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TCM Programming Challenge #43

"British Invasion"

Some background:

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

When it begins/When it ends:

This challenge starts now Friday, June 5, 2020 and ends Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 11:59PM (EST). A voting thread will be started shortly after the end of the challenge. 

Who can enter/Who can vote:

Everyone is welcome to create and post a schedule! I joined the TCM Forums specifically to participate in these challenges and share my programming ideas.  All forum members are welcome to vote for their favorite schedule in a separate voting thread after the challenge is closed. You may either vote by posting your selection in the thread or by directly messaging the moderator. The winner has the honor of hosting the next challenge.

What you need to do:

1. Create a week's schedule which begins at 6:00 AM (EST) Sunday and ends at 6:00 AM (EST) the following Sunday.  The week selected must be between September 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021.

2.  Each day’s programming should begin at 6:00 AM (EST) However, if you begin an occasional day at 6:15 AM or 6:30 AM that’s no problem.

3.  Primetime/Evening MUST begin at 8:00 PM (EST) 

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

Your schedule must include:

 1.  Star of the Month  -- At least 4 movies on one weeknight 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 film which begins at approximately 12:00 AM (EST) Sunday night/Monday morning. 

3.  TCM Imports  -- A foreign film that begins at approximately 2:00 AM (EST) Monday morning.

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

5.  TCM Underground  -- A little known or “cult” film which begins at approximately 2:00 AM (EST) Saturday morning. 

6.  The Essentials  --- An indispensible classic film that begins at 8:00 PM (EST) Saturday night.

7.  Noir Alley  -- A film noir at 10:00 AM on Sunday and a film noir airing at 12:00 AM Sunday. 

8.  Mandatory Challenges as outlined for TCM Programming Challenge #43: “British Invasion” 

For Your Information:

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

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

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

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

Format and Justifications:

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

For example:

6:15 PM Sweet Smell of Success (1957) Burt Lancaster & Tony Curtis. Dir. Alexander Mackendrick. UA. 96 min. (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. 

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

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

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

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

Studio abbreviations which may be used:

·         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


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

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

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

All other theatrical films are allowed as premieres.

Movies in the original Turner library are:

Warner Brothers (pre-1948 only):


MGM (pre-1986 only):


RKO (all):


Movies in the public domain:




United Artists:


Samuel Goldwyn:


20thCentury Fox:






British Gaumont/Gainsborough:


J. Arthur Rank:




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


Previous Challenges can be reviewed here:


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

An immense thank you to MovieCollectorOH for this “unofficial report” and outstanding archive of what has aired on TCM since 2001. It can be a great resource as you are creating your schedule.


Be sure to navigate the rest of MovieCollectorOH's website as well to find information for films that have not aired on TCM



Thank you to previous Challenge Moderators for the opportunity to heavily borrow from their instructions. If you have any questions, please ask. Details for the challenge will be posted below.

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TCM Programming Challenge #43 

"British Invasion"

For the 43rd TCM Programming Challenge, we will be celebrating British Cinema.

Challenge #1: New Star of the Month

Choose a Star of the Month who has never been honored in the past hailing from the United Kingdom. The Star does not have to have primarily worked in in the UK. You will be allowed three premieres for this challenge that will not go against your premiere limit. Mark these: SOTM - Exempt

Challenge #2: The Writers

The United Kingdom has produced some of the greatest writers in history. From novelists to playwrights to screenwriters, their works have endured. Program a block of at least four movies highlighting the work of a writer. These can be a combination of a writer’s novels, plays, and/or screenplays. The writer does not have to have written the adapted screenplay for their novel or play. For example, John Osborne wrote the play and screenplay for Look Back in Anger, wrote the screenplay for Tom Jones, and wrote the play Luther, but not the screenplay. You will be allowed three premieres for this challenge that will not go against your premiere limit. Mark these: Writer - Exempt

Challenge #3: The History

Program a block of at least four movies related to a period in British history. For example, World War II, the Swinging Sixties, British Monarchs, whatever you’d like! You will be allowed three premieres for this challenge that will not go against your premiere limit. Mark these: Theme – Exempt


For the optional challenges below, you are not limited to the United Kingdom. Everyone is eligible.

Challenge #4: Triple Threats (optional)

I am always impressed when someone is able to perform multiple responsibilities on a film. Program a block of at least four films where one individual worked as an actor/actress, writer, and director. The individual does not have to be the star, but must have an actual role (not a cameo). Credits as a co-writer and co-director are acceptable. You will be allowed two premieres for this challenge that will not go against your premiere limit. Mark these: Triple - Exempt

Challenge #5: Did I Mention the Music? (optional)

When I watch a film, I always pay attention to the score and who composed the music. Sometimes the score stays with me long after I viewed the movie. Program a block of at least four films celebrating the work of a composer. You will be allowed two premieres for this challenge that will not go against your premiere limit. Mark these: Music – Exempt.


You may have up to 16 premieres in this challenge.

Challenge #43 starts now Friday, June 5, 2020 and ends Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 11:59PM (EST).

The week selected must be between September 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021.

Have fun!

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(1) Shouldn't this be pinned?

(2) The theme challenge strikes me as unduly vague.  Don't you mean a theme with something to do with British history?

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1 hour ago, skimpole said:

(1) Shouldn't this be pinned?

(2) The theme challenge strikes me as unduly vague.  Don't you mean a theme with something to do with British history?

I have retitled Challenge #3 as The History. Yes, I apologize for not being more specific to begin with.

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Question about the British SOTM:  As we know, many, many British stars spent the majority of their career working in the US.  Are you limiting this to British stars who worked primarily in the UK??

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10 hours ago, lydecker said:

Question about the British SOTM:  As we know, many, many British stars spent the majority of their career working in the US.  Are you limiting this to British stars who worked primarily in the UK??

No, it will not be limited in the interest of giving everyone the freedom to choose the star they want! I have updated the Challenge to reflect this information.

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9 minutes ago, lydecker said:

Last question.  Scots and Welsh actors qualify, do they not?  Their countries are part of the UK.


Yes, they qualify.

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Sunday September 6, 2020


Optional Challenge 1: The Triple Threat


06:00 AM The Gold Rush (1925) United Artists BW-82 min Charles Chaplin, Georgia Hale  Dir: Charles Chaplin P/S,

07:30 AM Henry V (1989) BBC Films C-137 min Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Derek Jacobi  Dir: Kenneth Branagh P/S

10:00 AM Touch of Evil (1958) (Noir Alley) Universal BW-111 min Orson Welles, Charleton Heston, Janet Leigh Dir: Orson Welles P/S

12:00 PM Pearls of the Crown (1937) Gaumont BW-118 min Sacha Guitry, Jacqueline Delubac Dir: Sacha Guitry P/S

02:00 PM Invitation to the Dance (1956) MGM C-93 min Gene Kelly  Dir: Gene Kelly P/S

03:45 PM A New Leaf (1971) Paramount C-102 min Elaine May, Walter Matthau, Jack Weston Dir: Elaine May P/S

05:30 PM Love Streams (1984) Cannon films C-141 min John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands  Dir: John Cassavetes Triple-EXEMPT

08:00 PM The Tenant (1976) Paramount C-125 min Roman Polanski, Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas Dir: Roman Polanski Triple-EXEMPT

10:15 PM Deconstructing Harry (1997) First Line Features C-96 min Woody Allen, Billy Crystal Dir Woody Allen Premiere #1

12:00 AM (Silent) Foolish Wives (1922) Universal B/W-142 min Erich von Stroheim, Miss DuPont, Rudolph Christians Dir: Erich von Stroheim P/S

02:30 AM (Foreign) Mr. Hulot's Holiday (1953) Discina Films BW-114 min Jacques Tati, Nathalie Pascaud Dir: Jacques Tati P/S

04:30 AM (Foreign) The Rules of the Game (1939) Nouvelles Editions de Films BW-113 min Jean Renoir, Marcel Diallo, Dir: Jean Renoir P/S


Monday, September 7, 2020


Fathers and Daughters


06:30 AM A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) RKO BW-128 min James Dunn, Peggy Ann Garner Dir: Elia Kazan P/S

08:45 AM To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Universal BW-129 min Greogry Peck, Mary Badham Dir: Robert Mulligan P/S

11:00 AM My Neighbor Totoro (1988) Toho C-86 min Shigesato Itoi, Chika Sakamoto, Noriko Hidaka Dir: Hayao Miyazaki P/S

12:30 PM Father of the Bride (1950) MGM Bw-92 min Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor Dir: Vincente Minneli P/s

02:15 PM Late Spring (1949) Shochiku BW-108 min Chishu Ryu, Setsuko Hara  Dir: Yasujiro Ozu P/S

04:15 PM The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934) MGM BW-110 min Charles Laughton, Norma Shearer Dir: Sidney Franklin P/S

06:15 PM 35 Shots of Rum (2008) Wild Bunch C-100 min Alex Descas, Mali Diop  Dir: Claire Denis Premiere#2


TCM Spotlight/Mandatory Challenge#1  Great Writers on Film/British Writer Joseph Conrad


08:00 PM Apocalypse Now (1979) Zoetrope Films C-153 min Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall  Dir: Francis Ford Coppola P/S

10:45 PM Outcast of the Islands (1951) London Films BW-102min Ralph Richardson, Trevor Howard, Robert Morley  Dir: Carol Reed P/S

12:45 AM Almayer's Folly (2011) Paradise Films C-127 min Stanislas Merhar, Aurora Marion Dir: Chantal Akerman Writer-EXEMPT

03:00 AM Lord Jim (1965) Columbia C-154 min Peter O'Toole, James Mason Dir: Richard Brooks P/S


Tuesday, September 8, 2020


Happy Birthday Jean-Louis Barrault


05:45 AM La Ronde (1950) Films Sacha Gordin BW-97 min Jean-Louis Barrault, Anton Walbrook, Simone Signoret Dir:Max Ophuls P/S

07:30 AM Children of Paradise (1945) Societe Nouvelle Pathe Cinema BW-190 min Jean-Louis Barault, Arletty, Pierre Brasseur  Dir: Marcel Carne P/S

10:45 AM That Night in Varennes (1982) Triumph Releasing Corporation C-150 min Jean-Louis Barrault, Marcello Mastroianni, Harvey Keitel  Dir: Ettore Scola Premiere#3


Happy Birthday Peter Sellers


01:15 PM The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film (1959) British Lion Films BW-11 min Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers Dir: Richard Lester, Peter Sellers Premiere #4

01:30 PM The Mouse that Roared (1959) Columbia C-83 min Peter Sellers, Jean Seberg, William Hartnell  Dir:Jack Arnold P/S

03:00 PM Lolita (1962) MGM BW-152 min James Mason, Peter Sellers, Shelly Winters  DIr: Stanley Kubrick P/S

05:45 PM Being There (1979) United Artists C-130 min Peter Sellers, Shirley MacClaine, Melvyn Douglas  Dir: Hal Ashby P/S


Mandatory Challenge#2 Never before used British born star of the month, Trevor Howard


08:00 PM They Made me a Fugitive (1947) Alliance Films BW-99 min Trevor Howard, Sally Gray, Mary Merrall Dir: Alberto Cavalcanti P/S

09:45 PM Von Ryan's Express (1965) 20th Century Fox C-117 min Trevor Howard, Frank Sinatra Dir: Mark Robson P/S

12:00 AM Ludwig (1973) MGM C-235 min Trevor Howard, Helmut Berger, Romy Schneider Dir:Luchino Visconti SOTM-EXEMPT

04:00 AM Aces High (1976) EMI films C-114 min Trevor Howard, Malcolm McDowell, Peter Firth Dir: Jack Gold SOTM-EXEMPT


Wednesday, September 9, 2020


Happy Birthday Jane Greer


06:00 AM The Big Steal (1949) RKO BW-71 min Jane Greer, Robert Mitchum Dir: Don Siegel P/S

07:15 AM Out of the Past (1947) RKO BW-97 min Jane Greer, Robert Mitchum Dir: Jacques Tourneur P/S


Britain's Fighting Forties


09:00 AM In Which We Serve (1942) British Lion BW-115 min Noel Coward,John Mills Dir: Noel Coward, David Lean P/S

11:00 AM One of our Aircraft is Missing (1942) Anglo-Amalgamated Film Distributors BW-102 min Godfrey Tearle, Eric Portman, Hugh Williams, Dir: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger P/S

12:45 PM Fires were Started (1943) Crown Film Unit BW-80 min  Dir: Humphrey Jennings Premiere#5

02:15 PM A Canterbury Tale (1944) The Archers BW- 95 min, Eric Portman, Sheila Sim  Dir: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger P/S

04:00 PM Went the Day Well? (1942) Ealing Studios BW-92 min Leslie Brooks, Mervyn Johns, Basil Sidney Dir:  Alberto Cavalcanti P/S


Mandatory Challenge #3:  the foreshadowing fifties


05:45 PM The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) British Lion Films C-128 min Moira Shearer, Robert Helpmann  Dir: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger P/S

08:00 PM Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) British Film Institute C-85 min Pete Postelthwaite, Freda Dowie, Lorraine Ashbourne Dir: Terrence Davies Theme-EXEMPT

09:30 PM Absolute Beginners (1986) Orion C-108 min Eddie O'Connell, Patsy Kensit, David Bowie Dir: Julian Temple P/S

11:30 PM The Long Day Closes (1992) British Film Institute C-85 min Marjorie Yates, Leigh McCormick Dir: Terrence Davies Theme-EXEMPT

01:00 AM Let Him Have it (1991) First Independent Film C-115 min Christopher Eccleston, Tom Courtenay, Paul Reynolds Dir:  Peter Medak Theme-EXEMPT

03:00 AM Sapphire (1959) Artna Films C-92 min Nigel Patrick, Yvonne Mitchell, Earl Cameron Dir: Basil Dearden P/S

04:45 AM Winstanley (1975) BEI Production BW-95 min Miles Halliwell, Terry Higgins, Jerome Willis Dir:  Kevin Brownlow, Andrew Mello Premiere #6


Thursday, September 10, 2020


The Sophisticated Sixties


06:30 AM Peeping Tom (1960) Anglo-Amalgamated Film Distributors C-101 min Carl Boehm, Moira Shearer Dir: Michael Powell P/S

08:15 AM All Night Long (1962) J. Arthur Rank BW-91 min Patrick McGoohan, Paul Harris Dir: Basil Dearden P/S

10:00 AM The War Game (1964) BBC BW-44 min  Dir: Peter Watkins Premiere #7

10:45 AM Goldfinger (1964) United Artists C-110 min Sean Connery, Gert Frobe Dir: Guy Hamilton P/S

12:45 PM Kes (1969) Kestrel, C-110 min, David Bradley, Freddie Fletcher, Lynne Perrie  Dir: Ken Loach P/S

02:45 PM Quadrophenia (1979) The Who Films C-117 min Phil Daniels, Sting  Dir: Franc Roddam  Premiere #8

04:45 PM Yellow Submarine (1968) United Artists C-87 min The Beatles Dir: George Dunning Premiere#9


The Strange Seventies


06:15 PM Watership Down (1978) Avco Embassy Pictures C-101 min John Hurt, Richard Briers, Zero Mostel  Dir: Martin Rosen

08:00 PM Tommy (1975) Columbia C-111 min Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed Dir: Ken Russell P/S

10:00 PM Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) EMI Films C-92 min Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin Dir: Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam Premiere #10

11:45 PM Performance (1970) Warner Bros C-105 min James Fox, Mick Jagger Dir:  Donald Cammell, Nicolas Roeg P/S

01:45 AM Frenzy (1972) Universal C-116 min Jon Finch, Alex McCowen, Barry Foster Dir: Alfred Hitchcock P/S

04:00 AM Don't Look Now (1973) British Lion Films C-110 min Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie Dir: Nicolas Roeg Premiere #11


Friday, September 11, 2020


06:00 AM Deep End (1970) Kettledrum Films/Paramount C-90 min Jane Asher, John Moulder Brown Dir: Jerzy Skolimowski P/S




07:30 AM Kameradschaft (1931) Nero-Film AG BW-86 min Alexander Granach, Fritz Kampers, Dir:  G.W. Pabst P/S
09:00 AM Harlan County Films (1976) Cabin Creek Films C-103 min Dir:  Barbara Kopple P/S

10:45 AM Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks (2003) Wang Bing Film Company C-551 min Dir: Wang Bing Premiere#12

08:00 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

10:15 PM Salt of the Earth (1954) Independent Productions BW-94 min Rosaura Revueltas, Will Geer  Dir: Herbert J. Biberman P/S

12:00 AM The Battle of Chile, Part 1:  the insurrection of the bourgeoisie (1975)  Instituto Cubano del Arte y Industria Cinematograficos BW-97 min Dir:  Patrizo Guzman P/S

01:45 AM Matewan (Underground) Cinecom Productions C-132 min Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell Dir: John Sayles EXEMPT

04:00 AM Drowning by Numbers (Underground) Prestige C-118 min Joan Plowright, Joely Richardson, Bernard Hill  Dir: Peter Greenaway EXEMPT


Saturday, September 12, 2020


The Eccentric Eighties, plus the Nervous Nineties


06:00 AM Pink Floyd--The Wall (1982) MGM/UA C-95 min Bob Geldof, Christine Hargreaves  Dir: Alan Parker P/S

07:45 AM Gregory's Girl (1983)  Scottish Television C-91 min John Gordon Sinclair, Dee Hepburn, Claire Grogan,  Dir: Bill Forsyth P/S

09:30 AM Blade Runner (1982) Warner Bros C-117 min Harrison Ford, Sean Young, Rutger Hauer, Dir:  Ridley Scott Premiere #13

11:30 AM Brazil (1985) Universal C-143 min Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Michael Palin Dir: Terry Gilliam P/S

02:00 PM Trainspotting (1996) Channel Four Films C-93 min Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle Dir:  Danny Boyle Premiere #14

03:45 PM Richard III (1995) United Artists C-104 min Ian McKellan, Annette Benning, Kristin Scott-Thomas Dir:  Richard Loncraine Premiere #15

05:30 PM Secrets & Lies (1996) October Films C-142 min Brenda Blethyn, Marianne Jean Baptiste Dir:  Mike Leigh P/S


Optional Challenge 2:  Happy Birthday Composer Hans Zimmer


08:00 PM (Essentials) The Thin Red Line (1998) 20th Century Fox C-170 min Jim Caviezel, Nick Nolte, Sean Penn Dir: Terrence Malick Music-EXEMPT

11:00 PM The Battle of Midway (1942) United States Navy BW-18  Dir: John Ford P/S

11:30 PM With the Marines at Tarawa (1944) United States Marine Corp Photographic Unit BW-20 min Dir: Richard Brooks, Louis Hayward P/S

12:00 AM (Noir Alley) True Romance (1993) Warner Bros C-118 min Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Christopher Walken Dir:  Tony Scott Music-EXEMPT

02:15 AM My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) Channel four Films C-97 min Saeed Jeffrey, Roshan Seth, Daniel Day-Lewis Dir: Stephen Frears Premiere #16

04:00 AM A World Apart (1988) Atlantic Entertainment Group C-113 min Jodhi May, Barbara Hershey, Dir: Chris Menges P/S


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Week of September 6-September 12, 2020


SOTM:  Trevor Howard
Noir Alley:  Touch of Evil (1958), True Romance (1993)
Silent Sunday Nights:  Foolish Wives (1922)
TCM Imports:  Mr Hulot's Holiday (1953), The Rules of the Game (1939)
Special Monthly Spotlight:  Great Writers on film
TCM Underground:  Matewan (1987),  Drowning by Numbers (1988)
Deconstructing Harry (1997)
35 Shots of Rum (2008)
That Night at Varennes (1982)
The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film (1959)
Fires were Started (1943)
Winstanley (1975)
The War Game (1964)
Quadrophenia (1979)
Yellow Submarine (1968)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Don't Look Now (1973)
Tie Xi Qu:  West of the Tracks (2003)
Blade Runner (1982)
Trainspotting (1996)
Richard III (1995)
My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
Exempt Premieres:
Love Streams (1984) (Triple)
The Tenant (1976) (Triple)
Almayer's Folly (2011) (Writer)
Ludwig (1973) (SOTM)
Aces High (1976) (SOTM)
Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) (Theme)
The Long Day Closes (1992) (Theme)
Let Him Have it (1991) (Theme)
The Thin Red Line (1998) (Music)
True Romance (1993) (Music)
1920s      2
1930s      4
1940s     14
1950s     11
1960s     10
1970s     16
1980s     14
1990s       9
2000s       2
2010s       1
We start off with the triple threat challenge.  But instead of it just being four films, why not program a whole day?  We then go to Monday, where we start the day with a spotlight on fathers and daughters.  Some of these relationships are loving and supportive--others somewhat less so.  We then go to the spotlight of the month, and the first mandatory challenge--great writers on film.  In this case, it's Joseph Conrad.  We start off with Apocalypse Now, based on Heart of Darkness, followed by three more adaptations.
Tuesdays starts off by honoring birthday boys Jean-Louis Barrault and Peter Sellers.  Then we go on to star of the month Trevor Howard (whose birthday is the 29th).  We have a starring role, a co-leading role, and a small but vital role as Richard Wagner in Ludwig, as well as a fourth film.  Wednesday honors birthday girl Jane Greer with two films where she stars with Robert Mitchum.  We then start our first look at British film and British history with five war films from the forties.  Then we have seven films each about the fifties, sixties and the seventies.  Instead of the more obvious sixties, I chose the fifties for the mandatory challenge of the history theme.  Tales of Hoffman more deals with the history of British film that the British fifties, but it does allude to the theme I have chosen.  On the one hand there is the search for normality, whether it is an egregiously unjust case of capital punishment (Let Him Have it), or portraits of conventional working class life (Distant Voices, Still Lives, The Long Day Closes) .  On the other hand there are movies that look at the future whether it is race relations (Sapphire, Absolute Beginners) or a new world of sophistication and music (Absolute Beginners).  The seventh movie also looks at revolution and struggle for resources,  except it's about the 1650s, not the 1950s.
The sixties in British film saw a "New wave" which was more successful at winning oscars than the respect of critics.  But this is not to deny genuine improvement.  We start off with a movie so ahead of its time that it nearly ruined the career of its director, Michael Powell.  Other films deal with a new form of documentary (The War Game), a remarkable use of jazz (All Night Long) and of the many films that looked at working class, the one that was the keeper (Kes).  Whatever one thinks of the James Bond franchise, there's no denying Goldfinger was for many the epitome of sixties sophistication.  And then we have what really made the sixties swinging--the Beatles (Yellow Submarine), plus perhaps the best British movie to provide a historical look at the early sixties (Quadrophenia).  The strangeness of the seventies movies need little explanation:  an animated movie about rabbits fighting to the death, a rock opera musical, the most radical comedy group of their age, Mick Jagger's unforgettable collaboration with Nicolas Roeg, Hitchcock's penultimate film, a uniquely strange and erotic horror film, and a coming of age movie filtered through a dark Polish sensibility.
One leitmotif of Britain's industrial revolution was mining, so we devote most of Friday to those who work the black seam.  A classic Early Germany sound film starts the day.  Then we have documentaries on the United States and China.  John Ford's best picture winner of 1941 starts the evening, and then we look at mining in tin (The Salt of the Earth) and copper (The Battle of Chile).  Our first underground movie is literally underground.  Our second helps segue into our last look at British film.  We have the eccentric eighties with the strange vision of Peter Greenaway,  the darkest of rock operas, and some dry Scottish wit.  We then have two dystopias with misc-en-scene to kill for:  one with a British director in the future that is our present in Los Angeles, and the other with an American director in a future that looks to the past in London.  Three movies look at the nervous nineties with appropriate topics like drug addiction, family crisis and a Shakespeare adaptation designed to look like a Tarantino film.  Birthday boy composer Hans Zimmer gets the evening tribute with both the essentials and the noir alley, along with two shorts about the war in Pacific to fill out the slot. 
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Great work skimpole! I'm thrilled to see Trevor Howard as your Star of the Month. He's one of my favorites. I like that you chose to look at various decades of British history and am interested in watching the titles in your Foreshadowing Fifties block. The Sophisticated Sixties block is strong. All Night Long is great with outstanding music and performances. I've yet to see Quadrophenia, but would like to. 

Well done!

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Lonesome Polecat's schedule for

TCM Programming Challenge #43: "British Invasion"

Week of May 31, 2021-June 5, 2021


BRITISH SOTM (Challenge #1): Kenneth More

THE ESSENTIALS: Phantom of the Opera (1943)

TCM IMPORTS: Inspector Maigret (1958)

SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS: The Private Life of Helen of Troy (1927) & Vamping Venus (1928)

NOIR ALLEY: Stolen Face (1952)

TCM UNDERGROUND: The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)

TCM SPOTLIGHT: Poverty Row Studios

Challenge #2: P.G. Wodehouse

Challenge #3: British WWII Propaganda Films

Challenge #5: Nelson Riddle



Barber of Seville (1955)

The Boys from Syracuse (1940)

Damn Yankees (1958)

Gaucho Serenade (1940)

The Gnome-Mobile (1967)

Joe Palooka, Champ (1946)

Monsieur Beaucaire (1946)

On the Night of the Fire (1939)

Papa’s Delicate Condition (1963)

Phantom of the Opera (1943)

Si yo fuera diputado (1952)

Standing Room Only (1944)

Three Men in a Boat (1956)

Turn off the Moon (1937)

12 + 1 (1969)

20,000 Men a Year (1939)



Anything Goes (1936)

The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)

The Crime of Dr Crespi (1935)

Destiny [Der Müde Tod] (1921)

Fires Were Started (1943)

The Flemish Farm (1943)

Harlow (1965)

Inspector Maigret (1958)

Lisbon (1956)

Man in the Moon (1960)

Mademoiselle Midnight (1924)

The Night Invader (1943)

O’Malley of the Mounted (1921)

Sink the Bismarck! (1960)

The Small Bachelor (1927)

Sweeney Todd (1928)

Thank You, Jeeves! (1936)

The 39 Steps (1959)

Three Men and a Girl (1919)


-------------------------------SUNDAY MAY 30, 2021-----------------------------



6:00am Barber of Seville (1955) Tito Gobbi & Irene Genna, dir Camillo Mastrocinque 1h42min PREMIERE

7:45am SHORT: Rabbit of Seville (1950) Mel Blanc & Arthur Q Bryan, dir Chuck Jones WB 7min

8:00am Sweeney Todd (1928) Moore Mariott & Iris Darbyshire, dir Walter West QTS 1h13min PUBLIC DOMAIN PREMIERE

9:15am You’re Never Too Young (1955) Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, dir Norman Taurog PAR 1h42min (p/s)

11:00am Diplomaniancs (1933) Bert Wheeler & Robert Woolsey, dir William A Seiter RKO 1h (p/s)

12:00pm Smart Money (1931) Edwad G Robinson & James Cageny, dir Alfred E Green WB 1h21min (p/s)

1:30pm Monsieur Beaucaire (1946) Bob Hope & Joan Caulfield, dir George Marshall PAR 1h30min PREMIERE

3:00pm The Great Dictator (1940) Charles Chaplin & Paulette Goddard, dir Charles Chaplin UA 2h (p/s)

5:00pm On the Night of the Fire (1939) Ralph Richardson & Diana Wynyard, dir Brian Desmond Hurst GFD 1h15min PREMIERE

6:15pm Si yo fuera diputado (1952) Cantinflas & Andres Soler, dir Miguel M Delgado, Posa 1h35min PREMIERE



8:00pm The Boys from Syracuse (1940) Allan Jones & Martha Raye, dir A. Edward Sutherland UI 1h13min PREMIERE

9:15pm Night in Paradise (1946) Merle Oberon & Turhan Bey, dir Arthur Lubin UI 1h24min (p/s)

10:45pm SHORT: It’s Greek to Me-ow! (1961) Tom & Jerry, dir Gene Deitch MGM 7min

11:00pm The Three Stooges Meet Hercules (1962) The Three Stooges & Joe DeRita, dir Edward Bernds COL 1h29min (p/s)

12:30am SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS: The Private Life of Helen of Troy (1927) Maria Corda & Lewis Stone, dir Alexander Korda, 1st National 1h27min

2:00am SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS: Vamping Venus (1928) Charles Murray & Louise Fazenda, dir Edward Cline, 1st National 1h10min



3:15am Inspector Maigret (1958) Jean Gabin & Anne Giardot, dir Jean Delannoy, Intermodia 1h59min EXEMPT PREMIERE


--------------------------------MONDAY MAY 31, 2021---------------------------


Challenge #3: The History


5:15am One of Our Aircraft is Missing (1942) Godfrey Tearle & Eric Portman, dir Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, BNF 1h22min (p/s)

6:45am SHORT: London Can Take It! (1940) Quentin Reynolds, dir Humphrey Jennings GPO 9min

7:00am Bombsight Stolen (1941) Leslie Banks & Alistair Sim, dir Anthony Asquith, Gaumont 1h30min (p/s)

8:30am To Hell With Hitler (1940) George Formby & Phyllis Calvert, dir Marcel Varnel, Ealing 1h22min (p/s)

10:00am SHORT: Bon Voyage (1944) John Blythe, dir Alfred Hitchcock, Milestone 26min

10:30am The Gentle Sex (1943) Joan Gates & Joan Greenwood, dir Leslie Howard, 2 Cities 1h32min (p/s)

12:15pm Wings and the Woman (1942) Anna Neagle & Robert Newton, dir Herbert Wilcox RKO 1h34min (p/s)

2:00pm Went the Day Well? (1942) Leslie Banks & CV France, dir Alberto Cavalcanti, Ealing 1h32min (p/s)

3:45pm Fires Were Started (1943) Philip Dickson & George Gravett, dir Humphrey Jennings, Crown 1h3min THEME-EXEMPT PREMIERE

5:00pm The Flemish Farm (1943) Clive Brook & Clifford Evans, dir Jeffrey Dell, 2 Cities 1h22min THEME-EXEMPT PREMIERE

6:30pm The Night Invader (1943) Anne Crawford & David Farrar, dir Herbert Mason WB 1h21min THEME-EXEMPT PREMIERE



Tiffany Pictures:

8:00pm Mademoiselle Midnight (1924) Mae Murray & Monte Blue, dir Robert Z Leonard 1h10min PUBLIC DOMAIN PREMIERE

Monogram Pictures:

9:15pm Joe Palooka, Champ (1946) Leon Errol & Joe Kirkwood Jr, dir Reginald Le Borg 1h10min PREMIERE

Grand National Pictures:

10:30pm Something to Sing About (1937) James Cagney & Evelyn Daw, dir Victor Schertzinger 1h29min (p/s)

Producers Releasing Corporation:

12:00am Strange Illusion (1945) Jimmy Lydon & Warren William, dir Edgar G Ulmer 1h27min (p/s)

Mascot Pictures:

1:30am In Old Santa Fe (1934) Ken Maynard & Gene Autry, dir David Howard 1h4min (p/s)

Liberty Pictures:

2:45am The Crime of Dr Crespi (1935) Erich Von Stroheim & Dwight Frye, dir John H Auer 1h PUBLIC DOMAIN PREMIERE


---------------------------------- TUESDAY JUNE 1, 2021 ------------------------------



3:45am 12 Angry Men (1957) Henry Fonda & Lee J Cobb, dir Sidney Lumet UA 1h36min (p/s)

5:30am Ten Tall Men (1951) Burt Lancaster & Gilbert Roland, dir Willis Goldbeck COL 1h37min (p/s)

7:15am Eight Iron Men (1952) Lee Marvin & Richard Kiley, dir Edward Dmytryk COL 1h20min (p/s)

8:45am Seven Angry Men (1955) Raymond Massey & Jeffrey Hunter, dir Charles Marquis Warren AA 1h30min (p/s)

10:15am Four Men and a Prayer (1938) Loretta Young & George Sanders, dir John Ford FOX 1h25min (p/s)

11:45am Three Men on a Horse (1936) Frank McHugh & Sam Levene, dir Mervyn LeRoy WB 1h26min (p/s)

1:15pm Three Men and a Girl (1919) Marguerite Clark & Richard Bartelmess, dir Marshall Neilan, Lasky 50min PUBLIC DOMAIN PREMIERE

2:15pm Eleven Men and a Girl (1930) Joe E Brown & Joan Bennett, dir William A Wellman WB 1h12min (p/s)

3:30pm One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937) Deanna Durbin & Adolphe Menjou, dir Henry Koster UI 1h24min (p/s)

5:00pm Three Men in a Boat (1956) Laurence Harvey & David Tomlinson, dir Ken Annakin IFD 1h24min PREMIERE

6:30pm 20,000 Men a Year (1939) Randolph Scott & Preston Foster, dir Alfred E Green FOX 1h24min PREMIERE


Challenge #5: Did I Mention the Music?


8:00pm Lisbon (1956) Ray Milland & Maureen O’Hara, dir Ray Milland, Republic 1h30min MUSIC-EXEMPT PREMIERE

9:30pm Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964) Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin, dir Gordon Douglas WB 2h (p/s)

11:30pm Harlow (1965) Carol Lynley & Efrem Zimbalist Jr, dir Carol Lynley, Magna 1h45min MUSIC-EXEMPT PREMIERE

1:15am How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967) Robert Morse & Rudy Vallee, dir David Swift UA 2h (p/s)

3:15am St Louis Blues (1958) Nat King Cole & Eartha Kitt, dir Allen Reiser PAR 1h45min (p/s)

5:00am What a Way to Go! (1964) Shirley MacLaine & Paul Newman, dir J. Lee Thompson FOX 1h51min (p/s)


----------------------------------WEDNESDAY JUNE 2, 2021---------------------------



7:00am Tom Thumb (1958) Russ Tamblyn & Peter Sellers, dir George Pal MGM 1h38min (p/s)

8:45am The Wizard of Oz (1939) Judy Garland & Ray Bolger, dir Victor Fleming MGM 1h42min (p/s)

10:30am Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959) Albert Sharpe & Janet Munro, dir Robert Stevenson, Disney 1h33min (p/s)

1:15pm The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960) Kerwin Mathews & Jo Morrow, dir Jack Sher COL 1h39min (p/s)

3:00pm The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Elijah Wood & Viggo Mortensen, dir Peter Jackson, New Line 3h21min (p/s)

6:30pm The Gnome-Mobile (1967) Walter Brennan & Tom Lowell, dir Robert Stevenson, Disney 1h24min PREMIERE


Challenge #1: New Star of the Month


8:00pm Sink the Bismarck! (1960) Kenneth More & Dana Wynter, dir Lewis Gilbert FOX 1h37min SOTM-EXEMPT PREMIERE

9:45pm A Night to Remember (1958) Kenneth More & Laurence Naismith, dir Roy War Baker, Rank 2h3min (p/s)

12:00am Reach for the Sky (1956) Kenneth More & Muriel Pavlow, dir Lewis Gilbert, Rank 2h (p/s)

2:00am The 39 Steps (1959) Kenneth More & Taina Elg, dir Ralph Thomas, Rank 1h33min SOTM-EXEMPT PREMIERE

3:45am Man in the Moon (1960) Kenneth More & Shirley Anne Field, dir Basil Dearden, Rank 1h38min SOTM-EXEMPT PREMIERE


---------------------------------THURSDAY JUNE 3, 2021--------------------------------



5:30am It Happened One Night (1934) Clark Gable & Claudette Colbert, Frank Capra COL 1h45min (p/s)

7:15am Souls for Sale (1923) Eleanor Boardman & Frank Mayo, dir Rupert Hughes, Goldwyn 1h30min (p/s)

8:45am Here Comes the Groom (1951) Bing Crosby & Jane Wyman, dir Frank Capra PAR 1h53min (p/s)

10:45am Love on the Run (1936) Joan Crawford & Clark Gable, dir WS Van Dyke MGM 1h20min (p/s)

12:15pm Anna Lucasta (1958) Eartha Kitt & Sammy Davis Jr, dir Arnold Laven UA 1h37min (p/s)

2:00pm If You Could Only Cook (1935) Herbert Marshall & Jean Arthur, dir William A Seiter COL 1h12min (p/s)

3:15pm The Bride Goes Wild (1948) Van Johnson & June Allyson, dir Norman Taurog MGM 1h38min (p/s)

5:00pm It Had to Be You (1947) Ginger Rogers & Cornel Wilde, dir Don Hartman COL 1h38min (p/s)

6:45pm Gaucho Serenade (1940) Gene Autry & Smiley Burnette, dir Frank McDonald, Republic 1h6min PREMIERE



8:00pm Destiny [Der Müde Tod] (1921) Bernard Goetzke & Lil Dagover, dir Fritz Lang, Decla-Bioscop AG 1h54min PUBLIC DOMAIN PREMIERE

10:00pm The Sheik (1921) Rudolph Valentino & Agnes Ayres, dir George Melford PAR 1h26min

11:30pm The Haunted House (1921) Buster Keaton & Virginia Fox, dir Buster Keaton, Metro 21min

12:00am The Kid (1921) Charles Chaplin & Jackie Coogan, dir Charles Chaplin, 1st National 1h8min

1:15am The Three Musketeers (1921) Douglas Fairbanks & Adolphe Menjou UA 1h59min

3:15am O’Malley of the Mounted (1921) William S Hart & Eva Novak, dir Lambert Hillyer, Artcraft 1h PUBLIC DOMAIN PREMIERE

4:15am Never Weaken (1921) Harold Lloyd & Mildred Davis, dir Fred C Newmeyer, Pathe 19min


------------------------------------FRIDAY JUNE 4, 2021---------------------------------



4:45am The Twelve Chairs (1970) Ron Moody & Frank Langella, dir Mel Brooks UMC 1h34min (p/s)

6:30am Keep Your Seats, Please! (1936) George Formby & Florence Desmond, dir Monty Banks ATP 1h22min (p/s)

8:00am It’s in the Bag! (1945) Fred Allen & Jack Benny, dir Richard Wallace UA 1h27min (p/s)

9:30am 12 + 1 (1969) Vittorio Gassman & Orson Welles, dir Nicolas Gessner CFPC 1h34min PREMIERE


Challenge #2: The Writers


11:15am Thank You, Jeeves! (1936) Arthur Treacher & David Niven, dir Arthur Greville Collins FOX 57min WRITER-EXEMPT PREMIERE

12:15pm Step Lively, Jeeves! (1937) Arthur Treacher & Patricia Ellis, dir Eugene Forde FOX 1h9min (p/s)

1:30pm Picadilly Jim (1936) Robert Montgomery & Frank Morgan, dir Robert Z Leonard MGM 1h35min (p/s)

3:15pm A Damsel in Distress (1937) Fred Astaire & George Burns, dir George Stevens RKO 1h41min (p/s)

5:00pm The Small Bachelor (1927) Barbara Kent & George Beranger, dir William A Seiter UI 1h10min WRITER-EXEMPT PREMIERE

6:15pm Anything Goes (1936) Bing Crosby & Ethel Merman, dir Lewis Milestone PAR 1h32min WRITER-EXEMPT PREMIERE



8:00pm Damn Yankees (1958) Tab Hunter & Ray Walston, dir George Abbot & Stanley Donen WB 1h51min PREMIERE

10:00pm Standing Room Only (1944) Fred MacMurray & Paulette Goddard, dir Sidney Lanfield, Paramount 1h23min PREMIERE

11:30pm Born Yesterday (1950) Judy Holliday & William Holden, dir George Cukor COL 1h43min (p/s)

1:15am SHORT: The Capital City: Washington, D.C. (1940) James A Fitzpatrick, MGM 9min

1:30am The More the Merrier (1943) Jean Arthur & Joel McCrea, dir George Stevens, Columbia 1h44min (p/s)

3:15am SHORT: Wonders of Washington, D.C. (1956) George Jessel, dir Harry Foster COL 20min

3:45am Johnny Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1944) Simone Simon & James Ellison, dir Joe May, King Bros 1h15min (p/s)


-----------------------------SATURDAY JUNE 5, 2021---------------------------



5:00am Bringing Up Baby (1938) Katharine Hepburn & Charles Ruggles, dir Howard Hawks RKO 1h42min (p/s)

6:45am The Doughgirls (1944) Jane Wyman & Ann Sheridan, dir James V Kern WB 1h42min (p/s)

8:30am The Ugly Dachshund (1966) Suzanne Pleshette & Dean Jones, dir Norman Tokar, Disney 1h30min (p/s)

10:00am Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) Charles Laughton & Charles Ruggles, dir Leo McCarey, Paramount 1h30min (p/s)

11:30am Incendiary Blonde (1945) Betty Hutton & Charles Ruggles, dir George Marshall PAR 1h53min (p/s)

1:30pm Murder in the Private Car (1934) Charles Ruggles & Una Merkel, dir Harry Beaumont MGM 1h (p/s)

2:30pm Murders in the Zoo (1933) Charles Ruggles & Lionel Atwill, dir A. Edward Sutherland PAR 1h (p/s)

3:30pm Six of a Kind (1934) Charles Ruggles & WC Fields, dir Leo McCarey PAR 1h (p/s)

4:30pm SHORT: Ben and Me (1953) Charles Ruggles & Sterling Holloway, dir Hamilton Luske, Disney 21min

5:00pm Turn off the Moon (1937) Charles Ruggles & Eleanore Whitney, dir Lewis Seiler PAR 1h15min PREMIERE

6:15pm Papa’s Delicate Condition (1963) Jackie Gleason & Charles Ruggles, dir George Marshall PAR 1h38min PREMIERE



8:00pm THE ESSENTIALS: Phantom of the Opera (1943) Nelson Eddy & Susanna Foster, dir Arthur Lubin UI 1h32min PREMIERE

9:45pm The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) Lon Chaney & Patsy Ruth Miller, dir Wallace Worsley UI 2h13min (p/s)

12:00am NOIR ALLEY: Stolen Face (1952) Paul Henreid & Lizabeth Scott, dir Terence Fisher, Hammer 1h12min (p/s)

1:15am A Woman’s Face (1941) Joan Crawford & Melvyn Douglas, dir George Cukor MGM 1h45min (p/s)

3:00am TCM UNDERGROUND: The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961) Douglas Mellor & Tor Johnson, dir Coleman Francis, Cinema Assoc. 54min EXEMPT PREMIERE

4:00am The Elephant Man (1980) Anthony Hopkins & John Hurt, dir David Lynch PAR 2h (p/s)


Breakdown by Decade:

1910s- 1

1920s- 13

1930s- 28

1940s- 29

1950s- 24

1960s- 14

1970s- 1

1980s- 1

1990s- 0

2000s- 1



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Well done Lonesome Polecat! Kenneth More is a great choice and I'd like to watch your selections for his night.  Nelson Riddle is a great choice for your composer. I also like your Runaway Brides and your Living in Washington D.C. blocks. 

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Challenges are due Sunday, July 12 at 11:59PM (EST)! If anyone is working on a schedule and hasn't previously checked in on this thread, please let me know. I'd be happy to extend the deadline in the interest of seeing more schedules.

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Star of the month: Margaret Rutherford (Challenge #1)

TCM Spotlight: Music by John Barry (Challenge #5)

Challenge #2: Based on a Book by Agatha Christie

Challenge #3: England Remembers World War I

Challenge #4: Kenneth Branagh

TCM Import: Hedd Wyn (1992)

Silent Sunday: The Farmer's Wife (1929)

TCM Underground: Smashing Time (1967) & I'll Never Forget What'isname (1967)

Noir Alley: Stormy Monday (1988)


1. Madame Sousatzka (1988)

2. The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

3. The Mirror Crack'd (1980)

4. The Tamarind Seed (1974)

5. March or Die (1977)

6. The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953)

7. The Railway Children (1970)

8. The Raging Moon (1971)

9. Comfort and Joy (1984)

10. Dreamchild (1985)

11. Tales of Beatrix Potter (1971)

12. Cal (1984)

13. Melody (1971)

14. The Long Day Closes (1992)

15. Shirley Valentine (1989)

16. High Season (1987)


Exempt premieres:

1. Hedd Wynn (1992)

2. Curtain Up (1952)

3. Miss Robin Hood (1952)

4. Innocents in Paris (1953)

5. Chaplin (1992)

6. The Public Eye (1972)

7. 1917 (2019)

8. The Blue Max (1966)

9. Secret Agent (1936)

10. Love's Labor's Lost (2000)

11. Smashing Time (1967)

12. I'll Never Forget What'isname (1967)

13. Stormy Monday (1988)

Decade breakdown:

1920s: 1

1930s: 3

1940s: 13

1950s: 21

1960s: 16

1970s: 13

1980s: 13

1990s: 4

2000s: 1

2010s; 1

Sunday, November 8, 2020

The Archers

6 AM A Matter of Life and Death (1946)  David Niven & Roger Livesley D; Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger  Eagle Lion 104 min p/s

7:45 AM The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) Roger Livesley & Deborah Kerr D; Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger UA 163 min p/s

10:30 AM I Know Where I'm Going (1945) Wendy Hiller & Roger Livesey D; Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger Universal 88 min p/s

12 PM  The Red Shoes (1948) Moira Shearer & Anton Wolbrook D; Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger Eagle-Lion 133 min p/s

2:15 PM Gone to Earth (1950) Jennifer Jones & David Ferrar D; Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger British Lion 110 min p/s

4:15 PM  The Spy in Black (1939) Conrad Veight & Valerie Hobson D; Michael Powell Columbia 82 min p/s

5:45 PM 49th Parallel (1941) Richard George & Eric Portman D Michael Powell Columbia 123 min p/s


John Schlesinger Double Feature

8 PM Billy Liar (1963) Tom Courtenay & Julie Christie D; John Schlesinger Anglo-Amalgamated 98 min p/s

9:45 PM Madame Sousatzka (1988) Shirley MacLaine & Navin Chowdhry D; John Schlesinger Universal/Cineplex Odeon 125 min Premiere #1

Silent Sunday

12 AM The Farmer's Wife (1929) Jameson Thomas & Lillian Hall-Davis D; Alfred Hitchcock British International Pictures 129 min p/s

TCM Imports

2:15 AM Hedd Wyn (1992) Huw Garman & Catrin Fychan D Paul Turner Northern Arts 123 min Imports-Exempt premiere

4:30 AM Rembrandt (1935) Charles Laughton & Gertrude Lawrence D; Alexander Korda UA 85 min p/s


Monday, November 9, 2020

Starring Glynis Johns

6 AM The Magic Box (1951) Robert Donat & Margaret Johnson D; John Boulting British Lion 118 min p/s

8 AM An Ideal Husband (1947) Paulette Goddard & Michael Wilding D; Alexander Korda 20th Century Fox 96 min p/s

9:45 AM No Highway in the Sky (1951) James Stewart & Marlene Dietrich D; Henry Koster 20th Century Fox 98 min p/s

11:30 AM Miranda (1948) Glynis Johns & Googie Withers D; Ken Annakin Eagle-Lion 80 min p/s

1 PM Mad About Men (1954) Glynis Johns & Margaret Rutherford D;Ralph Thomas Rank 90 min p/s

2:30 PM The Card (1952) Alec Guinness & Glynis Johns D; Ronald Neame Rank 85 min p/s

4 PM The Adventures of Tartu (1943) Robert Donat & Valerie Hobson D; Harold S Bucquet MGM 111 min

6 PM Vacation from Marriage (1945) Robert Donat & Deborah Kerr D; Alexander Korda MGM 102 min


Star of the Month: Margaret Rutherford (Challenge #1)

8 PM Passport to Pimlico (1949) Stanley Holloway & Margaret Rutherford D; Henry Cornelius Ealing 84 min p/s

9:30 PM The Importance of Being Ernest (1952) Michael Redgrave & Edith Evand D; Anthony Asquith UI 95 min p/s

11:15 PM The Runaway Bus (1954) Frankie Howerd & Margaret Rutherford D; Val Guest Rank 78 min p/s

12:45 AM Curtain Up (1952) Robert Morley & Margaret Rutherford D; Ralph Smart Rank 82 min SOTM-Exempt Premiere #1

2:15 AM Miss Robin Hood (1952) Margaret Rutherford & Richard Hearne D; John Guillerman Associated British 76 min  SOTM-Exempt Premiere #2

3:45 AM Innocents in Paris (1953) Alistair Sim & Claire Bloom D;Gordon Parry Romulus 102 min SOTM-Exempt Premiere #3

5:30 AM Castle in the Air (1952) David Tomlinson & Margaret Rutherford D; Henry Cass Pathe 89 min p/s


Tuesday, November 10, 2020

ITC Entertainment

7 AM The Great Muppet Caper (1981) Jim Henson & Frank Oz D; Jim Henson Universal/AFD/ITC  97 min.  Premiere #2

8:45 AM Voyage of the Damned (1976) Max Von Sydow & Oskar Werner D; Stuart Rosenberg AVCO Embassy/ITC 182 min p/s

12 PM The Mirror Crack'd (1980) Angela Lansbury & Elizabeth Taylor D; Guy Hamilton AFD/ITC/EMI 105 min Premiere #3

1:45 PM The Tamarind Seed (1974) Julie Andrews & Omar Sharif D; Blake Edwards AVCO Embassy/ITC 119 min Premiere #4

3:45 PM Gregory's Girl (1980) John Gordon Sinclair & Dee Hepburn D; Bill Forsyth Samuel Goldwyn Co/ITC 91 min p/s

5:30 PM March or Die (1977) Gene Hackman & Catherine Deneuve D; Dick Richards Columbia/ITC 107 min Premiere #5

7:30 PM MGM Parade 28 min


TCM Spotlight: Music by John Barry (Challenge #5)

8 PM Chaplin (1992) Robert Downey Jr & Moira Kelly D; Richard Attenbourough TriStar/Carolco 145 min. Music-Exempt premiere #1

10:30 PM Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) Kim Stanley & Richard Attenbourough D;Bryan Forbes Rank 115 min p/s

12:30 AM The Public Eye (1972) Topol & Mia Farrow D; Carol Reed Universal 93 min Music-Exempt premiere #2

2:15 AM The Ipcress File (1965) Michael Caine & Nigel Green D;Sidney J Furie Universal/Rank 109 min p/s

4:15 AM The Wrong Box (1966) John Mills & Ralph Richardson D; Bryan Forbes Columbia 105 min p/s


Wednesday, November 11, 2020

50s British Films with Oscar-Nominated Scripts and Stories

6 AM Seven Days to Noon (1950) Barry Jones & Olive Sloane D; Roy Boulting British Lion 94 min p/s

7:45 AM The Sound Barrier (1952) Ralph Richardson & Ann Todd D; David Lean British Lion 109 min p/s

9:45 AM The Man in the White Suit (1951) Alec Guinness & Joan Greenwood D; Alexander MacKendrick Ealing 85 min p/s

11:15 AM The Horse's Mouth (1958) Alec Guinness & Kay Walsh D; Ronald Neame UA 97 min p/s

1 PM Room at the Top (1959) Laurence Harvey & Simone Signoret D; Jack Clayton British Lion 115 min p/s

3 PM The Ladykillers (1955) Alec Guinness & Katie Johnson D; Alexander MacKendrick Ealing 97 min p/s

4:45 PM Genevieve (1953) Dinah Sheridan & John Gregson D; Henry Cornelius UI 86 min p/s

6:15 PM The Captain's Paradise (1953) Alec Guinness & Celia Johnson D; Anthony Kimmins Lopert/British Lion 93 min p/s


England Remembers World War I

8 PM Oh! What a Lovely War (1969) Laurence Olivier & Maggie Smith D; Richard Attenbourough Paramount 144 min p/s

10:30 PM 1917 (2019) George MacKay & Dean-Charles Chapman D; Sam Mendes Universal/DreamWorks 119 min History-Exempt premiere #1

12:45 AM King and Country (1964) Dirk Bogarde & Tom Courtenay D; Joseph Losey Allied Artists 88 min. p/s

2:15 AM The Blue Max (1966) George Peppard & James Mason D; John Guillerman 20th Century Fox 156 min History-Exempt Premiere #2

5 AM Secret Agent (1936) Peter Lorre & Madeleine Carroll D; Alfred Hitchcock British International 86 min History-Exempt Premiere #3


Thursday, November 12, 2020

Triple Threat: Kenneth Branagh

6:30 AM Hamlet (1996) Kenneth Branagh & Julie Christie D; Kenneth Branagh Columbia/Caste Rock 242 min p/s

10:45 AM Love's Labor's Lost (2000) Kenneth Branagh & Allesandro Nivola D; Kenneth Branagh Miramax 93 min Triple-Exempt premiere #1

12:30 PM Much Ado About Nothing (1993) Kenneth Branagh & Emma Thompson D; Kenneth Branagh Samuel Goldwyn Co 110 min p/s

2:30 PM Henry V (1989) Kenneth Branagh & Paul Scofield D; Kenneth Branagh Samuel Goldwyn Co. 137 min p/s


British Comedy Double Feature

5 PM The Mouse That Roared (1959) Peter Sellers & Jean Seburg D; Jack Arnold Columbia 83 min p/s

6:30 PM The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953) Stanley Holloway & George Relph D; Charles Crichton Ealing 84 min Premiere #6


Based on a Book by Agatha Christie

8 PM Death on the Nile (1978) Peter Ustinov & Mia Farrow D; John Guillerman Paramount/EMI 138 min p/s

10:30 PM Murder on the Orient Express (1974) Albert Finney & Lauren Bacall D; Sidney Lumet Paramount/EMI 137 min p/s

1 AM Evil Under the Sun (1982) Peter Ustinov & Maggie Smith D; Guy Hamilton Universal/EMI 117 min p/s

3 AM Murder She Said (1961) Margaret Rutherford & Stringer Davis D; George Poll o c k MGM 88 min

4:30 AM Murder at the Gallop (1963) Margaret Rutherford & Stringer Davis D; George Poll o c k MGM 81 min


Friday, November 13, 2020

EMI Films

6 AM The Boy Friend (1971) Twiggy & Christopher Gable D; Ken Russell MGM-EMI 137 min

8:30 AM The Railway Children (1970) Jenny Agutter & Dinah Sheridan D;Lionel Jeffries Universal-EMI 110 min Premiere #7

10:30 AM The Raging Moon (1971) Malcolm McDowell & Nanette Newman D; Bryan Forbes MGM-EMI 110 min Premiere #8

12:30 PM Comfort and Joy (1984) Bill Patterson & Eleanor David D; Bill Forsyth Universal-EMI 106 min Premiere #9

2:30 PM Dreamchild (1985) Coral Browne & Ian Holm D; Gavin Millar EMI 94 min Premiere #10

4:15 PM Tales of Beatrix Potter (1971) The Royal Ballet D; Reginald Mills MGM-EMI 90 min Premiere #11

6:00 PM  The Go-Between (1971) Julie Christie & Alan Bates D; Joseph Losey Columbia-EMI p/s


Produced by David Puttnam

8 PM The Duellists (1977) Harvey Keitel & Keith Carradine D; Ridley Scott Paramount 100 min p/s

9:45 PM Cal (1984) Helen Mirren & John Lynch D; Pat O'Connor WB 102 min Premiere #12

11:30 PM Local Hero (1983) Peter Reigert & Burt Lancaster D; Bill Forsyth WB 111 min p/s

1:30 AM Melody (1971) Jack Wild & Mark Lester D; Warris Hussain British Lion 103 min Premiere #13


TCM Underground; Swinging London Double Feature

3:15 AM Smashing Time (1967) Rita Tushingham & Lynn Redgrave D; Desmond Davis Paramount 96 min Underground-Exempt premiere #1

5 AM I'll Never Forget What'isname (1967) Oliver Reed & Orson Welles Michael Winner Universal 97 min Underground Exempt Premiere #2


Saturday, November 14, 2020

Selections from Time Out Magazine's List of the Best British Films Ever Made

6:45 AM This Sporting Life (1963) Richard Harris & Rachel Roberts D; Lindsay Anderson Rank 134 min p/s

9 AM The Long Day Closes (1992) Leigh McCormick & Marjorie Yates D; Terrence Davies Sony Pictures Classics 85 min Premiere #14

10:30 AM The Fallen Idol (1949) Ralph Richardson & Michele Morgan D; Carol Reed British Lion 95 min p/s

12:15 PM Went the Day Well? (1942) Leslie Banks & Valerie Taylor D; Alberto Cavalcanti Ealing 94 min p/s

2 PM The Innocents (1961) Deborah Kerr & Martin Stephens D; Jack Clayton 20th Century Fox 99 min p/s

3:45 PM Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) Dennis Pryce & Alec Guinness D;Robert Hamer Ealing  106 min p/s

5:45 PM The Servant (1963) Dirk Bogarde & James Fox D; Joseph Losey Landau Releasing 115 min p/s


the Essentials: Kitchen Sink Cinema from a Female Point of View

8 PM A Taste of Honey (1961) Rita Tushingham & Murray Melvin D; Tony Richardson British Lion 100 min p/s

9:45 PM The L-Shaped Room (1963) Leslie Caron & Brock Peters D; Bryan Forbes Columbia 126 min p/s


Noir Alley; A Touch of Neo-Noir

12 AM Stormy Monday (1988) Sean Bean & Melanie Griffith D; Mike Figgis Atlantic 94 min Noir-Exempt Premiere


Greek Holiday!

1:45 AM Shirley Valentine (1989) Pauline Collins & Tom Conti D; Lewis Gilbert Paramount 108 min Premiere #15

3:45 AM High Season (1987) Jacqueline Bisset & Irene Papas D; Clare Peploe Hemdale 91 min Premiere #16


5:30 AM MGM Parade 28 min.

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Lonesome Polecat:  

Love the schedule but then you always do an incredible job!  "How Many Men Does It Take . . . " made me laugh out loud, loved Charles Ruggles, British WWII propaganda films, Nelson Riddle, runaway brides and Poverty Row films.  An inspired job as always!


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TCM Programming Challenge #43   --  British Invasion

Week of November 8 - 14


 SUNDAY, November 8


“Smart, tricky, almost perfect.  But I think Papa has it all figured out.  Figured out and wrapped up in tissue paper with pink ribbons on it.”

Noir Colors

6 AM Ride the Pink Horse (1947) Robert Montgomery Dir:  R. Montgomery. UNIV, 101 min. p/s

7:45 AM The Blue Dahlia (1946) Alan Ladd & Veronica Lake. Dir:  George Marshall. PAR, 100 min. p/s

9:30 AM Black Heart, Red Hands (2019) Kurt Bayly. Dir:  Russell Southam. Little Big Films, 15 min.

10 AM The Clouded Yellow (1950) Trevor Howard. Dir:  Ralph Thomas. RANK, 95 min. Pre.  (Noir Alley)

11:45 AM The Green Glove (1952) Glenn Ford & Geraldine Brooks. Dir:  Rudolph Mate. UA, 88 min. p/s

1:15 PM Roses Are Red (1947) Don Castle & Peggy Knudsen. Dir:  James Tinling. FOX, 67 min. Prem.


‘If I’d been a ranch, they would have named me the Bar Nothing.”

Noir Women

 2:30 PM Flaxy Martin (1949) Virginia Mayo & Zachary Scott. Dir: Richard Bare. WB, 86 min. 

4 PM Nora Prentiss (1947) Ann Sheridan & Kent Smith. Dir:  Vincent Sherman. WB, 111 min.

6 PM Gilda (1946) Rita Hayworth & Glenn Ford. Dir:  Charles Vidor. COL, 110 min. p/s


“Right now, they’re probably haggling over a price for us with Murder, Incorporated.”

Happy 106th Birthday, Norman Lloyd.

 8 PM Saboteur (1942) Robert Cummings & Priscilla Lane. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. UNIV, 109 min. p/s

10 PM A Walk In The Sun (1945) Dana Andrews & Richard Conte. Dir:  L. Milestone. FOX, 117 min. p/s


“There’s nothing left to kill.”

Silent Sunday  --  Silent Hitchcock

 12 AM The Farmer’s Wife (1928) Jameson Thomas & Lillian Hall-Davis. Dir:  Alfred Hitchcock. BIP, 129 min. Exempt

2:15 AM Easy Virtue (1927) Isabel Jeans & Franklin Dyall. Dir:  Alfred Hitchcock. Gainsborough, 80 min. Exempt


“Stateside, I am Prince William without the weird family.”

TCM Imports

3:45 AM Love Actually (2003) Alan Rickman & Hugh Grant.  Dir:  Richard Curtis. UI, 135 min. Exempt


MONDAY, November 9


“If you wish to make an inventory of my sex life, dear, I think it’s only fair to tell you that you’ve missed out on several episodes.”

British Writer --  Noel Coward (Challenge #2)

 6 AM Brief Encounter (1945) Celia Johnson & Trevor Howard.  Dir:  David Lean. Eagle-Lion, 86 min. p/s 

8:30 AM Bitter Sweet (1933) Anna Neagle & Fernand Gravey. Dir:  Herbert Wilcox. Brit-Dom. Film Corp, 93 min. p/s

10:15 AM In Which We Serve (1942) Noel Coward & John Mills. Dir:  Noel Coward. Brit-Lion, 115 min.p/s

12:15 PM Blithe Spirit (1945) Rex Harrison & Constance Cummings. Dir:  David Lean. Two Cities Films, 96 min. p/s


“We shall defend our island no matter what the cost.”

British History --  World War II (Challenge #3)

 2 PM Spitfire (1942) Leslie Howard & David Niven. Dir:  Leslie Howard. GFD, 118 min. p/s

4 PM The Way Ahead (1944) David Niven & Stanley Holloway. Dir:  Carroll Reed. Two Cities, 115 min. p/s

6 PM Went The Day Well? (1942) Leslie Banks & Mervyn Johns. Dir:  Cavalcanti Ealing, 92 min. p/s

7:45 PM Land of Tradition (1951) James FitzPatrick. MGM, 9 min.

8 PM Darkest Hour (2017) Gary Oldham.  Dir:  Joe Wright. Focus Features, 125 min. Theme-Exempt

10:15 PM Enigma (2001) Dougray Scott. Dir:  Michael Apted. Manhattan Pictures, 119 min. Theme-Exempt

12:15 AM The Land Girls (1998) Catherine McCormack. Dir:  David Leland. Intermedia, 111 min. Theme-Exempt

2:15 AM Millions Like Us (1943) Eric Portman. Dir:  Sidney Gilliat & Frank Launder. Gainsborough, 103 min. p/s

4 AM Johnny in the Clouds (1945) Michael Redgrave. Dir:  Anthony Asquith. Two Cities, 87 min. Premiere

5:30 AM From Liverpool to Stratford (1949) & Glimpses of Old England (1949) James FitzPatrick.


TUESDAY, November 10


There’s not one of you  -- not one  --  that could trail a puppy with muddy feet across a white bedspread.”

Screenwriters of the Female Persuasion

 6 AM The Champ (1931) Wallace Beery. Dir:  King Vidor, Writer:  Frances Marion. MGM, 87 min.

7:30 AM Foreign Correspondent (1940) Joel McCrea & Laraine Day. Dir:  Alfred Hitchcock. Writer:  Joan Harrison. UA, 120 min. p/s

9:30 AM Eve’s Bayou (1997) Lynn Whitfield. Dir/Writer:  Kasi Lemmons. Trimark, 109 min. Premiere

11:30 AM Trade Winds (1938) Joan Bennett. Dir:  Tay Garnett. Writer:  Dorothy Parker. UA, 93 min. p/s

1:15 PM Sleepless In Seattle (1993) Tom Hanks. Dir/Writer:  Nora Ephron. Tri-Star, 105 min. p/s


“Afraid I’ll shock the duchess? Don’t you suppose she’s ever seen a French postcard?”

Editors of the Female Persuasion

 3 PM Only Angels Have Wings (1939) Cary Grant. Dir:  Howard Hawks. Editor:  Viola Lawrence. COL, 121 min. p/s

5:15 PM Red Dust (1932) Clark Gable. Dir:  Victor Fleming. Editor:  Blanche Sewell. MGM, 83 min. p/s

6:45 PM Smart Woman (1931) Mary Astor. Dir:  Gregory La Cava. Editor:  Ann McKnight. RKO, 68 min.

8 PM Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) Clark Gable. Dir:  Frank Lloyd. Editor:  Marg. Booth. MGM, 132 min.

10:15 PM Dog Day Afternoon (1975) Al Pacino. Dir:  Sidney Lumet. Editor:  Dede Allen. WB, 125 min. p/s


“Waiters are notoriously better-mannered than those they serve.”

Directors of the Female Persuasion

 12:30 AM The Piano (1993) Holly Hunter & Harvey Keitel. Dir:  Jane Campion. J. Chapman Prod., 114 min. p/s

2:30 AM The Bride Wore Red (1937) Joan Crawford & Franchot Tone. Dir:  Dorothy Arzner. MGM, 103 min. 

4:15 AM The Bigamist (1953) Joan Fontaine & Edmond O’Brien. Dir:  Ida Lupino. Filmmakers Rel, 80 min. p/s


WEDNESDAY, November 11


“I’ve always wanted to light a cigarette with a $1000 bill.”

Based on a story by Erle Stanley Gardner

 6 AM Special Investigator (1936) Richard Dix & Margaret Callahan. Dir:  Louis King. RKO, 61 min. 

7:15 AM Granny Get Your Gun (1940) May Robson & Harry Davenport. Dir:  George Amy. WB, 56 min.

8:15 AM The Case of the Howling Dog (1934) Warren William & Mary Astor. Dir:  Alan Crosland, WB, 75 min. 

9:30 AM The Case of the Velvet Claws (1936) Warren William & Claire Dodd. Dir:  Wm. Clemens, WB, 63 



“Some men get the world.  Others get ex-hookers and a trip to Arizona.”

Jerry Goldsmith (Challenge #5)

 10:45 AM Chinatown (1974) Jack Nicholson & Faye Dunaway. Dir:  Roman Polanski. PAR, 131 min. p/s

1 PM The Omen (1976) Gregory Peck & Lee Remick. Dir:  Richard Donner. FOX, 111 min. Exempt

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

5 PM LA Confidential (1997) Kevin Spacey & Russell Crowe. Dir:  Curtis Hanson. WB, 138 min. Exempt


“Oh, if you want to be really refined, you have to be dead. There’s no one so dignified as a mummy.”

British Never-Before SOTM  -- Frieda Inescort (Challenge #1)

 8 PM Give Me Your Heart (1936) Kay Francis & George Brent. Dir:  Archie Mayo. WB, 98 min.

9:45 PM Woman Doctor (1939) Frieda Inescort & Herbert Wilcoxon. Dir:  Sidney Salkow. REP, 65 min. 

11 PM Beauty for the Asking (1939) Lucille Ball & Frieda Inescort. Dir:  Glenn Tryon. RKO, 68 min. p/s

12:15 AM Call It A Day (1937) Olivia de Havilland & Ian Hunter. Dir:  Archie Mayo. WB, 90 min. p/s

1:45 AM Portia On Trial (1937) Frieda Inescort & Heather Angel. Dir:  Geore Nicholls, Jr. REP. 72 min.

3 AM Pride & Prejudice (1940) Greer Garson & L. Olivier. Dir:  Robert Leonard, MGM, 117 min. p/s

5 AM Shadows on the Stairs (1941) Frieda Inescort & Paul Cavanaugh. Dir:  D. R. Lederman. WB, 64min. 


THURSDAY, November 12


“There’s just two ways to get out of here.  Work out or die out.”

Happy Birthday, Edward Ellis

 6:15 AM Three Sons (1939) Edward Ellis & William Gargan. Dir:  Jack Hively, RKO, 72 min. 

7:30 AM The Lady Consents (1936) Ann Harding. Dir:  Stephen Roberts. RKO, 76 min. 

9 AM Let Them Live (1937) John Howard & Nan Gray. Dir:  Harold Young. UNIV, 74 min. Premiere

10:30 AM A Man to Remember (1938) Edward Ellis & Anne Shirley. Dir:  Garson Kanin. RKO, 80 min. 

12 PM Steel Against the Sky (1941) Lloyd Nolan & Alexis Smith. Dir:  A. Edward Sutherland. WB, 67 min. 


“What’s she like? Smart-talkin’. Brassy. Third-class citizen.”

Ginger Does Drama.

 1:15 PM Tight Spot (1955) Ginger Rogers & Edward G. Robinson. Dir:  Phil Karlson. COL, 97 min. p/s

3 PM Storm Warning (1951) Ginger Rogers & Ronald Reagan. Dir:  Stuart Heisler. WB, 93 min. 

4:45 PM Black Widow (1954) Ginger Rogers & Van Heflin. Dir:  Nunnally Johnson. FOX, 95 min. p/s

6:30 PM The Thirteenth Guest (1932) Ginger Rogers & Lyle Talbot. Dir:  Albert Ray. MON, 69 min. p/s


“With this money I can get away from you. From your chickens and your pies and your kitchens and everything that smells of grease.”

Guest Programmer:  Veda Pierce 

 8 PM The Slap (1974) Lino Venturi & Annie Giradot. Dir:  Claude Pinoteau. Gaumont, 104 min. Premiere

9:45 PM The Good Liar (2019) Helen Mirren & Ian McKellen. Dir:  Bill Condon. WB, 109 min. Premiere

11:45 PM The Bad Seed (1956) Nancy Kelly & Patty McCormack. Dir:  Mervyn LeRoy. WB, 129 min. 

2 AM The Brat (1931) Sally O’Neill & Alan Dinehart. Dir:  John Ford. FOX, 60 min. Premiere


“Did anyone ever tell you you play a very aggressive game?”

Tennis, Anyone?

 3 AM Hard, Fast & Beautiful (1951) Claire Trevor & Sally Forrest. Dir:  Ida Lupino. RKO, 78 min. 

4:30 AM Players (1979) Ali MacGraw & Dean Paul Martin. Dir:  Anthony Harvey. PAR, 120 min. Premiere

6:30 AM Tennis Chumps (1949) Tom & Jerry. Dirs: William Hanna & Joseph Barbera. MGM, 7 min. 


FRIDAY, November 13 


“May The Force Be With You.”

Forces of Nature

 7 AM Force of Evil (1948) John Garfield & Thomas Gomez. Dir:  A. Polonsky. Ent. Prod., 78 min. p/s

8:30 AM Force of Arms (1951) William Holden & Nancy Olson. Dir:  Michael Curtiz. WB, 99 min.

10:15 AM Brute Force (1947) Burt Lancaster & Hume Cronyn. Dir:  Jules Dassin. UI, 98 min. p/s

12 PM Air Force (1943) John Ridgely & Gig Young. Dir:  Howard Hawks. WB, 124 min.


“I’m a snoopy kind of a guy. I find things out.  I get around.”

Triple Threat  -- Orson Welles (Challenge #4)

 2:15 PM Journey Into Fear (1943) Orson Welles & Joseph Cotten. Dir:  Orson Welles. RKO, 68 min.

3:30 PM Confidential Report (1955) Orson Welles & Peter van Eyck. Dir:  O. Welles. Filmorsa, 93 min. p/s

5:15 PM The Lady From Shanghai (1947) Rita Hayworth & Orson Welles. Dir:  O. Welles. COL, 87 min. p/s

6:45 PM Too Much Johnson (1938) Joseph Cotton & Virginia Nicholson. Dir: O. Welles. MERC, 67 min. p/s


“A tremendous amount of radioactive fallout came this way . . . “

Friday Night Spotlight   -- Atomic Creature Features 

 8 PM Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957) Richard Garland. Dir:  Roger Corman. AA, 62 min. p/s

9:15 PM The Creature with the Atom Brain (1955) Richard Denning. Dir:  E. Cahn. COL, 69 min. p/s

10:30 PM The Giant Behemoth (1959) Gene Evans. Dirs:  Eugene Lourie/Douglas Hickox, AA, 72min. p/s

11:45 PM The Magnetic Monster (1953) Richard Carlson & King Donovan. Dir:  Curt Siodmak. UA, 76 min. p/s

1:15 AM Them! (1954) James Whitmore & Edmund Gwenn. Dir:  Gordon Douglas. WB, 94 min. p/s


“Sparkle, Neely, Sparkle!”

TCM Underground

3 AM Valley of the Dolls (1967) Barbara Parkins & Patty Duke. Dir:  Mark Robson. FOX, 123 min. Exempt

5:15 AM Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) Dolly Read. Dir:  Russ Meyer. FOX, 109 min. Exempt


SATURDAY, November 14


“Don’t call me Shirley.”

An Abundance of Shirleys.

 7:15 AM The Turning Point (1977) Anne Bancroft & Shirley MacLaine. Dir:  Herbert Ross, FOX, 119 min. Premiere

9:15 AM A Ticklish Affair (1963) Shirley Jones & Gig Young. Dir: George Sidney. MGM, 88 min. 

10:45 AM Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938) Shirley Temple & Randolph Scott. Dir:  Allan Dwan, FOX, 81 min. p/s


I’m a stranger to you.  You have no idea what I am capable of doing.”

Modern Day Character Actors

 12:15 PM Presumed Innocent (1990) Harrison Ford & Brian Dennehy. Dir:  Alan Pakula. WB, 124 min. Premiere

2:30 PM The Negotiator (1998) Samuel L. Jackson & J.T. Walsh.  Dir:  F. Gary Gray, WB, 140 min. Premiere

5 PM The Firm (1993) Tom Cruise & David Strathairn. Dir:  Sydney Pollack. PAR, 154 min. p/s


“Nothing’s riding on this except the First Amendment to the Constitution, freedom of the press and maybe the future of the country.” 


 8 PM Spotlight (2015) Michael Keaton & Mark Ruffalo. Dir:  Tom McCarthy. Part. Media, 129 min. Premiere (The Essential)

10:15 PM The Paper (1994) Michael Keaton & Glenn Close. Dir:  Ron Howard. UNIV, 112 min. Premiere

12:15 AM Scandal Sheet (1952) John Derek & Donna Reed. Dir:  Phil Karlson. COL, 82 min. (Noir Alley)

1:45 AM The Killing Fields (1984) Sam Waterson & Haing Ngor. Dir:  Roland Joffe. Enigma, 141 min. p/s

4:15 AM Absence of Malice (1981) Paul Newman & Sally Field. Dir:  Sydney Pollack. COL, 116 min. p/s




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TCM Programming Challenge #42  --  “British Invasion”

November 8 – 14, 2020


SOTM:  Frieda Inescort 

The Essential:  Spotlight (2015)

TCM Spotlight:  Atomic Creature Features

Guest Programmer:  Veda Pierce (Mildred Pierce)

Noir Alley:  The Clouded Yellow (1950) & Scandal Sheet (1952)

Silent Sunday:  Silent Hitchcock

TCM Imports:  Love Actually (2003)

TCM Underground:  Valley of the Dolls (1967)  & Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)

Challenge #1:  British Never-Before SOTM:  Frieda Inescort

Challenge #2:  British Writer  --  Noel Coward

Challenge #3:  British History  --  World War II

Challenge #4:  Triple Threats  --  Orson Welles

Challenge #5:  Did I Mention The Music?  -- Jerry Goldsmith


TCM Premieres:                                                           Exempt Premieres:

The Clouded Yellow (1950)                                     The Farmer’s Wife (1928)

Roses Are Red (1947)                                                  Easy Virtue (1927)

Johnny in the Clouds (1945)                                     Love Actually (2003)

Eve’s Bayou (1997)                                                          Darkest Hour (2017)

Let Them Live (1937)                                                     Enigma (2001)

The Slap (1974)                                                                  The Land Girls (1998)

The Good Liar (2019)                                                      The Omen (1976)

The Brat (1931)                                                                   LA Confidential (1997)

Players (1979)                                                                      Valley of the Dolls (1967)

The Turning Point (1977)                                               Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)

Presumed Innocent (1990)

The Negotiator (1998)

Spotlight (2015)

The Paper (1994)


By decade:


1920’s: 2                                                                      1970’s: 7

1930’s: 23                                                                    1980’s: 3

1940’s: 27                                                                    1990’s  9

1950’s: 16                                                                    2000’s: 2

1960’s  2                                                                      2010’s: 3



Notes:  Salutes to some of my all-time Hollywood favorites including:  Norman Lloyd (Happy 106th BD!), Edward Ellis (the “real” Thin Man), Jerry Goldsmith and some “modern day” character actors are included in this schedule.  My British-Never-Before SOTM is Frieda Inescort, whose name you may not recall, but whose lovely speaking voice you will never forget.  Frieda (Scottish, by birth) spent a great deal of her career playing second leads at Warner Brothers and MGM and also starred in films at several Poverty Row studios.  She is a treasure! Guest Programmer for Challenge #43 is everybody’s least-favorite daughter, Miss Veda Pierce from “Mildred Pierce.” Some of her film selections include:  “The Slap,” “The Brat” and “The Good Liar.” (No explanations required!) Monday, it’s “All Brit, All the Time”, starting with a tip of the hat to the multi-talented Noel Coward and continuing with several films showcasing the valiant efforts of the British during World War II. Tuesday, it’s “All Women, All the Time” with a day and night full of films by talented women editors, directors and screenwriters. My Essential, “Spotlight,” the Academy’s Best Picture winner from 2015, leads off a night of films about investigative journalism.  Other programming segments include: “Ginger Does Drama,” “Noir Colors,” and “An Abundance of Shirleys”. Finally, my TCM Underground is a night to “Sparkle, Neely, Sparkle!” with that incredible cult classic, “Valley of the Dolls” and . . . wait for it . . . Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.”  Enjoy!



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There. My schedule is completed.  Only one programming note to make: There are no American films in the whole week's schedule. The challenge was called British invasion, and that is what I went with. Although there is one Irish film (next door neighbors), each and every one of the remaining films is of United Kingdom heritage. This prompted a bit more of a tilt toward the 70s, 80s and beyond than I would typically  go with in one of these challenges, but the end result i think shows the dynamic quality of the British film industry.

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