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TCM Programming Challenge #18 -- Free At Last!

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Thanks, Sansfin. Glad you enjoyed it. I know countessdelave is working on schedule, and I hope that others are.

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I haven't looked at this thread for the longest time. I had a few other things to deal with before I could even try to organize my own thoughts for this challenge. I did that over the weekend and have a basic outline but, in the meantime, you and kingrat have entered fabulous schedules. I'll respond to each of you individually.


Walter Mathau is always a good idea for a SOTM. Both of us love A New Leaf. I'd love to see it on TCM. I even think of it as an obscure Essential. "Who's Your Professor" was a fun theme and, as another who loves costumes, loved your Edith Head box set and costume theme.


Guys and Dolls. I agree with you. Brando and Simmons were wasted in these roles. I like your casting better.


Lastly, the Carol Burnett parodies with the original film is really great theme. You brought back memories of these and her parodies of The Postman Rings Twice and a Sonja Henie film, with Harvey Korman as S.Z. "Cuddles" Sakall.


Great Job!

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Loco's notes (Betty Grable in How To Marry a Millionaire): Hi, everyone! I'm so excited TCM asked me to be the guest programmer. Gee, I hope I don't make any mistakes like the time I didn't understand what kind of lodge Waldo Brewster was taking me to. Was that ever embarrassing. Anyhoo, these are the four movies I'm going to watch next, so now we can all watch together. I picked HIGH NOON because those old movies about the dangers of marijuana are so much fun. Just don't call it "Loco weed," PLEASE. What could be a better title for a comedy than WEEKEND, and that Troy Donahue is so darn handsome. To prove I have a serious side, too, I picked MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE because clean clothes are important. Finally, I love it when my friends Pola and Schatze come over for a pajama party and we put our hair up in curlers and watch horror movies. Let's hope THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE isn't TOO scary.


Great Schedule. LOVE this--too funny!

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Congrats on a great schedule! I really liked your excellent 1947 tribute to noir and your James Shigeta lineup.


The Two Mrs. Leans as SOTMs. That's fun. I actually considered Kay Walsh for a birthday tribute but nixed it. I'm so glad that you included this very fine actress.


So much to enjoy in your schedule but I must admit that I loved Loco's picks-hilarious and just what she'd choose. My Beautiful Laundrette-hah!

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November 14-20, 2011: a salute to Hollywood musicals




Movies remade as musicals


0600 *A Star Is Born* (1937, Selznick, 111 min, p/s)

0800 *Grand Hotel* (1932, MGM, 114 min) (Weekend at the Waldorf)

1000 *Goodbye, Mr. Chips* (1939, 114 min, p/s)

1200 *Auntie Mame* (1958, 143 min, p/s) (Mame)

1430 *Ninotchka* (1939, MGM, 111 min) (Silk Stockings)

1630 *Bachelor Father* (1939, RKO, 82 min) (Bundle of Joy)

1800 *It Happened One Night* (1934, Columbia, 105 min, p/s) (You Can't Run Away From It)




2000 *Mildred Pierce* (1945, WB, 111 min)

2200 *The Apple Dumpling Gang* (1975, Disney, 100 min, p/s)

Short: An Apple In His Eye (1941, RKO, 18 min)


0015 Silent Sunday Night: *Chicago* (1927, Demille, 118 min) Exempt from premiere quota

0230 TCM Imports: *Beauty and the Beast* (1946, France, 93 min, p/s)

0415 *Phantom of the Opera* (1925, Universal, ca. 92 min, p/s)






0600 *Girl Missing* (1933, WB, 69 min) (Guy Kibbee)

0715 *Till the End of Time* (1947, 105 min, p/s) (Guy Madison)

Short: Falling Leaves (1912, 12 min, p/s) (Alice Guy-Blache)

0915 *The Story of GI Joe* (1945, Selznick International, 108 min, p/s) (Guy Endore)

1115 *The Magnificent Yankee* (1950, MGM, 89 min) (Herbert Anderson credited as Guy Anderson)


1245 *The Devil-Doll* (1936, MGM, 78 min)

1415 *Wait Until Dark* (1967, WB, 108 min, p/s)

1615 *Baby Doll* (1956, WB, 114 min, p/s)

1815 *Night of the Hunter* (1955, UA, 93 min, p/s)




2000 *Drums Along the Mohawk* (1939, Fox, 104 min, p/s)

2200 *The Scarlet Coat* (1955, MGM, 101 min)

Short *The Flag* (1927, Technicolor, 20 min)

0015 *Northwest Passage* (1940, MGM, 126 min)

0230 *Johnny Tremain* (1957, Disney, 80 min) Premiere?

0400 *The Howards of Virginia* (1940, Columbia, 116 min, p/s)






0600 *Double Indemnity* (1944, Paramount, 107 min, p/s)

0800 *Vertigo* (1958, 129 min, p/s)

1015 *King Kong* (1933, RKO, 105 min)

1215 *The Bad Seed* (1956, WB, 129 min)




1430 *Wife vs. Secretary* (1936, MGM, 88 min)

1600 *One, Two, Three* (1961, Mirisch/UA, 115 min, p/s)

1800 *Gilda* (1946, Columbia, 110 min, p/s)




2000 *Escape* (1940, MGM, 98 min)

2145 *To Be Or Not To Be* (1942, UA, 99 min, p/s)

2330 *The Mortal Storm* (1940, MGM, 100 min)

0115 *Night Train To Munich* (1940, Fox, 90 min) Premiere?

0300 *The Great Escape* (1963, Mirisch/UA, 172 min, p/s)




0600 *Man-Hunt* (1941, Fox, 95 min)




0745 *Strangers on a Train* (1951, WB, 101 min, p/s)

0930 *Washington Merry-Go-Round* (1932, Columbia, 79 min, p/s)

1100 *Little Fugitive* (1953, d. Morrie Engel, 81 min, p/s)




1230 *So Long At the Fair* (1950, 86 min, p/s)

1400 *Some Came Running* (1958, MGM, 137 min)

1630 *Sunrise* (1927, Fox, 94 min p/s)

1815 *Berserk* (1967, 96 min, p/s)


Star of the Month: Dick Powell


2000 *It Happened Tomorrow* (1944, 85 min, p/s)

2130 *Murder, My Sweet* (1944, RKO, 95 min)

2315 *The Tall Target* (1951, MGM, 78 min)

0045 *Johnny O'Clock* (1947, Columbia, 96 min) Premiere?

0230 *Station West* (1948, RKO, 87 min)

0400 *The Bad and the Beautiful* (1952, MGM, 118 min)






0600 *Cimarron* (1931, RKO, 123 min)

0815 *Tulsa* (1949, 90 min, p/s)

0945 *The Oklahoma Kid* (1939, WB, 85 min)

1115 *The Grapes of Wrath (1940, Fox, 128 min, p/s)

1330 *Blackmail* (1939, MGM, 81 min)




1500 *Annie Oakley* (1935, RKO, 90 min)

1630 *Gun Crazy* (1950, 86 min, p/s)

1800 *The Man Who Knew Too Much* (1934, Gaumont, 75 min, p/s)

1915 *The Letter* (1940, WB, 95 min)




2000 *The Last Time I Saw Paris* (1954, MGM, 116 min)

2200 *Design For Living* (1933, Paramount, 91 min, p/s)

2345 *In the French Style* (1963, Columbia, 105 min) Premiere?

Short: Paris on Parade (1938, MGM, 9 min)

0145 *The Sun Also Rises* (1957, 130 min, Fox) Premiere

0400 *Paris When It Sizzles* (1964, Paramount, 110 min, p/s)






0600 *Juggernaut* (1974, UA, 109 min, p/s)

0800 *Titanic* (1943, Germany, 85 min, p/s)

0930 *Voyage of the Damned* (1976, 158 min, p/s)

1215 *The Last Voyage* (1960, MGM, 91 min)




1400 *On the Waterfront* (1954, Columbia, 108 min, p/s)

1600 *The Woman on Pier 13* (1949, RKO, 73 min)

1715 *99 River Street* (1953, UA, 83 min)

1845 *Min and Bill* (1930, MGM, 66 min)




2000 *The Hurricane* (1937, Goldwyn, 104 min, p/s)

2200 *The Snows of Kilimanjaro* (1952, Fox, 114 min, p/s)

0000 *Baby The Rain Must Fall* (1965, Columbia, 100 min, p/s)

0145 *The Wind* (1928, 79 min, MGM)


TCM Underground: Kiss Me Kate

0315 *The Killer Shrews* (1959, 69 min, p/s)

TCM Underground: Sweeney Todd

0430 *Black Caesar* (1973, AIP, 87 min, p/s)






0600 *Mutiny on the Bounty* (1935, MGM, 132 min)

0815 *Father Goose* (1964, MGM, 118 min)

1015 *Rain* (1932, UA, 94 min, p/s)




1200 *Clash of the Titans* (1981, MGM, 118 min)

1415 *The Goddess* (1958, Columbia, 104 min p/s)

1615 *A Matter of Life and Death* (1946, The Archers, 104 min, p/s)

1815 *Here Comes Mr. Jordan* (1941, Columbia, 94 min)




2000 *I Know Where I'm Going!* (1945, The Archers, 91 min, p/s)

2145 *Sayonara* (1957, 147 min, p/s)

Short: Floral Japan (1937, MGM, 9 min)

0030 *Zorba The Greek* (1964, Fox, 142 min, p/s)

0300 *Stromboli* (1950, 107 min, p/s)

0500 Private Screenings: Frank Fane (2011, TCM Original, 57 min) *FREE MADE-UP PROGRAM NOT COUNTING AGAINST PREMIERES*

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A challenge I've been thinking of setting for myself for a while is to do a week of movies saluting Hollywood musicals -- withough actually programming a single musical. And so, you have the schedule you see before you. I start off with a morning and afternoon of classic Hollywood movies which were later remade as musicals. In those cases where the musical has a different title from the original, I've included that as well.


The last of those, *It Happened One Night*, was remade twice as a musical. The second time was in the 1950s as *You Can't Run Away From It*; the first was in 1945 as *Eve Knew Her Apples*. So on Sunday in prime time, Eve Arden gets to know the Apple Dumpling gang.


Silent Sunday nights is the 1927 version of *Chicago*, which was turned into a Hollywood musical in 1942 with *Roxie Hart*, and then turned into a Broadway musical, which itself got turned into an Oscar-winning movie. As far as I know, the silent *Chicago* has never aired on TCM, having been considered lost before finally showing up at a film festival about five years ago, according to IMDb. I haven't seen it, but I have it on good authority that it's not a musical.


The Import is *Beauty and the Beast*, which was made an animated musical by the folks at Disney. I'm not certain if there's been a film musical version of *Phantom of the Opera*, but it fit the 1:45 block I needed at the end of Sunday. (IMDb lists multiple running times for it, but the last few times it's aired on TCM, they've put it in a 1:45 block.)


On Monday, we get Guys and Dolls. A bunch of people named Guy, followed by movies about dolls of one sort or another, or at least movies where a doll is a key plot point. Nathan Detroit, however, we don't get.


As soon as I saw that Sansfin wanted a night of movies about "freedom", I realized that *1776* would be the musical to use as the title of that night's movies. And so we get a night of movies set against the backdrop of the American War of Independence. Sadly, in clarifying the Challenge, Sansfin informed us that "freedom" meant more than just revolutions to free a continent of people from colonial rule. This meant I felt ought to come up with something other than Revolutionary War movies. Fortunately, I was able to think of *The Sound of Music*, in which the von Trapp family tries to escape the Nazis. This is the perfect movie to use for a night of movies about people who want to get away from Nazis in one form or another. These movies continue into Wednesday morning, largely because my themes for Wednesday didn't properly time out to fourteen hours.


In between, on Tuesday morning, we get movies themed around Betty Hutton's 1945 movie *Incendiary Blonde*. Three of the movies have blondes who drive the males in their lives to do horrible things; the fourth has one particularly incendiary blonde who causes at least one person to burn up.


After blondes, we get some brunettes, as we have two movies in which the male leads are married to brunettes, but have a blonde on the side, and one with two not-so-gentlemenly men marrying the same brunette.


On Wednesday, we have two movies with a merry-go-round in the plot, and one with "Merry-Go-Round" in the title, as an homage to *Carousel*. Then it's off to the fair, with three movies that have scenes with women at a fair of one sort or another, and one woman who leads the next best thing, a circus.


If I'm going to program a week of movies saluting musicals, without actually showing a single musical, what to do for "Star of the Month"? I figured I'd have to pick one who was prominent in musicals, but did enough non-musicals to have at least one full night of non-musicals. The choice was Dick Powell, who was Star of the Month back in 2002, but then, probably all of the musical stars who also did some non-musicals have been Star of the Month before. Powell was born in November, which is why I selected November for the schedule, but his birthday this year falls on Sunday, November 14.


Thursday morning is self-explanatory: *Oklahoma* means several movies set in Oklahoma. Thursday afternoon's theme, *Annie Get Your Gun*, starts off with the original Annie, Annie Oakley, and is followed by three movies about women who get their guns. (In the original version of *The Man Who Knew Too Much*, the wife is a marksman, which is a key plot point.) Thursday night brings us *An American In Paris*, or more accurately, a whole bunch of Americans in Paris. Jean Seberg in *Breathless* didn't time out properly, so I had to use her in *In the French Style*, which sounds more interesting, anyhow, and is one I haven't seen before.


On Friday we get *Show Boat*, which is obviously movies set largely on boats. That's followed by *Anchors Aweigh*, in which the movies move from the boat to the dockside. Technically, it's not quite accurate for *Anchors Aweigh*, but it's close enough, goes well with *Show Boat*, and most importantly, times out properly. Friday night brings us not Lena Horne's *Stormy Weather*, but a bunch of different types of stormy weather.


What to do for TCM Underground was a difficult question. Sweeney Todd was the "demon barber of Fleet Street", and there's a murder in a barbershop in *Black Caesar*. The connection in the other two should be a bit more obvious.


On Saturday, *South Pacific* is again self-explanatory, while *Godspell* has movies about the gods or their deliberations in Heaven. Finally, on Saturday night we don't get Esther Williams on an island with you; we get people falling in and out of love on other islands, which prove that "the islands" doesn't just mean the tropical islands. *I Know Where I'm Going! * is my selection for the TCM Essential, and it's just coincidence that I put it very close to the other Powell/Pressburger movie on my schedule, *A Matter of Life and Death*. (Selecting the musicals next to each other was in many cases not a coincidence.)


Finally, since we were allowed to have one "fake" in our schedules, I decided to use my fake on the Private Screenings episode which will never get made.


I'm not quite certain how many premieres I used, although I think it's no more than five or six. I think (with the exception of the exempt Silent Sunday Nights selection) I confirmed TCM showings of everything but:


*Johnny Tremain*

*Night Train to Munich*

*Johnny O'Clock*

*In the French Style*

*The Sun Also Rises*

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What can I say? You always push the limits. You come up with some of the most bizarre and esoteric things but they are brilliant. I can't imagine the amount of work to plan this round of the challenge. Thanks for always giving us a great, funny, unusual schedule( and you actually got Dick Powell into the mix).



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Your schedule is as excellent as we have come to expect from you. I believe only you could create an over-all theme that is supported by things it is not.


I am sorry I did not make it more clear that people could use revolutions when I was saying that they were not forced to use them. I am very happy to see you did not abandon 1776 theme as there are good movies that evening.


There is still a weekend and a day to go. I hope to see many more great schedules!

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Fedya, this is not only a witty approach to the challenge, but a schedule full of a variety of interesting films. Actually, TCM has shown Johnny O'Clock and In the French Style in the last couple of years, but they may not have done programming articles. Dick Powell would make a most interesting star of the month, with the variety of films he made as singer, dancer, actor, and director. Another great entry.

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There are ony seventy-one hours and ten minutes remaining in the Challenge.


We are all anxiously waiting to see the schedules which make it just under the wire!


Good luck and hard work to all!

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*TCM PROGRAMMING CHALLENGE # 18 (Week of November 13-19, 2011)*






*6:00 am White Cargo* (1942) Dir. Richard Thorpe.

starring Hedy Lamarr, Walter Pidgeon. MGM, 89 minutes.

*7:30 am Double Indemnity* (1944) Dir. Billy Wilder.

starring Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray. Paramount, 108 minutes. p/s.

*9:30 am Baby Face* (1933) Dir. Alfred Green.

starring Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent. WB, 71 minutes.

*10:45 am She Done Him Wrong* (1933) Dir. Lowell Sherman.

starring Mae West, Cary Grant. Paramount, 65 minutes. p/s.

*12:00 pm Pandora and the Flying Dutchman* (1952) Dir. Albert Lewin.

starring Ava Gardner, James Mason. MGM, 122 minutes.

*2:15 pm Leave Her to Heaven* (1945) Dir. John Stahl.

starring Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde. TCF, 110 minutes. p/s.

*4:15 pm Gun Crazy* (1950) Dir. Joseph Lewis.

starring Peggy Cummins, John Dall. UA, 86 minutes. p/s.

*5:45 pm Blood and Sand* (1941) Dir. Rouben Mamoulian.

starring Tyrone Power, Rita Hayworth, Linda Darnell. TCF, 125 minutes. p/s.




*8:00 pm Loves of Carmen* (1948) Dir. Charles Vidor

starring Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford. Columbia, 99 minutes. p/s.

*9:45 pm Carmen Jones* (1955)

starring Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte. TCF, 107 minutes. p/s.

*11:45 pm Short: Seeing Spain* (1953)

Traveltalk. MGM, 9 minutes.




*12:00 am Loves of Carmen* (1927) Dir. Raoul Walsh.

starring Dolores Del Rio, Victor McLaglen. Fox, 90 minutes. Exempt.

*Short: Going Spanish* (1934) Dir. Al Christie.

Starring Bob Hope, Leah Ray. Fox, 19 minutes. Exempt.





*2:00 am Carmen* (1983) Dir. Carlos Saura.

starring Antonio Gades, Laura Del Sol. CB Films, 102 minutes. Exempt.


*3:45 am Burlesque on Carmen* (1915) Dir. Chalie Chaplin.

starring Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance. Essanay, 45 minutes. p/s.


*4:45 am The Meanest Gal in Town* (1934) Dir. Russell Mack.

starring Pert Kelton, Zasu Pitts. RKO, 62 minutes.








*6:00 am Hold Back the Dawn* (1941) Dir. Mitchell Leisen.

starring Charles Boyer, Olivia DeHavilland, Rosemary DeCamp. Paramount, 116 minutes. p/s.

*8:00 am Yankee Doodle Dandy* (1942) Dir. Michael Curtiz.

starring James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Rosemary DeCamp. WB, 126 minutes.

*10:15 am The Merry Monahans* (1944) Dir. Charles Lamont.

starring Donald O'Connor, Peggy Ryan, Jack Oakie. Universal, 91 Minutes. Premiere.

*12 pm Weekend at the Waldorf* (1945) Dir. Robert Z. Leonard.

starring Ginger Rogers, Lana Turner, Walter Pidgeon. MGM, 130 Minutes.

*2:15 pm From This Day Forward* (1946) Dir. John Berry.

starring Joan Fontaine, Mark Stevens. RKO, 95 Minutes.

*4:00 pm The Life of Riley* (1949) Dir. Irving Brecher.

starring William Bendix, Rosemary DeCamp. Universal, 90 Minutes. Premiere.

*5:30 pm 13 Ghosts* (1960) Dir. William Castle.

starring Rosemary DeCamp, Martin Milner, Margaret Hamilton. Columbia, 85 Minutes. p/s.

*7:00 pm Short: Man on a Bus* (1955) Dir. Joseph H. Lewis.

starring Walter Brennan, Broderick Crawford, Rosemary DeCamp. United Jewish Appeal, 28 Minutes. Exempt.


*7:30 pm The Tabasco Kid* (1932) Dir. James W. Horne.

starring Charley Chase. Hal Roach, 21 minutes. p/s.






*8:00 pm Rose Marie* (1936) Dir. W.S. Van Dyke.

starring Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy. MGM, 111 Minutes.

*10:00 pm Ginger* (1935) Dir. Lewis Seiler

starring Jane Withers. Fox, 80 Minutes. Premiere.

*11:30 pm Salt of the Earth* (1954) Dir. Herbert Biberman.

starring Will Geer, David Wolfe. Independent Productions, 94 Minutes. p/d.

*1:15 am Five Little Peppers and How They Grew* (1939) Dir. Charles Lamont.

starring Edith Fellows. Columbia, 58 Minutes. p/s.

*2:15 am Five Little Peppers at Home* (1940) Dir. Charles Barton.

starring Edith Fellows. Columbia, 65 Minutes. p/s.

*3:30 am Poppy* (1936) Dir. Edward Sutherland.

starring W.C. Fields, Rochelle Hudson. Paramount, 70 minutes. p/s.

*4:45 am Riders of the Purple Sage* (1940) Dir. James Tinling.

Starring George Montgomery. TCF, 58 minutes. Premiere.

*Short: The Royal Rodeo* (1941) Dir. George Army.

Starring John Payne, Cliff Edwards. WB, 15 minutes.








*6:00 am Knockout* (1941) Dir. William Clemens.

starring Arthur Kennedy, Olympe Bradna, Cliff Edwards. WB, 73 minutes

*7:15 am South of Pago Pago* (1940) Dir. Alfred E. Green.

starring Jon Hall, Frances Farmer, Olympe Bradna. UA, 98 Minutes. Premiere.

*9:00 am The Buccaneer* (1938) Dir. Cecil B. DeMille.

starring Frederic March, Franciska Gaal. Paramount, 126 Minutes. p/s.

*11:15 am The Girl Downstairs* (1938) Dir. Norman Taurog.

starring Franchot Tone, Franciska Gaal. MGM, 77 Minutes.

*12:45 pm Roar of the Dragon* (1932) Dir. Wesley Ruggles.

starring Richard Dix, Gwili Andre. RKO, 69 Minutes.

*2:00 pm Secrets of the French Police* (1933) Dir. Edward Sutherland.

starring Frank Morgan, Gwili Andre. RKO, 59 minutes.

*3:00 pm Nana* (1934) Dir. Dorothy Arzner.

starring Anna Sten, Mae Clarke, Lionel Atwill. Goldwyn, 90 Minutes. p/s.

*4:30 pm The Wedding Night* (1935) Dir. King Vidor.

starring Gary Cooper, Anna Sten. Goldwyn, 83 minutes. p/s.

*6:00 pm We Live Again* (1934) Dir. Rouben Mamoulian.

starring Frederic March, Anna Sten. Goldwyn, 85 minutes. p/s.

*Shorts: Alice in Movieland* (1940) Dir. Jean Negulesco.

Starring Joan Leslie. WB, 21 minutes.


*A Busy Day* (1914) Dir. Charles Chaplin.

Starring Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance. Keystone Film Co., 6 minutes. p/s.






*8:00 pm Mary Poppins* (1964) Dir. Robert Stevenson.

starring Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Glynis Johns. Walt Disney Studios, 139 Minutes. Premiere.

*10:30 pm Margie* (1946) Dir. Henry King.

starring Jeanne Crain, Glenn Langan. TCF, 94 minutes. Premiere.

*12:15 pm The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp* (1943) Dir. Michael Powell.

starring Deborah Kerr, Robert Donat. The Archers, 169 minutes. p/s.

*3:00 am Kind Hearts and Coronets* (1949) Dir. Robert Hamer.

starring Alec Guiness, Valerie Hobson. Ealing Studios, 105 Minutes. p/s.

*4:45 am The Strawberry Blonde* (1941) Dir. Raoul Walsh.

starring James Cagney, Olivia DeHavilland, Rita Hayworth. WB, 97 Minutes








*6:30 am Million Dollar Legs* (1932) Dir. Edward F. Cline.

starring W.C. Fields, Jack Oakie, Lyda Roberti. Paramount, 64 Minutes. p/s.

*Short: At Sea Ashore* (1936) Dir. William H. Terhune.

starring Lyda Roberti, Patsy Kelly. Hal Roach Studios, 20 Minutes. p/s.

*8:00 am The Kid From Spain* (1932) Dir. Leo McCarey.

starring Eddie Cantor, Lyda Roberti. Goldwyn, 118 Minutes. p/s.

*10:00 am Torch Singer* (1933) Dir. George Somnes.

starring Claudette Colbert, Ricardo Cortez, Lyda Roberti. Paramount, 72 Minutes. p/s.

*11:15 am Big Broadcast of 1936* (1935)

starring Jack Oakie, George Burns, Lyda Roberti. Paramount, 97 Minutes. Premiere.

*1:00 pm Nobody's Baby* (1937) Dir. Gus Means.

starring Patsy Kelly, Lyda Roberti. MGM, 68 Minutes.

*2:15 pm Pick a Star* (1937) Dir. Edward Sedgewick.

starring Jack Haley, Patsy Kelly, Lyda Roberti. MGM, 70 Minutes.


*3:30 pm Slightly French* (1949) Dir. Douglas Sirk.

starring Don Ameche, Dorothy Lamour. Columbia, 81 minutes. p/s.

*5:00 pm Those Three French Girls* (1930) Dir. Harry Beaumont.

starring Fifi D'Orsay, Reginald Denny. MGM, 73 minutes.

*6:15 pm La Ronde* (1950) Dir. Max Ophuls.

starring Danielle Darrieux, Anton Walbrook, Simon Signoret. Films Sacha Gordine, 93 Minutes. p/s.






*8:00 pm Le Chat* (1971) Dir. Pierre Granier-Deferre.

starring Simone Signoret, Jean Gabin. Lira Films, 86 Minutes. Exempt.

*9:30 pm The Burned Barns* (1973) Dir. Jean Chapot.

starring Simone Signoret, Alain Delon, Miou-Miou. Lira Films, 98 minutes. Exempt.

*11:15 pm Flesh of the Orchid* (1975) Dir. Patrice Chereau.

starring Simone Signoret, Charlotte Rampling, Alida Valli. Lira Films, 114 Minutes. Exempt.

*1:15 am Madame Rosa* (1977) Dir, Moshe Mizrahi.

starring Simone Signoret. Lira Films, 105 minutes. Exempt.


*3:30 am Madamoiselle Fifi* (1944) Dir. Robert Wise.

starring Simone Simon, Alan Napier. RKO, 69 Minutes.

*4:45 am Cat People* (1942) Dir. Jacques Tournour.

starring Simone Simon, Kent Smith. RKO, 73 minutes.








*6:00 am The Sunset Murder Case* (1941) Dir. Louis Gasnier.

starring Sally Rand, Henry King. Grand National Pictures, 59 Minutes. p/d.

*7:00 am Miracle on 34th Street* (1947) Dir. George Seaton.

starring John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara. TCF, 96 minutes. p/s.

*8:45 am Wizard of Oz* (1939) Dir. Victor Fleming.

starring Judy Garland,Ray Bolger. MGM, 101 Minutes.

*Short: Bubbles* (1930) Dir. Roy Mack.

Starring Judy Garland, Mae Questal. Vitaphone, 8 minutes.

*10:45 am Key to the City* (1950) Dir. George Sidney.

starring Clark Gable, Loretta Young. MGM, 100 Minutes.

*12:30 pm State Fair* (1945) Dir. Walter Lang.

starring Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews. TCF, 100 Minutes. p/s.

*2:15 pm We're Not Dressing* (1934) Dir. Norman Taurog.

starring Bing Crosby, Carole Lombard, Ethel Merman. Paramount, 77 Minutes. p/s.

*3:45 pm The Awful Truth* (1937) Dir. Leo McCarey.

starring Cary Grant, Irene Dunne. Columbia, 89 Minutes. p/s.

*5:15 pm Murder, He Says* (1945) Dir. George Marshall.

starring Fred MacMurray, Helen Walker, Marhorie Main. Paramount, 87 Minutes. p/s.

*6:45 pm If You Could Only Cook* (1935) Dir. William A. Seiter.

starring Jean Arthur, Herbert Marshall, Leo Carrillo. Columbia, 72 minutes. p/s.






*8:00 pm So Long, Letty* (1929) Dir. Lloyd Bacon.

starring Charlotte Greenwood, Grant Withers. WB, 64 Minutes.

*9:15 pm So Long at the Fair* (1950) Dir. Anthony Darnborough, Terence Fisher.

starring Jean Simmons, Dirk Bogarde. Gainsborough Pictures, 86 Minutes. p/s.

*10:45 pm Farewell, My Lovely* (1975) Dir. Dick Richards.

starring Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling. Elliot Kastner Productions, 97 Minutes. Premiere.

*12:30 am A Farewell To Arms* (1932) Dir. Frank Borzage.

starring Helen Hayes, Gary Cooper. Paramount, 89 Minutes. p/s.






*2:00 am I Walk Alone* (1948) Dir. Bryon Haskin.

starring Burt Lancaster, Lizabeth Scott. Paramount, 98 Minutes. Premiere.

*3:45 am The Strange Love of Martha Ivers* (1946) Dir. Lewis Milestone.

starring Barbara Stanwyck, Kirk Douglas, Lizabeth Scott. Paramount, 117 minutes. p/s.


*Short: A Trip Through a Hollywood Studio* (1935) Dir. Ralph Staub.

starring Alice White, Busby Berkeley, Dolores Del Rio, WB, 10 minutes.






*_PLEASE_ PLAY IT AGAIN, TCM!* *(It's been such a long, long time)*


*6:00 am The Widow From Chicago* (1930) Dir. Edward Cline.

starring Alice White, Edward G. Robinson. 1st National, 62 Minutes.

*7:15 am The Mouthpiece* (1932) Dir. James Flood.

starring Warren William, Aline MacMahon. WB, 86 Minutes.

*8:45 am Phantom of Crestwood* (1932) Dir. J. Walter Ruben.

starring Karen Morley, Ricardo Cortez. RKO, 77 Minutes.

*10:15 am A Night at the Ritz* (1935) Dir. William McGann.

starring William Gargan, Patricia Ellis. WB, 63 Minutes.

*11:30 am Grand Slam* (1933) Dir. William Dieterle.

starring Paul Lukas, Loretta Young. 1st National, 67 Minutes.

*12:45 pm Sweet Music* (1935) Dir. Alfred E. Green.

starring Rudy Vallee, Ann Dvorak. WB, 95 Minutes.

*2:30 pm The Strange Love of Molly Louvain* (1932) Dir. Michael Curtiz.

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

*3:45 pm Escapade* (1935) Dir. Robert Z. Leonard.

starring William Powell, Luise Rainer. MGM, 95 Minutes.

*5:30 pm Sinner Take All* (1936) Dir. Erroll Taggart.

starring Bruce Cabot, Margaret Lindsay. MGM, 78 Minutes.




*GUEST PROGRAMMERS: Tollea and Naja (twins from Cobra Woman)*


*8:00 pm The Dark Mirror* (1946) Dir. Robert Siodmak. (Naja's Pick)

starring Olivia DeHavilland, Lew Ayres. Universal, 85 Minutes. Exempt.

*9:30 pm China Corsair* (1951) Dir. Ray Nazzaro. (Tollea's pick)

starring Jon Hall, Ernest Borgnine. Columbia, 76 minutes. p/s.

*11:00 pm Die, Die, My Darling!* (1965) Dir. Silvio Narizzano. (Naja's Pick)

starring Tallulah Bankhead, Stephanie Powers. Columbia, 97 Minutes. p/s.

*12:45 am Cobra Woman* (1944) Dir. Robert Siodmak. (Tollea and Naja's pick).

starring Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Sabu. Universal, 70 Minutes. Exempt.






*2:00 am The Beach Girls and the Monster* (1965) Dir. Jon Hall.

starring Jon Hall, Sue Casey. U.S. Films, 70 Minutes. Exempt.

*3:15 am Monster a Go-Go* (1965) Dir. Sheldon Seymour.

starring June Travis, Phil Morton. B.I.L. Corp., 70 Minutes. p/s.

*4:30 am The Monster* (1925) Dir. Roland West.

starring Lon Chaney, Gertrude Olmsted. MGM, 87 minutes.








*6:00 am Sundown* (1941) Dir. Henry Hathaway.

starring George Sanders, Gene Tierney. UA, 90 Minutes. p/s.

*7:30 am The Shanghai Gesture* (1942) dir. Josef von Sternberg.

starring Gene Tierney, Victor Mature, Ona Munson. UA, 98 Minutes.

*9:15 am China Girl* (1943) Dir. Henry Hathaway.

starring Gene Tierney, George Montgomery, Lynn Bari. TCF, 95 Minutes. p/s.

*11:00 am Dragonwyck* (1946) Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz.

starring Gene Tierney, Vincent Price. TCF, 103 Minutes. p/s.

*12:45 pm That Wonderful Urge* (1949) Dir. Robert B. Sinclair.

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

*2:15 pm Where the Sidewalk Ends* (1950) Dir. Otto Preminger.

starring Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews. TCF, 95 minutes. p/s.

*4:00 pm The Pleasure Seekers* (1964) Dir. Jean Negulesco.

starring Ann Margaret, Carol Lynley, Gene Tierney. TCF, 107 minutes. p/s.



*6:00 pm Cecil B. DeMille, American Epic-Part one* (2004) Dir. Kevin Brownlow.

narrated by Kenneth Branaugh. TCM, 60 Minutes. p/s.

*7:00 pm Cecil B. DeMille, American Epic-Part two* (2004) Dir. Kevin Brownlow.

narrated by Kenneth Branaugh. TCM, 60 Minutes. p/s.





*8:00 pm Madam Satan* (1930) Dir. Cecil B. DeMille.

starring Kay Johnson, Lillian Roth, Reginald Denny. MGM, 116 Minutes.



*10:15 pm ORIGINAL PRODUCTION: The Golden Age of Hollywood Photography* (2011)

Produced by Mark Vieira and TCM. Explores the star-making power of Hollywood and Studio photographers (such as George Hurrell) in the 20s, 30s and 40s. 60 minutes.


*11:15 pm Stand-In* (1937) Dir. Tay Garnett.

starring Leslie Howard, Humphrey Bogart, Joan Blondell. Walter Wanger, 91 Minutes. p/s.

*1:00 am Funny Face* (1957) Dir. Stanley Donen.

starring Fred Astaire, Audrey Hepburn. Paramount, 103 Minutes. p/s.

*2:45 am Blow Up* (1966) Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni.

starring Vanessa Redgrave, David Hemmings. Bridge Films, 110 Minutes. p/s.

*4:45 am Talent Scout* (1937) Dir. William Clemens.

starring Donald Woods, Jeanne Madden. WB, 62 Minutes.



*ORIGINAL BOX SET: "Early Howard Hawks at Fox"*



*The Road to Glory* (1926) starring May McAvoy, Leslie Fenton

*Fig Leaves* (1926) starring George O?Brien, Olive Borden, Phyllis Haver

*Paid to Love* (1927) starring George O?Brien, Virgina Valli, William Powell


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Edited by: countessdelave on Feb 28, 2011 4:00 PM

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*Programming Notes: Challenge #18*

*Week of November 13-19, 2011*



*Sunday.* Sunday?s themes include films of gals who might not be suitable to meet your mother. And then there?s Carmen, another gal who is notorious, popular and been the inspiration for opera and many film adaptions. I chose the fantastic 1983 flamenco version of *Carmen* for the TCM Import and *Loves of Carmen* (1927) for the silent.


*Monday.* Camp it up with Rosemary is a birthday tribute to the very popular character actress, Rosemary DeCamp. No tribute is complete without the premiere of *The Life of Riley*, for which she is best known. Inside the Spice Cabinet finishes the day with spice, starting with *Rose Marie*. I really try to segue from one theme to another in a logical fashion, whenever possible. It?s why I used these two themes on the same day.


*Tuesday.* Anna Sten is one of many actresses who faded into obscurity. She is probably best known as a lyric in the song ?Anything Goes?.

Cole Porter wrote:


If Sam Goldwyn can with great conviction

Instruct Anna Sten in diction

Then Anna shows

Anything goes


Goldwyn?s attempt to create another Garbo-like star was a failure. The Anna Sten School of Obscurity has enrolled a few other foreign-born beauties who fizzled at the box office.

Sister Suffragette is my freedom theme- women?s rights and suffragism. I premiere *Mary Poppins* (with the appropriate theme title taken from Glynis John?s song) and *Margie*.



*Wednesday.* I love Lyda Roberti, the Polish actress and singer. She became famous on Broadway for a song ?Sweet and Hot?. She was also the original Countess in *Roberta*.

The short *At Sea Ashore* has Lyda performing ?Sweet and Hot?. She died so young and in a rather odd fashion (bending over to tie a shoe on Hollywood Boulevard).

My SOTM is Simone Signoret. I lead up to her appearance with *Slightly French* and *Those Three French Girls*. One of the great things about this challenge was the opportunity to use a foreign-born star. Usually, a block of these films are off limits in the challenges because they don?t fall into the ?accepted? studios. I considered Cantinflas and Maria Felix but Simone Signoret did a number of english language films and was, I thought, a better choice. Plus, I consider her a wonderful actress. I?ve programmed two of my favorites: *Le Chat* and *Madame Rosa*. I chose my SOTM and my freedom theme at the same time. Therefore, my entire schedule really focuses on women and particularly foreign-born actresses. I end the day with two films from Simone Simon.



*Thursday.* Bubble and Squeak is a traditional english dish, made from leftovers, cabbage and potatoes. My version contains bubbles in many forms (bubble dancers, bubble gum, bubble transport) and squeaks (pig squeals, door squeaks, Jean Arthur?s voice).

So Long, Farewell was my chance to premiere *Farewell, My Lovely*, which is not from one of the usually accepted studios. Late Night with Lizabeth is a way to celebrate Lizabeth Scott?s birthday and premiere *I Walk Alone*.


*Friday.* Please Play it Again, TCM is a theme used by someone in a past challenge, in a similar form, I believe. Thank you to that person. I always want to include films that haven?t been shown in ages.


Sansfin added several intriguing optional elements to this challenge. It was fun to consider many film characters as a Guest Programmer. Ultimately, I chose the good and evil twins from *Cobra Woman*. Naja is the evil Cobra Woman who wants to destroy her sister, Tollea. Tollea is in love with Ramu (Jon Hall). All of the action takes place on some mythical island. Once again, I highlighted women and the Dominican Republic?s Maria Montez, who plays both twins. *Cobra Woman* is pure camp and you need to see Naja do her cobra dance to really appreciate the film. Naja?s picks are *The Dark Mirror* (also about good and bad twins) and *Die, Die, My Darling*. Tollea loves Jon Hall and picked another of his films to better appreciate his manly form. Naja insisted on picking two films (to Tollea?s one) but both agreed that everyone should see *Cobra Woman* to appreciate each twin.

TCM Underground logically plays a film called *The Beach Girls and the Monster*, directed and starring Jon Hall. Yikes!


*Saturday.* There?s a Gene Tierney birthday salute and my Essentials pick is *Madam Satan*. This is a must-see film for the dirigible sequence (if nothing else).

Another of the optional elements was an original film. I chose to create an original documentary about Hollywood and Studio photography. There _is_ no one better to talk about this subject than writer and photographer, Mark Vieira.


I created an original box set called *Early Howard Hawks at Fox*. I?m such a fan of Hawk?s silent *Fig Leaves* and his later work, that I thought this would be a fun dvd set for the collector.





*The Merry Monahans*

*The Life of Riley*


*Riders of the Purple Sage*

*South of Pago Pago*

*Mary Poppins*


*The Big Broadcast of 1936*

*Farewell, My Lovely*

*I Walk Alone*


I have noted all exempt films, many of which are technically premieres, including exempt shorts (as they do not count as premieres for this challenge).


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This is an awesome schedule countessdelava! The suffragette movement is a wonderful example of personal freedoms. I like very much your Guest Programmer and Simone Signoret as Star of the Month.


Only a little more than a day is left in the Challenge. I know we are all waiting to see who else will sneak one in under the wire.

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The TCM Programmer's Challenge #18 - Free At Last is now officially closed.


I wish to thank LonesomePolecat, kingrat, Fedya and countessdelave for entering fabulous schedules! They are all to be congratulated.


The voting thread will be opened soon so that you may chose your favorite of these worthy competitors.

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