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Seldom seen MGM films on TCM

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Many of these are programmers or B-films and are not on DVD thru the Warner Archives collection. I focused primarily on talkies to the end of the production code (1929 to 1968). There are a few silent films and an occasional MGM film from the early 70s.

 

You will see that Robert Montgomery, Madge Evans, Robert Young and Una Merkel are underplayed on TCM. In some instances, I have included an RKO or Warners title that is not on DVD that TCM's programmers would have access to as part of the Time Warner library.

 

_GARBO_

ROMANCE

INSPIRATION

SUSAN LENOX

AS YOU DESIRE ME

 

_GABLE_

HELL DIVERS

 

_MADGE EVANS_

SON OF INDIA

WEST OF BROADWAY

ARE YOU LISTENING?

HUDDLE

FAST LIFE

MADE ON BROADWAY

THE NUISANCE

AGE OF INDISCRETION

MOONLIGHT MURDER

THE THIRTEENTH CHAIR

ESPIONAGE

 

_NELSON EDDY_

LET FREEDOM RING

BALALAIKA

 

_JOAN CRAWFORD_

MONTANA MOON

LAUGHING SINNERS

THIS MODERN AGE

CHAINED

I LIVE MY LIFE

MANNEQUIN

ICE FOLLIES OF 1939

 

_JIMMY DURANTE_

NEW ADVENTURES OF GET-RICH-QUICK WALLINGFORD

CUBAN LOVE SONG

PASSIONATE PLUMBER

SPEAK EASILY

WHAT! NO BEER?

HOLLYWOOD PARTY

STUDENT TOUR

 

_ANNE FRANCIS_

THE HIRED GUN

A LION IS IN THE STREETS (WB)

THE GREAT AMERICAN PASTTIME

DON?T GO NEAR THE WATER

 

_MARIE DRESSLER_

THE CALLAHANS AND THE MURPHYS (Possibly a lost film?)

BRINGING UP FATHER

CHASING RAINBOWS

CAUGHT SHORT

LET US BE GAY

THE LATE CHRISTOPHER BEAN

 

_WALLACE BEERY_

A LADY?S MORALS

SECRET SIX

FLESH

OLD HUTCH

THE GOOD OLD SOAK

THE BAD MAN OF BRIMSTONE

THE MAN FROM DAKOTA

WYOMING

20 MULE TEAM

SALUTE TO THE MARINES

THE MIGHTY MCGURK

ALIAS A GENTLEMAN

THIS MAN?S NAVY

 

_SARA HADEN_

UNDER COVER OF NIGHT

TELL NO TALES

 

_MARY ASTOR_

WOMAN AGAINST WOMAN

PARADISE FOR THREE

THE POWER AND THE PRIZE

 

_MEL FERRER_

SAADIA

THE WORLD, THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL

 

_LESLIE CARON_

THE DOCTOR?S DILEMMA

THE SUBTERRANEANS

CHANDLER

 

_MARION DAVIES_

BEVERLY OF GRAUSTARK

TILLIE THE TOILER

THE FAIR CO-ED

QUALITY STREET (Remade by RKO with Katharine Hepburn)

THE CARDBOARD LOVER (Remade by MGM with Norma Shearer)

MARIANNE (Hearst produced both silent and talkie versions)

NOT SO DUMB

FLORADORA GIRL

IT?S A WISE CHILD

FIVE AND TEN

 

_STEWART GRANGER_

SOLDIERS THREE

THE LIGHT TOUCH

THE WILD NORTH

GUN GLORY

THE SECRET PARTNER

SWORDSMAN OF SIENA

 

_VIRGINIA GREY_

KEEPING COMPANY

WASHINGTON MELODRAMA

MR. AND MRS. NORTH

 

_WILLIAM HAINES_ (Several others are on DVD, but TCM rarely airs any of his work.)

ALIAS JIMMY VALENTINE

THE DUKE STEPS OUT

A MAN'S MAN

A TAILOR MADE MAN

JUST A GIGOLO

 

_LANA TURNER_

KEEP YOUR POWDER DRY

FLAME AND THE FLESH

THE PRODIGAL

 

_MARSHALL THOMPSON_

TWICE BLESSED

THE COCKEYED MIRACLE

GALLANT BESS

DIAL 1119

THE TALL TARGET

 

_FRANCHOT TONE_

THE STRANGER?S RETURN

STRAIGHT IS THE WAY

EXCLUSIVE STORY

LOVE ON THE RUN

THE UNGUARGED HOUR

THEY GAVE HIM A GUN

THUNDER AFLOAT

FAST AND FURIOUS

 

_AUDREY TOTTER_

MAIN STREET AFTER DARK

BEWITCHED

DANGEROUS PARTNERS

THE HIDDEN EYE

THE BEGINNING OR THE END

 

_ROBERT WALKER_

DANCING CO-ED

WHAT NEXT CORPORAL HARGROVE (Sequel to SEE HERE, PRIVATE HARGROVE)

THE SAILOR TAKES A WIFE

THE SKIPPER SURPRISED HIS WIFE

VENGEANCE VALLEY (Airs on the Encore Westerns channel but not TCM)

 

_KEENAN WYNN_

NORTHWEST RANGERS

NO LEAVE, NO LOVE

SKY FULL OF MOON

HOLIDAY FOR SINNERS

CODE TWO

TENNESSEE CHAMP

THE MARAUDERS

HONEYMOON HOTEL

 

_LUCILLE BREMER_

DARK DELUSION

 

_PIER ANGELI_

TERESA

THE LIGHT TOUCH

THE VINTAGE

MERRY ANDREW

 

_ROBERT YOUNG_

WET PARADE

NEW MORALS FOR OLD

UNASHAMED

MEN MUST FIGHT

RIGHT TO ROMANCE (RKO)

LAZY RIVER

THE BAND PLAYS ON

VAGABOND LADY

CALM YOURSELF

SWORN ENEMY

THE LONGEST NIGHT

MARRIED BEFORE BREAKFAST

MIRACLES FOR SALE

FLORIAN

THOSE ENDEARING YOUNG CHARMS (RKO)

LADY LUCK (RKO)

BRIDE FOR SALE (RKO)

THE HALF BREED (RKO)

 

_GEORGE MURPHY_

WOMEN MEN MARRY

TALK ABOUT A STRANGER

SHOW BUSINESS (RKO)

 

_MARGARET O?BRIEN_

THE UNFINISHED DANCE

 

_WALTER PIDGEON_

SOCIETY LAWYER

NICK CARTER, MASTER DETECTIVE

PHANTOM RAIDERS

THE UNKNOWN MAN

SKYJACKED

 

_JANE POWELL_

LUXURY LINER

 

_MAUREEN O?SULLIVAN_

STAGE MOTHER

THE FLAME WITHIN

BETWEEN TWO WOMEN

PORT OF SEVEN SEAS

SPORTING BLOOD (From 1940; MGM made an earlier version in the 30s)

 

_REGINALD OWEN_

EVERYBODY SING

VACATION FROM LOVE

BRIDAL SUITE

FREE AND EASY

ASSIGNMENT IN BRITTANY

PICCADILLY INCIDENT

 

_RED SKELTON_

THE GREAT DIAMOND ROBBERY

A SOUTHERN YANKEE

THE YELLOW CAB MAN

EXCUSE MY DUST

THE CLOWN

 

_FRANK MORGAN_

BEG BORROW OR STEAL

HULLABALOO

THE GHOST COMES HOME

THE WILD MAN OF BORNEO

HENRY GOES TO ARIZONA

THE VANISHING VIRGINIAN

 

_ANN SOTHERN_

WALKING ON AIR (RKO)

THE SMARTEST GIRL IN TOWN (RKO)

SUPER SLEUTH (RKO)

JOE AND ETHEL TURP CALL ON THE PRESIDENT

DULCY

THREE HEARTS FOR JULIA

CRY HAVOC

APRIL SHOWERS (WB)

THE JUDGE STEPS OUT (RKO)

SHADOW ON THE WALL

 

_ANN BLYTH_

THE KING?S THIEF

 

_ROBERT STERLING_

THE PENALTY

BUNCO SQUAD (RKO)

A GLOBAL AFFAIR

 

_ELIZABETH TAYLOR_

THE BIG HANGOVER

LOVE IS BETTER THAN EVER

RHAPSODY

BEAU BRUMMEL

 

_JAMES STEWART_

MURDER MAN

THE LAST GANGSTER

SPEED

OF HUMAN HEARTS

MAGIC TOWN (RKO)

CARBINE WILLIAMS

 

_ANN MILLER_

WATCH THE BIRDIE

SMALL TOWN GIRL

HIT THE DECK

 

_JEANETTE MACDONALD_

THE CAT AND THE FIDDLE

CAIRO (Her first non-musical role)

 

_MYRNA LOY_

MEN IN WHITE

STAMBOUL QUEST

WHIPSAW

TOO HOT TO HANDLE

LUCKY NIGHT

 

_MARJORIE MAIN_

BARNACLE BILL

THE BUGLE SOUNDS

RATIONING

THE SHOW-OFF

THE CAPTAIN IS A LADY

 

_OTTO KRUGER_

TURN BACK THE CLOCK

PARIS INTERLUDE

CRIME DOCTOR (RKO)

HITLER?S CHILDREN (RKO)

 

_UNA MERKEL_

THE SECRET OF MADAME BLANCHE

CLEAR ALL WIRES

REUNION IN VIENNA

BEAUTY FOR SALE

DAY OF RECKONING

THE WOMEN IN HIS LIFE

MURDER IN THE PRIVATE CAR

HAVE A HEART

ONE NEW YORK NIGHT

BABY FACE HARRINGTON

MURDER IN THE FLEET

IT?S IN THE AIR

WE WENT TO COLLEGE

 

_ROBERT MONTGOMERY_

SINS OF THE CHILDREN

LOVE IN THE ROUGH

WAR NURSE

THE EASIEST WAY

SHIPMATES

MAN IN POSSESSION

LOVERS COURAGEOUS

BUT THE FLESH IS WEAK

HELL BELOW

FUGITIVE LOVERS

MYSTERY OF MR. X

BIOGRAPHY OF A BACHELOR GIRL

PICCADILLY JIM

YELLOW JACK

THREE LOVES HAS NANCY

FAST AND LOOSE

THE EARL OF CHICAGO

HAUNTED HONEYMOON

 

_VIRGINIA BRUCE_

THE GREAT MURDER CASE

THE FIRST HUNDRED YEARS

STRONGER THAN DESIRE

ARSENE LUPIN RETURNS

 

_RICARDO MONTALBAN_

TWO WEEKS WITH LOVE

MY MAN AND I

SOMBRERO

SOL MADRID

 

_CLAUDE JARMAN_

ROUGHSHOD (RKO)

THE OUTRIDERS (Airs on the Encore Westerns channel but not TCM)

INSIDE STRAIGHT

 

_RITA JOHNSON_

LONDON BY NIGHT

RICH MAN POOR GIRL

THE GIRL DOWNSTAIRS

BROADWAY SERENADE

6,000 ENEMIES

THEY ALL COME OUT

THE GOLDEN FLEECING

THEY WON?T BELIEVE ME (RKO)

 

_HOWARD KEEL_

FAST COMPANY

KISMET

 

_BUTCH JENKINS_

AN AMERICAN ROMANCE

BOYS? RANCH

LITTLE MR. JIM

BUD ABBOTT & LOU COSTELLO IN HOLLYWOOD

 

_VAN JOHNSON_

GO FOR BROKE

WHEN IN ROME

CONFIDENTIALLY CONNIE

REMAINS TO BE SEEN

SLANDER

MEN OF THE FIGHTING LADY

ACTION OF THE TIGER

 

_GENE KELLY_

THE CROSS OF LORRAINE

LIVING IN A BIG WAY

THE BLACK HAND

THE DEVIL MAKES THREE

CREST OF THE WAVE

INVITATION TO THE DANCE

 

_DEBORAH KERR_

VACATION FROM MARRIAGE

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

EYE OF THE DEVIL

 

_HEDY LAMARR_

THE CONSPIRATORS (WB)

EXPERIMENT PERILOUS (RKO)

HER HIGHNESS AND THE BELLBOY

A LADY WITHOUT PASSPORT

 

_PETER LAWFORD_

YOU FOR ME

THE HOUR OF 13

ROGUES? MARCH

 

_JANET LEIGH_

THE ROMANCE OF ROSY RIDGE

STRICTLY DISHONORABLE

TWO TICKETS TO BROADWAY (RKO)

ROGUE COP

FEARLESS FAGAN

PETE KELLY?S BLUES (WB)

 

_JEAN HAGEN_

NIGHT INTO MORNING

SHADOW IN THE SKY

ARENA

HALF A HERO

 

_HELEN HAYES_

ANOTHER LANGUAGE

WHAT EVERY WOMAN KNOWS

VANESSA, HER LOVE STORY

CRIME WITHOUT PASSION

NIGHT FLIGHT

 

_VAN HEFLIN_

GRAND CENTRAL MURDER

THE SECRET LAND

 

_KATHARINE HEPBURN_

A BILL OF DIVORCEMENT (RKO)

THE LITTLE MINISTER (RKO)

A WOMAN REBELS (RKO)

THE IRON PETTICOAT

 

_JOHN HODIAK_

TWO SMART PEOPLE

MALAYA

THE SELLOUT

 

_RUTH HUSSEY_

SPRING MADNESS

HONOLULU

WITHIN THE LAW

BLACKMAIL

MARRIED BACHELOR

PIERRE OF THE PLAINS

 

_LENA HORNE_

SWING FEVER

BROADWAY RHYTHM

MEET ME IN LAS VEGAS

 

_MARSHA HUNT_

THE TRIAL OF MARY DUGAN

JOE SMITH AMERICAN

A LETTER FOR EVIE

ANNAPOLIS SALUTE

 

Obviously, there are quite a few. I am sure that some of them have aired on TCM, but they air so infrequently that they might as well be mentioned. I appreciate any corrections or additions to this list.

 

Edited by: MyFavoriteFilms on Dec 1, 2010 2:44 PM

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I got as far as Gable . . . at least three of the four have been shown recently on TCM (and fairly regularly).

 

TOO HOT TO HANDLE, with Myrna Loy and Gable, was NOT remade with Jayne Masnfield. The only similarity is having the same title.

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I should've private messaged the list to you first! I really appreciate the corrections. Let me know which Gable flick has not been aired in awhile and I will delete the others. I will also remove the comment about the Loy film.

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I omitted Mr. Gilbert because...

 

A) I was not concentrating on silent films; and

 

B) Most of his talkies aired in August during SUTS...now if those hadn't recently aired, then I would definitely have included them.

 

P.S. I just checked his filmography...most of his talkies did air in August. However, I don't think HIS GLORIOUS NIGHT made it on the schedule, and neither did FAST WORKERS. If someone has a printout of the August schedule and can confirm this, then we'll know for sure.

 

Edited by: MyFavoriteFilms on Dec 1, 2010 2:22 PM

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FAST WORKERS (1933), did not air as part of the SUTS in August.

ALIAS JIMMY VALENTINE (1928) is a lost film. All that survives is the sound discs for it.

As for Gable, SPORTING BLOOD (1931) and THE EASIEST WAY (1931) are rarely shown.

I believe that HIS GLORIOUS NIGHT (1929) is still held up in broadcast rights issues as is CHRISTOPHER BEAN (1933).

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I'd love to see all of these films get into the rotation!

 

I'll go back to an idea I had a while back, something that perhaps could be used for the upcoming 20th anniversary, something big but yet very retro! "Open Up The Vaults" a year long celebration of opening up the deep, deep TCM Library itself, MGM, RKO and early WB! Films that haven't aired since the first few years of the channel, along with some that maybe never aired at all, plus some that are more well-known, or recently aired mixed in!

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*I believe that HIS GLORIOUS NIGHT (1929) is still held up in broadcast rights issues as is CHRISTOPHER BEAN (1933).*

When did the rights issue crop up for CHRISTOPHER BEAN>

I recall seeing it once, many, many years ago on TV.

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*His Glorious Night* stills ranks among the films I want most to see. Two others are not MGM films, but I wish TCM would show *The Trespasser* and *The Barker.*

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> FAST WORKERS (1933), did not air as part of the SUTS in August.

> ALIAS JIMMY VALENTINE (1928) is a lost film. All that survives is the sound discs for it.

> As for Gable, SPORTING BLOOD (1931) and THE EASIEST WAY (1931) are rarely shown.

> I believe that HIS GLORIOUS NIGHT (1929) is still held up in broadcast rights issues as is CHRISTOPHER BEAN (1933).

 

Thanks for the info. I really want to see THE LATE CHRISTOPHER BEAN, as it was Marie Dressler's final film.

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> I'll go back to an idea I had a while back, something that perhaps could be used for the upcoming 20th anniversary, something big but yet very retro! "Open Up The Vaults" a year long celebration of opening up the deep, deep TCM Library itself, MGM, RKO and early WB! Films that haven't aired since the first few years of the channel, along with some that maybe never aired at all, plus some that are more well-known, or recently aired mixed in!

 

That's a great idea, Mark.

 

I think the answer is much simpler. They need to stop showing some films like IN HARM'S WAY so often. Not only is it a very long film, but when it keeps getting repeated, that's a lot of airtime that could be used for showing some of these other titles that don't get seen. I would glady trade two airings of IN HARM'S WAY during the year for some William Haines or Madge Evans films.

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After just having checked his filmography, I, too, would like to see William Haines on TCM; perhaps

a Birthday Salute or as a Star of the Month, or even Summer Under the Stars. I didn't check on his

silent films, but all but 2 of his talkies were MGM pictures (the final 2 were from Mascot, and, I'm guessing, public domain), so TCM should have them.

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TCM has aired William Haines films like *Way Out West* and *Just a Gigolo* now and then but hardly plays *The Girl Said No, Are You Listening?, Remote Control, Fast Life, Get Rich Quick Wallingford,* or *Navy Blues.*

 

Several of his late silent films for MGM are probably lost or are packed away in archives: *A Man's Man, The Duke Steps Out, Alias Jimmy Valentine, Excess Baggage, Telling the World.*

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THE GIRL SAID NO aired in 2008 as part of Marie Dressler's SUTS. Fortunately, it's on DVD. :)

 

William Haines was a huge moneymaker for MGM...his legacy as a film comedian should be celebrated by us. It helps if his films are in some sort of rotation on TCM.

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Because Haines was a top 5 box office star from 1926 through the early 30s, it's especially odd that so many of his MGM silents are lost..... what a shame.

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What gets me is that both TCM and AMC have some of the same Paramount films: in fact, one Saturday both channels showed "True Grit" (1969) - for a while, the showings even overlapped! Since

TCM's schedule is publicly available for at least two full months ahead and AMC's for only a month, the

latter must have scheduled it that way on purpose.

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> Because Haines was a top 5 box office star from 1926 through the early 30s, it's especially odd that so many of his MGM silents are lost..... what a shame.

 

Well, we do know that he fell out of favor with L.B. Mayer. But many of his films (the talkies) do exist. In fact, some are offered thru the Warner Archives Collection...so TCM should definitely screen them (to encourage sales).

 

My conclusion is that William Haines is a misunderstood and neglected comic genius. You either love his humor or you don't. I happen to love his comic style. And when he's playing off Marie Dressler or Polly Moran, it's heaven.

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