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The 16th TCM Board Programming Challenge.

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I'd like to point out that the movie on TCM right now, Beachhead, is quite obviously using the LA Arboreturm in *Arcadia, CA* my Town for the On the Town challenge, for pretty much all of its jungle locations. I even heard several distinct peacock cries. My town is great!





I can't wait to see everyone else's town selection

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

> > {quote:title=traceyk65 wrote:}{quote}

> > Capuchin--

> > "Where am I going and why am I in this handbasket?" OMG. Love it. Great schedule!


> Thanks for the kind word about the schedule, but I can't take credit for that phrase -- it was quite popular in the 60s.



Well, I was only 5 when the 60's ended so it was a new phrasing to me and made me laugh. :)

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I actually think I'll get it posted soon. I've finished the schedule but need to proof and write the notes. Hopefully, this weekend. Then, I'll look forward to perusing (at greater length) the excellent schedules already posted.

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

> Sansfin--Charles Lane is one of my favorites, and I thought your nursery rhyme idea very clever!


Thank you for your kind words.


I think most character actors are recognized too little. I would like to see TCM have a character actor of the month as they have star of the month. Charles Lane always makes me laugh.


The nursery ryhmes are way to chose movies which do not in any other way fit together. I wish to think of themes which relate to movies more directly. My mind is always blank.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2011



*Glorifying the Ziegfeld Girl*


*6:00 am Glorifying the American Girl* (1929)

starring Mary Eaton, Helen Morgan. Paramount, 86 minutes. p/s.

*7:30 am Blondie of the Follies* (1932)

starring Marion Davies, Billie Dove. MGM, 91 minutes.

*9:15 am Little Miss Marker* (1934)

starring Dorothy Dell, Shirley Temple, Adolph Menjou. Paramount, 79 minutes. p/s.

*10:45 am Melody Cruise* (1933)

starring Greta Nissen, Phil Harris. RKO, 76 minutes.

*Short: Hollywood Goes To Town* (1938)

starring Fanny Brice. MGM, 9 minutes.

*12:15 pm The Singing Kid* (1936)

starring Claire Dodd, Al Jolson, Sybil Jason. 1st Nat?l, 85 minutes minutes.

*1:45 pm Beloved Brat* (1938)

starring Delores Costello, Bonita Granville. 1st Nat?l, 62 minutes.

*3:00 pm Ball of Fire* (1941)

starring Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper. Goldwyn, 111 minutes.

*5:00 pm The Crystal Ball* (1943)

starring Paulette Goddard, Ray Milland. Paramount, 81 minutes. Premiere.

*6:30 pm International House* (1933)

starring Peggy Hopkins Joyce, W.C. Fields. Paramount, 70 minutes. p/s.

*Short: Roseland* (1930)

Starring Ruth Etting. Vitaphone, 13 minutes.

*8:00 pm Whoopee* (1930)

starring Eleanor Hunt, Ethel Shutta, Eddie Cantor. Goldwyn, 93 minutes. Premiere.


*Megastar: Marilyn Miller*


*9:45 pm Sally* (1929)

starring Marilyn Miller, Joe E. Brown, Alexander Gray. 1st Nat?l, 103 minutes.





*11:45 pm Kid Boots* (1926)

starring Billie Dove, Eddie Cantor, Clara Bow. Paramount, 77 minutes. p/s.




*1:15 am Diary of a Lost Girl* (1929)

starring Louise Brooks. Pabst Film, 79 minutes.


*2:45 am Piccadilly* (1929)

starring Gilda Gray, Anna May Wong. BIP, 109 minutes. p/s.

*4:45 am Rebound* (1931)

starring Ina Claire, Myrna Loy. RKO, 88 minutes.




MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2011


*6:15 am Bachelor Apartment* (1931)

starring Mae Murray, Claudia Dell, Irene Dunne, Lowell Sherman. RKO, 72 minutes.





*7:30 am Boys Night Out* (1962)

starring Kim Novak, James Garner. MGM, 115 minutes.

*9:30 am Pal Joey* (1957)

starring Kim Novak, Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly. Columbia, 111 Minutes. p/s.

*11:30 am Criss Cross* (1949)

starring Yvonne DeCarlo, Burt Lancaster. Universal, 88 Minutes. p/s.

*1:00 pm Leave Her To Heaven* (1945)

starring Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde. TCF, 111 Minutes. p/s.

*3:00 pm That Wonderful Urge* (1948)

starring Gene Tierney, Tyrone Power. TCF, 82 Minutes. p/s.

*4:30 pm Letter From an Unknown Woman* (1948)

starring Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan. Universal, 86 Minutes. p/s.

*6:00 pm Tales of Manhattan* (1942)

starring Rita Hayworth, Charles Boyer, Edward G. Robinson, Charles Laughton. TCF, 118 Minutes. Premiere.





*8:00 pm Top of the Town* (1937)

starring George Murphy, Doris Nolan, Gertrude Niesen, Joyce Compton. Universal, 86 Minutes. Premiere.

*9:30 pm Madame Satan* (1930)

starring Kay Johnson, Lillian Roth, Roland Young. MGM, 94 Minutes.

*11:30 pm Skyscraper Souls* (1932)

starring Warren William, Maureen O?Sullivan, Anita Page. MGM, 99 Minutes.

*1:15 am Love Affair* (1939)

starring Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer. RKO, 87 Minutes.

*2:45 am King Kong* (1933)

starring Robert Armstrong, Fay Wray. RKO, 104 Minutes.

*4:30 am Fail-Safe* (1964)

starring Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau. Columbia, 111 minutes. p/s.




TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2011




*6:30 am Sidewalks of New York* (1931)

starring Buster Keaton, Cliff Edwards, Anita Page. MGM, 71 minutes

*7:45 am Montana Moon* (1930)

starring Joan Crawford, Johnny Mack Brown, Cliff Edwards. MGM, 90 Minutes.

*9:15 am Good News* (1930)

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

*10:45 am Stepping Out* (1931)

starring Charlotte Greenwood, Leila Hyams, Cliff Edwards. MGM, 73 Minutes.

*12:00 pm Hollywood Revue of 1929* (1929)

starring Cliff Edwards, Joan Crawford, John Gilbert. MGM, 118 Minutes.

*2:00 pm The Women Men Marry* (1937)

starring George Murphy, Josephine Hutchinson, Cliff Edwards. MGM, 61 minutes.

*Short: Cliff Edwards & His Buckaroos* (1941)

starring Cliff Edwards. Vitaphone, 10 minutes.

*3:15 pm They Gave Him a Gun* (1937)

starring Spencer Tracy, Franchot Tone, Cliff Edwards. MGM, 94 Minutes.

*5:00 pm Saratoga* (1937)

starring Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Cliff Edwards. MGM, 94 minutes.

*6:45 pm Millionaires in Prison* (1940)

starring Lee Tracy, Linda Hayes, Cliff Edwards. RKO, 64 minutes.





*8:00 pm Blessed Event* (1932)

starring Lee Tracy, Mary Brian. WB, 82 Minutes.

*9:30 pm One in a Million* (1936)

starring Arline Judge, Sonja Henie, Adolph Menjou, Don Ameche. TCF, 95 minutes. Premiere.

*11:15 pm His Girl Friday* (1940)

starring Rosalind Russell, Cary Grant, Cliff Edwards. Columbia, 92 minutes. p/s.

*1:00 am Stage Door* (1937)

starring Ginger Rogers, Eve Arden, Katherine Hepburn. RKO, 92 Minutes.

*2:45 am The Front Page* (1931)

starring Pat O?Brien, Mary Brian, Adolph Menjou. UA, 101 Minutes. p/s.

*4:30 am The Show-Off* (1934)

starring Spencer Tracy, Madge Evans. MGM, 77 minutes.








*6:00 am Speedway* (1968)

starring Nancy Sinatra, Elvis Presley. MGM, 94 Minutes.

*7:45 am Jason and the Argonauts* (1963)

starring Nancy Kovack, Gene Raymond. Columbia, 104 Minutes. p/s.

*9:30 am The World of Suzie Wong* (1961)

starring Nancy Kwan, William Holden. Paramount, 127 Minutes. p/s.

*11:45 am Abbott & Costello Meet the Invisible Man* (1951)

starring Nancy Guild, Abbott & Costello. Universal, 82 Minutes. p/s.

*1:15 pm Hellcats of the Navy* (1951)

starring Nancy Davis, Ronald Reagan. Columbia, 81 Minutes. p/s.

*2:45 pm The Bad Seed* (1955)

starring Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack. WB, 129 Minutes. p/s.

*5:00 pm The Millerson Case* (1947)

starring Nancy Saunders, Warner Baxter. Columbia, 71 Minutes. p/s.

*6:15 pm Best Foot Forward* (1943)

starring Nancy Walker, Lucille Ball, June Allyson. MGM, 95 Minutes.





*8:00 pm The Devil?s Holiday* (1930)

starring Nancy Carroll, Phillip Holmes. Paramount, 80 Minutes. Premiere.

*9:30 pm Laughter* (1930)

starring Nancy Carroll, Frederic March. Paramount, 85 minutes. Premiere.

*11:00 pm Follow Thru* (1930)

starring Nancy Carroll, Buddy Rogers, Jack Haley. Paramount, 92 Minutes. Premiere.

*Short: Pirate Party on Catalina* (1935)

Starring Buddy Rogers, Marion Davies. MGM, 19 minutes.

*1:00 am Paramount on Parade* (1930)

starring Nancy Carroll, Maurice Chevalier, Clara Bow, Buddy Rogers. 102 minutes. Premiere.





*2:45 am Old Man Rhythm* (1935)

starring Buddy Rogers, Betty Grable. RKO, 75 Minutes.

*4:15 am Mexican Spitfire at Sea* (1942)

starring Buddy Rogers, Lupe Velez. RKO, 76 minutes.


*Short: The House in the Middle* (1954)

National Clean-up, Paint-up, Fix-up Bureau, 13 minutes. p/d.








*6:00 am Marnie* (1964)

starring Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, Diane Baker. Universal, 110 Minutes. p/s.

*8:00 am I Remember Mama* (1948)

starring Irene Dunne, Barbara Bel Geddes. RKO, 134 minutes.

*10:15 am Carnegie Hall* (1947)

starring Marsha Hunt, Frank McHugh. UA, 135 Minutes. p/s.

*12:30 pm Dead Men Don?t Wear Plaid* (1982)

starring Steve Martin, Rachel Ward, Carl Reiner. Universal, 88 Minutes. p/s.

*2:00 pm Presenting Lily Mars* (1943)

starring Judy Garland, Van Heflin, Connie Gilchrist. MGM, 104 Minutes.

*3:45 pm A Christmas Carol* (1951)

starring Alistair Sim, Kathleen Harrison. UA, 86 Minutes. p/s.

*5:15 pm Seven Days Leave* (1930)

starring Gary Cooper, Beryl Mercer. Paramount, 80 Minutes. Premiere.

*6:45 pm Three Girls About Town* (1941)

starring Joan Blondell, Binnie Barnes, Janet Blair. Columbia, 72 Minutes. p/s.





*8:00 pm The Corsican Brothers* (1941)

starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Ruth Warrick. UA, 111 Minutes. p/s.

*10:00 pm A Stolen Life* (1946)

starring Bette Davis, Glenn Ford. WB, 109 Minutes.

*12:00 am The Prince and the Pauper* (1937)

starring Errol Flynn, Claude Rains. WB, 118 Minutes.

*2:00 am The Palm Beach Story* (1942)

starring Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea, Mary Astor. Paramount, 88 Minutes. p/s.

*3:30 am The Great Dictator* (1940)

starring Charle Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie. UA, 127 Minutes. p/s.


*Short: Czechoslavakia on Parade* (1938)

Traveltalks, MGM, 10 minutes.




FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2011




*6:00 am Jubilee Trail* (1954)

starring Vera Hruba Ralston, Forest Tucker, Joan Leslie. Republic, 102 Minutes. p/s.

*7:45 am Two Smart People* (1946)

starring Lucille Ball, Hugo Haas, John Hodiak. MGM, 92 Minutes.

*9:30 am Merton of the Movies* (1947)

starring Red Skelton, Gloria Grahame, Hugo Haas.. MGM, 82 Minutes.

*11:00 am Born To Be Loved* (1959)

starring Hugo Haas, Vera Vague. Universal, 82 Minutes. Premiere.

*12:30 pm Man of Two Worlds* (1934)

starring Francis Lederer, Elissa Landi. RKO, 92 Minutes.

*Short: Starlit Days at the Lido* (1935)

Starring Francis Lederer, Clark Gable, Constance Bennett. MGM, 19 minutes.

*2:30 pm Midnight* (1939)

starring Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, Francis Lederer. Paramount, 94 Minutes. p/s.

*4:15 pm The Seventh Veil* (1945)

starring Ann Todd, James Mason, Herbert Lom. General Films, 94 Minutes. p/s.

*6:00 pm Gambit* (1966)

starring Shirley MacLaine, Michael Caine, Herbert Lom. Universal, 109 Minutes. p/s.





*8:00 pm Blond Venus* (1932)

starring Marlene Dietrich, Cary Grant. Paramount, 85 Minutes. Premiere.

*9:30 pm Marie Antoinette* (1938)

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

*12:15 am Coffy* (1973)

starring Pam Grier. AIP, 91 Minutes. p/s.





*2:00 am Ben* (1972)

starring Joseph Campanella, Arthur O?Connell. Bing Crosby Productions, 94 Minutes.


*3:45 am King Rat* (1965)

starring George Segal, Tom Courtenay. Columbia, 134 Minutes. p/s.








*6:00 am Singin? in the Rain* (1952)

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

*7:45 am Love Me or Leave Me* (1955)

starring Doris Day, James Cagney. MGM, 122 Minutes.

*10:00 am Gentlemen Marry Brunettes* (1955)

starring Jane Russell, Jeanne Crain. UA, 99 Minutes. p/s.

*11:45 am The Yellow Rolls Royce* (1964)

starring George C. Scott, Shirley MacLaine, Rex Harrison, Ingrid Bergman. MGM, 122 Minutes.

*2:00 pm The Best Things in Life Are Free* (1956)

starring Gordon MacRae, Dan Dailey, Sheree North. TCF, 104 Minutes. Premiere.

*3:45 pm Tea For Two* (1950)

starring Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Gene Nelson. WB, 98 Minutes. p/s.

*5:30 pm The Helen Morgan Story* (1957)

starring Ann Blyth, Paul Newman. WB, 127 minutes. Premiere.


*Short: The Ingenues, ?The Band Beautiful?* (1928)

Vitaphone, 10 minutes.





*8:00 pm It* (1927)

starring Clara Bow, Antonio Moreno, Gary Cooper. Paramount, 72 Minutes. Premiere.





*9:30 pm It All Came True* (1940)

starring Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, Jeffrey Lynn. WB, 97 Minutes.

*11:15 pm It?s a Wonderful World* (1939)

starring Claudette Colbert, James Stewart. MGM, 86 Minutes.

*12:45 am It Happened at the World?s Fair* (1963)

starring Elvis Presley, Joan O?Brien, Kurt Russell. MGM, 106 Minutes.

*2:45 am It?s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World* (1963)

starring Dorothy Provine, Spencer Tracy, Jonathan Winters. UA, 192 Minutes.


Notes to follow

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*Programming Notes: Challenge #16*

*Week of June 12-18, 2011*



*Sunday.* Sunday?s all day and night theme is ?A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody?, Glorifying the Ziegfeld Girl. I thought that I knew who many of the Ziegfeld girls (who made it into film) were but there were many surprises. Claire Dodd? Iris Adrian? Adrienne Ames? I couldn?t even begin to program this theme with each and every one, but I did try to schedule a few films, which also featured Ziegfeld stars like Eddie Cantor. Robert Osborne gets to introduce film versions of three of Ziegfeld?s shows: *Whoopee*, *Sally* and *Kid Boots* (Silent Sunday Night). The TCM Import is *Diary of a Lost Girl*, with Louise Brooks, another Ziegfeld alumna. *Bachelor Apartment* ends this theme. I listed the Ziegfeld Girl first in the cast (even if she wasn?t the star of the film). I tried to do a similar thing with a few of my themes throughout the week.


*Monday.* Some of Prince Aly Khan?s famous lovers celebrate his birthday. Only Rita Hayworth actually married him. I premiere *Tales of Manhattan*, which leads into my On the Town theme, which is ?Top of the Town? (above New York City). I premiere a film by the very same title: *Top of the Town*, a colossal, expensive flop in its day. It does have some great music and an unbelievable four-story nightclub, dreamed up by production designer, John Harkrider. This was Universal?s competition to the fabulous nightclubs in *Swing Time*. In fact, Harkrider designed the Silver Sandal nightclub in *Swing Time* (as well as many costumes and sets for Ziegfeld shows).


*Tuesday.* It?s a birthday tribute to Cliff ?Ukulele Ike? Edwards. I start the day with *Sidewalks of New York* and end this tribute with *Millionaires in Prison*, starring wise guy, Lee Tracy. This sets up an evening devoted to ?Wisecrackers and Hot Shots?. There is a premiere of *One in a Million*, with the underrated Arline Judge.


*Wednesday.* ?Nancy with the Laughing, Crying, Frowning, Smiling Face? is a day spent with actresses named Nancy. Nancy Sinatra?s *Speedway* seemed a natural choice to lead off the theme.


My Star of the Month is Nancy Carroll, the charming redhead, who entranced moviegoers in the 20s and 30s. Every film is a premiere and you even get to see Nancy in color, in *Follow Thru*. Technically, this is the third Wednesday (of five) of the month. There actually are enough Nancy Carroll films to last the month. Frequent co-star, Buddy Rogers, ends the day.


*Thursday.* ?Out Damn Spot!? is my tribute to charwomen and cleaning ladies in film.


?Which Twin Has the Toniest Address?? is based upon the old tv commercials and ads for Toni home permanents. ?Which Twin Has the Toni?? was one of the most memorable ad campaigns of my childhood.


*Friday.* ?Czechmates? is a nod to Czech-born actors and actresses.


?Raise the Doorway: Here Comes the Big Hair? is self explanatory and there is a premiere of *Blonde Venus*.


TCM Underground premieres *Ben*, which was a sequel to *Willard*. Most of us are more likely to remember the Michael Jackson song than the movie. I found it interesting that the film was produced by Bing Crosby Productions. Hmmm?

One good rat film deserves another.


*Saturday.* Does anyone remember Dorothy Provine in the tv series: *The Roaring Twenties* ? Well, I do. Dorothy did more to perpetuate the stereotyped ?flapper? image of the gal in a short fringe dress, feather boa, headband and long cigarette holder. Before the series, there were films that were just as inaccurate. "The Dorothy Provine Memorial School For Flappers" is my tribute to those films and their costume and hair-style faux pas.

In all fairness, many of these films got it half right and are incredibly good films.

It is also a tribute to Dorothy, who recently passed away.


*It* seemed the natural conclusion as this week?s Essential. Clara Bow in her glory days.


?It?s?It? is not only a famous San Francisco ice cream treat but it gives the title of the theme for the evening?s schedule. Lastly, I scheduled *It?s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World* with Dorothy Provine.





*The Crystal Ball*


*Tales of Manhattan*

*Top of the Town*

*One in a Million*

*The Devil?s Holiday*


*Follow Thru*

*Paramount on Parade*

*Seven Days Leave*

*Born to be Loved*

*Blonde Venus*

*The Best Things in Life Are Free*

*The Helen Morgan Story*


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countessdelave -

I love your schedule!


I have waited forever to see *Tales of Manhattan* and *Gambit* again. Your Toniest Twin has all great movies. I wish TCM would use your schedule.

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Countess, your schedule is so much fun and is full of witty surprises. The Ziegfeld Girl films and the Dorothy Provine Memorial School for Flappers should go directly to the TCM schedule. Would love to see Diary of a Lost Girl. The play on "Which twin has the Toni?" is delightful for everyone who remembers that series of commercials. Speaking of which, Big Hair is another cool theme.


Gambit is a charming film I'd like to see again. I also liked some other film on your schedule . . . something to do with a rat.

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Excellent choices, Countess! I am always amazed at the clever titles and unusual choices challenge participants make.


Which twin has the Toni? Love it.

I also enjoy the "Nancy" girl theme, and SOTM Nancy Carroll.

And a night of wisecrackers? You know I'll be there.


And finally, a tribute to big hair. (Yes, the home of big bouffants, puffed pomades, locks of largesse!--Dallas do's and don'ts.) If you can't hide a tire iron and a file saw in the beehive, it's just not big enough. Remember *Bandolero* and how Raquel Welch's hair kept getting higher, fluffier and puffier? And she didn't even address this phenomena in her bio. Go figure.


I am also happy that you chose to premiere *The Helen Morgan Story*.


Great job, Countess!

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Great schedule countessdelave!


Czechmates is wonderful, especially with Midnight in the line-up.

It's-It is great. I've never actually seen It with Clara Bow and would certainly like to.

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Does anybody know how long the version of Fritz Lang's *M* was the last time it aired on TCM? There are a bunch of different running times listed, so I have no idea what sort of a block of time I need to reserve for it.

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The TCM database provides two wildly different times so I looked at imdb and they show 110m on the 2004 Criterion DVD and among all the other countries running times they list the USA time at 99m. Since none of the other times listed share the 120m time on TCM I am inclined to dismiss it for the purpose of the contest.


For a time slot two hours is fine and you can pick either time depending on if you want to program a short film.


I know that doesn't really answer your question but I hope it helps for your schedule.

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Thanks so much Sansfin, Kingrat, SueSue, and Capuchin for all of your positive feedback. I appreciate it very much.


Kingrat, of course I thought of you when I realized that *King Rat* fit into my schedule, after *Ben*.

I still find it odd that Bing Crosby Productions made that film. Bing, being an auxillary Rat Pack member is also an interesting fact.


SueSue, you had me laughing about the Raquel Welch film and the big hair. Of course you're right. Do you think that is what led her to the business of designing wigs? Take a look: http://www.wigs.com/raquel_welch_wigs.html?ad=4701517390

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Thanks. 111 minutes should give me just enough time to program *Now Playing: The Show* after *M* and before prime time. :-)


Now I just have to get the last three days to time out properly....

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Seven great schedules and only today and tomorrow left. I hear there are some still being put together. A reminder that on Friday sometime I will put a thread together for voting. All the schedules will be copied there but be sure and check back at what yet may come and share your thoughts.

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MARCH 27-APRIL 2, 2011




0600 *Of Human Bondage* (1934, RKO, 83 min)


The Clapper


0730 *Thousands Cheer* (1943, MGM, 125 min)

0945 *Cheers For Miss Bishop* (1941, UA, 95 min, p/s)

1130 *Applause* (1929, Paramount, 80 min) PREMIERE #1




1300 *One Million BC* (1940, Hal Roach, 80 min, p/s)

1430 *Peeping Tom* (1960, Michael Powell, 101 min, p/s)

1615 *The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex* (1939, WB, 106 min)

1815 *Separate Tables* (1958, UA, 100 min, p/s)


Ron Popeil's GHC (Great Hair in a Can)


2000 *The Brothers Karamazov* (1958, p/s, 146 min)

2230 *Hair* (1979, 121 min, p/s)

0045 *La passion de Jeanne d'Arc* (1928, France, 114 min, p/s) SILENT SUNDAY NIGHTS

0245 *The Burmese Harp* (1956, Japan, 116 min) TCM IMPORTS

0445 *Mad Lov*e (1935, MGM, 68 min)




Vince Shlomi vs. Billy Mays


Slap chop


0600 *He Who Gets Slapped* (1924, MGM, 71 min)

0715 *Pork Chop Hill* (1959, UA, 97 min, p/s)


Sham Wow!


0900 *Professional Sweetheart* (1933, RKO, 73 min)

1015 *The Rag Man* (1925, MGM, 68 min)




1130 *Sabotage* (1936, Gaumont, 76 min, p/s)

1300 *Village of the Damned* (1960, MGM, 77 min)

1430 *Juggernaut* (1974, UA, 109 min, p/s)


Orange Glo


1630 *It's a Gift* (1934, Paramount, 68 min, p/s)

1745 *M* (1931, Nero, 111 min p/s)


1937 Now Playing: April 2011 (22 min)




2000 *The Egg and I* (1947, 108 min, p/s)

2200 *Cool Hand Luke* (1967, WB, 126 min, p/s)


Yoshi Blade


0015 *From Here to Eternity* (1953, Columbia, 118 min, p/s)

0230 *Blackmail* (1929, British International, 84 min, p/s)

0400 *Knife in the Water* (1962, Poland, 94 min, p/s)

Short: The Knife of the Party (1934, RKO, 20 min)




0600 *College Swing* (1938, Paramount, 86 min) PREMIERE #2

0730 *Girl Crazy* (1943, MGM, 99 min)

0915 *A Kiss Before Dying* (1956, UA, 94 min, p/s)

1100 *Take the High Ground* (1953, MGM, 101 min)

1245 *The Stranger* (1946, International, 95 min, p/s)

1430 *Hud* (1963, Paramount, 112 min, p/s)

1630 *You Can't Run Away From It* (1956, Columbia, 95 min, p/s) Get back into life with Depends, June Allyson

1815 *The French Line* (1953, RKO, 101 min) Playtex Cross Your Heart Bra (Jane Russell)


STAR OF THE MONTH: Soft Corinthian Leather (er, Ricardo Montalban)


2000 *Won Ton Ton, The Dog That Saved Hollywood* (1976, Paramount, 92 min) PREMIERE #3

2145 *The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad* (1988, 85 min, p/s)

2315 *Sweet Charity* (1969, Universal, 154 min, p/s)

0200 *The Singing Nun* (1966, MGM, 97 min)

Short: The Great Heart (1938, MGM, 11 min)

0400 *Madame X* (1966, Universal, 100 min, p/s)





Shake Weight


0600 *The White Sister* (1923, Inspiration, 143 min, p/s)

0830 *Penny Serenade* (1941, Columbia, 119 min)

1030 *Green Dolphin Street* (1947, MGM, 141 min)




1300 *The Adventures of Robin Hood* (1938, WB, 102 min)

Short: Cavalcade of Archery (1946, WB, 8 min)

1500 *Love Crazy* (1941, MGM, 99 min)

1645 *The Mouse That Roared* (1959, p/s, 83 min)

1815 *Black Narcissus* (1947, The Archers, 100 min, p/s)


Get up and Snuggie!


2000 *The Robe* (1953, Fox, 135 min) PREMIERE #4

2230 *The Scarlet Coat* (1955, MGM, 101 min)

0015 *Beach Blanket Bingo* (1965, AIP, 98 min, p/s)

0200 *Tales of Manhattan* (1942, Fox, 127 min) PREMIERE #5

0415 *Track of the Cat* (1954, WB, 102 min, p/s)






0600 *Pride and Prejudice* (1940, MGM, 118 min)

0800 *Hello, Dolly!* (1969, Fox, 146 min, p/s)

1030 *The Man Who Came to Dinner* (1942, MGM, 112 min)

1230 *The More the Merrier* (1943, Columbia, 104 min, p/s)

1415 *The Parent Trap* (1961, Disney, 129 min)

1630 *Yours, Mine, and Ours* (1968, Desilu, 111 min, p/s)

1830 *Sorry, Wrong Number* (1948, Paramount, 89 min, p/s)


What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas


2000 *The Only Game In Town* (1970, Fox, 113 min) PREMIERE #6

2200 *The George Raft Story* (1961, Allied Artists, 106 min) PREMIERE #7

0000 *Meet Me In Las Vegas* (1956, MGM, 112 min)

0200 *Ocean's Eleven* (1960, WB, 127 min, p/s)

0415 *711 Ocean Drive* (1950, Columbia, 102 min, p/s)




Home Oxygen 2 U


0600 *Green For Danger* (1946, Individual, 91 min, p/s)

0745 *Mildred Pierce* (1945, WB, 111 min)

0945 *The Wreck of the Mary Deare* (1959, MGM, 105 min)

1145 *Marooned* (1969, Columbia, 133 min) PREMIERE #8

1400 *From the Earth to the Moon* (1958, RKO, 101 min)


Liberty Medical diabetes testing supplies


Short: They Live Again (1938, MGM, 10 min)


1600 *Dr. Kildare's Strange Case* (1940, MGM, 77 min)

1730 *Some Came Running* (1958, 137 min, p/s)




2000 *What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?* (1962, WB, 132 min, p/s)

2230 *Kiss of Death* (1947, Fox, 97 min, p/s)

Short: Miracle at Lourdes (1939, MGM, 11 min)

0030 *Night Must Fall* (1937, MGM, 116 min)


TCM Underground: Dennis Hopper tribute


0230 *Panic in the City* (1968, Harold Goldman, 97 min)

0415 *Super Mario Bros.* (1993, Allied, 104 min)




Cash 4 Gold


0600 *Greed* (1924, MGM, 140 min)

0830 *Treasure of the Sierra Madre* (1948, WB, 126 min)

1045 *The Lavender Hill Mob* (1951, J. Arthur Rank, 81, p/s)


Life Call (I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up!)


1215 *True Grit* (1969, Paramount, 128 min)

1430 *Captains Courageous* (1937, MGM, 115 min)




1630 *Larceny Inc.* (1942, WB, 95 min)

1815 *For Pete's Sake* (1974, Columbia, 90 min)

Short: The Grand Bounce (1937, MGM, 11 min)




2000 TCM Essentials: *Desk Set* (1957, Fox, 103 min, p/s)

2200 *2001: A Space Odyssey* (1968, MGM, 141 min)

0030 *Westworld* (1973, 88 min, p/s)

0215 *The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes* (1969, Disney, 91 min, p/s)

0400 *Hot Millions* (1968, MGM, 106 min)

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On March 28, 2010, TCM shocked its viewers by airing -- an advertisement, specifically for a Toyota Yaris. I didn't see the advertisement, but when I read about it the next morning, my immediate thought was -- I know what my next Programming Challenge Schedule is going to be about! So, my schedule for Programming Challenge #16 has TCM honoring the first anniversary of that Yaris advertisement.


The schedule begins with the Bette Davis version of *Of Human Bondage*. What does that have to do with advertising? Well, the movie was set in Paris, and at the time of the movie, the Eiffel Tower was graced with an advertisement for Citro?n cars. (You can read a bit more about it at .) That Citro?n ad can in fact be seen in the opening of *Of Human Bondage*, when the opening credits have an establishing shot of Paris. See .


Most of the rest of the themes should be fairly obvious. If they're not, I have in most cases included a link to a Youtube clip of an appropriate commercial, at least when I could find the right commercial on Youtube. Sunday sees the infamous Clapper, followed by Geico insurance in its various forms. Geico has a bunch of ad campaigns going on. The first movie references the "so easy a caveman can do it" campaign, while the second honors that stack of money with the googly eyes, and the song "Somebody's Watching Me". The last two are a relatively oblique reference to the Geico gecko. One of the commercials has several Geico staffers discussing the gecko's accent in a staff meeting, with one suggesting he's British, while another thinks he's Australian. So, I've picked two movies that have Australian-born stars playing British characters: Errol Flynn as the Duke of Essex, and Rod Taylor as a medical student. (At least, I believe Taylor's character is British. I wanted to schedule *The VIPs*, but it turned out Rod Taylor's character in that is actually Australian, one of the rare times he actually played an Aussie.) The 24 hours starting Sunday in prime time reference three of the infomercials' great pitchmen. First is Ron Popeil, one of whose "inventions" is GHC, or "Great Hair in a Can". The night kicks off with bald Yul Brynner, who could certainly use GHC; followed by *Hair*; two people who get their heads shaved; and Peter Lorre in a bald skullcap.


The pitchmen on Monday are Vince Shlomi of Slap Chop (a device that chops foods for making salads and the like) and Sham Wow!, a chamois cloth, which was the basis for two movies about rags. (In *Professional Sweetheart*, Ginger Rogers' character hawks a cleaning rag on her radio show.) Billy Mays hawked many things, including the Kaboom and Orange Glo cleaners. My Kaboom theme has three movies with bombs, while Orange Glo has two movies with oranges being part of the plot. (In *M*, Peter Lorre meets one of his child victims at an orange stand.) Monday night has two food-related items. The EZ Cracker is a device for cracking eggs perfectly (and with an attachment, separating the white from the yolk). The Yoshi Blade is a ceramic knife; I programmed several movies whose characters could have used a better knife.


Tuesday brings people I thought of using for Star of the Month, but rejected. In most of the cases, you can find out which actor or actress is spotlighted by going to the appropriate Youtube links, which are to the various products they hawked. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a June Allyson "Depends" ad on Youtube, or one of Jane Russell promoting the Playtex "Cross Your Heart" bra. This leads into Tuesday night, and another actor who made a famous commercial, that being Ricardo Montalban, whose commercials for Chrysler extolled the car's "soft Corinthian leather". ("Corinthian leather" was a completely made up name.) This was also the chance to schedule *Won Ton Ton, the Dog That Saved Hollywood*, even though Montalban, like most of the cast, only has a brief appearance in the movie.


On Wednesday morning and afternoon, we have two pieces of exercise equipment. The Shake Weight is a dumbbell that's got some sort of spring mechanism causing it to vibrate back and forth, apparently causing more resistance and making the muscles do more work. (As usual, see the commercials. It was originally designed for women, but they've come out with a Shake Weight For Men, too.) The best shaking I could think of in the movies was earthquakes. The Bowflex uses curved resistance that apparently more naturally approximates the range of motion of the human body than normal exercise equipment. For me, though, the name Bowflex was a cheap excuse to schedule movies with archery, plus a movie by the Archers. Wednedsay night brings the Snuggie, one of the more humorous items. I'm not quite certain what the Snuggie is. It looks like a blanket, but it's got a hood and sleeves, which might make it a robe. Or, it might be a coat. The last two movies that nght both have coats as a prominent part of the plot.


On Thursday, we get the dating website eharmony.com. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any of the ads with founder Neil Clark Warren talking about the 28 dimensions of incompatibility, or whatever ridiculous number of dimensions he talks about. So, I simply linked to the company's Youtube page, where they have more recent commercials. The movies are either movies with professional match-makers, others doing the match-making for those around them, from Monty Woolley to Hayley Mills, and a movie where Barbara Stanwyck should have gone to eharmony.com to find her match. After you've been matched by eharmony, where do you go for your quickie wedding? Las Vegas, of course. And, they've got one of the more memorable advertising slogans of any tourist destination, which made Vegas a fairly obvious choice for my city. I scheduled a night of movies set more or less in Vegas (with *711 Ocean Drive* being decidedly less). My other choice was to combine the exercise equipement, in the form of the Hawaii Chair, with a night of movies set in Hawaii. See for the Hawaii Chair in action. Prepare to be frightened.


Friday brings medical equipment. First up is Home Oxygen 2 U, a company that sends equpiment for those needing portable oxygen inhalers. So, I scheduled a number of movies with oxygen tanks, an oxygen tent (Mildred Pierce's younger daughter gets put in an oxygen tent when she gets her fatal case of pneumonia), and some space movies where people might die from a lack of oxygen. (Be thankful I didn't schedule any Jacques Cousteau movies here.) This is followed by Wilford Brimley hawking diabeetus supplies, which for me means Dean Martin getting diagnosed with diabetes mellitus in *Some Came Running*, and insulin shock therapy being used as a treatment by Dr. Kildare. (The short is one about the discovery of insulin.) This leads into Friday night, which is brought to you by Hoveround, makers of a type of electric wheelchair. I scheduled three movies with characters who would have gotten away from a bad guy if only they had had a Hoveround: Bette Davis would never have been able to abuse Joan Crawford had Crawford gotten a Hoveround; likewise, Tommy Udo wouldn't have been able to push Mildred Dunnock down a flight of stairs if Dunnock could have gotten away from him in her Hoveround; and Dame May Whitty wouldn't have lost her head if she'd used it to buy a Hoveround and get the heck away from Bob Montgomery.


As for TCM Underground, I found one of the old Nike commercials Dennis Hopper did in the mid-90s, and scheduled two of his movies. (When I saw he had been in *Super Mario Bros.*, I knew I had to use that in TCM Underground somehow.)


Saturday starts off with Cash 4 Gold, one of the many companies trying to scam the precious metals market. Some of them operate by trying to sell you gold, telling you that the metals markets are a great hedge against inflation. Others try to buy your scrap gold off you; Cash 4 Gold is one of the latter. So, I scheduled ZaSu Pitts rolling around in gold coins in *Greed*; Fred Dobbs and his friends getting insanely jealous; and Alec Guinness and friends trying to rob the Bank of England and melt down gold into little Eiffel Tower statuettes. Then comes a Life Call commercial (although I believe the company is now known as Life Alert). This is one of the companies that sells seniors a pendant-activated radio connetion to emergency services, and is most famous for popularizing in one of their commercials the catchphrase, "I've fallen -- and I can't get up!" So, I scheduled to movies with characters who fall and can't get up. Kim Darby (or is it Glen Campbell? it's been a while since I've seen the movie) falls down a hole with a rattlesnake in it in *True Grit*, and Freddie Bartholomew falls off a ship in *Captains Courageous*. Saturday afternoon concludes with freecreditreport.com, one of the companies that will fix errors in your credit report for a hefty fee. The movies involve Edward G. Robinson having to return to crime because he can't get a loan, and Barbra Streisand dealing with a loan shark. If you don't want to hear the irritating melody in the Youtube ad, the lyrics go something like,


I was shopping for a new car which one was me?

A cool convertible or an SUV

Too bad I didn't know my credit was whacked

And now I'm driving off the lot in a used subcompact

F-R-E-E that spells free

Credit Report dot com baby....


If you think the freecreditreport.com ads are irritating, just watch the last ad, the finallyfast.com ad. (Indeed, it's so irritating that nobody wanted to post the actual ad to Youtube, just the parodies.) This company's service is some sort of software that will supposedly remove spyware and other things that are slowing down your computer, so that it will be fast -- finally! Finally fast dot com! The TCM Essential includes Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, and a computer that goes haywire in *Desk Set*. HAL-9000 would never have killed those astronauts if only they had run finallyfast.com before setting off for Jupiter. By the same token, Yul Brynner wouldn't have gone haywire.


You'll note that the movies are all scheduled in time slots that fit their normal running times, and not padded to include commercials. Despite the sponsors, the movies themselves are still "uncut and commercial free". Well, except for *The Egg and I*, where I included enough time afterwards to air a Toyota Yaris Spot. ;-)


Not counting TCM Underground, I think I've only got eight premieres, and I wouldn't be surprised if some of them had already aired on TCM in the past:


*Applause* (1929)

*College Swing*

*Won Ton Ton, the Dog That Saved Hollywood*

*The Robe*

*Tales of Manhattan*

*The Only Game in Town*

*The George Raft Story*


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Hilarious, Fedya. Great schedule. It's scary to realize I've seen most of those ads over the years. I particularly loved the EZcracker as your inspiration. I know that it was a lot of work to dig up the commercials. Where would we be without the assistance of U tube?

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