed for any movie in the original Turner film library.

Film library, SOTM, and previous challenge archive links plus other information:

The original Turner library consisted of: Warner Brothers (pre-1948 only,) MGM (pre-1986 only) and RKO (all years.)

Disney animated feature films are never allowed because Disney will not license them to TCM. Disney live action films are allowed, either as previously shown films or as premieres. Animated movies created by other studios whose rights were later acquired Disney are allowed as previously shown films or as premieres. Disney shorts or cartoons which have been previously shown on TCM are allowed.

All other theatrical films are allowed as premieres.

Movies in the original Turner library are:

Warner Brothers (pre-1948 only):


MGM (pre-1986 only):


RKO (all)


Movies in the public domain are:


All other theatrical movies are allowed as premieres.
The most commonly used libraries are:

Columbia Pictures
United Artists
Samuel Goldwyn
J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors:
20th Century Fox:
Paramount Pictures
Universal Pictures
British Gaumont Pictures:

A link of previous Stars Of The Month can be found here:


Previous Challenges can be reviewed here:


How to tell if a movie has aired previously on TCM:

Many thanks to MovieCollectorOH for his “unofficial report”

of what has aired on TCM since 2001. It can be a great

resource as you are creating your schedule.


Thanks to previous Challenge Moderators for the opportunity to liberally "borrow" from their instructions. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

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The Challenges:


TCM Programming Challenge #38 “Vacation Time!”

Challenge #1: Vacation Destination

This time of year, with the holidays over and the dead of winter upon us, many people start wishing for more appealing climes, or a change of scenery (I know I do!). So, for the first challenge, you are to program a block of films (minimum of 4) that feature a location(s) you would like to visit on vacation. You are allowed 2 premieres that will not count against your limit. Mark these: (destination-exempt)

Challenge #2: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Sometimes the journey to your destination can be as rewarding as the vacation itself (and sometimes not). For the second challenge, you are to program a block of films (minimum of 4) that feature some form of transportation as a main setting or plot point. You are allowed 2 premieres that will not count against your limit. Mark These: (transportation-exempt)

Challenge #3: Travel Companion

Sometimes it doesn't matter so much WHERE you're going on vacation, but rather WHO is traveling with you. So for this challenge, first you should choose a film character you'd like to take with you on vacation. That character will be this month's guest programmer. You are to program a block of films (minimum of 4) chosen by that guest programmer. You are allowed 2 premieres that will not count against your limit. Mark these: (companion-exempt)


Challenge #4: Desert Island Films

One way to get away from it all would be to vacation (or be shipwrecked!) on a desert island. If you had to choose only a handful of movies to have access to on a deserted island, what would your choices be? You are to program a block of films (minimum of 4) that you would choose to take with you. You are allowed 2 premieres that will not count against your limit. Mark these: (island-exempt)

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

This challenge begins on Saturday January 27th at 12:00PM and concludes Saturday February 24 at 11:59PM.

I look forward to some great schedules. Have fun, and thanks for participating!

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Great challenge Stevo! 

The wheels are already turning.  I can already tell you who WON'T be my traveling companion--any Butterfly McQueen or Andy Devine characters.  I'd drive the car off a cliff just to put us all out of our misery.

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Neither any Shelley Winters (we'd no doubt drown together since Shelley is clearly not "water-friendly) nor James Dean (way too much drama) film characters will travel with me!!!

Don't forget to have the Moderator "pin" the TCM Challenge #38 thread.

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14 hours ago, JamesStewartFan95 said:

Does that mean that Challenge #2 was inspired by my Boats, Trains and Planes programming block from last year's challenge, or am I just spitballing here?

You never know! Maybe I was subconsciously inspired by it. If so, thanks! :) 

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20 hours ago, speedracer5 said:

Great challenge Stevo! 

The wheels are already turning.  I can already tell you who WON'T be my traveling companion--any Butterfly McQueen or Andy Devine characters.  I'd drive the car off a cliff just to put us all out of our misery.

Shades of Thelma and Louise!

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Schedule for January 20-26, 2019

Star of the Month: Eve Arden

TCM Spotlight: The Weepies: A History of Women's Pictures

The Essentials: High Sierra (1941)

Guest Programmer/Traveling Companion: Mame Dennis, as portrayed by Rosalind Russell in Auntie Mame (1958)

Silent Sunday: The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927)

TCM Imports: La Strada (1954)/Nights of Cabiria (1957)

TCM Underground: Mulholland Drive (2001)

1. Lydia Bailey (1952)
2. Louisa (1950)
3. No Room for the Groom (1952)
4. Ramona (1936)
5. Little Old New York (1940)
6. Jennie Gerhardt (1933)
7. Death of a Salesman (1951)
8. The Blue Veil (1951)

Exempt Premieres:
1. Miss Potter (2006)
2. About Time (2013)
3. Mulholland Drive(2001)

Decade Breakdown:

1920s: 2

1930s: 21

1940s: 32

1950s: 22

1960s: 5

1970s: 5

1980s: 3

1990s: 1

2000s: 2

2010s: 1

Sunday, January 20,2019

Directed by Jean Negulesco

6:00 AM Johnny Belinda (1948) Jane Wyman & Lew Ayres D:Jean Negulesco WB 103 min.
7:45 AM Lydia Bailey (1952) Dale Robertson & Anne Francis D: Jean Negulesco 20th Century Fox 89 min. Premiere #1
9:15 AM Scandal at Scourie (1953) Greer Garson & Walter Pidgeon D:Jean Negulesco MGM 90 min.
10:45 AM Deep Valley (1947) Ida Lupino & Dane Clark D:Jean Negulesco WB 104 min.
12:30 PM The Mask of Dimitrios (1944) Peter Lorre & Sydney Greenstreet D:Jean Negulesco WB 95 min.
2:15 PM Three Strangers (1946) Sydney Greenstreet & Peter Lorre D:Jean Negulesco WB 92 min.
4:00 PM Woman's World (1954) Clifton Webb & June Allyson D: Jean Negulesco 20th Century Fox 94 min (p/s)
5:45 PM The Best of Everything (1959) Hope Lange & Suzy Parker D: Jean Negulesco 20th Century Fox 121 min (p/s)

Double Feature: Birthday Girl, Patricia Neal

8:00 PM Hud (1963) Paul Newman & Brandon De Wilde D: Martin Ritt Paramount 111 min (p/s)
10:00 PM The Subject Was Roses (1968) Jack Albertson & Patricia Neal D: Ulu Grosbard MGM 107 min.

Silent Sunday

12:00 AM The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927) Ramon Novarro & Norma Shearer D: Ernst Lubitsch MGM 105 min.

TCM Imports: Birthday Boy, Federico Fellini

2:00 AM La Strada (1954) Anthony Quinn & Giuletta Masina D: Federico Fellini Janus 115 min (p/s)
4:00 AM Nights of Cabiria (1957) Giuletta Masina & Francois Perier  D:Federico Fellini Janus 117 min (p/s)

Monday, January 21, 2019

Destination: England (Challenge #1)

6:00 AM The Importance of Being Ernest (1952) Michael Redgrave & Michael Denison D: Anthony Asquith Janus 95 min (p/s)
7:45 AM Genevieve (1953) John Gregson & Kay Kendall D: Henry Cornelius Rank 86 min (p/s)
9:15 AM 84 Charing Cross Road (1987) Anne Bancroft & Anthony Hopkins D: David Jones Columbia 97 min (p/s)
11:00 AM Sense and Sensibility (1995) Emma Thompson & Kate Winslet D: Ang Lee Columbia 135 min (p/s)
1:15 PM Educating Rita (1983) Michael Caine & Julie Walters D: Lewis Gilbert Columbia 110 min (p/s)
3:15 PM Miss Potter (2006) Renee Zellweger & Ewan MacGregor D:Chris Noonan MGM/Weinstein 91 min Destination-Exempt #1
5:00 PM The Browning Version (1951) Michael Redgrave & Jean Kent D: Anthony Asquith Rank 90 min (p/s)
6:30 PM Brief Encounter (1945) Celia Johnson & Trevor Howard D: David Lean Rank 85 min (p/s)

Take the TCM Train (Challenge #2)

8:00 PM Without Reservations (1946) Claudette Colbert & John Wayne D: Mervyn LeRoy RKO 107 min
10:00 PM The Narrow Margin (1952) Charles McGraw & Marie Windsor D: Richard Fleischer RKO 70 min.
11:15 PM Murder on the Orient Express (1974) Albert Finney & Lauren Bacall D: Sidney Lumet Paramount/EMI 128 min (p/s)
1:30 AM The Palm Beach Story (1942) Claudette Colbert & Joel McCrea D: Preston Sturges Paramount 87 min. (P/s)
3:00 AM The Major and the Minor (1942) Ginger Rogers & Ray Milland D: Billy Wilder Paramount 100 min (p/s)
4:45 AM Lady on a Train (1945) Deanna Durbin & Ralph Bellamy D: Charles David Universal 93 min.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Happy Birthday, Piper Laurie

6:30 AM The Hustler (1961) Paul Newman & Jackie Gleason D: Robert Rossen 20th Century Fox 135 min. (P/s)
8:45 AM Until They Sail (1957) Jean Simmons & Joan Fontaine D: Robert Wise MGM 95 min. 
10:30 AM Louisa (1950) Spring Byington & Charles Coburn D: Alexander Hall Universal 90 min Premiere #2
12:00 PM No Room for the Groom (1952) Tony Curtis & Piper Laurie D: Douglas Sirk Universal  84 min. Premiere #3

Happy Birthday, Ann Sothern

1:30 PM Maisie (1939) Ann Sothern & Robert Young D: Edwin L. Marin MGM 74 min.
2:45 PM The Blue Gardenia (1953) Anne Baxter & Richard Conte D: Fritz Lang WB 90 min (p/s)
4:15 PM A Letter to Three Wives (1949) Jeanne Crain & Ann Sothern D: Joseph L. Mankiewicz 20th Century Fox 104 min (p/s)
5:45 PM The Whales of August (1987) Lillian Gish & Bette Davis D: Lindsay Anderson Alive 90 min (p/s)
7:30 PM MGM Parade

Star of the Month: Eve Arden

8:00 PM The Doughgirls (1944) Jane Wyman & Eve Arden D: James V. Kern WB 102 min.
9:45 PM The Voice of the Turtle (1947) Eleanor Parker & Ronald Reagan D: Irving Rapper WB 103 min.
11:30 PM Mildred Pierce (1945) Joan Crawford & Ann Blyth D:Michael Curtiz WB 109 min
1:30 AM Cover Girl (1944) Rita Hayworth & Gene Kelly D: Charles Vidor Columbia 107 min (p/s)
3:30 AM Night and Day (1946) Cary Grant & Alexis Smith D:Michael Curtiz WB 128 min.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Desert Island Films : 24 Hours of a Random Sampling of Personal Favorites ( Challenge #4)

6:00 AM Stage Door (1937) Katharine Hepburn & Ginger Rogers D: Gregory La Cava RKO 92 min.
7:45 AM Dodsworth (1936) Walter Huston & Ruth Chatterton D: William Wyler UA 101 min. (p/s)
9:30 AM Modern Times (1936) Charlie Chaplin & Paulette Goddard D: Charlie Chaplin UA 89 min (p/s)
11:00 AM The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) Catherine Deneuve & Nino Castelnuevo D: Jacques Demy Janus 91 min. (P/s)
12:45 PM The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970) Jason Robards & Stella Stevens D: Sam Peckinpah WB 121 min (p/s)
3:00 PM What's Up Doc (1972) Barbra Streisand & Ryan O'Neal D: Peter Bogdonovich WB 94 min. (P/s)
4:45 PM The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) Maurice Chevalier & Claudette Colbert D: Ernst Lubitsch Paramount 88 min (p/s)
6:15 PM Singin' in the Rain (1952) Gene Kelly & Debbie Reynolds D: Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen MGM 102 min.
8:00 PM The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) Maria Falconetti & Eugene Sylvain D: Carl Theodor Dreyer Janus 117 min (p/s)
10:00 PM Charade (1963) Audrey Hepburn & Cary Grant D: Stanley Donen Universal 114 min (p/s)
12:00 AM Autumn Sonata (1978) Ingrid Bergman & Liv Ullmann D: Ingmar Bergman Janus 97 min. (p/s)
1:45 AM Now Voyager (1942) Bette Davis & Gladys Cooper D: Irving Rapper WB 117 min.
3:45 AM About Time (2013) Domhnall Gleeson & Rachel McAdams D:Richard Curtis Universal/Working Title 124 min. Desert-Exempt #1

Thursday, January 24, 2019
Directed by Henry King, Celebrating His Birthday

6:00 AM I'd Climb the Highest Mountain (1951) Susan Hayward & William Lundigan D: Henry King 20th Century Fox 88 min (p/s)
7:30 AM Lloyd's of London (1936) Freddie Bartholomew & Tyrone Power D: Henry King 20th Century Fox 115 min (p/s)
9:30 AM Ramona (1936) Loretta Young & Don Ameche D: Henry King 20th Century Fox 90 min. Premiere #4
11:00 AM State Fair (1933) Janet Gaynor & Will Rogers D: Henry King  Fox 96 min (p/s)
12:45 PM A Bell for Adano (1945) Gene Tierney & John Hodiak D: Henry King 20th Century Fox 103 min (p/s)
2:30 PM Little Old New York (1940) Alice Faye & Fred MacMurray D: Henry King 20th Century Fox 100 min. Premiere #5
4:15 PM In Old Chicago (1937) Tyrone Power & Alice Faye D: Henry King 20th Century Fox 95 min (p/s)
6:00 PM Remember the Day (1941) Claudette Colbert & John Payne D: Henry King 20th Century Fox 85 min. (P/s)
7:30 PM MGM Parade

Guest Programmer/Travelling Companion: Mame Dennis, as portrayed by Rosalind Russell in Auntie Mame (1958)

8:00 PM Theodora Goes Wild (1936) Irene Dunne & Melvin Douglas D: Richard Boleslawski Columbia 94 min (p/s)
9:45 PM My Man Godfrey (1936) William Powell & Carole Lombard D: Gregory La Cava Universal 95 min (p/s)
11:30 PM Midnight (1939) Claudette Colbert & Don Ameche D: Mitchell Leisen Paramount 94 min (p/s)
1:15 AM The Lady Eve (1941) Barbara Stanwyck & Henry Fonda D: Preston Sturges Paramount 94 min (p/s)
3:00 AM Having Wonderful Time (1938) Ginger Rogers & Douglas Fairbanks Jr. D: Alfred Santell RKO 71 min.
4:15 AM If You Could Only Cook (1935) Jean Arthur & Herbert Marshall D: William A. Seiter Columbia 70 min (p/s)
5:30 AM She Done Him Wrong (1933) Mae West & Cary Grant D: Lowell Sherman Paramount 66 min (p/s)

Friday, January 25, 2019
Starring Sylvia Sidney

6:45 AM Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973) Joanne Woodward & Martin Balsam D: Gilbert Cates Columbia 93 min (p/s)
8:30 AM The Wagons Roll at Night (1941) Humphrey Bogart & Sylvia Sidney D: Ray Enright WB 84 min. 
10:00 AM Jennie Gerhardt (1933) Sylvia Sidney & Donald Cook D: Marion Gering Paramount 85 min. Premiere #6
11:30 AM An American Tragedy (1931) Phillips Holmes & Sylvia Sidney D: Josef Von Sternberg Paramount 95 min (p/s)
1:15 PM You and Me (1938) Sylvia Sidney & George Raft D: Fritz Lang Paramount 90 min (p/s)

Happy Birthday, Mildred Dunnock
2:45 PM Death of a Salesman (1951) Fredric March & Mildred Dunnock D: Laslo Benedek Columbia 115 min. Premiere #7
4:45 PM Bad for Each Other (1953) Charlton Heston & Lizabeth Scott D: Irving Rapper Columbia 83 min (p/s)
6:15 PM I Want You (1951) Dana Andrews & Dorothy McGuire D:Mark Robson RKO 102 min (p/s)

TCM Spotlight: The Weepies: A History of Women's Pictures

8:00 PM The Blue Veil (1951) Jane Wyman & Joan Blondell D: Curtis Bernhardt RKO 113 min Premiere #8 
10:00 PM My Foolish Heart (1949) Susan Hayward & Dana Andrews D: Mark Robson RKO 98 min (p/s)
11:45 PM Random Harvest (1942) Ronald Colman & Greer Garson D: Mervyn Le Roy MGM 126 min
2:00 AM The Old Maid (1939) Bette Davis & Miriam Hopkins D: Edmund Goulding WB 95 min
3:45 AM The Secret of Madame Blanche (1933) Irene Dunne & Lionel Atwill D: Charles Brabin MGM 83 min.
5:15 AM One Way Passage (1932) Kay Francis & William Powell D: Tay Garnett WB 69 min.

Saturday, January 26, 2019
Into the Shadows

6:30 AM Out of the Fog (1941) Ida Lupino & John Garfield D: Jacques Tourneur WB 93 min.
8:15 AM Too Late for Tears (1949) Lizabeth Scott & Don DeFore D: Byron Haskin UA 99 min (p/s)
10:00 AM The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947) Barbara Stanwyck & Humphrey Bogart D: Peter Godfrey WB 99 min.
11:45 AM Road House (1948) Ida Lupino & Richard Widmark D: Jean Negulesco 20th Century Fox 95 min (p/s)
1:30 PM The Las Vegas Story (1952) Jane Russell & Victor Mature D: Robert Stevenson RKO 88 min.
3:00 PM Laura (1944) Gene Tierney & Dana Andrews D:Otto Preminger 20th Century Fox 85 min (p/s)
4:30 PM The Reckless Moment (1949) Joan Bennett & James Mason D: Max Opuls Columbia 82 min (p/s)
6:00 PM Sunset Boulevard (1950) Gloria Swanson & William Holden D: Billy Wilder Paramount 110 min. (p/s)

The Essentials: Happy Birthday, Joan Leslie

8:00 PM High Sierra (1941) Humphrey Bogart & Ida Lupino D: Raoul Walsh WB 100 min.
9:45 PM The Hard Way (1942) Ida Lupino & Joan Leslie D: Vincent Sherman WB 109 min 
11:45 PM The Male Animal (1942) Olivia De Havilland & Henry Fonda D: Elliot Nugent WB 101 min.
1:30 AM Foreign Correspondent (1940) Joel McCrea & Laraine Day D: Alfred Hitchcock UA 119 min.

TCM Underground

3:30 AM Mulholland Drive (2001) Naomi Watts & Laura Elena Harring D: David Lynch Universal/StudioCanal 147 min Underground-Exempt Premiere

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Cinema International:

Love it!! I'm a huge fan of Eve Arden who definitely deserves to be SOTM (Are you listening TCM?) and also really like Mame Dennis as your traveling companion (brilliant!) and "The Weepies" for your TCM Spotlight.  Also glad you saluted Ann Sothern, Jean Negulesco and I really appreciated your "Into The Shadows" segment.  Great job, as always!


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Very nicely done CinemaInternational! I am 100% in favor of Eve Arden as SOTM, and there would definitely never be a dull moment with Mame as your travel companion. I also really like the "Into the Shadows" segment, your Ann Sothern and Joan Leslie birthday tributes, and it's nice to see Mulholland Drive as your Underground selection. Great job!

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On 1/28/2018 at 6:22 PM, LonesomePolecat said:

I just want to say right now, since I can't schedule it, that if I was stuck on a desert island the movie I would take with me is FANTASIA :)

That would be such a great choice. Just yesterday, I heard The Sorcerer's Apprentice on our local classical music radio station and it immediately conjured up images of Mickey and those broomsticks in my mind. I couldn't help but smile.

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On 2018-01-27 at 4:18 PM, Stevomachino said:

Disney animated feature films are never allowed because Disney will not license them to TCM. Disney live action films are allowed, either as previously shown films or as premieres. Animated movies created by other studios whose rights were later acquired Disney are allowed as previously shown films or as premieres. Disney shorts or cartoons which have been previously shown on TCM are allowed.


Would Pixar films count as films made by Disney affiliates that would be fair game, or not?

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LP’s Schedule for TCM Programming Challenge #38 “Vacation Time!”


WEEK OF MAY 5-11, 2019

SOTM: Ray Bolger

THE ESSENTIALS: Duck Soup (1933)

TCM IMPORTS: Otello (1986)

SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS: Seven Chances (1925)

TCM UNDERGROUND: The Last Man on Earth (1964)





1.       40 Pounds of Trouble (1962)

2.       Charley's Aunt (1941)

3.       Damn Yankees (1958)

4.       Don’t Make Grandpa Angry (1934)

5.       Goodbye Charlie (1964)

6.       Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973)

7.       Judith (1966)

8.       The Pajama Game (1957)

9.       Situation Hopeless…But Not Serious (1965)

10.   Sunny (1941)

11.   What’s so Bad About Feeling Good? (1968)

12.   Where’s Charley? (1952)



1.       The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

2.       Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962)

3.       I’ll Never Forget You (1951)

4.       Lafayette (1962)

5.       The Pirates of Penzance (1983)

6.       Shipwrecked (1990)

7.       Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

8.       The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953)


---------------------------------SUNDAY MAY 5, 2019-------------------------------



6:00am Laura (1944) Dana Andrews & Gene Tierney, dir Otto Preminger FOX 87min (p/s)

7:30am Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) Cary Grant & Priscilla Lane, dir Frank Capra WB 1h58min (p/s)

9:30am To Have and Have Not (1944) Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall, dir Howard Hawks WB 1h40min (p/s)

11:15am SHORT: How to Play Football (1944) Pinto Colvig & John McLeish, dir Jack Kinney, Disney 8min

11:30am The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944) Betty Hutton & Eddie Bracken, dir Preston Sturges, Paramount 1h38min (p/s)

1:15pm SHORT: Mouse Trouble (1944) dir Joseph Barbera & William Hanna MGM 7min

1:30pm Gaslight (1944) Ingrid Bergman & Charles Boyer, dir George Cukor MGM 1h54min (p/s)

3:30pm SHORT: What’s Cookin’, Doc? (1944) Mel Blanc, dir Robert Clampett WB 8min

3:45pm Meet Me in St Louis (1944) Judy Garland & Margaret O’Brien, dir Vincente Minnelli MGM 1h53min (p/s)

5:45pm SHORT: Who’s Who in Animal Land (1944) Ken Carpenter, dir Lou Lilly, Paramount 10min

6:00pm Double Indemnity (1944) Fred MacMurray & Barbara Stanwyck, dir Billy Wilder Paramount 107min (p/s)



8:00pm Follie Bergere in Paris (1935) Maurice Chevalier & Merle Oberon, dir Roy Del Ruth FOX 1h22min (p/s)

9:30pm That Night in Rio (1941) Don Ameche & Carmen Miranda, dir Irving Cummings FOX 1h31min (p/s)

11:15pm On the Riviera (1951) Danny Kaye & Gene Tierney, dir Walter Lang FOX 1h29min (p/s)



12:45am Seven Chances (1925) Buster Keaton & T Roy Barnes, dir Buster Keaton MGM 56min



1:45am Otello (1986) Placido Domingo & Katia Ricciarelli, dir Franco Zeffirelli, Cannon 1h58min EXEMPT PREMIERE


------------------------------MONDAY MAY 6, 2019--------------------------------



3:45am Damn the Defiant! (1962) Alec Guinness & Dirk Bogarde, dir Lewis Gilbert, Columbia 1h41min (p/s)

5:30am Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) Dennis Price & Alec Guinness, dir Robert Hamer, Ealing 1h46min (p/s)

7:30am Cromwell (1970) Alec Guinness & Richard Harris, dir Ken Hughes, Columbia 2h19min (p/s)

10:00am A Run for Your Money (1949) Donald Houston & Alec Guinness, dir Charles Frend, Ealing 83min (p/s)

11:30am The Scapegoat (1959) Alec Guinness & Bette Davis, dir Robert Hamer MGM 1h30min (p/s)

1:00am The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) Alec Guinness & Stanley Holloway, dir Charles Crichton, Ealing 1h18min (p/s)

2:30pm The Ladykillers (1955) Alec Guinness & Katie Johnson, dir Alexander Mackendrick, Ealing 1h31min (p/s)

4:15pm Situation Hopeless…But Not Serious (1965) Alec Guinness & Robert Redford, dir Gottfried Reinhardt, Paramount 1h37min PREMIERE

6:00pm Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973) Alec Guinness & Simon Ward, dir Ennio De Concini, Paramount 1h48min PREMIERE


Challenge #3: Travel Companion


8:00pm I’ll Never Forget You (1951) Tyrone Power & Ann Blythe, dir Roy Ward Baker FOX 1h30min COMPANION-EXEMPT PREMIERE

9:30pm Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962) Red Buttons & Fabian, dir Irwin Allen FOX 1h41min COMPANION-EXEMPT PREMIERE

11:15pm My Darling Clementine (1946) Henry Fonda & Victor Mature, dir John Ford FOX 1h37min (p/s)

1:00am Time After Time (1979) Malcolm McDowell & Mary Steenburgen, dir Nicholas Meyer WB 1h52min (p/s)

3:00am From the Earth to the Moon (1958) Joseph Cotton & George Sanders, dir Byron Haskin RKO 1h41min (p/s)

4:45am The Absent-Minded Professor (1961) Fred MacMurray & Nancy Olsen, dir Robert Stevenson, Disney 1h32min (p/s)


----------------------------TUESDAY MAY 7, 2019------------------------------



6:30am The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) Kirk Douglas & Lana Turner, dir Vincente Minnelli MGM 1h58min (p/s)

8:30pm Sunset Boulevard (1950) William Holden & Gloria Swanson, dir Billy Wilder, Paramount 1h51min (p/s)

10:30pm The Big Knife (1955) Jack Palance & Ida Lupino, dir Robert Aldrich UA 1h51min (p/s)

12:30pm A Star is Born (1937) Janet Gaynor & Fredric March, dir Willaim A Wellman, Selznic 1h51min (p/s)

2:30pm Singin’ in the Rain (1952) Gene Kelly & Donald O’Connor, dir Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly MGM 1h43min (p/s)

4:15pm Something to Sing About (1937) James Cagney & Evelyn Daw, dir Victor Schertzinger GNP 1h33min (p/s)

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



8:00pm What’s so Bad About Feeling Good? (1968) George Peppard & Mary Tyler Moore, dir George Seaton UI 1h34min PREMIERE

9:45pm Back to the Future (1985) Michael J Fox & Christopher Lloyd, dir Robert Zemeckis UI 1h56min (p/s)

11:45pm The Little Giant (1933) Edward G Robinson & Mary Astor, dir Roy Del Ruth WB 1h16min (p/s)

12:15am Night of the Living Dead (1968) Duane Jones & Judith O’Dea, dir George A Romero, Image Ten 1h36min (p/s)

2:00am Poor Little Rich Girl (1936) Shirley Temple & Alice Faye, dir Irving Cummings FOX 1h19min (p/s)

3:30am A Hard Day’s Night (1964) The Beatles & Wilfrid Brambell, dir Richard Lester UA 1h27min (p/s)

5:00am The Asphalt Jungle (1950) Sterling Hayden & Louis Calhern, dir John Huston MGM 1h52min (p/s)


----------------------------WEDNESDAY MAY 8, 2019-----------------------


Challenge #2: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles


7:00am Treasure Island (1934) Wallace Beery & Jackie Cooper, dir Victor Fleming MGM 1h50min (p/s)

9:00am The Crimson Pirate (1952) Burt Lancaster & Nick Cravat, dir Robert Siodmak WB 1h45min (p/s)

10:45am SHORT: Buccaneer Bunny (1948) Mel Blanc, dir Friz Freleng WB 7min

11:00am The Buccaneer (1938) Fredric March & Akim Tamiroff, dir Cecil B DeMille, Paramount 2h6min (p/s)

1:15pm Shipwrecked (1990) Stian Smestad & Gabriel Byrne, dir Nils Gaup, Disney 1h32min TRANSPORTATION-EXEMPT PREMIERE

3:00pm Against All Flags (1952) Errol Flynn & Maureen O’Hara, dir George Sherman UI 1h24min (p/s)

4:30pm The Black Pirate (1926) Douglas Fairbanks & Billie Dove, dir Albert Parker UA 1h28min (p/s)

6:00pm The Pirates of Penzance (1983) Kevin Kline & Angela Lansbury, dir Wilford Leach UI 1h52min TRANSPORTATION- EXEMPT PREMIERE



8:00pm Where’s Charley? (1952) Ray Bolger & Allyn Ann McLerie, dir David Butler WB 97min PREMIERE

9:45pm The Wizard of Oz (1939) Judy Garland & Ray Bolger, dir Victor Fleming MGM 101 min (p/s)

11:30pm Sunny (1941) Anna Neagle & Ray Bolger, dir Herbert Wilcox RKO 1h38min PREMIERE

1:15am Four Jacks and a Jill (1942) Ray Bolger & Anne Shirley, dir Jack Hively RKO 1h8min (p/s)

2:30am The Harvey Girls (1946) Judy Garland & Ray Bolger, dir George Sidney MGM 102min (p/s)


----------------------------THURSDAY MAY 9, 2019------------------------



4:15am Papa’s Delicate Condition (1963) Jackie Gleason & Glynis Johns, dir George Marshall 1h38min (p/s)

6:00am Mother Carey’s Chickens (1938) Anne Shirley & Ruby Keeler, dir Rowland Lee RKO 82min (p/s)

7:30am The Devil’s Brother (1933) Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, dir Hal Roach, Hal Roach Studios 1h30min (p/s)

9:00am My Sister Eileen (1942) Rosalind Russell & Janet Blair, dir Alexander Hall 1h36min (p/s)

10:45am Sons of the Pioneers (1942) Roy Rogers & Gabby Hayes, dir Joseph Kane, Republic 55min (p/s)

11:45am Daughter of Shanghai (1937) Anna May Wong & Charles Bickford, dir Robert Florey, Paramount 62min (p/s)

12:45pm Uncle Vanya (1957) Franchot Tone & Clarence Derwent, dir Franchot Tone, Continental 1h38min (p/s)

2:30pm Charley's Aunt (1941) Jack Benny & Kay Francis, dir Archie Mayo FOX 80min PREMIERE

4:00pm My Cousin Rachel (1952) Olivia de Havilland & Richard Burton, dir Henry Koster FOX 1h38min (p/s)

5:45pm Granny Get Your Gun (1940) May Robson & Harry Davenport, dir George Amy WB 56min (p/s)

6:45pm Don’t Make Grandpa Angry (1934) Vlasta Burian & Cenek Slegl, dir Carl Lamac, Meissner Film Prague 1h14min PREMIERE



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

10:00pm The Pajama Game (1957) Doris Day & John Raitt, dir George Abbot & Stanley Donen WB 101min PREMIERE

11:45pm Cabaret (1972) Liza Minnelli & Joel Grey, dir Bob Fosse AA 2h4min

2:00am How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967) Robert Morse & Michele Lee, dir David Swift UA 2h

4:00am Sweet Charity (1969) Shirley MacLaine & John McMartin, dir Bob Fosse UI 2h29min


--------------------------FRIDAY MAY 10, 2019----------------------------


Challenge #1: Vacation Destination


6:30am Italy: Much Ado About Nothing (1993) Kenneth Branagh & Emma Thompson, dir Kenneth Branagh, Goldwyn 111min PREMIERE

8:30am The Alps: Third Man on the Mountain (1959) Michael Rennie & James MacArthur, dir Ken Annakin, Disney 105min (p/s)

10:15am New Zealand: Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Elijah Wood & Ian McKellen, dir Peter Jackson, New Line 3h21min (p/s)

1:45pm Colonial Boston: Lafayette (1962) Jack Hawkins & Pascale Audret, dir Jean Dreville, Cosmos 2h38min DESTINATION-EXEMPT PREMIERE

4:30pm Train Ride through England: The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953) Stanley Holloway & George Relph, dir Charles Crichton, Ealing 1h24min DESTINATION-EXEMPT PREMIERE

6:00pm Disneyland: 40 Pounds of Trouble (1962) Tony Curtis & Suzanne Pleshette, dir Norman Jewison UI 1h46min PREMIERE


Challenge #4: Desert Island Films


8:00pm The Great Muppet Caper (1981) Frank Oz & Jim Henson, dir Jim Henson HENSON/DISNEY 98min ISLAND-EXEMPT PREMIERE

9:45pm Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) Howard Keel & Jane Powell, dir Stanley Donen MGM 1h42min (p/s)

11:30pm Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Harrison Ford & Mark Hamill, dir Irving Kershner FOX 2h4min ISLAND-EXEMPT PREMIERE

1:45am Animal Crackers (1930) The Marx Brothers & Margaret Dumont, dir Victor Heerman, Paramount 97min (p/s)

3:30am Stalag 17 (1953) William Holden & Otto Preminger, dir Billy Wilder, Paramount 120min (p/s)

5:30am Anatomy of a Murder (1959) James Stewart & Lee Remick, dir Otto Preminger, Columbia 2h40min (p/s)

8:15am SHORT: Duck Amuck (1953) Mel Blanc, dir Chuck Jones WB 7min


----------------------------SATURDAY MAY 11, 2019------------------------



8:30am To Catch a Thief (1954) Cary Grant & Grace Kelly, dir Alfred Hitchcock, Paramount 1h56min (p/s)

10:30am The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) James Stewart & Doris Day, dir Alfred Hitchcock, Paramount 2h (p/s)

12:30pm The Matchmaker (1958) Shirley Booth & Paul Ford, dir Joseph Anthony, Paramount 1h43min (p/s)

2:15pm The Trouble with Harry (1955) John Forsythe & Shirley MacLaine, dir Alfred Hitchcock, Paramount 1h39min (p/s)

4:00pm Rear Window (1954) James Stewart & Grace Kelly, dir Alfred Hitchcock, Paramount 1h52min (p/s)

6:00pm Judith (1966) Sophia Loren & Peter Finch, dir Daniel Mann, Paramount 1h49min PREMIERE



8:00pm THE ESSENTIALS: Duck Soup (1933) The Marx Brothers & Margaret Dumont, dir Leo McCarey, Paramount 68min (p/s)

9:15pm How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) Marilyn Monroe & Lauren Bacall, dir Jean Negulesco FOX 95min (p/s)

11:00pm A New Leaf (1971) Walter Matthau & Elaine May, dir Elaine May, Paramount 102min (p/s)

12:45am Moon Over Miami (1941) Don Ameche & Betty Grable, dir Walter Lang FOX 91min (p/s)

2:30am Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) Marilyn Monroe & Jane Russell, dir Howard Hawks FOX 1h31min (p/s)



4:30am The Last Man on Earth (1964) Vincent Price & Franca Bettoia, dir Ubaldo Ragona & Sidney Salkow API 1h26min EXEMPT PREMIERE





1920s- 2

1930s- 14

1940s- 24

1950s- 31

1960s- 15

1970s- 5

1980s- 5

1990s- 2

2000s- 1

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LonesomePolecat, I absolutely love this schedule! Where to begin? Doc Brown is an inspired choice for a traveling companion. Crank up the Delorean! Your "Oxymoronic Titles" and "Bring the Whole Family" blocks are both just so clever. Your tribute to 1944 goes to show what a fantastic year for film that was. Your dream vacation sounds like a blast, and pirate ships...? Yes, please! Finally, your desert island films. I always find it interesting learning about other people's favorites movies, and I couldn't agree more with several of your choices. Outstanding job!

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Great schedule Cinema Int'l! I love the selection of Eve Arden for SOTM and also the spotlight on "weepies."  I love weepies.  I also love the idea of traveling with Auntie Mame, how much fun would that be? I also love the Ann Sothern birthday tribute and the theme of train movies.

LP- I love your selection of Doc Brown for your traveling companion and also the spotlight on pirate ships.  Of course it's awesome that you included "What's So Bad About Feeling Good?" I really hope TCM shows it sometime.  I also like your Fosse tribute.  Every time I hear "Fosse," I just think of The Birdcage, "Fosse! Fosse! Fosse! Michael Kidd! Michael Kidd! Michael Kidd! Twyla! Twyla! Twyla! Madonna! Madonna! Madonna!"I also like your tribute to gold diggers. Great job!

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