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[b]TCM Programming Challenge #15: Band of Challengers[/b]

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Glad to hear that you have your nose to your grindstone on this!


Am hoping a few others do as well so you should be in good company.


About two and half weeks left to go!

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Rereading my notes I realized I didn't explain one of my themes, and it won't let me edit my work for some reason, so here's an addendum:




*STAR TOURS:ROBOTS* -----The whole premise of Star Tours is that it's a tour of the stars gone wrong, set in the Star Wars galaxy, driven by and hosted a robot (voiced by Pee Wee Herman himself, actually), and also features R2D2 in the ride, and R2 and C3PO in the line---hence the Robot theme.

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Only 16 days remain until the deadline!


I know a couple of people are working hard.


If you haven't chimed in to let me know you are participating, please feel free!

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Lonesome, Capuchin, Sansfin, Movieman1957, Fredmill, and Kingrat:


Wow! What terrific schedules. I've been M.I.A. for a while, working on my schedule and remodeling a room. I am up against some pretty fierce competition and I know that more schedules are coming.

I've got mine fairly set and there are a few films and themes that slightly overlap (not completely) with some of you-hard to avoid it with the food theme. Still, it's how you package it.


Here are a few (but not all) of your highlights for me:


Lonesome: I loved your Disneyland theme. Wings as your silent is wonderful. I'm a big fan of A New Leaf. Matthau is hilarious. Great work!


Capuchin: Toshiro Mifune is a wonderful choice for your SOM. I especially liked your programming of stars from famous TV series in other films.


Sansfin: So much there to admire. Paulette Goddard as SOM and your use of Classics themes, classic relationships and They're missing their classic props-very funny.


Movieman1957: Laurel & Hardy as SOMs is a perfect idea. I loved the Chronicles of Noirnia, tribute to stuntman Yakima Canutt and TCM Underground Battle of the Bands.


Fredmill: You have some great premieres! I really like the Auto Racing, Ocean Liner themes and your SOM, Tyrone Power.


Kingrat: Jennifer Jones is a timely choice for SOM-beautiful and talented. I laughed at your Mother's Day, Visit to Camp Joan and Return of the mothers themes. So clever.

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Countess and Audrey,


I'm so glad that you are both participating in this Challenge. I look forward to your schedules!


Only two weeks to go before the deadline! Hope there are others out there working away!

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Well, we are down to the last week and a half before the Challenge deadline.


Don't forget, the deadline is Sunday, Feb. 7th, midnight PST.


I look forward to seeing more Challenge schedules posted before then!

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Just dropping in to let you know that I've got five days finished and prime time for the other two days. I've got enough themes for the morning/afternoon of the other two days, but just have to get the movies to time out so that they'll properly fit between 6AM and 8PM.


I should get the schedule done this weekend....

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Oh, bloody heck...I have been working so much on my schedule that I have been turning a blind eye to what is in the others...but Fred has got Tyrone Poweer as SOTM? That's what I was working on. LOL, I even checked through EVERY one of TP's films, one by one, to see which would be premieres.


Back to the drawing board.

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SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2011




6:00 am *It Happened To Jane* (1959),

starring Doris Day, Jack Lemmon. Columbia, 97 minutes. p/s.

7:45 am *Calamity Jane* (1953),

starring Doris Day, Howard Keel. WB, 101 minutes. p/s.

9:30 am *Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?* (1962),

starring Bette Davis, Joan Crawford. WB, 134 minutes. p/s.

Trailers: *The Palm Beach Story*, *The Fleet?s In*, *A Night at the Ritz*.

12:00 pm *Lady Jane* (1986),

starring Helena Bonham Carter. Paramount, 142 minutes. Premiere.

2:30 pm *Wanted: Jane Turner* (1936),

starring Lee Tracy, Gloria Stuart. RKO, 66 minutes.

3:45 pm *The Adventures of Jane Arden* (1939),

starring Rosella Towne, William Gargan. WB, 53 minutes.

4:45 pm *Jane Eyre* (1944), starring Joan Fontaine, Orson Welles. TCF, 97 minutes. Premiere.

6:30 pm *Janie Gets Married* (1944),

starring Joan Leslie, Robert Hutton. WB, 89 minutes.




8:00 pm *Daytime Wife* (1939),

starring *Linda Darnell*, Tyrone Power. Cinematographer: *Pev Marley*. TCF, 71 min. Premiere.

9:15 pm *Three Loves Has Nancy* (1938),

starring *Janet Gayner*, Robert Montomery. Gowns by *Adrian*. MGM, 70 minutes.

10:30 pm *Wedding Rehearsal* (1932),

starring *Merle Oberon*, Roland Young. Director: *Alexander Korda*. London Films, 84 Min. p/s.




12:00 am *Monsieur Beaucaire* (1924),

starring *Rudolph Valentino*, Bebe Daniels. Art Director: *Natacha Rambova*. Paramount, 106 min.




2:00 am *The Night Heaven Fell* (1958),

starring *Brigitte Bardot*, Alida Valli. Director: *Roger Vadim*. Kingsley Int?l, 95 Minutes.

Short: *Traveltalks- Seeing Spain* (1953). MGM, 8 minutes.


4:00 am *The Kid From Brooklyn* (1946),

starring *Danny Kaye*, Virginia Mayo. Composer: *Sylvia Fine*. Goldwyn, 116 Minutes. p/s.



MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011




6:00 am *Speak Easily* (1932),

starring Buster Keaton, Jimmy Durante. MGM, 82 minutes.

7:30 am *The Cat?s Paw* (1934),

starring Harold Lloyd, Una Merkel. Harold Lloyd Prod., 102 minutes. p/s.

9:15 am *Strike Me Pink* (1936),

starring Eddie Cantor, Ethel Merman. Goldwyn, 100 Minutes. p/s.

11:00 am *Mr. Dodd Takes the Air* (1937).

starring Kenny Baker, Alice Brady. WB, 87 Minutes.

12:30 pm *Mr. Deeds Goes To Town* (1936),

starring Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur. Columbia, 115 Minutes. p/s.

2:30 pm *Stand-In* (1937),

starring Leslie Howard, Joan Blondell. UA, 91 Minutes. p/s.

4:15 pm *Highways By Night* (1942),

starring Richard Carlson, Jane Randolph. RKO, 65 Minutes.

5:30 pm *Thirty Day Princess* (1934),

starring Sylvia Sidney, Cary Grant. Paramount, 74 minutes. Premiere.

6:45 pm *Florida Special* (1936),

starring Jack Oakie, Sally Eilers. Paramount, 70 Minutes. Premiere.





8:00 pm *Rhythm on the River* (1940),

starring Bing Crosby, Mary Martin, Basil Rathbone. Paramount, 94 Minutes. Premiere.

9:45 pm *Dear Ruth* (1947),

starring William Holden, Joan Caulfield. Paramount, 94 Minutes. Premiere.

11:30 pm *Bullets Over Broadway* (1994),

starring John Cusack, Chazz Palminteri. Sweetland Films, 98 Minutes. p/s.

1:15 am *Cyrano de Bergerac* (1951),

starring Jose Ferrer, Mala Powers. UA, 113 Minutes. p/s.

3:15 am *Doll Face* (1945),

starring Vivian Blaine, Dennis O?Keefe. TCF, 81 Minutes. p/d.

4:45 am *A Letter For Evie* (1945),

starring Marsha Hunt, Hume Cronin. MGM, 89 minutes.




TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011






6:15 am *I?m No Angel* (1933),

starring Mae West, Cary Grant. Paramount, 88 Minutes. p/s.

7:45 am *The Story of Temple Drake* (1933),

starring Miriam Hopkins, Jack LaRue. Paramount, 70 Minutes. Premiere.

9:00 am *Strange Love of Molly Louvain* (1932),

starring Ann Dvorak, Lee Tracy. 1st National, 73 Minutes.




10:15 am *The Treasure of Sierra Madre* (1948),

starring Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston. WB, 127 Minutes.

12:30 pm *Craig?s Wife* (1936),

starring Rosalind Russell, John Boles. Columbia, 85 Minutes. p/s.


*and Mary Astor*


2:00 pm *Red Dust* (1932),

starring Clark Gable, Mary Astor, Jean Harlow. MGM, 83 Minutes.

3:30 pm *I Am a Thief* (1934),

starring Mary Astor, Ricardo Cortez. WB, 64 minutes.

4:45 pm *Midnight* (1939),

starring Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, Mary Astor. Paramount, 94 minutes. p/s.

6:30 pm *The Palm Beach Story* (1942),

starring Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea, Mary Astor. Paramount, 90 minutes. p/s.




*?It?s My Party and I?ll Play What I Want to?*


8:00 pm *Kitty* (1946),

starring Paulette Goddard, Ray Milland. Paramount, 103 Minutes. p/s.

10:00 pm *Incendiary Blonde* (1945),

starring Betty Hutton, Charles Ruggles. Paramount, 113 Minutes. Premiere.

12:00 am *The Fleet?s In* (1942),

starring Betty Hutton, Dorothy Lamour, William Holden. Paramount, 93 Minutes. p/s.

1:45 am *The Mating Season* (1951),

starring Gene Tierney, John Lund. Paramount, 101 Minutes. p/s.




3:30 am *Make Way For Tomorrow* (1937),

starring Beulah Bondi, Victor Moore. Paramount, 91 Minutes. p/s.

Short: *Star Night at the Coconut Grove* (1934). MGM, 19 minutes.

5:30 am *Cartoon Alley* #41

with *Let it Be Me*, *Bingo Crosbyana*, *The Woods Are Full of Cuckoos*.







6:00 am *Gold Diggers Of 1935* (1935),

starring Dick Powell, Gloria Stuart, Wini Shaw. WB, 95 Minutes.

7:45 am *The Case of the Velvet Claws* (1936),

starring Warren William, Wini Shaw. WB, 63 Minutes.

9:00 am *The Singing Kid* (1936),

starring Al Jolson, Sybil Jason, Wini Shaw. WB, 85 Minutes.

10:30 am *The Show of Shows* (1929),

starring Frank Fay, Winnie Lightner. WB, 128 Minutes.

Short: *Out Where the Stars Begin* (1938),

starring Evelyn Thawl, Jeffrey Lynn. WB, 19 minutes.

1:00 pm *Love on a Bet* (1936),

starring Gene Raymond, Wendy Barrie. RKO, 77 Minutes.

2:30 pm *Forever and a Day* (1943),

starring Merle Oberon, Ida Lupino,Wendy Barrie. RKO, 105 Minutes.

4:30 pm *I Know Where I?m Going* (1945),

starring Wendy Hiller, Roger Livesey. Archers, 92 Minutes. p/s.

6:15 pm *Ride the Pink Horse* (1947),

starring Robert Montgomery, Wanda Hendrix. Universal, 101 Minutes. p/s.




8:00 pm *Good News* (1930),

starring Bessie Love, Penny Singleton, Cliff Edwards. MGM, 90 Minutes.

9:45 pm *Scarface* (1932),

starring Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Karen Morley. UA, 93 Minutes. p/s.

11:30 pm *The Way to Love* (1933),

starring Maurice Chevalier, Ann Dvorak.. Paramount, 80 Minutes. Premiere.

1:00 am *Massacre* (1934),

starring Richard Barthelmess, Ann Dvorak. WB, 70 Minutes.

2:15 am *Heat Lightning* (1934),

starring Aline MacMahon, Ann Dvorak. WB, 63 Minutes.


3:30 pm *Holiday in Mexico* (1946),

starring Walter Pidgeon, Jane Powell. MGM, 127 minutes.







*Mexican Cinema Classics*


6:00 am *La Perla* (1947),

starring Pedro Armendariz.. RKO, 85 Minutes. p/s.

7:30 am *Do?a Barbara* (1943),

starring Maria Felix. Clasa Films, 138 Minutes. p/s.

10:00 am *Enamorada* (1946),

starring Maria Felix, Pedro Almendariz. Azteca Films, 99 Minutes. p/s.

11:45 am *Ah? Est? el Detalle* (1940),

starring Cantinflas. Grovas-Oro films, 112 Minutes. p/s.


*Taco Bell Theater*


1:45 pm *In Old Arizona* (1929),

starring Warner Baxter, Edmund Lowe. Fox, 95 Minutes. p/s.

3:30 PM *The Gay Desperado* (1936),

starring Leo Carrillo, Ida Lupino. U.A., 85 Minutes. p/s.

5:00 pm *The Girl From Mexico* (1939),

starring Lupe Velez, Donald Woods. RKO, 71 Minutes.

6:15 pm *Fiesta* (1947),

starring Esther Williams, Ricardo Mantalban, Cyd Charisse. MGM, 103 Minutes.




8:00 pm *George White?s Scandals* (1934),

starring Rudy Vallee, Alice Faye. Fox, 80 Minutes. p/s.

9:30 pm *Music is Magic* (1935),

starring Alice Faye, Bebe Daniels. Fox, 66 Minutes. Premiere.

10:45 pm *Alexander?s Ragtime Band* (1938),

starring Alice Faye, Tyrone Power, D. Ameche. Fox, 106 Minutes. p/s.




12:45 am *The Razor?s Edge* (1946),

starring Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, Anne Baxter. TCF, 146 Minutes. Premiere.

3:15 am *Marie Antoinette* (1938),

starring Norma Shearer, Tyrone Power. MGM, 157 Minutes.


FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011




*Dessert Combat*


6:00 am *The Great Race* (1965),

starring Jack Lemmon, Natalie Wood, Tony Curtis. WB, 160 Minutes. p/s.

Short: *Mabel?s Wilful Way* (1982),

starring Mabel Normand, Fatty Arbuckle. Mutual, 14 Minutes. p/s.

9:00 am *Singin? in the Rain* (1952),

starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O?Connor. MGM, 103 Minutes.

10:45 am *Lady Killer* (1933),

starring James Cagney, Margaret Lindsay, Mae Clarke. WB, 76 Minutes.

12:15 pm *Blazing Saddles* (1974),

starring Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little. WB, 93 Minutes. p/s.

2:00 PM *Show People* (1928),

starring Marion Davies, William Haines. MGM, 78 Minutes.

3:30 pm *Africa Screams* (1949),

starring Abbott & Costello. U.A., 79 Minutes. p/s.

5:00 pm Short: ***** For Tat* (1935),

starring Laurel & Hardy. Hal Roach, 19 Minutes. p/s.

5:30 pm *Smashing Time* (1967),

starring Lynn Redgrave, Rita Tushingham. Paramount, 96 Minutes. Premiere.

7:15 pm Short: *The Sweet Pie & Pie* (1941),

starring Three Stooges. Columbia, 18 Minutes. Premiere.

Short: *Behind the Screen* (1916),

starring Charlie Chaplin. Mutual, 15 Minutes. p/s.




*Food For Swingers*


8:00 pm *Tom Jones* (1963),

starring Albert Finney, Susannah York. Goldwyn,122 Minutes. p/s.


*Food For Swells*


10:15 pm *A Night At The Ritz* (1935),

starring Erik Rhodes, William Gargan, Patricia Ellis. WB, 62 Minutes.


*Food For The Masses*


11:30 pm *Our Daily Bread* (1934),

starring Karen Morley. U.A., 80 Minutes. p/s.

1:00 am Short: *Victory Gardens* (1943). U.S. Govt., 21 Minutes p/d.

Short: *My Tomato* (1943),

starring Robert Benchley, Joe Doakes. MGM, 8 Minutes.

Short: *Food and Magic* (1943),

starring Jack Carson. WB, 10 Minutes.




*Unspeakable Food*


2:00 am *Delicatessen* (1991),

starring Marie-Laure Dougnac, Jean-Claude Dreyfus. Miramax, 97 Minutes.

3:45 am *Night of The Living Dead* (1968),

starring Judith O?Dea. Continental, 90 Minutes. p/s.

Short: *The Chicken of Tomorrow* (1948). Audio Productions, 17 Minutes. p/d.

Short: *Carving Magic* (1950s). Unknown (made for Swift Co.), 20 Minutes. p/d.







6:00 am *The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm* (1962),

starring Laurence Harvey. MGM, 135 Minutes. p/s.

Cartoon: *Pied Piper Porky* (1939), WB, 7 minutes.

8:30 am *Tom Thumb* (1958),

starring Russ Tamblyn. MGM, 93 Minutes.

10:15 am *Jack & the Beanstalk* (1952),

starring Abbott & Costello. WB, 78 Minutes.

12:00 pm *Snow White* (1965),

starring Elke Arendt, Addi Adametz. Childhood Prod., 76 Minutes. p/d.

1:30 pm *March of the Wooden Soldiers* (1934),

starring Laurel & Hardy. Hal Roach, 77 Minutes. p/s.

Short: *Mother Goose Stories* (1946), Bailey Films, 11 Minutes. p/s.

3:00 pm *Hook* (1991),

starring Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts. Tri-Star, 142 Minutes. p/s.

Cartoon: *Red Hot Riding Hood* (1943), MGM, 7 minutes.

5:45 pm *Hans Christian Andersen* (1952),

starring Danny Kaye, Farley Granger. Goldwyn, 120 Minutes. p/s.




8:00 pm *The Red Shoes* (1948),

starring Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook. Archer, 134 Minutes. p/s.


*Cinderella: The Pop Princess of Nitrate*


Cartoon: *Swing Shift Cinderella* (1945), MGM, 7 minutes.

10:30 pm *First Love* (1939),

starring Deanna Durbin, Robert Stack. Universal, 84 Minutes. Premiere.

12:00 am *Cinderella Swings It* (1943),

starring Guy Kibbee, Gloria Warren. RKO, 71 Minutes.

1:15 am *Cinderella Jones* (1946),

starring Joan Leslie, Robert Alda. WB, 90 Minutes.

2:45 am *More Than a Miracle* (1967),

starring Sophia Loren, Omar Sharif. MGM, 110 Minutes.

Short: *Campus Cinderella* (1938),

starring Penny Singleton. Vitaphone, 19 minutes.

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*Programming Notes: Challenge #15 from Countessdelave*

*Week of May 1-7, 2011*


I picked the week of May 1-7, 2011 after realizing that the schedule for May, 2010 might be announced by the time I posted my schedule. I have used all 15 premieres allowed and Paramount is my preferred studio.


*Sunday*. There are a lot of movies with ?Jane? in the title-even more than in my homage to them in Me Tarzan, You Jane.


Spousal Support deals with one spouse working in front of the camera and another behind the camera. Not all couples were actually married at the time they made these films but I?d like to think that the sparks flew. I was able to carry the same theme into Silent Sunday Nights and TCM Imports.


*Monday*. I always love finding out about the folks behind the scenes. I?ve learned a lot from fellow posters-thanks!


Bud Kelland often wrote for the Saturday Evening Post and many of his stories were adapted for film. I?m particularly delighted to premiere *Thirty Day Princess*.


Ghost Writers is a topic that I?ve been hashing around for months. I?m fascinated by this topic. I?ve programmed two new premieres (and real treasures too): *Rhythm on the River* and *Dear Ruth*.


*Tuesday*. Sex, Lust and Mary Astor. Poor Mary Astor. She had a messy scandal in the mid-thirties but rose above it to triumph in *The Maltese Falcon*, *Midnight* and *The Palm Beach Story*. I?ve thrown *The Story of Temple Drake* in to the day, as well.


There are several birthdays on this day-none more important than that of our beloved Robert Osborne. Tonight he REALLY gets to program what he wants to see (including a premiere of *Incendiary Blonde*, with Betty Hutton).


The wonderful *Make Way For Tomorrow* is a great film with Beulah Bondi. There are a few short pieces that relate to Bing Crosby. I would have programmed *Sing, Bing, Sing* but I ran out of premieres for this short time slot.


*Wednesday*. Here?s a tongue twister for you: Wini, Wendy, Wanda Wednesday. Say it three times. It?s a lineup of films from all of these ladies.


My Star of the Month is Ann Dvorak. I?ve been a fan for a long time and I think it?s time she got her own month to shine. I?ve included a premiere of *The Way to Love*, with Maurice Chevalier.


*Thursday*. TCM did a month-long tribute to Mexican Cinema a few years ago. I loved many of the films and wanted to schedule a few of my favorites on Cinco de Mayo. The rest of the afternoon is devoted to the ?Hollywood view? of Mexico in the 20s-40s (thus, Taco Bell Theater).


Birthday tributes to Alice Faye and Tyrone Power round out the evening. *Alexander?s Ragtime Band* stars both of these engaging performers. There are two premieres: *Music is Magic* and *The Razor?s Edge*.


*Marie Antoinette* seemed like the perfect segue into the next day. After all: we all remember Marie?s most famous line.


*Friday*. I scheduled the food theme for today because of TCM Underground. Dessert Combat is my tribute to various pie, cake and dessert fights. I premiered *Smashing Time* and a Three Stooges short.


The evening schedule is given to Robert Osborne and his co-host, Graham Kerr, the Galloping Gourmet (and original bon vivant of cooking shows in the 70s). I have a couple of male chef friends who have said that The Galloping Gourmet made cooking look ?cool? for men and that?s why they became chefs. I programmed *A Night at the Ritz* because I?ve wanted to see this film for some time. Hint, Hint.


TCM Underground has a theme of Unspeakable Food. No explanation necessary.


*Saturday*. Into the Woods and Onto the Sound Stage is an all-day fairy tale and fantasy theme. *The Red Shoes* is a great Essential, in my view. It?s such a wonderful and unique version of the Hans Christian Andersen story.


When I researched various fairy tales, I discovered that films using the ?Cinderella? theme were plentiful. In fact, one could program an entire day. It must be the most popular fairy tale adapted to film. I premiered *First Love*, with Deanna Durbin. It?s one of many modern-day adaptations of the classic tale.




*Lady Jane*

*Jane Eyre*

*Daytime Wife*

*Thirty Day Princess*

*Florida Special*

*Rhythm on the River*

*Dear Ruth*

*The Story of Temple Drake*

*Incendiary Blonde*

*The Way to Love*

*Music is Magic*

*The Razor?s Edge*

*Smashing Time*

*The Sweet Pie & Pie*

*First Love*


Edited by: countessdelave on Jan 29, 2010 2:25 PM


Edited by: countessdelave on Jan 29, 2010 5:00 PM

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I haven't had a chance to fully look at your schedule but will comment more when I do later, but I appreciated the "Into the Woods" reference for your fairy tale pics. You didn't mention the title reference in your notes, so I hope you don't mind that I do.


For those who don't know, "Into the Woods" was a wonderful Stephen Sondheim Tony Award-winning Broadway musical that looked at several fairy tales and what happened after "happily ever after."


Nice work!

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Glad to hear you are working on your schedule. There are still two weekends left so hopefully that will help!



Another wonderful schedule. Thank you for participating!

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Countess - Another great schedule! Loved your food theme, and Graham Kerr as co-host; great idea! Your premieres of Dear Ruth and First Love are two of my favorite movies! I laughed out loud at your clever titles, like Taco Bell Theater and Dessert Combat. Great job, indeed!

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Well, folks, there is only one more week to go before the deadline.


For those who have submitted schedules, I thank you all very much and BRAVO on such a diverse set of ideas and themes!


For those still working on theirs, you have until next Sunday, Feb. 7th at Midnight PST to get your schedules posted.


I know there are a couple of posters still hard at work so it may go down to the wire!

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July 11-17, 2010


This schedule is not brought to you by the Office of National Drug Control Policy




0600 *The Hoodlum Saint* (1946, MGM, 91 min)

Short: Dance of the Weed (1941, MGM, 8 min)

0745 *The Green Grass of Wyoming* (1948, Fox, 89 min) PREMIERE #1

0915 *The Honey Pot* (1967, UA, 132 min, p/s)

1130 *Pot o' Gold* (1941, p/s, 86 min)

1300 *Mary Jane's Pa* (1935, WB, 70 min)

1415 *Pride of the Blue Grass* (1939, WB, 65 min)

1530 *Splendor in the Grass* (1961, WB, 124 min)

1745 *The Sea of Grass* (1947, MGM, 123 min)


TCM is rolling joints!


2000 *Till the Clouds Roll By* (1946, MGM, 132 min)

Short: Warner Bros. Silver Jubilee (1930, WB, 11 min)

2230 *Angel On My Shoulder* (1946, Premier, 101 min, p/s)


Silent Sunday Nights


0015 *Ankles Preferred* (1927, Fox, 60 min)

Short: Shoulder Arms (1918, Chaplin, 36 min, p/s)


TCM Imports


0200 *La Genou de Claire* (1970, 105 min)


0400 *Hips Hips Hooray* (RKO, 1934, 68 min)

Short: How to Break 90 #3: Hip Action (1933, WB, 9 min)

0530 MGM Parade




Who put these drugs or poisons in my drink?


0600 *Les diaboliques* (1955, Filmsonor, 116 min, p/s)

0800 *The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse* (1938, WB, 87 min)

0930 *Notorious* (1946, RKO, 101 min)

1115 *Suspicion* (1941, RKO, 99 min)

1300 *Arsenic and Old Lace* (1944, WB, 118 min)

1500 *Du Barry Was a Lady* (1943, MGM, 101 min)

1645 *The Maltese Falcon* (1941, WB, 101 min)

1830 *DOA* (1950, Cardinal, 83 min, p/s)


Who put these drugs or poisons in my food?


2000 *Leave Her to Heaven* (1945, Fox, 110 min) PREMIERE #2

2200 *Cape Fear* (1962, Universal, 105, p/s)

0000 *Zero Hour!* (1957, Paramount, 81 min, p/s)

0130 *Roman Scandals* (1933, Goldwyn, 92 min) PREMIERE #3

0315 *Skidoo* (1968, Columbia, 97 min)

0500 Private Screenings: Mickey Rooney




TCM is doing lines vs. blow


0600 *The French Line* (1953, RKO, 102 min)

Short: The Dot and the Line (1967, 10 min, p/s)

0800 *Spellbound* (1945, Selznick, 111 min, p/s)

Short: That's My Line (1931, RKO 20 min)


1015 *Reap the Wild Wind* (1942, Paramount, 124 min)

1230 *The Hurricane* (1937, Goldwyn, 104 min, p/s)

1415 *The Wind and the Lion* (1975, Jaffe, 119 min, p/s)

Short: The Blow Out (1936, Leon Schlessinger, 7 min)


vs. crack


1630 *General Crack* (1930, WB, 97 min)

1815 *Crack-Up* (1946, RKO, 93 min)




2000 *One, Two Three* (1961, Mirisch, 115 min, p/s)

2200 *The Valley of Decision* (1945, MGM, 119 min)

Short: Ding Dong Daddy (1942, WB, 8 min)

0015 *Hush, Hush... Sweet Charlotte* (1964, Fox, 133 min, p/s)

0245 *Father of the Bride* (1950, MGM, 92 min)

0430 *The Hound of the Baskervilles* (1939, Fox, 80 min, p/s)






0600 *Broken Blossoms* (1919, DW Griffith, 87 min)

0730 *The Wizard of Oz* (1931, MGM, 101 min)

0915 *The Hatchet Man* (1932, WB, 74 min)


TCM slips us a few Mickeys


1030 *Hollywood Party* (1934, MGM, 70 min)

1145 *A Nice Little Bank that Should Be Robbed* (1958, Fox, 87 min) PREMIERE #4

1315 *Ring of Fear* (1954, Wayne-Fellows, 93 min, p/s)


Trying to force drugs on people


1500 *The Man Who Knew Too Much* (1934, Gaumont, 75 min)

1615 *His Kind of Woman* (1951, RKO, 120 min)

1830 *High School Confidential!* (1958, Zugsmith, 85 min, p/s)


2000 *Upperworld* (1934, WB, 73 min)

2130 *Speedy* (1928, Lloyd, 85 min, p/s)

2300 *Speedway* (1968, p/s, 94 min)

0045 *Ice Follies of 1939* (1938, MGM, 82 min)

0215 *Speed* (1936, MGM, 73 min)

0330 *Ice Station Zebra* (1968, p/s, 148 min)





Star of the Month Also-Rans


0600 *The Mortal Storm* (1940, MGM, 100 min) Margaret Sullavan

0745 *Alibi* (1929, UA, 83 min, p/s) Chester Morris

0915 *Somebody Up There Likes Me* (1956, MGM 113 min) Pier Angeli

1115 *King Creole* (1958, Paramount, 116 min, p/s) Elvis Presley

1315 *Niagara* (1953, Fox, 92 min) Marilyn Monroe

1500 *The Garden of Allah* (1936, Selznick, 79 min, p/s) Charles Boyer

1630 *The Clock* (1945, MGM, 90 min) Robert Walker and Judy Garland

Short: Every Sunday (1936, MGM, 11 min)

1815 *The World, The Flesh, and the Devil* (1959, MGM, 95 min) Inger Stevens


STAR OF THE MONTH: George Sanders


2000 *Samson and Delilah* (1949, Paramount, 131 min, p/s)

2215 *The Picture of Dorian Gray* (1945, MGM, 110 min)

0015 *Man Hunt* (1941, Fox, 105 min, p/s)

0215 *This Land is Mine* (1943, RKO, 103 min)

Short: In the Valley of the Rhine (1953, MGM, 9 min)

0415 *Her Cardboard Lover* (1942, MGM, 93 min)




A Drug Fueled Love


0600 *Remember?* (1939, MGM, 83 min)

0730 *Roman Holiday* (1953, Paramount, 118 min, p/s)

0930 *How to Murder Your Wife* (1965, UA, 118 min, p/s)

1130 *The Apartment* (1960, Mirisch, 125 min, p/s)


Intoxicated women are so much more fun on screen than intoxicated men!


1345 *Night Nurse* (1931, WB, 72 min)

1500 *Life Begins* (1932, WB, 71 min)

1615 *Yours, Mine, and Ours* (1968, Desiliu, 111 min, p/s)

1815 *Cactus Flower* (1969, Columbia, 103 min, p/s)


Drugs in Hollywood


2000 *The Goddess* (1958, Columbia, 104 min, p/s)

2200 *Jeanne Eagels* (1957, Columbia, 108 min)

0000 *What Price Hollywood* (1932, RKO, 88 min)

Short: A Cinderella Named Elizabeth (1965, MGM, 7 min)


TCM Underground:


0145 *Valley of the Dolls* (1967, Fox, 123 min)

0400 *Beyond the Valley of the Dolls* (1970, Fox, 109 min)




"Good" Drugs


0600 *The Story of Louis Pasteur* (1935, Cosmopolitan, 87 min)

0730 *Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet* (1940, WB, 103 min)

0915 *The Strongest Man on Earth* (1975, Disney, 92 min, p/s)

Promo: Kurt Russell on Elvis Presley


When Good Drugs Go Bad


1100 *Heroes for Sale* (1933, WB, 71 min)

1215 *Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde* (1941, MGM, 113 min)

1415 *A Hatful of Rain* (1957, Fox, 108 min, p/s)

1615 *Bigger than Life* (1956, Fox, 91 min) PREMIERE #5

1800 *The Third Man* (1949, London Films, 104 min, p/s)

Short: That Mothers Might Live (1938, MGM, 10 min)


Hiding drugs from the dealers, or otherwise double-crossing the drug dealers


2000 TCM Essentials: *Wait Until Dark* (1967, WB, 107 min, p/s)

2200 *Atlantic City* (1980, Paramount, 104 min, p/s)

0000 *The Lineup* (1958, 86 min, p/s)

0130 *The Fall Guy* (1930, RKO, 66 min)

0245 *Stakeout on Dope Street* (1958, WB, 89 min, p/s)

0415 *They Made Me a Fugitive* (1947, 104 min, p/s)

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I did the sex schedule back in Programming Challenge #12, and the rock and roll schedule back in Programming Challenge #11. So, you knew the drugs schedule couldn't be far behind. And here it is.


Call it pot, or grass, or mary jane, or the demon weed, the Sunday morning and afternoon schedule deals with a bunch of lousy puns related to marijuana. (Unfortunately, I couldn't time things properly to have the short begin at 4:20 PM.) If you're wondering how *The Hoodlum Saint* fits in, the screenplay was written by "Spig" Wead. (*The Wings of Eagles*, the biopic of his life, didn't fit in properly in the time constraints.)


If you think the Sunday morning puns are bad, wait until Sunday evening comes along. To "roll" joints, we start off with *Till the Clouds Roll By*, a biopic about Jerome Kern, who appears in the Warner Bros. Silver Jubilee short. The "joints" should be obvious; the title of the TCM Import translates into English as "Claire's Knee".


Monday is the day I combined the drug schedule with the requirement to have at least a prime time about "Food, Glorious Food". Or, in my schedule, "Food, Inglorious Food". In the morning and afternoon, various people suffer having pills or poisons put in their drinks, usually alcoholic, but in the case of *Notorious*, it's Ingrid Bergman's coffee that gets the poison, while Joan Fontaine gets it in her milk in *Suspicion* -- or at least she thinks she does. The theme continues on Monday night with the bad stuff in food. (Technically, in *Zero Hour!*, it's just food poisoning, not somebody putting poison in food.) Gene Tierney poisons her own food in *Leave Her to Heaven*, Robert Mitchum poisons meat given to Gregory Peck's dog in *Cape Fear*, a series of food tasters get poisoned in Eddie Cantor's *Roman Follies*, and Jackie Gleason helps put LSD in the prison food supply in *Skidoo*. Since Mickey Rooney appears in *Skidoo*, and I had an hour left, I filled that hour with the "Private Screenings" interview he did with Robert Osborne.


On Tuesday, we get back to the horrid puns, this time replacing the marijuana plant with the coca plant. The "blow" and "crack" movies should be obvious; as for putting *Spellbound* in with the "lines" movies, it's because poor Gregory Peck goes nuts every time he sees lines in white. As for the "Coke heads" in prime time, *One, Two, Three* stars James Cagney as a Coca-Cola executive in Berlin. *Valley of Decision*, and the short that follows, both are set partially in steel mills, which use the coal by-product coke in their production process. If you've seen the "Word of Mouth" piece with Carleton Carpenter that TCM shows, you'll recall that he had a scene in *Father of the Bride* involving getting a bottle of Coca-Cola from Spencer Tracy's kitchen, with Spencer having all sorts of problems getting the Coke bottles opened. *Hush, Hush... Sweet Charlotte* is included because of the back story. Bette Davis and Joan Crawford didn't get along after the making of *What Ever Happened to Baby Jane*, and Bette wanted to get back at Joan. Since Joan had been married to a Pepsi executive and insisted on having Pepsi cameos in her later movies, Bette is said to have brought a Coca-Cola vending machine to the set just to tick Joan off. It worked, since Joan was replaced by Olivia de Havilland. The night ends with one of literature's most famous cocaine users, Sherlock Holmes.


Wednesday starts off with two explicit references to opium, and a reference to poppy flowers in *The Wizard of Oz*. The schedule then "slips us a few Mickeys": Mickey Mouse in *Hollywood Party*, Mickey Rooney and Mickey Shaughnessy in *A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed*, and Mickey Spillane in *Ring of Fear*. The next three movies involve people trying not to take drugs other people impose on them: Leslie Banks has a dentist try to force ether on him in the original version of *The Man Who Knew Too Much*; Robert Mitchum nearly gets jabbed in *His Kind of Woman*; and Russ Tamblyn has to make it look like he's taking heroin without actually doing so in *High School Confidential*.


It's back to the bad puns on Wednesday night, as we have several references to stimulants.


Probably the most controversial part of the schedule comes on Thursday. If I was going to do a week of drug references, I figured I'd pick a Star of the Month who died of a drug overdose. I knew there were quite a few; I didn't know just how many there were. So, the Thursday morning and afternoon lineup includes movies by OD victims that I didn't want as Star of the Month for one reason or another (or they just didn't make enough movies to be Star of the Month). Some of them were suicides (Charles Boyer), some accidental (Elvis Presley), and some accidentally induced by their doctors (Robert Walker). Indeed, in *The Clock*, we get two OD deaths for the price of one: Walker and Judy Garland, who also appears in the following short, "Every Sunday".


George Sanders committed suicide by barbiturate overdose, is fairly recognizable, made a lot of movies (by my count, TCM has shown something like 25-30 of his films not including all the Falcon and Saint films he made), and as far as I know has never been TCM Star of the Month before. So, he'd make a good choice as Star of the Month. As for the Traveltalks short, I included it because it mentions the Lorelei, which is part of the soundtrack to *This Land is Mine*.


On Friday morning, we have four films where people fall in love thanks to having taken drugs. The two leads in *Remember* fall in love all over again after taking a potion that makes them forget the past; Gregory Peck would never have met Audrey Hepburn if she hadn't been drugged before leaving her country's embassy in *Roman Holiday*; Jack Lemmon gets so drunk at a bachelor party that he marries Virna Lisi in *How to Murder Your Wife*; and Lemmon falls further in love with Shirley MacLaine after she tries to kill herself with his sleeping pills in *The Apartment*. (Unfortunately, *The Miracle of Morgan's Creek* didn't time out properly, forcing me to put two Lemmon movies back to back.)


When a woman gets intoxicated on screen, it generally seems so much more fun than when it happens to a man. Thursday afternoon kicks off with two lurid pre-Codes; in *Night Nurse*, a mother is kept drunk so that she won't know they're trying to starve her kids to death and take the trust fund money. Then, in *Life Begins*, Glenda Farrell would rather drink in the hospital than give birth. Henry Fonda's kids liquor up Lucille Ball when she comes to dinner in *Yours, Mine, and Ours* while Ingrid Bergman gets drunk on Idaho champagne in *Cactus Flower*.


As Thursday's schedule showed, drugs and booze caused a lot of havoc to the actors off-screen. Lots of movies have been made with actors falling prey to drugs, too; Friday night's schedule is given to this topic, as it allowed me to use *Valley of the Dolls* and especially *Beyond the Valley of the Dolls* for TCM Underground


On Saturday morning, we have some "good" drugs: a rabies vaccine, a treatment for syphilis, and a drug that makes Kurt Russell *The Strongest Man on Earth*. (Apparently back then, even the Disney studio didn't think steroids were a bad thing.) But as in one of those awful video outtake specials, we get to see what happens "When Good Drugs Go Bad". Two veterans get addicted to heroin in *Heroes for Sale* and *A Hatful of Rain*; Dr. Jekyll's chemical experiments turn him into madman Mr. Hyde; and Orson Welles cuts drugs in post-war Vienna into a fraction of their strength, making them useless and killing lots of people who are treated with them. *Bigger Than Life* might be the most interesting movie of the bunch: it's got James Mason as a heart patient who gets treated with cortisone -- and gets addicted to it, turning him into a hilarious Jesus freak. (Wife Barbara Rush should have sent him to live with the Tallulah Bankhead of *Die Die My Darling*; the two would make a lovely couple.)


Finally on Saturday night, we see what happens if you try to keep a drug deal from going down by hiding the drugs, or if you otherwise try to mess with the drug dealers. Blind Audrey Hepburn gets a heroin-filled doll in *Wait Until Dark*, the TCM Essential; Susan Sarandon's idiot brother-in-law tries to steal a drug shipment from the dealers in *Atlantic City*; more drugs get hidden in *The Lineup*; and some idiot teenagers find heroin and attempt to sell it themselves in *Stakeout on Dope Street*.


Not counting the regular features (Silent Sunday Nights, TCM Imports, and TCM Underground), I've only got five or six premieres, so I don't have to declare any one studio as my special studio that gets me five extra premieres. For the record, the premieres are:


*The Green Grass of Wyoming*

*Leave Her to Heaven*

*Roman Scandals*

*A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed*

*Bigger Than Life*


(I'm pretty certain *Reap the Wild Wind* has aired before, but I'm well short of the 10-premiere limit anyway.)

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Thank you, Loveslilacs, Lonesome, Kingrat, and Filmlover for your kind words.


Filmlover, thank you for pointing out the Sondheim reference. I know *Into The Woods* very well and, of course, it was on the brain. Sometimes I'm so close to the schedule and notes that I don't even think to mention certain things but I appreciate that you did.

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