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


This challenge starts right now--Thursday, June 13, 2019 and runs until Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 11:59pm EST.  The Voting Thread will be posted on  August 9, 2019. 


Everyone is welcome to create and post a schedule, and everyone is welcome to vote! It’s much easier than it sounds, and it’s quite fun! Voting takes place in a separate voting thread after the challenge is closed. You may either vote by posting your selection on the thread or by directly messaging the moderator. The winner has the honor of running the next challenge. If you want to enter but can’t host the next challenge, enter anyway, then withdraw from voting. We want to see your ideas too!


1. Create a week's schedule which begins at 6 AM (EST) Sunday and ends at 6 AM (EST) the following Sunday. The week selected must be between October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020. 

2. Each day’s programming can begin whenever the evening schedule is over. TCM spills their evening schedules into the next day all the time, or sometimes starts the next day at 3am, so there is no official starting time.

3. Primetime/Evening MUST begin at 8 PM (EST). TCM never strays from this, so neither shall we.

4. Feature films must start on the hour, quarter-hour, half-hour or three-quarters hour. Short films or other material can be used to “fill-in” between movies so that there is never more than 14 minutes of unscheduled time between features, but don’t feel like you need to schedule all those little in-between commercials and interviews—we can all assume they are there.

5. For this challenge, the premiere limit has been lifted for reasons that will be explained down below......


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

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

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

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

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

6. The Essentials -- A highly regarded film that has remained undimmed by time. Must be at 8 PM on Saturday.

7. Noir Alley – a film noir starting at midnight on Saturday Night

8. Mandatory Challenges as outlined for TCM Programming Challenge #41


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

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

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


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


6:15pm The Long, Long Trailer (1954) Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Marjorie Main. Dir. Vincente Minnelli. MGM. 103 mins. (p/s).

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


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

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

·         “PREMIERE” for movies never seen before on TCM

·         No notation is needed for any movie in the original Turner film library (pre-1950 WB, pre-1986 MGM, and RKO).


Studio abbreviations some of us use for less typing (not a requirement, just FYI):

·         UI = Universal International Pictures

·         WB = Warner Brothers

·         MGM = Metro Goldwyn Mayer

·         RKO = RKO Radio Pictures

·         PAR = Paramount

·         COL = Columbia

·         FOX = 20th Century Fox

·         RANK = J Arthur Rank

·       UA = United Artists



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

·         Disney animated feature films are only allowed as part of your Treasures from the Disney Vault segment because Disney will not license them to TCM otherwise. Disney live action films are allowed, either as previously shown films or as premieres. Animated movies created by other studios whose rights were later acquired Disney are allowed as previously shown films or as premieres. Disney shorts or cartoons which have been previously shown on TCM are allowed.

·         All other theatrical films are allowed as premieres.

Movies in the original Turner library are:

·         Warner Brothers (pre-1948 only): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Warner_Bros._films

·         MGM (pre-1986 only): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer_films

·         RKO (all): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_RKO_Pictures_films

Movies in the public domain are: https://archive.org/details/feature_films/

The most commonly used libraries are:

·         Columbia Pictures: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Columbia_Pictures_films

·         United Artists: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_Artists_films

·         Samuel Goldwyn: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Goldwyn_Productions#Filmography

·         J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rank_Organisation#Select_filmography 

·         20th Century Fox: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_20th_Century_Fox_films_(1935–99)


·         Paramount Pictures: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Paramount_Pictures_films

·         Universal Pictures: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Universal_Pictures_films

·         British Gaumont Pictures: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Gainsborough_Pictures_films

A link of previous Stars Of The Month can be found here: http://forums.tcm.com/index.php?/topic/48417-tcm-stars-of-the-month/

Previous Challenges can be reviewed here: http://forums.tcm.com/index.php?/forum/138-tcm-program-challenges-archive/


How to tell if a movie has aired previously or has not aired at all on TCM, courtesy of MovieCollectorOH:

Many thanks to MovieCollectorOH for his “unofficial report” of what has aired on TCM since 2001. It can be a great resource as you are creating your schedule:


Films that have not, as far as currently known, appeared on TCM are in these files that MovieCollectorOH has arranged chronologically:

http://www.moviecollectoroh.com/reports/unscheduled_20th_Century_Fox.htm [20th Century Fox]

http://www.moviecollectoroh.com/reports/unscheduled_AIP.htm [American International Pictures]

http://www.moviecollectoroh.com/reports/unscheduled_Allied_Artists.htm [Allied Artists]

http://www.moviecollectoroh.com/reports/unscheduled_Columbia.htm [Columbia]

http://www.moviecollectoroh.com/reports/unscheduled_Disney.htm [Disney]

http://www.moviecollectoroh.com/reports/unscheduled_First_National.htm [First National]

http://www.moviecollectoroh.com/reports/unscheduled_Hammer.htm [Hammer]

http://www.moviecollectoroh.com/reports/unscheduled_MGM.htm [MGM]

http://www.moviecollectoroh.com/reports/unscheduled_Monogram.htm [Monogram]

http://www.moviecollectoroh.com/reports/unscheduled_Paramount.htm [Paramount]

http://www.moviecollectoroh.com/reports/unscheduled_Republic.htm [Republic]

http://www.moviecollectoroh.com/reports/unscheduled_RKO.htm [RKO]

http://www.moviecollectoroh.com/reports/unscheduled_Samuel_Goldwyn.htm [Goldwyn]

http://www.moviecollectoroh.com/reports/unscheduled_Universal.htm [Universal; 1912-1946;1963-present]

http://www.moviecollectoroh.com/reports/unscheduled_Universal_International.htm [Universal; 1946-1963]

http://www.moviecollectoroh.com/reports/unscheduled_Warner_Bros_or_Vitaphone.htm [WB]

http://www.moviecollectoroh.com/reports/unscheduled_Miscellaneous_Production_Companies.htm [Misc. companies up through 1990]

http://www.moviecollectoroh.com/reports/unscheduled_UK_Production_Companies.htm [British Companies Up Through 1990]

And for finding out the last time a movie aired (in case you want to rustle up some film not seen on the channel for years, there's this. All the one time only films are listed first, then the 2 times films, etc.)




Thanks to previous Challenge Moderators for the opportunity to use their instructions. If you have any questions, post them here in case someone else has the same question. The info on the specifics of this challenge can be found in the next post……..

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#1- New material for TCM.  The premiere limit has been lifted for this challenge, because as a mandatory requirement for this particular challenge, your schedule must include at least 15 premieres. There is no maximum number. Use MovieCollectorOH's helpful files to find titles that have never before been seen on TCM. Anything you wish. The sky's the limit. If you want to schedule 48 straight hours of rare Paramount and Universal titles or if you want to do Disney animated films, feel free! There's no stopping you this time around.

#2- New SOTM. Your Star of the Month must be somebody who has never been given such an honor in the past on TCM. None of the names on this list can be chosen: http://forums.tcm.com/index.php?/topic/48417-tcm-stars-of-the-month/. This takes a lot of names out of the running, but this gives you freedom to choose just about any Fox, Paramount, Universal, foreign, or more recent star, not to mention all those great character actors and actresses! Again, as long as you think of a person, feel free to take it as far as you wish to go!

#3- Cinema's origins.  In this challenge, you need to create a programming block that contains, at the minimum, 4 silent films made in the early days of Hollywood's history.

#4 - TCM Message Board Guest Programmer. OK, this one might sound a little odd, but bear with me. All of our schedules are what we want to see on TCM, but what about what others want? For this reason, I am asking you to converse with another Message Board member (be it somebody who usually participates in these events or not) either in a thread or via a private message and ask him or her 4 or 5 titles that they want to see on TCM either again or the first time.

That's everything, so this challenge is now officially open! Good Luck Everyone!

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Wow, that WAS fast, haha! The new challenge looks fun. I'm looking forward to diving in. Also, you've probably already done it, but just as a reminder, make sure to send a PM to the moderator asking to have this thread pinned. I'd hate for anyone to accidentally miss it!

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6 hours ago, Stevomachino said:

Wow, that WAS fast, haha! The new challenge looks fun. I'm looking forward to diving in. Also, you've probably already done it, but just as a reminder, make sure to send a PM to the moderator asking to have this thread pinned. I'd hate for anyone to accidentally miss it!

i did send a message yesterday, so hopefully this will be pinned soon.

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Sunday, August 16, 2020


Happy Birthday Lesley Ann Warren


06:00 AM  Choose Me (1984)  Orion C-114 min Lesley Ann Warren, Genevieve Bujold, Keith Carradine  Dir:  Alan Rudolph Premiere #1

08:00 AM  Clue (1985) Paramount C-97 min Lesley Ann Warren, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn Dir: Jonathan Lynn  Premiere #2


Noir Alley Sunday Repeat


09:45 AM  Army of Shadows (1969) Les Films Corona C-140 min Lino Ventura, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Simone Signoret, Dir: Jean-Pierre Melville  Premiere#3


Silent Sunday Afternoon


12:15 PM  Die Nibelungen (1924) UFA BW-288 min Paul Richter, Margarete Schon Dir: Fritz Lang  Premiere #4

05:15 PM  A Cottage on Dartmoor (1929) British Instructional Films BW-77 min Norah Baring, Uno Henning  Dir: Anthony Asquith  Premiere#5

06:45 PM  The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)  Films Jean Epstein BW-63 min Marguerite Gance, Jean Debucourt, Charles Lamy Dir: Jean Epstein  Premiere #6


TCM Programming Challenge:  Four Hollywood Silent Features


08:00 PM  Peter Pan (1924) Paramount BW-105 min Betty Bronson, Ernest Torrence, Mary Brian Dir: Herbert Brenon  Premiere#7

10:00 PM  Fig Leaves (1926) Fox BW-71 min Olive Borden, George O'Brien Dir: Howard Hawks  Premiere#8

11:15 PM  Robin Hood (1922) United Artists BW-127 min Douglas Fairbanks, Wallace Beery Dir: Allan Dwan  Premiere #9

01:30 PM  Tol'able David (1921) Associated First National BW-99 min Richard Barthelmess, Gladys Hulette Dir: Henry King  Premiere #10


Sunday Silent Foreign Film


03:15 AM Father Sergius (1918) Yermoliev BW-112 min Ivan Mosjoukine, Nathalie Lisenko Dir:  Yakov Protozanov, Alexandre Volkoff  Premiere#11

05:15 AM  Orochi (1925) Bando Tsumasaburo Production BW-74 min Tsumasaburo Bando, Misao Seki Dir:  Buntaro Futagawa Premiere #12



Monday, August 17, 2020


Happy Birthday Monty Woolley


06:30 AM  Since you Went Away  (1944) United Artists BW-172 min Monty Woolley, Claudette Colbert, Joseph Cotton Dir: John Cromwell P/S

09:30 AM  The Pied Piper (1942) 20th Century Fox BW-87 min Monty Woolley, Roddy McDowall, Anne Baxter Dir: Irving Pichel  Premiere #13

11:00 AM  The Man Who Came To Dinner (1942) WB BW-112 min Monty Woolley, Bette Davis, Billy Burke. Dir: William Keighley P/S


Happy Birthday Mae West


01:00 PM  She Done Him Wrong (1933) Paramount BW-66 min Mae West, Cary Grant Dir: Lowell Sherman P/S

02:15 PM  My Little Chickadee (1940) Universal BW-84 min Mae West, W.C. Fields Dir: Edward F. Cline P/S


Happy Birthday Maureen O'Hara


03:45 PM  How Green was my Valley (1941) 20th Century Fox BW-118 min Maureen O'Hara, Walter Pidgeon, Roddy MacDowall Dir: John Ford P/S

05:45 PM  The Quiet Man (1952) Republic C-125 min Maureen O'Hara, John Wayne, Victor MacLaglen Dir: John Ford P/S


Happy Birthday Star of the Month Robert De Niro


08:00 PM  The Mission (1986) Warner Bros C-125 min Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons Dir: Roland Joffe  Premiere#14

10:15 PM  The Last Tycoon (1976) Paramount C-123 min Robert De Niro, Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum Dir: Elia Kazan  Premiere#15

12:30 AM  Once Upon a Time in America (1984) Warner Bros C-229 min Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern Dir: Sergio Leone Premiere#16

04:30 AM  Angel Heart (1987) Tri-Star C-113 min Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet Dir: Alan Parker  Premiere#17


Tuesday, August 18, 2020


August Spotlight:  Revolution in the Movies


06:30 AM  Lucia (1968) Instituto Cubano del Arte y Industria Cinematograficos BW-160 min Raquel Revuelta, Eslinda Nonez, Adela Legra Dir: Humberto Solas  Premiere #18

09:15 AM  La Commune (Paris 1871) (2000) 13 Productions BW-345 min Aurelia Petit, Jean Giacinti Dir: Peter Watkins  Premiere #19

03:00 PM  Land and Freedom (1995) Grammercy Pictures C-109 min Ian Hart, Rosana Pastor Dir: Ken Loach  Premiere #20

05:00 PM  Regular Lovers (2005) Ad Vitam Distributio BW-178 min Louis Garrel, Clothilde Hesme Dir: Philippe Garrel  Premiere #21

08:00 PM  The Red and the White (1967) Mosfilm BW-90 min Joszef Madaras, Tibor Molnar Dir: Miklos Jancso  Premiere #22

09:45 PM  Winstanley (1975) BEI Production BW-95 min Miles Halliwell, Terry Higgins, Jerome Willis Dir:  Kevin Brownlow, Andrew Mello Premiere #23

11:30 PM  The 17th Parallel: Vietnam in War (1968)  Argos Films  BW-113 min Dir:  Joris Ivens, Marcleine London Ivens  Premiere #24

01:30 PM  A Grin Without a Cat (1977) Dovidis C-240 min Dir: Chris Marker  Premiere #25



Wednesday, August 19, 2020


Musical Premieres from A to Z (Today A to G)


05:30 AM  Applause (1929) Paramount BW-80 min Helen Morgan, Jack Cameron, Joan Peers Dir: Rouben Mamoulian  Premiere #26

07:00 AM  At Long Last Love (1975) 20th Century Fox C-123 min Burt Reynolds, Cybill Shepherd, Madeline Kahn Dir: Peter Bogdanovich Premiere #27

09:15 AM  All that Jazz (1979) 20th Century Fox C-123 min Roy Scheider, Ann Reinking, Erzsebet Foldi Dir: Bob Fosse  Premiere #28

11:30 AM  Alice in Wonderland (1951) RKO Radio/Walt Disney Productions C-75 min Kathryn Beaumont, Sterling Holloway, Ed Wynn Dir: Clyde Geronomi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilon Luske  Premiere#29

12:45 PM  Bugsy Malone (1976) Paramount C-93 min Scott Baio, Florrie Dugger, Jodie Foster Dir: Alan Parker  Premiere #30

02:30 PM  The Chronicle of Anna Magdelena Bach (1968) Frank Seitz Film Production BW-94 min Gustav Leonhardt, Christiane Lang Dir: Danielle Hulliet, Jean-Marie Straub  Premiere#31

04:15 PM  The Cotton Club (1984) Orion C-128 min Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane Dir:  Francis Ford Coppola Premiere #32

06:30 PM  Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) British Film Institute C-85 min Pete Postelthwaite, Freda Dowie, Lorraine Ashbourne Dir: Terrence Davies  Premiere#33

08:00 PM  Damn Yankees (1958) Warner Bros C-111 min Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon, Ray Walston Dir: Gregory Abbott, Stanley Donen  Premiere #34

10:00 PM  Everyone Says I Love You (1996) Mirimax C-101 min Woody Allen, Alan Alda, Goldie Hawn Dir: Woody Allen  Premiere #35

11:45 PM  Fantasia (1940) RKO Radio/Walt Disney Productions C-125 min Leopold Stokowski, Walt Disney, Dir: Ben Sharpsteen  Premiere #36

02:00 AM  The Gold Diggers (1983) BFI BW-87 min Julie Christie, Colette Laffont Dir: Sally Potter  Premiere #37

03:30 AM  The Great Muppet Caper (1981) Universal C-97 min Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Diana Rigg, Charles Grodin Dir: Jim Henson  Premiere #38


Thursday, August 19, 2020


Musical Premieres from A to Z (Today H to L)


05:15 AM  Help! (1965) United Artists C-92 min John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Leo McKern, Eleanor Bron Dir: Richard Lester  Premiere #39

07:00 AM  It Couldn't Happen Here (1988) Liberty Film C-87 min Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe Dir: Jack Bond  Premiere #40

08:30 AM  The Jungle Book (1967) Buena Vista C-78 min Phil Harris, George Sanders Dir: Wolfgang Reitherman  Premiere #41

10:00 AM  Khovanshchina (1960) Mosfilm BW-124 min Aleksej Krivchenya, Anton Grigonev, Dir: Vera Stroyeva Premiere #42

12:15 PM  The Little Prince (1974) Paramount C-88 min Steven Warner, Richard Kiley, Bob Fosse, Gene Wilder  Dir: Statley Donen   Premiere #43

01:45 PM  Long-Haired Hare (1949) Warner Bros C-8 min Mel Blanc Dir: Chuck Jones  Premiere #44

02:00 PM  Lagaan:  Once Upon a Time in India (2001) Sony Pictures/Zee Netwokr C-224 min Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley Dir: Ashutosh Gowanker  Premiere #45

05:45 PM  La La Land (2016) Lionsgate C-128 min Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone Dir: Damon Chazelle  Premiere #46


We Interrupt this Musical Premieres block for guest programmer LawrenceA


08:00 PM  A Devil with Women (1930)  Fox BW-64 min Victor McLaglen, Moria Maris, Humphrey Bogart Dir: Irving Cummings  Premiere#47

09:15 PM  Seed (1931) Universal BW-96 min John Boles, Lois Wilson, Bette Davis Dir: John M. Stahl  Premiere #48

11:00 PM  East is West (1930) Universal BW-75 min Lupe Velez, Lew Ayres, Edward G. Robinson Dir: Monta Bell  Premiere #49

12:30 AM  She Wanted a Millionaire  (1932) Fox BW-74 min Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett Dir: John G. Blystone  Premiere#50

02:00 AM  Disorderly Conduct (1932) Fox BW-82 min Spencer Tracy, Sally Ellers Dir: John W. Considine  Premiere #51

03:30 AM  Three Girls Lost (1931) Fox BW-55 min Loretta Young, Lew Cody, John Wayne Dir: Sidney Lanfield  Premiere #52

04:30 AM  Those Who Make Tomorrow (1946) Toho BW-82 min  Susumu Fijita, Hideo Takemine Dir: Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Sekigawa, Kajiro Yamamoto  Premiere #53


Friday, August 20, 2021


Musical Premieres from A to Z  (Today L to R)


06:00 AM  Let it Be (1970) United Artists C-80 min The Beatles Dir: Michael Lindsay-Hogg  Premiere #54

07:30 AM  Little Shop of Horrors (1986)  Warner Bros C-94 min  Rick Moranis, Steve Martin  Dir: Frank Oz  Premiere#55

09:15 AM  Mammame (1986) Arcanel C-65 min The Emile Dubois Dance Company Dir: Raul Ruiz  Premiere #56

10:30 AM  Moses and Aaron  (1975)  ORF/ARD C-107 min Gunter Reich, Louis Devos Dir:  Jean-Marie Straub, Daniele Huillet  Premiere #57

12:30 PM  Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983) Universal C-107 min  Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones Dir:  Terry Jones  Premiere#58

02:30 PM  No One Knows About Persian Cats (2009) My film C-106 min  Ashkan Kooshanejad, Negar Shaghaghi, Hamed Behdad  Dir: Bahman Ghobadi  Premiere #59

04:30 PM  One from the Heart (1982) Columbia C-107 min Frederic Forrest, Teri Garr, Raul Julia, Nastassja Kinski Dir: Francis Ford Coppola  Premiere #60

06:30 PM  Once (2007) Buena Vista International C-86 min  Glen Hasgard, Markita Iglova  Dir: John Carney  Premiere #61

08:00 PM  Pinocchio (1940) Walt Disney Productions C-88 min Cliff Edwards, Dickie Jones Dir: Ben Sharpsteen, Hamilton Luske  Premiere #62

09:45 PM  Purple Rain (1984) Warner Bros C-111 min Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day  Dir: Albert Magnoli  Premiere #63

11:45 PM  Quadrophenia (1979) The Who Films C-117 min Phil Daniels, Sting  Dir: Franc Roddam  Premiere #64

02:00 AM  (Underground) The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) 20th Century Fox C-100 min  Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Richard O'Brien, Nell Campell (Little Nell), Charles Gray  Dir: Jim Sharman  Premiere #65

03:45 AM  (Underground) Red Psalm (1972) Mafilm C-87 min Madaras Jozsef, Orban Tibor Dir: Miklos Jancso  Premiere #66


Saturday, August 22, 2020


Musical Premieres from A to Z (today from S to Z)


05:15 AM  South Park:  Bigger, Longer and Uncut (1999) Paramount C-81 min Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes Dir: Trey Parker, Matt Stone  Premiere #67

06:45 AM  Stop Making Sense (1984) Palm Pictures C-88 min Talking Heads Dir: Jonathan Demme  Premiere #68

08:15 AM  Topsy-Turvy (1999) Pathe Distribution C-160 min Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner, Timothy Spall Dir: Michael Leigh Premiere #69

11:00 AM  Snow White and Seven Dwarfs (1937) Rko Radio Productions C-83 min Adriana Caselotti, Lucille La Verne, Roy Atwell, Pinto Colvig  Dir:  David Hand, William Cottrell, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen  Premiere #70

12:30 PM  Up, Down, Fragile (1995) Pan Europeenne Distribution C-169 min  Marianne Denicourt, Nathalie Richard, Laurence Cote  Dir: Jacques Rivette  Premiere #71

03:30 PM  Velvet Goldmine (1999) Mirimax C-123 min Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Toni Collette  Dir:  Todd Haynes  Premiere #72

05:45 PM  The Wiz (1978) Universal C-133 min  Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor  Dir: Sidney Lumet  Premiere #73

08:00 PM  (Essentials) Yellow Submarine (1968) United Artists C-87 min The Beatles Dir: George Dunning  Premiere #74

09:45 PM  Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1973) 20th Century Fox C-90 min David Bowie, Mark Ronson Dir: D.A. Pennebaker  Premiere #75


Noir Alley


11:30 PM  The Usual Suspects (1995) Polygram C-106 min Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey, Kevin Pollak Dir: Bryan Singer  Premiere #76


A Touch of Science Fiction, for Ray Bradbury's Birthday


01:30 AM  Delicatessen (1991) UGC C-99 min  Dominique Pinon, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Marie-Laure Dougnac  Dir: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet  Premiere #77

03:15 AM  12 Monkeys (1995)  Universal C-129 min  Bruce Willis, Madeline Stowe, Brad Pitt Dir:  Terry Gilliam  Premiere#78

05:30 AM  La Jetee (1962) gos BW-28 min Davos Hanich, Helene Chastelain Dir: Chris Marker P/S

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Week of August 16 to August 22, 2020


SOTM:  Robert De Niro
Noir Alley:  Army of Shadows (1969), The Usual Suspects (1995)
Silent Sunday Nights:  Robin Hood (1922),  Tol'able David (1921)
TCM Imports:  Father Sergius (1918), Orochi (1925)
Special Monthly Spotlight:  Revolution on Film
TCM Undergound:  The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), Red Psalm (1972)
TCM Essentials:  Yellow Submarine (1968)


There are 78 premieres on this schedule.  Please don't make me repeat them.  Essentially everything except for Monday morning/afternoon and the very last film is a premiere. 




1910s       1

1920s       9

1930s       8

1940s       9

1950s       3

1960s      10

1970s      13

1980s      16

1990s        9

2000s        5

2010s        1


We start off with two movies for birthday girl Lesley Ann Warren.  There's also yesterday's noir alley repeat.  We then have the programming challenge of four early Hollywood silent movies, which I decided to border with silent films from Germany, Britain, France, Russia and Japan.  With Monday we have movies from the three birthday Ms-Monty, Mae and Maureen, before we get to the fourth birthday actor and star of the Month Robert De Niro.  Tuesday  is devoted to the monthly spotlight, revolution in films, with films on revolution in Cuba, France, the Spanish Civil War, 1968, the Russian Civil War, the English revolution, Vietnam and the seventies.


Then we get to the highlight of the week, musical premieres from A to Z.  It has Disney animated films!  It has Best Picture nominees (All That Jazz)!  It has notorious flops (At Long Last Love)!  It has dramas where the characters do a lot of singing (Distant Voices Still Lives, Lagaan)!  It has comedies where the characters do a lot of singing (Help!  Monty Python and the Meaning of Life)!  It has operas (Moses and Aron, Khovanshchina)!  (Interestingly Shoskatovich was nominated for an oscar for the last film.   He, and Duke Ellington, lost to West Side Story.)  Anyway, my lists includes dance films (Mammame)!  It includes communist musicals, with nudity (Red Psalm)!  It includes concert films (Stop Making Sense)!  It includes documentaries (Let it be)!  It includes a Bugs Bunny cartoon to fill a fifteen minute gap!  Surprisingly very few films had to be included just to fit all of the letters. 


Also on Thursday evening we have guest programmer LawrenceA has seven films, including six pre-Code films.  For the end of Saturday, it was a bit tricky to find someone to hang a theme on.  There don't appear to be that many Hollywood people born on August 22:  names like David Chase, Honor Blackman, Cindy Williams and Valerie Harper are more associated with television.  So I concluded with three sci-fi films with an absence of overoptimism for Ray Bradbury's birthday. 

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Very exciting skimpole. Just a few premieres, eh? Every decade thinkable is in the mix. Some stuff I naturally don't know but am interested in. Movies I know are worth watching. LawrenceA is a natural. I think this schedule has something for everyone, and then some. Excellent!

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Lonesome Polecat’s Schedule for Challenge #41: A Week Less Ordinary

Week of September 21-27, 2020

NEW STAR OF THE MONTH (Challenge #2): Martha Raye

GUEST PROGRAMMER (Challenge #4): Speedracer 5


THE ESSENTIALS: The Killers (1946)

SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS/TCM IMPORTS: Les Misérables: Parts 1-4 (1913)

NOIR ALLEY: One Way Street (1950)

TCM UNDERGROUND: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)



---------------------------Sunday September 21, 2020------------------------




(Because here in L.A., September 21st is one of the hottest days of the year)

6:00am Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Peter O’Toole & Alec Guinness, dir David Lean COL 3h36min

9:45am 3 Godfathers (1948) John Wayne & Pedro Armendariz, dir John Ford MGM 1h46min

11:45am The Purple Plain (1954) Gregory Peck & Bernard Lee, dir Robert Parrish RANK 1h40min

1:30pm The Walking Hills (1949) Randolph Scott & Ella Raines, dir John Sturges COL 1h18min PREMIERE

3:00pm Sahara (1943) Humphrey Bogart & Bruce Bennett, dir Zoltan Korda COL 1h37min

4:45pm Desert Vengeance (1931) Buck Jones & Barbara Bedford, dir Louis King 1h5min

6:00pm Sands of the Kalahari (1965) Stanley Baker & Stuart Whitman, dir Cy Endfield PAR 1h59min PREMIERE




8:00pm Goodbye Charlie (1964) Tony Curtis & Debbie Reynolds, dir Vincente Minnelli FOX 1h56min PREMIERE

10:00pm The Return of October (1948) Glenn Ford & Terry Moore, dir Joseph H Lewis COL 1h38min PREMIERE

11:45pm Let’s Live Again (1948) John Emery & Hillary Brooke, dir Herbert I. Leeds FOX 1h7min PREMIERE

1:00pm SHORT: Hoofs and Goofs (1957) The Three Stooges, dir Jules White COL 15min PREMIERE

1:15pm SHORT: Horsing Around (1957) The Three Stooges, dir Jules White COL 15min PREMIERE




1:30am Les Miserables, Part 1: Jean Valjean (1913) Henry Krauss & Henri Etievant, dir Albert Capellani, Pathe 1h PREMIERE

2:30am Les Miserables, Part 2: Fantine (1913) Marie Ventura & Henry Krauss, dir Albert Capellani, Pathe 1h PREMIERE

3:30am Les Miserables, Part 3: Cosette (1913) Maria Fromet & Henry Krauss, dir Albert Capellani, Pathe 1h PREMIERE

4:30am Les Miserables, Part 4: Cosette and Marius (1913) Maria Fromet & Henry Krauss, dir Albert Capellani, Pathe 1h PREMIERE



----------------------------Monday September 22, 2020--------------------




5:30am Henry V (1944) Laurence Olivier & Robert Newton, dir Laurence Olivier, Eagle Lion 2h17min

7:00am The Third Man (1949) Joseph Cotton & Valli, dir Carol Reed, London Film 1h33min

8:45am That Lady (1955) Olivia de Havilland & Gilbert Roland, dir Terence Young FOX 1h40min PREMIERE

10:30am Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948) David Niven & Margaret Leighton, dir Anthony Kimmins, London Film 1h38min PREMIERE

12:15pm The Inheritance (1947) Jean Simmons & Derrick De Marney, dir Charles Frank GFD 1h38min PREMIERE

2:00pm The Great Manhunt (1950) Douglas Fairbanks Jr & Glynis Johns, dir Sidney Gilliat, London Film 1h37min PREMIERE

3:45pm The Angel with the Trumpet (1950) Eileen Herlie & Basil Sydney, dir Anthony Bushell, London Film 1h38min PREMIERE

5:30pm Romeo and Juliet (1954) Laurence Harvey & Susan Shentall, dir Renata Castellani GFD 2h18min PREMIERE



8:00pm Fantasia (1940) Leopold Stokowski & Deems Taylor, dir James Algar, Disney 2h5min PREMIERE

10:15pm SHORT: How to Swim (1942) George Johnson & John McLeish, dir Jack Kinney, Disney 8min PREMIERE

10:30pm Mary Poppins (1964) Julie Andrews & Dick Van Dyke, dir Robert Stevenson, Disney 2h19min PREMIERE

1:00am Bear Country (1953) Winston Hibler, dir James Algar, Disney 33min PREMIERE

1:45am SHORT: Squatter’s Rights (1946) Dessie Flynn & James MacDonald, dir Jack Hannah, Disney 7min PREMIERE

2:00am Pinocchio (1940) Dickie Jones & Cliff Edwards, dir Norman Ferguson, Disney 1h28min PREMIERE

3:30am SHORT: How to Play Baseball (1942) George Johnson & Fred Shields, dir Jack Kinney, Disney 8min PREMIERE

3:45am The Light in the Forest (1958) Fess Parker & James MacArthur, dir Herschel Daugherty, Disney 1h23min PREMIERE



---------------------------Tuesday September 23, 2020-------------------------




5:15am The Thirteenth Chair (1937) Dame May Whitty & Madge Evans, dir George B Seitz MGM 1h6min

6:30am Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) Kim Stanley & Richard Attenborough, dir Bryan Forbes, Rank 1h55min

8:30am Poltergeist (1982) Craig T Nelson & JoBeth Williams, dir Tobe Hooper MGM 1h54min

10:30am Blithe Spirit (1945) Rex Harrison & Constance Cummings, dir David Lean, Cineguild 1h36min

12:15pm Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939) Sidney Toler & Cesar Romero, dir Norman Foster FOX 1h14min PREMIERE

1:30pm Mrs Pym of Scotland Yard (1940) Mary Clare & Edward Lexy, dir Fred Ellis, Hurley 1h5min PREMIERE

2:45pm Fog Island (1945) George Zucco & Lionel Atwell, dir Terry O Morse PRC 1h12min PREMIERE

4:00pm Frenzy (1945) Derrick De Marney & Frederick Valk, dir Vernon Dewell, British National 1h12min PREMIERE

5:15pm Darkened Rooms (1929) Evelyn Brent & Neil Hamilton, dir Louis J Gasnier PAR 1h6min PREMIERE

6:30pm The Medium (1951) Marie Powers & Leo Coleman, dir Gian-Carlo Menotti, Transfilm 1h24min PREMIERE




8:00pm Waikiki Wedding (1937) Bob Burns & Martha Raye, dir Frank Tuttle PAR 1h29min PREMIERE

9:30pm Mountain Music (1937) Bob Burns & Martha Raye, dir Robert Florey PAR 1h16min PREMIERE

11:00pm Tropic Holiday (1938) Bob Burns & Martha Raye, dir Theodore Reed PAR 1h18min PREMIERE

12:30am The Boys from Syracuse (1940) Allan Jones & Martha Raye, dir A. Edward Sutherland UI 1h13min PREMIERE

1:45am $1000 a Touchdown (1939) Joe E Brown & Martha Raye, dir James P Hogan PAR 1h11min PREMIERE

3:00am Never Say Die (1939) Bob Hope & Martha Raye, dir Elliott Nugent PAR 1h22min PREMIERE

4:30am Hellzapoppin’ (1941) Olsen & Johnson, Martha Raye, dir HC Potter 1h24min UI PREMIERE

6:00am Keep ‘Em Flying (1941) Abbott & Costello, Martha Raye, dir Arthur Lubin & Ralph Cedar UI 1h26min



--------------------Wednesday September 24, 2020----------------------




7:30am A Hard Day’s Night (1964) Paul McCartney & John Lennon, dir Richard Lester UA 1h27min

9:00am Bye Bye Birdie (1963) Dick Van Dyke & Ann Margaret, dir George Sidney COL 1h52min

11:00am A Different Twist (1984) Peter Gallagher & Allison Smith, dir Mark Cullingham ABC 30min PREMIERE

11:30am The Youngest Profession (1943) Virginia Wiedler & Edward Arnold, dir Edward Buzzell MGM 1h22min

1:00pm What a Way to Go! (1964) Shirley MacLaine & Gene Kelly, dir J Lee Thompson FOX 1h51min

3:00pm Rose Bowl (1936) Eleanore Whitney & Tom Brown, dir Charles Barton PAR 1h15min PREMIERE

4:15pm Galaxy Quest (1999) Tim Allen & Sigourney Weaver, dir Dean Parisot DW 1h42min PREMIERE

6:00pm Damn Yankees (1958) Gwen Verdon & Ray Walston, dir Stanley Donen & George Abbot WB 1h51min PREMIERE




8:00pm The Three Lights (1921) Lil Dagover & Walter Janssen, dir Fritz Lang, Decla-Bioscop AG 1h54min PREMIERE

10:00pm Warning Shadows (1923) Alexander Granach & Max Gulstorff, dir Arthur Robinson, Pan-Film 1h30min PREMIERE

11:30pm From Morn til Midnight (1920) Ernst Deutch & Erna Morena, dir Karl Heinz Martin, Ilag-Film 1h5min PREMIERE

12:45am Waxworks (1924) Emil Jannings & Conrad Veidt, dir Leo Birinsky & Paul Leni, Neptune-Film AG 1h5min PREMIERE

2:00am Variety (1925) Emil Jannings & Maly Delschaft, dir Ewald Andre Dupont UFA 1h12min PREMIERE

3:15am The Student of Prague (1926) Conrad Veidt & Elizza La Porta, dir Henrik Galeen, Sokal-Film GMBH 1h50min PREMIERE

5:15am Genuine: The Tragedy of a Vampire (1920) Fern Andra & Ernst Gronau, dir Robert Wiene, Decla-Bioscop 1h28min PREMIERE



----------------------------Thursday September 25, 2020---------------------------------




6:45am Tarzan’s New York Adventure (1942) Johnny Weissmuller & Maureen O’Sullivan, dir Richard Thorpe MGM 1h11min

8:00am Bell, Book and Candle (1958) James Stewart & Kim Novak, dir Richard Quine COL 1h46min

10:00am Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) Audrey Hepburn & George Peppard, dir Blake Edwards UA 1h55min

12:00pm Francis Covers the Big Town (1953) Donald O’Connor & Gene Lockhart, dir Arthur Lubin UI 1h26min PREMIERE

1:30pm The Man Who Wagged His Tail (1957) Peter Ustinov & Pablito Calvo, dir Ladislao Vadja, Falco 1h30min PREMIERE

3:00pm Johnny One-Eye (1950) Pat O’Brien & Wayne Morris, die Robert Florey UA 1h18min PREMIERE

4:30pm Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) Jim Henson & Frank Oz, dir Frank Oz, Tristar 1h34min

6:15pm What’s So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968) George Peppard & Mary Tyler Moore, dir George Seaton UI 1h34min PREMIERE




“Because it's my absolute favorite movie of all time. Lucille Ball is my absolute favorite actress.  This movie runs like an extra long episode of I Love Lucy.”

8:00pm The Long, Long Trailer (1954) Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz, dir Vincente Minnelli MGM 1h36min

“I love Errol Flynn and this film of his is my absolute favorite.  Aside from Flynn's general gorgeousness, I love Alan Hale and Ward Bond's performances.  This film introduced me to Alexis Smith whom I also enjoy.  Finally, this film features William "Fred Mertz" Frawley from my favorite show of all time-- I Love Lucy.”

9:45pm Gentleman Jim (1942) Errol Flynn & Alexis Smith, dir Raoul Walsh WB 1h44min

“This is one of the best film noir that I've seen in a long time. I loved the jazz musical score.  Robert Ryan and Harry Belafonte were fantastic.  The ending was phenomenal.”

11:30pm Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) Harry Belafonte & Robert Ryan, dir Robert Wise UA 1h36min

“I have seen this musical at least two dozen times (if not more) and I never tire of it.”

1:15am Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) Judy Garland & Margaret O’Brien, dir Vincente Minnelli MGM 1h53min

“I love teen beach movies and Gidget is the best of all of them. Plus, Moondoggie is super hot.”

3:15am Gidget (1959) Sandra Dee & James Darren, dir Paul Wendkos COL 1h35min



-------------------------Friday September 26, 2020-------------------------------




5:00am Weekend in Havana (1941) Alice Faye & Carmen Miranda, dir Walter Lang FOX 1h21min PREMIERE

6:30am Great American Broadcast (1941) Alice Faye & John Payne, dir Archie Mayo FOX 1h30min PREMIERE

8:00am Footlight Serenade (1942) Betty Grable & John Payne, dir Gregory Ratoff FOX 1h20min PREMIERE

9:30am When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948) Betty Grable & Dan Dailey, dir Walter Lang FOX 1h38min PREMIERE

11:15am Hello, Frisco, Hello (1943) Alice Faye & John Payne, dir H Bruce Humberstone FOX 1h39min PREMIERE

1:00pm Diamond Horseshoe (1945) Betty Grable & Dick Haymes, dir George Seaton FOX 1h44min PREMIERE

2:45pm The Gang’s All Here (1943) Alice Faye & Carmen Miranda, dir Busby Berkeley FOX 1h43min PREMIERE

4:30pm Tin Pan Alley (1940) Alice Faye & Betty Grable, dir Walter Lang FOX 1h34min PREMIERE

6:15pm Call Me Mister (1951) Betty Grable & Dan Dailey, dir Lloyd Bacon FOX 1h36min PREMIERE




8:00pm Peter Falk (Columbo) in Penelope (1966) dir Arthur Hiller MGM 1h37min

9:45pm - Angela Lansbury (Murder She Wrote) in The Mirror Crack’d (1980) dir Guy Hamilton EMI 1h45min PREMIERE

11:30pm - Jack Lord (Hawaii Five-O) in The Counterfeit Killer (1968) dir Joseph Lejtes UI 1h35min PREMIERE

1:15am - Telly Savalas (Kojak) in Sonny and Jed (1972) dir Sergio Corbucci, Titanus 1h30min PREMIERE

2:45am - James Garner (Rockford Files) in Marlowe (1969) dir Paul Bogart MGM 1h36min



-------------------SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2020-------------------------




4:30am The Sad Sack (1957) Jerry Lewis & David Wayne, dir George Marshall PAR 1h38min

6:15am The Adventures of Red Ryder– “Chapter 1: Murder on the Santa Fe Trail” (1940) Don “Red” Barry & Noah Beery, dir John English & William Witney, Republic 28min PREMIERE

6:45am King of the Royal Mounted“Chapter 1: Manhunt” (1940) Allan Lane & Robert Strange, dir John English & William Witney, Republic 27min PREMIERE

7:15am The Miraculous Blackhawk: Freedom’s Champion – “Chapter 1: Distress Call from Space” (1952) Kirk Alyn & Carol Forman, dir Spencer Gordon Bennet COL 20min PREMIERE

7:45am Little Orphan Annie (1932) Mitzi Green & Buster Phelps, dir John S Robertson RKO 1h10min PREMIERE

9:00am Superman Flies Again (1954) George Reeves & Noel Neill, dir George Blair 1h17min PREMIERE

10:30am Li’l Abner (1940) Jeff York & Martha O’Driscoll, dir Albert S. Rogell RKO 1h18min PREMIERE

12:00pm I Go Pogo (1980) Jonathan Winters & Vincent Price, dir Marc Paul Chinoy OGPI 1h26min PREMIERE

1:30pm Up Front (1951) David Wayne & Tom Ewell, dir Alexander Hall 1h32min UI PREMIERE

3:15pm Tintin et le Mystère de la Toison d’Or (1961) Jean-Pierre Talbot & Georges Wilson, dir Jean-Jacques Vierne, Pathé 1h44min PREMIERE

5:00pm Palooka (1934) Jimmy Durante & Stuart Erwin, dir Benjamin Stoloff UA Up 1h26min PREMIERE

6:30pm A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969) Peter Robbins & Pamelyn Ferdin, dir Bill Melendez UFS 1h26min PREMIERE




8:00pm THE ESSENTIALS: The Killers (1946) Burt Lancaster & Ava Gardner, dir Robert Siodmak UI 1h43min

9:45pm -30- (1959) Jack Webb & William Conrad, dir Jack Webb WB 1h36min

11:30pm NOIR ALLEY: One Way Street (1950) James Mason & William Conrad, dir Hugo Fregonese UI 1h19min PREMIERE

1:00am The Milkman (1950) Donald O’Connor & Jimmy Durante, dir Charles Barton UI 1h27min PREMIERE

2:30am TCM UNDERGROUND: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979) Gil Gerard & William Conrad, dir Daniel Haller UI 1h29min PREMIERE

4:00am The Ride Back (1957) Anthony Quinn & William Conrad, dir Allen H Miner UA 1h19min PREMIERE

5:30am To the Victor (1948) Dennis Morgan & William Conrad, dir Delmer Dawes 1h40min WB PREMIERE


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TCM Schedule #41 “A Week Less Ordinary”

April 26 – May 2, 2020


SOTM:  James Whitmore

TCM Spotlight:  Things That Go Bump (and Boo) In The Night

Guest Programmer:  Frau Blucher from Young Frankenstein

TCM Essential:  L.A. Confidential

Noir Alley:  Fallen Angel (Sun) & Crime of Passion (Sat)

Silent Sunday:  Directed by Lois Weber

TCM Imports:  Directed by Olivier Assayas

TCM Underground:  Literally Underground

Challenge #1:  New Material for TCM --  32 Premieres

Challenge #2:  New SOTM --  James Whitmore

Challenge #3:  Cinema’s Orgins  --  Silent Saturday

Challenge #4:  Message Board Guest Programmer  --  Moviecollectoroh  -- “Living Quarters”


TCM Premieres:


Class Action (1991)                                 The Violin Player (2016)      

To Please One Woman (1920)                  The Horse Whisperer (1998)

The Marriage Clause (1926)                     The Judge (1960)

Personal Shopper (2016)                         The White Parade (1934)

Late August, Early September (1998)       The Devil’s Holiday (1930)

The Fugitive (1993)                                 Mad About Music (1938)

Give ‘em Hell, Harry! (1975)                     Camera Thrills (1935)

His Glorious Night (1929)                         Ghostbusters (1984)

Beggars of Life (1928)                             It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

Broken Lullaby (1932)                             L.A. Story (1991)

Relative Values (2000)                            What Waits Below (1984)

Ghost Story (1981)                                 C.H.U.D. (1984)                   

The Attic (1980)                                      Hello Down There (1969)

Ghost Catchers (1944)                             Forever and a Day (1943)

Oh Doctor (1937)                                    Song of Love (1929)

We’re Not Married (1952)                         Midas Run (1969)


By decade: 


1910’s:  1                                               1960’s:  10        

1920’s:  12                                              1970’s:  7

1930’s:  20                                              1980’s:  9

1940’s:  20                                              1990’s:  7

1950’s   13                                              2000’s:  4



A few notes:  Salutes to several Hollywood greats including: cinematographer Joseph LaShelle, Gene Hackman, Lionel Barrymore, Fred Zinnemann and Eve Arden (one of my all-time favorites) can be found in Schedule #41.  The wonderful and ever-reliable James Whitmore is my SOTM and my guest programmer is Frau Blucher from “Young Frankenstein. ” Her film selections include: “The Boyfriend” (because “He was her boyfriend,”) "The Violin Player" (since she is so gifted on that instrument) the original Frankenstein film (she has a real soft spot for that one) and, because Frau Blucher has such a unique relationship with horses, a couple of “horse-titled” films.  My TCM Message Board Guest Programmer is Moviecollectoroh and he selected some very interesting “Living Quarters” films for this schedule, all of which are premieres.  Thanks, Moviecollectoroh! Some other schedule segments include:  Seldom (or Never) Seen Academy Award Honorees, Julie Doesn’t Sing A Note and Fred Doesn’t Dance A Step, They’ve Got The Wrong Guy and L.A. Stories which includes my TCM Essential, “L.A. Confidential” along with my Noir Alley Saturday Midnight selection, “Crime of Passion.”  The week concludes with TCM Underground with some films which take place “Literally Underground.”  Enjoy.



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TCM Programming Challenge #41 --  A Week Less Ordinary

April 26 – May 2, 2020


SUNDAY, April 26


“Nice little place you have here, Mr. Lydecker.”

“It’s lavish, but I call it home.”

Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle

7:45 AM The Apartment (1960) Jack Lemmon & Shirley MacLaine. Dir:  Billy Wilder. UA, 125 min. p/s

10 AM Fallen Angel (1945) Alice Faye & Dana Andrews. Dir:  Otto Preminger. FOX, 98 min. p/s (Noir Alley  --  The Joseph LaShelle Salute continues . . . )

11:45 AM Laura (1944) Gene Tierney & Dana Andrews. Dir:  Otto Preminger. FOX, 88 min. p/s

1:15 PM Career (1959) Dean Martin & Tony Franciosa. Dir:  Joseph Anthony. PAR, 105 min. Premiere


“He has his father’s eyes.”


3 PM The Wicker Man (1973) Edward Woodward & Christopher Lee. Dir:  Robin Hardy. British Lion Films, 87 min. p/s

4:30 PM Rosemary’s Baby (1968) Mia Farrow & John Cassavetes. Dir:  Roman Polanski. PAR, 136 min. p/s

7 PM Experiment Alcatraz (1950) John Howard & Joan Dixon. Dir:  Edward L. Cahn. Edw. L. Cahn Prod, 57 min. p/s


”You know, if everyone around here is as nice as you, country hospitality is gonna get an awful name.”

Gene Hackman Double Feature

8 PM Class Action (1991) Gene Hackman & Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Dir:  Michael Apted. FOX, 110 min. Premiere

10 PM Hoosiers (1986) Gene Hackman & Barbara Hershey. Dir:  David Anspaugh. Orion, 115 min. p/s


Directed by Lois Weber

Silent Sunday

12 AM To Please One Woman (1920) Claire Windsor & George Hackathorne. Dir:  Lois Weber. PAR, 70 min. Exempt

1:30 AM The Marriage Clause (1926) Francis X. Bushman & Billie Dove. Dir:  Lois Weber. UNIV, 80 min. Exempt.


Directed by Olivier Assayas

TCM Imports

3 AM Personal Shopper (2016) Kristen Stewart & Lars Eidinger. Dir:  Olivier Assayas. CG Cinema, 105 min. Exempt

4:45 AM Late August, Early September (1998) Mathieu Amalric & Virginie Ledoyen. Dir:  Olivier Assayas. Darcia Films, 112 min. Exempt.


MONDAY, April 27


“Come April, everyone goes a little mad.”

Spring Fever

6:45 AM Spring Fever (1927) William Haines & Joan Crawford. Dir:  Edward Sedgwick. MGM, 78 min. p/s

8:15 AM Spring In Park Lane (1948) Anna Neagle & Michael Wilding. Dir:  Herbert Wilcox. Herbert Wilcox Films, 92 min. p/s

10 AM Spring Reunion (1957) Dana Andrews & Betty Hutton. Dir:  Robert Pirosh. Bryna Prod, 79 min. p/s

11:30 AM April Love (1957) Pat Boone & Shirley Jones. Dir:  Henry Levin. FOX, 97 min. p/s


“I didn’t kill my wife.”

“I don’t care.”

They’ve Got The Wrong Guy.

1:15 PM Impact (1949) Brian Donlevy & Ella Raines. Dir:  Arthur Lubin. UA, 110 min. p/s

3:30 PM High Wall (1947) Robert Taylor & Audrey Totter. Dir:  Curtis Bernhardt. MGM, 100 min. p/s

5:15 PM The Fugitive (1993) Harrison Ford & Tommy Lee Jones. Dir:  Andrew Davis. WB, 130 min. Premiere


The best way to get in this sleeping position is to fall into it from above.  This is a great favorite with drunks.”

A Robert Benchley Very Short Double Feature

7:30 PM How To Be A Detective (1936) Robert Benchley & Arthur Hoyt. Dir:  Felix E. Feist, MGM, 9 min. p/s

7:40 PM How To Sleep (1935) Robert Benchley. Dir:  Nick Grinde. MGM, 11 min. p/s


“Well, sir, our usual defense against tanks is to call for artillery and then run like jackrabbits.”

SOTM --  James Whitmore (Challenge #2)

8 PM The Undercover Man (1949) Glenn Ford, Nina Foch & James Whitmore. Dir:  Joseph H. Lewis. COL, 85 min. p/s

9:30 PM Mrs. O’Malley and Mr. Malone (1950) Marjorie Main & James Whitmore. Dir:  Norman Taurog. MGM, 69 min. p/s

10:45 PM Battleground (1949) Van Johnson & John Hodiak. Dir:  William Wellman. MGM. 118 min. p/s

12:45 AM Them! (1954) James Whitmore & Edmund Gwenn. Dir:  Gordon Douglas. WB, 94 min. p/s

2:30 AM Battle Cry (1955) Van Heflin, Aldo Ray & James Whitmore. Dir:  Raoul Walsh. WB, 149 min. p/s

5 AM Give ‘em Hell, Harry! (1975) James Whitmore. Dir:  Steve Binder & Peter H. Hunt. Theater TV Network, 104 min. Premiere


TUESDAY, April 28


“I have a curious fondness for you.  Must be your innate charm or my own bad judgement.”

Happy Birthday, Lionel Barrymore.

6:45 AM His Glorious Night (1929) John Gilbert & Catherine Dale Owen. Dir:  Lionel Barrymore. MGM, 80 min. Premiere

8:15 AM Madame X (1929) Lewis Stone & Ruth Chatterton. Dir:  Lionel Barrymore. MGM, 95 min. p/s

10 AM Ten Cents A Dance (1931) Barbara Stanwyck & Ricardo Cortez. Dir:  Lionel Barrymore. COL, 75 min. p/s

11:15 AM Grand Hotel (1932) Greta Garbo, John Barrymore & Lionel Barrymore. MGM, 115 min. p/s

1:15 PM One Man’s Journey (1933) Lionel Barrymore & May Robson. Dir:  John Robertson. RKO, 72 min. p/s

2:30 PM The Devil-Doll (1936) Lionel Barrymore & Maureen O’Sullivan. Dir:  Tod Browning. MGM, 79 min. p/s

4 PM It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) James Stewart, Donna Reed & Lionel Barrymore. Dir:  Frank Capra. Liberty Films, 120 min. Premiere

6 PM Broken Lullaby (1932) Lionel Barrymore & Nancy Carroll. Dir:  Ernst Lubitsch. PAR, 77 min. p/s


“All this time I’ve been terrified of becoming Americanized and you, you silly ****, have turned into a bloody Englishman.”

Julie Doesn’t Sing A Note.

8 PM The Americanization of Emily (1964) James Garner & Julie Andrews. Dir:  Arthur Hiller. Filmways, 115 min. p/s

10 PM That’s Life! (1986) Jack Lemmon & Julie Andrews. Dir:  Blake Edwards. SONY, 102 min. (Scheduled but has not yet aired on TCM)

12 AM Relative Values (2000) Julie Andrews & Edward Atterton. Dir:  Eric Styles. Starz Encore, 87 min. Premiere

1:30 AM Torn Curtain (1966) Paul Newman & Julie Andrews. Dir:  Alfred Hitchcock. UNIV, 128 min. p/s

3:45 AM Hawaii (1966) Julie Andrews & Max von Sydow. Dir:  George Roy Hill. Mirsch Corp, 189 min. p/s




“Whether it’s the old me or the new me, remember, I’m still just an entertainer.”

Fred Doesn’t Dance A Step.

7 AM Midas Run (1967) Richard Crenna & Fred Astaire Dir: Alf Kjellin. Cinerama Releasing, 106 min. Premiere

9 AM On The Beach (1959) Gregory Peck & Ava Gardner. Dir: Stanley Kramer. UA, 134 min. p/s

11:15 AM Ghost Story (1981) Fred Astaire & Melvyn Douglas. Dir:  John Irvin. UNIV, 110 min. Premiere


“Considering you expect to get France in return, I’d have thought my price a reasonable one.”

Happy Birthday, Fred Zinnemann.

1:15 PM Kid Glove Killer  (1942) Van Heflin & Marsha Hunt. Dir:  Fred Zinnemann. MGM, 74 min. p/s

2:30 PM Julia (1977) Jane Fonda & Vanessa Redgrave. Dir:  Fred Zinnemann. FOX, 118 min. p/s

4:30 PM Day of the Jackal (1973) Edward Fox & Michael Lonsdale. Dir:  Fred Zinnemann. UNIV, 145 min. p/s

7 PM Forbidden Passage (1941) Addison Richards & Hugh Beaumont. Dir:  Fred Zinnemann MGM, 21 min. p/s

7:30 PM One Against The World (1939) Jonathan Hale & Dorothy Adams. Dir:  Fred Zinnemann. MGM, 11 min. p/s

7:45 PM Your Last Act (1941) John Nesbitt & Vince Barnett. Dir:  Fred Zinnemann. MGM, 11 min. p/s


TCM Message Board Guest Programmer: Moviecollectoroh  (Challenge #4)

“$200,000 for an underwater onion?”

Living Quarters

8 PM The Attic (1980) Carrie Snodgrass & Ray Milland. Dir:  George Edwards. Forum Prod. 101 min. Premiere

10 PM Hello Down There (1969) Tony Randall & Janet Leigh. Dir: Jack Arnold & Ricou Browning PAR, 98 min. Premiere

11:45 PM Ghost Catchers (1944) Ole Olsen & Chic Johnson. Dir:  Edward Cline. UNIV. 68 min, Premiere

1 AM Forever and a Day (1943) Kent Smith & Ruth Warwick. Edmund Goulding, Cedric Hardwicke, Frank Lloyd, Victor Saville, Robert Stevenson, Herbert Wilcox & Rene Clair. RKO, 104 min. Premiere


“I’ve proved for once and for all that the limb is mightier than the thumb.”


2:45 AM The Hitchhiker (1953) Edmond O’Brien & Frank Lovejoy. Dir:  Ida Lupino. RKO, 71 min. p/s

4 AM It Happened One Night (1934) Clark Gable & Claudette Colbert. Dir:  Frank Capra. COL, 105 min. p/s

5:45 AM A Pleasant Journey (1923) Jackie Condon & Mickey Daniels. Dir:  Robert F. McGowan. Hal Roach Studios, 20 min. p/s


THURSDAY, April 30


“Leave something on me.  I might catch cold.”

Happy Birthday, Eve Arden.

6:15 AM Song of Love (1929) Belle Baker & Ralph Graves. Dir:  Eric C. Kenton. Edward Small Prod, 82 min. Premiere

7:45 AM Oh, Doctor (1937) Edward Everett Horton & Donrue Leighton. Dir:  Ray McCarey. UNIV, 72 min. Premiere

9 AM Stage Door (1937) Katharine Hepburn & Ginger Rogers. Dir:  Gregory LaCava. RKO, 92 min. p/s

10:45 AM Women in the Wind (1939) Kay Francis & William Gargan. Dir: John Farrow. WB, 63 min. p/s

12 PM She Couldn’t Say No (1940) Roger Pryor & Eve Arden. Dir:  William Clemens. WB, 62 min. p/s

1:15 PM Mildred Pierce (1945) Joan Crawford & Jack Carson. Dir:  Michael Curtiz. WB, 111 min. p/s

3:15 PM Our Miss Brooks (1956) Eve Arden & Gale Gordon. Dir:  Al Lewis. Lute Prod, 85 min. p/s

4:45 PM The Doughgirls (1944) Ann Sheridan & Alexis Smith. Dir:  James V. Kern. WB, 102 min. p/s

6:30 PM We’re Not Married (1952) Ginger Rogers & Marilyn Monroe. Dir:  Edmund Goulding. FOX, 86 min. Premiere


“He was my boyfriend!!!”

Guest Programmer Frau Blucher

8 PM The Boyfriend (1971) Twiggy & Christopher Gable. Dir:  Ken Russell. MGM, 109 min. p/s

10 PM They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969) Jane Fonda & Michael Sarrazin. Dir:  Sydney Pollack. ABC Pictures, 120 min. p/s

12 AM Frankenstein (1931) Colin Clive & Mae Clarke. Dir:  James Whale. UNIV, 71 min. p/s

1:30 AM The Violin Player (2016) Adil Hussain & Ritwick Chakraborty. Dir:  Bauddhayan Mukherji. Little Lamb Films, 72 min. Premiere

2:45 AM The Horse Whisperer (1998) Robert Redford & Kristin Scott Thomas. Dir:  Robert Redford. Touchstone Pictures, 170 min. Premiere




“Do you have anything to say before we find you guilty?”

Here Comes The Judge

6 AM Judge Priest (1934) Will Rogers & Tom Brown. Dir:  John Ford. Fox, 80 min. p/s

7:30 AM The Life & Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) Paul Newman & Ava Gardner. Dir:  John Huston. First Artists, 120 min. p/s

9:30 AM The Judge Steps Out (1948) Alexander Knox & Ann Sothern. Dir:  Boris Ingster. RKO, 91 min. p/s

11:15 AM The Judge (1960) Ingrid Thulin & Gunnar Hellstrom. Dir:  Alf Sjoberg. Sandrews, 112 min. Premiere


“To the Editor, Personal Column:  Demobilized officer finding peace unbearably tedious . . .”

Seldom Seen Academy Award Honorees

1:15 PM The White Parade (1934) Loretta Young & John Boles. Dir:  Irving Cummings. FOX, 80 min. Premiere (Best Picture Nomination)

2:45 PM Bulldog Drummond (1929) Ronald Colman & Claud Allister. Dir:  F. Richard Jones. GOLDWYN, 90 min. p/s (Best Actor, Best Art Direction Nominations)

4:15 PM The Devil’s Holiday (1930) Nancy Carroll & Philip Holmes. Dir:  Edmund Goulding. PAR, 80 min. Premiere (Best Actress Nomination) 

5:45 PM Mad About Music (1938) Deanna Durbin & Herbert Marshall. Dir:  Norman Taurog. UNIV, 100 min. Premiere (Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Original Story, Best Musical Scoring Nominations)

7:30 PM Camera Thrills (1935) Graham McNamee. Writer/Producer:  Charles E. Ford. UNIV, 25 min. Premiere (Best Short Subject Nomination)


“Sir, what you have there is what we refer to as a focused, non-terminal repeating phantasm. A real nasty one, too.”

TCM Spotlight:  Things That Go Bump (or Boo) in the Night

8 PM The Uninvited (1944) Ray Milland & Ruth Hussey. Dir:  Lewis Allen. PAR, 99 min. p/s

9:45 PM The Others (2001) Nichole Kidman & Fionnula Flanagan. Dir:  Alejandro Amenabar. Las Producciones del Escorpion, 104 min. p/s

11:30 PM Ghostbusters (1984) Bill Murray & Dan Aykroyd. Dir:  Ivan Reitman. COL, 105 min. Premiere

1:30 AM The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) Gene Tierney & Rex Harrison. Dir:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz. FOX, 104 min. p/s

3:15 AM The Innocents (1961) Deborah Kerr & Peter Wyngarde. Dir:  Jack Clayton. FOX, 99 min. p/s

5 AM Blithe Spirit (1945) Rex Harrison & Constance Cummings. Dir:  David Lean. GFD/UK, 96 min. p/s




“Since when can weathermen predict the weather, let alone the future?”

Time Travel

6:45 AM Somewhere in Time (1980) Christopher Reeve & Jane Seymour. Dir:  Jeannot Szwarc. UNIV, 103 min. p/s

8:30 AM Time After Time (1979) Malcolm McDowell & Mary Steenburgen. Dir:  Nicholas Meyer. WB, 112 min. p/s

10:45 AM Back To The Future (1985) Michael Fox & Christopher Lloyd. Dir:  Robert Zemeckis.AMBLIN/UNIV, 116 min. p/s


“She has the appeal of Garbo, the sweetness of Pickford and the lure of Pola Negri.”

Silent Saturday (Challenge #3)

12:45 PM The Unknown (1927) Lon Chaney & Joan Crawford. Dir:  Tod Browning. MGM, 50 min. p/s

1:45 PM Show People (1928) Marion Davies & William Haines. Dir:  King Vidor. MGM, 79 min. p/s

3:15 PM Foolish Wives (1922) Eric von Stroheim & Maude George. Dir:  Eric von Stroheim. UNIV, 107-142 min. p/s

5:45 PM Beggars of Life (1928) Wallace Beery & Richard Arlen. Dir:  William Wellman. PAR, 100 min. Premiere

7:30 PM Back Stage (1919) Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle & Buster Keaton. Dir:  Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. Comique Film Co., 26 min. p/s


“It’s Christmas Eve in the City of Angels and while decent citizens sleep the sleep of the righteous, hopheads prowl for marijuana.”

L.A. Stories

8 PM L.A. Confidential (1997) Kevin Spacey & Russell Crowe. Dir:  Curtis Hansen. WB, 138 min. p/s (TCM Essential)

10:30 PM L.A. Story (1991) Steve Martin & Victoria Tennant. Dir:  Mick Jackson. TRI-STAR, 90 min. Premiere


 “I have other plans for you.”

Noir Alley

12 AM Crime of Passion (1957) Barbara Stanwyck & Serling Hayden. Dir:  Gerd Oswald. UA, 86 min. p/s


 “It’s the light. Their eyes can’t tolerate the light!”

TCM Underground  --  Literally Undergound

1:30 AM The Mole People (1956) John Agar & Hugh Beaumont. Dir:  Virgil Vogel. UNIV-INT, 77 min. p/s

3 AM What Waits Below (1984) Robert Powell & Timothy Bottoms. Dir:  Don Sharp. Adam’s Apple Films, 88 min. Exempt

4:30 AM C.H.U.D. (1984) John Heard & Daniel Stern. Dir:  Douglas Cheek. New World Pictures, 88 min. Exempt




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January 5 - 11, 2020


Sunday, January 5th


Don’t Sleep in the Subway

6:00am The Incident (1967) Tony Musante, Martin Sheen, Beau Bridges. Dir. Larry Peerce. FOX. 107 min. (PREMIERE #1)

8:00am The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam. Dir. Joseph Sargent. UA. 104 min. (p/s)


Noir Alley Repeat

10:00am Kiss Me Deadly (1955) Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart. Dir. Robert Aldrich. UA. 106 min. (p/s)


Jackie Gleason

12:00pm The Hustler (1961) Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie. Dir. Robert Rossen. FOX. 134 min. (p/s)

2:30pm Gigot (1962) Jackie Gleason, Katherine Kath, Gabrielle Dorziat. Dir. Gene Kelly. FOX. 104 min. (p/s)

4:30pm Papa’s Delicate Condition (1963) Jackie Gleason, Glynis Johns, Charles Ruggles. Dir. George Marshall. PAR. 98 min. (p/s)

6:15pm Soldier in the Rain (1963) Jackie Gleason, Steve McQueen, Tuesday Weld. Dir. Ralph Nelson. Allied Artists. 88 min. (p/s)



8:00pm Damn Yankees (1958) Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon, Ray Walston. Dir. George Abbott, Stanley Donen. WB. 111 min. (PREMIERE #2)

10:00pm All That Jazz (premiere) Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer. Dir. Bob Fosse. FOX. 123 min. (PREMIERE #3)


Silent Sunday Night

12:15am The Iron Mask (1929) Douglas Fairbanks, Belle Bennett, Marguerite De La Motte. Dir. Allan Dwan. UA. 95 min. (PREMIERE #4)


TCM Imports - Silvana Mangano

2:00am Teorema (1968) Silvana Mangano, Terence Stamp, Massimo Girotti. Dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini. Euro International Film. 98 min. (PREMIERE #5)

3:45am Conversation Piece (1974) Burt Lancaster, Helmut Berger, Silvana Mangano. Dir. Luchino Visconti. Cinema International Corporation. 121 min. (PREMIERE #6)


Monday, January 6th


New York City Sightseeing

6:00am Love With the Proper Stranger (1963) Natalie Wood, Steve McQueen, Edie Adams. Dir. Robert Mulligan. PAR. 102 min. (p/s)

8:00am Sunday in New York (1963) Rod Taylor, Jane Fonda, Cliff Robertson. Dir. Peter Tewksbury. MGM. 105 min. (p/s)

10:00pm Barefoot in the Park (1967) Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Charles Boyer. Dir. Gene Saks. PAR. 106 min. (p/s)

12:00pm The April Fools (1969) Jack Lemmon, Catherine Deneuve, Peter Lawford. Dir. Stuart Rosenberg. National General Pictures. 95 min. (PREMIERE #7)

1:45pm The Out of Towners (1970) Jack Lemmon, Sandy Dennis, Sandy Baron. Dir. Arthur Hiller. PAR. 101 min. (p/s)


Thrilliam Wyler

3:45pm The Desperate Hours (1955) Humphrey Bogart, Frederic March, Arthur Kennedy. Dir. William Wyler. PAR. 112 min. (p/s)

5:45pm The Collector (1965) Terence Stamp, Samantha Eggar, Mona Washbourne. Dir. William Wyler. COL. 119 min. (p/s)


Scores by Jazz Legends with Special Guest Programmer Herbie Hancock

8:00pm Paris Blues (1961) Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Sidney Poitier. Dir. Martin Ritt. UA. 98 min. (p/s)

10:00pm Alfie (1966) Michael Caine, Shelley Winters, Millicent Martin. Dir. Lewis Gilbert. PAR. 114 min. (p/s)

12:15am Round Midnight (1986) Dexter Gordon, Francois Cluzet, Gabrielle Haker. Dir. Bertrand Tavernier. WB. 133 min. (PREMIERE #8)

2:45am Elevator to the Gallows (1958) Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly. Dir. Louis Malle. Lux Compagnie Cinematographique de France. 91 min. (p/s)

4:30am Les Liasons Dangereuses (1959) Jeanne Moreau, Gerard Philipe, Annette Stroyberg. Dir. Roger Vadim. Astor Pictures. 106 min. (PREMIERE #9)


Tuesday, January 7th


Silent Ronald Colman

6:30am Stella Dallas (1925) Ronald Colman, Belle Bennett, Alice Joyce. Dir. Henry King. UA. 110 min. (PREMIERE #10)

8:30am Lady Windermere’s Fan (1925) Ronald Colman, May McAvoy, Bert Lytell. Dir. Ernst Lubitsch. WB. 89 min. (p/s)

10:15am Beau Geste (1926) Ronald Colman, Neil Hamilton, Ralph Forbes. Dir. Herbert Brenon. PAR. 101 min. (PREMIERE #11)

12:00pm The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926) Ronald Colman, Vilma Banky, Gary Cooper. Dir. Henry King. UA. 89 min. (p/s)


Directed by Arthur Hiller

1:45pm Plaza Suite (1971) Walter Matthau, Maureen Stapleton, Barbara Harris. Dir. Arthur Hiller. PAR. 114 min. (p/s)

4:00pm The Hospital (1971) George C. Scott, Diana Rigg, Barnard Hughes. Dir. Arthur Hiller. UA. 103 min. (p/s) 

6:00pm Love Story (1970) Ali MacGraw, Ryan O’Neal, John Marley. Dir. Arthur Hiller. PAR. 100 min. (p/s)


Star of the Month: Richard Widmark

8:00pm Kiss of Death (1947) Victor Mature, Brian Donlevy, Coleen Gray. Dir. Henry Hathaway. FOX. 99 min. (p/s)

10:00pm The Street with No Name (1948) Mark Stevens, Richard Widmark, Lloyd Nolan. Dir. William Keighley. FOX. 91 min. (p/s)

11:45pm Road House (1948) Ida Lupino, Cornel Wilde, Celeste Holm. Dir. Jean Negulesco. FOX. 95 min. (p/s)

1:30am Yellow Sky (1948) Gregory Peck, Anne Baxter, Richard Widmark. Dir. William A. Wellman. FOX. 98 min. (PREMIERE #12)

3:30am Down to the Sea in Ships (1949) Richard Widmark, Lionel Barrymore, Dean Stockwell. Dir. Henry Hathaway. FOX. 120 min. (p/s)


Wednesday, January 8th


James Mason

5:45am The Reckless Moment (1949) James Mason, Joan Bennett, Geraldine Brooks. Dir. Max Ophuls. COL. 82 min. (p/s)

7:15am Odd Man Out (1947) James Mason, Robert Newton, Cyril Cusack. Dir. Carol Reed. RANK. 116 min. (p/s)

9:15am The Man Between (1953) James Mason, Claire Bloom, Hildegard Knef. Dir. Carol Reed. UA. 100 min (p/s)

11:00am Lolita (1962) James Mason, Shelley Winters, Sue Lyon. Dir. Stanley Kubrick. MGM. 153 min (p/s)

1:45pm The Pumpkin Eater (1964) Anne Bancroft, Peter Finch, James Mason. Dir. Jack Clayton. COL. 118 min. (p/s)

4:00pm Spring and Port Wine (1970) James Mason, Diana Coupland, Hannah Gordon. Dir. Peter Hammond. Allied Artists. 101 min. (PREMIERE #13)

5:45pm The Boys from Brazil (1978) Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier, James Mason. Dir. Franklin J. Schaffner. FOX. 125 min. (p/s)


TCM Spotlight: Federico Fellini’s Centennial

8:00pm Variety Lights (1950) Peppino De Filippo, Carla Del Poggio, Giulietta Masina. Dir. Federico Fellini, Alberto Lattuada. Janus Films. 97 min. (PREMIERE #14)

9:45pm The White Sheik (1952)  Alberto Sordi, Giulietta Masina, Brunella Bovo. Dir. Federico Fellini. Janus Films. 83 min. (p/s)

11:15pm I Vitelloni (1953) Alberto Sordi, Franco Fabrizi, Franco Interlenghi. Dir. Federico Fellini. Janus Films. 104 min. (p/s)

1:15am La Strada (1954) Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart. Dir. Federico Fellini. Janus Films. 108 min. (p/s)

3:15am Il Bidone (1955) Broderick Crawford, Richard Basehart, Giulietta Masina. Dir. Federico Fellini. Titanus. 92 min. (p/s)


Thursday, January 9th


The Stars of From Here to Eternity

5:00am From Here to Eternity (1953) Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr. Dir. Fred Zinnemann. COL. 118 min. (p/s)

7:15am Elmer Gantry (1960) Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons, Arthur Kennedy. Dir. Richard Brooks. UA. 146 min. (p/s)

9:45am The Best Things in Life Are Free (1956) Gordon MacRae, Dan Dailey, Ernest Borgnine. Dir. Michael Curtiz. FOX. 104 min. (PREMIERE #15)

11:30am Hangman’s Knot (1952) Randolph Scott, Donna Reed, Claude Jarman Jr. Dir. Roy Huggins. COL. 81 min (p/s)

1:00pm Freud (1962) Montgomery Clift, Susannah York, Larry Parks. Dir. John Huston. UI. 140 min. (PREMIERE #16)

3:30pm The King and I (1956) Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno. Dir. Walter Lang. FOX. 133 min. (p/s)

6:00pm Tony Rome (1967) Frank Sinatra, Jill St. John, Richard Conte. Dir. Gordon Douglas. FOX. 110 min. (PREMIERE #17)


TCM Spotlight: Edgar Allan Poe Award Winners

8:00pm Sleuth (1972) Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine. Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz. FOX. 138 min. (p/s)

10:30pm Three Days of the Condor (1975) Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson. Dir. Sydney Pollack. PAR. 117 min. (p/s)

12:45am The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1965) Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Oskar Werner. Dir. Martin Ritt. PAR 112 min. (p/s)

2:45am 5 Fingers (1952) James Mason, Danielle Darrieux, Michael Rennie. Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz. FOX. 108 min. (p/s)

4:45am Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970) Gian Maria Volonte, Florinda Bolkan, Gianni Santuccio. Dir. Elio Petri. COL. 115 min. (PREMIERE #18)


Friday, January 10th


Comic Capers

6:45am The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sidney James. Dir. Charles Crichton. UI. 78 min. (p/s)

8:15am The Ladykillers (1955) Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom. Dir. Alexander Mackendrick. RANK. 91 min. (p/s)

10:00am The Pink Panther (1963) David Niven, Peter Sellers, Robert Wagner. Dir. Blake Edwards. UA. 115 min. (p/s)

12:00pm How to Steal a Million (1966) Audrey Hepburn. Peter O’Toole, Eli Wallach. Dir. William Wyler. FOXth. 123 min. (p/s)

2:15pm The Italian Job (1969) Michael Caine, Noel Coward, Benny Hill. Dir. Peter Collinson. PAR. 99 min. (p/s)

4:00pm The Hot Rock (1972) Robert Redford, George Segal, Ron Leibman. Dir. Peter Yates. FOX. 101 min. (PREMIERE #19)

5:45pm The Sting (1973) Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw. Dir. George Roy Hill. UI. 129 min. (p/s)


Guest Programmer: Lonesome Polecat

8:00pm Walking My Baby Back Home (1953) Donald O’Connor, Janet Leigh, Buddy Hackett. Dir. Lloyd Bacon. UI. 95 min. (PREMIERE #20)

9:45pm The Boys from Syracuse (1940) Allan Jones, Irene Hervey, Martha Raye. Dir. A. Edward Sutherland. UI. 73 min. (PREMIERE #21)

11:00pm Charlie McCarthy, Detective (1939) Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd. Dir. Frank Tuttle. UI. 75 min. (PREMIERE #22)

12:30am The Mirror Crack’d (1980) Angela Lansbury, Geraldine Chaplin, Tony Curtis. Dir. Guy Hamilton. Associated Film Distribution. 105 min. (PREMIERE #23)


TCM Underground - Gangster Stamp

2:30am The Hit (1984) John Hurt, Tim Roth, Laura del Sol. Dir. Stephen Frears. Island Alive. 98 min. (PREMIERE #24)

4:15am The Limey (1999) Terence Stamp, Lesley Ann Warren, Luis Guzman. Steven Soderbergh. Artisan Entertainment. 89 min. (PREMIERE #25)


Saturday, January 11th


Saturday Swashbucklers

6:00am The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) Robert Donat, Elissa Landi, Louis Calhern. Dir. Rowland V. Lee. UA. 113 min. (p/s).

8:00am Captain Blood (1935) Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Lionel Atwill. Dir. Michael Curtiz. WB. 119 min. (p/s).

10:15am The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone. Dir. Michael Curtiz. WB. 102 min. (p/s).

12:00pm The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) Ronald Colman, Madeleine Carroll, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Dir. John Cromwell. UA. 101 min. (p/s).

1:45pm Scaramouche (1952) Stewart Granger, Eleanor Parker, Janet Leigh. Dir. George Sidney. MGM. 115 min. (p/s).

4:00pm The Three Musketeers (1973) Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Richard Chamberlain. Dir. Richard Lester. FOX. 106 min. (p/s).

6:00pm The Four Musketeers (1974) Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Richard Chamberlain. Dir. Richard Lester. FOX. 108 min. (p/s).


The Essentials - Jean-Louis Trintignant

8:00pm The Conformist (1970) Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Gastone Moschin. Dir. Bernardo Bertolucci. PAR. 113 min. (p/s).

10:00pm A Man and a Woman (1966) Anouk Aimee, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Pierre Barouh. Dir. Claude Lelouch. Allied Artists. 102 min. (p/s).


Noir Alley

12:00am Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (1948) Joan Fontaine, Burt Lancaster, Robert Newton. Dir. Norman Foster. UI. 79 min. (PREMIERE #26)


Oliver Reed

1:30am I’ll Never Forget What’s’isname (1967) Orson Welles, Oliver Reed, Carol White. Dir. Michael Winner. RANK. 97 min. (PREMIERE #27)

3:15am The Jokers (1967) Michael Crawford, Oliver Reed, Harry Andrews. Dir. Michael Winner. 94 min. RANK. (PREMIERE #28)

5:00am The Assassination Bureau (1969) Oliver Reed, Diana RIgg, Telly Savalas. Dir. Basil Dearden. PAR. 110 min. (PREMIERE #29)

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Athos’ Schedule - Challenge #41 “A Week Less Ordinary”

January 5 - 11, 2020

Star of the Month: Richard Widmark
TCM Spotlight: Federico Fellini Centennial and Edgar Allan Poe Award Winners
The Essentials: The Conformist (1970)
Noir Alley: Kiss Me Deadly (1955) and Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (1948)
Silent Sunday: The Iron Mask (1929)
TCM Imports: Starring Silvana Mangano
TCM Underground: Gangster Stamp

Challenge #1 - New Material for TCM: 29 Premieres
Challenge #2 - New Star of the Month: Richard Widmark
Challenge #3 - Cinema’s Origins: Ronald Colman
Challenge #4 - TCM Message Board Guest Programmer: Lonesome Polecat

Programming Notes: Sunday begins with a double feature taking place underground in the subways of New York City. After a repeat of Kiss Me Deadly, away we go into an afternoon salute to The Great One, Jackie Gleason. Sunday primetime features the work of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. From there, we catch up with Douglas Fairbanks in The Iron Mask on Silent Sunday Night. TCM Imports this week features the lovely Silvana Mangano in two Italian classics. 

Monday takes us on a sightseeing tour of 1960’s New York City. Keep your eyes open for stops at the United Nations Building, Rockefeller Center, Washington Square Park and more! The late afternoon takes a turn with some thrilling films from William Wyler. You’ll never see Terence Stamp the same way again! Join us for primetime with jazz pianist, Herbie Hancock as he discusses a lineup of movies scored by jazz legends, including himself. 

Tuesday begins with a four film tribute to Ronald Colman’s silent film days. Among the highlights are the original versions of Stella Dallas and Beau Geste. The afternoon leads us into a trio of films directed by Arthur Hiller. The lineup includes the work of Neil Simon, Paddy Chayefsky, and Erich Segal. On primetime, the giggles pour out with our Star of the Month, Richard Widmark. Follow along as we watch Widmark’s first five films and enjoy our introduction to a screen legend. Just don’t go near any staircases.

Wednesday is an all day salute to the consummate, James Mason. Mason had a diverse and long career and we will see his range throughout the day. Primetime brings us a special tribute to Federico Fellini as we celebrate the centennial of his birth. The month’s tribute will take us through Fellini’s career, starting with the early films that established his legend.

Thursday will start off with the classic From Here to Eternity. From there, the rest of the day will consist of films featuring one of the six stars of From Here to Eternity. Primetime introduces our special spotlight for the month, Edgar Allan Poe Award winning films. This will be a night of mystery, fun, and suspense! 

Friday features a lineup of comical capers. From Alec Guinness to Peter Sellers, Michael Caine to Robert Redford, this will be a day filled with laughs. Friday night features a lineup of movies chosen by Special Guest Programmer, Lonesome Polecat. From musicals to mysteries, you’ll be singing and sleuthing all night long! That is until you enter the Underground. Join us for a double feature featuring Terence Stamp. While Terence is known for being a face of the 1960s, his later career featured a wide array of film characters. This week we are looking at two films where Stamp plays the role of a gangster.

All for one and one for all! Saturday is a day of swashbucklers. Find a sword and revel in the adventures of Edmond Dantes, Robin Hood, d’Artagnan, and more all day long! On the Essentials, we look at one of the greatest films ever made, The Conformist. Absorb the beauty of the 1940s and enjoy the wonderful performances from the cast. Stick around for another film of Jean-Louis Trintignant’s, A Man and a Woman. Noir Alley this week features a film from 1948 with a fantastic title, Kiss the Blood Off My Hands. The week concludes with a three film spotlight on Oliver Reed. 

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