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THE TCM PROGRAMMING CHALLENGE #13: THE VOTING THREAD


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Hi, Chips,

 

I think you will have to repost...and much as I would like to say you don't have to repost all the schedules, just the ones on that page now, _it looks like you might have to repost all of them_ because as this thread grows, more and more get shuffled back and some that can be seen now will not when they enter the range of that page.

 

NOTE TO EVERYONE: NO MORE EMOTICONS!!!!!!

 

P.S. -- I hate the new Mods' rule about not being able to edit your own posts after 24 hours a day. (Actually, it is just one of the rules of the new Mods I hate, that I think are hurting the TCM message board, but I won't talk about that now.)

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REPOST OF RULES

 

NOTE THAT ALL SCHEDULES WILL BE REPOSTED WITHOUT FORMATTING AND EMOTICONS.

 

The vote still stands with one each for CineMaven, Fedya, ILoveRayMilland, and Nicoley13.

 

Here's a recap of the rules of this Challenge:

 

PROGRAMMING REQUIREMENTS

 

1. YOUR WEEK

Because TCM announces its schedule about three months in advance, you can select any week September 2009 to September 2010. Your week starts at 6am ET on Sunday and ends on the following Sunday at 5:59 am ET. This means that your first film programmed begins right at 6 AM Sunday. Your final film can run slightly over, but should end fairly close to 5:59 AM ET the following Sunday.

 

2. YOUR DAY

Each day usually begins at 6am ET but can start later if needed.

 

3. STAR OF THE MONTH

One night a block of at least four films must be devoted to a Star Of The Month. Be sure the person you select has enough movies to schedule over a four week period.

 

4. SPECIAL CHALLENGE: LUCKY 13

There are two special challenges in this edition. In the first, in honor of this being Challenge #13, use one night of programming (at least four films) to interpret ... the Number 13. Some ideas to get you started:

-Movies about bad luck, omens, superstitions, the occult (13 as a bad-luck sign)

-Movies that include bar mitzvahs (they happen at age 13)

-Movies about rugby (13 members on a team)

-Movies that include the Last Supper (13 at the table)

Find many more examples of the use of the number 13 in our culture at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/13_(number), and think of your own!

 

Your TCM take on the Number 13 should include at least four movies and start in prime time. The first one should start at 8 PM, any night you have room in the schedule.

 

Be as creative as you can in the interpretation of this!

 

5. SPECIAL CHALLENGE #2: LOCATION! LOCATION!

The second of the special challenges in this edition was inspired by recent tributes on TCM to New York and Los Angeles-set films. As a New Yorker, I know how much I love seeing movies set/filmed in my town. Your challenge: program at least four films in a single block all set in or filmed in the same city or state --- anywhere EXCEPT New York City and L.A. Here's the chance to give your hometown or favorite vacation spot the TCM spotlight that shined on New York and L.A.! This block of films can be programmed at any time in the day or night. Four is the minimum number, you can do as many as you want.

 

6. OTHER THEMES

All other evenings are themes of your choosing. Daytime themes are encouraged. Once you've chosen your week, check what stars were born then. Maybe it's the anniversary of a historical event, or the anniversary of a classic film's release. You're the programmer, do what you want! Keep in mind that a good TCM schedule has diversity, so try and include different types of movies in the course of the week.

 

7. PROGRAM TIMES

Feature films generally start on the top, quarter, bottom, three-quarters of the hour. Primetime features start at 8pm ET. Please allow enough time on your evening schedule to allow for intros and outtros for each film.

 

8. INTERSTITIALS AND SHORTS

Try not to leave more than 15 minute gaps between the end of one film and the beginning of the next, lest your audience grow bored. You are not required to but feel free to include short films, featurettes, trailers, etc. in your schedule.

 

9. REGULAR TCM PROGRAMMING BLOCKS

Please program the regular TCM features in your schedule. "Silent Sunday Nights" begins around midnight Sunday and is followed by "TCM Imports." "TCM Underground" starts about 2am ET on Friday. Those start times can be flexible. Saturday's "The Essentials" must start at 8pm ET.

 

You can also program a celebrity Guest Programmer evening, or a Private Screening, or any of the other occasional TCM features, but you aren't required to.

 

10. PROGRAMMING NOTES

Please include some notes on your schedule. We are interested to know why you picked a selection and your inspirations. These are always fun to read, and they really allow us a peek at what makes you love movies.

 

11. TCM PREMIERES

This challenge will allow for 8 premieres.

 

A premiere is classified as any movie not available through the core libraries which has also not been previously shown on TCM. Movies for "Silent Sunday Nights", "Underground" and "Imports" are not counted against the 8. This time , I'm also saying that you can program any silent film made before 1930 without counting it as a Premieres, regardless of where you place it in the schedule.

 

12. FILMS IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN

You may also use films in the Public Domain without counting against your premieres regardless of the studio that released them. Because Wikipedia's Public Domain entry is riddled with inaccuracies, for the purposes of determining what is and isn't in the public domain we will be using the movies and shorts included in the Prelinger Archives, which is devoted to presenting these films free on the internet. (As a bonus, you can watch all of them online to see if they fit your needs). The link is listed with the libraries below. Please mark these films "p/d" on your schedule.

 

13. THE FILM LIBRARIES FOR THIS CHALLENGE

The film libraries (with hyperlinks) for use in this Challenge are -

 

Warner Bros (pre-1948 only): http://www.imdb.com/company/co0026840/

 

MGM (pre-1986): http://www.imdb.com/company/co0020206/

 

RKO (all): http://www.imdb.com/company/co0041421/

 

Columbia Pictures (all) http://www.imdb.com/company/co0071509/

 

United Artists (after 1950): http://www.imdb.com/company/co0026841/

 

Samuel Goldwyn (all): http://www.imdb.com/company/co0016710/

 

J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors gb: http://www.imdb.com/company/co0027356/

 

Walt Disney (Live Action only): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Disney_live_action_films

 

Public Domain list: http://www.archive.org/details/feature_films

 

14. PREVIOUSLY SCREENED FILMS

As always, you are free to program any film that has already been presented on TCM regardless of library affiliation. This should be designated with a "p/s" symbol (designating "previously scheduled").

 

The way to see if a movie has been previously screened is to go to the homepage and search the "Site." If TCM has played the film before, you will find programming listings, notes, or stories. DON'T search "Database" -- that includes all movies. Search "Site."

 

15. RUNNING TIMES

You can find running times for your film selections by using IMDB.com or right here on the TCM website. If using TCM.com, go to the homepage and search "Database" for the film title you need.

 

16. HOW TO FORMAT

Format your listing by showing the time it shows, name of the film, year it was produced, star or person of interest, studio, running time, premiere or previously scheduled.

 

Example:

3 PM: The Letter (1940), dir. by William Wyler, starring Bette Davis, WB, 95 min

 

LINKS TO PREVIOUS CHALLENGES:

Here are links to previous Challenges and schedules:

Challenge #12 http://forums.tcm.com/jive/tcm/thread.jspa?threadID=139071&start=150&tstart=0

Challenge #11 http://forums.tcm.com/jive/tcm/thread.jspa?messageID=8155190

Challenge #10 ( http://forums.tcm.com/jive/tcm/thread.jspa?threadID=127551&start=30&tstart=495&messageID=8088572#8088572 )

Challenge #9 (http://forums.tcm.com/jive/tcm/message.jspa?messageID=8046284#8046284)

Challenge #8 (http://forums.tcm.com/jive/tcm/message.jspa?messageID=8013984#8013984)

Challenge #7 (http://forums.tcm.com/jive/tcm/message.jspa?messageID=7973260#7973260)

Challenge #6 (http://forums.tcm.com/jive/tcm/message.jspa?messageID=7934043#7934043)

Challenge #5 (http://forums.tcm.com/jive/tcm/message.jspa?messageID=7877675#7877675)

Challenge #4 (http://forums.tcm.com/jive/tcm/message.jspa?messageID=7847611#7847611)

Challenge #3 (http://forums.tcm.com/jive/tcm/message.jspa?messageID=7827881#7827881)

Challenge #2 (http://forums.tcm.com/jive/tcm/message.jspa?messageID=7794350#7794350)

or the original from the immortal Path40a

Challenge #1 (http://forums.tcm.com/jive/tcm/message.jspa?messageID=7781430#7781430)

 

VOTING FOR THE WINNER:

At the conclusion of the contest a separate thread will be opened for voting. Any member of the TCM.com community may vote, whether you have entered a Challenge or not. You must have registered as a member of TCM.com by midnight April 30, 2009 to vote. In the event of a tie, the moderator will cast the deciding vote.

 

Have fun!

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Because it takes so long to pull all the Plain Text formats out, I will post the schedules and notes as they are de-formatted. Since most of you are able to access most of the site, you can review the ones you can't see and may be able to vote sooner.

 

Depending on how long it takes me to get them all up (seeing as I have an intense amount of work this week and weekend, I'll extend the deadline to allow everyone plenty of time.

 

As you'll see it is challenging to focus on these schedules with nothing in bold or italics. I urge you to really read them --- deformatting them means I am once again reading every line carefully, and you guys have some great ideas!

 

Reposting beginning ...

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Capuchin's Challenge schedule: REPOST

 

Week of August 22-28, 2010 (completely arbitrary)

 

Sunday

James Gleason

6:00 am Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) dir. Frank Capra, starring Cary Grant, WB, 118 min.

8:00 am A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) dir. Elia Kazan, starring Dorothy McGuire, Fox, 128 min., p/s

10:10am A Date with the Falcon (1942) dir. Irving Reis, starring George Sanders, RKO, 63 min.

11:15 am Suddenly (1954) dir. Lewis Allen, starring Frank Sinatra, UA, 75 min.

12:35pm The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936) dir. Stephen Roberts, starring William Powell, RKO, 80 min.

2:00 pm Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) dir. Alexander Hall, starring Robert Montgomery, Columbia, 94 min

3:40 pm The Clock (1945) dir. Vincente Minnelli, starring Judy Garland, MGM, 90 min.

 

Wilfrid Hyde-White

5:15 pm Conspirator (1950), dir. Victor Saville, starring Robert Taylor, MGM, 85 min.

6:45 pm Lambeth Walk (1939) dir. Albert de Courville, starring Lupino Lane, MGM, 67 min.

 

Primetime (Wilfrid Hyde-White continues)

8:00 pm The Third Man (1950) dir. Carol Reed, starring Joseph Cotten, London Film Prod. Ltd. 105 min. p/s

9:45 pm North West Frontier (1959) dir. J. Lee Thompson, starring Kenneth More, JA Rank, 129 min.

 

Silent Sunday Night

Midnight The Crowd (1928) dir. King Vidor, starring Eleanor Boardman, MGM, 98min

 

1:40 am Shorts Cherry Blossom Time in Japan (1936) James A. FitzPatrick, MGM, 7 min.

Floral Japan (1937) James A. FitzPatrick, MGM, 9 min

 

TCM Imports

2:00 am The Black Cat (1968) dir. Kaneto Shindo, starring Kichiemon Nakamura, Toho, 99 min.

3:40 am The Hidden Fortress (1958) dir. Akira Kurosawa, starring Minoru Chiaki, Toho, 139 min.

 

Monday

Alan Hale

6:00 am The Prince and the Pauper (1937) dir. William Keighley, starring Errol Flynn, WB, 115 min.

8:00 am Footsteps in the Dark (1941) dir. Lloyd Bacon, starring Errol Flynn, WB, 69 min.

9:15 am It Happened One Night (1934) dir. Frank Capra, starring Claudette Colbert, Columbia, 105 min.

11:00 am The Sea Hawk (1940) dir. Michael Curtiz, starring Errol Flynn, WB, 127 min.

1:15 pm Fog Over Frisco (1934) dir. William Dieterle, starring Bette Davis, WB, 68 min.

2:30 pm Imitation of Life (1934) dir. John M. Stahl, starring Claudette Colbert, Universal, 116 min., p/s

4:30 pm The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) dir. Michael Curtiz, starring Errol Flynn, WB, 104 min.

6:15 pm The Inspector General (1949) dir. Henry Koster, starring Danny Kaye, WB, 102 min., p/s

 

Primetime

Judith Anderson

8:00 pm Rebecca (1940) dir. Alfred Hitchcock, starring Laurence Olivier, UA, 130min. p/s

10:15 pm Laura (1944) dir. Otto Preminger, starring Gene Tierney, Fox, 87 min., Premiere

11:45 pm Salome (1953) dir. William Dieterle, starring Rita Hayworth, Columbia, 103min.

1:30 am The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) dir. Lewis Milestone, starring Barbara Stanwyck, PD, 117 min.

3:30 am Free and Easy (1941) dir. George Sidney, starring Robert Cummings, MGM, 55 min.

4:30 am Forty Little Mothers (1940) dir. Busby Berkeley, starring Eddie Cantor, MGM, 88min.

 

Tuesday

Eugene Pallette

6:00 am The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941) dir. William Keighley, starring James Cagney, WB, 92 min.

7:35 am The Dragon Murder Case (1934) dir. H. Bruce Humberstone, starring Warren William, WB, 67 min.

8:45 am The Male Animal (1942) dir. Elliott Nugent, starring Henry Fonda, WB, 101 min.

10:30 am He Stayed for Breakfast (1940) dir. Alexander Hall, starring Loretta Young, Columbia, 89 min.

Noon My Man Godfrey (1936) dir. Gregory La Cava, starring William Powell, PD, 94 min.

1:40 pm The Lady Eve (1941) dir. Preston Sturges, starring Barbara Stanwyck, Paramount, 94 min., p/s

3:15 pm The Fighting Edge (1926) dir. Henry Lehrman, starring Kenneth Harlan, WB, 55 min.

4:10 pm The Half Naked Truth (1932) dir. Gregory La Cava, starring Lupe Velez, RKO, 77 min.

5:30 pm I've Got Your Number (1934) dir. Ray Enright, starring Joan Blondell, WB, 69 min.

6:40 pm Storm at Daybreak (1933) dir. Richard Boleslawski, starring Kay Francis, MGM, 78 min.

 

Primetime

Guest Programmer -- Triela

8:00 pm My Neighbor Totoro (1988) dir. Hayao Miyazaki, starring Noriko Hidaka, Studio Ghibli, 86 min. p/s

9:35 pm Seconds (1966) dir. John Frankenheimer, starring Rock Hudson, Paramount, 106 min. Premiere

11:30 pm Cat People (1942) dir. Jacques Tourneur, starring Simone Simon, RKO, 73 min.

12:45 am La Femme Nikita (1990) dir. Luc Besson, starring Anne Parillaud, Gaumont, 115 min. Premiere

 

2:45 am Tovarich (1937) dir. Anatole Litvak, starring Claudette Colbert, WB, 92 min.

4:20 am In a Lonely Place (1950) dir. Nicholas Ray, starring Humphrey Bogart, Columbia, 94 min.

 

Wednesday Alan Mowbray

6:00 am A Yank at Eton (1942) dir. Norman Taurog, starring Mickey Rooney, MGM, 88 min.

7:30 am The King's Thief (1955) dir. Robert Z. Leonard, starring Ann Blyth, MGM, 79 min.

8:50 am Topper (1937) dir. Norman Z. McLeod, starring Constance Bennett, MGM, 98 min.

10:30 am The Prince of Thieves (1948) dir. Howard Bretherton, starring Jon Hall, Columbia, 72 min.

11:45 am Music in My Heart (1940) dir. Joseph Santley, starring Rita Hayworth, Columbia, 70 min.

1:00 pm Merton of the Movies (1947) dir. Robert Alton, starring Red Skelton, MGM, 83min.

2:25 pm Curtain Call (1940) dir. Frank Woodruff, starring Barbara Read, RKO, 63 min.

3:30 pm The King and the Chorus Girl (1937) dir. Mervyn LeRoy, starring Joan Blondell, WB, 95 min.

5:15 pm Every Girl Should Be Married (1948) dir. Don Hartman, starring Cary Grant, RKO, 84 min.

6:45 pm Jewel Robbery (1932) dir. William Dieterle, starring William Powell, WB, 70min.

 

Primetime

S. Z. Sakall

8:00 pm Sugarfoot (1951) dir. Edwin L. Marin, starring Randolph Scott, WB, 80 min., Premiere

9: 25 pm Ball of Fire (1941) dir. Howard Hawks, starring Barbara Stanwyck, RKO, 112 min.

11:20 pm Wonder Man (1945) dir. Bruce Humberstone, starring Danny Kaye, RKO, 98 min

1:00 am My Love Came Back (1940) dir. Kurt Bernhardt, starring Olivia de Havilland, WB, 85 min.

2:30 am Casablanca (1943) dir. Michael Curtiz, starring Humphrey Bogart, WB, 103 min.

4:15 am Christmas in Connecticut (1945) dir. Peter Godfrel, starring Barbara Stanwyck, WB, 102 min.

 

Thursday

Harry (Henry) Morgan

6:00 am My Six Convicts (1952) dir. Hugo Fregonese, starring Millard Mitchell, Columbia, 105 min.

7:45 am Strange Bargain (1949) dir. Will Price, starring Martha Scott, RKO, 68 min.

9:00 am It Started with a Kiss (1959) dir. George Marshall, starring Glenn Ford, MGM, 104 min.

10:45 am It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog (1945) dir. Herbert I. Leeds, starring Carole Landis, RKO, 70 min.

Noon How the West Was Won (1963) dir. John Ford et al, starring Carroll Baker, MGM, 155 min.

2:35 pm Scandal Sheet (1952) dir. Phil Karlson, starring Broderick Crawford, Columbia, 82 min.

4:00 pm Inherit the Wind (1960) dir. Stanley Kramer, starring Spencer Tracy, UA, 127 min.

6:15 pm The Cat from Outer Space (1978) dir. Norman Tokar, starring Ken Berry, Disney, 104 min.

 

Primetime

Oscar Levant

8:00 pm The Band Wagon (1953), dir. Vincente Minnelli, starring Fred Astaire, MGM, 113 min.

9:55 pm An American in Paris (1951) dir. Vincente Minnelli, starring Gene Kelly, MGM, 113 min.

11:50 pm Humoresque (1947) dir. Jean Negulesco, starring Joan Crawford, WB, 125 min.

2:00 am The Cobweb (1955) dir. Vincente Minnelli, starring Richard Widmark, MGM, 134 min.

4:15 am Romance on the High Seas (1948) dir. Michael Curtiz, starring Doris Day, WB, 99 min.

 

Friday

Edward Everett Horton

6:00 am Down to Earth (1947) dir. Alexander Hall, starring Rita Hayworth, Columbia, 101 min.

7:45 am The Body Disappears (1941) dir. D. Ross Lederman, starring Jeffrey Lynn, WB, 75 min.

9:00 am I Married an Angel (1942) dir. W. S. Van Dyke II, starring Jeanette MacDonald, MGM, 85 min.

10:30 am Top Hat (1935) dir. Mark Sandrich, starring Fred Astaire, RKO, 101 min.

12:15 pm Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) dir. David Butler, starring Humphrey Bogart, WB, 143 min.

2:40 pm Roar of the Dragon (1932) dir. Wesley Ruggles, starring Richard Dix, RKO, 76 min.

4:00 pm The Front Page (1931) dir. Lewis Milestone, starring Adolph Menjou, PD, 100 min.

5:45 pm Lost Horizon (1937) dir. Frank Capra, starring Ronald Colman, Columbia, 133 min.

 

Primetime

13 Dry Years

8:00 pm The Roaring Twenties (1939) dir. Raoul Walsh, starring James Cagney, WB, 106 min.

9:50 pm The Public Enemy (1931) dir. William A. Wellman, starring James Cagney, WB, 83 min

11:15 pm City Streets (1931) dir. Rouben Mamoulian, starring Gary Cooper, Columbia, 83 min

12:40 am The Little Giant (1933) dir. Roy Del Ruth, starring Edward G. Robinson, WB, 76 min

 

Underground

2:00 am Throne of Blood (1957) dir. Akira Kurosawa, starring Toshir? Mifune, Toho, 110 min

 

3:55 am Lady L (1966) dir. Peter Ustinov, starring Sophia Loren, MGM, 124 min.

 

Saturday

Location! Location!

6:00 am The Saint in London (1939) dir. John Paddy Carstairs, starring George Sanders, RKO, 72 min.

7:15 am The Lone Wolf in London (1947) dir. Leslie Goodwins, starring Gerald Mohr, Columbia, 67 min.

8:25 am Whispering Smith Hits London (1951) dir. Francis Searle, starring Richard Carlson, RKO, 77 min.

9:45 am The Dark Eyes of London (1940) dir. Walter Summers, starring Bela Lugosi, PD, 76 min.

 

Rudy Vallee

11:05 am The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947) dir. Irving Reis, starring Cary Grant, RKO, 95 min.

12:45 pm Gold Diggers in Paris (1938) dir. Ray Enright, starring Rosemary Lane, WB, 100 min.

2:30 pm My Dear Secretary (1949) dir. Charles Martin, starring Kirk Douglas, PD, 94 min.

4:10 pm I Remember Mama (1948) dir. George Stevens, starring Irene Dunne, RKO, 137 min

6:30 pm The Palm Beach Story (1942) dir. Preston Sturges, starring Claudette Colbert Paramount, 88 min., p/s

 

Essentials

8:00 pm The Grapes of Wrath (1940) dir. John Ford, starring Henry Fonda, Fox, 129 min. Premiere

 

Lee Patrick

10:15 pm Visit to a Small Planet (1960) dir. Norman Taurog, starring Jerry Lewis, Paramount, 85 min. Premiere

11:45 pm Now, Voyager (1942) dir. Irving Rapper, starring Bette Davis, WB, 118 min.

1:45 am 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964) dir. George Pal, starring Tony Randall, MGM, 100 min.

3:30 am Smiling Ghost (1941) dir. Lewis Seiler, starring Wayne Morris, WB, 71 min.

4:45 am Fisherman's Wharf (1939) dir. Bernard Vorhaus, starring Bobby Breen, RKO, 72 min.

 

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Capuchin's Programming Notes: REPOST

 

Programming notes for my schedule:

 

A good character actor does more than just fill space. Just as you're known by the company you keep, the people who surround the movie's leading man tells a lot about him. If the second-billings are bland, the most-talented star is no more exciting than eating caviar out of a tin can.

 

TCM devotes one month a year to "Summer Under the Stars," highlighting a single star each day. I've long thought the same sort of recognition should be given to those who rarely, if ever, starred in a movie. An interesting truth, though, is that there are far more great character actors than there are top stars. To accommodate this fact, I scheduled, as far as I was able, half a day to each.

 

I tried to choose films which showed their diversity. An example of this in Sunday's schedule: in Suddenly , James Gleason is brave and crafty, in The Ex-Mrs. Bradford he fills a familiar role as a bantering detective, and in Here Comes Mr. Jordan he's constantly befuddled and bewildered.

 

For each actor, I selected a few movies which I felt I had to include to show their range, a few more which were simply brilliant, some that I particularly enjoy, and others that I might need to get the time slots worked out. This meant over twenty films for each one, and I only had room for four to ten. Ouch!

 

I also had to completely forgo some wonderful performers because too few of their films are in the acceptable libraries. I could have used all the permitted premieres for any one of a dozen people who sprang to mind, from Binnie Barnes to Wilhelm Bendow to Masayuki Mori.

 

As I began checking available movies, I was disappointed to see that so many I wanted are going to appear soon, so it looks like I'm cribbing from next month's schedule.

 

Combining "Location!Location!" with Saturday morning series seemed a good idea, especially if the other Saturdays of the month showed detectives in different cities around the world (virtually every sleuth worth their salt has been to San Francisco, Washington D.C., and Paris).

 

I was reasonably sure that most other entrants would concentrate on 'unlucky' factors for the "13" night and I must admit my first thought was to show a menagerie of black cats. A newspaper article about a local moonshiner gave me the idea for "13 Dry Years," particularly since prohibition/bootleggers is always a popular theme.

 

The "Silent" wasn't a difficult choice -- it's my least favorite genre, and those few that I love have only poor prints available, so I simply looked through the discussion boards until I found a film that everyone who prefers silents apparently likes.

 

The shorts on Sunday night, just before the "Imports," are a counterpoint -- they show the beauty and tranquility of Japan right before you watch the scariest ghost story ever filmed there. I had to follow it up with a comedy to prevent people from having nightmares.

 

I had to provide the same restorative for the "Underground" film. Throne of Blood will freeze your bones, so an English comedy with an Italian beauty should thaw you out again.

 

Much of the timing was dictated by my natural bent towards engineering. I tried to start as many movies as possible at the top and bottom of the hour, but I rebel at the idea of having 13 minutes of non-program time just to start a movie at a quarter instead of five after. Also, with TIVO and the other technology that lets you catch a movie whenever it starts, I don't see the 'quarters' being as essential as they were ten or fifteen years ago.

 

The buffer between movies is generally 2 to 6 minutes. In the few cases where two of them do butt up against one another, the later one has enough free room at its tail end that it can afford to start a bit after its scheduled time.

 

The schedule is far less than ideal. If I had a broadband connection and deeper access to databases, I could have blended the transitions and checked for more "previously shown" features. Also, I know far too little about the length of promos, news, and other interstitials to create a schedule that readily accommodates them.

 

Oh, well.

 

About the "Guest Programmer" --

 

Her name is Triela. She's a teenage girl and a character on Gansuringa Garu, a Japanese TV show. Having Robert Osborne sit opposite her would be problematic, so the introductions would probably be handled by having an interviewer off-screen.

 

Question: Your first pick is My Neighbor Totoro , a wonderful film from 1988 by Hayao Miyazaki. What made you to choose it?

 

Triela: It's one of the few great movies where there are no bad guys. The conflicts all come from events in many people's lives -- moving to a new home, having their mother in the hospital, and the little sister getting lost. It would be easy for such a film to turn into a tearjerker, but Hayao kept it lively, interesting, and funny.

 

Question: Since none of those things ever happened to you, do you find it difficult to identify with the characters?

 

Triela: Even though I don't remember a real home, my mother, or any sisters I might have, I can easily see myself as Satsuki. I'm the oldest girl at the Social Welfare Agency, so it's sort of like her situation with her little sister. I don't mother the other girls, but I feel a certain responsibility towards them. Also, the way I reacted when I first saw the Totoro in the movie was exactly like hers when she met him. He's like the biggest, best teddy bear ever.

 

Question: Is there a connection between your favorite movie being a Japanese animation and the fact that you're an animated character on TV in Japan?

 

Triela: I don't see any. I'm not Japanese, my series is set in Italy. And the girls in the movie can shout and play and make new friends. It's important that I go unnoticed in public, most of my time is spent studying and training, and when I do meet someone outside the Agency, it usually doesn't end well. We're really at opposite ends of the spectrum.

 

(Roll movie)

 

Question: Your next pick is Seconds , a 1966 John Frankenheimer movie starring Rock Hudson. What drew you to this film?

 

Triela: I first watched it because I heard it was about someone who went through a transformation: surgery to change their appearance, documents to establish a new identity, and relocated far from his home. I was expecting it to parallel my own life, to give me insights into how I might have handled some things differently. Unfortunately, there was no comparison. He chose to be operated on, but I would be dead if the Social Welfare Agency hadn't decided to provide me with advanced medical care. He was bent on having a good time, doing whatever he wanted. I have a sense of duty, of purpose. And in the end, he opted out while I never quit what I start.

 

Question: So why is this one of your favorite movies?

 

Triela: The writing, acting, and staging are very compelling. We watch him go through the entire range of emotions, and his external world is so often at odds with what he's feeling. There are many layers to it besides the obvious moral that changing things in your life isn't a way to make yourself happy. There are much deeper issues, if only you open yourself up to them.

 

Question: Did changing your life make you happy?

 

Triela: I wouldn't say that. They tell me that my old life was miserable in the extreme, so the fact that I'm alive and healthy is a great plus. I don't think any of us girls at the Social Welfare Agency are happy, but we're not unhappy, if you can see the difference. It's more like we've accepted things as they are and found a way to be content, something that Rock Hudson, in this movie, couldn't do.

 

(Roll movie)

 

Question: Your third pick is Cat People from 1942. Do you like horror movies?

 

Triela: Not really. What attracts me is how misunderstood she is. Her fears are very, very real, but other people think she's deranged. She loves a man as deeply as any woman ever has, but she has the strength of character to avoid physical passion because of the consequences. Not only is it tormenting her, she's being persecuted for being so noble.

 

Question: So you see her as a victim?

 

Triela: Undoubtably. The real horror in this movie isn't the threat of an attack by a blood-crazed werecat, it's that people are so quick to judge others without even trying to understand their heritage. That's what sends tingles up my spine.

 

(Roll movie)

 

Question: The last movie you chose is La Femme Nikita from 1990, directed by Luc Besson and starring Anne Parillaud. As a teenage girl, what attracts you to this rather adult film?

 

Triela: I guess it's mostly how much she stays the same despite everything about her life changing. Girls my age know a lot about that.

 

Question: The film begins by showing that she's a drug-crazed murderer, then she's cleaned up and made a government employee. It ends with her running away because she's too deeply moral to keep doing her new job. Why do you think she stays the same?

 

Triela: Her life started before the movie opens. She grew up knowing right from wrong, and she never wanted to hurt anyone. When we first see her, all that had been overshadowed by drugs and lust. The life the government gave her wasn't, to her, very different -- they blurred the lines of morality, making the most horrendous actions justifiable if it served their ends. She finally realized she had to leave behind everyone telling her how to live if she wanted to be herself, to practice what she believed in when she was a little girl.

 

Question: What's your favorite scene in the movie?

 

Triela: Definitely when she was in the grocery store. She had never led a 'normal' life, taking care of herself properly, so she was totally lost as to what to buy. When she started following someone else and taking loads of the same things they chose, it was hilarious.

 

(Roll movie)

 

Misc. info:

 

Other character actors I wanted to use, but didn't have the room for:

Eric Blore, Ward Bond, Charles Victor, Thelma Ritter, Harry Davenport, Felix Bressart, Ralph Bellamy, Cecil Parker, Charles Coburn, Barry Fitzgerald, and many, many others.

 

Retrospectives, interviews, and other such material -- I'm not a big fan of anything other than the movies themselves.

 

Shorts: There were several that I really wanted to add, but they're mostly modern (like Anita Liberty and Opera No. 1 (by Hal Hartley)), and I couldn't find a database that could give me the running time of a lot of the older newsreels, cartoons, and other things I'd like to include.

 

An interesting dichotomy -- in most cases, the actors who should be showcased with the most movies are also those who should be in primetime, which is four hours shorter.

 

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2009

 

13TH AMENDMENT: ABOLITION OF SLAVERY

 

6:00 am Gone With the Wind (1939), starring Vivian Leigh, Clark Gable. MGM, 222 minutes.

10:00 am Glory (1989), starring Denzel Washington. Tri-star Pictures, 121minutes. p/s.

12:15 pm Adventures of Huckleberry Finn*(1939), starring Mickey Rooney. MGM, 91 minutes.

2:00 pm Raintree County (1957), starring Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift. MGM, 173 minutes.

5:00 pm The Color Purple (1985), dir. Steven Spielberg, starring Whoopee Goldberg. WB, 152 minutes. p/s.

Short: Lincoln in the White House (1939). Vitaphone, 21 minutes.

 

FASHION NIGHT

 

8:00 pm Roberta (1935), starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers. RKO, 106 minutes.

10:00 pm Lovely to Look At (1952), starring Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel. MGM, 103 minutes.

Short: New Shoes (1936). MGM, 10 minutes.

 

SILENT SUNDAY NIGHT

 

12:00 am Fig Leaves (1926), dir. Howard Hawks, costumes Adrian, starring Olive Borden. Fox, 68 minutes. Premiere*.

1:15 am Short: Good Morning, Eve (1934), starring Leon Errol. Vitaphone, 19 minutes.

Short: Every Girl?s Dream (1966). MGM, 9 minutes.

 

TCM IMPORT

 

2:00 am Belle de Jour (1968), dir. Luis Bu?uel, costumes for Deneuve-Yves St. Laurent, starring Catherine Deneuve. Allied Artists, 100 minutes. Premiere*.

3:45 am Made in Paris (1966), starring Ann Margaret, Louis Jourdan. MGM, 104 minutes.

Short: Traveltalks: Paris on Parade (1938). MGM, 9 minutes.

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2009

 

WHEN I?M 64: FILMS RELEASED IN DECEMBER, 1945

 

6:00 am The Sailor Takes a Wife (1945), starring June Allyson. MGM, 92 minutes.

7:45 am The Bells of St. Mary?s (1945), dir. Leo McCarey, starring Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman. RKO, 126 minutes.

10:00 am Too Young to Know (1945), starring Joan Leslie. WB, 86 Minutes

11:30 am Appointment in Tokyo (1945). Documentary, WB, 56 Minutes.

12:30 pm Life With Blondie (1945), starring Penny Singleton. Columbia, 72 Minutes. Premiere.

1:45 pm Stork Club (1945), starring Betty Hutton. Paramount, 98 Minutes. p/d.

3:30 pm Cornered (1945), starring Dick Powell. RKO, 102 Minutes.

5:15 pm Adventure (1945), starring Greer Garson, Clark Gable. MGM, 135 Minutes.

Short: So You Think You?re Allergic (1945). WB, 11 Minutes.

 

STAR OF THE MONTH: RONALD COLMAN

 

8:00 pm Her Night of Romance (1924), starring Ronald Colman, Constance Talmadge. 1st National, 70 Minutes. Premiere*.

9:15 pm Her Sister From Paris (1925), starring Ronald Colman, Constance Talmadge. 1st National, 70 Minutes. Premiere*.

10:30 pm The Devil to Pay (1930), starring Ronald Colman, Myrna Loy, Loretta Young. Goldwyn, 72 Minutes. p/s.

11:45 pm Raffles (1930), starring Ronald Colman, Kay Francis. Goldwyn, 72 Minutes. p/s.

1:00 am The Man who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo (1935), starring Ronald Colman, Joan Bennett. Goldwyn, 71 Minutes. Premiere.

 

DON?T FORGET PEARL HARBOR

 

2:15 am December 7th (1943), dir. John Ford, starring Walter Huston. U.S. War Dept., 82 Minutes restored. p/d.

3:45 am Task Force (1949), dir. Delmar Daves, starring Gary Cooper. WB, 117 Minutes. p/s.

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2009

 

UPPER EXTREMITIES

 

6:00 am Hands Across the Table (1935), starring Carole Lombard. Paramount, 81 Minutes. p/s.

7:30 am Third Finger, Left Hand (1940), starring Myrna Loy, Melvyn Douglas. MGM, 97 Minutes.

9:15 am High, Wide and Handsome (1937), starring Irene Dunne. Paramount, 110 Minutes. Premiere.

11:15 am Angel On My Shoulder (1946), starring Paul Muni, Anne Baxter. UA, 120 Minutes. p/d.

1:15 pm Up in Arms (1944), starring Danny Kaye. Goldwyn, 106 Minutes. p/s.

2:45 pm Rainbow ?Round My Shoulder (1952), starring Frankie Laine, Billy Daniels. Columbia, 78 Minutes. p/s.

4:45 pm Five Finger Exercise (1962), starring Rosalind Russell. Columbia, 109 Minutes. Premiere.

6:45 pm The Unknown (1927), dir. Tod Browning, starring Lon Chaney, Joan Crawford. MGM 61 Minutes

 

BURLESQUE with GUEST PROGRAMMER: MISS DITA VON TEESE

 

8:00 pm Lady of Burlesque (1943), starring Barbara Stanwyck. UA, 91 Minutes. p/d.

9:45 pm Screaming Mimi (1958), starring Anita Ekberg, Gypsy Rose Lee. Columbia, 79 Minutes. p/s.

11:15 pm The Night They Raided Minsky?s* (1968), starring Jason Robards Jr., Britt Ekland. UA, 100 Minutes. Premiere.

Short: *Georgia Sothern (195?), starring Georgia Sothern, Prelinger Archives (unknown), 3 Minutes. p/d.

Short: Teaserama trailer (1955), starring Bette Page, Blaze Starr. Irving Klaw Productions, 3 Minutes. p/d.

1:15 am The Sunset Murder Case (1938), starring Sally Rand. Grand National Pictures, 59 Minutes. p/d.

Short: Famous Dancers of the Burlesque Stage (1950), Prelinger Archives (unknown), 10 Minutes. p/d.

2:30 am Ball of Fire (1941), starring Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper. Goldwyn, 111 Minutes. p/s

4:30 am Bright Lights (1935), starring Joe E. Brown, Ann Dvorak. WB, 83 Minutes.

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2009

 

LOWER EXTREMITIES

 

6:00 am Feet First (1930), starring Harold Lloyd. Harold Lloyd prod., 93 Minutes. p/s.

7:45 am The Footloose Heiress (1937), starring Ann Sheridan. WB, 59 Minutes.

8:45 am My Left Foot (1989), starring Daniel Day Lewis. Miramax films, 103 Minutes. p/s.

10:30 am The Case of the Lucky Legs (1935), starring Warren William. WB, 78 Minutes.

12:00 pm Million Dollar Legs (1932), starring W.C. Fields, Lyda Roberti. Paramount, 64 Minutes. Premiere.

1:15 pm Tanned Legs (1929), starring Arthur Lake. RKO, 66 Minutes.

2:30 pm Daddy Long Legs (1919), starring Mary Pickford. 1st National dist., 85 Minutes. p/s.

4:00 pm On Your Toes (1939), starring Vera Zorina, Eddie Albert. WB, 93 Minutes.

5:45 pm Short: Tip, Tap, Toe (1932), starring Hal Leroy. Vitaphone, 19 Minutes.

Short: Knee Deep in Music (1933), starring Ruth Etting. RKO, 22 Minutes.

Short: Crazy House (1930), starring Snake Hips. MGM, 12 Minutes.

6:45 pm Hips, Hips, Hooray! (1934), starring Wheeler & Woolsey, Thelma Todd, Ruth Etting. RKO, 68 Minutes.

 

SPOTLIGHT ON FILM EDITORS: OWEN MARKS

 

8:00 pm Angels With Dirty Faces (1938), starring James Cagney, Pat O?Brien, Humphrey Bogart. WB, 97 Minutes.

9:45 pm Casablanca (1942), dir. Michael Curtiz, starring Humphrey Bogart. WB, 102 Minutes.

11:30 pm The Treasure of Sierra Madre (1948), dir. John Huston, starring Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston. WB, 126 Minutes.

1:45 am I?ll See You in my Dreams (1951), starring Doris Day, Danny Kaye. WB, 110 Minutes. p/s.

3:45 am East of Eden (1955), dir. Elia Kazan, starring James Dean. WB, 115 Minutes. p/s.

Short: Cavalcade of Dance (1943), starring Veloz & Yolanda. WB, 11 Minutes.

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2009

 

CHOREOGRAPHER, HERMES PAN?S 100TH BIRTHDAY

 

6:00 am The Gay Divorcee (1934), starring Astaire & Rogers. RKO, 107 Minutes.

8:00 am Old Man Rhythm (1935), starring Charles Buddy Rogers. RKO, 75 Minutes.

9:45 am Swing Time (1936), starring Astaire & Rogers. RKO, 103 Minutes.

11:30 am A Damsel in Distress (1937), starring Fred Astaire, Burns & Allen. RKO, 98 Minutes.

1:15 pm Blue Skies (1946), starring Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby. Paramount, 104 Minutes. p/s.

3:00 pm Finian?s Rainbow (1968), dir. Francis Ford Coppola, starring Fred Astaire, Petulia Clark. WB, 141 Minutes. p/s.

5:30 pm Darling Lili (1970), dir. Blake Edwards, starring Julie Andrews, Rock Hudson. Paramount, 136 Minutes. p/s.

 

STELLA!

 

8:00 pm A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), dir. Elia Kazan, starring Marlon Brando, Vivian Leigh. WB, 125 Minutes. p/s.

10:15 am The Uninvited (1944), starring Ray Milland, Gail Russell. Paramount, 99 Minutes. p/s.

12:00 am Stella Dallas (1937), starring Barbara Stanwyck. Goldwyn, 106 Minutes. p/s.

2:00 am I Found Stella Parish (1935), starring Kay Francis. WB, 85 Minutes.

3:30 pm Stella Maris (1918), starring Mary Pickford. Artcraft/Pickford Film, 84 Minutes. p/s.

5:00 am The John Garfield Story (2003), TCM Original Documentary, 60 Minutes.

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2009

 

ON LOCATION: CARMEL/MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA

 

6:00 am Tortilla Flat (1942), starring John Garfield, Hedy Lamarr, Spencer Tracy. MGM, 99 Minutes.

7:45 am Cannery Row (1982), starring Nick Nolte, Debra Winger. MGM, 102 Minutes. Premiere.

9:45 am Desire Me (1947), starring Greer Garson, Robert Mitchum. MGM, 92 Minutes.

11:30 am Clash By Night (1952), starring Barbara Stanwyck, Paul Douglas. RKO, 105 Minutes.

1:15 pm Julie (1956), starring Doris Day, Louis Jourdan. MGM, 99 Minutes.

 

STARRING DORIS DAY

 

3:00 PM Romance on the High Seas (1948), starring Doris Day, Jack Carson. WB, 99 Minutes.

4:45 pm It?s a Great Feeling (1949), starring Doris Day, Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson. WB, 85 Minutes. p/s.

6:15 pm Pillow Talk (1959), starring Doris Day, Rock Hudson. Universal, 102 Minutes. p/s.

 

GUEST PROGRAMMER: DORIS DAY & HER CANINE PALS

 

8:00 pm Benji (1974), starring Patsy Garret. Mulberry Square Prod., 86 Minutes. p/s.

9:45 pm Skippy (1931), starring Jackie Cooper. Paramount, 85 Minutes. Premiere.

11:15 pm Lassie Come Home (1943), starring Roddy McDowell. MGM, 89 Minutes.

12:45 am The Adventures of Rusty (1945), starring Margaret Lindsay. Coluumbia, 67 Minutes. p/s.

 

TCM UNDERGROUND

 

2:00 am They Only Kill Their Masters (1972), starring James Garner. MGM, 97 Minutes. p/s.

Short: Who Killed Rover? (1931), a Dogville short. MGM, 15 Minutes.

4:00 am Cujo (1983), starring Dee Wallace. WB, 91 Minutes. Premiere*.

Short: All in One (1938), compares a dog to a Chevrolet. Jam Handy Prod., 11 Min. p/d.

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2009

 

KAREN MORLEY?S 100TH BIRTHDAY

 

6:00 am Inspiration (1931), starring Greta Garbo. MGM, 74 Minutes.

7:15 am Are You Listening?* (1932), starring William Haines, Madge Evans. MGM, 73 Minutes.

8:30 am Arsene Lupin* (1932), starring John Barrymore, Karen Morley. MGM, 84 Minutes.

10:00 am Scarface* (1932), starring Paul Muni, Karen Morley. UA, 93 Minutes. p/s.

11:45 am The Phantom of Crestwood* (1932), starring Ricardo Cortez, Karen Morley. RKO, 76 Minutes.

1:15 pm Dinner at Eight* (1933), dir. George Cukor, starring Jean Harlow, Marie Dressler. MGM, 111 Minute.

3:15 pm Our Daily Bread* (1934), dir. King Vidor, starring Karen Morley. UA, 74 Minutes. p/s.

4:30 pm Pride and Prejudice* (1940), starring Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier. MGM, 117 Minutes.

6:30 pm M (1951), starring David Wayne. Columbia, 88 Minutes. Premiere.

 

THE ESSENTIALS

 

8:00 pm My Man Godfrey (1936), dir. Gregory La Cava, starring William Powell, Carole Lombard. Universal, 94 Minutes. p/s.

9:45 pm The Awful Truth (1937), dir. Leo McCarey, starring Cary Grant, Irene Dunne. 91 Minutes. p/s.

11:30 pm Bringing Up Baby (1938), dir. Howard Hawks, starring Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant. RKO, 102 Minutes.

1:15 am Libeled Lady (1936), starring Myrna Loy, William Powell, Spencer Tracy. MGM, 98 Minutes.

3:00 am Nothing Sacred (1937), starring Carole Lombard, Frederic March. Selznick, 75 Minutes. p/d.

4:15 am It Happened One Night (1934), starring Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert. Columbia, 105 Minutes. p/s.

 

* These premieres do not count toward the eight allowed in the challenge.

 

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Programming Notes: Challenge #13

Week of December 6-12, 2009

 

I approached my first challenge by jotting down ideas in the weeks before the challenge began. I knew that I would want to target three types of viewers: a young, edgy demographic, the mainstream classic fan, and a true film buff, who enjoys the obscure and rare. I decided that the way films are ?packaged? could make a viewer decide to watch (or not).

 

I had Ronald Colman in mind for Star of the Month. It is inconceivable to me that he has never been S.O.M. I waited until Chip announced the challenges and parameters before I even started a schedule. I was glad that TCM Imports, TCM Underground and Silent Sunday Nights did not have the same restrictions re: libraries and premieres. I picked early December mostly because it was relevant to the 13th Amendment.

 

One of my goals was to try to logically segue from one programming block into another. It was not always possible but I was pleased with a few of the results.

 

Sunday I chose the 13th Amendment as my daytime theme. December 6th was an important date in 1865. The states ratified the amendment. I decided to put The Color Purple in the line-up. It?s not set in the civil war era but it shows us some of the conditions for African Americans, years after the 13th Amendment was enacted. I also considered Amistad and Buck and the Preacher but thought that The Color Purple would round out the day. Sunday night was all fashion (including Silent Sunday Night and TCM Imports). Fig Leaves is a wonderful film. I do hope that TCM can show it some day: a funny premise, directing by Howard Hawks, costumes and a great fashion show by Adrian (I?m a huge Adrian fan), and stars: Olive Borden, George O?Brien and Phyllis Haver. The short, Good Morning, Eve, continues the Adam and Eve theme. TCM Import: Belle de Jour is quite famous for the YSL fashions created for Catherine Deneuve.

 

Monday. When Chip announced that we could use silents (pre-1930, acceptable libraries) without counting them as one of our eight allowed premieres, I was ecstatic. Star of the Month, Ronald Colman, made quite a number of great silent films and I wanted to showcase a number of them. I chose two silent comedies with Constance Talmadge. I?ve seen both and they are delightful. I figured that week #2 for our S.O.M. would begin with one or two silent dramas-maybe Romola and Beau Geste. I did not want to have an entire evening of silents. I chose another entertaining Goldwyn premiere The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo as the last film in the line-up. Oh, it was important to make sure that our S.O.M. would not end up on Christmas Eve or Christmas day.

 

There was enough time to remember Pearl Harbor day during the wee hours.

 

Tuesday I chose Upper Extremities as a theme, to segue into Burlesque, to segue into Lower Extremities. High Wide and Handsome (okay, this one is pushing the theme but I?ve always wanted to see it) and Five Finger Exercise are premieres. Note that I have scheduled Rainbow ?Round My Shoulder ?last week?s premiere aka Castle in the Air, under it?s original title as to not **** off the disappointed Margaret Rutherford fans. Frankie Laine just won?t do when you?re expecting Dame Margaret. Miss Dita Von Teese is the Guest Programmer for a night of Burlesque-themed films. She is Burlesque performer and **** queen extraordinaire. Miss Teese should attract a young and edgy crowd, wanting to see her shoot the breeze with Robert Osborne and introduce her favorite burlesque films. She requested Mademoiselle Strip-Tease with Brigitte Bardot but the programmers, who said that it wasn?t in the ?approved? film libraries, nixed it.

 

Wednesday. Lower Extremities is the day theme. Million Dollar Legs is a premiere with the wonderful Lyda Roberti in the cast. Originally, I made a schedule of films to honor Douglas Fairbanks, Jr?s 100th birthday. I accidentally came across the last challenge and saw that Filmlover had programmed D.F. Jr?s 100th birthday and had made him, appropriately, the S.O.M. I chose to do something different. I had been pondering a spotlight theme for the entire month. Now was my chance. I decided to showcase film editors and start with the marvelous Owen Marks. Other editors might include Robert Wise but Owen Marks is my choice for this week.

 

Thursday. The last short, under Wednesday?s schedule, leads into Thursday?s day theme of celebrating choreographer, Hermes Pan?s 100th birthday. I wanted to schedule Porgy and Bess but could not find evidence of a prior showing and I?d already used up all of my premieres. Darling Lili is officially listed with three different running times. I chose one of the longer running times. I believe that the difference is the inclusion of overture and exit music. The Stella! theme is self-explanatory except to say that The Uninvited was always one of my favorite films as a teenager. And who can argue with the music? A one-hour gap was too short to schedule The Nutty Professor. Therefore, I solved the problem by ending this section with the TCM documentary about John Garfield, which works with the subsequent film, Tortilla Flat.

 

Friday the day theme is my location offering: Carmel/Monterey, California. My criteria: every film must have been shot (at least partially) in this location. Even Suspicion was shot here. Alas, I couldn?t use Play Misty For Me but I did premiere Cannery Row. Julie ends the location section. Therefore, it?s time for a few Doris Day films before the evening theme starts. Guest programmer Doris Day appears with her canine pals. It?s the only conceivable way to get her to agree to do an appearance (with her beloved dogs). Robert Osborne: are you ready to fly to Carmel Valley to tape the segment? There?s a premiere of Skippy and the canine theme continues into TCM Underground with They Only Kill Their Masters and a premiere of Cujo.

 

Saturday. Lovely Karen Morley gets the centennial treatment, which includes a favorite film: The Phantom of Crestwood and a premiere, M (1951 version). The Essentials for this week is My Man Godfrey (with William Powell, one of my favorite actors). The decision was almost a toss-up, with The Awful Truth running a close second. The evening continues with more screwball comedies.

 

NOTE TO TCM PROGRAMMER : I noticed that TCM UNDERGROUND falls on Christmas Day. Isn?t this the perfect time to schedule Santa Claus Conquers the Martians and a couple of other obscure, darker holiday tales: Christmas Holiday with Gene Kelly and Deanna Durbin and another little Christmas Noir: Cover Up with Dennis O?Keefe?

 

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

 

Rex Ingram ? the Actor

6:00 am The Green Pastures (WB, 1936) Rex Ingram as De Lawd/Adam/Hezdrel 93 min.

7:45 am The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (MGM, 1939) Rex Ingram as Jim 91 min.

9:30 am The Thief of Bagdad (UA, 1940) Rex Ingram as the Djinn 106 min.

11:30 am Sahara (Col., 1943) Rex Ingram as Tambul 95 min.

1:30 pm Cabin in the Sky (MGM, 1943) Rex Ingram as Lucius/Lucifer, Jr. 99 min.

3:30 pm Hell on Devil?s Island (Univ., 1957) Rex Ingram as Lulu 72 min.

4:45 pm Anna Lucasta (UA, 1959) Rex Ingram as Joe Lucasta 92 min.

6:30 pm Escort West (UA, 1959) Rex Ingram as Nelson Water 75 min.

 

Rex Ingram ? the Director

8:00 pm Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Metro, 1921) Rudolph Valentino, Alice Terry 130 min.

10:15 pm The Prisoner of Zenda (Metro, 1922) Lewis Stone, Alice Terry 114 min.

12:15 am SILENT SUNDAY NIGHT Scaramouche (Metro, 1924) Ramon Navarro, Alice Terry 124 min.

2:30 am TCM IMPORTS Marc Nostrum (MGM, 1926) (filmed in Nice, France) Alice Terry, Antonio Moreno 102 min.

4:15 am The Magician (MGM, 1926) Alice Terry, Paul Wegener 83 min.

 

Monday, January 11, 2010

 

Silent Spectacles

6:00 am The Big Parade (MGM, 1925) John Gilbert 126 min.

8:15 am The Covered Wagon (Par., 1923) Lois Wilson 105 min.

10:00 am The Eagle (UA, 1925) Rudolph Valentino 72 min.

12:15 pm The Ten Commandments (Par., 1923) Theodore Roberts 136 min.

2:30 pm Pandora?s Box (Janus, 1928) Louise Brooks 110 min.

4:30 pm Variete (Unknown, 1925) Emil Jannings 104 min.

6:15 pm The Black Pirate (UA, 1926) Douglas Fairbanks 90 min.

 

Stars of the Month: Silent Screen Sirens, Starlets, and Studs

8:00 pm Broken Blossoms (UA, 1919) Richard Barthelmess, Lillian Gish 90 min.

9:45 pm The Garden of Eden (1928) Corinne Griffith 78 min.

11:15 pm Peter Pan (Par., 1924) Betty Bronson 102 min.

1:00 am The Sea Hawk (First National, 1924) Milton Sills 124 min.

3:15 am Orchids and Ermine (First National, 1927) Colleen Moore 70 min.

4:30 am Two Arabian Knights (UA, 1927) William Boyd 90 min.

 

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

 

Luise Rainer 100th birthday

6:00 am Escapade (MGM, 1935) William Powell, Luise Rainer 89 min.

7:30 am The Great Ziegfeld (MGM, 1936) William Powell, Luise Rainer 186 min.

10:45 am The Emperor?s Candlesticks (MGM, 1937) William Powell, Luise Rainer 92 min.

12:30 pm The Good Earth (MGM, 1937) Paul Muni, Luise Rainer 139 min.

3:00 pm Big City (MGM, 1937) Luise Rainer, Spencer Tracy 75 min.

4:15 pm The Toy Wife (MGM, 1938) Luise Rainier, Melvyn Douglas 96 min.

6:00 pm The Great Waltz (MGM, 1938) Luise Rainer 107 min.

 

Theme of the Month: 13

 

8:00 pm The Thirteenth Hour (Col., 1947) Richard Dix 65 min.

9:15 pm Apollo 13 (Univ., 1995) Tom Hanks 135 min.

11:45 pm M (13th letter in the alphabet) (Paramount, 1931) Peter Lorre 111 min. p/s

1:45 am Charlie Chan in Honolulu (13 being the number of children Charlie Chan has here, including one that was away at school) (Fox, 1939) Sidney Toler 67 min.

3:00 am 1776 (the 13 colonies signing the Declaration of Independence) (Col., 1972) William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard 166 min.

 

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

 

Good Morning, Baltimore

6:00 am Hairspray (New Line Cinema, 1988) Ricki Lake 92 min.

7:45 am Adventure in Baltimore (RKO, 1949) Robert Young, Shirley Temple 89 min.

9:15 am Diner (Jerry Weintraub, 1982) Steve Guttenberg, Mickey Rourke 110 min. p/s

 

Star Newspaper Editors

11:15 am Deadline U.S.A (Fox, 1952) Humphrey Bogart 87 min. PREMIERE

12:45 pm --30-- (WB, 1959) Jack Webb 96 min. PREMIERE

2:30 pm His Girl Friday (Col.,1940) Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell 92 min.

 

Living at the Movies

4:15 pm Cinema Paradiso (Miramax, 1990) Philippe Noiret 123 min. p/s

6:30 pm The Purple Rose of Cairo (Orion, 1985) Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels 82 min. p/s

 

A Night with John Cleese

8:00 pm Monty Python?s And Now for Something Completely Different (Sony, 1971) John Cleese, Eric Idle 88 min. (Sony is Columbia)

9:45 pm Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Col., 1975) John Cleese, Graham Chapman 89 min.

11:30 pm A Fish Called Wanda (MGM, 1988) John Cleese, Kevein Kline, Jamie Lee Curtis 108 min. MGM p/s

1:30 am The Out of Towners (Par., 1999) Steve Martin, Goldie Hawn, John Cleese 92 min. PREMIERE

3:15 am Silverado (Columbia, 1985) Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner, John Cleese 132 min.

5:30 am MGM Parade Short

 

Thursday, January 14, 2010

 

Movies That Could Have Been Inspired By Cole Porter Songs

 

You?re the Top

6:00 am King Kong (RKO, 1933) Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot 105 min.

8:00 am An Affair to Remember (Fox, 1957) Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr 115 min. p/s

 

My Heart Belongs to Daddy

10:00 am Gold Diggers of 1933 (WB. 1933) Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler 98 min.

11:45 am How to Marry A Millionaire (Fox, 1953) Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall 95 min. p/s

 

Where Is The Life That Late I Led?

1:30 pm Random Harvest (MGM, 1942) Ronald Colman 127 min.

3:45 pm Spellbound (UA, 1945) Gregory Peck 116 min.

 

Don?t Fence Me In

5:45 pm One Flew Over the Cuckoo?s Nest (UA, 1975) Jack Nicholson 134 min.

 

Another Op?nin?, Another Show ? Cole Porter in the Movies

8:00 pm Night And Day (WB, 1946) Cary Grant as Cole Porter 129 min.

10:15 pm. Kiss Me, Kate (MGM, 1953) Howard Keel 110 min.

12:15 am High Society (MGM., 1956) Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly 107 min

2:15 am Les Girls (MGM, 1957) Gene Kelly 115 min.

4:15 am The Pirate (MGM, 1948) Gene Kelly, Judy Garland 102 min.

 

Friday, January 15, 2010

 

This Looks Like A Job for?Supermen!

6:00 Cartoon: Superman (Par., 1941) voice of Clayton ?Bud? Collyer (also Superman?s voice on the popular radio series) 11 min. PD

6:15 Superman (Col., 1948) serial chapter, Kirk Alyn

6:30 am Superman and the Mole Men (RKO, 1951) George Reeves 58 min.

7:30 am Superman the Movie (WB, 1978) Christopher Reeve 144 min.

10:00 am Superman Returns (WB, 2006) Brandon Routh 154 min. PREMIERE

Cartoon: Super Rabbit (WB, 1943) Bugs Bunny 8 min.

 

The Great Wall (Chicago style)

12:45 pm The St. Valentine?s Day Massacre (Fox, 1967) Jason Robards, Jr. 100 min. PREMIERE

2:45 pm Some Like It Hot (UA, 1950) Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis 120 min.

 

Rolling Them in the (British) Isles

4:45 pm The Mouse That Roared (Col., 1959) Peter Sellers 83 min.

6:15 pm The Ladykillers (Rank, 1955) Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers 91 min. p/s

 

Location! Location! Location! ? filmed in Beautiful British Columbia

 

8:00 pm Commandos Strike At Dawn (Col., 1943) Paul Muni, Anna Lee, Lillian Gish 100 min.

9:45 pm Convicted (Col., 1938) Charles Quigley, Rita Hayworth 58 min.

11:00 pm Five Easy Pieces (Col., 1970) Jack Nicholson 96 min.

12:45 am Harry in Your Pocket (UA, 1973) James Coburn, Walter Pidgeon 102 min.

2:30 am TCM UNDERGROUND: The World?s Greatest Sinner (Frenzy, 1962) Timothy Carey 82 min. p/s

4:00 am Unseeing Eyes (Goldwyn, 1923) Lionel Barrymore 108 min.

 

Saturday, January 16, 2010

 

Future World Leaders

6:00 am Young Mr. Lincoln (Fox, 1939) Henry Fonda as Abraham Lincoln 100 min. p/s

7:45 am PT 109 (WB, 1963) Cliff Robertson as John F. Kennedy 140 min. PREMIERE

10:15 am Young Bess (MGM, 1953) Jean Simmons as Queen Elizabeth I 113 min.

12:30 pm Young Winston (Col., 1972) Simon Ward as Winston Churchill 128 min.

 

I Need A Hero ? Reel Life

2:45 pm The Lone Ranger (WB, 1956) Clayton Moore, Jay Silverheels 86 min.

4:15 pm The Adventures of Robin Hood (WB, 1938) Errol Flynn 104 min.

6:15 pm The Mark of Zorro (Fox, 1940) Tyrone Power 93 min. p/s

 

I Need A Hero ? Real Life

8:00 pm THE ESSENTIALS Serpico (Par., 1973) Al Pacino as Frank Serpico 129 min. PREMIERE

10:15 pm Gunfight at the OK Corral (Paramount, 1957) Burt Lancaster as Wyatt Earp 122 min. p/s

12:30 am The Untouchables (Par., 1987) Kevin Costner as Eliot Ness 120 min. PREMIERE

2:30 am The Miracle Worker (UA, 1962) Anne Bancroft as Annie Sullivan 107 min.

4:15 am Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (Disney, 1955) Fess Parker 95 min.

 

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filmlover's Challenge notes REPOST

 

Here is my schedule, along with some notes at the top of it::

 

I?ve always enjoyed the performances of Rex Ingram, one of American's great actors (I especially enjoyed his funny yet terrifying performance as the genie in 1940's The Thief of Bagdad), and thought he deserved a tribute. And it also gave me a chance to salute the similarly-named Rex Ingram, a film director from Ireland, who was a mighty force during the silent film days. The director died in 1959 and the actor died in 1969.

 

Speaking of silent films, ChipHeartsMovies? giving us ?Premiere-free? silent films to play with really helped create a good day and a half of films I would like to see on TCM. This includes my Star of the Month feature, which actually became ?Stars of the Month? in my schedule because I went with ?Silent Screen Sirens, Starlets, and Studs.? This definitely could be something for a full month weekly feature because, doing one film per star so we can see all the talent from back then. There were so many silent stars I had to leave off due to lack of space.

 

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 is a VERY IMPORTANT day. It will be Luise Rainer?s 100th birthday and she is still alive. I hope TCM devotes a good portion of this day when January comes and honors her.

 

My ?13? feature is quite clear in the info I provided.

 

Most of the week is easy to understand, so I won?t provide notes on that part.

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Lonsesome Polecat's Schedule REPOST

 

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

 

UNDER THE BIG TOP

(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)

 

What?!

 

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

VIVA ITALIA!

(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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LONESOME POLECAT'S PROGRAMMING NOTES REPOST

 

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 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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Week of Sept. 20-26, 2009

 

Sunday Daytime Theme--Blue Hawaii

 

6:00 AM Honolulu (1939) d. Edward Buzzell Starring Eleanor Powell/Robert Young 83 m MGM

7:30 AM Blue Hawaii (1961) d. Norman Taurog Starring Elvis Presley 101 m Paramount p/s

9:15 AM Ride the Wild Surf (1964) d. Don Taylor Starring Fabian Forte/Tab Hunter 101 m

Columbia

11:00 AM Hawaii (1966) d. George Roy Hill Starring Max Von Sydow 186 m Mirsich p/s

2:05 PM Traveltalks-Honolulu Paradise of the Pacific (1935) 9 m

2:15 PM The Castaway Cowboy (1974) d. Vincent McEveety Starring James Garner 91 m Disney

3:50 PM Short-Harry Owens & His Royal Hawaiians (1944) 10 m

4:00 PM Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961) d. Paul Windkos Starring Deborah Walley 101 m Columbia

6:00 PM Endless Summer (1966) d. Bruce Brown Documentary 95 m Bruce Brown Films p/s

7:30 PM MGM Parade

Nightime Theme--They Say You Want a Revolution

 

8:00 PM The Devil's Disciple (1959) d. Guy Hamilton Starring Kirk Douglas 85 m Hill-Hecht-Lancaster/UA p/s

9:30 PM The Comedians (1967) d. Peter Glenville Starring Richard Burton 156 m MGM

Silent Sunday Night

 

12:00 AM The Eagle (1925) d. Clarence Brown Starring Rudolph Valentino 77 m Art Finance/UA TCM Premiere

1:20 AM 1925 MGM Studio Tour 32 m

TCM Imports--3 Films of Jean Gabin

2:00 AM French Can Can (1955) d. Jean Renoir 93 m

3:45 AM Touchez Par au Grisbi (1954) d. Jacques Becker 94 m

5:15 AM Traveltalks-Paris on Parade (1938) 9 m

5:30 AM Zouzou (1931) d. Marc Allegret 92 m

Monday Daytime Theme-Lock Me Up & Throw Away the Key

 

7:00 AM James Cagney: Top of the World (1992) d. Carl Lindahl Host MIchael J Fox 47 m Communicreations/Turner Pictures

8:00 AM Hell's Highway (1932) d. Rowland Brown Starring Richard Dix 62 m Radio Pictures p/s

9:15 AM Each Dawn I Die (1939) d. William Keighley Starring James Cagney 92 m WB

10:45 AM Caged (1950) d. John Cromwell Starring Eleanor Parker 96 m WB

12:30 PM I Am A Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) d. Mervyn Leroy Starring Paul Muni 93 m WB

2:15 PM Castle on the Hudson (1940) d. Anatole Litvak Starring John Garfield 77 m WB/Anatole Litvak Prod

4:00 PM The Big House (1930) d. George Hll Starring Wallace Beery/Chester Morris 86 m MGM/Cosmopolitan

5:30 PM Dynamite (1929) d. Cecil B. DeMille Starring Charles Bickford 129 m MGM

7:40 PM Short: Tell Tale Heart J. Schildkraut (1941) 20 m

 

Nighttime Theme--Dean Stockwell

8:00 PM Private Screenings: Dean Stockwell

9:00 PM Anchors Aweigh (1945) d. George Sidney 140 m MGM

11:30 PM Song of the Thin Man (1947) d. Edward Buzzell 86 m MGM

1:00 AM Kim (1950) d. Victor Saville 113 m MGM

2:50 AM Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962) d. Sidney Lumet 184 m Landau Films p/s

Programming note The Cagney doc is P/S and produced by Turner

Tuesday Daytime Theme--The Softer Side of Manly Men

 

6:00 AM Love Crazy (1941) d. Jack Conway Starring Wm Powell/Myrna Loy 99 m MGM

7:45 AM Lady for A Day (1933) d. Frank Capra Starring Warren William 96 m Columbia

9:30 AM Ace of Aces (1933) d. J. Walter Ruben Starring Richard Dix 76 m RKO

10:45 AM Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945) d. Roy Rowland Starring E.G. Robinson 105 m

12:15 PM She Couldn't Say No (1954) d. Lloyd Bacon Starring Robert Mitchum 89 m RKO

1:45 PM Three Godfathers (1949) d. John Ford Starring John Wayne 105 m Argosy/MGM

3:30 PM Boom Town (1940) d. Jack Conway Starring Clark Gable/Spencer Tracy 118 m MGM

5:30 PM Green Dolphin Street (1947) d. Victor Saville Starring Van Heflin/Lana Turner 140 m MGM

Director's Showcase--William Wyler

 

8:00 PM Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Starring Fredric March 178 m RKO/Goldwyn

10:30 PM The Heiress (1949) Starring Olivia de Havilland 115 m Paramount p/s

12:30 AM The Little Foxes (1941) Starring Bette Davis 116 m RKO/Goldwyn

2:30 AM These Three (1936) Starring Merle Oberron/Miriam Hopkins 93 m Goldwyn/UA

4:15 AM Tom Brown of Culver (1932) Starring Tom Brown 82 m Universal TCM Premeire

Wednesday Happy Birthday to Me!!

Daytime Theme--Some of my favorites from childhood

 

6:00 AM 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) d. Nathan Juran Starring Kerwin Mathews 87 m Morningside/Col p/s

7:30 AM Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) d. William Asher Starring Frankie Avalon 98 m AIP p/s

9:15 AM Horizontal Lieutenant (1962) d. Richard Thorpe Starring Jim Hutton 90 m MGM/Euterpe

10:45 AM The Glass Bottom Boat (1966) d. Frank Tashlin Starring Doris Day 110 m MGM

12:45 PM Spencer's Mountain (1963) d. Delmar Daves Starring Henry Fonda 119 m Warner

2:45 PM The Trouble With Angels (1966) d. Ida Lupino Starring Hayley Mills/Roz Russell 112 m Columbia

4:45 PM Help! (1965) d. Richard Lester Starring The Beatles 90 m Subafilms TCM Premiere

6:15 PM Flipper's New Adventure (1964) d. Leon Benson Starring Luke Halpin/Flipper 103 m Ivan Tors Prod. p/s

Star of the Month--Fredric March

 

8:00 PM The Sign of the Cross (1932) d. Cecil B. DeMille 124 m Paramount p/s

10:15 PM Anna Karenina (1935) d. Clarence Brown 95 m MGM

12:00 AM One Foot in Heaven (1941) d. Irving Rapper 108 m Warner

2:00 AM Tomorrow, the World! (1944) d. Leslie Fenton 95 m Lester Cowan Prod/UA p/s

3:45 AM The Middle of the Night (1959) d. Delbert Mann 118 m Sudan Prod/Columbia

5:45 AM Inherit the Wind (1960) d. Stanley Kramer 127 m UA

Thursday Daytime Theme--Queens of MGM (All MGM Films)

 

8:00 AM As You Desire Me (1932) d. George Fitzmaurice Starring Greta Garbo 70 m

9:15 AM Riptide (1934) d. Edmund Goulding Starring Norma Shearer 92 m

10:45 AM Ziegfeld Girl (1941) d. Robert Z. Leonard Starring Lana Turner/Judy Garland/Hedy Lamarr 131 m

1:00 PM Valley of Decision (1945) d. Tay Garnett Starring Greer Garson 119 m

3:00 PM Little Women (1949) d.Mervyn Leroy Starring June Allyson/E. Taylor/M. O'Brien 121 m

5:00 PM The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953) d. Don Weis Starring Debbie Reynolds 74 m

6:15 PM The Girl From Missouri (1934) d. Jack Conway Starring Jean Harlow 95 m

Nighttime Theme--Lucky 13

 

8:00 PM Mr. Lucky (1943) d. H C Potter Starring Cary Grant 100 m RKO

9:45 PM Short-Passing Parade/Who's Superstitious? 11 m

10:00 PM Vice Versa (1948) d. Peter Ustinov Starring Roger Livesey 111m George Brown Prod. p/s

11:45 PM Short-Carey Wilson's More on Nostradamus 11 m

12:00 AM Thirteen Women (1932) d. George Archainbaud Starring Irene Dunne 73 m RKO

1:15 AM The Woman on Pier 13 (1950) d. Robert Stevenson Starring Laraine Day 73 m RKO

3:00 AM Nights of Cabiria (1957) d. Ferderico Fellini starring Giulietta Masina 117 m deLaurentis prod p/s

5:00 AM Zotz! (1952) d. William Castle Starring Tom Poston 87 m Columbia

 

Programming Notes

Lucky in Title

Vice Versa--A Mystic Stone causes a father/son switch

13 in title

new title of I Married a Communist--This is a loose interpretation

Cabiria--Unlucky in love

Zotz!--a magic coin

 

Friday All Day Theme--They Tried to Make Me Go to Rehab--Booze & Drugs in Movies

 

6:30 AM Heroes for Sale (1933) d. William Wellman Starring Richard Barthlemess 73 m 1st Natl/WB

7:45 AM Three on a Match (1932) d. Mervyn Leroy Starring Ann Dvorak 64 m 1st Natl/WB

9:00 AM The Wet Parade (1932) d. Victor Fleming Starring Robert Young 120 m MGM

11:00 AM Smash Up, Story of a Woman (1947) d. Stuart Heisler Starring Susan Hayward 103 m Univeral p/s

12:45 PM Thunder Road (1958) d. Arthur Ripley Starring Robert Mitchum 92 m DRM Prod/UA

 

2:00 PM Monkey on My Back (1957) d. Andre de Toth Starring Cameron Mitchell 93 m Ed. Small Prod/UA

3:45 PM Madame X (1966) d. David Lowell Rich Starring Lana Turner 99 m Universal p/s

6:30 PM Cat Ballou (1965) d. Eliot Silverstein Starring Lee Marvin 96 m

8:00 PM A Hatful of Rain (1957) d. Fred Zinnemann Starring Don Murray 109 m Fox TCM Premiere

10:00 PM The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) d. Otto Preminger Starring Frank Sinatra 119 m Carlyle/UA p/s

12:00 AM A Star is Born (1937) d. William Wellman Starring Janet Gaynor/Fredric March 111 m Selznick/UA p/s

TCM Underground

 

2:00 AM Valley of the Dolls (1967) d. Mark Robson Starring Patti Duke/Sharon Tate/Barbara Parkins 123 m Fox p/s

4:15 AM High School Confidential! (1958) d. Jack Arnold Starring Russ Tamblyn 85 m MGM/Albert Zugsmith Prod

 

Saturday Helen's Picks

 

5:45 AM Henry Aldrich for President (1941) d. Hugh Bennett Starring Jimmy Lydon 74 m TCM Premiere

7:00 AM Henry Aldrich, Editor (1942) d. Hugh Bennett Starring Jimmy Lydon 71 m TCM Premiere

8:15 AM The Prince & The Pauper (1937) d. William Keighley Starring Errol Flynn/Mauch Twins 120 m Warner

10:15 AM Around the World in 80 Days (1956) d. Michael Anderson Starring David Niven 167 m Todd/UA p/s

1:00 PM Westward the Women (1951) d. William Wellman Starring Robert Taylor 118 MGM

3:00 PM All This and Heaven, Too (1942) d. Anatole Litvak Starring Bette Davis 143 m WB

5:30 PM Battleground (1949) d. William Wellman Starring Van Johnson 118 m MGM

7:30 PM Short-Starlit at the Lido (1935) 20 m

 

The Essentials

 

8:00 PM Dodsworth (1936) d. William Wyler Starring Walter Huston 101 m Goldwyn/UA p/s

9:45 PM Traveltalks-Looking at London (1946) 10 m

Nightime Theme--Walter Huston Films

 

10:00 PM The Devil & Daniel Webster (1941) d. William Dieterle 85 m RKO

11:30 PM Rain (1932) d. Lewis Milestone 93 m Milestone/UA p/s

1:15 AM The Beast of the City (1932) d. Charles Brabin 87 m Cosmopolitan/MGM

2:45 AM Ann Vickers (1933) d. John Cromwell 72 m RKO

4:15 AM Always In My Heart (1942) d. Jo Graham 92 m WB

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Patful's Challenge #13 Schedule REPOST

 

March 7-13, 2010

 

Sunday, March 7, 2010

 

Alexander Graham Bell Patented the Telephone on This Day in 1876

 

6:00AM Sorry Wrong Number (1948) Barbara Stanwyck, D: A. Litvak, Paramount (p/s), 89min

7:30AM Party Wire (1935) Jean Arthur, Victor Jory, D: E.C. Kenton, Columbia, 70min

8:45AM Pillow Talk (1959) Rock Hudson, Doris Day, D: M. Gordon, Universal (p/s), 103min

 

March of the Pointe Shoes - Lesser-Known Ballet Film

 

10:30AM On Your Toes (1938) Zorina, Eddie Albert, D: R. Enright, Warner, 93min

cartoon Ballet-Oop (1954) Marvin Miller, D: R. Cannon, Columbia, 7min

12:15PM La Mort du Cygne (1937) Jeanine Charrat, D: J. Benoit-Levy, Mayer-Burstyn (p/s), 85min

1:45PM The Men in Her Life (1941) Loretta Young, Conrad Veidt, D: G. Ratoff, Columbia, 89min

 

Harem Hijinks

 

3:15PM Harem Girl (1952) Joan Davis, Peggie Castle, D: E. Bernds, Columbia, 70min

4:30PM Kismet (1955) Howard Keel, Ann Blyth, D: V. Minnelli, MGM, 113min

6:30PM Babes in Bagdad (1952) Paulette Goddard, Gypsy Rose Lee, D: E.G. Ulmer, UA, 80min

 

Family Night - Sharyn Moffett, Dog's Best Friend

 

8:00PM My Pal Wolf (1944) Moffett, Grey Shadow, D: A. Werker, RKO, 74min

9:15PM A Boy, a Girl and a Dog (1946) Moffett, Hobo, D: H. Kline, Film Classics, 77min, Premiere

short Famous Movie Dogs (1940) John Deering, D: D. Frazier, Warner, 10min

10:45PM Banjo (1947) Moffett, Banjo, D: R. Fleischer, RKO, 68min

 

Silent Sunday Nights - War's Aftermath - WWI

 

12:00AM Isn't Life Wonderful (1924) Carol Dempster, Neil Hamilton, D: D.W. Griffith, UA, 115min

 

TCM Imports - War's Aftermath - WWII

 

2:00AM Somewhere in Europe (1947) Artur Somlay, Miklos Gabor, D: G. Radvanyi, Mafirt, 100min

short The Friendship Train (1947) Dwight Weist, D: ?, Warner, 14min

4:00AM The Search (1948) Montgomery Clift, Aline MacMahon, D: F. Zinnemann, MGM, 105min

short Angel of Mercy (1939) John Nesbitt, Sarah Haden, D: E.L. Cahn, MGM, 11min

 

Monday, March 8

 

Wisdom Is the Principal Thing...

 

6:00AM The Three Wise Guys (1936) Robert Young, Betty Furness, D: G.B. Seitz, MGM, 75min

7:15AM Three Wise Fools (1923) Claude Gillingwater, Eleanor Boardman, D: Vidor, Goldwyn, 70min

8:30AM Three Wise Girls (1932) Jean Harlow, Mae Clarke, D: W. Beaudine, Columbia, 68min

 

When Bailouts Were Simple...

 

9:45AM A Dangerous Profession (The Bail Bond Story) (1949) George Raft, D: Tetzlaff, RKO, 79min

short A Plumbing We Will Go (1940) Stooges, D: D. Lord, Columbia, 18min

11:30AM Windjammer* (1937) George O'Brien, Constance Worth, D: E. Scott, RKO, 60min

12:30AM Parachute Battalion (1941) Robert Preston, Nancy Kelly, D: L. Goodwins, RKO, 75min

 

Dreaded February Birthdays - Merle Oberon - Born February 19, 1911

 

1:45PM Beloved Enemy (1936) Oberon, Brian Aherne, D: H.C. Potter, Goldwyn, 90min

3:15PM Lydia (1941) Oberon, Joseph Cotten, D: J. Duvivier, UA (p/s), 104min

5:00PM The Lodger (1944) Oberon, George Sanders, D: J. Brahm, Fox (p/s), 84min

6:30PM Pardon My French (1951) Paul Henreid, Oberon, D: B. Vorhaus, UA, 82min

 

Number 13 - Double-M-Named Silent Actresses...

 

8:00PM Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) Martha Mansfield, D: J. Robertson, FP-L, 69min, Premiere

9:15PM Tillie (1922) Mary Miles Minter, Noah Beery, D: F. Urson, Paramount, 51min, Premiere

10:15PM Polly of the Circus (1917) Mae Marsh, Vernon Steele, D: Horan/Hollywood, Goldwyn, 80min

11:45PM Valencia (1926) Mae Murray, Lloyd Hughes, D: D. Buchowetzki, MGM, 60min

 

Truthiness

 

12:45AM The Awful Truth (1937) Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, D: L. McCarey, Columbia, 91min

short Truth Aches (1939) Leon Errol, Anita Garvin, D: C.E. Roberts, RKO, 19min

2:45AM True as a Turtle (1957) John Gregson, Cecil Parker, D: W. Toye, Rank, 96min

4:30AM The Whole Truth (1958) Stewart Granger, D: Cohen/Guillermin, Columbia, 84min

 

Tuesday, March 9

 

Gold Digging Fun

 

6:00AM Kansas City Princess (1934) Joan Blondell, Glenda Farrell, D: W. Keighley, Warner, 69min

7:15AM Play Girl (1941) Kay Francis, Mildred Coles, D: F. Woodruff, RKO, 77min

short The Devil's Parade* (1930) Joan Blondell, Sidney Toler, D: G. Hale, Warner, 10min

8:45AM The Greeks Had a Word for Them (1932) Joan Blondell, D: L. Sherman, Goldwyn, 80min

 

Careful With That Axe, Eugene...

 

10:15AM Park Avenue Logger (1937) George O'Brien, Beatrice Roberts, D: D. Howard, RKO, 67min

11:30AM Roaring Timber (1937) Jack Holt, Grace Bradley, D: P. Rosen, Columbia, 60min

12:30PM The Tougher They Come (1950) Wayne Morris, Preston Foster, D: Nazarro, Columbia, 69min

 

Warren J's Texas Communal Ranch Favorites?

 

1:45PM Baby Doll (1956) Carroll Baker, Karl Malden, D: E. Kazan, Warner (p/s), 115min

3:45PM Child Bride (1938) Shirley Mills, Bob Bollinger, D: H. Revier, Astor (PD), 62min

short Wife to Spare (1947) Andy Clyde, Christine McIntyre, D: E. Bernds, Columbia, 18min

5:15PM Lolita (1962) James Mason, Sue Lyon, D: S. Kubrick, MGM, 154min

cartoon The Tell-Tale Heart (1953) James Mason, D: T. Parmelee, Columbia, 8min

 

Star of the Month - Marsha Hunt

 

8:00PM Easy to Take (1936) Hunt, John Howard, D: G. Tryon, Paramount, 67min, Premiere

9:15PM Gentle Julia (1936) Hunt, Jane Withers, D: J. Blystone, Fox, 63min, Premiere

short Women in Hiding (1940) Hunt, Jane Drummond, D: J. Newman, MGM, 22min

10:45PM Seven Sweethearts (1942) Kathryn Grayson, Hunt, D: F. Borzage, MGM, 99min

12:30PM The Affairs of Martha (1942) Hunt, Richard Carlson, D: J. Dassin, MGM, 66min

1:45AM None Shall Escape (1944) Hunt, Henry Travers, D: A. DeToth, Columbia, 85min

3:15AM A Letter for Evie (1946) Hunt, Hume Cronyn, D: J. Dassin, MGM, 89min

4:45AM Mary Ryan, Detective (1950) Hunt, June Vincent, D: A. Berlin, Columbia, 68min

 

Wednesday, March 10

 

Amongst the White Picket Fences of the 1950's, Psychotics Galore

 

6:00AM Edge of Fury (1958) Michael Higgins, Lois Holmes, D: Gurney/Lerner, UA, 78min

short Crazy House (1930) Benny Rubin, Vernon Dent, D: J. Cummings, MGM, 12min

7:30AM The Night of the Hunter (1955) Robert Mitchum, D: C. Laughton, UA, 93min

short Call of the Cuckoo (1927) Laurel & Hardy, D: C. Bruckman, MGM, 17min

9:30AM The Brain Machine (1955) Maxwell Reed, Elizabeth Allan, D: K. Hughes, RKO, 84min

11:00AM The Bad Seed (1956) Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, D: M. LeRoy, Warner (p/s), 129min

 

Barry Fitzgerald's Birthday - Born on This Day in 1888

 

1:15PM The Stork Club (1945) Betty Hutton, Fitzgerald, D: H. Walker, Paramount (p/s), 98min

3:00PM Going My Way (1944) Bing Crosby, Fitzgerald, D: L. McCarey, Paramount (p/s), 127min

5:15PM The Plough and the Stars (1937) Barbara Stanwyck, Fitzgerald, D: J. Ford, RKO, 67min

6:30PM Easy Come, Easy Go (1947) Fitzgerald, Diana Lynn, D: Farrow, Paramount, 77min, Premiere

short Ireland: The Emerald Isle (1934) J. FitzPatrick, D: R. FitzPatrick, MGM, 8min

 

Vlad Moon Rising

 

8:00PM Nosferatu (1922) Max Schreck, Greta Schroder, D: F.W. Murnau, Film Arts (p/s), 72min

9:15PM Dracula (1931) Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, D: T. Browning, Universal (p/s), 75min

10:30PM Vampyr (1932) Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel, C.T. Dreyer, GFSC (p/s), 73min

 

Squirrels Gone Wild - Stardom for Our Rodent Friends

 

11:45PM The Red Mill (1927) Marion Davies, Owen Moore, D: W. Goodrich, MGM, 70min

1:00AM Charly (1968) Cliff Robertson, Claire Bloom, D: R. Nelson, Cinerama (p/s), 103min

2:45AM Caddyshack (1980) Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, D: H. Ramis, Orion (p/s), 99min

4:30AM The Great Rupert (1950) Jimmy Durante, Terry Moore, D: I. Pichel, Eagle-Lion (p/s), 86min

 

Thursday, March 11

 

"I Shall Return" - MacArthur Bowed Out of the Philippines on This Day in 1942

 

6:00AM Cry Havoc (1944) Margaret Sullavan, Ann Sothern, D: R. Thorpe, MGM, 98min

7:45AM Bataan (1943) Robert Taylor, George Murphy, D: T. Garnett, MGM, 115min

9:45AM They Were Expendable (1945) Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, D: J. Ford, MGM, 135min

 

Small-Time Hoods, Reaaaaally Small

 

12:00PM Mokey (1942) Bobby Blake, Donna Reed, D: W. Root, MGM, 88min

1:30PM Petticoat Larceny (1943) Joan Carroll, Ruth Warrick, D: B. Holmes, RKO, 61min

short Good Bad Boys (1940) Our Gang, D: E.L. Cahn, MGM, 10min

2:45PM The Kid (1921) Jackie Coogan, Charles Chaplin, D: Chaplin, Warner, 51min

 

Puppeteers - Some Fun, Some Not So Fun

 

3:45PM Lili (1958) Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer, D: C. Walters, MGM, 81min

5:15PM Carnival (1935) Lee Tracy, Jimmy Durante, D: W. Lang, Columbia, 77min

short Double Talk (1937) Bergen & McCarthy, D: L. French, Warner, 10min

6:45PM Bluebeard (1944) John Carradine, Jean Parker, D: E. Ulmer, PRC (p/s), 70min

 

On Location in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

 

8:00PM Three Bad Men (1926) George O'Brien, Olive Borden, D: J. Ford, Fox, Premiere, 92min

short The Mild West (1933) Olive Borden, D: J. Henabery, Warner, 21min

10:00PM Shane (1953) Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, D: G. Stevens, Paramount (p/s), 118min

12:00AM Bad Bascomb (1946) Margaret O'Brien, Wallace Beery, D: S.S. Simon, MGM, 111min

2:00AM Wyoming (1940) Wallace Beery, Leo Carillo, D: R. Thorpe, MGM, 89min

 

Get Hep!

 

3:30AM Reet, Petite and Gone (1947) Louis Jordan, D: W.F. Crouch, Astor (PD), 69min

4:45AM Hi-De-Ho (1947) Cab Calloway, D: J. Binney, All-American (PD), 72min

 

Friday, March 12

 

Three Triangular Tales

 

6:00AM A Guy, a Gal and a Pal (1945) Ross Hunter, D: B. Boetticher, Columbia, 62min

short I Won't Play (1944) Janis Paige, Dane Clark, D: C. Wilbur, Warner, 18min

7:30AM Two Gals and a Guy (1951) Robert Alda, Janis Paige, D: A.E. Green, UA, 70min

8:45AM A Girl, a Guy and a Gob (1941) George Murphy, Lucille Ball, D: R. Wallace, RKO, 90min

 

Fun With Books

 

10:15AM Theodora Goes Wild (1936) Irene Dunne, D: Boleslawski, Columbia, 94min

short One for the Book (1940) Betty Hutton, Hal Sherman, D: R. Mack, Warner, 19min

12:15PM Please Turn Over (1959) Ted Ray, Jean Kent, D: G. Thomas, Columbia, 87min

1:45PM The Bride Goes Wild (1948) June Allyson, Van Johnson, D: N. Taurog, MGM, 98min

 

You 'Ette Yet?

 

3:30PM The College Coquette (1929) Ruth Taylor, Jobyna Ralston, D: Archainbaud, Columbia, 68min

4:45PM No, No, Nanette (1930) Bernice Claire, Alexander Gray, D: C. Badger, Warner, 101min

short Humanettes (1930) Benny Rubin, June Clyde, D: L. Jason, RKO, 10min

6:45PM Gigolette (1935) Adrienne Ames, Ralph Bellamy, D: C. Lamont, RKO, 68min

 

We Don't Like Your Kine Around Here - Glenn Ford, Range Warrior

 

8:00PM The Violent Men (1955) Ford, Barbara Stanwyck, D: R. Mate, Columbia, 96min

short Range Rhythm (1942) Ray Whitley, Virginia Vale, D: C.E. Roberts, RKO, 17min

10:00PM The Sheepman (1958) Ford, Shirley MacLaine, D: G. Marshall, MGM, 86min

short Sagebrush Serenade (1939) Ray Whitley, Jean Joyce, D: C.E. Roberts, RKO, 19min

11:45PM Heaven With a Gun (1969) Ford, Carolyn Jones, D: L.H. Katzin, MGM, 101min

 

TCM Underground - A Heapin' Helpin' o' Hicksploitation!

 

1:30AM Swamp Girl (1971) Simone Griffeth, Ferlin Husky, D: D. Davis, Davis Prod., 78min

cartoon Sadie Hawkins Day (1944) Li'l Abner, D: B. Wickersham, Columbia, 7min

3:00AM Shotgun Wedding (1963) Jenny Maxwell, Valerie Allen, D: B. Petroff, Arkota, 64min

cartoon Kickapoo Juice (1944) Li'l Abner, D: H. Swift, Columbia, 7min

4:15AM Swamp Country (1966) Carole Gilbert, Rex Allen, D: R. Patrick, Patrick-Sandy, 98min

 

Saturday, March 13

 

Yodelin' Along With Champion at Columbia

 

6:00AM On Top of Old Smoky (1953) Gene Autry, D: G. Archainbaud, Columbia, 59min

7:00AM Beyond the Purple Hills (1950) Gene Autry, D: G. English, Columbia, 70min

8:15AM Saginaw Trail (1953) Gene Autry, D: D: G. Archainbaud, Columbia, 54min

 

Trolling for Dollars - Treasures of the Deep

 

9:15AM Below the Sea (1933) Ralph Bellamy, Fay Wray, D: A. Rogell, Columbia, 78min

cartoon Treasure Jest (1945) Paul Frees, D: B. Wickersham, Columbia, 7min

10:45AM Zombies of Mora Tau (1957) Gregg Palmer, Allison Hayes, D: E. Cahn, Columbia, 69min

12:00PM Forbidden Island (1959) John Hall, Nan Adams, D: C.B. Griffith, Columbia, 66min

1:15PM Port Sinister (1953) James Warren, Lynne Roberts, D: H. Daniels, RKO, 65min

 

Immigrant Ups and Downs

 

2:30PM My Girl Tisa (1948) Lilli Palmer, Sam Wanamaker, D: E. Nugent, Warner, 98min

4:15PM An American Romance (1944) Brian Donlevy, Ann Richards, D: K. Vidor, MGM, 121min

short The Greenie (1942) Carey Wilson, D: F. Zinnemann, MGM 10min

6:30PM Sins of the Children (1930) Louis Mann, Robert Montgomery, D: S. Wood, MGM, 87min

 

TCM Essentials - Bride of Frankenstein

 

8:00PM Bride of Frankenstein (1935) Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, D: J. Whale, Universal (p/s), 75min

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9:30PM Young Frankenstein (1974) Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, D: M. Brooks, Fox (p/s), 106min

short Who's Got the Body? (1930) Nick Basil, Henry Armetta, D: M. Sandrich, RKO, 12min

11:30PM The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) Tim Curry, D: J. Sharman, Fox, 100min, Premiere

 

Yours Truly

 

1:15AM Mr. Chump (1938) Johnnie Davis, Lola Lane, D: W. Clemens, Warner, 61min

short The Awful Goof (1939) Charley Chase, Dorothy Comingore, D: D. Lord, Columbia, 20min

2:45AM The Boob (1926) George Arthur, Gertrude Olmsted, W. Wellman, MGM, 64min

short Who's a Dummy? (1941) Leon Errol, Vivian Tobin, D: H. D'Arcy, RKO, 17min

4:15AM Singing Fool (1928) Al Jolsen, Betty Bronson, D: L. Bacon, Warner, 102min

 

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Patful's Challenge #13 Notes

 

No explanations necessary on most of my themes, as usual. My schedule features the week of March 7-13, 2010. Other than my Star of the Month, none of the themes consist of more than four films, excluding shorts. With some of the posters on the Message Boards whining about overly-long themes, which I actually enjoy, I found that it was a huge challenge coming up with so many for one week. That's one aspect of the programmers' jobs I don't envy. And I apologize to Chip for not thoroughly reading his rules regarding free silent films. Three of my premieres are silents. Oops.

 

If anyone is curious, La Mort du Cygne appeared once on TCM in October, 1996. I found that tidbit in the comments on the movie at IMDb.

 

For my Sunday Family Night I chose to feature child actress Sharyn Moffett, who oddly co-starred with dogs in six of her thirteen movies and shorts.

 

I again linked my Silent Sundays and TCM Imports with a common theme, this time post-war Europe. Nothing like a night of refugees, hunger, depression, and a lost kid to cheer you up, no?

 

I again included a birthday salute for stars born in February, TCM's 31 Days of Oscar month, this time for the lovely and talented Merle Oberon.

 

My Lucky 13 theme is a bit of a stretch. It is regrettably titled Double-M-Named Silent Film Actresses with Hard-Luck Stories Portraying Hard-Luck Characters. Really. I spent my entire first week coming up with the idea. No, I wasn't drinking or smoking anything. As filmlover has previously noted, M is the thirteenth letter of the alphabet, so I figured two M's has to be even more unlucky than one, if you believe that sort of thing. As I went through all the actors with those initials and their biographies, I noticed that these four silent actresses had a pretty rough time at some point in their lives. My info came from TCM's Database, IMDb, and Wiki, so its validity is uncertain. Since I normally don't delve into stars' private lives and can't back it up, I'm leaving out the details. I picked movies in which they played down-on-their-luck women. No, I won't explain it again. Serious headache.

 

My Star of the Month is the lovely and talented Marsha Hunt. She was already my choice before that thread started a few weeks ago, and I was terrified that someone else would choose her. Whew!

 

My Location! Location! theme features movies shot around the beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming area. And no, the short wasn't filmed there. I would have liked to give a nod to my hometown, but only two big-time movies have been filmed here.

 

No, I didn't misspell anything in my Glenn Ford night!

 

I worked very hard on my Underground picks for a change. I'm a hick, and I love it when people make fun of us. Hope you enjoy, or gag!

 

My Essentials choice was Bride of Frankenstein. A good movie, and it features the lovely and talented Elsa Lanchester. I followed it up with Young Frankenstein, of course, and Rocky Horror. And what better way to get Chip's tie-breaking vote?

 

Thanks again for taking over this Challenge, Chip. I am eternally grateful.

 

Breakdown by Decades

 

1910's - 1

1920's - 13

1930's - 36

1940's - 48

1950's - 29

1960's - 5

1970's - 3

1980's - 1

 

109 Features, 23 Shorts and 5 Cartoons

 

Margaret O'Brien's - 1

John Ford's - 3

 

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1

 

Dive! Dive!: Under the Sea in Subs

6:00 AM: Ice Station Zebra (MGM, 1968) Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, Patrick McGoohan, dir. John Sturges. 148m

8:45 AM: Operation Pacific (WB, 1951) John Wayne, Patricia Neal, Ward Bond, dir. George Waggner. 111m ps

10:45 AM: Submarine Command (Paramount, 1951) William Holden, Nancy Olson, William Bendix, dir. John Farrow. 87m ps

12:15 PM: Destination Tokyo (WB, 1943) Cary Grant, John Garfield, Alan Hale, dir. Delmer Daves. 135m

2:45 PM: Run Silent, Run Deep (UA, 1958) Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Jack Warden, dir. Robert Wise. 93m

4:30 PM: The Bedford Incident (Columbia, 1965) Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, James MacArthur, dir. James B. Harris. 102m

6:15 PM: The Enemy Below (Fox, 1957) Robert Mitchum, Kurd Jurgens, David Hedison, dir. Dick Powell. 98m premiere

 

Coping With Old Age

8:00 PM: Make Way for Tomorrow (Paramount, 1937) Victor Moore, Beulah Bondi, Fay Bainter, dir. Leo McCarey. 91m premiere

9:45 PM: The Sunshine Boys (MGM, 1975) Walter Matthau, George Burns, Richard Benjamin, dir. Herbert Ross. 111m

 

Silent Sunday Nights: It

11:45 PM: It (Paramount, 1927) Clara Bow, Antonio Moreno, William Austin, dir. Clarence G. Badger. 72m

 

TCM Imports: Pepe le Moko & Hollywood Stars from France

1:15 AM: Pepe le Moko (Paris Film, 1937) Jean Gabin, Gabriel Gabrio, Saturnin Fabre, dir. Julien Duvivier. 94m

3:00 AM: Tovarich (WB, 1937) Claudette Colbert, Charles Boyer, Basil Rathbone, dir. Anatole Litvak. 98m

4:45 AM: The Smiling Lieutenant (Paramount, 1931) Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert, Miriam Hopkins, dir. Ernst Lubitsch. 89m ps

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2

 

Even Movie Stars Have Bad Days

6:15 AM: Parnell (MGM, 1937) Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Edna May Oliver, dir. John M. Stahl. 118m

8:15 AM: Swing Your Lady (WB, 1938) Humphrey Bogart, Frank McHugh, Louise Fazenda, dir. Ray Enright. 77m

9:45 AM: The Ice Follies of 1939 (MGM, 1939) Joan Crawford, James Stewart, Lew Ayres, dir. Reinhold Schunzel. 82m

11:15 AM: The Conqueror (RKO, 1956) John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Pedro Armendariz, dir. Dick Powell. 111m

1:15 PM: The Pride and the Passion (UA, 1957) Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren, dir. Stanley Kramer. 132m

 

Madeleine Carroll: Britain?s Blonde Beauty

3:30 PM: My Favorite Blonde (Paramount, 1942) Bob Hope, Madeleine Carroll, Gale Sondergaard, dir. Sidney Lanfield. 78m ps

5:00 PM: Secret Agent (Gaumont British, 1936) John Gielgud, Peter Lorre, Madeleine Carroll, dir. Alfred Hitchcock. 86m pd

6:30 PM: It?s All Yours (Columbia, 1937) Madeleine Carroll, Francis Lederer, Mischa Auer, dir. Elliott Nugent. 80m

 

Lucky Number Thirteen

8:00 PM: The Gunfighter (Fox, 1950) Gregory Peck, Helen Westcott, Millard Mitchell, dir. Henry King. 85m premiere

9:30 PM: Detective Story (Paramount, 1951) Kirk Douglas, Eleanor Parker, William Bendix, dir. William Wyler. 103m ps

11:30 PM: The Hustler (Fox, 1961) Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, dir. Robert Rossen. 134m ps

2:00 AM: Portrait of Jennie (Selznick, 1948) Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Ethel Barrymore, dir. William Dieterle. 86m ps

3:45 AM: Craig?s Wife (Columbia, 1936) Rosalind Russell, John Boles, Billie Burke, dir. Dorothy Arzner. 73m

5:00 AM: Stage Door (RKO, 1937) Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, dir. Gregory La Cava. 92m

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3

 

Born and/or Raised in Wisconsin

6:45 AM: Two Guys from Milwaukee (WB, 1946) Dennis Morgan, Joan Leslie, Jack Carson, dir. David Butler. 90m

8:30 AM: Having Wonderful Crime (RKO, 1945) Pat O?Brien, George Murphy, Carole Landis, dir. A. Edward Sutherland. 70m

9:45 AM: Touch of Evil (Universal, 1958) Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, dir. Orson Welles. 95m ps

11:30 AM: The Lusty Men (RKO, 1952) Susan Hayward, Robert Mitchum, Arthur Kennedy, dir. Nicholas Ray. 113m

1:30 PM: Midnight (Paramount, 1939) Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore, dir. Mitchell Leisen. 94m ps

3:15 PM: Hands Across the Table (Paramount, 1935) Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, Ralph Bellamy, dir. Mitchell Leisen. 80m ps

4:45 PM: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Paramount, 1931) Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart, dir. Rouben Mamoulian. 98m ps

6:30 PM: Me and My Gal (Fox, 1932) Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Marion Burns, dir. Raoul Walsh. 79m premiere

 

Way Down Yonder in New Orleans

8:00 PM: Panic in the Streets (Fox, 1950) Richard Widmark, Paul Douglas, Barbara Bel Geddes, dir. Elia Kazan. 96m premiere

9:45 PM: A Streetcar Named Desire (WB, 1951) Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, dir. Elia Kazan. 125m ps

12:00 AM: Suddenly, Last Summer (Columbia, 1959) Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburh, Montgomery Clift, dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz. 114m

2:00 AM: Jezebel (WB, 1938) Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent, dir. William Wyler. 104m

4:00 AM: Naughty Marietta (MGM, 1935) Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Frank Morgan, dir. W.S. Van Dyke. 105m

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4

 

Ramon Novarro Talks?And Sings!

6:00 AM: Devil-May-Care (MGM, 1929) Ramon Novarro, Dorothy Jordan, Marion Harris, dir. Sidney Franklin. 97m

7:45 AM: Daybreak (MGM, 1931) Ramon Novarro, Helen Chandler, Jean Hersholt, dir. Jacques Feyder. 76m

9:15 AM: The Cat and the Fiddle (MGM, 1934) Ramon Novarro, Jeanette MacDonald, Frank Morgan, dir. William K. Howard. 88m

10:45 AM: The Night Is Young (MGM, 1935) Ramon Novarro, Evelyn Laye, Charles Butterworth, dir. Dudley Murphy. 81m

 

Who Am I and What Am I Doing in a Movie With Such a Silly Plot Device?

12:15 PM: Random Harvest (MGM, 1942) Ronald Colman, Greer Garson, Philip Dorn, dir. Mervyn LeRoy. 125m

2:30 PM: I Love You Again (MGM, 1940) William Powell, Myrna Loy, Frank McHugh, dir. W.S. Van Dyke. 99m

4:15 PM: Spellbound (Selznick, 1945) Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov, dir. Alfred Hitchcock. 111m ps

6:15 PM: Love Letters (Paramount, 1945) Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Ann Richards, dir. William Dieterle.101m ps

 

Star of the Month: Joan Blondell

8:00 PM: Lawyer Man (WB, 1932) William Powell, Joan Blondell, David Landau, dir. William Dieterle. 72m

9:30 PM: Union Depot (WB, 1932) Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Joan Blondell, Guy Kibbee, dir. Alfred E. Green. 67m

10:45 PM: Goodbye Again (WB, 1933) Warren William, Joan Blondell, Genevieve Tobin, dir. Michael Curtiz. 66m

12:00 AM: Miss Pinkerton (WB, 1932) Joan Blondell, George Brent, Ruth Hall, dir. Lloyd Bacon. 66m

1:15 AM: Blondie Johnson (WB, 1933) Joan Blondell, Chester Morris, Allen Jenkins, dir. Ray Enright. 67m

2:30 AM: The Famous Ferguson Case (WB, 1932) Joan Blondell, Grant Mitchell, Vivienne Osborne, dir. Lloyd Bacon. 74m

3:45 AM: Central Park (WB, 1932) Joan Blondell, Wallace Ford, Guy Kibbee, dir. John G. Adolfi. 58m

4:45 AM: Three on a Match (WB, 1932) Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak, Bette Davis, dir. Mervyn LeRoy. 63m

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5

 

Movies So Exciting Their Titles End in Exclamation Points!

6:00 AM: What a Woman!* (Columbia, 1943) Rosalind Russell, Brian Aherne, Willard Parker, dir. Irving Cummings. 94m

7:45 AM: Beware Spooks!* (Columbia, 1939) Joe E. Brown, Mary Carlisle, Clarence Kolb, dir. Edward Sedgwick. 65m

9:00 AM: Whoopee!* (Goldwyn, 1930) Eddie Cantor, Ethel Shutta, Paul Gregory, dir. Thornton Freeland. 94m

10:45 AM: The Devil to Pay!* (Goldwyn, 1930) Ronald Colman, Frederick Kerr, Loretta Young, dir. George Fitzmaurice. 72m

12:00 PM: Taxi! (WB, 1932) James Cagney, Loretta Young, George E. Stone, dir. Roy Del Ruth. 69m

1:15 PM: Captured! (WB, 1933) Leslie Howard, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Paul Lukas, dir. Roy Del Ruth. 69m

2:30 PM: Them! (WB, 1954) James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon, dir. Gordon Douglas. 94m ps

4:15 PM: Boomerang! (Fox, 1947) Dana Andrews, Jane Wyatt, Lee J. Cobb, dir. Elia Kazan. 88m ps

5:45 PM: McLintock! (UA, 1963) John Wayne, Maureen O?Hara, Patrick Wayne, dir. Andrew V. McLaglen. 127m

 

TCM Spotlight: Radio in the Movies

8:00 PM: Radio Days (Orion, 1987) Seth Green, Michael Tucker, Leah Carrey, dir. Woody Allen. 88m ps

9:45 PM: The Big Broadcast (Paramount, 1932) Bing Crosby, Stuart Erwin, Leila Hyams, dir. Frank Tuttle. 80m premiere

11:15 PM: Love Thy Neighbor (Paramount, 1940) Jack Benny, Fred Allen, Mary Martin, dir. Mark Sandrich. 82m premiere

12:45 AM: The Unsuspected (WB, 1947) Joan Caulfield, Claude Rains, Audrey Totter, dir. Michael Curtiz. 103m

2:45 AM: Whistling in the Dark (MGM, 1941) Red Skelton, Conrad Veidt, Ann Rutherford, dir. S. Sylvan Simon. 78m

4:15 AM: Twenty Million Sweethearts (WB, 1934) Pat O?Brien, Dick Powell, Ginger Rogers, dir. Ray Enright. 89m

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6

 

Scotland Yard Is On the Case

6:00 AM: Terror by Night (Universal, 1946) Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Alan Mowbray, dir. Roy William Neill. 60m pd

7:15 AM: Sabotage (Gaumont British, 1936) Sylvia Sidney, Oskar Homolka, John Loder, dir. Alfred Hitchcock. 76m pd

8:45 AM: Gaslight (MGM, 1944) Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, dir. George Cukor. 114m

10:45 AM: The Verdict (WB, 1946) Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Joan Lorring, dir. Don Siegel. 86m

12:15 PM: The Lodger (Fox, 1944) Merle Oberon, George Sanders, Laird Cregar, dir. John Brahm. 84m ps

 

Ruth Chatterton: Sophisticated Suds

1:45 PM: The Rich Are Always With Us (WB, 1932) Ruth Chatterton, George Brent, Bette Davis, dir. Alfred E. Green. 71m

3:00 PM: Frisco Jenny (WB, 1932) Ruth Chatterton, Louis Calhern, Helen Jerome Eddy, dir. William Wellman. 73m

4:15 PM: Lilly Turner (WB, 1933) Ruth Chatterton, George Brent, Frank McHugh, dir. William Wellman. 65m

5:30 PM: Female (WB, 1933) Ruth Chatterton, George Brent, Lois Wilson, dir. Michael Curtiz. 60m

6:45 PM: Journal of a Crime (WB, 1934) Ruth Chatterton, Adolphe Menjou, Claire Dodd, dir. William Keighley. 65m

 

Banking in the Thirties

8:00 PM: House of Strangers (Fox, 1949) Edward G. Robinson, Susan Hayward, Richard Conte, dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz. 101m premiere

10:00 PM: American Madness (Columbia, 1932) Walter Huston, Pat O?Brien, Kay Johnson, dir. Frank Capra. 75m

11:30 PM: Prosperity (MGM, 1932) Marie Dressler, Polly Moran, Anita Page, dir. Sam Wood. 87m

 

TCM Underground: Mommie Dearest & An Apology to Joan

1:15 AM: Mommie Dearest (Paramount, 1981) Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest, dir. Frank Perry. 129m

3:45 AM: Humoresque (WB, 1946) Joan Crawford, John Garfield, Oscar Levant, dir. Jean Negulesco. 125m

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7

 

Comedians Go West

6:00 AM: Go West (Buster Keaton Productions, 1925) Buster Keaton, Howard Truesdale, Kathleen Myers, dir. Buster Keaton. 69m

7:15 AM: Way Out West (Hal Roach, 1937) Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Sharon Lynn, dir. James W. Horne. 65m ps

8:30 AM: Go West (MGM, 1940) Marx Brothers, John Carroll, Diana Lewis, dir. Edward Buzzell. 80m

10:00 AM: The Paleface (Paramount, 1948) Bob Hope, Jane Russell, Robert Armstrong, dir. Norman Z. McLeod. 91m ps

 

Lyrics by Johnny Mercer

11:45 AM: Here Comes the Groom (Paramount, 1951) Bing Crosby, Jane Wyman, Alexis Smith, dir. Frank Capra. 113m ps

1:45 PM: The Harvey Girls (MGM, 1946) Judy Garland, John Hodiak, Ray Bolger, dir. George Sidney. 102m

3:30 PM: The Sky?s the Limit (RKO, 1943) Fred Astaire, Joan Leslie, Robert Benchley, dir. Edward H. Griffith. 89m

5:00 PM: Blues in the Night (WB, 1941) Priscilla Lane, Betty Field, Richard Whorf, dir. Anatole Litvak. 88m

6:30 PM: Hard to Get (WB, 1938) Dick Powell, Olivia de Havilland, Charles Winninger, dir. Ray Enright. 82m

 

The Essentials: Trouble in Paradise & Other Pre-Code Thievery Amongst the Rich

8:00 PM: Trouble in Paradise (Paramount, 1932) Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis, Herbert Marshall, dir. Ernst Lubitsch. 83m ps

9:30 PM: Raffles (Goldwyn, 1930) Ronald Colman, Kay Francis, Bramwell Fletcher, dir. George Fitzmaurice. 72m

11:00 PM: Jewel Robbery (WB, 1932) William Powell, Kay Francis, Helen Vinson, dir. William Dieterle. 70m

12:15 AM: Arsene Lupin (MGM, 1932) John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Karen Morley, dir. Jack Conway. 84m

1:45 AM: The Mystery of Mr. X (MGM, 1934) Robert Montgomery, Elizabeth Allan, Lewis Stone, dir. Edgar Selwyn. 84m

3:15 AM: The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (MGM, 1929) Norma Shearer, Basil Rathbone, George Barraud, dir. Sidney Franklin. 94m

5:00 AM: The Solitaire Man (MGM, 1933) Herbert Marshall, Mary Boland, Lionel Atwill, dir. Jack Conway. 67m

 

Premieres

The Enemy Below (1957)

Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)

The Gunfighter (1950)

Me and My Gal (1932)

Panic in the Streets (1950)

The Big Broadcast (1932)

Love Thy Neighbor (1940)

House of Strangers (1949)

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PROGRAMMING NOTES/RAMBLES

 

First of all, some general things. The week this is supposed to be doesn?t really matter, although the way I set up one theme it should probably be the first week of some month or another. Taking advantage of the ?not required to? bit, I didn?t include shorts and such; it?s all features. And I hope you like the thirties, which as you can probably tell from my schedule is my favorite decade.

 

So to start off the week we have more submarine movies than you ever wanted to see in one place. I?m not crazy about war movies generally but I do like sub movies. It?s the ocean and the claustrophobia I guess. This theme is pretty well self-explanatory, but the last film here (The Enemy Below) is my first premiere for the week. It?s a cat-and-mouse game between American destroyer captain Robert Mitchum and German U-boat commander Curd Jurgens during World War II. Excellent film, one of my favorite sub movies, and note who directed it (Dick Powell).

 

For Sunday night?s double feature the theme is Coping With Old Age, aka An Excuse to Schedule Leo McCarey?s Make Way For Tomorrow. I haven?t seen it but it sounds fantastic. For a somewhat lighter follow-up I added The Sunshine Boys, with Walter Matthau and George Burns as old vaudeville partners who team up again but can?t stand each other.

 

For Silent Sunday Nights and TCM Imports I chose a couple movies I haven?t seen and would like to. The silent is Clara Bow in It and the foreign film is Jean Gabin in Pepe le Moko. I almost changed it after helenbaby?s Gabin films, but hey, it?s a different movie. Nice choices, by the way. To follow that up I included a couple more movies with French stars, but this time Hollywood stars in Hollywood movies. So we have Charles Boyer and Maurice Chevalier, both in films also featuring Claudette Colbert, who isn?t as ?French? as the two guys but WAS born there. I know, I know, Pepe le Moko should be followed by Algiers, but we?ve seen that one enough already, right?

 

Then to start off the fun-filled work/school week I scheduled several bad movies with big stars. I?m not quite sure if this concept would really make anyone feel better or if sitting through these duds would just make things worse. Oh well. Apologies if you think any of these are better than their reputations, but they?re at least not exactly the best movies in any of the stars? filmographies. So you get the King and Queen of Hollywood in Parnell, Humphrey Bogart?s favorite movie, skating stars James Stewart and Joan Crawford, John Wayne as Genghis Khan, and Frank Sinatra and Cary Grant dragging an enormous cannon (and Sophia Loren) around Napoleonic Spain.

 

Following patful?s example, instead of doing the usual birthday tributes, for my week I picked a couple of people born during February instead. Actually I didn?t realize patful does this, but it?s a swell idea; sorry for stealing it. So anyway first up is Madeleine Carroll (born February 26, 1906), an actress who became very popular in her native Britain before coming to Hollywood and signing a contract with Paramount. She?s best remembered as arguably the first Hitchcock blonde in The 39 Steps and Secret Agent. Although I LOVE The 39 Steps, I opted instead to include Secret Agent, along with the Bob Hope spy spoof My Favorite Blonde and a comedy I dug out of the Columbia vaults, It?s All Yours with Francis Lederer.

 

Monday night is my thirteen theme, which I?m sure needs some explaining; I?d be amazed if anyone figured out what on earth these movies have in common. You see, I set out on a mission to prove that the number thirteen is in fact lucky. To do this, I took a completely scientific, random sample of various stars? thirteenth-released feature films, and surprisingly enough, I came up with half a dozen very good movies! Well anyway, I came up with them eventually. So then Gregory Peck?s thirteenth-released feature was The Gunfighter, Kirk Douglas?s was Detective Story, Paul Newman?s The Hustler, Joseph Cotten?s Portrait of Jennie, Rosalind Russell?s Craig?s Wife, and Katharine Hepburn?s Stage Door. The Gunfighter, a great western directed by Henry King, is a premiere from over at Fox. I figure these movies also make up for the morning?s awfulness.

 

On Tuesday we again have a theme that sorta makes up for another theme, this time because I feel a little guilty about not using my home state or a city therein for my location theme (see Tuesday primetime). So instead I?m saluting film people born and/or raised in the great state of Wisconsin, known for its dairy products, beer, and slightly nutty football fans. These people include Dennis Morgan (Prentice), Jack Carson (born in Canada, raised in Milwaukee), Pat O?Brien (Milwaukee), Carole Landis (Fairchild), Orson Welles (Kenosha), Nicholas Ray (Galesville), Don Ameche (Kenosha), Fred MacMurray (born in Illinois, raised in Beaver Dam), Fredric March (Racine), and Spencer Tracy (Milwaukee). Not bad, eh? The Spencer Tracy movie (Me and My Gal, costarring Joan Bennett) is a premiere from Tracy?s early days at Fox.

 

So Tuesday primetime is dedicated to films set in a New Orleans long before Hurricane Katrina. First up is another premiere, Panic in the Streets (1950), which was shot entirely on location in New Orleans. It stars Richard Widmark as a doctor trying to trace everyone who came in contact with a plague-infected murder victim so he can keep the disease from spreading. Next is Elia Kazan depicting the Big Easy again (A Streetcar Named Desire), and this is followed by another adaptation of a Tennessee Williams play (Suddenly, Last Summer). Finally we go back in time to pre-Civil War New Orleans with Bette Davis in Jezebel and back even further to the eighteenth century with Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy?s first film together, Naughty Marietta.

 

The second person born in February gets their tribute Wednesday morning: the charming Mr. Ramon Novarro (born February 6, 1899). Here we have four of his talkies, including his first (Devil-May-Care) and a couple musicals from a few years later. Turns out he could not only talk but sing as well. If you haven?t seen The Night Is Young (Novarro?s last movie for MGM), it comes highly recommended from me.

 

Next is a very unoriginal amnesia theme featuring four of the usual suspects, but it allows me to schedule several films I really like. (Okay, so I?m actually rather fond of the silly plot device.) Random Harvest is wonderful (but you knew that); I Love You Again is probably my favorite Powell/Loy movie (well unless Libeled Lady counts, but let?s call that a Powell/Loy/Tracy/Harlow movie); Spellbound isn?t my favorite Hitchcock but it?s hard to resist Bergman and Peck; Love Letters is a lovely film (screenplay by?Ayn Rand?!).

 

Wednesday primetime is my star of the month, Joan Blondell, whom I just adore, as I?m sure a lot of you do. (I had Ronald Colman until countessdelave used him; don?t worry, I managed to include a few Colman films throughout the schedule anyway.) I started out the evening with Lawyer Man just cause I haven?t seen it (and it costars William Powell!!). All eight of these movies were released in 1932 or 1933 (and there are TEN more), which I think shows nicely how Warner Brothers worked their actors half to death in those days. I purposefully left out movies with James Cagney and with Glenda Farrell, thinking it might be a good idea to show them as a group some other night. (Question: Am I allowed to schedule Convention City? No? Oookay.)

 

Much of the day Thursday is Movies So Exciting Their Titles End in Exclamation Points! I just always think this looks tacky, no matter how appropriate the annoying exclamation mark might be. I used this as an opportunity to unearth a couple of Columbia movies, a Roz Russell romantic comedy called What a Woman! and a Joe E. Brown comedy called Beware Spooks! I was also sure to include a couple of early Goldwyn talkies, Eddie Cantor in Technicolor in Whoopee! and Ronald Colman in The Devil to Pay! (very cute movie).

 

For a month-long spotlight I?m showcasing the silver screen?s biggest entertainment rival in those pre-television days and how it was depicted in movies. I started out the month with Woody Allen?s Radio Days and followed that with two premieres. The first of these is Paramount?s radio musical The Big Broadcast (1932), which started a series of Big Broadcast films and features a bunch of radio stars (Bing Crosby, Burns and Allen, the Mills Brothers, the Boswell Sisters, Kate Smith, Cab Calloway, etc.). The second is Love Thy Neighbor starring Jack Benny and Fred Allen, they of the famous radio feud. I also included the noirish thriller The Unsuspected with Claude Rains as a radio personality (Claude Rains, with that voice, on the radio ? I?m for that!), the Red Skelton comedy Whistling in the Dark with Skelton as a radio detective, and Twenty Million Sweethearts, WB?s version of a radio musical.

 

Friday starts out with several movies involving Scotland Yard detectives solving various mysteries. In the first one Scotland Yard gets a little help from Sherlock Holmes. Next is a tribute to Ruth Chatterton, who was not born in February but rather was born on Christmas Eve, and since I?m not much interested in ever programming Christmas, I thought I?d just sneak her in here. Chatterton had her pick of melodramas over at Paramount until Warners grabbed her in 1932. She made half a dozen movies there before her career mostly fizzled out (Dodsworth notwithstanding). So here are several of her WB movies.

 

Friday night?s theme I came up with because I wanted to do something related to finance/economics/the current situation in some way. So these are three movies depicting banks and bankers way back in the thirties. The first is a premiere and a film I really like, House of Strangers, starring Edward G. Robinson (whose character runs a bank), Richard Conte, and Susan Hayward. (It?s from the late forties but is set mostly in the thirties.) I also included American Madness and the Marie Dressler movie Prosperity. Interesting that all three bank presidents in these films are good guys (the Robinson character is iffy, but he?s hardly Mr. Potter). For TCM Underground I scheduled Mommie Dearest basically because I couldn?t come up with much else (not too interested in cult movies, sorry). In an attempt to make it up to poor Joan, I followed this with a film from probably the high point of her career, at Warners after her Mildred Pierce Oscar.

 

Your Saturday morning western theme is in the vein of westerns for people who don?t like westerns. (Not that I don?t like westerns?) It?s several comedians doing western comedies: Buster Keaton and Brown Eyes the cow in Go West, Laurel & Hardy in one of their best, the Marx Brothers in one of their worst (at least it?s not The Big Store), and Bob Hope and Jane Russell in The Paleface. Abbott & Costello also went west; so did Martin & Lewis, and Bob Hope a couple more times; there?s also W.C. Fields and Mae West in My Little Chickadee?twas used a lot.

 

Saturday afternoon is a tribute to the great lyricist Johnny Mercer, who would?ve been 100 this year. The first two films feature songs he won Academy Awards for, ?On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe? from The Harvey Girls and ?In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening? from Here Comes the Groom. (Had to get Bing in here somewhere; they were friends and Bing sang a lot of his songs.) He also won Oscars for ?Moon River? (Breakfast at Tiffany?s) and ?Days of Wine and Roses? (movie of same title). The Sky?s the Limit includes Fred Astaire?s introduction of ?One for My Baby? (also ?My Shining Hour?); Blues in the Night features the title song and several more collaborations with Harold Arlen; Hard to Get introduced the Mercer/Harry Warren song ?You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby.?

 

Finally (it?s almost over!), for The Essentials I picked Trouble in Paradise because it?s marvelous and Lubitsch is marvelous, etc. etc. Then I programmed a bunch of pre-Codes about jewel thieves and the like. What?s nice about these is that you could get away with it without being sent to jail or something. (The ending of the 1939 version of Raffles?no fun at all.)

 

If this is any good it?s because it?s my first time; I think I used up the sum total of my classic film knowledge in this one schedule, ha. Actually I have a few ideas left over, but I can?t imagine doing more than a couple more of these. I have no idea how those of you who?ve done so many of them manage it.

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THE WEEK OF SUNDAY, MAY 9TH 2010 - SATURDAY, MAY 15TH 2010

 

Sunday, May 9th

 

The Carriage Never Came

(The heroine awaits a carriage, but it never comes)

 

6:00AM The Heiress (1949) Olivia De Havilland Dir. W. Wyler---Paramount 120min p/s

8:00AM Madame Bovary (1949) Jennifer Jones, Van Heflin Dir. V. Minnelli---MGM 114min

10:00AM War and Peace (1956) Audrey Hepburn Dir. K. Vidor---Paramount 208min p/s

 

The sweeter side of the name Hitchcock

(Films featuring Pat Hitchcock)

 

1:45PM Strangers On A Train (1951) Farley Granger Dir. A. Hitchcock---WB 101mins p/s

3:45PM Stage Fright (1950) Jane Wyman Dir. A. Hitchcock---WB 113mins PREMIERE

5:45PM Mudlark (1950) Irene Dunne Dir. J. Negulesco---Paramount 94mins PREMIERE

 

Cyd & Fred

 

8:00PM Ziegfeld Follies (1946) Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse Dir. V. Minnelli---MGM 110mins

10:00PM Silk Stockings (1957) Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse Dir. R. Mamoulian---MGM 117mins

 

Silent Sunday Nights

 

12:00AM The Racket (1928) Thomas Meighan Dir. L. Milestone---Paramount 84mins p/s

1:30AM Two Arabian Knights (1927) Mary Astor Dir. L. Milestone---U/A 92mins p/s

 

TCM Imports

 

3:15AM Nine Lives (1957) Jack Fjeldstad Dir. A. Skouen---Nord Film 96mins

5:00AM Forbidden Games (1952) Brigitte Fossey Dir. R. Clement---Silver Films 86mins p/s

 

Monday, May 10th

 

Redhead's have all the fun

 

6:30AM The Quiet Man (1952) Maureen O'Hara Dir. J. Ford---Republic 129mins p/s

8:45AM Julia Misbehaves (1948) Greer Garson Dir. J. Conway---MGM 99mins

10:30AM Gilda (1946) Rita Hayworth Dir. C Vidor---Columbia 110mins

12:30PM The Long, Long Trailer (1954) Lucille Ball Dir. V. Minnelli---MGM 96mins

2:15PM Clara Bow: Discovering the "It" Girl (1999)---UCLA Archives 55mins

3:15PM Hair and Make-up Tests for "Goodbye Mr. Chips" (1939) Greer Garson---MGM 10mins

 

Cyd & Gene

 

3:30PM It's Always Fair Weather (1955) Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse Dir. S. Donen/G. Kelly---MGM 102mins

5:30PM Brigadoon (1954) Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse Dir. V. Minnelli---MGM 108mins

 

7:30PM Short: How To Sleep (1935) Robert Benchley Dir. N. Grinde---MGM 11mins

 

Star of the Month: Walter Slezak

 

8:00PM Once Upon A Honeymoon (1942) Ginger Rogers, Cary Grant, Walter Slezak Dir. L. McCarey---RKO 116mins

10:00PM Lifeboat (1944) Tallulah Bankhead, Walter Slezak Dir. A. Hitchcock---FOX 98mins PREMIERE

11:45PM Come, September (1961) Rock Hudson, Gina Lollobrigida, Walter Slezak Dir. R. Mulligan---Universal 112mins p/s

1:45AM The Princess And The Pirate (1944) Bob Hope, Walter Slezak Dir. D. Butler---Paramount 95mins p/s

3:30AM Born To Kill (1947) Claire Trevor, Lawrence Tierney, Walter Slezak Dir. R. Wise---RKO 92mins

5:15AM Abbot & Costello In The Foreign Legion (1950) Bud Abbot, Lou Costello, Walter Slezak Dir. C. Lamont---Universal 80mins p/s

 

Tuesday, May 11th

 

"Never Before"

(In each of these films a quote about something "never being done before" is spoken. For exact quotes check my notes.)

 

6:45AM Now, Voyager (1942) Bette Davis, Paul Henreid Dir. I. Rapper---WB 118mins

8:45AM Pillow Talk (1959) Doris Day, Rock Hudson Dir. M. Gordon---Universal 110mins p/s

10:45AM The Lady Eve (1941) Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda Dir. P. Sturges---Paramount 95mins p/s

 

Summer's Coming!

(Or what happens when you are watching Hawaii Five-O at the same time you are trying to create a schedule...)

 

12:15PM Gidget (1959) Sandra Dee Dir. P. Wendkos---Columbia 95mins

2:00PM Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961) Deborah Walley Dir. P. Wendkos---Columbia 102mins

3:45PM Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon Dir. W. Asher---American International 98mins p/s

5:30PM Pajama Party (1964) Annette Funicello, Tommy Kirk Dir. D. Weis---American International 85mins p/s

7:00PM Barefoot Adventure (1960) Dir. B. Brown---Bruce Brown Films 74mins p/s

 

Location! Location!

"Roll on Columbia, Roll on": films set (at least partially) in the beautiful state of Washington

 

8:15PM The Egg And I (1947) Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray Dir. C. Erskine---Universal 108mins PREMIERE

10:15PM It Happened At The World's Fair (1963) Elvis Presley Dir. N. Taurog---MGM 105mins

12:15AM Those Redheads From Seattle (1953) Rhonda Fleming, Agnes Moorehead Dir. L. Foster---Paramount 90mins PREMIERE

1:45AM The Tougher The Come (1950) Wayne Morris Dir. R. Nazarro---Columbia 69mins

3:00AM Ice Palace (1960) Richard Burton, Robert Ryan Dir. V. Sherman---WB 145mins

 

Wednesday, May 12th

 

Happy 107th Birthday, Wilfrid Hyde-White!

 

6:00AM The Third Man (1949) Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten Dir. C. Reed---Selsnick 105mins p/s

8:00AM My Fair Lady (1964) Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison Dir. G. Cukor---WB 170mins

11:15AM In Search Of Castaways (1962) Hayley Mills, Maurice Chevalier Dir. R. Stevenson---Disney 100mins

 

Joel McCrea to brighten the day!

(And no I did NOT rhyme that on purpose)

 

1:00PM The Most Dangerous Game (1932) Joel McCrea, Fay Wray Dir. I. Pichel/ E. Schoedsack---RKO 63mins

2:15PM Foreign Correspondent (1940) Joel McCrea Dir. A. Hitchcock---U/A 119mins p/s

4:15PM The More The Merrier (1942) Joel McCrea, Claudette Colbert Dir. P. Sturges---Paramount 90mins p/s

5:45PM Sullivan's Travels (1943) Joel McCrea, Jean Arthur Dir. G. Stevens---Columbia 101mins

 

Guest Programmers: TCM Message Board members Sarah1493 and Harlowcutie11

(More about this in my notes)

 

8:00PM Guys And Dolls (1955) Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra Dir. J. Mankiewicz---Goldwyn 150mins

10:45PM The Three Faces of Eve (1957) Joanne Woodward Dir. N. Johnson---Fox 95mins p/s

12:30AM Indiscreet (1958) Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant Dir. S. Donen---WB 100mins

2:15AM Wait Until Dark (1967) Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin Dir. T. Young---WB 107mins

 

4:15AM Funny Face (1957) Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire Dir. S. Donen---Paramount 103mins p/s

 

Thursday, May 13th

 

The little Frenchman who always pops up when you are least expecting him: Marcel Dalio

(I swear he is in practically EVERY movie EVER made...)

 

6:15AM To Have And Have Not (1945) Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall Dir. H. Hawks---WB 101mins

8:00AM Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell Dir. H. Hawks---Fox 91mins p/s

9:45AM Rules Of The Game (1939) Jean Renoir, Marcel Dalio Dir. J. Renoir---Janus Films 110mins p/s

11:45AM Grand Illusion (1937) Jean Gabin, Marcel Dalio Dir. J. Renoir---Janus Films 114mins p/s

1:45PM Sabrina (1954) Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, William Holden Dir. B. Wilder---Paramount 113mins p/s

 

Cyd & Tony (Martin)

 

3:45PM Deep In My Heart (1954) Jose Ferrer Dir. S. Donen---MGM 132mins

6:00PM Meet Me In Las Vegas (1956) Cyd Charisse Dir. R. Rowland---MGM 112mins

 

The Lucky 13: Five films I saw for the first time...when I was 13

 

8:00PM Casablanca (1942) Ingrid Begman, Humphrey Bogart Dir. M. Curtiz---WB 99mins

9:45PM Some Like It Hot (1959) Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe Dir. B. Wilder---U/A 120mins

11:45PM Roman Holiday (1953) Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck Dir. W. Wyler---Paramount 118mins p/s

1:45AM To Catch A Thief (1955) Grace Kelly, Cary Grant Dir. A. Hitchcock---Paramount 106mins p/s

3:45AM The Apartment (1960) Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine Dir. B. Wilder---U/A 125mins

 

Friday, May 14th

 

Tyrone Power and the R.A.F

 

6:00AM A Yank In The R.A.F. (1941) Tyrone Power, Betty Grable Dir. H. King---Fox 98mins PREMIERE

7:45AM Witness For The Prosecution (1957) Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich Dir. B. Wilder---U/A 115mins

 

Oh, what a father's love could have done for them

 

9:45AM Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (1958) Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor Dir. R. Brooks---MGM 108mins

11:45AM East of Eden (1955) James Dean, Raymond Massey Dir. E. Kazan---WB 117mins

1:45PM The Long, Hot Summer (1958) Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa Dir. M. Ritt---Fox 117mins p/s

 

Movies that take place out west, where dances often turn into fights...

 

3:45PM Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954) Howard Keel, Jane Powell Dir. S. Donen---MGM 103mins

5:45PM Cat Ballou (1965) Jane Fonda Dir. E. Silverstein---Columbia 96mins

 

Happy Birthday, Bobby Darin!

 

8:00PM Captain Newman, M.D. (1963) Gregory Peck, Bobby Darin Dir. D. Miller---Universal 126mins p/s

10:15PM Come, September (1961) Rock Hudson, Gina Lollobrigida, Bobby Darin Dir. R. Mulligan---Universal 112mins p/s

12:15AM That Funny Feeling (1965) Bobby Darin, Sandra Dee Dir. R. Thorpe---Universal 93mins PREMIERE

 

TCM Underground

 

Oh, those JDs won't EVER learn

 

2:00AM Where Are Your Children? (1943) Jackie Cooper, Gale Storm Dir. W. Nigh---Monogram 73mins

3:15AM Untamed Youth (1957) Mamie Van Doren, Lori Nelson Dir. H. Koch---WB 80mins

4:45AM Girls In Chains (1943) Arlene Judge, Roger Clark Dir. E. Ulmer---Atlantis 75mins

 

Saturday, May 15th

 

Some of my nine-year old brother's idols

 

6:00AM The Ghost Breakers (1940) Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard Dir. G. Marshall---Paramount 82mins p/s

7:30AM The Band Wagon (1953) Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse Dir. V. Minnelli Choreographed by: Michael Kidd ---MGM 112mins

9:30AM The Great Race (1965) Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Ross Martin Dir. B. Edwards---WB 157mins

12:15PM The Mark Of Zorro (1940) Tyrone Power Dir. R. Mamoulian---Fox 93mins p/s

2:00PM Singin' In The Rain (1952) Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor Dir. S. Donen/G. Kelly---MGM 103mins

 

Cary Grant acting like a jerk, but such a charming jerk

 

3:45PM Notorious (1946) Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman Dir. A. Hitchcock---RKO 103mins

5:45PM His Girl Friday (1940) Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell Dir. H. Hawks---Columbia 92mins

 

The Essentials

 

8:00PM How To Steal A Million (1966) Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole Dir. W. Wyler---Fox 127mins PREMIERE

 

The Stinkin' Coolest Musical Guy Ever: Howard Keel

 

10:30PM Kiss Me Kate (1953) Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson Dir. G. Sidney---MGM 109mins

12:30AM Jupiter's Darling (1955) Howard Keel, Esther Williams, George Sanders Dir. G. Sidney---MGM 96mins

2:15AM Kismet (1955) Howard Keel, Ann Blyth Dir. V. Minnelli---MGM 113mins

4:15AM Lovely To Look At (1952) Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson Dir. M. LeRoy---MGM 101mins

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My Notes:

 

First off, this challenge was tons of fun! My thanks go to Chip!

 

With this schedule I tried to do a little more branching out than the last one. And consequently there are several films I have never seen before. Whereas, my last schedule was almost exclusively films I had already viewed.

 

I ended up finishing the schedule yesterday, which was quite a feat, considering I was babysitting my two younger brothers the ENTIRE day! It was pretty hectic. I was simultaneously cleaning the house, doing the dishes, cooking lunch, then dinner, doing a blog post, trying to finish my math book, working on this schedule, and attempting to keep my brothers from either killing each other or burning down the house....

 

Anyways:

 

Sunday:

 

My first theme (Carriage theme) came about because I watched all three of those films for the first time within a month of each other. And a definite pattern emerged, namely, each of the three female characters wait for a carriage to arrive that promises love and happiness. But, it never arrives/stops for them.

 

I absolutely ADORE Pat Hitchcock. Seeing her on film always brings a smile to my face. She was a very gifted character actress. It's a pity she didn't do more. BTW, I wrote a simple note to her last summer and received back a personalized, handwritten note thanking me for my letter!

 

Cyd Charisse is a continuing theme throughout my week. I wanted to program "The Band Wagon", but I ended up needing it later on in the week for my little brother's films.

 

Both Silents Sundays and TCM Imports are films that are new to me. Both imports were nominated for an Oscar.

 

Monday:

 

The Redheads theme is pretty easy to understand. I tried to show only color films, but then just gave up. I completely forgot about Deborah Kerr until too late!

 

Another Cyd entry...

 

The Robert Benchley short was Oscar nominated.

 

My star of the month is Walter Slezak. I know it is rather unusual choice, but he is great character actor, adept at drama and comedy. He is simply amazing. And, I wanted to honor him.

 

Tuesday:

 

"Never Before" is just a fun (well it's supposed to be) little theme. The exact quotes are:

Now Voyager = "No member of the Vale family has ever had a nervous breakdown." -Gladys Cooper

Pillow Talk = "We'll go to Mexico. I've never been married in Mexico before. -Tony Randall

The Lady Eve = "That couch has been there 15 years and nobody ever fell over it before!" -Eugene Pallette

 

I needed something to fill the space so I schedule these nice, mind-smushing entertainments for my summer theme. I didn't realize until later why I had done that. It was because Hawaii Five-O had been playing in the background while I worked...hahaha!

 

I do believe Washington is the most beautiful state in the USA. I jumped at the chance to program films set here (although there sadly aren't many). My favorite choice was probably The Egg And I. The movie is a fun little story, but really everyone should read the original book by Betty MacDonald. Simply Hilarious! I would have programmed some Ma & Pa Kettles, but those are Universal's and I didn't feel like using up a theme. BTW, Roll On Columbia, Roll On is an actual song title. It is Washington's state song and was written by Woody Guthrie.

 

Wednesday:

 

I randomly happened upon the info that this day was Wilfrid Hyde-White's birthday, so I threw in a few films in which he appeared. I didn't have any premieres left though, so I had to use whatever I could get.

 

Joel McCrea NEVER gets near enough of the attention and recognition he deserves, so here is a little for him. I mean, seriously, he was AMAZING!

 

GUEST PROGRAMMERS:

 

I was trying to think of a good guest programmer, when he suddenly it came to me. I would use Sarah and Harley (a.k.a. Sarah1493 and Harlowcutie11). Two of my dear, fellow teen-aged, classic film lovers. They have both been members of these boards for some time now. They are also on practically EVERY other classic film site out there. It is difficult for me to find a place where they are not (not that I'm trying to). We have fun together here, on Blogger, at Miss-Vintage, Vintage Style Network, The Golden Age Of Hollywood, Ambitiously Audrey (hehehe remember that, Sarah) etc, etc.....

 

They also both have stupendously amazing blogs, which you NEED to check out:

 

Sarah at Cinema Splendor

Harley at Dreaming in Black and White

 

Anyways, I asked them both if they could choose two films and answer the question, "Why did you choose this film?" for each of their choices. Here they are:

 

Harley's choices:

 

Guys and Dolls and Indiscreet

Alternates that weren't used: Laura and Gentleman's Agreement.

 

Me: Why did you choose Guys and Dolls?

 

Harley: No, I'm not a big fan of musicals. Quite frankly, I hate them. But when one musical happens to be from Old Hollywood and stars no less than the Frank Sinatra, you should know I'm going to make an exception in my no musicals ever policy. I know Marlon Brando got top billing in this film, but I was a little wary in seeing him singing. Stanley Kowalski singing? Uh, ok. Well, I gave it a shot and I fell in love with the movie and the lead stars. This film was so enjoyable to watch because of it's plot. I watched this film and fell in love with the character of Nathan Detroit, wanted very much to be his fiancee of fourteen years, Adelaide, and found the songs were all stuck in my head, and I can proudly say, they're stuck permanently. While watching Guys and Dolls, it struck me that it takes a real man to sing and dance while shooting dice, and their "proper" way of speaking really endeared itself to me. They were all so natural. From Sinatra's absolutely gorgeous renditions of the songs to the hilarious lines they used, it was the making of a brand new love affair, which had me singing: "Sue me, sue me..."

 

Me: Why did you choose Indiscreet ?

 

Harley: Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. It doesn't matter what the genre, I will watch whatever these two appear in. And how fortunate was I to see them in this charming romantic comedy from 1958. Who ever heard of a movie about a man pretending to be married, all so he can have a secret affair with an actress? In France? I guess one reason why I love this film is because of the natural quality of both Cary and Ingrid. As you watch them, it's hard to tell if they really are acting. Everything about this film is sophisticated, and indiscreetly amusing as well. You can't help but fall in love with Cary and Ingrid, and with the movie as well.

 

Now, onto Sarah!

 

Sarah's choices:

 

The Three Faces of Eve and Wait Until Dark.

Alternates that weren't used: Bye Bye Birdie and The Sterile Cuckoo

 

Me: Why did you choose The Three Faces of Eve?

 

Sarah: I could pick it for the cinematography. I could pick it for the great performances of the supporting cast. But ultimately, I picked it for Joanne Woodward. She plays a Georgia housewife with multiple personality disorder, based on a true story. She portrays three different personalities; Eve White, a shy housewife, Eve Black, a saucy single woman, and Jane, a happy mother and wife. I?ve done some acting myself, so I cannot imagine playing 3 personalities in one show. Just for that, Joanne could possibly be a film goddess. In the end, it?s Jane who takes over Eve White?s life, and I was glad it was her. Jane loves Eve?s daughter, and marries a cutie after divorcing her skeevy, uncaring husband. Although, my favorite personality is probably Eve Black; whose isn?t? Eve Black is liberated, flirty and wears fancy cocktail dresses. She smokes, drinks, sings and dances, and loves to have a good time.

 

Me: Why did you pick Wait Until Dark?

 

Sarah: Wait Until Dark is what I would call one of the greatest thrillers ever made. Alan Arkin?s performance as a gangbuster is easily Oscar worthy. He makes his character seem smooth and sophisticated, although he is carrying out a huge crime plot. Since all of Audrey Hepburn?s other films were comedies, romances or musicals, this movie completely sticks out in her career. She was nominated for an Oscar and totally deserved it. She plays a blind woman so convincingly, I wondered if they did something that wouldn?t make her see. All of her movements and glances were perfect and true to the character. Being in almost complete darkness, the last 10 or so minutes of the movie were so suspenseful and freaky.. I would recommend this movie to anyone with a love of thrillers.

 

Thank you so much Sarah and Harley! You did more than I ever expected!

 

Next, I programmed Funny Face, simply because if there's one thing we agree on it's our undying adoration of Audrey Hepburn (in fact, that's what brought us all together in the first place...)

 

Thursday:

 

Marcel Dalio is one of my favorite character actors. I first recognized him by name around the 56th time I watch Pillow Talk. But, I knew him long before that. He always pops up on film (take a look at his filmography some time and you will understand), usually wearing some disguise. To me, he's like the French version of Thomas Mitchell. Never known by name, but instantly recognizable. Besides those in his tribute he is in 4 other films in my week's schedules. And that was NOT on purpose. (Films are: Casablanca, How To Steal A Million, Pillow Talk, and Lovely To Look At).

 

Another in my Cyd Charisse theme...

 

Lucky 13 was a rather unlucky challenge for me. I had my schedule all but wrapped up, when Nicoley posted her's. Quite depressingly, I discovered she had the same exact idea as I (the 13th film released of a particular actor). In fact, we had both scheduled The Gunfighter. I needed to think of something else fast, so that was it. Not very clever, but it was something. BTW, I saw Pillow Talk for the very first time on my 13th birthday. (My mom and I watch a movie I have never seen every year for my birthday.) Since then I have seen it 89,732 1/2 times.

 

Friday:

 

In AYITRAF Tyrone Power plays an American who enlists in the RAF during WWII. In WFTP Tyrone plays a Brit in the RAF in WWII. This is just an interesting little sample of Mr. Powers chameleon-like abilities. He played many different characters and nationalities over the years: Spanish, British, Mexican, Irish, American, etc. Yet, he is completely believable in each role. AMAZING!

 

Three films, with major themes dealing with how a father's love (or lack-thereof) affects their sons.

 

I wanted to do an entire theme about films, featuring dances turning into fights, but one of my favorite examples (Guys and Dolls) was already on the schedule. So, I just decided to program these two little beauties.

 

I j'adore Bobby Darin (a.k.a. My Darlin' Darin). I picked this week just so I could include a birthday tribute! Sadly, I couldn't do much, because most of his films were either indies or made at Universal (and as usual I had run out of premieres). I chose his Oscar-nominated role (he totally should have WON!), his famous debut (yes, I know I already showed it on my Walter Slezak day...), and a lovely gem of him and his wife Sandra that I own and have seen approximately 6 trillion times.

 

I will confess, the Underground has always been a difficult one for me to program, because I simply don't watch many films that actually qualify for it. But, after a little research I decided to schedule these films (with the ageless theme of the Juvenile Delinquent). I found it particularly interesting to learn that WAYC was considered one of the very first JD exploitation films.

 

Saturday:

 

My final day is just a joyful day. There is not an unhappy ending in the entire line-up.

 

I started off with a group of films/performers my youngest brother adores (this is the brother who dressed up like James Dean for fifties day at his co-op, drew a drawing of Cary Grant in his art class, likes to watch old musicals (particularly if they were choreographed by Kidd) with me and dance around the kitchen to the music, and a million other things he would kill me if I told you....). Bob Hope is too amazing for words for him (I started him on the amazing Hope, when he was VERY young).

Michael Kidd rules his little world (another favorite person of mine, my little brother would have preferred Guys and Dolls, although he loves Band Wagon).

My bro has a strange adoration for Jack Lemmon (surprise, surprise...one of my top ten actors). The Great Race is the only one of Jack's films he's allowed to see, but it made a big impression on him.

Also, Ross Martin has a small part in that film. Ross Martin's most famous role was probably that of Artemus Gordon on the TV show, Wild, Wild West , a show my family adores. Ross is an absolute genius! A genius with acting, costumes, accents, comedy...everything!

My brother more has a thing for the movie than for Tyrone Power. But, he did enjoy him in it.

My brother truly idolizes Donald in SITR.

 

Cary Grant didn't often play unsavory characters, but when he did, he played them with so much charm you can't help but like him.

 

A lot of people probably don't consider HTSAM an essential, but I do. It has a great witty script, superbly directed by William Wyler. It stars Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole. And enlists the supporting help of such greats as: Charles Boyer, Hugh Griffith, Eli Wallach, and (guess who?) Marcel Dalio. This is a must-see film that only gets better with each new viewing!

 

I love musicals (especially those big splashy MGM ones) and I love Howard Keel. Howard Keel musicals are things deserving of adoration.

 

Just for fun (I'm swiping this idea from another participant, hope they won't mind!):

 

1920's = 2

1930's = 5

1940's = 25

1950's = 38

1960's = 17

 

Hitchcock's (my favorite director): 6

Minnelli's (not even in my top 10): 6

Donen's (I don't even include him in my top 15): 6

 

Audrey Hepburn's (2nd favorite actress): 7

Ingrid Bergman's (favorite actress): 3

 

 

Thanks so much, for sticking with me throughout these long notes!

 

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I just received another Private Message vote. With the technological challenges we are dealing with on the boards the past few weeks, be assured that I will respond to you that I have received your vote.

 

And wow! That four-way tie is now a FIVE WAY TIE, with a PM vote for helenbaby.

 

Cinemaven, Fedya, Helenbaby, ILoveRayMilland, and Nicoley13 each have received one vote.

 

Proof that everyone had terrific schedules. I only ask that you guys not leave this Challenge in a tie, because I cannot imagine having to cast the deciding vote.

 

I will do my best to get the rest of the reposts up tomorrow, but that's it for tonight on the reposts. Reformatting is very boring, and I'm rereading Lauren Bacall's autobiography --- and boring? She ain't.

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Fedya's Schedule REPOST

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 2010

 

0600 The Chocolate Soldier (1941, MGM 102 min)

 

13 is a Baker's Dozen!

 

0745 Dough and Dynamite (1914, Mack Sennett, 33 min -- silent, exempt from premiere quota)

Short: Porky's Pastry Pirates

0830 49th Parallel* (1941, Ortus, 125 min, p/s)

1045 The October Man (1947, Two Cities, 98 min, p/s) directed by Roy (Ward) Baker

1230 Mildred Pierce (1945, WB, 110 min)

1430 Strait-Jacket (1964, Columbia, 93 min) Diane Baker

1615 Hud (1963, Paramount, 112 min, p/s)

1815 Junior Bonner (1972, ABC, 100 min, p/s) Joe Don Baker

2000 Imitation of Life (1934, Universal, 111 min)

2200 Baby Doll (1956, WB, 114 min, p/s) Carroll Baker

 

Silent Sunday Nights

 

0000 Cirano di Bergerac (1925, Italy, 113 min)

 

TCM Imports

 

0200 The Baker's Wife (1938, Pagnol, 133 min)

Short: La boulangere de Monceau (1962, Films du Losange, 23 min)

 

0445 Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1943, 68 min, p/s)

 

MONDAY, MARCH 29

 

Junior Mints -- they're cool; they're refreshing!

 

0600 Eskimo (1933, p/s, 113 min) W.S. Van Dyke II

0800 Winter A Go-Go (1965, p/s, 88 min) Bill Wellman, Jr.

0930 Rocketship X-M (1950, Lippert, 77 min, PREMIERE) Noah Beery, Jr.

1100 All Mine to Give (1957, RKO, 103 min) Alan Hale, Jr.

1245 A Thousand Clowns (1965, UA, 118 min) Jason Robards, Jr.

 

1445 Smashing the Money Ring (1939, WB, 57 min)

1545 Union Depot (1932, WB, 67 min)

1700 T-Men (1947, Edward Small, 72 min, p/s)

1815 His Girl Friday (1940, Columbia, 100 min)

 

Clark Bar

 

2000 Hollywood Canteen (1944, WB, 124 min) Dane Clark

2215 The White Sister (1933, MGM, 105 min) Clark Gable

0015 Easy Money (1948, Gainsborough, 94 min, p/s) Petula Clark

0200 Get Yourself a College Girl (1964, p/s, 87 min) Dave Clark Five

0330 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, MGM, 149 min) Arthur C. Clarke

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 30

 

0600 Because They're Young (1960, Columbia, 102 min) Dick Clark

 

Heath Bar

 

0745 The Man From Planet X (1951, Corwin, 70 min, p/s)

0900 I Know Where I'm Going! (1945, Gainsborough, 91 min)

1045 Brigadoon (1954, MGM, 108 min)

 

Life Savers

 

1245 The Stork Club (1945, Paramount, 98 min, p/s)

1430 Captains Courageous (1937, MGM, 115 min)

1630 Vertigo (1958, Paramount, 130 min, p/s)

1845 She Done Him Wrong (1933, Paramount, 65 min, p/s)

 

Belgian Chocolate: Or, If It's Tuesday, These Must Be Belgians

 

2000 The Singing Nun (1966, MGM, 97 min)

2145 A Dog of Flanders (1935, RKO, 72 min)

Short: The Great Heart (1938, MGM 11 min)

2315 Lust For Life (1956, MGM, 122 min)

0130 Battleground (1949, MGM, 119 min)

0345 Murder on the Orient Express (1974, 128 min, p/s)

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31

 

Gobstoppers

 

0600 Mutiny on the Bounty (1935, MGM, 133 min) 215

0815 The Most Dangerous Game (1932, RKO, 62 min)

0930 Titanic (1943, Germany, 85 min, p/s)

1100 In Which We Serve (1942, p/s, 115 min)

1300 It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955, Clover, 79 min, p/s)

 

If you turn M&Ms upside down, you'll get W&W's

 

1430 The Case of Lucky Legs (1935, WB, 80 min) Warren William

1600 Foreign Correspondent (1940, Walter Wanger, 120 min, p/s)

1815 Dixiana (1930, RKO, 100 min) Wheeler & Woolsey

2000 Wilson (1944, Fox, 154 min) PREMIERE

2245 Mr. Winkle Goest to War (1944, Columbia, 80 min) (Edward G. Robinson plays Wilbert Winkle)

0015 The Sweet Smell of Success (1957, p/s, 96 min) Walter Winchell

0200 The Story of GI Joe (1945, Goldwyn, 108 min, p/s) William Wellman

0400 Roman Holiday (1958, Paramount, 118 min, p/s) William Wyler

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 1

 

Hershey's Kisses

 

0600 The Kiss (1929, MGM, 62 min)

0715 Strangers May Kiss (1931, MGM, 81 min) 1045

0845 The Kissing Bandit (1948, MGM, 100 min) 545

1030 A Kiss Before Dying (96 min) 730

1215 The Kiss Before the Mirror (1933, Universal, 67 min, p/s)

1330 That Midnight Kiss (1949, MGM, 96 min) 915

1515 Killer's Kiss (1955, UA, 67 min) 1200

1630 Too Young to Kiss (1951, MGM, 89 min) 1330

1800 Kiss Me Deadly (1955, UA, 106 min, p/s) 200

 

BABY RUTH (Star of the Month Ruth Hussey)

 

2000 Big City (1937, MGM, 80 min)

2130 Marie Antoinette (1938, MGM, 148 min)

Short: The Miracle of Sound (1940, MGM, 11 min)

0015 The Women (1939, MGM, 130 min)

0230 Blackmail (1939, MGM, 81 min)

0400 The Philadelphia Story (1940, MGM, 112 min)

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 2

 

Milk Duds

 

0600 Maid's Night Out (1938, RKO, 64 min)

0715 The Clock (1945, MGM, 90 min)

0845 Night Nurse (1931, WB, 72 min)

1000 The Milky Way (1936, Paramount, 89 min, p/s)

 

All-Day Suckers

 

1130 Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941, Universal, 71 min, p/s)

1245 Nosferatu (1922, p/s, 89 min)

1415 The Wizard Of Oz (1939, MGM, 101 min)

1600 The African Queen (1951, MGM, 105 min)

Short: So You Want to Be a Salesman (1947, 10 min)

1800 Goldfinger (1964, UA, 110 min)

 

Licorice Sticks

 

2000 The Benny Goodman Story (1956, Universal, 116 min, p/s)

Short: For Auld Lang Syne #3 (1938, WB, 7 min)

2215 A Song is Born (1948, Goldwyn, 113 min)

Short: Symphony of Swing (1939, Vitaphone, 10 min)

0030 Dancing Coed (1939, MGM, 84 min)

Short: Artie Shaw and his Orchestra (1939, Vitaphone, 10 min)

 

TCM UNDERGROUND

 

0215 The Passover Plot (1976, Atlas, 108 min)

0415 Reggie's Prayer (1996, 94 min)

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 3

 

Almond Joy's Got Nuts...

 

0600 The Cocoanuts (1929, Paramount, 96 min, p/s)

0745 The Caretakers (1963, 98 min, p/s)

Shorts: The Story of Doctor Carver (1938, MGM, 10 min)

0945 Fury (1936, MGM, 93 min)

 

...Mounds Don't

 

1130 Pork Chop Hill (1959, p/s, 97 min)

1315 Hills of Home (1948, MGM, 97 min)

1500 Home From the Hill (1960, MGM, 150 min)

1730 Advise and Consent (1962, p/s, 139 min)

 

EASTER BUNNIES

 

2000 Bunny Lake is Missing (1965, Paramount, 111 min, p/s)

2200 Harvey (1950, Universal, 104 min, p/s)

Short: Rabbit of Seville

0000 The Lady Is Willing (1942, Columbia, 92 min)

0145 Hide-Out (1934, MGM, 81 min)

0315 The Runaway (1961, 85 min, p/s)

0445 The Rabbit Trap (1959, UA, 72 min)

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