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About the buffer thing. There were a few that I wasn't sure whether of not to go over or under the hour, so I checked my many TCM now playing guides if they showed the movie, and saw how they scheduled it. So when I show a movie, if there's any questions about the length thing, I often am scheduling it like TCM does. So anyway, if you have now playing guides, you can check those, too. :)

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Ok, here's my very first schedule. I want to keep it and tinker with it a while longer, but it's done, so here it is. I'll post my programming notes tomorrow, unless I don't do notes at all. What I will say is I formatted them like the the Now Playing Guides (3 stars, then director, then time), which I only just realized is different than what the rules wanted. But all the info's there, so who cares about order, right? :) So anyway, Read on, MacDuff, and be kind to me---it's only my first attempt!




*Sunday, September 27, 2009*



*50th Anniversary of?*


*3:00am* *The Diary of Anne Frank* (1959) ?Millie Perkins, Joseph Schildkraut, Shelley Winters, dir George Stevens, Fox, 170min (p/s)

*6:00am* *Anatomy of a Murder* (1959) ?James Stewart, Lee Remick, George C Scott, dir. Otto Preminger, Columbia, 161 min (p/.s)

*9:00am* *North by Northwest* (1959) ?Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, dir. Alfred Hitchcock, MGM, 137min

*11:30pm* *Operation Petticoat* (1959) ?Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Joan O?Brien, dir Blake Edwards, Universal, 121min (p/s)

*1:45pm* *Some Like It Hot* (1959) ?Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe, dir. Billy Wilder, United Artists, 122min

*4:00pm* *Ben-Hur* (1959) ?Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, dir. William Wyler, MGM, 223min



*War Orphans*


*8:00pm* *Here Comes the Groom* (1951)?Bing Crosby, Jane Wyman, Franchot Tone, dir. Frank Capra, Paramount, 114 min (p/s)

*10:00pm* *Bedknobs and Broomsticks* (1971) ?Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, Roddy McDowall, dir Robert Stevenson, Disney, 118min



*Silent Sunday Night*


*12:15am* *City Lights* (1931) ?Charlie Chaplin, Virginia Cherill, Florence Lee, United Artists, dir Charlie Chaplin, 83min (p/s)

*1:45am* *My Stars* (1926) -Johnny Arthur, Florence Lee, Virginia Vance, Dr. Roscoe ?Fatty? Arbuckle, 12min (p/s)



*TCM Imports*


*2:00am* *Babette?s Feast* (1989) Stephanie Audran, Jean-Phillipe Lafont, Gudmar Wivesson, dir Gabriel Axel, MGM 1h43m (n/p)

*3:45am* *The Young Girls of Rochefort* (1968) ?Catherine Deneuve, George Chakiris, Gene Kelly, dir Jacques Demy, WB, 125m (p/s)



*Monday, September 28, 2009*




(Circus and Carnival movies)


*6:00am* *The Greatest Show on Earth* (1952) Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde, Charlton Heston, dir. Cecil B DeMille, Paramount 152min (p/s)

*8:45am* *At the Circus* (1939) The Marx Brothers, Margaret Dumont, Kenny Baker, MGM, 87min

*10:15am* *The Man on the Flying Trapeze* (1934) ?Popeye and Olive Oil, dir Dave Fliesher, 7min


*The Big Top?s Dark Side*


*10:30am* *The Lady from Shanghai* (1947) ?Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane, dir Orson Welles, Columbia, 87min

*12:00pm* *Strangers on a Train* (1951) ?Robert Walker, Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, dir. Alfred Hitchcock, WB, 101min (p/s)


*The Musical Big Top*


*1:45pm* *Billy Rose?s Jumbo* (1962) ?Doris Day, Stephen Boyd, Jimmy Durante, dir Charles Walters, MGM 127min

*4:00pm* *Carousel* (1956) ?Shirley Jones, Gordon MacRae, Cameron Mitchell, dir Henry King, Fox 128min (P)

*6:15pm* *Daredevil Droopy* (1951)- Bill Thompson, dir. Tex Avery, MGM, 6min

*6:30pm* *Lili* (1953) ?Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer, Jean Pierre Aumont, dir Charles Walters, MGM, 81min



*Star of the Month: Child Actors*

(This week: MGM 30s/40s stars)


*8:00pm* Margaret O?Brien: *Meet Me in St Louis* (1944) ?Judy Garland, Mary Astor, Margaret O?Brien, dir Vincente Minelli, MGM 114min

*10:00pm* Mickey Rooney: *A Midsummer Night?s Dream* (1935) ?Olivia de Havilland, Dick Powell, Mickey Rooney, dir William Dieterle Max Reinhardt, WB, 133m

*12:15am* Judy Garland: *Every Sunday* (1936) ?Judy Garland, Deanna Durbin, dir Felix E Feist, MGM 11min

*12:30am* Judy Garland: *The Wizard of Oz* (1939) ?Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, dir Victor Fleming, MGM 101 min

*2:30am* Elizabeth Taylor: *National Velvet* (1945) -Elizabeth Taylor, Donald Crisp, Mickey Rooney, dir Clarence Brown, MGM 124 min

*4:45am* *Private Screenings: Child Actors*

*5:45am* Judy Garland: *The Wedding of Jack and Jill* (1931) ?The Gumm Sisters, dir Roy Mack, 8min



*Tuesday September 29, 2009*



*Happy Birthday, Stanley Kramer*

(movies directed or produced by Stanley Kramer)


*6:00am* *On the Beach* (1959) -Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, dir Stanley Kramer, United Artists, 135m

*8:15am* *The Defiant Ones* (1958) -Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel, dir Stanley Kramer, United Artists, 96 min

*10:00am* *High Noon* (1952) ?Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, dir Fred Zinneman, United Artists, 85 min

*11:30am* *Guess Who?s Coming to Dinner* (1967) ?Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, dir Stanley Kramer, United Artists, 108 min

*1:30pm* *Judgment at Nuremberg* (1961) ?Burt Lancaster, Spencer Tracy, Maximillian Schell, dir Stanley Kramer, United Artists, 190m

*4:45pm* *It?s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World* Spencer Tracy, Sid Caesar, Jonathan Winters, dir Stanley Kramer, United Artists, 192 min



*Movie Musical Remakes*

*PART I: Based on Movies*


*8:00pm* *Nights of Cabiria* (1957) Giulietta Masina, Francois Perier, Franca Marzi, dir. Frederico Fellini, deLaurentis prod, 110 min, (p/s)

*10:00pm* *Sweet Charity* (1969) ?Shirley MacLaine, Ricardo Montalban, Chita Rivera, dir. Bob Fosse (1969), Universal, 154 min (p/s)

*12:45am* *Ball of Fire* (1941) ?Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Dana Andrews, dir. Howard Hawks, RKO, 112 min

*2:45am* *A Song is Born* (1948) ?Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Benny Goodman, dir Howard Hawks, RKO 113min



*Wednesday September 30, 2009*



*Happy Birthday, Mervyn LeRoy*


*4:45am* *Gold Diggers of 1933* (1933) ?Ruby Keeler, Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, dir Mervyn LeRoy, WB, 96 min

*6:30am* *Gypsy* (1962) -Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, dir Mervyn LeRoy, WB, 149min (p/s)

*9:00am* *Quo Vadis* (1951) ?Robrt Raylor, Deborah Kerr, Peter Ustinov, dir. Mervyn LeRoy, MGM, 169 min

*12:00pm* *I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang* (1932) ?Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Helen Vison, dir Mervyn LeRoy, WB, 98min

*1:45pm* *Little Caesar* (1931) -Edward G Robinson, Glenda Farrell, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr, dir. Mervyn LeRoy, First National, 80 min

*3:15pm* *The House I Live In* (1945) ?Frank Sinatra, dir Mervyn LeRoy, MGM, 11min

*3:30pm* *No Time for Sergeants* (1958) -Andy Griffith, Myron McCormick, Nick Adams, dir Mervyn LeRoy, WB, 111min (P)

*5:30pm* *Mister Roberts* (1955) -Henry Fonda, James Cagney, Jack Lemmon, dir Mervyn LeRoy, WB, 122min (p/s)

*7:45pm* *You, John Jones!* (1943) -James Cagney, Margaret O?Brien, dir Mervyn LeRoy, WB 11min



*Brand New Private Screenings*


*8:00pm* *Private Screenings: Julie Andrews* (2009) 55min



*Lucky 13: Films With 13 Oscar Nominations*


*9:00pm* *Mary Poppins* (1964) ?Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, dir Bill Walsh, Disney, 139m (n/p)

*11:30pm* *Gone With the Wind* (1939) ?Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard, dir Victor Fleming, Selznic International, 222 min (p/s)

*3:45am* *From Here To Eternity* (1953) ?Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, dir Fred Zinneman, Columbia, 118 min

*5:45am* *Who?s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?* (1966) ?Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, dir Mike Nichols, WB 131min (P)



*Thursday October 1, 2009*



*Happy Birthday, Walter Matthau*


*8:00am* *Buddy-Buddy* (1981)-Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, Paula Prentiss, dir Billy Wilder, MGM, 96 min

*9:45am* *A Face in the Crowd* (1957) -Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Walter Matthau, dir Elia Kazan, WB, 125min (p/s)

*12:00pm* *The Sunshine Boys* (1975)-Walter Matthau, George Burns, Richard Benjanim, dir Herbert Ross, MGM 112min

*2:00pm* *The Odd Couple* (1968) ?Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, John Fiedler, dir Gene Saks, Paramount, 105min (p/s)

*4:00pm* *Charade* (1963) ?Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, dir Stanley Donen, Universal, 113min (p/s)

*6:00pm* *A New Leaf* (1971) Walter Matthau, Elaine May, Jack Weston, Paramount, 102 min (P)



*Movie Musical Remakes*

*PART II: Based on Plays*


*8:00pm* *The Matchmaker* (1958)- Shirley Booth, Paul Ford, Anthony Perkins, dir Joseph Anthony, Paramount, 100m (p/s)

*9:45pm* *Hello Dolly* (1969) ?Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford, dir Gene Kelly, Fox, 146 min (p/s)

*12:15am* *Romeo and Juliet* (1968) ? Leonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey, Michael York, dir Franco Zefferelli, Paramount, 138min (p/s)

*2:45am* *West Side Story* (1961) ?Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, dir Robert Wise, United Artists, 152 min



*Friday October 2, 2009*



*Happy Birthday, Groucho Marx*


*6:30am* *Dick Cavett: Groucho Marx* (1969) -Groucho Marx, 51min (p/s)

*7:30am* *A Night in Casablanca* (1946) -The Marx Brothers, Charles Drake, Lois Collier, dir Archia L Mayo, United Artists, 85min

*9:00am* *A Day at the Races* (1937) -The Marx Brothers, Allan Jones, Margaret Dumont, dir Sam Wood, MGM, 109 min

*11:00am* *A Night at the Opera* (1934) -The Marx Brothers, Allan Jones, Margaret Dumont, Sam Wood, MGM, 92min

*12:30pm* *Duck Soup* (1933) -The Marx Brothers, Margaret Dumont, Raquel Torres, dir Leo McCarey, Paramount, 68min (p/s)

*1:45pm* *Horse Feathers* (1932) ?The Marx Brothers, Thelma Todd, David Landau, dir Norman Z McLeod, Paramount, 66min (p/s)

*3:00pm* *Monkey Business* (1931) - The Marx Brothers, Thelma Todd, Harry Woods, dir Norman Z McLeod, Paramount, 77min (p/s)

*4:30pm* *Animal Crackers* (1930) ? The Marx Brothers, Margaret Dumont, Lillian Roth, dir Victor Heerman, Paramount, 97 min (p/s)

*6:15pm* *The Cocoanuts* (1929)- The Marx Brothers, Margaret Dumont, Oscar Shaw, dir Robert Florey, Paramount, 93min (p/s)





*8:00pm* *What a Way to Go!* (1964) ?Shirley MacLaine, Robert Cummings, Dean Martin, dir J Lee Thompson, Fox, 111min (P)

*10:00pm* *What?s so Bad About Feeling Good?* (1968)- Mary Tyler Moore, George Pappard, Dom DeLuise, dir George Seaton, Universal, 94min (P)

*11:45pm* *What?s Up, Doc?* (1950) -Mel Blanc, dir Robert McKimson, WB 7min (n/p)

*12:00am* *What?s Up, Doc?* (1972) ?Barbra Streisand, Ryan O?Neal, Madeleine Kahn, dir Peter Bogdonovich, WB, 94 min (P)

*1:45am* *What?s Opera, Doc?* (1957)-Mel Blanc, dir Chuck Jones, WB, 7min (p/s)



*TCM Underground*


*2:00am* *The Last Man On Earth* (1964) -Vincent Price, Franca Bettoja, Emma Danieli, dir. Sidney Salkow, API, 88min (p/s)

*3:30am* *The Mole People* (1956) -John Agar, Hugh Beaumont, Cynthia Patrick, dir. Virgil Vogel, Universal, 77min (n/p)

*5:00am* *The Beast of Yucca Flats* (1961) ?Douglas Mellor, Barbara Francis, Bing Stafford, dir. Coleman Francis, Crown International, 54min (n/p)



*Saturday October 3, 2009*



Location! Location! Challenge:


(Movies filmed IN Italy)


*6:00am* *Taming of the Shrew* (1967) ? Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Michael Hordern, dir Franco Zeffirelli, Columbia, 122min

*8:15am* *Summertime* (1955)- Katharine Hepburn, Rossano Brazzi, Isa Miranda, dir. David Lean, United Artists, 99min

*10:00am* *Enchanted April* (1992)- Josie Lawrence, Miranda Richardson, Alfred Molina, dir Mike Newell, Paramount, 95 min (p/s)

*11:45am* *Roman Holiday* (1953) ?Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, dir William Wyler, Paramount 118 min (p/s)


*VIVA ITALIA Part II: Firenze (Florence)*


*1:45pm* *The Agony and the Ecstasy* (1965) ?Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Diane Cilento, dir Carol Reed, Fox, 140 min (p/s)

*4:15pm* *Light in the Piazza* -Yvette Mimieux, Olivia de Havilland, Rossano Brazzi, dir Guy Green, MGM 102min

*6:30pm* *Much Ado About Nothing* (1993) ?Kenneth Brannagh, Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Samuel Goldwyn, 111min (n/p)



*Split Personalities*

(Movies in which a single actor plays more than one character)


*8:00pm* THE ESSENTIALS: *Kind Hearts and Coronets* (1949) -Alec Guinness, Dennis Price, Joan Greenwood, dir Robert Harner, Ealing Studios, 106m (p/s)

*10:00pm* *The Great Race* (1965) ? Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Natalie Wood, dir. Blake Edwards, WB, 160m (p/s)

*12:45am* *Dr Strangelove* (1964) ?Peter Sellers, George C Scott, Sterling Hayden, dir Stanley Kubrick, Columbia. 95m

*2:30am* *The Family Jewels* (1965) ?Jerry Lewis, Sebastian Cabot, Neil Hamilton, dir Jerry Lewis, Paramount, 99m (P)

*4:15am* *Wonder Man* (1945) -Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Vera Ellen, dir. H. Bruce Humberstone, RKO, 98m

*6:00am* *The Parent Trap* (1961) -Hayley Mills, Brian Keith, Maureen O?Hara, dir David Swift, Disney, 130m

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A fine first attempt, Polecat. I like the musical remakes, Italian locations, and I love Mervyn LeRoy. Fiftieth anniversary would be fun too. And the thirteen Oscar nominations is another creative idea. I'm sure Chip is glad to see *MMISL* in there too, since he can't do it himself this time. ;-) And you gave us an extra three hours to boot!


And there's never been a real order for the movie info, as long as you include at least one star, director, studio, time, and previously shown/premiere. One question: does "n/p" denote premiere?

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*"Private Screenings" are a good thing to program when you are fighting the 30-60 minute time frame.* - movieman1957


I usually manage to find some Columbia and RKO titles that run under an hour if I can't make everything fit perfectly.

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Sorry to chime in so late, I was tied up all day Sunday.


LP, that looks like a terrific schedule!


It isn't required that you do programming notes, but we really encourage you to do so. It gives us a peek into what makes you like the movies you do!


I'm not sure where you got n/p --- we don't have "not a premiere" anywhere. We have p/s (previously screened), p/d (public domain), and Premiere. Anything that just falls under the allowed libraries needs no extra notification.


This is shaping up to be a fine competition.

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helenbabay --


I purposely didn't look at your schedule when you posted it because I didn't want to be intimidated, and perhaps more importantly, if we have chosen a similar theme, I didn't want to be influenced by your picks (either working harder to try to top yours or to steal from you).


It's a great schedule!


I thought I was the only one who liked *The Devil's Disciple* !


Your 'Softer side of manly men" is wonderful!


I share your love of F. March -- I'm surprised TCM doesn't showcase him more.


'Rehab' is inspired! Probably the best new idea I've seen in a long time.


I'm glad now that I didn't look at yours before finishing mine -- I wouldn't have had the nerve to go up against yours.

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I see we're in the same boat (first Challenge for both of us), and I have to admit that I like a lot of yours better than mine. :(


One thing I didn't appreciate is your 50th Anniv. tribute -- since I saw many of those when they first came out, it reminds me of what an old codger I am! (Seriously -- they're great picks, I just wish you could have chosen things older than I am.)


Stanley Kramer is a wonderful director/producer to showcase! I don't think he ever made a bad film.


Walter Matthau!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


'Split Personalities' is a great idea!


Your '13 Oscars' is perfect -- really ties in with the movies rather than simply being films with similar themes.


Having Fellini and Fosse back-to-back is too much to ask for!


Great schedule!

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ok, here are my programming notes. Just a warning: once I get talking about classic films I can't stop, so knowing me this will be longer than it needs to be. I shall explain my reasons behind everything in order:


Picking a week got easier when I decided to go with one of my first thoughts for a festival---50th anniversary of all those great movies that were released in 1959. Can you believe how many incredible and diverse movies came out that year? (And I didn't even put them all in--i.e. Pillow Talk and one of Disney's finest cartoons, Sleeping Beauty). Once I picked that festival, I knew I had to pick a week in 2009. I hope TCM will do a similar idea---yes it's the 70th anniversary of all those incredible 1939 films, but 1959 is another fantastic year. (Plus it gave me a great excuse to show some of my favorite movies, *Anatomy of a Murder* , *North by Northwest* , and *Some Like It Hot* --if fact I love all of those 1959 movies). I also like to join movies together in a way to show some really diverse films--where else would you get *Some Like It Hot* right next to *Ben Hur* ? Anyway, I was so excited about this festival I put it on a weekend so more people would watch it, and I put it first!


I feel like *Here Comes the Groom* isn't appreciated enough, so I wanted to show it. Bing Crosby is masterful at his ad-libbing, or making every line his own which makes a blurred line between Bing-isms and dialogue. But apart from that, this whole film is worth "In the Cool Cool Cool of the Evening" and Anna Maria Alberghetti (sp?) singing that Aria (from RIgoletto I think)--both recorded live on set, which really makes a difference in their quality. Anyway, as an excuse to show this movie and my all time favorite Disney live action movie *Bedknobs and Broomsticks* (yes, more than *Mary Poppins* ---maybe because the ending where they beat the Nazis is so funny and the Sherman Brothers songs are so satisfying, and I love war movies, and there's no one with a bad fake accent like Dick Van Dyke, but it probably has more to do with my favorite actress Angela Lansbury). I thought of War Orphans as an interesting theme, one I've never seen on TCM before (or at least it's been so long I forgot), and since I could only think of those two movies for the theme (I did think of Pennies from Heaven, but I wanted to keep it WWII), I knew it had to fall on Sunday--because of Silent Sunday and Imports, TCM also does two-movie-festivals every Sunday. Plus, Sunday is family time in my house, and those two are fantastic family movies.


For Silent Sunday I had to pick my favorite silent film, *City Lights* . Though I love Keaton more than Chaplin in general, I love City Lights more than any single Keaton film. The ending is one of the best in all Cinema--so perfect and so perfectly executed. So because of it's length I had to find another silent film that was short to fill in the time. I've never actually seen *My Stars* but I liked the premise. And it was the right length.


I love a great many foreign language films. I almost scheduled Il Postino, Children of Heaven, Jean de Florette, My Father's Glory, My Mother's Castle, and any number of Kirosawa or Miyazaki films. (Like most of you, a week is too short a time to schedule every film I love). But of all the films I could come up with, *Babette's Feast* is just so much better, and has never been shown on TCM before. What a travesty! *Les Demoiselles de Rochefort* is the only foreign film whose soundtrack I own, so I had to include it-it's so much fun! But actually I included it because it's also a circus/carnival movie, and I thought, "what a perfect segue-way into the next day's film festival!" So I couldn't resist putting it there.


"Under the Big Top" was the last film festival I thought of. I wanted an excuse to show two of my favorite movies, *Strangers on a Train* and *Lili*, and I toyed around with many ideas. I realized there were sooo many Big Top movies that it was a perfect idea for a festival. It was hard to eliminate quite a few other carnival movies like The Story of Three Loves and Trapeze, but I picked what I thought was a good mix of different genres. I had to schedule *The Greatest Show on Earth* despite my personal feelings about the film (I'm vexed it won best picture over sooo many other great films) because it really is the best circus movie there is. (But that's why it's at 6am). I love the Marx Brothers (hence a future schedule), and here again realized *Carousel* had never been shown before--I would love TCM to show it so I could see it in widescreen. A fun movie a lot of people don't think of is *Jumbo* which I love most for it's Rodgers and Hart score. But of course Jimmy Durante and Doris Day are so great in everything. While I was at it I found two fantastic carnival cartoons (coulda put in a lot more)--a Droopy cartoon and a Popeye cartoon. (Didn't put in a Bugs Bunny cartoon because I'm using him later, and I love those other guys).


My star of the month was almost Alec Guinness, or Angela Lansbury, or even Shirley MacLaine. The reason my star of the month isn't one person but one type of performer is that it's fun when TCM does that---i.e. next month TCM's "star" of the month is simply a highlight of great directors, and a few months ago it was Laurel and Hardy. I thought y'all would give me extra points for creativity in this regard. But really I wanted an excuse to show two of my favorite movies of all time, one that gets a lot of press from other people (*Meet Me in St Louis*) and another that never gets shown enough (*A Midsummer Night's Dream*). Once I came up with my plan to show child actors from MGM I knew I HAD to show Judy in *Wizard of Oz* because it's her finest hour as a "child" actor. And everyone loves it. Plus it's a nice both flow and a bit of a contrast from Midsummers---it's also a fairy tale, but it's a completely different tone. Also to highlight Judy I showed her first short as Judy-- *Every Sunday* ---and one of her with the Gumm Sisters. I thought it would be good to show *National Velvet* because it has Mickey Rooney AND Elizabeth Taylor--two for one! Then I showed Private Screenings: Child Actors instead of Mickey Rooney because we'd had enough Rooney for one night, and it went with the title. (By the way, I also chose something that really could go for all month--other child actors I considered were Patty Duke, Johnny Whitaker, the kid in A Hole in the Head whose name I forgot, and of course Ronny Howard--but there's a month's worth of child actors!)


I'm going out of order for a minute: I picked my week when I found out Walter Matthau and Groucho Marx had consecutive birthdays. I absolutely LOVE the Marx Brothers (and feel the Paramount films never get shown enough), and basically I wanted an excuse to show Matthau's little known film *A New Leaf* --it was a perfect week! (okay, back in order now).


Once I picked my week I found out during that week was Stanley Kramer's birthday, as well as Mervyn LeRoy! I love doing birthday tributes to non actors (as someone with a degree in directing I feel like actors get too much press). I looked at the filmography of both of these fine men and realized what a great library they had each created! Stanley Kramer has made such a wide variety in terms of genres and styles of films (who could make *On the Beach* AND *It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World* ?) that it made for a lovely mix of films for a day's programming. (The same goes for Mervyn LeRoy). I simply had to pick the best ones and arrange them in a clever way-- i.e. *Judgement at Nuremberg* is too important to put early in the morning, but it's too heavy to put last, especially with a Fellini film up next, so what better relief from Nazi war crimes than the comedic star studded *It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World* ? I also never realized til making this schedule how often Stanley used the incredible Spencer Tracy--so I bunched his films together.


I saw *Nights of Cabiria* in a film class and immediately thought, "Wait---this is *Sweet Charity* !" and as the plot went on I knew I was right. Sure enough I looked at the cover of my CD and it said "Based on Fellini's *Nights of Cabiria* ." Then one day a few weeks ago, after the Challenge had been announced, I was listening to the Broadway station (Sirius XM comes with my sattelite dish and I'm a HUGE musical, theater fan and something of a musical expert--theater and film). Anyway, as I was listening a song from Sweet Charity came on and I thought, "it's too bad no one knows it's a remake of the amazing film *The Nights of Cabiria* --you've either only seen one of those movies, or if you've seen both you've never connected them!" Then I thought of how many musicals were based on other movies and I thought what a great idea for a festival---a place to see the original and the remake together to really compare the two films and stories. My first installment was of musicals based on movies. The first I've already mentioned. The second pair is *Ball of Fire* 's remake: Danny Kaye's *A Song is Born* . I didn't know this film existed til TCM showed it after *Ball of Fire* a few years ago. Most people don't even know this film! That's why I chose to show this pair instead of Ninotchka and Silk Stockings--both of those movies get shown a lot, and most people do put them together. I also thought of Lost Horizon and it's musical remake, but by all accounts it's not as good as "A Song is Born."


I admit I wasn't too familiar with Mervyn LeRoy's filmography except that I'd read his name on a lot of different things. But here's a guy who can do it all--musicals, history, gangster movies, comedy, short films (hence showing *The House I Live In* and *You John Jones* --the heaviest propaganda there is) and play adaptations, among other things. So here again I picked my favorites and arranged them by type--musicals together, war together, etc. It also gave me a great excuse to show an all time favorite movies, *Mister Roberts* --the cast is perfect and it's written so well! Plus I got to get a TCM premier of another movie no one seems to have seen, but that is so entertaining--- *No Time for Sergeants* . "Goooooolly!" (By the way, I had already planned this when I got my TCM schedule saying next month THEY are doing a Mervyn LeRoy day---but they only picked a couple of the same movies as me, so I figured I was safe.)


When the Lucky 13 challenge came about, my absurd knowledge of useless facts (in this case, the Oscars--name a year and I know most of the awards, or name a film and I know who won) came in handy---I knew there were more than 4 movies that had been nominated for 13 oscars. *Gone with the Wind* and *From Here to Eternity* get shown a lot, so I knew that was safe showing those. But the rest would all have been premiers. I chose *Mary Poppins* (before the moderator of this challenge let it count as Disney Live Action, so it slipped through) because it's fantastic and has never been shown before, and NEEDS to be shown--it's great! Though I hate *Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf* it had to be chosen over the other two because it's from the 60s, and therefore much more of a "classic" than them. And I know a lot of other people love it, so they'd appreciate it being shown in widescreen without comemrcials. (The other two are Chicago, which is too new to schedule over two movies from the 60s, and Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, which is also too new, and anyway, 'tisn't fair to show the first film without the other two, is it?) Then I realized I had a free hour, so I thought I'd schedule a new Private Screenings with the Oscar winner from the first film--Julie Andrews needs to get in that chair! She is still alive and well and has been in a lot of classic films, and is married to someone who has made a lot himself! What a perfect candidate for a new RO Interview!


As previously mentioned, I chose Walter Matthau's birthday week so I could show one of my favorite unappreciated movies, *A New Leaf* . All I have is an old VHS. It must needs be released on DVD! It's brilliant! I highly recommend it to all of you. But apart from that, Walt's been in a lot of great movies, *The Odd Couple* and *Charade* being my other favorites of his. It was easy to fill in a day of his films, but hard to eliminate others he should have been in. I wanted to make it a little diverse, which is why I scheduled the gritty *A Face in the Crowd* over another comedy, and why I put the Hitchcockian *Charade* between two straight forward comedies.


I put the "Musical Remakes Based on Plays" on this day because Walter Matthau is in one of them--- *Hello Dolly* --and though it's not first (I think it's best to show the original first), it's still a nice transition in my opinion. I absolutely LOVE *The Matchmaker* and though I love *Hello Dolly* too, I prefer *The Matchmaker* --maybe because that cast is the only true cast: Shirley Booth IS Dolly Levi, and the same goes for Anthony Perkins, Robert Morse, and the rest of them. But I picked this particular pair over a lot of other movies (Pygmalion and My Fair Lady, for example) because most people don't put these two films together in their minds, and anyway they're just different enough (unlike Pygmalion and MFL which are so similar) that it's more fun to watch them together. And Matchmaker never gets shown enough. Then I chose *Romeo and Juliet* (Zef's is the best IMHO) and *West Side Story* over, say Shrew and Kiss Me Kate, because WSS is one of my all time favorite movies, and is just a great film, and much better than Kiss Me Kate. Plus, R&J is a better film than Shrew. But other than that, Kiss Me Kate has the play Shrew embedded in it, so it's not as fun as showing R&J and WSS. And has anyone really watched those side by side and compared them? I haven't even done that.


(By the way, in regard to Movie Musical Remakes---TCM, there is more than enough here for a month long tribute!)


What better way to get out of the grit of R&J and WSS than a day of Marx Brothers movies! It was Groucho's birthday, so I scheduled what are IMHO the BEST Marx Brothers movies. i thought it would be most interesting to show them in descending order of release. (But mostly I wanted to save the best for almost last--- *Animal Crackers* is my favorite!) Basically, after Thalberg died (other than Casablanca) their films never were as funny--too much plot, not enough jewish surrealist humor. Basically just good entertainment---'Nuff said!


Two movies I keep requesting on this website are *What a Way to Go* and *What's so Bad About Feeling Good?" (the latter isn't even on DVD so I've never seen it!) I wanted an excuse to show them, so I thought I'd think of some other movies that start with "What" and just call it "What?!" and hope TCM would say "Hey those are good films--lets show them!" The other "What" film I added I didn't even realize was a TCM premier til last night as I added the studios and realized "What a travesty--they've never shown Bogdonavich's tender Valentine to classic screwball comedy, *What's Up Doc?* on TCM!" Anyway, that led me to two Bugs Bunny cartoons that start with "What" and a night of "What" was born!


Two of the Underground movies (the last two) are terrible and fun at once--basically they are movies I know from Mystery Science Theater 3000. The first movie, *The Last Man on Earth* , however, is one of those rare B-movies that's just as good as an A-movie! It's a great Vincent Price movie that, if you've seen I Am Legend, will look familiar (they didn't credit it as a remake of Last Man on Earth, but those of us who have seen it know the truth). I hope you all go see it. It's great!


For Location! Location! I wanted to show nothing but movies filmed in and about Florence---but when I realized "what's up doc" was a premier, I had to kick out my other premier, "A Room with a View" and just schedule a few other movies about Italy, and call it Italy. These Italian movies are specifically movies filmed in Italy about Italy that make you want to jump into the movie or plan an Italian vacation. (*Shrew* has lovely scenery and locations, though it's not a travel movie, and though it's got a lot of indoor shots, *The Agony and the Ecstasy* makes me want to go to the Sisteen Chapel and other museums to see those beautiful works of art!) I had to pick p/s or Free movies because I was out of premiers. (Luckilly *Much Ado About Nothing* was in one of the "Free" libraries so I could put that one in!) Other movies I would have shown had I more premiers were Three Coins in a Fountain, Il Postino, and Tea With Mussolini. (I'm just lucky TCM recently showed the beautiful *Enchanted April* !)


When the challenge first started, my first thought for film festivals was the "split personalitites" festival---I had just watched The Great Race (which I can never see enough) and thought at the time of other movies where an actor plays more than one part in a film. Others I came up with that I didn't pick were The Scapegoat (I already had Alec Guinness), Cat Ballou, and Back to the Future 2 and 3 (almost everyone plays multiple parts!) I had to start with The Ultimate example, *Kind Hearts and Coronets* in which Alec Guinness plays 8 parts, all of which are completely different. I put this festival on a Saturday so I could use this as the Essential, because it is one of the best films ever made and never gets shown enough. On the same vein I had to pick *The Family Jewels* because Jerry Lewis plays I think 6 parts. And basically, what a great excuse to show *Wonder Man* --eh?


Ok, that's quite enough. My eyes are hurting from staring at this screen. :) Kudos to those who made it all the way!

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> {quote:title=patful wrote:}{quote}

> *...and I have solved it the same way.* - CineMaven


> Another scofflaw?! Ooooh, you'd better be glad I didn't host this one, there'd be a broken ruler in my hand and a lot of bruised knuckles. ;-)


I think what she was referring to is a situation where a movie has a run-time that's divisible by 15 min. Example: a movie is 90 min. long. If you schedule it for 1:00, then you can schedule the next film for 2:30, right? In practice, it doesn't seem so -- there's always an intro (the TCM logo stuff). So the minimum time it takes to air that movie is 90.005 minutes.


Since it would, in my estimation, be ridiculous to have 14 1/2 non-feature minutes between films, I butted such things together and made sure that the second film didn't end precisely on a quarter.


That way, if someone tunes in precisely at 2:30, they catch the last half-minute of the first movie, but it wouldn't push-ahead, i.e. the fact that the second film started 30 seconds 'late' wouldn't make it run over onto the next film's scheduled start time.

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by the way, the buffer thing, to me, really applies nights and weekends when the films are being introd and outtro'd, but during the day they often go into another film with no buffer longer than 10 seconds. So, in my opinion, the daytime isn't a time to worry. :) (But it's easier for me to say, I'm DONE!!!)

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Great schedule, Lonesome Polecat! I really liked the 13 nominations-wonderful use of 13. I, too, love "What a Way To Go". Hasn't it been on before? I've run into a couple of instances in which I was sure that something played on TCM in the past but there are no articles posted. I think that searching the site for articles is a pretty good way to find out whether a film has played-but it's not perfect.

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*I think that searching the site for articles is a pretty good way to find out whether a film has played-but it's not perfect.* - countessdelave


It's not. You have to dig pretty deep sometimes. I found an IMDb reference for one of my films that listed an October 1996 airing on TCM. Yay!

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Several people, including me, have had a _very_ difficult time loading pages on the boards today. Hopefully the glitch will be fixed soon.


Gang, I will be traveling in Eastern Europe beginning Thursday for nine days. I'll have spotty internet access until the middle of next week, although I will check in as often as I am able.


If anyone has questions they anticipate, please ask now!


New players, the many experienced folks here will certainly help you through any rough patches and answer questions. I'll pop in as often as possible.


I'm starting in Vienna to attend an incredible event called Life Ball. But I'm also excited to get to visit the museum there dedicated entirely to the movie *The Third Man* - it's only open on Saturdays, luckily for me! And I end the week at the Amsterdam Filmmuseum!


If you'd like to see Life Ball footage from previous years (which will certainly make you wonder what I'll be wearing Saturday night):




It is one of the most elaborate and over-the-top parties in the world, I am so lucky to be able to go.


But as I said, I am here for another day and a half, so bombard me with your Challenge questions!

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I didn't try posting until this afternoon, but no problems for me and my lightning-fast dialup.


Have fun, Chip. I should be around to answer questions and bruise some knuckles in your absence, if I don't succumb to dementia trying to come up with some decent ideas very soon.

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patful, I fear that I run through the sewers just about everywhere I visit, one way or another.


I just discovered that a cinema in Vienna shows *The Third Man* every Sunday. I don't know if I will be able to see it on my schedule, but I particularly love it when I am lucky enough to visit a faraway place and watch a movie that is quintessentially about that city. I got to watch *Flying Down to Rio* in my room at the Copacabana Palace Hotel when I did some work in Brazil, and that's the hotel where Fred & Ginger danced in the movie. The hotel makes the DVD available to every guest -- how cool is that?


And everyone, what with those recent warnings of rapping the knuckles of scofflaws, I am sure patful will be taking names of those who misbehave while I am out of the room. So look sharp!

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> {quote:title=Capuchin wrote:}{quote}

> helenbabay --


> I purposely didn't look at your schedule when you posted it because I didn't want to be intimidated, and perhaps more importantly, if we have chosen a similar theme, I didn't want to be influenced by your picks (either working harder to try to top yours or to steal from you).


> It's a great schedule!


> I thought I was the only one who liked *The Devil's Disciple* !


> Your 'Softer side of manly men" is wonderful!


> I share your love of F. March -- I'm surprised TCM doesn't showcase him more.


> 'Rehab' is inspired! Probably the best new idea I've seen in a long time.


> I'm glad now that I didn't look at yours before finishing mine -- I wouldn't have had the nerve to go up against yours.


Thanks for the comments. I actually really like yours too as well as Lonesome Polecat's. Mine seems pretty tame with some of the same old-same old except for Jean Gabin, whose films I've wanted to see more on TCM. I've been having trouble getting this particular thread to load so it's been a couple of days since I checked in.


Also, I love you making my name helenbabay.

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