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ITS!... The 12th Edition of The Programming Challenge


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Oof, should I even continue with mine, Chip? Very nice, "Museum Pieces", Deanna Durbin, Carol Burnett ( *very* original!), Depression films... With only about 15 hours programmed, my confidence is a bit shaken by yours. Onward...

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Anyone else having trouble with TCM's database and IMDb? A search with TCM often comes up empty on famous actors and movies, and I end up having to get to them in a roundabout way. IMDb is an absolute mess. One keyword search claimed to have 173 results, but clicking on the link revealed only 6 "best" titles. I've never had any trouble with either in the past. Double arg...

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Oh, Chippie, yours is gorgeous, with links, and Carol Burnett (clever and so cool!!!) and your nifty, 'take heart-its only a Depression; message and everything else. Really, its a thing of beauty!. Wow, I sure couldn't measure up to that. I want to cheat so bad, plead 'newbie' and 'first-timer' and 'neophyte' and just do it 'my' way, just like it was a fantasy week, I was sharing on the board, just for fun. But, obviously, I'm not going to do that. Nope, if I can't do it 'right', like the rest of the grownups I 'll wait until I can. . No, its woman up, and figure out all the ins and outs - or wait on it until I'm able.. I'll work on it over the weekend - that should give me enough time to see if .I'm up to scratch & actually qualified for the task. Ever onward! LOL, sheesh!

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Oops, sorry, I am such a "bleedin' eeejut" as they say in 'The Snapper' (great film, btw) I responded to an old post, that had a winkie emoticon after it, no less. ( I must aspire to longer naps.!)

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It gets easier as you go along, Pia. It helps to think of something to commemorate (like I did the World's Fair) to pick a specific week. Then you have dates set, so you can see if someone famous had a birthday that week. This helps fill out your schedule.

 

For me, the most fun is in researching movies to fit the little mini-themes. I wanted to find some unusual split-personality films, and research made me remember *Bewitched* , a neat little noir that I had seen only once a long time ago.

 

It's all just a fun game, and the first time's the hardest! We'd love to see your ideas.

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Pia:

 

Chip is right in that it gets easier. I finally won on my seventh try. Sometimes one movie you love can breed a whole evening.

 

If you don't have time to do one, which is possible as these can be time consuming, be sure to look at some of the old contests I linked to at the beginning of the thread. You'll get some good examples there.

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Thanks, you guys, I really, really appreciate the encouraging words. I have really enjoyed the work I've put in so far, and I am going to just let the free time I've got this weekend make or break it for me - but I have had nothing but fun so far - so no regrets, no matter what.

 

Regardless, too, it has been wonderful fun reading some from prior years, so movieman, linking to those was crucial to my startup efforts. Again, I know I'll have no problem with films, or themes (thats my FAVE, I do it in my head all the time, anyway!). I've got my 'Essentials', my SOTM, a birthday tribute, my silents and foreigns, and more ideas for Guest Programmer than I know what to do with.. Its really just checking for what films are allowable - something I neglected to consider when doing my initial schedule draft that I fear I may not be able to pull it all back together, with running times fitting & all of that - if I end up having to eliminate a signifigant number. I really don't wish to then go on a mad hunt for and just throw movies in because they fit where my originals had been - IF I haven't seen them, and like them wholehrartedly - WHICH is the premise I began and was so happy and comfortable with at first. No, I won't give up yet, though!

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*My week runs the first through seventh of April next year (since this year was set and scheduled)*

 

*Star of the Month:* Wallace Beery to mark 125 years since his birth

 

*Essentials:* The Women (1939), the co-host of the essentials in 2010 is Charles Busch (pancakes_barbara's idea, I ?borrowed?, but wouldn?t he be great?)

 

*Month theme:* Royalty in the movies

 

*Interview Program for Challenge*: Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland get together, make peace, then watch their Oscar winning performances

 

*Silent Sunday:* John Barrymore in The Beloved Rogue (1927)

 

*Import:* Max Ophuls double feature

 

*Underground:* Marlon Brando in Candy (1968)

 

*Premieres:* When Knighthood was in Flower (1922, Cosmopolitan Productions)

 

The Divorce of Lady X (1938, London Film Production)

 

Blithe Spirit (1945, Cineguild)

 

Redemption (1930, MGM)

 

The Scarlet Empress (1934, Paramount)

 

Voyna i mir a.k.a War and Peace (1967, Mosfilm) Best Foreign Picture Oscar winner of ?68 and should be shown

 

Too Much, Too Soon (1958, WB) As part of the afternoon showcasing sets designed by George Hopkins

 

The Small Back Room (1949, The Archers)

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*TCM Programming Challenge ? Week of April 1-7, 2010*

 

*THURSDAY APRIL 1, 2010*

 

*LON CHANEY BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE*

 

6:00am: The Ace of Hearts (1921, Goldwyn Pictures)

7:15am: The Penalty (1920, Goldwyn Pictures)

8:45am: Oliver Twist (1922, First National Pictures)

10:00am: The Phantom of the Opera (1925, Universal)

 

*A SPECTER IS HAUNTING TCM*

 

12:00pm: The Uninvited (1944, Paramount) ? Ray Milland

1:45pm: The Canterville Ghost 1944, MGM) ? Charles Laughton

3:30pm: Blithe Spirit (1945, Cineguild) ? Rex Harrison, Margaret Rutherford - PREMIERE

5:15pm: Hamlet (1948, Two Cities Film) ? Laurence Olivier

 

*EVENING THEME: INTERVIEW PROGRAM WITH JOAN FONTAINE, OLIVIA de HAVILLAND*

 

8:00:pm: TCM SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW

9:30pm: The Heiress (1948, Universal) ? Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift

11:30: Suspicion (1941, RKO) ? Joan Fontaine, Cary Grant

1:15pm: To Each His Own (1946, Paramount) - Olivia de Havilland

3:30pm: Rebecca (1940, Selznick International Pictures) ? Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier

 

*FRIDAY APRIL 2, 2010*

 

*YOU CAN SEE RUSSIA FROM YOUR HOUSE*

 

6:45am: The Eagle (1925, U/A) ? Valentino, Vilma Banky

8:00am: Redemption (1930, MGM) ? John Gilbert, Eleanor Boardman, Renee Adoree ? PREMIERE???

9:15am: Balalaika (1939, MGM) ? Nelson Eddy, Ilona Massey

11:00:am The Scarlet Empress (1934, Paramount) ? Marlene Dietrich ? PREMIERE

12:45pm: Voyna i mir a.k.a War and Peace (1967, Mosfilm) ? Sergei Bondarchuk ? PREMIERE

 

*EVENING THEME: STARRING JEAN SIMMONS AND DEBORAH KERR*

 

8:00pm: The Grass is Greener (1960, Universal) ? Cary Grant, Kerr, Simmons, Mitchum

10:00pm: Black Narcissus (1947, The Archers) ? Deborah Kerr

11:45pm: Young Bess (1953, MGM) ? Stewart Granger, Charles Laughton

 

*TCM UNDERGROUND ? CANDY*

 

2:00am: Candy (1968, ABC) ? Marlon Brando, Richard Burton

4:15am: Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965, AIP) ? Vincent Price, Frankie Avalon

 

*SATURDAY APRIL 3, 2010*

 

*MARLON BRANDO BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE*

 

6:00am: Sayonara (1957, MGM/U/A)

8:30am: Bedtime Story (1964, Pennebaker Productions) ? David Niven, Shirley Jones

10:15am: Viva Zapata! (1952, FOX) ? Anthony Quinn, Jean Peters

12:15pm: One Eyed Jacks (1961, Paramount) ? Karl Malden

2:45pm: A Streetcar Named Desire (1951, WB) ? Vivien Leigh

5:00pm: Guys and Dolls (1955, MGM) ? Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons

 

*EVENING THEME ? THE ESSENTIALS CO-HOSTED BY CHARLES BUSCH*

 

8:00pm: The Women (1939, MGM)

 

*ALL-STAR CASTS*

 

10:00pm: Around the World in 80 Days (1956, Michael Todd Company)

1:15am: Forever and a Day (1943, RKO)

3:15am: Grand Hotel (1932, MGM)

5:30am: The Slippery Pearls (1931, Paramount) ? SHORT SUBJECT

 

*SUNDAY APRIL 4, 2010*

 

*WHAT A DRAG*

 

6:00am: Peter Pan (1924, Paramount) ? Betty Bronson

7:45am: As You Like It (1936, FOX) ? Elizabeth Berger, Olivier

9:30am: Queen Christina (1933, MGM) ? Greta Garbo, John Gilbert

 

*WHERE?S THE BEEF(CAKE)?*

 

11:15am: A Summer Place (1959, W/B) ? Troy Donahue, Sandra Dee 130min

1:30pm: Come September (1961, U/I) ? Rock Hudson, Gina Lollobrigida, Sandra Dee

3:30pm: Pillow Talk (1959, Universal) ? Rock Hudson, Doris Day 102min

5:15pm: The Last Frontier (1955, Columbia) ? Guy Madison, Victor Mature 98

 

7:00pm: Private Screenings: Tony Curtis (1999, TCM Original)

 

*EVENING THEME: NEWMAN?S OWN ? FILMS DIRECTED BY PAUL NEWMAN*

8:00pm: Rachel, Rachel (1968, Kayos Productions) ? Joanne Woodward

9:45pm: Sometimes a Great Notion (1971, Newman-Foreman Co.) ? Paul Newman, Henry Fonda

 

*SILENT SUNDAY NIGHT - JOHN BARRYMORE*

 

12:00am: The Beloved Rogue (1927, U/A) ? John Barrymore, Conrad Veidt

 

 

*TCM IMPORT ? MAX OPHULS DOUBLE FEATURE*

 

2:00am: La Ronde (1950, Films Sacha Gordine) ? Anton Walbrook

4:00: La Plaisir (1952, CCFC)

 

 

*MONDAY APRIL 5, 2010*

 

*ROGER CORMAN BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE*

 

6:00am: Tower of London (1962, U/A) ? Vincent Price

7:30am: The Masque of the Red Death (1964, AIP) ? Vincent Price

9:00am: The Pit and Pendulum (1961, AIP) ? Vincent Price

10:30am: The Terror (1963, AIP) ? Boris Karloff

 

*SETS OF SCANDAL BY GEORGE JAMES HOPKINS*

11:15am: Too Much, Too Soon (1958, WB) ? Errol Flynn, Dorothy Malone - PREMIERE

1:15pm: My Reputation (1946, WB) ? Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent

3:00pm: Mildred Pierce (1945, WB) ? Joan Crawford

5:00pm: I Confess (1953, WB) ? Montgomery Clift, Anne Baxter

6:45pm: Indiscretion (1953, Columbia) ? Montgomery Clift, Jennifer Jones

 

*TUESDAY APRIL 6, 2010*

 

*A HOP ACROSS THE POND*

 

6:00am: The Four Feathers (1939, London Film Production) ? Ralph Richardson

8:00am: Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949, Ealing Studios) ? Alec Guinness

10:00am: The Divorce of Lady X (1938, London Film Production) ? Laurence Oliver/Merle Oberon - PREMIERE

11:45am: I See a Dark Stranger (1946, Individual Pictures) ? Deborah Kerr, Trevor Howard

1:30pm: The Small Back Room (1949, The Archers) ? David Farrer ? PREMIERE

3:15pm: Great Expectations (1946, Cineguild) ? John Mills

5:15pm: Traveltalks: Looking at London (1946, MGM) ? SHORT SUBJECT

5:30pm: Sleuth (1972, Palomar Pictures) ? Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine

 

*EVENING THEME ? ROYALTY - THE TUDORS*

 

8:00pm: When Knighthood was in Flower (1922, Cosmopolitan Productions) ? Marion Davies ? PREMIERE

10:30pm: The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933, London Film Productions) ? Charles Laughton

12:15pm: Anne of the Thousand Days (1969, Hal Wallis Productions) ? Richard Burton

2:45pm: Tudor Rose (1936, Gainsborough Productions) ? John Mills

4:15pm: The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939, WB) ? Bette Davis, Errol Flynn

 

*WEDNESDAY APRIL 7, 2010*

 

*HEDDA HOPPER?S HOLLYWOOD ? MOVIES FEATURING HEDDA HOPPER*

 

6:00am: Let Us Be Gay (1930, MGM) ? Norma Shearer, Marie Dressler 79min

7:30am: Holiday (1930, Pathe Exchange) ? Ann Harding, Mary Astor 98min

9:15am: West of Broadway (1931, MGM) ? John Gilbert 68min

10:30am: Downstairs (1932, MGM) ? John Gilbert 77min

11:45am: Beauty For Sale (1933, MGM) ? Madge Evans, Alice Brady 87min

 

*ADAPTED FROM ERICH MARIA REMARQUE*

 

1:15pm: All Quiet on the Western Front (1930, Universal) ? Lew Ayres

3:45pm: Arch of Triumph (1948, U/A) ? Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Charles Laughton

5:45pm: Three Comrades (1938, MGM) ? Robert Taylor, Franchot Tone, Margaret Sullivan

 

*EVENING THEME ? STAR OF THE MONTH ? WALLACE BEERY ? NIGHT THEME: AT SEA*

8:00pm: Treasure Island (1934, MGM) ? Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper

10:00pm: Tugboat Annie (1933, MGM) ? Wallace Beery, Marie Dressler

11:30pm: China Seas (1935, MGM) ? Wallace Beery, Clark Gable, Jean Harlow

1:00am: Slave Ship (1937, FOX) ? Wallace Beery, Warner Baxter - PREMIERE

2:45am: Way For a Sailor (1930, MGM) ? Wallace Beery, John Gilbert

4:15am: The Captain Hates the Sea (1934, Columbia) ? John Gilbert

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Another great schedule! Love the Remarque, Hedda Hopper, and Lon Chaney tributes, and "What a Drag". And the lovable Wallace Beery was my first choice for SOTM. Very, *very* glad I switched! I'll still have to reconsider some other films we've both picked, though. Again, great effort!

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Just another invitation for those who haven't read this yet to join in our fun. With around two weeks left there is still time for you to play the part of the TCM programmer. You get to schedule a week of programming and then have your fellow board members vote on it. If you win you get to host the next one when you're ready to set it up.

 

If you are interested see the first post in the thread for all the details.

 

Two schedules are up and I hope to have many more.

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